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Program Guide

TACOMA

FILM FEST IVAL

2017

OCTOBER 5-12 TA C O M A F I L M F E S T I V A L . C O M


welcome Welcome to the 12th Annual Tacoma Film Festival! This is my fifth year directing TFF and it inspires me to see that not only have filmmakers become more committed to TFF, so has our community. Local businesses sponsor events and films, volunteers take care of thousands of daily details, and more of our friends and neighbors have jumped in to the totally unique, creative, and enthusiastic experience of discovering what a film festival is.

Laura Nyhuis, Director

At TFF you will find new films of all kinds: live-action, documentary, animated, virtual reality, and 360 degree short 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. TFF’s eight days represent an entire year’s worth of work from our volunteers and staff who watch over 1,750 films submitted from Korea to Liechtenstein to Rwanda to Iran to our own backyard. Yes, it can be a challenge to map out your trip to TFF. 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, a 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!

table of contents: FESTIVAL SPONSORS........5 JURY & STAFF..............6-7 TICKETS & PASSES..........9 VENUE MAP.....................11 SPECIAL EVENTS......12-15 WORKSHOPS.............17-19 THE VELDT VR STUDIO..............20-23 FEATURE FILMS.......25-29

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE....................30 SHORTS PACKAGES 34-51 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM.......53 panelists..........54-55 connect...............57 FILM INDEX..................58

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LOCAL FILMS

Jennifer Prediger

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documentary features

Annalisa Shoemaker

Annalisa Shoemaker manages the theatrical distribution strategies & exhibitor marketing for Amazon Studios. A Florida native, she began her career in film in New York City at Focus Features & relocated with Focus to LA in 2014. She associate produced the documentary THE LAST ANIMALS, currently playing film festivals.

Bryan Glick

Bryan Glick is a consultant, DIY distributor, & presents internationally on creative film distribution approaches. Previously he served as Director of Acquisitions & Theatrical Releasing for The Film Collaborative. He managed releases for 13 award nominated & winning films, & helped filmmakers raise over $500,000. Under his guidance 54% of TFC films were women-directed & 1/3 by people of color.

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Jennifer Prediger is a writer, director, actor & independent film producer. She made her directorial feature debut, APARTMENT TROUBLES -- a comedy about codependency -- co-directed, co-written & co-starring Jess Weixler. The film features Megan Mullally, Will Forte & Jeffrey Tambor & continues to air regularly on Showtime. She is currently producing the dark comedy, SONG OF BACK AND NECK, directed by & starring Paul Lieberstein (The Office), RoseMarie DeWitt & Paul Feig.

Jim Hemphill

Jim Hemphill is a screenwriter & director whose credits include the award-winning films THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH & BAD REPUTATION. He has written about movies & television for Film Comment, American Cinematographer, The Talkhouse, & Filmmaker Magazine, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is a programming consultant at the American Cinematheque.

Tracy Rector (Choctaw/ Seminole) is a producer, director, activist, & co-founder of Longhouse Media. She has made over 400 short films, & is in production of her fifth feature documentary. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, & in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. She is a current Firelight Media Lab Fellow. Tracy lives in Seattle & sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.

Myisa Plancq-Graham

San Francisco native Myisa Plancq-Graham began her photography career exploring the streets of Atlanta in 2011. She founded Annie Graham Imagery & worked with The Hive Gallery & Studios in LA & Blu Pony Vintage. Myisa serves as lead director, videographer & editor for UNCODE, a short documentary series highlighting people & stories of The African Diaspora.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES

E. Brian Dobbins

E. Brian Dobbins is a Talent & Literary Manager & partner at Principato-Young Entertainment. Dobbins manages & produces; he serves as Executive Producer on ABC’s BLACK-ISH created by client Kenya Barris that also stars clients Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson. Brian also represents writer/actor Nat Faxon, actors Wayne Brady, Andre Braugher, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, & Niecy Nash, directors Jon Chu & F Gary Gray, & producer Stephanie Allain among others.

