Local Sightings 2023 – Local Haunts [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 15–24

Watch in person: Sep. 23 at 4pm

In-person tickets >

$14 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.

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.


(76 min TRT)

These love letters to the people and places of the PNW profile community gathering places – dive bars, video stores, bookstores, and queer co-ops from the San Juans to Hilltop – that make our region special.

Header photo credit: Vanishing Seattle Presents: We Are Reckless, dir. Drew Highlands & CJ Fernandez


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:

Vanishing Seattle Presents: We Are Reckless

(Drew Highlands & CJ Fernandez, Seattle, WA, 2023, 12 min, in English) World premiere!

Vanishing Seattle Presents: We Are Reckless intimately documents the bittersweet final month of the last family-owned video store in Seattle, Reckless Video. Through poignant interviews with the former owner, employees, and loyal customers, the documentary captures the deep love and appreciation for the store, physical media, and the vibrant sense of community it fostered.


(Theodore Calhoun, Tacoma, WA, 2021, 9 min, in English) Seattle premiere!

Neighborhood explores the connections between gentrification and settler colonialism in the historically Black neighborhood of Hilltop in Tacoma, WA. Trailer >

I Empower As A Mother

(Inder Nirwan & Dani Barker, Vancouver, BC, 2022, 10 min, in English)

An activist, a bookshop owner, a mother reflecting on the challenges of modern living in Vancouver during these unprecedented times. Trailer >

this is concrete

(Alice Gosti & June Zandona, Seattle, WA, 2022, 14 min, in English)

The body becomes architecture in the iconic abandoned military bunkers of Fort Worden National Park as personal and geographical histories are interwoven in this genre-bending dance.

Vanishing Seattle: Queer the Land

(Netsanet Tjirongo, Seattle, WA, 2023, 14 min, in English)

After witnessing countless friends and family lose everything to gentrification and displacement, a group of longtime Seattle activists form an organization dedicated to creating community and affordable housing for Queer and Trans People of Color. Four years later, and in the midst of a global pandemic and historic racial reckoning, Queer the Land is finally able to realize their goal with the purchase of a home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood; but soon discover the myriad barriers that lie in their wake.

Vanishing Seattle: Queer the Land is the story of a changing neighborhood, a tenacious community, and an unwavering dream.

Hi Crime - "Barefoot Pretender"

(Dylan Randolph, Mitch Etter & Brielle Rutledge, Seattle, WA, 2023, 6 min, in English) World premiere!

A folk rock mini-odyssey, the music video for Seattle band Hi Crime’s “Barefoot Pretender” follows the band as they traverse woods, streams, and the Salish Sea before arriving at a grandiose stone structure which transports them to somewhere unknown.

Good Night and Good Duck

(Colbe Schicatano, Seattle, WA, 2023, 12 min, in English) Seattle premiere!

On the night of its ten-year anniversary and closing party, patrons and staff of Seattle dive Speckled and Drake reminisce on the good times they shared and what made their spot special.

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 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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