Events

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    6:00 pmNW Film Forum, Seattle, WA

    The Department of Municipal Rocketry is pleased to announce a special event at the Northwest Film Forum:
    September 28, 6:00 PM Happy Hour, 7:15 PM
    Rocketmen the series - a special engagement with the Local Sightings Film Festival.
    All seven terrifying episodes of Rocketmen, with actual Rocketmen in attendance, rescuing audiences from modern Urban Peril.
    Rocketmen Premiered to three packed houses at SIFF.  For this one time only screening, join us for a drink at Northwest Film Forum (where the Stop-Motion sequences were shot) and fill out your own Peril form!  Available Rocketmen will be on hand to collect your peril documentation and respond where possible between episodes!
    This evening is a 21 and over event, admission includes one peril form and a gift from the Department of Municipal Rocketry (Contents may vary).

     

    Tickets available here:  https://www.localsightings.org/tickets-schedule

    Are you in Peril?
  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    multiple timesBroadway Metro, 43 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA

    See this year's best animated shorts from around the world! Audience votes helped distill 1100 submissions down to thirteen fan favorites. Couldn't attend the week-long festival back in May? This Best of the Fest show squeezes the most astonishing films into one incredible screening.

    Some of what you'll see: An exotic bird ripped from the jungle adapts to city life in hilarious ways. Giant insect overlords have taken over, but the staff of an elegant restaurant plots to overthrow their oppressors. A colonist on Mars gets fired from his job, and discovers new self-reliance outside the dome. A girl decides to indulge in a sensual evening of solo-pleasuring, yet her unruly body seems to have a mind of its own. A young man recounts what it was like to be living in Syria as the Islamic State seized his city. An eccentric husband uses his powers of precognition to foresee both the fate of humankind and what's for breakfast; his wife foresees an imminent divorce. Two best friends deal with the hope and heartache of an unrequited crush — while staying at a surreal summer camp populated by aliens, unicorns, and monsters under the bed.

    Get your tickets early... One day only!

    Not Rated. Parental guidance recommended. Mature content: nudity, sexuality.

  • Fri
    22
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA

    Local Sightings is Seattle’s only festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers: a showcase of new films from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia. Screenings are only part of the story: artist talks, performances and networking events held throughout the week allow film lovers and filmmakers to explore local creativity together. If you prefer the home-grown to the over-blown, Local Sightings is for you!

    *** The full schedule, tickets, and festival passes for Local Sightings 2017 can be found on localsightings.org. ***

    Check out especially the Natural Experiments program on Sept 25th, which includes animations/experimental films from Caryn Cline, Champ Ensminger, Ben Popp and Lynn Thompson!

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  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    The Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR

    Acclaimed indie animation artist Joanna Priestley has jumped off the deep end of the image pool into a luscious, mind bending, abstract animated feature film that will premiere at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd., ​Portland, OR) on September 21, 2017 at 7 PM. Tickets are available at: https://hollywoodtheatre.org/booking/tickets/1-311846/

    North of Blue (60 min.) began in the mysterious winter landscape of the far north where Priestley was filmmaker-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Canada. The program will include a special slide show about the Yukon and how the film was made.​

    More info on the film's website, here.

  • Fri
    30
    Jun
    2017
    Sun
    22
    Oct
    2017
    Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA

    Bellevue Arts Museum will be showcasing an installation of work by independent animator Tess Martin, featuring her new stop-motion animated film Ginevra. Alongside the film presentation will be exhibited several physical paper cut-outs from the film. This presentation will be the first public screening of Ginevra. The show opens at a Preview Party on June 29th, and is then open June 30-Oct 22.

    Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand, or objects. Her films have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. The exhibition will be on view concurrently with Cut Up/Cut Out, an exhibition from the Bedford Gallery in California of national and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting. The two exhibitions both highlight the incredible versatility of this ancient method of art-making and the diverse ways it is being employed by contemporary makers.

    Based on Percy Shelley’s Poem The Dirge (itself based on the Florentine urban legend of Ginevra degli Almieri, who is rumored to have woken up a full day after her supposed death), Ginevra tells the tale of a woman mourning the murder of her daughter, only to find that the death is not quite the ending that she expected. Though technically unfinished upon Shelley’s untimely death, his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (author of Frankenstein) published the last completed segment of the poem in 1824, allowing the mysteries of its meaning and the ambiguities of an untold ending to live on in the public consciousness.

    This film is part of a series of short animations based on poetry titled Cinematic Campfire Poetry, and was supported by the IFP Screen Forward Lab and produced by Monticello Park Productions. Director Tess Martin wrote the film to fit the poem, and animated it using paper cut-outs on a multi-plane animation stand, one frame at a time.

    Tess Martin: Ginevra is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lucile Chich and Benedict Heywood.

    ABOUT TESS MARTIN
    Tess Martin has received grants and residencies in support of her films, which have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. She also creates animations for musicians, other filmmakers, or initiatives like Ted-Ed. Tess runs and moderates the monthly Manifest Animation Show & Tell events in Rotterdam, where she is based, and is the director of Haptic Animation Amplifier (this website!), a non-profit that helps support & distribute animation from the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

    ABOUT BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM

    Bellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft, and design. BAM engages the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications, featuring regional, national, and international artists. bellevuearts.org.

    Trailer for the film:

    Ginevra trailer from Tess Martin on Vimeo.