Join LANGSTON as we host the closing night of Local Sightings Film Festival and celebrate key African-American elders and freedom-fighters through short films and storytelling! Stories feature the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, civil rights leader Jack O’Dell, a diverse chapter of local veterans, and more.

The Issue of Mr. O’Dell
(Rami Katz, Vancouver, BC, 35 min)
The life of Jack O’Dell, who once worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., is revealed through a conversation with the 94-year-old civil rights activist.

Promises Kept: DAV Chapter 23-West Seattle
(Kameko Thomas, Seattle, WA, 8 min)
*Director in attendance!*
The triumphs, tales, and trials of Disabled American Veterans Chapter-West Seattle – the most diverse chapter in Washington State.

Keepers of the Dream
(Patricia Boiko, Seattle, WA, 12 min)
*Director and crew in attendance!*
Emmett Till, Redlining, job discrimination and the revolution: at home with Francis Dixon, mother of the founders of the Seattle Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

This screening is co-presented with LANGSTON Seattle, CD Forum (Central District Forum for Art and Ideas), and CAIR-WA!


Beautiful. Powerful. Love. events engulf guests in culturally relevant performances and workshops in several healing art forms. The events offer the community opportunities to come together, begin to identify the roots of toxic thoughts and behaviors that keep Black women unhealthy and to heal those roots through joy, beauty, and culture. Each event includes neo-soul cuisine featuring recipes from the Diaspora prepared with optimal health in mind and juxtaposed to show the uniqueness and commonalities of Diasporic cultures.

LANGSTON is proudly partnering with Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival to present ‘Patrinell: The Total Experience’! Seattle’s extraordinarily gifted “First Lady of Gospel”, Rev. Patrinell Staten Wright, struggles to maintain the world-famous Total Experience Gospel Choir that she has directed for 45 years despite the exodus of African Americans from the rapidly gentrifying, historically black neighborhood of Seattle’s Central District. Fiercely independent, strong-willed and outspoken, she confronts bigotry, patriarchy, and social injustice along an uphill journey to share faith and build community through music.





Practice the art of storytelling through the documentary genre.  Learn how to develop a story from a real world source; practice various interview techniques, how to do effective research, how a documentary team finds their subjects and more. Show off your curiosity about the world around us through the medium of short film!

Experienced teaching artists will guide production teams over the three sessions, each workshop building on the previous, engaging all experience levels in camera work and editing software to enhance the storytelling process.  Students will practice and become comfortable with all elements of documentary filmmaking, including: interviewing, researching, filming, editing, production design, and more.

These workshops are free and require a commitment to attend all three workshops. Students who attend all three workshops will receive a $100 stipend for participation. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION!


Workshop dates are:
Sunday, September 22, 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 6, 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 20, 9:30am – 6:00pm

All workshops will be held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144) with a screening of their work at 5:30pm each day for family and friends.