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WELCOME! Welcome to the 11th Annual Tacoma Film Festival! This is my fourth year directing TFF and it inspires me to see that not only have filmmakers become PHOTO BY LAVENDAR BOUQUET more committed to TFF, so has our community. Local businesses sponsor events and films, volunteers take care of thousands of daily details and host visiting filmmakers in their homes, and more and more of our friends and neighbors have jumped in to the totally unique, creative, and enthusiastic experience of discovery that a film festival is. At TFF you will find new films of all kinds: live-action, documentary, animated, virtual reality, shorts and features from the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. Many of our films are premieres and you will be the first in the world to see it. Many go on to festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW. TFF’s eight days represent an entire year’s worth of work from our volunteers and staff who watch over 1,200 films submitted from Korea to Albania to Sri Lanka to Columbia to our own backyard. Yes, it can be a challenge to map out your trip to TFF in order to see absolutely everything you can, but I challenge you to trust us. Don’t know where to start? Flip through the program with your eyes closed and point, pick something. Anything. You may see a new perspective, a new idea, or new inspiration that you never considered before - and you’ll have that mind blowing experience along with hundreds of film supporters and filmmakers. See you at the movies!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FESTIVAL SPONSORS 05 JURY & STAFF 06-07 TICKETS & PASSES 09 VENUE MAP & SPONSORS 11 SPECIAL EVENTS 12-14 WORKSHOPS 15 THE VELDT 17 FEATURES 19 SHORTS PACKAGES 25-40 SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE 26-27 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM 42-49 FILM INDEX 50

OFFICIAL WEBSITE TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL.COM FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/TACOMAFILMFEST TWITTER @TACOMAFILMFEST INSTAGRAM @TACOMAFILMFEST #2016TFF Publication Title and Number: Tacoma Film Festival | Official program #11 Issue Date: September 15, 2016 Statement of Frequency: yearly Authorized Organization Name and Address: Grand Tacoma Cine Club 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma WA 98402

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JURY DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

NARRATIVE SHORTS

BEN HAMILTON is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and outdoor enthusiast who has worked with National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS, HGTV, Discovery, Military Channel, and many others. He is the founder of Pioneer Studios, through which he produces, directs, shoots and edits. Ben is Leave No Trace certified, dedicated to minimal impact shooting, and is committed to producing media for a better planet.

NICK DAWSON is the Editorin-Chief at Talkhouse Film, a website where filmmakers write about new movies and TV shows. He is the author of the 2009 book “Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel” and was formerly the Managing Editor at Filmmaker Magazine and Associate Editor at the website for Focus Features. His current work can be found at: film.thetalkhouse.com

BETH HARRINGTON is a Grammy and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on stories of American music and culture. Her most recent film, the criticallyacclaimed The Winding Stream, is the saga of American roots music royalty, the Carter and Cash families. RILEY HOOPER is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her award winning short docs have screened at festivals across the U.S. and internationally, and have appeared in The New York Times’ Op Doc and Made with Kickstarter series — as well as The New Yorker, Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week, and The Atlantic. CLAY LIFORD is an independent producer and director originally from New York City, now living in Austin, TX. His credits include Earthling (2010), My Mom Smokes Weed (2009), Wuss (2011), and Slash (2013)

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MICHAEL DUNAWAY is the Editor of the Film Section of Paste Magazine, and is the Founding Partner of Gasoline Films and Poitier & Dunaway Motion Pictures. He is the producer and director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater, a New York Times Critics Pick which debuted at #8 on iTunes. Current projects include a scripted historical civil rights epic with the King and Poitier families. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and children. JENNIFER PREDIGER co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in a movie about codependency with collaborator Jess Weixler called ‘Apartment Troubles’, formerly known as, ‘Trouble Dolls’. Their film, starring Megan Mullally, Jeffrey Tambor and Will Forte is currently playing on Showtime. Jennifer also works as an actor and producer and lives the dream in Los Angeles. DAMON RUSSELL grew up in the Atlanta suburbs. After graduating from Georgia State University, he began working in documentary television. He is currently a producer on the A&E show The First 48. In 2012,

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JURY he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film, Snow On Tha Bluff, about real-life Atlanta crack dealer and robbery boy, Curtis Snow. The film was executive produced by Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years A Slave) and acquired by Screen Media and is currently available on Netflix. The following year, Russell produced the 2013 Oscar winning short film, Curfew. He went on to produce and edit the feature version of Curfew, entitled Before I Disappear, which won the audience award at SXSW (2014) and was released in theaters by IFC in November of 2014.

LOCAL FILMS KRIS CREWS is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist specializing in documentary film & music video production. Kris works closely with Spaceworks Tacoma and several independent artists, as well as community organizations to promote art in Tacoma via video and photography. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema in Tacoma, Fulcrum Gallery, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Tacoma Film Festival, and the Seattle Art Museum.

KALA DRALLE is an Economic Development Specialist for the City of Tacoma. She provides business coaching services directly to small businesses. Kala is also the City’s special events permitting authority, including film permitting. ANNALISA SHOEMAKER grew up in Sarasota, Florida. After graduating from the University of Miami, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in film. While there she learned the ins and outs of theatrical distribution working at Focus Features. In 2014, Focus relocated her to Los Angeles, where she quickly remembered her love of warmth and sunshine. While in L.A., Annalisa became an associate producer of the feature documentary The Last Animals, which chronicles the global effect of the ivory and rhino horn trade and is currently in post-production. In January 2016, Annalisa took her knowledge of the film distribution world to Amazon Studios where she now works managing the distribution strategies of their dynamic slate of original feature films.

FESTIVAL STAFF FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Laura Marshall EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GRAND CINEMA: Philip Cowan ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF THE GRAND CINEMA: Katy Evans, Wade Neal EVENTS AND SALES MANAGER: Rachel Marecle DIRECTOR OF MARKETING: Darcy Nelson TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL.COM #2016TFF

VOLUNTEER MANAGER: Marlee Johnson MEMBERSHIP & ACCOUNTING: Gini Liley PROJECT COORDINATOR: Faith Stevens COVER ARTWORK: Gillian Nordlund PROGRAM LAYOUT: Faith Stevens DESIGN: AM Independent FILM TRAFFIC COORDINATOR: Austin Milner VOLUNTEERS: THANK YOU ALL!

