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Vanishing Seattle is a media movement that documents displaced and disappearing institutions, small businesses,  and cultures of Seattle - often due to development and gentrification - and celebrates the spaces and communities that give the city its soul.


What began in 2016 with sharing stories and photographs on social media has since grown to multiple projects and collaborations. This includes a Vanishing Seattle film series of six documentary shorts that take a deeper dive beyond the hashtag - which has screened at multiple events and film festivals - including Local Sightings Film Fest, Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF), Boston Asian American Film Festival, The Stranger's SCOOP Fest, Seattle Channel, and more - with the Bush Garden film garnering SAAFF's Cinemetropolis Award for Best Local Short and currently screening on Alaska Airlines in-flight through March 2023. A second Vanishing Seattle film series is currently in pre-production.

Vanishing Seattle and its founder have received coverage in publications including the Seattle Times, New York Times, KUOW, KEXP, Crosscut, and King 5 TV; engaged in collaborations on public exhibits and events such as The Vanishing Seattle Pop Up with Eighth Generation in Pike Place Market, City of Seattle's Hello | Goodbye Viaduct Festival, and Seattle Design Festival; and speaking engagements throughout the city, such as Converge Media, Creative Mornings, MOHAI, the Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum, and more.

Vanishing Seattle's work has received the Community Advocate award from Historic Seattle in 2017, and the Historic Preservation Media award from the WA State Historic Preservation Officer; Department of Archeology + Historic Preservation in 2021.

Insta: @vanishingseattle

Twitter: @vanishing206



Tips, photos, comments & additional info are encouraged. Use #VanishingSeattle or DM/tag @VanishingSeattle.

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