Local Sightings 2022 – Opening Night Shorts: Head Trip [In Person Only]

Sep. 16, 2022, at 7pm PT

In-person tickets >

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Festival passes >

$60 – $150 Sliding Scale

This event is IN-PERSON ONLY.

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes and Individual Tickets are available!

⚠️ Public safety notice

Masks that cover both nose and mouth are required attire. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. More detail in the FAQ below.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at cris@nwfilmforum.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Please join us for a night of community, laughter, and psychedelic vibes, featuring films by three Seattle-based filmmakers. ✨ Stay for the after-party, too – after the show, dj onMars will light up the lobby with dance tunes!

In Wheels De Amor, Navy vet Michelle plunges head (or feet) first into Seattle’s vibrant skating community, Roll Around Seatown. She shimmies and strides her way towards self-acceptance and healing in this luminous short.

Reckless Spirits looks at personal baggage with a decidedly Dutch tilt, derailing therapist Yvette and performance artist Syd’s journey to an AA meeting with cults, ghosts, and chakra-opening encounters.

In our main feature Thank You, MS PAM, the inimitable Tariqa Waters, curator of Pioneer Square’s Martyr Sauce Pop Art Museum, hosts an unconventional talk show. With her signature question, “What’s in your lunchbox?”, Waters probes the minds of Seattle dancers, tattoo artists, musicians, and restaurateurs to explore the joys of their pasts and their loves of today.

These idiosyncratic films share stylish, hyperkinetic editing, absurdist humor, and an emphasis on uplifting local talent. As one of Reckless Spirits’s characters advises the other, “Warn me next time you trip.” Consider yourself warned.

Header photo credit: Film still from Thank you, MS PAM, dir. Tariqa Chereé Waters & AJ Lenzi


Co-presented by LANGSTON!

Co-presented by LANGSTON!


LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists, and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values.

FAQ: How do I watch online?
  • There will be no virtual access to this program. Opening night is a special in-person-only event at Northwest Film Forum. Thank you, MS PAM will not be featured in any of LSFF 2022’s virtual programs, but you can find Reckless Spirits and Wheels de Amor in other short film programs that will be available online!
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

Interested in sponsoring Local Sightings and/or NWFF’s 2022 Gala?

Film Program:

Wheels de Amor

(Jana Bolotin, US, 2022, 7 min, in English)

Wheels De Amor is a short documentary featuring Michelle, a young Navy veteran, who discovered the poppin’ skate community of Seattle and in turn found love for herself again.

Reckless Spirits

(Vee Hua 華婷婷, US, 2022, 12 min, in English)

A gender-fluid Latine performance artist and a neurotic Asian American therapist are led by a series of uncanny circumstances into a world of chakras, spirits, and cult leader fanaticism.

Thank you, MS PAM

(Tariqa Chereé Waters & AJ Lenzi, US, 2022, 37 min, in English)

Thank you, MS PAM is an educational and entertaining television show for all ages, starring and made by artist Tariqa Waters to celebrate her creative peers. MS PAM (Martyr Sauce Pop Art Museum) is located in downtown Seattle’s Historic Arts District, Pioneer Square.

Full of vibrant whimsy, MS PAM is a cultural hub for fun and quirky comedy sketches, interviews, cooking and art-making segments featuring artists, creatives and local small business owners. The show will also showcase studio visits, restaurants, local boutiques, and recreational indoor and outdoor activities.

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 25th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2022 program, which runs from September 16–25, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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