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PRODUCTION SERVICES “MovieMaker was instrumental in my saving more than $30K in hard costs on my film. I’d highly recommend this program.“ —Gayle Ferraro, producer (To Catch a Dollar; Ganges: River to Heaven)

Not only has MovieMaker Magazine been giving you the knowledge to help you make your movies for more than 20 years, we’ve been quietly helping producers get their movies made, as well. Now let us help you. We’re looking for producers in active development or preproduction who meet select criteria and want to double their budget without raising additional cash. If you qualify, you may be able to stretch your budget further than you ever thought it could go.

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TICKETS & PASSES HOW TO BUY TICKETS Advance tickets for all film festival movies and events are on sale at:

THE GRAND CINEMA 606 South Fawcett Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone (253) 593-4474 GRANDCINEMA.COM

Day of show tickets will be available at the venue doors a half an hour prior to each screening. ALL INFORMATION ACCURATE AT TIME OF PRINTING.

FOR THE LATEST PROGRAM INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

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SINGLE TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION $10 MATINEE $8

Grand Cinema Members receive $2.50 off regular prices for single tickets.

PUNCH CARDS (10 ADMITS) GENERAL ADMISSION $75 GRAND CINEMA MEMBERS $60

VIP FESTIVAL PASS $150

Includes Opening & Closing Night, t-shirt, welcome bag, parking pass, unlimited films, and access to the Festival Lounge with free food and drink. To guarantee ticket, arrive 30 minutes prior to each screening.

OPENING NIGHT MOVIE & MIXER GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND CINEMA MEMBERS $15

CLOSING NIGHT MOVIE & MIXER GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND CINEMA MEMBERS $15

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T-SHIRTS

Official Tacoma Film Festival t-shirts are available to purchase throughout the festival. Get yours today at The Grand Cinema, online, or at TFF venues around the city. 2016 Designs by Gillian Nordlund $20 UNISEX SIZES SM-2XL LIMITED RUN, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

Tacoma Film Festival Logo $15 UNISEX SIZES SM-2XL

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It’s a big world. See it all.

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SPECIAL EVENTS OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY OCT 6 7:00 PM FILM: AS YOU ARE

Produced by Tacoma local Sean Patrick Burke GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND MEMBERS $15

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Celebrate the first night of TFF and support local filmmaking with AS YOU ARE, a suspenseful yet sensitive grungeera set feature thriller produced by Sean Patrick Burke, starring Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, and Mary Stuart Masterson, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Join us for an after-film social in The Grand’s lower lobby with music, food, and photos. Filmmakers in attendance. SPONSORED BY

FRIDAY FEATURE FRIDAY OCT 7 7:00 PM FILM: TRESPASS AGAINST US GENERAL ADMISSION $10 GRAND MEMBERS $7.50

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Michael Fassbender stars as a man looking to escape the ways of his outlaw family in the crime action drama TRESPASS AGAINST US. Brendan Gleeson also stars. AFTER PARTY AT EUROPA BISTRO Head down the street for an after party in the heart of the Proctor District at Europa Bistro. Show your ticket stub to receive 20% off your order (VIP pass holders receive free appetizers and 1 free alcoholic drink). Space at Europa Bistro is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. SPONSORED BY

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SPECIAL EVENTS FAMILY SHORTS & TREATS SATURDAY OCT 8 10:00 AM FILM: NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL, BEST OF THE FEST GENERAL ADMISSION $8 GRAND MEMBERS $5.50

BLUE MOUSE THEATRE 2611 N PROCTOR STREET

Bring your family and friends of all ages to Tacoma’s historic theater for a special screening of the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL, BEST OF THE FEST (suitable for all ages). Enjoy free doughnuts and milk at this family-friendly matinee.

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FESTIVAL AWARDS PARTY SATURDAY OCT 8 10:00 PM

Party with festival goers and filmmakers as we announce this year’s jury-selected TFF 2016 awards at the Zodiac Supper Club just a few blocks down the street from The Grand Cinema.

MUST BE 21+

Show off your grilling skills at the DIY BBQ station and dance to the beats of DJ Sean the Shaman at this no-host bar event.

ADMISSION: FREE

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SPECIAL EVENTS VIP & FILMMAKER LOUNGE FRIDAY TO WEDNESDAY OCT 7-12

Relax, refresh, and mingle with festival goers and filmmakers in the TFF lounge featuring complimentary refreshments. FREE for all VIP pass holders and filmmakers.

ADMISSION: PURCHASE A VIP PASS TO ENJOY THIS EXCLUSIVE FESTIVAL LOUNGE

LOUNGE HOURS:

THE GRAND CINEMA’S LOWER LOBBY 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

FRI: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM SAT: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM SUN: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM MON-WED: 3:00 – 9:00 PM Visit the hosted bar for beer and wine Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE

CLOSING NIGHT THURSDAY OCT 13 7:00 PM FILM: SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND MEMBERS $15

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Celebrate the festival with one last hurrah featuring SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY and a postfilm party in the lower lobby of The Grand featuring food from Europa Bistro and a no host bar.

SCORE takes viewers inside the fascinating world of the film score through interviews with Hollywood’s premier composers. Filmmakers in attendance. SPONSORED BY STELLA ARTOIS, EUROPA BISTRO & CLICK!

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WORKSHOPS CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE PRESENTED BY SATURDAY OCT 8 11:00 AM ADMISSION: FREE

THE GRAND CINEMA 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. This class for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find your audience, how to structure your crowdfunding campaign, how to pick the right goal and backer incentives, and much more. Seed&Spark is a crowdfunding and integrated distribution platform for independent films and film related projects. With the highest success rate in the business (75%!!!), we’re helping creators build independent careers one project at a time. SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE

ANIMATION PRESENTED BY BENSON SHUM MONDAY OCT 10 2:00 PM ADMISSION: FREE

HAVE NOT STUDIOS 1102 S. 11TH STREET

Interested in working in animation? Hear how one professional made this passion a career and take notes on the process and inspiration of Benson Shum, an animation whiz originally from Vancouver, BC. Shum tells story through animation and illustration as an Animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. His art has been shown in Tacoma, Los Angeles, Dublin, and in Spain. This workshop is perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to learn more about this exciting art form. SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE

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2016-2017 Season

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Conductor & Music Director

Pantages Theater For tickets ($18-$36) call Broadway Center: 253-591-5894 or 1-800-291-7593

And The Trumpet Shall Sound October 15, 2016 Saturday, 7:30PM

“Beautiful...lyrical...stunning...stupefying” “Trumpet player supreme” Allen Vizzutti

“Saxy”

November 20, 2016 Sunday, 2:30PM

The brilliant saxophone playing of local artist, Erik Steighner

From The Galaxy Stars, Mars & more...

