Several South Sound filmmakers have films showing in the NorthWest Film Forum’s Local Sightings festival this week.
The festival, now in its 13th year, runs Friday through Wednesday at the Film Forum’s cinemas on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Six feature films and 75 shorts will be screened. Friday’s opening-night film is the coming-of-age dramedy “Bummer Summer” by Olympia filmmaker Zach Weintraub. It shows at 7 p.m.
Also on the schedule is Tacoma filmmaker Jason Gutz’s documentary “Heaven Failed,” which will show at 5 p.m. Saturday. The film explores the life and dreams of David Bowdle, a disabled musician confined to his bed in Soap Lake, Wash.
The NorthWest Film Forum offers grants, classes, equipment rentals and other support to foster local filmmaking. The forum seeks to build a Northwest aesthetic in filmmaking, said communications director Ryan Anne Davis. Local Sightings is the flagship program that celebrates the organization’s goals.
One day, Davis hopes, filmmakers and the movie-going public will associate the Northwest with movies. “Instead of grunge music, they’ll think of independent film,” she said.
Audience members will get the chance to meet filmmakers and others involved in the films, Davis said, something she’s seen increased demand for. She compared it loosely to the farmers market movement.
“They want to to meet the (film) producer and meet their farmer,” she said.
Davis said the selections are juried and reflect the increasingly high production values that filmmakers are employing and audiences are demanding.
For more information, go to http://localsightingsfilmfest.wordpress.com.