NARRATIVE SHORTS

ALIX LAMBERT

Alix Lambert is an artist, author, & filmmaker. Her work includes the documentaries THE MARK OF CAIN, BAYOU BLUE, & MENTOR. She writes & produces for television & is the creator of original series’ MOCAtv; CRIME: THE ANIMATED SERIES & AMBIANCE MAN. Lambert is the co-founder & co-artistic director of The Brooklyn International Theater Company & currently directing the feature length documentary, GOODBYE, FAT LARRY, & developing her original animated series PRISON ZOO.

Zack Parker

A native of the Midwest, Zack Parker has progressively established himself as a unique voice in modern independent cinema. His credits include the psychological horror film INEXCHANGE, gothic drama QUENCH, perceptual thriller & New York Times Critic’s Pick SCALENE, & PROXY, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival & later went on to release by IFC Films.

Nick Dawson

Nick Dawson is the Editor-inChief at Talkhouse Film, author of the book Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, & editor of Hal Ashby: Interviews & Dennis Hopper: Interviews for University Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations with Filmmakers” series. Nick was formerly the Managing Editor at Filmmaker magazine & Associate Editor at the Focus Features website. Born & raised in Scotland, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter & three cats.

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staff FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Laura Nyhuis 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 VOLUNTEER MANAGER: Marlee Johnson MEMBERSHIP & ACCOUNTING: Gini Liley LEAD DESIGNER & PROJECT PRODUCER: Faith Stevens PROGRAM LAYOUT: Faith Stevens DESIGN: HUB LTD. FILM TRAFFIC COORDINATOR: Wade Neal JURY MODERATOR: Lisa Fruichantie A huge thanks to all of our festival volunteers!

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SINGLE TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION $10 MATINEE $8

VIP FESTIVAL PASS $150

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

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

OPENING NIGHT MOVIE & PARTY

GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND CINEMA MEMBERS $15

CLOSING NIGHT MOVIE & PARTY

GENERAL ADMISSION $20 GRAND CINEMA MEMBERS $15 Find more event details on page 12.

tickets & passes

how to buy tickets: Advance tickets for all film festival movies and events are on sale at: The Grand Cinema 606 S. Fawcett Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-593-4474 TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL.COM

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

For the latest program information, please visit: TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL.COM

Festival 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.

2017 TFF Design $20

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SPECIAL EVENTS

bill nye: science guy Opening Night party

Thursday October 5 7:30 PM

Celebrate Opening Night of the 12th annual Tacoma Film Festival with a feature film at The Grand Cinema and after party with appetizers and drinks, music, photos, and a chance to hear from visiting filmmakers. Catering provided by Europa Bistro.

FILM: A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason. DIRECTORS: DAVID ALVARADO, JASON SUSSBERG | CAST: BILL NYE, NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, ANN DRUYAN Director David Alvarado will be in attendance.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20 GRAND MEMBERS: $15

SPONSORED BY:

THE GRAND CINEMA 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

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friday feature the square

SPECIAL EVENTS

friday October 6 7:15 PM GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 GRAND MEMBERS: $7.50 THE BLUE MOUSE THEATRE 2611 N. PROCTOR STREET SPONSORED BY:

Experience an award winning satire at The Blue Mouse Theatre. Make new friends and enjoy great Italian food at a postfilm dinner party at Europa Bistro just down the street in the heart of the Proctor District.

At Europa Bistro, VIP pass holders receive free appetizers and 1 free alcoholic drink. Space at the restaurant is limited and available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Full film details on page 33.

family friendly shorts saturday October 7 10:00 aM GENERAL ADMISSION: $8 GRAND MEMBERS: $5.50 THE BLUE MOUSE THEATRE 2611 N. PROCTOR STREET SPONSORED BY:

Movie lovers of all ages will delight in these 13 animated and narrative short films about journeys of adventure, friendship, and life lessons.

