Local Sightings 2022 – Thin Veil [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 16–25

Watch in person: Sep. 18 at 8:45pm

In-person tickets >

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

Virtual tickets >

$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

Festival passes >

$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.


With grace and a touch of humor, these films explore the liminal spaces between life and death, consciousness and unconsciousness. From past lives to afterlives, these works invite you to the other side.

Header photo credit: Tatehuari, dir. Sarah Whelden


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.

Films in this program:

Past Life

(Rose O’Shea, WA, 2021, 13 min, in English)

In a world where past lives are remembered, an ambitious academic’s life implodes the night he is recognized by a forgotten enemy…a small dog.

Trailer >

In the Event of My Death

(Brian Scott Steele, CA, 2021, 21 min, in English)

Jeremy. Just. DIED. So, in the event of his death, he leaves behind a series of clever clues and witty video messages for his best friend and bandmate Sam, and his brash sister Mandy, which sends them on an adventure through their shared past. They get to experience one last day with Jeremy after he’s gone, and in the end are compelled to mourn the best way they know how.

Trailer >

On the Other Side

(Ryan E. Torgeson, WA, 2022, 3 min, in English)
World Premiere!

This short poetry film features the visual collage artistry of Kellie Richardson and builds on her original poem “A Sweet Shot in the Arm.” Caught in a static, flat, black and white world, a poet queen discovers a crack, behind which lies a colorful dimension of living collage that’s full of promise, passion, and a life-affirming message from ancestral voices.

Blue Cranes w/ Edna Vazquez – "Tatehuari"

(Sarah Whelden, OR, 2021, 5 min, in Spanish)
Seattle Premiere!

An exploration of what it means to experience the raw heat of life together: excitement, joy and rebirth, tempered by grief, death and pain. Kept company and grounded by the voice of a central character, viewers are guided through this human spectrum and shown how their own existence is clarified by others.

Trailer >

The Hours Before Sunrise

(Daniel H. A. Stewart, BC, 2021, 13 min, in English)
World Premiere!

From holes dug in his pock-marked backyard, an elderly poet struggles to complete his final manuscript and find his final resting place.

Death's Diner

(Ravenna Tran, WA, 2021, 15 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

Stumbling into a diner one foggy night, two patrons gradually realize the truth of their situation: the diner is where they will be served their last meal before leaving this plane of existence.

Thoughts on Time & Lessons Learned

(Victor Anthony Martin, WA, 2022, 9 min, in English)

An experimental audiovisual diary consisting of a group of people discussing their thoughts regarding time, aging, and lessons learned.

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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