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Between the breathtaking natural landscape, the fresh seafood, and the vibrant music scene, there’s a lot to love about Seattle.

The City’s tourism non-profit wants to spread the word.

Visit Seattle commissioned five short films, each based on one of the five senses, to tell stories about the Emerald City and inspire people from around the world to see it for themselves.

The shorts, each created by a different director and team, are debuting at Sundance Film Festival this week.

“Our goal is always to make Seattle top of mind for people and to position the city as relevant and relatable,” said Alisa Carroll, director of public relations for Visit Seattle. “It’s part of how we are elevating brand Seattle. By partnering with Sundance, a name synonymous with excellence in film, we get great content and an incredible partnership with an industry leader. These films are treasured gems in our collection of great content about Seattle.”

Watch each of the short films below.


Directed by Clea DuVall

The first video of the series starts with intimate shots of an idyllic farm. A subtly tattooed arm pours milk from happy cows and lovingly transports it from West Seattle to Downtown. There, it is turned into everyone’s favorite treat: ice cream.

Scent of a Sasquatch

Directed by Drew Christie

In this whimsical animated short, Seattle’s “unofficial mascot,” the Sasquatch, follows her nose through the city’s neighborhoods. She smells art and industry in Georgetown, fish at Pike Place market, cherry trees on UW’s campus, and coniferous trees all around.

The touch of Seattle

Directed by Ian Cheney

In this loving tribute to wood, Ian Cheney explores the relationships craftsmen have to one of the Northwest’s most abundant resources. He invites you to experience sensation through the hands of different woodworkers, from whittling a tiny totem to building beautiful wooden lampshades.

All at Sea

Directed by Martha Stephens

This short is a tribute to Seattle icon Bruce Lee. It tells the fictional story of a time when the sight of Seattle’s skyline helped a man feeling both literally and physically adrift find peace.

Jimi Could Have Fallen From the Sky

Directed by Terence Nance

Another Seattle legend inspired this film. It’s a highly stylized interpretation of the life and times of young Jimi Hendrix and his friends, set to an electric guitar score (of course). The trippy dance moves and groovy, meandering music make for an excellent tribute to both the musician and the sound of Seattle.

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