Local Sightings 2020 – 24 Hours in the CHOP w/ Hope is Not Cancelled [Online]

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Sep. 18–27, 2020

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Tajuan LaBee


** Co-presented with Social Justice Film Festival **
On June 8, 2020, the Seattle Police Department abandoned their East Precinct station on Capitol Hill. On July 1, they reclaimed the station. In the days between, a spontaneous, radical society—first known as Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), and later as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)—bloomed.
Documentarian, activist, and longtime Seattle resident by way of Michigan Tajuan LaBee recorded his time spent in the Capitol Hill occupation, and his film is a candid, insightful study of the epochal Autonomous Zone’s complex culture and varied population. Watching 24 Hours in the CHOP is watching history as it happens.

Screens with: Hope is Not Cancelled

(Jordan Somers, Seattle, WA, 2020, 14 min)

A documentary short highlighting the mural renaissance in Seattle, WA in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Social Justice Film Festival

About Social Justice Film Festival

Join filmmakers, film lovers, and activists around the world to celebrate the mission of social justice in film for the 9th Social Justice Film Festival, screening virtually from October 1–11, 2020.

Through dozens of strategic partnerships with Pacific Northwest organizations working on issues of social justice, the Social Justice Film Festival exhibits a series of short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films broadly related to social justice, with a special focus on prisoner justice in the US. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture where equality is achieved on all levels. This includes issues pertaining to incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racism, the arts, animal rights, alternative currency and lifestyles, corruption within the system, and so much more. The festival will showcase works that challenge society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level, as well as works that challenge the medium.

The festival’s mission is to forge creative alliances with diverse communities, bring inspiring filmmaking to new audiences, and make the art of filmmaking an integral part of social change.

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Local Sightings Film Festival 2020 [Online]

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, 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.

Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.


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