February 25, 2017 Saturday, 7:30PM Presenting the winner of this year’s Student Soloist Competiton.

In The Spring April 29, 2017 Saturday, 7:30PM Featuring the sensational artistry of clarinetist, Robert Spring


THE VELDT THE VELDT - a new

VR/360 film experience at the Tacoma Film Festival - is curated by Nathaniel Luke Pinzon & Kim Voynar of WonderTek Labs. Named for the classic 1950 Ray Bradbury short story, The Veldt will feature five different films including an interactive HTC Vive experience. Fablab Tacoma will be on hand to help you build your own VR cardboard goggles, and you can enter to win a pair of limited-edition handmade, plywood VR goggles - we will have a winner each day.

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VIRTUAL REALITY OPEN STUDIO SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCT 8 & 9, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM ADMISSION FREE

THE VISITOR | Explores a woman’s psyche as she waits in the desert for her greatest fear to arrive. Filmmakers: James Kaelan and Blessing Yen ASHES | A 360 degree story exploring love and loss as told through dance and gesture. Filmmaker: Jessica Kantor HAUNT | A short virtual reality film about presence, experienced through the eyes of a ghost. Filmmaker: Lilian Mehrel NEURAL PATH | Tells the story of a young woman who seeks revenge by kidnapping and drugging the man who robbed her, taking him on a surreal trip of redemption. Filmmaker: Michaella Vu MARIMBA | A musical virtual reality experience in which the user gets to play the Latin mallet instrument: marimba. Filmmaker: Evie Powell

THE VELDT PREVIEW NIGHT FRIDAY, OCT 7, 9:00 PM TO 1:00 AM

GENERAL ADMISSION $10 GRAND MEMBERS $7.50 The Veldt opens with a special preview October 7 featuring DJ Larry Mizell Jr and a special collaboration between artists William and Christopher Jordan.

VR HAPPY HOUR SALON SUNDAY, OCT 9, 4:00 PM ADMISSION FREE

Visit The Veldt on Sunday afternoon to participate in our VR Happy Hour Salon. Meet and talk with artists, featured filmmakers, and developers and explore current trends and the future of VR and 360 degree filmmaking.

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FEATURE FILMS All features, both Documentary and Narrative, are listed below in alphabetical order. These represent our team’s selection from over 1200 films that were submitted to the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival. Enjoy!

SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA & THE MUSEUM OF GLASS ARE FREE UNLESS NOTED BY THE “FAMILY FRIENDLY” ICON, ALL FILMS ARE NOT YET RATED, AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

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With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

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Set in the early 1990’s, As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. OPENING NIGHT FILM, FULL DETAILS ON PAGE 12

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CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP

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CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

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USA | 98 MIN D: ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN C: JOHNNY SIMMONS, AMY LANDECKER, JASON SCHWARTZMAN

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A young, unaccomplished pianist on the verge of a life transformation, falls for a rich, married woman who opens his mind to new experiences. OCT 11

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THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES

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The Hollywood Shorties is a documentary on the birth of organized sports in the American dwarf community. Beginning in the 1950s and rising to prominence in the 1980s, the Hollywood Shorties were a basketball team, the first of their kind and unique in the history of dwarf athletics. Their legacy stands without peer and is recounted here by original team members and the generation they inspired. PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM I AM YUPIK (DETAILS: PAGE 40)

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A profile of an ancient city and its unique people seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

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FEATURE FILMS THE LAST LAUGH

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USA | 88 MIN D: FERNE PEARLSTEIN C: ROB REINER, SARAH SILVERMAN, MEL BROOKS

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Feature documentary about humor and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humor in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech.

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After the death of a friend, teen thief Hashi fantasizes about getting out of town. When his closest friend is victimized by violence, Hashi is forced to choose between fighting back and becoming what he fears, or saving himself and leaving behind everyone and everything he knows.

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Documents the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.

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PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL (DETAILS: PAGE 40)

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A mother and daughter are terrorized by a monster in this gripping thriller.

OCT 7

10:00 PM THE BLUE MOUSE

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How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at the New York Times. Obit is a firstever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history.

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OFF THE RAILS

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2:00 PM

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The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.

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A ‘70s-era-inspired psychological thriller, Other Madnesses features a reclusive tour guide who becomes an unlikely vigilante when the dark underbelly of New York City is revealed through his dreams.

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This documentary brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most international music genre: the film score.

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Rob convinces his best buddy to become a human guinea pig at the local medical testing facility of a large, controversial corporation and then promptly loses contact with him. Slackjaw is a mildly absurd bromantic dramedy about the path to personal responsibility amidst the divisive fog of a politicized landscape. PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM SITUATIONAL (DETAILS: PAGE 40)

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Sonita, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita’s story unfolds in an intimate and joyful portrait.

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1. MUIR SONG USA | 3 min Director Janssen Powers Captures the energy and attitude of exploring Washington through the eyes of people who do so religiously. Narrated by legendary mountain climber, Lou Whittaker. 2. MOBILIZE Canada | 4 min | Caroline Monnet Guided expertly by those who live on the land and are driven by the pulse of the natural world, this story takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. 3. WE CAME HOME Canada | 11 min | Director Mike Goldstein It was meant to be the first ski descent from the summit of Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. A seven-week expedition of four professional climbers and four sherpas. But decisions aren’t always unanimous. And as much as we forge on to conquer the wild that nature sets before us, the mountains often win. 4. PHIL’S CAMINO USA | 28 min Director Annie O’Neil A colorful and affecting short doc about Phil, a free spirit who wants to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, while facing Stage 4 cancer in his hometown of Seattle. Told he shouldn’t

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do the walk, he builds his own camino in the forest behind his house and ends up walking the same distance as the ancient pilgrimage The Camino de Santiago (about 500 miles). 5. VIXEN’S VOYAGE USA | 14 min Director Nicole Halabisky 11 years ago, Bruce and Tiffany Halabisky decided to abandon the conventional life and set sail around the world in a small wooden boat (having two children along the way.). Vixen’s Voyage is a glimpse into their life at sea. 6. THE UNKNOWN SEA: A VOYAGE ON THE SALISH USA | 31 min | Director Kevin Campion Audiences will join the crew aboard the historic ship Orion, a 64-foot yawl sailing vessel, on a voyage to explore the Salish Sea through the people and places that make up this lush, vibrant ecosystem. 7. OCEAN STORIES: THE HALLS USA | 28 min | Director Patrick Creadon Howard and Michele Hall have made a life of diving into the unknown in search of unique marine subjects for their IMAX films. In this episode of Ocean Stories, we are taken on a visual adventure beneath the waves and into the alien world of the deep, where the Hall’s capture mysterious animal behaviors seldom seen and rarely recorded.

