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South Sound Experimental Film Festival 2021 [In-Person]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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South Sound Experimental Film Festival 2021 [In-Person]
Fri Nov 12: 7.00pm PDT

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

*** Public safety notice ***
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 at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

The South Sound Experimental Film Fest is an inaugural one-night only curation of experimental short films from local artists.

SSEFF seeks to build community around the consistent exploration and development of the creative potentialities of this growing medium. The festival celebrates a multiplicity of voices from our regionfilmmakers who may otherwise get pushed to the fringe due to identity, insufficient resources, or quality of technique.

In collaboration with Northwest Film Forum, SSEFF contributes to a vast international network of ambiguity, experimentation, new filmic vocabulary and contemporary hybridity, within the usage, development, and screening of film.

Festival Lineup:

Wet Mouth
(Duncan Dickerson, Seattle, WA, 2021, 4:20 min)

An inventory specialist at a weed shop gets asked to try a newly engineered product before it goes on sale.

(Oliver Vy Le Nguyen, the traditional lands of Cahuilla, Duwamish, Nisqually, Puyallup & Squaxin peoples, 2018, 5:19 min)

A viet kieus visceral dreamscape weaving in between realms of memory and inner dialogue surrounding his mother, Vietnamese upbringing, and belonging.

Theia Unfurling
(Sierra Grove, Olympia, WA, 2021, 3 min)

In the camera-roll (in-camera edit) film, Theia plays their magical camera machine, gathering light, and unfurling through time. Fatigue grows until Lights power consumes them completely.

I Miss Seeing You
(Sierra Grove, Olympia, WA, 2021, 6:31 min)

Completed during March of 2021, I Miss Seeing You documents feelings of frustration, loneliness, desire, and fear experienced a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Petit Pains
(Thomas Hadley, Olympia, WA, 2018, 10:27 min)

A short film about depression and bread.

Tacoma Avenue From End to End
(Donovan Wilson, Tacoma, WA, 2020, 6:08 min)

Through the lens of a camera, Tacoma Avenue becomes a microcosm of our culture.

The Unraveling
(Vanessa Skantze with Osteo Parliament and dancers, Port Townsend, WA, 2021, 27:46 min)

A quartet of dancers encased in carapaces: the binds of the past, the anguish of ancestors and histories  they tear at these shuddering with relentless grief; opening them to reveal fragments of dreams, memories and dances; shadows of unborn works their bodies contain.

All That Was New Is Old Again
(Jason Biehner, Tacoma, WA, 2021, 7:15 min)

An experimental film making use of outdated technology to explore the impact of our tech-heavy lifestyle on the rest of the world.

(Ahmad White, Seattle, WA, 2019, 2:40 min)

Alert is a call to action to make new connections rooted in the physical world.

(Oscar Kryzanauskas, Olympia, WA, Nisqually & Squaxin Island traditional land, 2021, 11:30 min)

A dreamer wakes up and is given a music box with a special message by a clairvoyant in their basement.

Shadow Boxing
(Tatiana Garmendia, Brier, WA, 2019, 3:26 min)

Hand-drawn animation as a kind of ritual, paralleling the tedium of drawing each individual cell with the daily battle against the Othering our bodies are subject to.

Border Crossing
(Tatiana Garmendia, Brier, WA, 2015, 2:31 min)

The human body becomes contested territory in Border Crossing as a spotlight tracks movement across the body, revealing international visas stamped on her skin while a spoken litany creates a disorienting intonation.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is 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. 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 Executive Director Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org

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