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The first 100 guests will enjoy free doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts and Smith Brother’s milk. Full film details on page 41.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Festival Awards Party saturday October 7 9:00 pm midnighT

Toast This year’s featured filmmakers and see who takes home juried awards and cash prizes at a party hosted at our neighborhood brewery, Dystopian State Brewing Company. No host bar.

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Audience Choice

Best Documentary Feature

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Best Documentary short

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the ballad of lefty brown closing Night party Thursday October 12 7:30 PM

Don’t miss the Closing Night festivities for TFF! Watch the last feature film of TFF 2017 and find out who wins this year’s Audience Choice Awards at an after party with refreshments, a no host bar, music, and professional photographs.

FILM: Lefty Brown is a 63 year old sidekick who is forced from his partner’s shadow and sets out on a journey for vengeance that will reunite him with old friends as he confronts the realities of frontier justice.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20 GRAND MEMBERS: $15

SPONSORED BY:

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Strangers’ couches and lots of popcorn: the DIY guide to

WORKSHOPS

touring your film seminar sAT/oCT 7/10:00 AM FREE THE GRAND CINEMA 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

Executive Producer John Charles Meyer will share his experience organizing an art house tour for DAVE MADE A MAZE including the success and challenges of DIY booking, touring, and marketing.

Happy Hour with DAVE MADE A MAZE sAT/oCT 7/4:00 PM FREE DYSTOPIAN STATE BREWING COMPANY 611 S. BAKER STREET

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Check out an encore screening of DAVE MADE A MAZE followed by an informal Q&A with John Charles Meyer. Presenter info on page 54.

Indie Film Distribution: What Works & What’s Next sun/oCT 8/11:00 AM FREE THE GRAND CINEMA 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

Join buyers & executives from A24, The Film Collaborative, Abramorama, & others to discover insider information & ask questions about the strategies of acquiring and distributing films, as well as a look toward the future of distribution.

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The Future of NW Film, Arts, & Entrepreneurship: a panel

WORKSHOPS

discussion with local leaders mon/oCT 9/6:30 pm FREE KING’S BOOKSTORE 218 ST. HELENS AVENUE

Panelists include Courtney Sheehan, Myisa PlancqGraham, Will Jordan, Rachel Ervin, Silong Chhun, Danny Tayara, and Melinda Fox.

Northwest leaders, organizers, and creators share the successes and challenges of living and working in the arts, film, and technology. Learn about the opportunities, collaborations, recommendations, and trends impacting film and the arts in the Puget Sound area.

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The Art of No Budget Filmmaking WITH MARK STOLAROFF seminar tue/oCT 10/11:00 AM FREE THE GRAND CINEMA 606 S. FAWCETT AVENUE

While it’s been getting easier to make a quality feature film for less money, to make a good film for NO money-or rather, the little bit of money you have available to you right now--requires a radical rethinking of the movie-making process. Mark Stolaroff, founder of No Budget Film School, reveals the key principles that will enable you to make a film for nearly nothing.

In this seminar, you’ll learn: The two crucial concepts for making a quality no-budget film; how to turn production problems into opportunities; the two lists that every nobudget filmmaker should have before writing their script; the most important element to the success of your no-budget film; the real lesson of Dogme 95 and how it applies to you; and a detailed case study of Chris Nolan’s $12,000 first feature FOLLOWING.

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Attend the seminar, then see Mark Stolaroff’s film DRIVERX at its world premiere, October 11 at 7 PM.

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regular HOURS: saturday, October 7 & sunday, october 8 11:00 am-7:00 PM free

the veldt preview party

friday, October 6 9:00 PM-1:00 am $10

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Experience 18 immersive films and virtual worlds at The Veldt hosted by Wondertek & King’s Books. Stop by FabLab’s booth, build your own cardboard VR goggles, & learn about their programs. The Veldt is free and open to the public.

