Team Pixvana loves that Local Sightings highlights the brilliance and creativity of Pacific Northwest filmmakers and films. We sponsored the Northwest Film Forum’s 2017 Film Festival and our CTO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder, Scott Squires, served on the festival’s jury.
We’re excited to congratulate the festival’s award winners and celebrate Pacific Northwest talent. There’s no place like home!
2017 Award Winners at Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival
Julie Keck of Seed&Spark, Camille Bertrand of Bleecker Street, Team Pixvana’s Scott Squires, and filmmaker Caroline Monnet served on this year’s jury.
JURY AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE
Buzz One Four
Matt McCormick, Portland, Oregon
Buzz One Four is a documentary film that investigates a Cold War B-52 bomber loaded with two thermonuclear bombs that crashed 90 miles from Washington DC. The crash has remained classified and details continue to be repressed by the Air Force: the filmmaker grew up knowing the bomber’s story because his grandfather was the plane’s pilot. Buzz One Four investigates the crash and other nuclear-weapons accidents, leaving the audience wondering if the United States was in greater danger of nuking itself than being attacked by the Russians.
JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
Daniela Repas, Portland, Oregon
A Bosnian refugee tells a story of her home, logged and kept as stacks of drawings. These drawings come to life with her touch and fill the screen with animated portrayals of her past.
JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT (SPECIAL MENTION)
Here Nor There
Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, British Columbia
A mysterious meeting in an underground parking lot; a funeral for a woman who has been missing for years; an actor pretending to be the private investigator—nothing is as it seems in this intimate portrait of what can happen to a family in the midst of loss and personal tragedy.
Seattle Composers Alliance Awards
BEST COMPOSITION AWARD (FEATURE)
The Watchman’s Canoe
Film by Barri Chase, Coos Bay, Oregon
Composition Credits to Brian Hathaway, Sam Esparza, Big U Music Sound Design, Knifewing Segura, Stephan Bayley, and Nahko Bear
A girl of Indigenous and European descent, Jett, struggles to fit in at school and at home. She is led on a challenging spiritual journey after she meets her neighbor and tribal watchman Uncle Ralph, ultimately connecting with nature and herself.
BEST COMPOSITION AWARD (SHORT)
Film by Ethan Folk, Seattle, Washington
Composition Credits to Tamara Ristic and Nikola Marinkovic
VERNAE is a massively collaborative multi-disciplinary project based on The Rite of Spring, with over 50 collaborators from 5 countries. The project examines the idea of sacrifice and seeks to explore deeply immersive performative states by experimenting with duration, repetition, and exhaustion. Led and developed by Ethan Folk (in collaboration with The House of ia, Alice Gosti, Devin Mcdermott, and Tyler Wardwell), beginning in February 2014, the project has produced 6 short films, 7 live performance installations (in Seattle and Belgrade), and one Gallery exhibition (in Belgrade). The project concluded with an experimental film.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse Audience Awards
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE
Zilla and Zoe
Jessica Scalise, Portland, Oregon
Zoe is obsessed with making horror films and is determined to win the upcoming horror flick contest. But her father, worried about her gory interests, demands she shoots her sister Zilla’s wedding instead. To win the contest, Zoe turns her sister’s wedding into a horror movie.
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
Tristan Seniuk and Voleak Sip, Seattle, Washington
Float is a short film set in mid-1990s Seattle that follows the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Cambodian-American hustler Rocky Mang. His days are a hazy wash of grinding and hustling, only broken by his persistent attempts to convince a local barista named Jenni-Mo Day to go on a date.