Local Sightings 2019 - Frame by Frame: Dance Shorts Program

This event took place on Sep 22, 2019

** Tickets to this screening also get you into Motion Reel: Dance Shorts Program at 6:30pm! **

$10 General Admission
$8 Student/Senior
$5 Member


A series of short films centering dance and movement, presented in partnership with Velocity Dance Center!

1 Min Dance Film Challenge

The Dance / Film Residency is offered by Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center to an artistic team selected through this year’s Dance Film Challenge. Teams and individuals were invited to submit one dance film up to 60 seconds in length. The prompt for this year’s dance film challenge is power-sharing

We encouraged artists to use the tools they have: these could be shot/edited on your phone, in the rehearsal studio, on the street, in your room. The value is placed not on the expensive equipment + software you can access, but how you use the instruments and materials you have available.

Audience votes will determine which team/individual receives the residency, which comprises 20 hours of rehearsal space at Velocity and a matinée slot for an open rehearsal/exhibition/screening at NWFF!


** 2016 Audience Award Winner of V2 Dance + Film Residency **

(Alicia Mullikin, Amos Miller, and Ryan Hills, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

Four dancers of color brandish their skills and their bodies in an assertive statement of identity…

TRAPPED began as a conversation about a hip-hop dance video and quickly turned into a movement celebrating culture, activism and community. For Mexican-American choreographer Alicia Mullikin, a Seattle dance teacher and the film’s visionary, it became an opportunity to provide a platform for dance artists of color.

The film’s collaborators are no stranger to conversations about race and social justice. The cast comes from Seattle’s AU Collective, which highlights the creative perspective of people of color, queer people and women. The original soundtrack is scored by Grammy nominated hip-hop musician Amos Miller, who facilitates after school hip-hop workshops that aim to empower youth voices. Director Ryan Hills, of Strange & Wonderful, utilizes a raw and unfinished studio space to highlight the contrasting choreography and capture the essence of Seattle’s underground dance scene.

TRAPPED successfully accomplishes Mullikin’s vision and stands alone as a testament to the talent that is thriving just beneath the surface in the quickly changing landscape of contemporary dance.


(Angel Alviar-Langley (Moonyeka), Seattle, WA, 1 min)

“if mama is sky– then ocean is her daughter staring straight back, with two palms pressed against cheek bones.

This work is part of Sendai Era’s video series documenting Filipinx narratives in local and national community.


(Bridget Kirk, Kirkland, WA, 1 min)

In collaboration with other artists, we came together to empower each other and make a stronger platform for our given art form. Utilizing the street art of Charleston, SC artists, myself and two other dancers drew strength and inspiration to create a dance film whose purpose is to portray the value in the word ‘connection.’ Through connection, we have the ability to share the power of ourselves with others. We can use each others’ influence to make a difference, whether it is to one person or many.

Breaking Things

(Tanya Tran, Tacoma, WA, 1 min)

One minute of unchoreographed flow, or something close to flow with a camera watching. This was never intended to go anywhere. To the tune of “Breaking Things” by Linda Diaz.

A Dance Called Peace

(Jackie Muratti, WA, 1 min)

A dance piece from the movie Love Pain Sevdah by Jackie Muratti, featuring 3rd Shift Dance w/ Jackie and Balkan dance choreography by Xaviera Vandermay, improvised with the help of choreographer Denis Basic.

On the edge of known plans

(Renee Boehlke, Seattle, WA, 1 min)

The artist/muse relationship inevitably breaks down, and we cannot give each other up.

power plant

(Emily Eagle, Seattle, WA, 1 min)

Sharing space with the plants (in dance).


(Kate Starling & Sierra McKenzie, Seattle, WA, 1 min)

Freestyle hip-hop dancer TAQUEET$ shows off both animation and krump in a blended style all their own. Shot and edited by Sierra McKenzie and produced in partnership with Kate Starling through their queer Seattle media company Peach Pit Productions.


(Jonah Barrett, Tenino, WA, 1 min)

Olympia-based dancer Alissa Tu performs deep within the badlands of the Pacific Northwest. “secureterminalaccess.log” is a piece composed for the project by local musician Fo0dnippl3.

The Runnaway

(Leah Crosby & Danielle Doell, 1 min)

A red-clad figure skates its way through a strange future world, unknowingly and knowingly being chased by a presence representing overwhelming anxiety induced by global crises. LanDforms begins this research by examining these contemporary issues through abstraction, fantasy, and sensory experience.

Angel of the Morning

(Vanessa Resler, 1 min)

You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?

Twin Peaks

(Levi Teachout, 1 min)

From mind to matter.

Time Crunch

(Amanda Morgan, 1 min)

A commentary and look at people in corporate environments, usually affected by capitalist power structures.

60 Seconds

(Adam Sekuler & Rosely Conz, 1 min)

Falling down…

Strictly Seattle Frame By Frame

A showcase of dance films made by participants in Frame by Frame, Velocity Dance Center’s dance film intensive offered as part of their Strictly Seattle summer festival, led by KT Niehoff.

Part of Velocity’s signature summer intensive Strictly Seattle, Frame by Frame is a three-week workshop that takes the new dance filmmaker through every step of the process as they create their own short dance film. Participants learn the necessary preparatory elements of creating a film – sound and choreographic elements, storyboarding, location scouting, styling, and rehearsing material through the perspective of the camera’s lens. Each student then shoots a 2.5 min film with a professional cinematographer, learning onset vernacular and how to effectively convey their directorial vision to their cameraperson. In the final stages, students learn basic editing skills, with a professional editor, director and composer available as mentors.

Eye Tra$h Extensions

(Lisa Kwak, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

Animal Vegetable Mineral

(Emily Eagle, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

Three sweet women and their rage.

Labyrinth Dance

(Cye Semrau, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

A group of young dancers trace the steps of a labyrinth, struggling to reach the center, and then regretfully reverse and leave.

logic & emotion; a conflict, a conversation

(Kiana Vaziri, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

The constant battle between logic & emotion represented through dance film.

Invisible Friends

(Micaela Pirzio-Biroli, Mercer Island, WA, 3 min)

Someday, when my dreams come true.

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Local Sightings Film Festival

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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