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1. THE BOARD USA | 11 min A socially challenged high school kid tests his ultimate system for making a successful firsttime call to his crush. 2. I AM VIRGIN USA | 13 min | Director Cody Mathieson Packer | Cast Liam Gallogly, Amy Frazzini Two awkward teenagers, set up by their parents to lose their virginity, come together and connect on their own terms. 3. JEWISH BLIND DATE SWITZERLAND | 16 min | Director Anaelle Morf | Cast Estelle Darnault, Axel Fernandez, Joëlle Séchaud, Raphaël Vachoux Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.

5. WALKING HOME Germany | 17 min | Director Max Richert | Cast Mathilde Ollivier, Charlie Gustafsson A coincidence brings together two students from different countries on the last night of their school trips to Italy. Connected in mutual dislike for their respective farewell parties, the initial distance and reservations between them quickly turn into bonding and rapport. 6. THE BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF Germany | 29 min | Director Barbara Kronenberg Cast Inga Dreger, Lotta Teufel, Sascha Tschorn While the 8th grader Ella faces a decisive math exam, which determines if she will be promoted to the next grade, she dreams of last summer: love lessons of her grotesque ballet teacher, private tutoring by a know-itall 7th grader, her first kiss and permanently annoying parents. An entertaining insight into the spring awakening of Ella Plummhoff.

4. WANNABE USA | 16 min | Director Matthew Manson 1991 - Daniel, a neurotic twelve year old Jewish boy, dreams of becoming a man. Unfortunately, there are major stumbling blocks in his way - all the kids think he’s a loser, he tries too hard to fit in, and he’s super uncomfortable in his own skin.

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1. WAR UK | 5 min | Director Nilesh Bell Gorsia Two rival gangs clash on a council estate. 2. REBORN UK | 5 min Director Andrew Margetson A portrait of a dancer. Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at UK’s Royal Ballet, reveals the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of choreography.

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3. GONE VIRAL Ireland | 7 min Director Charlo Johnson Eddie Whelan and Senan Byrne are both mental health nurses that share a unique pastime by entertaining millions of people with comedic six second videos (also known as Vines). 4. THE CURATOR USA | 12 min | Director Andrew Putschoegl A profile of Clyde Doepner, the only official fulltime curator in Major League Baseball. 5. CONCERNING THE BODYGUARD USA | 10 min | Director Kasra Farahani Based on the short story of the same name by Donald Barthelme and read by author Salman Rushdie, this is a story about power, conspiracy, and the overthrow of a dictator in an unknown Near Eastern country.

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Washington State Premiere Canada | 17 min | Director Sarah Race Barbarian Press is a short documentary that tells the story of Jan and Crispin Elsted, who for over 35 years have made fine art books by letterpress. They live in Mission, BC Canada.

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1. TAKING FLIGHT

USA | 5 min | Director Brandon Oldenburg What begins as a small boy’s over-scheduled, over supervised, boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey. Inspired by the life of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon.

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Australia | 6 min Director Michael Nicholls | When an imaginative 8-year-old boy learns the truth about Santa, he must choose between keeping his younger sister in the dark, or waking her up to their parents’ lies.

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Iran/UK | 9 min Director Golnaz Jamsheed | Avo tells the story of an Iranian-Armenian boy who experiences the concept of death through his grandfather’s passing.

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USA | 7 min | Director Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

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USA | 5 min | Director Ken Fox An astronaut struggles to explain to his 5-year-old daughter why he must go, and why she cannot come with him.

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Switzerland | 11 min | Director Christophe M. Saber In a moment of anger, a father loses patience and disciplines his disobedient child. A shocked onlooker

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USA | 12 min | Phillip Rhys A recently divorced man confronts the rocky shores of loneliness after spending a day with his adolescent son and an encounter with his ex-wife.

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USA | 7 min | Director Jeff Tan Tragedy forces Mary (Academy Award Winner: Melissa Leo) and her son Jay (Gabriel Furman) to say goodbye forever.

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Germany | 15 min Director Benjamin Gutsche Haunted by the creatures of his nightmares, 8 year old Miko sneaks in to his mother’s bed to hide under her blanked. Sooner or later he has to face his fears and stand up to the monsters…

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Austria | 13 min | Director Tim Ellrich Three brothers try to dive back into their childhood through an old family picture in the bathtub.

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USA | 8 min | Director Matthew Modine What kind of birthday present to you give the dad (Ed Asner) who has everything? His kids decide on a gift they never before imagined!

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USA | 13 min | Director Jim Cummings Official Selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Jimmy Arnaud loved his Mom.

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1. MOO Australia | 11 min | Director Samuel Hunter Galloway A painter is confronted with the decision between what makes her happy and the acceptance of her peers. 2. PATTERN REPEATING Norway | 5 min Director Daniel Howlid Elliot Moss music video. 3. REBORN United Kingdom | 5 min | Director Andrew Margetson A portrait of a dancer. Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at UK’s Royal Ballet, reveals the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of choreography. 4. A CONSCIOUS DREAM Italy | 19 min | Director Federico Telerman, Nicolas Uboldi Photographic Museum of Humanity is the first online museum dedicated to photography. Every year we travel across South America to spread the project and explore the relationship among photography, cultures and contemporary society. In March 2014 we drove 6,000 km across Chile on the Museum Van. This is a documentary about the people, moments and stories we met on our way.

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5. THE CAROUSEL USA | 12 min | Director Jonathan Napolitano In Binghamton, New York there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into...the Twilight Zone. 6. DIE KUNST, MEINE FAMILIE UND ICH. (ABOUT ART, MY FAMILY AND ME.) Switzerland | 15 min | Director Johannes Bachmann I’ve made an essay film! I tried to answer the questions I have as a young adult. What does art mean to me? How is art connected to my family? And who am I in between? Using only home videos from my family, adding my improvised comment to it, a light essayistic film was born. 7. HOUVAST (HOLD ON) Netherlands | 22 min | Director Charlotte Scott-Wilson During an important concert one of the strings of Kyra’s cello comes lose. She gets a panic attack and gets stage fright for the first time. Kyra tries everything to lose the panic attacks and be able to play again in front of an audience.

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1. THE SNOUT ALSO RISES

USA | 15 min | Director Kris Crews The Snout Also Rises follows the Tacoma, WA based band, Pig Snout!!, featuring Dahlia (8 years old), Lucien (11 years old), and their dad, Justin Tamminga evolving from home studio to full-on arena rock.

