The Seattle indie filmmaking scene is currently thriving, thanks to locally based filmmakers such as Lynn Shelton, Megan Griffiths, Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt, who make it a priority to film in Washington state. (Follow the Keep Film in WA campaign at washingtonfilmworks.org.)
Stay abreast of new work from local up-and-comers at the Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival (9/24–10/3; localsightings.nwfilmforum.org), the annual event showcasing the diverse perspectives of Northwest filmmakers. This year’s lineup features stories about a male escort turned deli owner (The Sandwich Nazi), a funny girl with a death wish (Killing June), a Christian fundamentalist road trip (Children), a Nepalese girl striving for an education (Drawing the Tiger) and the legendary guardian of the Samish people (Maiden of Deception Pass).
Prefer to ingest your movies in a thematic splurge? Look to SIFF (siff.net) for its popular mini festivals: Women in Cinema (9/17–9/20) reveals the modern world as seen through the female gaze; French Cinema Now (10/22–10/29) offers a contemporary take on liberté, égalité and fraternité; and Cinema Italian Style (11/12–11/19) showcases new reels from the filmic land of plenty.
Also worth gorging on is Nightfall, the 38th annual film noir series at SAM (9/24–12/10; seattleartmuseum.org), whose dark and moody movie gems include Scarlet Street (1945), Fritz Lang’s take on the femme fatale, and Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949), in which Shelley Winters plays the girlfriend of a heroin smuggler who falls for a narc. Now that’s noir.
Explore more 2015 Fall Arts events here.