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VR Happy Hour: DJs spin every afternoon from 3 - 7 PM

Explore virtual worlds and party with cocktails from Bona Fide Potents & en Rama, incredible food from Southern Kitchen, & beats from local DJs. SPONSORED BY:

Join VR creators Michaella Vu, Jess Kantor, Tracy Rector, & Christine T. Berg, and moderator Malia Probst of VRScout to learn about their work and industry trends. Presenter info on page 54.

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Join FabLab Tacoma for a 360 video workshop & video booth: explore 360 tech and equipment, make a short video, & upload it online. Workshops accomodate 6 at a time, & start at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, & 2 PM. SPONSORED BY:

FabLab Video Booth & 360 Workshop saturday, October 7 11:00 am-3:00 PM free Collisions

11 MIN | DIRECTOR: LYNETTE WALLWORTH

After Solitary

DIRECTOR: CASSANDRA HERMMAN

What is it like in solitary confinement? In this collaboration between Emblematic Group and PBS’ series FRONTLINE, you’ll go inside the Maine State Prison to experience the harrowing story of one man’s time in solitary & what happened when he got out.

A VR journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan & the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. Nyarri offers to viewers his experience of the impact of destructive technology & the Martu perspective on caring for the planet for future generations.

FILMS

AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING fri, oct 6: 9 pm-1 am sat, oct 7: 11 am-7 PM sun, oct 8: 11 am-7 pM

Eagle Bone

5 MIN | DIRECTOR: TRACY RECTOR

One of the first VR pieces ever created by a Native American filmmaker, EAGLE BONE (“Ch’aak’ S’aagi”) is a collective step in a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous. Enter into a VR journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones.

If you go away (Ne me quitte pas)

IRAN | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: SOHEILA GOLESTANI US Premiere

Because of war, a couple has to immigrate to utopia, but difficult conditions try to separate them.

Hoodoo Behind The Fence

USA | 9 MIN | DIRECTORS: LINDSAY BRANHAM, JONATHAN OLINGER

The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar must survive a Buddhistled campaign to eliminate them. BEHIND THE FENCE looks inside the 5x5 square mile camp that is home to the most persecuted people on earth.

UK | 6 MIN | DIRECTOR: CATHERINE SALKELD

Washington State Premiere

We follow the adventures of Claw, a simple cat exploring a mysterious fragment of a forgotten world. With the help of the audience, will Claw get through his journey in one piece?

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Love!

4 MIN | DIRECTOR: JESS KANTOR

Pierce County Premiere

Love! is 360 dance piece that explores heartbreak.

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is happening to everyday on streets throughout America.

Silent Resonance (Pacific NW Ballet) Meta-Dimensional - Part One (360) & part Two (VR) DIRECTORS: PHILIP PLOUGH, MICHAELLA VU

US Premiere

After the death of their secretly brilliant father, two erratic sisters discover a headset that allows them to dimensionally travel, discovering their mysterious past.

4 MIN | PRODUCTION PIXVANA

Silent Resonance captures the exquisite performances of PNB dancers Emma Love Suddarth and Miles Pertl, with choreography by PNB Company dancer Price Suddarth.

FILMS cont. Walk with Penguins

UK | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: WILLIAM D.

Instantly transport yourself to a sub-antarctic penguin colony and immerse in the lives of Southern Rockhopper, King, Magellanic, and Gentoo Penguins.

One Way Trip

5 MIN | DIRECTORS: JAMES KINGSTONE, SEAN RONAN

The Giant

USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: NEW MEDIA

A young girl grows endlessly, stumbles upon a liquid that releases the darkest sides of herself, & eventually dissolves into the music of the universe.

Poi360 - Takawirihanga

NEW ZEALAND | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: LANITA RIRINUI-RYAN | CAST: KAHURANGI MAXWELL, TIRIA WAITAI, TALEI MORRISON

The Town That Blew Away

5 MIN | DIRECTOR SARAH JONES

We Who Remain

USA | 14 MIN | DIRECTORS: TREVOR SNAPP, SAM WOLSON

In the heart of the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, the lives of four characters are woven together to give a portrait of the students, mothers, journalists and rebels struggling to make their lives better in a neverending war.