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USA | 12 min | Director Ryan Printz A rookie forest ranger left alone in a fire watchtower gets more than he bargained for when he encounters a mysterious visitor who wants to abduct the forest’s wildlife.

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USA | 6 min | Director Leigh Burmesch On April 13, 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics played their last game. For the last seven years, longtime SuperSonics fan, Kris Brannon, has been advocating for the return of his team. He’s attended over 3,500 events wearing his Sonics gear and holding a handmade sign. His message is simple--let’s bring the team back.

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USA | 6 min Director Austin Flack What do you do when you don’t know how to read or write music? Compose an original symphony. Every year. And raise over a million dollars for children with cancer in the process.

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USA | 14 min | Director David Golden It was fifty years ago that Woody and Carol Ann fell in love on the dance floor on their first date, the beginning of a lifetime of memories that they’ve shared together ever since.

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USA | 18 min | Director Conrad Kaczor The film is about three dancers that were born and raised in Portland, Oregon. The three have 3 different backgrounds, 3 different perspectives, and 3 different styles of dance. Watch and hear how they dance their lives in Portland, Oregon.

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USA | 6 min | Director Kent Colony Modero Mekanisi, a musician living in Tacoma, fights to preserve the legacy of his friend and former band leader Tabu Ley. Tabu Ley was dubbed “the African Elvis” by the Los Angeles Times and was also nicknamed the “Voice of Lightness”.

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USA | 7 min | Director Titus Richard David Tuthill has been a Blacksmith for 26 years. He and his dog, Odin, still try to hang on to the old traditions that are beginning to fade in their beloved Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, WA.

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USA | 14 min Director Nathan Blanchard In this classic revenge tale, a bear driven wild by rage after the murder of his family, seeks retribution the only way he knows how. With a bazooka.

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USA | 17 min Director Hadley Hillel When Ernie’s suicide attempt rips a hole in the ceiling, he begins to form a friendship with the young boy who lives in the apartment above.

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1. ONE, TWO, TREE France | 7 min | Yulia Aronova It’s the story of a tree, a tree like any other. One day, it jumps into a pair of boots and goes off for a walk, inviting everyone to follow. 2. OCTOPUS Germany | 3.5 min | Julia Ocker Baking a cake should be much easier with eight arms, but that’s only if all arms agree on what cake they’re going to make! 3. ME…JANE USA | 9 min | Paul and Sandra Fierlinger Jane Goodall is renowned for her work with apes in the jungle, but as Patrick McDonnell’s heartwarming tale shows, her curiosity, spirit and sense of adventure started long ago with... 4. TINY TUNES: FOOD UK | 1 min | Andy Martin Our new favorite band performs a pocket-sized poem about our favorite subject: food! 5. LOOKS Germany | 3 min | Susann Hoffmann A grey lynx doesn’t quite fit into the colorful world around him, and resorts to dark behavior in order to blend in.

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1. SHMEAT New Zealand | 6 min | Director Matasila Freshwater Set in a dystopic New Zealand, where the struggle for food and resources takes a heavy toll on society, a peculiar scientist, LECTA, takes it upon herself to solve this crisis. Using biotechnology, LECTA procures human stem cells to help make a sustainable future, where “you are what you eat” is no longer a saying, but a lifestyle. 2. SRY BSY Germany | 3 min | Director Verena Westphal Sry bsy - no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and “busy”... This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with the challenges of modern working life. 3. SQUIRREL ISLAND UK | 21 min | Director Astrid Goldsmith A stop motion sci-fi action thriller about squirrel apartheid. Following Dot, a lone renegade grey squirrel, trapped on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island. Teaming up with an extremely reluctant acorn partner, she uncovers a horrifying secret red squirrel plot.

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4. THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RAT UK | 6 min | Director Jan Julian Rospond In the city shred by terror, a mysterious shape-shifting man strikes fear into the hearts of the citizens. A wild, innocent cat nearly falls victim to the strange monster, however he discovers his great secret. 5. TAVSAN KANI (RABBIT BLOOD) Turkey | 5 min | Director Yagmur Altan Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea. 6. THE KING UK | 13 min | Director Frederic Casella An ambitious kid sets up his first drug deal, but his plans are derailed by a chance encounter with a storytelling stranger in a launderette. 7. THE ITCHING USA | 15 min | Director Dianne Bellino In this handmade collaboration, a shy wolf tries to befriend a group of hip, party-loving bunnies but finds her body is in revolt.

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1. AM FENSTER (TWO WINDOWS) Germany | 10 min | Director Tim Ellrich, Leonhard Kaufman In order to reconnect his TV connection, Helmut decides to climb out of his window in a resolute manner. His neighbor Walter misinterprets this action as an attempted suicide, which Walter would love to join as well. While trying to clear this misunderstanding, both discover a new friend. 2. BALCONY UK | 17 min Director Toby Fell-Holden In a neighborhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent immigrant who is the victim of prejudice and shame. 3. LA ETIUDA Poland | 7 min Director Martin Rath A prisoner murders his guard and tries to hide the body in the forest. When a woman accidentally witnesses this, the killer pursues her. Against all odds, she refuses to become another easy victim. 4. ELLE France | 20 min | Director Vincent Toujas Maria and Jonathan meet after witnessing a car crash. Despite an instant attraction,

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1. PRONOUNS USA | 9 min | Director Michael Paulucci A teenager from the South Side of Chicago decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. 2. OH, I GET IT USA | 9 min | Director Sara McCaslin, Danny Tayara Seattle-based queer comedians are changing comedy using their own brand of humor, proving that social change is best served funny. 3. THE TRICKS LIST USA | 19 min | Director Brian Bolster A gay man’s journey to memorialize and document every sexual encounter he has ever had. 4. JOHNNY USA | 19 min Director Micah Stuart No longer able to ignore his desires, a lonely and conflicted older man hires a troubled young male sex worker to be his first sexual experience with another man.

