Local Sightings 2022 – He Hawaiʻi Au w/ Artist Spotlight: Kanani Koster [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 16–25

Watch in person: Sep. 24 at 8:45pm

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$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

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$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

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$60 – $150 Sliding Scale

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes and Individual Tickets are available!

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at cris@nwfilmforum.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


(Daymien Nainoa Bunao, WA, 2022, 40 min, in English, Hawaiian)
World Premiere!

Childhood trauma causes a Native Hawaiian woman to leave Hawai’i and reinvent herself in Seattle. Can she come to terms with her identity when past and present start to collide?


Co-Presented by Seattle Asian American Film Festival!

Co-Presented by Seattle Asian American Film Festival!


The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length, short format, and animated films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to sharing the arts and stories of Asian American communities.

SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives, and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American communities.

Seattle Asian American Film Festival is a volunteer-run organization and an Associated Program of Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.

FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • 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.

Feature film He Hawaiʻi Au screens with the following two short films by Kanani Koster:


(Kanani Koster, OR, 2021, 9 min, in English, Hawaiian)
World Premiere!

Eric and Chris, Kanaka Maoli brothers raised on the mainland, have always managed to find trouble when together. With their latest scheme and longtime dream of retiring on the Islands, their bond is tested as kāne (men) and keiki (kids).

No Spectators Allowed

(Kanani Koster, OR, 2021, 17 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

A true crime podcast host sits down with an Indigenous woman to record her sister’s cold case but their individual intentions for telling this story come to a head as they examine the night in question.

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 25th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2022 program, which runs from September 16–25, 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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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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