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SSEFF '22 - 11/26
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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SSEFF '22 - 11/26
Sat Nov 26: 7.00pm PDT

$17 General Admission
$13 NWFF Member

*** Public safety notice ***

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.

Festival - Local Festivals Hosted at NWFF

The South Sound Experimental Film Festival is a celebration of experimental filmmaking from local artists in the Pacific Northwest. Our intention is to harbor a community for the exploration and development of the creative potentialities of the growing medium. Our mission is to platform independent work which may otherwise get pushed to the fringe due to identity, insufficient resources, or qualifications of practice or technique.

The inaugural festival of 2021, in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, was a complete success. We are beyond grateful for the incredible support we have received from NWFF, and thanks to their continual sponsorship, we are looking forward to another year of screening the best experimental independent cinema we can find in the PNW.

In collaboration with NWFF, we are further able to contribute to a vast international network of experimentation, new filmic vocabulary and contemporary hybridity - within the usage, development, and screening of film.

We invite you to join us on November 26 & 27 at Northwest Film Forum! Thank you for your support.

Saturday, November 26th
(Mary Evans, Eugene, OR, 3:18 min)

Stara, a teen-witch-pop-star performs MIRACLES. Miracles is a type of mantra and a manifestation using pop frequency for positivity. Anything is possible if you believe in M-I-R-A-C-L-E-S.

(Melina Kiyomi Coumas, Portland, OR, 4:09 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Aquí is an experimental 16mm short film exploring what home means to a multicultural young woman living in Oregon.

(Connie Fu, Seattle, WA, 15:15 min)

Clamorseeking is an audiovisual project made over the course of two months living in a tiny house in Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula. Many of the percussive sounds in the music came from field recordings of shells, stones, wood, and water that were encountered and played with on daily walks. I wanted to create an audiovisual object that embodies the experience of introspection aligning with freedom and creativity.

The Tetrahedron
(Jonah Barrett, Olympia, WA, 19:07 min)

In an alternate reality, a team of scientists provoke an ancient inter-dimensional deity known as THE TETRAHEDRON. What started as a scientific exploration turns into a fight for survival as several team members find themselves hopping through various dimensions.

Ogre Hole
(Echo Chambers, Olympia, WA, 5 min)

A magical potion and mysterious glory hole suddenly appear to transform a group of bored babes into their truest and most uninhibited forms. Shot by an entirely trans and non-binary cast and crew, Ogre Hole, is a light-hearted exploration of transness.

Line of Apsides
(Miles Sprietsma, Portland, OR, 2:53 min)

A concrete reproduction of a distant neolithic past meets the infrastructure of a green future amidst an ethereal desiccated landscape.

12 Months First Love
(Ruby Mullen, Portland, OR, 9:29 min)

Each segment of 12 Months First Love was constructed under restrictions: they could only be made from videos, photos, and music created during the month which they represent. Created chronologically throughout 2019, these video collage pieces were then compiled together. The film documents the first year of a relationship which becomes long-distance, the death of a childhood pet, and the travels between home and not-home.

(Neely Goniodsky, Seattle, WA, 1 min)

An attempt to follow a breathing exercise which turns into a nightmare.

Monstres en Mer (Somewhere at Sea)
(Elizabeth Chamberlain, Olympia, WA, 6:02 min)

A new melody for an ancient song whose voice has been lost  pilgrims on a still sea plunge into fear when a powerful storm pulls them out farther and farther, until suddenly an eerie calm creeps in and a giant sea serpent appears, ready to fight. Le Voyage de saint Brendan is recounted in the medieval insular dialect of Old French and accompanied with an English translation reflecting the 12th century metric and rhyme scheme.

Secret Place
(Ryan Zemke, Seattle, WA, 9 min)

Lost in Barcelona, Alicia tries to find the place that she used to visit as a child.

Limas Place
(Hailey Bunn, Seattle, WA, 10:45 min)

In response to sccs experimental theater showcase prompt Origins: True Tales of the American Immigrant Experience.

Day Dreamin'
(Alice Grendon, Olympia, WA,  8:34 min)

Day Dreamin takes place between the bed and scenes along the Salish Sea, and forest. The film tells the story of a person struggling to get out of bed, preferring the excitement of the semi-lucid morning dream space to the presumed monotony awaiting in the day ahead.

The Walls Were Violet
(Jenn Sova, Portland, OR, 7:19 min)

A meditation on interiors, exteriors, and the shadows between them.

Ranger Danger
(Meriden Vitale, Port Townsend, WA, 6:42 min)

During the summers of 2020 and 2021, I worked as a fire lookout for the US Forest Service on the Willamette National Forest in the foothills of the Cascades. I lived alone with my dog at Warner Lookout and was responsible for tracking weather and new fire starts. This film is a compilation of images from my time at work as well as video poems I curated and filmed in my off hours.

After Katie
(M. Diana dArc, Olympia, WA, 7:51 min)

When an unexpected tragedy occurs, how can one family navigate the aftermath? A tribute to a young girl who died before her time and what happened after through the memories of her family. This work in progress concerns topics of child death and grief. Support this work by becoming a patron at patreon.com/Mistress_Diana_Darc.

(Roz Stranger, Portland, OR, 2:53 min)

Tshuvah is an experimental film exploring the ways we repeatedly return to self through love and loss. In Jewish practice tshuvah is a process of spiritual accountability, a time of realignment with personal and collective healing and transformation. The sonic landscape is composed of the amalgamation of six separate poems that lead into one cohesive piece, to which improvised movement is paired. Tshuvah documents the gesticulation of poetics. This is a dance between poetry and movement; traversing the nuance of beginnings and endings, tenderness and anger, pain and joy.

Mental Soirée
(Alberto Arellano, Spain, 5:14 min)

A Manual for a correct study of Telepathy in 3 steps leads the story through an evocative universe in which the characters are immersed. The mind is like a shipwreck, which always leaves remains on the beacha story depicted in colors, shapes and symbols. Mental Soirée tells the story of two shipwrecked people who meet in an unique soirée. HONORABLE MENTION

Eyes and Horns
(Chaerin Im, Korea, 6:15 min)

Exploration of masculinity begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, lines blur and boundaries of sexes disappear. HONORABLE MENTION


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 Patron Services Manager at maria@nwfilmforum.org

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