Local Sightings 2023 – Opening Feature: Fantasy A Gets A Mattress [Hybrid]

Fri Sep. 15 at 6pm | Happy Hour, sponsored by Seattle Film Commission and Georgetown Brewing Co.!

SOLD OUT Fri Sep. 15 at 7pm | Live show with Fantasy A, followed by a screening and Q&A!

Wed Sep. 20 at 7pm | Encore: Screening and Q&A! (No live show)

Watch online: Sep. 15–24

In-person tickets for opening night, Sep. 15, are SOLD OUT!
Encore screening + Q&A just added for Sep. 20 >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member
(Happy Hour is free to attend: Sep. 15 from 6–7pm)

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 will be available soon!

David Norman Lewis & Noah Zoltan Sofian
1h 20m

Visiting Artist

Directors David Norman Lewis & Noah Zoltan Sofian in attendance on Sep. 15 & 20!

Live Music

Local Sightings alum Fantasy A returns as our guest of honor for opening night, Sep. 15! He’ll be kicking off the festival with a live set before we screen his latest masterpiece.

** Before the Sep. 15 show, join us for a free film-lovers’ happy hour starting at 6pm. Discuss your latest projects, make connections, and meet our new Artistic Director Jill Busby! Thanks to our sponsor Georgetown Brewing Co., your first drink is FREE 😗🍺 **

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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.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

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 maria@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.


(David Norman Lewis & Noah Zoltan Sofian, US, 2023, 80 min)

Last we saw the local legend, in 2017’s Fantasy A Gets Jacked, his dreams of a perfect birthday were being thwarted at every turn by rival rappers and all-around a-holes. In 2023, after being kicked out of one group home after another, he sets his sights on an equally precious and personal goal – getting a mattress – all while achieving superstardom.

Join us for this ode to the hustling strivers of our city, with a zany cast of characters that includes a scheming loanster, a wannabe martial arts master, and the jilted cousin of a rap sensation. This ensemble comedy filmed entirely on-location does for Seattle what Do the Right Thing did for Brooklyn.


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.

Co-presented with Seattle Black Film Festival; submit to SBFF by Oct. 31!

The annual Seattle Black Film Festival (formerly the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival – LHAAFF) is a major season program of LANGSTON, showing provocative films and works about the Black experience from independent filmmakers.

For nineteen years, the festival has been bringing stories and experiences by and about Black people to the big screen in the heart of Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood. Housed at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, the festival features film screenings, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders.

As Seattle grows as a seat of activism, progressive ideology, innovation and technology, the Seattle Black Film Festival is a hub for filmmakers and audiences to exchange ideas with Black film as a catalyst for discussion.

The event is the culmination of a year’s worth of community-building through a series of smaller events and partnerships that provide audiences with unique cinematic and cultural opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival. The festival focuses on established names and emerging talent in Black media and connecting audiences with filmmakers and filmmaking through interactions in and outside the theater.

Films are selected from entries screened by panels and curated from current and vintage offerings. The festival takes pride in showcasing independent film celebrating Black brilliance, from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own backyard, connecting filmmakers and the community.

Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Film Commission

The Seattle Film Commission is a diverse group of film industry and community representatives established to advise and make recommendations to the City of Seattle on the development of policies and programs that enhance the economic development of Seattle’s Film industry, including promoting the sustainable growth of family-wage jobs prioritizing workers who have been historically underrepresented in the industry.

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⚠️ 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 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2023 program, which runs from September 15–24, 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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