From the beautiful shore of Lake Okataina in Rotorua, comes the creation story of poi. Performed by Kahurangi Maxwell, Tiria Waitai & Talei Morrison.

U-Turn

Washington State Premiere

Say Our Name

5 MIN | DIRECTOR: STINA HAMLIN

What happens when a young female coder joins a maledominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis? Viewers get to experience both sides of the gender divide in tech.

This immersive hip-hop dance piece was filmed on the streets of New York City, engaging the viewer to look into the eyes of the people that brutality

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Wonder Buffalo DIRECTOR: CHRISTINE BERG

Ann, a Thai-American teen coping with body dysmorphia and an overbearing mother, struggles to own her place in the world. In search of freedom, she embraces cosplay and ultimately finds a hero. Herself.

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FEATURE FILMS All features, both Documentary and Narrative, are listed below in alphabetical order. For the SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE, see page 30.

a shot in the dark

Unless noted by the “family friendly” icon, all films are not yet rated and viewer discretion is advised.

anatomy of a male ballet dancer

USA | 96 MIN | DIRECTORS: Oliver Ferraro, Chris Suchorsky | CAST: Anthony Ferraro, Pat Smith, Mike Malinconico | West Coast Premiere

Despite growing up legally blind, a high school wrestler overcomes great odds and attempts to win a New Jersey state championship.

MONDAY OCTOBER 9 2:00 PM THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 4:30 PM SPONSORED BY:

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USA/Brazil | 83 MIN | DIRECTORS: David Barba, James Pellerito | Washington State Premiere

An intimate portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes. From his struggle to reach the top of the ballet world, to his complicated relationship with his father, the film takes us on Marcelo’s journey from the heart of the Amazon to the most important International stages.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 5:15 PM

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THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN USA | 111 MIN | DIRECTOR: Jared Moshe | CAST: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Joseph Lee Anderson, Joe Anderson, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan | West Coast Premiere

A coming-of-age Western for a 65 year old man. Closing Night Film, event details on page 15.

thursday OCTOBER 12 7:30 PM SPONSORED BY:

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BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY With intimate and exclusive access, this behindthe-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. Opening Night Film, event details on page 12.

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Based on characters from Jules Feiffer’s Village Voice comic strip dating back to 1957, two old friends reunite, which causes complications.

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OCTOBER 8 7:15 PM

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

USA | 101 MIN | DIRECTORS: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg | CAST: Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan | West Coast Premiere

thursday OCTOBER 5 7:30 PM SPONSORED BY:

BERNARD AND HUEY USA | 90 MIN | DIRECTOR: Dan Mirvish | CAST: Mae Whitman, Sasha Alexander, Nancy Travis | US Premiere

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USA | 86 MIN | DIRECTOR: Alexandra Dean | Washington State Premiere

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world’s most beautiful woman. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8 2:00 PM TUESDAY OCTOBER 10 2:30 PM SPONSORED BY:

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FEATURE FILMS

DRIVERX

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS FAR AWAY

USA | 95 MIN | DIRECTOR: Henry Barrial CAST: Tanya Clarke, Patrick Fabian, Melissa Fumero, Oscar Nunez | World Premiere

USA | 92 MIN | DIRECTORS: Pete Ohs, Andrea Sisson | CAST: Joseph Cross, Julia Garner, C.S. Lee, Jillian Mayer | Washington State Premiere

Skidding into middle-age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like rideshare company (DriverX) to help support his working wife and two young daughters. But low pay and wild LA nights put an even greater strain on his marriage.

A science-fiction fable about a man on a desert planet looking for parts to repair his robothead girlfriend. He crosses paths with a young woman searching for an imaginary lake. They agree to team up on a quest to find a place that might not exist.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 7:30 PM

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FALLEN

FOR AhKEEM

USA | 75 MIN | DIRECTOR: Thomas Marchese

A police officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours in the United States. These losses have a profound impact on those close to them, as well as the communities they serve. This films explores the humanity behind the badge, and the social and personal impact of these losses.

