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SSEFF '22 - 11/27
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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SSEFF '22 - 11/27
Sun Nov 27: 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 hybriditywithin 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.

Sunday, November 27th
Apocryphal Tome
(Miles Sprietsma, Portland, OR, 6:09 min)

Inspired by the kinetic-sculpture films of Marcel Duchamp, the animated mandalas of Jordan Belson, and 70s grind-house theater intros, Apocryphal Tome utilizes a readymade-assist, (assembled from a lamp-shade, turn-table, and multi-colored light-bulbs) triple-exposed on 200ft of 16mm film, resulting in a hypnotizing kaleidoscope of colors. Set to a contemporary psych-rock track from Portlands Lunar Grave.

Window Circumstance
(Sierra Grove, Olympia, WA, 3 min)

Window Circumstance creates a parallel between windows, vision and the cinema screen: a framed, chanced-based light show.

(Kathryn Ramey, WA, 10 min)

An acronym for swimming at your own risk, SAYOR refers to a forum without a moderator. Three years in the lives of three AMAB (assigned male at birth) children with a parent/observer. What does it mean to be male in the 21st century?

A Report of Ongoing Research into Cosmic Intrusions upon the Paradigm of Fatherhood
(Noah Weisel, Seattle, WA, 4:35 min)

This four-part film conducts a survey of Material Cinema techniques, composed almost entirely from hand-manipulated 16mm and 8mm celluloid, including archival and newly shot footage, as well as direct animation. A quick, feverish examination of the psychological horror which accompanies the fathering of twins.

A Series of Shorts
(Inga Markstrom, Brookings, OR, 6:06 min)

A collection of short films made out of collage with mixed media paper, puppets, and background.

Summertime Blues
(Jalen Christopher, Eugene, OR, 22:26 min)

Summertime blues is a reflection on unresolved and unreciprocated love through a series of visual poems.

(Miles Sprietsma, Portland, OR, 4:15 min)

A document of the ethereal features surrounding oceanic bodies, the recycling of life and death through the constant flux of coastline.

Thoughts On Time & Lessons Learned
(Victor Anthony Martin, Seattle, WA, 8:31 min)

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

The Knots We Tie
(Khali Watson, Seattle, WA, 5:02 min)

Intertwined in a web of memories, two strangers explore a newly developed love.

(Seth Nehil, Portland, OR, 3:45 min)

Two friends find unique ways to send messages through time and space. A quasi-narrative music video.

Mary Olson Farm
(Neely Goniodsky, Seattle, WA, 3 min)

This film was created during an artist residency at the Mary Olson Farm. Its an animated documentary portraying the history of the farm and the Olson family through animated objects found on site.

Call Me Back
(Melina Kiyomi Coumas, Portland, OR, 2:37 min)

Originally made just for family, the filmmaker uses the last voicemail left on her phone by her Grandmother in this experimental short that becomes a meditation on loss and haunted spaces. Footage was shot on Super 8mm film one summer upon returning home to Hawaii, a few years after her Grandmother's passing.

(HMFF, Seattle, WA, 11:20 min)

Thaw is one of an ongoing series of audiovisual works that explore the digital mediation of natural phenomena. This immersive film is meant to simulate the experience of losing oneself in the contemplation of shifting bodies of water. Ideally, our film will generate the same feelings of calm and meditative introspection; and potentially help urban-dwelling humans feel less alienated from their natural origins.

We Are Not the Same
(Dame Goya, Olympia, WA, 3:14 min)

A girl is woken up in the middle of the night by strange noises to discover a clone of herself in her house. The confusion deepens upon interacting with her double.

(Kendall Yoder, Ellensburg, WA, 8:25 min)

Solomon tries to appease his God, and is willing to go to whatever extent in order to do so. Shot as a modern black and white silent film.

(Dave Harvey, Olympia, WA, 27:11 min)

12 trips over Seattles Alaskan Way Viaduct the day before it was torn down, shot on Super 8mm film, edited together and slowed down, with original synth and drums soundtrack.

The Moon Rises During the Day (Sound Sculpture)
(Na Li, China, 3:13 min)

The 2D abstract hand-drawn animation comes from Na Lis improvisational drawings inspired by a piece of music. She visualized the sound through automatic drawing, creating the film in a semi-conscious state. Na drew symbols to represent the sounds and instruments she heard, using abstract drawings to translate a poem. HONORABLE MENTION

(Yolanda Tianyi-Shao  & Aaron Holmes, US, 7:44 min)

Two dancers entangledconversation to conflict to dissolution. / A hand-drawn animated film for which all the frames were drawn simultaneously by 100 people over the course of a 30-minute performance. HONORABLE MENTION


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




Owner: Northwest Film Forum
On BPT Since: May 27, 2004
Northwest Film Forum Team


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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