Local Sightings 2020 – Mad World (Shorts Program)

View this program on-demand
Sep. 18–27, 2020

Zoom Q&A w/ Filmmakers*
Sep. 19 at 6:00pm PDT

Joule TV Dinner Special^
Sep. 19 or 20


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Confronting the ghosts of our present, as humanity grapples with the current zeitgeist.
*All ticketholders will receive access to Zoom Q&A with:
It’s Hidden Within – Angela DiMarco (Director), Kara Puerschner
Serendip – Sally Cloninger (Director)
And I Feel Fine – Kate Walker (Director), Alek de Dochas (Actor)
Champagne – Elizabeth Schiffler (Director, Writer)
– Lemolo Music Videos – Chris Cunningham (Director)


Smell-O-Vision, anyone? In partnership with featured short film Champagne, we bring you Joule’s TV Dinner For Two^ to enhance your Mad World viewing experience by engaging all the senses with a comfort-filled dinner from Rachel Yang’s amazing restaurant. Enough for two, or leftovers for brunch!

Takeout meal includes:

  • Smoked tofu
  • Spicy rice cake
  • “That” short rib
  • Chinese broccoli

Cost: $55 feeds two people / $75 adds a bottle of PNW sparkling wine
Order online Sep. 19 or 20toasttab.com/joulerestaurant
(Set pick up date then select “PROVISIONS | FOOD” under “Choose a Menu” and then “TV Dinner for Two”)

Pick up at Joule in Fremont: 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Order for a 5:30pm pick up on Sep. 19 so you can get home to watch the 6:00pm Live Q&A with the Mad World filmmakers!

Tuning in from outside Seattle? Try the Quicker Spicy Rice Cakes recipe at home, or order Rachel Yang’s cookbook My Rice Bowl: Cooking Outside the Lines for more delicious recipes.

^significantly upgraded from TV Dinners of the past, aluminum tray not included

Film Program:

Life: Plastic Wrapped

(Sasha Chudacoff, Crested Butte, OR, 2020, 3 min)

A plastic bride comes to terms with being wedded to the earth’s collective ruin.

Lemolo – "South of Sound"

(Chris J. Cunningham, Seattle, WA, 2019, 4 min)

In this music video for the Lemolo song “South of Sound,” a strange game of musical chairs is played.


(Sally Cloninger, Olympia, WA, 2019, 5 min)

SERENDIP 1. an old Persian name for the country of Sri Lanka, 2. the root of the word, serendipity which of course means unexpected wisdom or an accidental discovery. Incorporating Hi-8 video and Polaroids from 1992 with found footage and animation, this film considers why we humans cannot seem to get along.

the life worth living

(Peter Vogt, Seattle, WA, 2020, 7 min)

A video essay based upon a chance encounter with a homeless man.

It's Hidden Within

(Angela DiMarco, Seattle, WA, 2020, 12 min)

A childhood trauma, the darkness of domestic violence, and a daughter caught in the middle of it all.

Still Life with Small Objects of Perfect Choking Size

(Erin Lynch & Keetje Kuipers, Seattle, WA, 2019, 3 min)

Video poem by Erin Marie Lynch, based on the poem “Still Life with Small Objects of Perfect Choking Size” by Keetje Kuipers.

Winner of Northwest Artist Award at Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2020 [Online].

One Minute to Midnight

(James Brammer, Seattle, WA, 2020, 7 min)

A scientist creates a powerful weapons energy source, more powerful than he knows.

And I Feel Fine

(Kate Walker, Boise, ID, 2020, 8 min)

Fears and hopes for the world are expressed through brief interviews, old video footage, and heartfelt apocalyptic karaoke performances.

Lemolo – "Mad World"

(Chris J. Cunningham, Seattle, WA, 2020, 3 min)

Music video for Lemolo’s haunting cover of the Tears for Fears classic “Mad World.”


(Elizabeth Schiffler, Seattle, WA, 2020, 18 min)

As the outside world creeps into her kitchen, a chef who cooks for ghosts learns more about herself, her work, and her voice, in order to bring harmony to her restaurant.

About Rachel Yang

About Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang, a 2019 James Beard Award nominee for the Best Northwest chef, is known for her singular culinary vision that artfully blends a love of bold, unexpected flavors with classic technique. Her food defies expectation and simple definition, and has earned her a reputation as an innovator and creative force. Yang’s food is beloved by seasoned, adventurous diners and often considered a revelation by newcomers eager to expand their palates. Her cuisine is informed equally by her personal history as a Korean native as well as her kitchen experience at the restaurants Per Se, Essex House, and DB Bistro Moderne. Along with her co-chef and husband, Seif Chirchi, Yang owns two Seattle restaurants: Joule, a contemporary Korean steakhouse that was named one of 2013’s Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit Magazine, and Revel, a lively, casual space for street food-style comfort food. Portland is the home of her third restaurant, Revelry.

Joule Instagram: @joulerestaurant
Rachel Yang Instagram: @rachelhyang

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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.


Vote for your favorite films by 12pm PDT on Closing Day, Sep. 27; BEST FEATURE and BEST SHORT winners receive a future screening opportunity at NWFF!

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