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5. THE CULPRIT Germany | 3 min | Director Michael Rittmannsberger A young man is accused of a crime. He confesses and doesn’t show a sign of regret. On the contrary - the young man seems to be proud and fully convinced of what he did... 6. PRIMAVERA ROSA EN EL KREMLIN (PINK SPRING IN THE KREMLIN) Spain | 19 min | Director Mario De La Torre 1917: Homosexuality is decriminalized in Russia. 1933. Homosexuality becomes a crime again. 1993: Homosexuality is legalized again. 2013: Vladimir Putin supports new legal measures which discriminate against and harass the LGBT population. 7. HOW WE ARE NOW UK | 33 min | Director Andrea Niada Peter, a retired actor, lives with his partner of sixty years, Douglas. Both in their eighties, their lives have become increasingly centered around their old age, Peter having taken more of a carer’s role for Douglas. As Douglas approaches his eighty-third birthday, the couple reflect on their age and changing relationship. Along with friends and helpers, they offer an intimate view into how old age affects their lives: from getting out of bed in the morning to how they think about the future.

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1. BLAST BEAT

USA | 17 min | Director Esteban Arango Carly is a tougher-than-nails 17-year-old dude who’s passionate about metal music; his 16-year-old brother, Mateo, is more of a free spirited, sensitive, and artistic soul. The brothers and their family are Colombian undocumented immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for only a year and are in the middle of a difficult and painful cultural transition.

2. AND NOTHING HAPPENED

USA | 16 min | Director Naima Ramos-Chapman A young woman awakens one day to find a black hole sucking all of existence into its vacuous nothingness mounted on her bedroom ceiling. She goes about her morning routine in an effort to return things back to the way they were before the phenomenon appeared. Unfortunately, more curious things happen as she inches closer to leaving her apartment to face the day.

3. HOME

UK/Albania | 20 min Director Daniel Mulloy As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday.

4. THREE FINGERS

USA | 13 min | Director Paul D. Hart An intimate, censorial representation of trauma through the point of view of Jesstine, a mother, wife and Marine veteran. Reaching great depths of despondency, her life and her family unravels until the moment she has nothing left but one final choice.

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5. THE SNIPER OF KOBANI

Netherlands | 12 min | Director Reber Dosky A portrait of Haron, a Kurdish fighter who came to the Syrian town of Kobani to end the IS occupation. Haron works as a sniper, amidst the enormous ruins of the city. In his hide-out, he reflects on his hopes and nightmares.

6. LA TIERRA DEL EXODO (THE LAND OF THE EXODUS)

USA | 11 min | Director Skinner Myers Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.

7. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM

Australia | 13 min | Director Matthew Richards Willie Bingham is the first man to undergo a radical new justice program. The government has introduced Progressive Amputation as a punishment for capital crime — the real life version of ‘an eye for an eye’. The controversial procedures, performed live in front of victims’ families, stop only at their request.

8. OUT OF THE VILLAGE

West Africa | 17 min | Director Jonathan Stein Shot in West Africa with a local cast and crew, OUT OF THE VILLAGE explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister. It stars Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) and is Executive Produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men).

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1. SWITCH

Canada | 1 min | Director Max Machado Nick is reading in bed late at night. His night lamp flickers in a strange way. He turns the lamp off, only to turn it back on and find himself in another room. That’s just the start of a long and weird night.

2. EVERYBODY DOES IT

USA | 11 min | Director Megan Brotherton Claire’s therapist challenges her to take her sexuality into her own hands--literally, which for Claire proves to be a difficult task. Will she conquer her embarrassment, shame, and the enormous dildo she inadvertently shoplifted? Her journey is equally hilarious and moving.

3. METUBE 2 - AUGUST SINGS CARMINA BURANA

Austria | 5 min | Director Daniel Moshel After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully prove themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!

4. COVER UP

USA | 4 min | Director Satya Bhabha A second look at love at first sight...

5. LIGHTNINGFACE

USA| 19 min | Director Brian Petsos An origin story, of sorts—LIGHTNINGFACE stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a profound transformation.

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6. IN THIS ECONOMY

USA | 9 min | Director Ty Huffer Desperate to launch his new app, a pretty boy entrepreneur drags his date kicking and screaming into an unsavory deal.

7. HIT & RUN

USA | 7 min | Director Jordan Liebowitz After a car accident disrupts their plans, two low level drug dealers scramble to dispose of the evidence only to discover their unwitting victim may be far more dangerous than they first imagined.

8. THE FAWN RESPONSE

USA | 17 min | Director Wynter Rhys What happens when two serial killers meet over coffee - to discuss the victim they have simultaneously targeted?

9. ELECTRIC FACES

UK | 11 min | Director Johnny Herbin A young crook’s plans to commit the perfect robbery are thrown into chaos by a cantankerous bank guard and an increasingly unstable robot.

10. DARK_NET

UK | 13 min | Director Tom Marshall Alan (Johnny Vegas) searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he’s found them...on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’.

11. THE PROCEDURE

USA | 4 min | Director Calvin Reeder A man is captured and forced to endure a strange expriment.

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Germany | 37 min | Director Sonja Kessler | In 1916, WWI leaves Europe with trenches – and personal relationships in ruins. Hope arises through the friendship of two outcasts. USA | 16 min | Director Robert Jones | Alex sneaks into his grandfather, Seymour’s office. Seymour (Ed Asner) punishes him by subjecting him to yet another rendition of his WWII story.

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Brazil | 30 min | Director Leandro Goddinho On a quest to understand her grandmother’s past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who’s created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool. Germany | 29 min | Director Tilman Braun, Max Kidd, Tobias Rosen During World War II, Valentina escapes a labor education camp near the village of Langenzenn. When she is rescued by Martin and his parents and hidded in their barn, it becomes a test for Martin, his family and the solidarity of the whole village.

3. CATCH A MONSTER

USA | 14 min | Director Michael Y. Lei A lonely boy finds himself trapped in a dark fantasy come alive in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.

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USA | 17 min | Director Daniele Anastasion, Nathan Golon A 16-year-old Yup’ik Eskimo leaves his tiny village and travels across the frozen tundra to compete in an all-Yup’ik basketball tournament and bring pride to his village. Plays with The Hollywood Shorties

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2. NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL

USA | 5 min | Director Alec Ernest Los Angeles artist Eric Merrell is best known for “Nocturnes”, a series of abstract desert works,

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USA | 21 min | Director Scott Simonsen Dark comedy about depression in which one roommate kidnaps another to ‘cure’ him with a sunrise over the ocean. And then there are chinchillas. Plays with Slackjaw

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25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM

Each year, NYC’s Filmmaker Magazine names their 25 New Faces of Independent Film, a collection of the best and brightest in the world of independent cinema.

See their work and join the honorees for the Festival Awards Party at Zodiac Supper Club for an evening of celebration. EVENT DETAILS ON PAGE 13.

