Local Sightings 2020 – Planet PNW (Shorts Program)

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Sep. 18–27, 2020


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The Great Outdoors comes inside through these tales of open air adventure and environmental stewardship.


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Film Program:

The Pilgrimage

(Lori Lozinski, Vancouver, BC, 2020, 13 min)

In July 2019, over fifty riders traveled to Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada for a two-day women-only mindful motorcycle quest called The Pilgrimage.

Imagine none of this is real

(Nicole Baker, Portland, OR, 2020, 4 min)

A strange, melancholy travelogue through the post-human world.


(Kelly Ramirez, Olympia, WA, 2020, 3 min)

A paper cutout animation short about the dangers sharks face from human practices of sharking, finning, and fishing.

Trophy Hunter

(Sean Burns & Bill Jarcho, Vashon, WA, 2019, 4 min)

A young boy with a BB gun fantasizes about being a big game hunter.

Into the Rift: The Story of the Atlas Mountain Race

(Brady Lawrence, Seattle, WA, 2020, 40 min)

To simply finish the Atlas Mountain Race means navigating 1,200 kilometres of the most rugged and remote roads in Morocco. To win requires riding almost non-stop, night and day, for days on end. It is a combination of strength and sleep deprivation that only a few riders in the world can manage. Alone, unsupported and loaded down with supplies, each competitor must constantly battle mechanicals, heat exhaustion and saddle sores to get to the finish. There is no prize, no money, simply the satisfaction that comes from pushing oneself to the limit while exploring the forgotten corners of a beautiful country. With support from PEdALED, Canyon, Fizik and the race crew led by organiser and route creator Nelson Trees, filmmaker Brady Lawrence followed the race documenting everything from a brutal 80-kilometre walk through the high desert with a broken bike, to one racer’s simple joy at realizing they’ll soon eat their first warm meal in days. Featuring the sport’s biggest names and first-time, ultra-distance racers alike, the film gets up close to the kind of people crazy enough to take on this epic challenge. Capturing the human drama set against an otherworldly landscape, Into the Rift is an in-depth look at a true cycling adventure.

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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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