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USA | 90 MIN | DIRECTORS: Jeremy S., Landon Van | West Coast Premiere

17-year old Daje Shelton is determined to make a better future for herself. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road.

saturday OCTOBER 7 2:15 PM

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for the birds (Vir die Voëls)

Holding Patterns

South Africa | 124 MIN | DIRECTOR: Quentin Krog | CAST: Simonè Naumann, Francios Jacobs, Elize Cawood, Nicola Hanekom | US Premiere

USA | 101 MIN | DIRECTOR: Jake Goldberger | CAST: Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Christopher Meloni | Washington State Premiere

During the South African 70’s, a young nurse ruffles feathers as she shows a small town, and its golden boy, what it means to be an independent woman.

Dealing with a lack of motivation in the aftermath of a tragedy, Charlie is given a surprising boost of confidence when he meets Amber, the young woman who works at his local coffee shop.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 6:45 PM THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 4:45 PM SPONSORED BY:

wednesday OCTOBER 11 6:45 PM

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Intent to Destroy

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THE Islands and The Whales

USA | 115 MIN | DIRECTOR: Joe Berlinger | CAST: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian | WA State Premiere

UK/Denmark | 81 MIN | DIRECTOR: Mike Day | Washington State Premiere

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish government of it ever happening.

The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

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Izzy Gets The F *CK Across Town USA | 86 MIN | DIRECTOR: Christian Papierniak | CAST: Mackenize Davis, Alia Shawkat, Carrie Coon, Haley Joel Osment, Annie Potts | Washington State Premiere

A woman at rock bottom must find her way across Los Angeles in order to crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party.

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Land of The Little People Israel | 83 MIN | DIRECTOR: Yaniv Berman | CAST: Ofer Hayoun, Maor Schwitzer, Mishel Pruzansky | West Coast Premiere

As another war begins in Israel, four teenagers who live in an Israeli military town form a gang and fight with two deserters over control of their territory.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 2:00 PM

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King of Peking China | 88 MIN | DIRECTOR: Sam Voutas | CAST: Cast Zhao Jun, Wang Naixun | Washington State Premiere

When video home entertainment enters the market in 90s Beijing, a former projectionist ropes his young son into starting their own pirate movie company, but easy money comes with its own price tag.

TUESDAY

OCTOBER 10 7:00 PM

THE GRAND CINEMA

Manic Canada | 84 MIN | DIRECTOR: Kalina Bertin | West Coast Premiere

Kalina Bertin struggles to make sense of the mental illness wreaking havoc over her siblings’s lives. Convinced that her father’s life holds the key, she sets out to find the truth about him, and discovers a man known alternately as a cult leader, a scam artist, a prophet, and a father of fifteen.

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FEATURE FILMS

Semi-Iconic: The Ballad of Dick Rossetti

Mansfield 66/67 USA | 84 MIN | DIRECTORS: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes | Washington State Premiere

Mansfield 66/67 looks at the last two years of movie goddess Jayne Mansfield’s life, and the rumours swirling around her untimely death.

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OCTOBER 8 9:45 PM

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USA | 78 MIN | DIRECTOR: Isaac Olsen

Semi-Iconic is the story of Dick Rossetti, former badass alternative radio disc jockey, leader of dozens of medium energy rock and roll combos and genuine Seattle outsider. This dense documentary is a total immersion in the narrative of the man, his music, and his experiences in the world of Seattle corporate radio.