Since 2010, The Grand Cinema has brought the honorees to Tacoma to screen their films, share their work, and talk about the future of filmmaking - making it a one-of-a-kind opportunity for movie goers in Tacoma. 2016 honorees will present and discuss their films with audiences at each of the following 25 New Faces screenings.

FEATURE FILMS: ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

HOTEL DALLAS 74 MIN

In the 80s, the American soap opera Dallas is wildly popular in communist Romania. Among those watching are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He’s a small-time criminal; she’s in love with Dallas hunk Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a replica of the show’s mansion. Livia recruits Duffy to star in a bizarre Romanian version of Dallas. PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM:

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Capturing candid street scenes in urban Romania, this experimental documentary tracks the relationship between filmmaker Livia Ungur and the place she used to call home.

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Livia Ungur was born in communist Romania and came to America to study art; she makes films and visual art with her husband Sherng-Lee Huang. Sherng-Lee was born in Tennessee lives in NYC with wife Livia. Together, they make films, sculptures, and installations. With the support of grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Yale School of Art, their work has been shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, Hot Docs, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., the Stavros Niarchos Center in Greece, and the Des Moines Art Center. They have won Jury Awards at Montreal Underground Film Festival and FIVA Video Art Festival.

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25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM ABOUT THE COMPOSER

KRISHA 83 MIN

When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air. As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deepseated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning. 97% Critic’s Rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

Brian McOmber is a drummer, composer and biologist based on the east coast of the United States. His formal education and research in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology influenced his approach towards music production, which emphasizes experimentation, improvisation and a DIY ethos. Brian was a member of the Grammy nominated band, Dirty Projectors (2006-2012), and has performed or recorded with an array of artists throughout the world including Alarm Will Sound, Björk, David Byrne, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Juana Molina, Mira Calix, The Roots and St. Vincent.

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SECRET SCREENINGS: WHAT ARE SECRET SCREENINGS? These are films that have not yet premiered in the United States. Some have screened internationally at top festivals, but the filmmakers need to preserve the ‘premiere’ status for possible inclusion in top U.S. film festivals. These festivals often require a film never to have played before, so keeping secrecy in Tacoma allows them to both screen here (secretly!) and preserve formal debut status elsewhere. This is a unique opportunity for Grand Cinema patrons to see films before anyone else.

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80 MIN A coming of age story about a kid growing up in a gang. FRIDAY

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SECRET SCREENING #2

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82 MIN | The film alternates between quirky, deadpan observations, peculiar cutaways and more straightforward investigative journalism for a unique blend of poetic intrigue and scholarly precision. SATURDAY OCT 8

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SECRET SCREENING #3 79 MIN

This observational, and sometimes experimental, documentary presents a revealing look at colonialism’s echo into the present. MONDAY

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NAKOM 90 MIN

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An intimate narrative from northern Ghana, NAKOM follows Iddrisu, a talented medical student who returns to his home village after his father’s sudden death. Faced with a debt that could destroy his family, Iddrisu has no choice but to turn their farm and fortunes around. Over the course of a growing season, Iddrisu confronts both the tragedy and beauty of village life, and must finally choose between two very different futures. Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

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SOMBRAS DE AZUL (SHADES OF BLUE) 94 MIN

In the wake of her brother’s suicide, a young Mexican woman, Maribel, books a one-way ticket to the place she’d always dreamt of going – Cuba. Wandering the streets of Havana, Maribel attempts to escape her grief, but the city’s rhythms and strangers just serve to trigger tortured ruminations and memories of him. It is only when she bonds with Eusebio – a petty thief and skilled woodcraftsman – that Maribel begins to face her demons. As the two leave Havana to traverse Cuba, Maribel recognizes a growing attraction between them, and must decide whether to open herself up to love and loss once again.

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS T.W. Pittman graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Film and Political Science, and served with the Peace Corps in Ghana from 20062008, focused on sustainable income generation in the village of Nakom. Her film work includes the award-winning short film SINNERMAN (codirected by Norris), studying screenwriting under the mentorship of David Milch (DEADWOOD), and serving as Producer and Editor of Kelly Daniela Norris’ debut feature, SOMBRAS DE AZUL - one of the first ever Cuban-American coproductions in more than 50 years. Kelly Daniela Norris graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Film and Psychology, and taught for 3 years in the South Bronx with Teach for America. Her first feature,

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SOMBRAS DE AZUL (SHADES OF BLUE), was shot on-location in Cuba and premiered at the Austin Film Festival, winning an audience award, and has been featured at a dozen domestic and international festivals.

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FRIDAY SHORTS 58 MIN. FRIDAY

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Honoree: Shawn Peters Shawn Peters is both a cinematographer and filmmaker. As a cinematographer he has worked on films that have played at top film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Toronto. He is currently working on a feature film that uses Augmented and Virtual Reality. 1. SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN 11 min | Inventive American filmmaker Terence Nance’s experimental short is based on the work of musician and producer Norvis Jr, a fellow audio-visual auteur. Set in the hot and humid swamps, churches and coastal oases of South Florida, this magical, surreal tale engulfs pop culture and spiritual ritualism, channeling the nurturing convictions of love and relationships. This short played at Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals. 2. UNIVITELLIN 15 min | A modern Romeo and Juliet meet on a city bus. Of course they fall head over heels in love. Life is great when you’re in love, however unfortunately, your fate has already been sealed. A classic story in a far-from-classic, fresh, colorful, and exceptionally effective reworking.

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Honorees: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horton New Media Ltd is a directing collective consisting of Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie and Abigail Horton (all in attendance). One evening, partially submerged in a swimming pool and cooling off after a hard day as crew on a feature film, the trio engaged in a particularly emphatic and seemingly intelligent conversation about Carl Sagan: from these fertile ashes the phoenix that was to become New Media Ltd sprang forth. They are based in Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR, and represented by Pulse Films. 3. CLUB POLICY 10 min | A competitive couple serves up tragedy on the squash court when someone doesn’t abide by club policy. 4. & 5. YEASAYER ‘I AM CHEMISTRY’ & ‘SILLY ME’ 8 min | Two children and an astronaut find fear and change on Planets X and Y in sequential animated music videos for the band Yeasayer. 6. NIGHTSTALKER 10 min | A young woman and her karaoke date are poisoned by haunted takeout food and sucked to an alternate dimension of clay where only she can save them.

