New American Cinema Competition

Each of these films may not currently have a distributor, but they have a champion on the programming team. New American Cinema fields the largest number of submissions by far. We can select only a fraction to take to the finals, but the heavy competition leads to a truly remarkable collective output of U.S. independents. Our mission is to herald the diversity of the American experience through voices sorely underrepresented in American cinema.

The winner will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards April 24 and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Are We Lost

USA | 2022 | 71 min | Jenny Gage, Tom Betterton

April 14 - 24, 2022

After her daughter’s death and a turn to substance abuse, Raine must confront her grief and repair the bond with her son.

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Hannah Ha Ha

USA | 2022 | 75 min | Jordan Tetewsky, Joshua Pikovsky

April 14 - 24, 2022

Kindhearted, small-town 20-something Hannah has her comfortable townie lifestyle challenged by her visiting brother.

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Know Your Place

USA | 2022 | 118 min | Zia Mohajerjasbi

April 14 - 24, 2022

Gentrification’s impact on Seattle’s East African community is explored as two teenage boys navigate the city on an errand.

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USA | 2022 | 101 min | Colin West

April 21 - 22, 2022

When a satellite crashes near his suburban home, the host of a failing children’s science show builds a rocket to outer space.

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Warm Blood

USA | 2022 | 86 min | Rick Charnoski

April 22 - 24, 2022

Red, a runaway in the 1980s, returns to the outskirts of her NorCal hometown to track down her wayward father.

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