Northwest Connections

Seattleites see more films per capita than the residents of any other American city, and a growing number of these selections have their roots in the fertile Pacific Northwest film community.

In the documentary section, we have profiles on the Gorge Amphitheatre, former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch, legendary ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller, and the indefatigable Patrinell Wright and her Total Experience Gospel Choir. In narrative features, we have the rediscovered Seattle-shot sci-fi silent film As the Earth Turns, the romantic dramedy Good Kisser, the vigilante justice thriller We Take the Low Road, and our opening night film Sword of Trust directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton.


USA | 2019 | 75 minutes | Josh “Bones” Murphy

Narratives of ecologists are pitted against the human tendency to engineer in this doc on the salmon-hatchery industry.

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As the Earth Turns

USA | 2018 | 46 minutes | Richard Lyford

This rediscovered 1938 Seattle-shot silent film tells of an apocalyptic future war that could devastate the planet.

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Destination Northwest

2019 | 91 minutes

From divining hidden water sources to topless bathing, this diverse collection of shorts from talented local filmmakers showcases some unique visions of how we live today.

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Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone

USA | 2019 | 70 minutes | Shelly Solomon

A doc on the successes of Seattle’s Thornton Creek Project, a neighborhood flood-control initiative.

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Enormous: The Gorge Story

USA | 2019 | 64 minutes | Nic Davis

Dave Matthews and Hozier are featured in this doc about the history of Washington's best-known outdoor concert venue.

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Fight Fam

USA | 2019 | 49 minutes | Ruben Rodriguez Perez

The tale of two Washington-based professional MMA fighters and the hardships of their careers.

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Good Kisser

USA | 2019 | 80 minutes | Wendy Jo Carlton

Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring stranger, only for it to expose the cracks in their foundation.

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Lynch: A History

USA | 2019 | 85 minutes | David Shields

A mesmerizing video collage, rather than a traditional doc, on the heroically controversial ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch.

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Our Bodies Our Doctors

USA | 2019 | 78 minutes | Jan Haaken

The daily lives of abortion providers are chronicled in this doc that goes behind the scenes of reproductive health centers.

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Patrinell: The Total Experience

USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Andrew Elizaga, Tia Young

The story of the indefatigable founder of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, an internationally recognized Seattle institution.

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Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story

USA | 2019 | 90 minutes | Patrick Creadon

A look at the life and career of the filmmaker, a driving force in the development of the ski and snowboarding industry.

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Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance

USA | 2019 | 50 minutes | Melinda Raebyne

Director Melinda Raebyne embeds herself at one of Seattle’s homeless camps over one winter.

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The Long Haul: The Story of the Buckaroos

USA | 2019 | 84 minutes | Amy Enser

Seattle’s all-male, country-Western-themed dance troupe uncovers their secrets and bares their souls (and plenty else).

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The Wild

USA | 2019 | 60 minutes | Mark Titus

In 2014, Mark Titus filmed the struggle to save salmon fishing in Alaska. This doc is his follow-up.

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Thin Skin Event

USA | 2019 | 120 minutes | Charles Mudede

Sneak-peek excerpt from Seattle filmmaker/author Charles Mudede’s feature Thin Skin, followed by an interview.

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We Take the Low Road

USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Domenic Barbero, Jerry Spears

Suppose you knew who was responsible for the rising cost of health care? Would you seek revenge?

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Sword of Trust | SIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala

USA | 2019 | 89 minutes | Lynn Shelton

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Two women attempt to unload an inherited Civil War sword onto a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner.

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