Local Sightings 2018 – Letters from Home (Shorts Program)
$12 General Admission
The subjects of these documentaries live across the world from each other. Yet no matter where they call home, the ways in which they are deeply affected by the economic, environmental, and historic realities of the lands they live in illuminate the many shared challenges we face in our modern world.
The Eldest Son
(Amy Benson, Seattle, WA, 2017, 28 min)
In order to get his family out of debt, Kumar gambles on the promise of a migrant labor job in Malaysia. While he is away, an unexpected cataclysm makes his success all the more urgent.
Memory of the Peace
(Jean Parsons & Jennifer Chiu, Vancouver, BC, 2017, 25 min)
A young male oil worker, an Indigenous female, and a Dane-zaa drummer intersect in the historic oil-rush town of Fort St. John as they navigate the cyclical forces of industry, resource extraction and colonization that have shaped Canada for a century and a half.
Gentrification: The Real Impact of Development in Hilltop
(CHIMAERA and Brody Willis, Tacoma, WA, 2018, 29 min)
Creative Resistance and Expression Workshop (CREW) is a social justice multimedia arts lab of Groundswell Arts Collective enhancing community-based learning and positive youth engagement through arts integration, creative facilitation, and cultural storytelling.
In the summer of 2018, three high school students from Tacoma, WA spent every Friday for six weeks working with experienced teaching artists getting a crash-course in documentary filmmaking and using media and visual art to express their understanding of food security, gentrification and displacement.
With support from CHIMAERA of Groundswell Arts Collective and Brody Willis of Blanket Fort Films, they interviewed a visual artist, a filmmaker, a business owner and an anti-displacement organizer about their thoughts on the rapidly gentrifying development in Hilltop and what they are doing to resist displacement through their creative and social justice work.