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Honoree: Jess dela Merced 1. WAIT ‘TIL THE WOLVES MAKE NICE USA | 11 min | Confronting boredom in a crumbling southwest Detroit neighborhood, four young kids are tempted into sacrilege and destruction by the cool apathy of the older new kid in town. 2. HYPEBEASTS USA | 19 min | The most coveted new sneaker goes on sale at 8am and sneakerheads across the country are camping out overnight to get them. Honorees: Nadia P. Manzoor and Radhika Vaz (Shugs and Fats) 3. CAT CALL USA | 2:49 min | After a workout, everyone needs a little protein and a good cool off. But when Shugs & Fats sit down for a break, things get a little hot and heavy. See what happens when sexy women cat call at sexy men, and sexy barnyard animals. 4. GIRL ON FIRE USA | 2:35 min | Shugs & Fats have invited all their friends over to celebrate

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their favorite holiday. Hot dogs, fireworks, patriotism, what could possibly go wrong?! 5. DIRTY JOKES 2:11 min | Louis CK...wash, rinse, repeat. Nothing pairs better than comedians and dirty panties, Beyonce and feminism. Honoree: Shawn Snyder 6. LULU 11 min | A hapless musician, keen on romance, is lured back to the apartment of a high-strung paralegal, only to find a certain breed of romance that he didn’t quite sign up for. 7. FESTUS 11 min | A melancholic middle-aged man longs to play music at a local open mic. Honorees: Destini Riley and Nicholas Pilarski 8. I, DESTINI 15 min | I, Destini is an animated documentary that explores the poignant and imaginative illustrations of a youth grappling with the effects of having an incarcerated loved one.

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Honorees: Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan Ivete Lucas was born in Brazil and started her filmmaking career in Mexico. At age 23 she received a grant from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) to direct her first short film ASMA, which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards and released nationally in select movie theaters. Patrick Bresnan is a visual artist (otisike.com) and filmmaker. His video art and installations have been displayed in galleries and museums. Patrick holds a masters degree in Sustainability from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. 1. THE SEND OFF 13 min | Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them. The Send-Off premiered at Sundance in January and later won jury awards for documentary short film at SXSW and the San Francisco Film Festival.

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Honoree: John Wilson John Wilson is a documentary filmmaker from New York. After film school, he worked for a year as a private investigator from which he gained many of the observational skills he now uses in his films. He shoots in a style he calls documentary memoir. 2. THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF WHOLESALE GOODS 17 min | A philosophical journey into the soul of commerce. 3. LOS ANGELES PLAYS NEW YORK 18 min | A freelance filmmaker is hired to make a fashion film and ends up in court. 4. HOW TO ACT ON REALITY TV 24 min | A documentary about the first day of class at the New York Reality TV School.

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Honoree: Tom Rosenberg Tom Rosenberg is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. His films usually look at people trying to manage anxieties arising from trauma and extreme violence. His work has won awards and screened internationally at film festivals including HotDocs, The Viennale, CPH:DOX, Art of the Real, and Locarno. He also loves surfing. 1. NOTHING HUMAN 17 min | Private investigator Louie Akin relates his experience reconstructing the 2009 mass shootings at Fort Hood and reflects on the nature of violence. 2. REHEARSAL 11 min | A surreal study of a simulated terrorist attack in middle America. Composed frames observe the meticulous care taken to create a hyperreal terrorist event. Once the bomb goes off, hundreds of volunteers deliver a convincing performance as stunned and mutilated blast victims.

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3. YOU DON’T KNOW ME 12 min | Eccentric Texas preacher Ace Elliot lives alone in a colorful cabin next to I-35, one of the USA’s largest thoroughfares. His property is covered with dozens of bright, homemade signs bearing messages of apocalypse and redemption. Although thousands of drivers pass him everyday, few stop to hear him preach. Ace opens up about his past, and then performs an Elvis song. Honoree: Ben Petrie Ben Petrie is a Canadian independent filmmaker. Recently, he wrote, directed, edited and performed in ‘Her Friend Adam,’ which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and proceeded to screen as part of SXSW, Rooftop Films, and across North America as part of the Sundance Short Film Tour. He is currently writing his first feature. 4. HER FRIEND ADAM 17 min | A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

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FILM INDEX ABOUT ART, MY FAMILY AND ME 32 AFTER SPRING 19 AFTERMATH 40 AND NOTHING HAPPENED 38 AS YOU ARE 19 AUTUMN WALTZ, THE 33 AVO 31 BALCONY 36 BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF, THE 29 BARBARIAN PRESS 30 BATHTUB, THE 31 BEARZOOKA 33 BLAST BEAT 38 BOARD, THE 29 BORROWED TIME 31 BREAKFAST WITH TIFFANY 36 CAROUSEL, THE 32 CAT CALL 46 CATCH A MONSTER 40 CLUB POLICY 45 CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP 20 CONCERNING THE BODYGUARD 30 CONSCIOUS DREAM, A 32 COVER UP 39 CULPRIT, THE 36, 37 CURATOR, THE 30 CURSE OF THE WERE-RAT, THE 35 DARK_NET 39 DIRY JOKES 46 DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM, THE 38 DISCIPLINE 31 DREAMLAND 20 ELECTRIC FACES 39 ELEVEN 31 ELLE 36 ERNIE 33 EVERYBODY DOES IT 39 FAWN RESPONSE, THE 39 FESTUS 46 GIRL ON FIRE 46 GONE VIRAL 30 HER FRIEND ADAM 49 HIT & RUN 39 HOLD ON 30, 32 HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES, THE 20 HOME 38 HOTEL DALLAS 42 HOW TO ACT ON REALITY TV 47 HOW WE ARE NOW 37

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HYPEBEASTS I AM VIRGIN I AM YUPIK I, DESTINI IN THIS ECONOMY INCOMING! ITCHING, THE JEWISH BLIND DATE JOHNNY KEDI KING, THE KRISHA LA ETIUDA LAND OF THE EXODUS, THE LAST LAUGH, THE LIGHTNINGFACE LOCKPICKER, THE LOS ANGELES PLAYS NEW YORK LULU MATEO MAYOR OF BALLARD MELE MURALS METUBE 2 - AUGUST SINGS CARMINA BURANA MILDRED AND THE DYING PARLOR MOBILIZE MONSTER, THE MOO MOTHER’S DAY MUIR SONG NAKOM NIGHTSTALKER NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL NOT REAL NOTHING HUMAN NYICFF BEST OF THE FEST OBIT OCEAN STORIES: THE HALLS OFF THE RAILS OH, I GET IT OTHER MADNESSES OUT OF THE VILLAGE PATTERN REPEATING PHIL’S CAMINO PINK SPRING IN THE KREMLIN POOL PROCEDURE, THE PRODIGAL PRONOUNS

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