Local Sightings 2021 – Motion Reel: Dance Shorts

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 19 at 8:45pm PT

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are adopting a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival model for 2021. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available here.


NWFF patrons will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. To be admitted, patrons ages 12+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


A series of movement-centric short films challenging themes of identity, originality, and togetherness.

Header photo credit: Unbecoming, dir. Bee Guzman-Elliott

How to watch...



  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

In this program:


A tragedy of power lust.

(Kailee McMurran, US, 2021, 8 min)

30 x 3 virgin remy: $200 OBO

Northwest Premiere!

Through experimental dance and disjointed narration, Hoàng recalls memories of her auntie’s long hair and how it came to be a symbol of luxury and malevolence in rural Vietnam.

(Sarah Nguyễn, US, 2020, 10 min)

** VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: This film contains rapidly flashing images and colors which could potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. **

Respire - Repeat

World Premiere!

Through reflection and refraction, starkly contrasted forms explore rhythm, tension, and form.

(Alexander Petit Olivieri, US, 2021, 2 min)


World Premiere!

One of the last humans with free will works to escape from conformity and the clutches of dystopian agents.

(Bee Guzman-Elliott, US, 2021, 4 min)

dust settles / i still drift

World Premiere!

Six dancers from around the world perform in urban spaces, in an effort to create a collective piece during a period of isolation.

(Maeve Barton, US, 2021, 3 min)

finding us // again

An innocent exploration of childhood friendships, growing up, and finding one another after time has passed.

(Ieva Bračiulytė & David Comeaux, US, 2021, 10 min)

The Ignorant Version

World Premiere!

A kaleidoscopic music video cut to the rhythms of Adrian Sherwood.

(Anthony V. Orkin, US, 2021, 1 min)

temporary blend / malleability / frailty

Movement investigates sensations of simultaneous drive, fatigue, inevitability, and the inability to feel touched.

(Maia Melene Durfee, US, 2020, 7 min)


US Premiere!

Continuously shifting identities of self and the environment are showcased in a site-specific piece which considers the body’s connection to the constant evolutionary metamorphosis of the Earth.

(Alia Swersky, US, 2021, 11 min)

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: For the sake of public safety, NWFF will require both face-coverings and proof of vaccination from audiences. We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program, which runs from September 16–26, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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