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Sidney Hall USA | 117 MIN | DIRECTOR: Shawn Christensen | CAST: Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman, Kyle Chandler | West Coast Premiere

Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

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THE Strange Ones

Sweden/France/USA | 142 MIN | DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund | CAST: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West | Washington State Premiere

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times - about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

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Weirdos

USA | 81 MIN | DIRECTORS: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff| CAST: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus | Washington State Premiere | Mysterious events surround two

travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

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OCTOBER 6 9:45 PM

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Woman On Fire

Canada | 83 MIN | DIRECTOR: Blandine MercierMcGovern | CAST: Molly Parker, Julia Sarah Stone, Authors Dylan | Washington State Premiere

USA | 95 MIN | DIRECTOR: Julie Sokolow | Washington State Premiere

Just after the end of the Vietnam War and in the midst of the American bicentennial celebrations of 1976, runaway Kit and his girlfriend Alice hitchhike their way along the east coast of Canada.

Woman on Fire follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.

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1. Imbroglio

USA | 2017 | 14 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER ZATTA | CAST: ZOË BELL

Washington State Premiere

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Two warring groups of criminals meet to exchange hostages, each side unaware the other harbors a deadly secret. On one side, Kyle wants his brother back. On the other, David wants to free his girlfriend. And Anna (Zoë Bell), fueled by a history of bad blood, just wants revenge. As the standoff unfolds, everything goes south for everyone.

2. The Accomplice

USA | 7 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOHN F., JON HOEG | CAST: EVAN PETERS, JOHN F. BEACH

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Arriving home from a long business trip, Jerry discovers a number of urgent messages on his answering machine from his impulsive and inept friend, Randy. Much to his surprise, Jerry is now an unwilling participant in one of Randy’s boneheaded schemes.

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3. HARD WAY - THE ACTION MUSICAL

GERMANY | 33 MIN | DIRECTOR: DANIEL VOGELMANN | CAST: OLIVER TOMPSETT, HANNAH BRITLAND, CHARLIE ANSON, RUBY O.

Washington State Premiere

HARD WAY combines action and musical genres in a story of hard men with hard feelings. Jake loses his best friend Zach in a S.W.A.T. operation near Detroit. Eight months later Jake and his team are trying to get “The Mother” - the terrorist responsible for Zach’s death. While singing and dancing they fight their way through their enemies. But then Jake’s blind thirst for revenge leads them into the deadly hands of a sniper.

4. MAKI AND ZORRO

LEBANON | 27 MIN | DIRECTOR: RAMI KODEIH | CAST: YEMARIAMWORK MURARE, RAZANE JAMMAL, SAID SERHAN, ELIE NJEIM, ODAY TOUFAILI, ISSAM WEHBE

US Premiere

The lives of two women—Maki, a suicidal Ethiopian migrant worker, and Zorro, an out-ofwork actress—intersect when a diamond-smuggling operation in Beirut goes terribly wrong.

5. The Special Forces Movie

USA | 8 MIN | DIRECTOR: ERIK EDSTROM

World Premiere

When a filmmaker rediscovers footage from his unfinished childhood movie, he has no choice but to dig up his camcorder and finish the film.

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1. Bloop’s Birthday - USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: JULIAN GLANDER

Bloop, an odd little pink creature, is eager to celebrate her birthday.

2. Game - USA | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: JEANNIE DONOHOE

A.J. Green, a new kid in town, shows up at Coach Driscoll’s high school boys’ basketball tryouts, and instantly makes an impression.

3. NIGHT

USA/NETHERLANDS | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOOSJE DUK | CAST: RACHEL HILSON, GENELVA KRIND, KATHERINE ROMANS, KELLY MCCREADY, DORON MITCHELL

Washington State Premiere

When Sue’s cousin Genelva visits her from Suriname, they go out to a fancy club with Sue’s two best friends. After having an unpleasant encounter with the club’s bouncer at the door, the course of their night changes completely.

4. SPACEMAN.

USA | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER OLIVA | CAST: SCOTT NELSON, ANGELA MORRIS

Washington State Premiere

A young man with big aspirations sets out on a very curious path to become an astronaut. Unemployed and living with his single mother, Rupert Madurski must find a nice balance in a world without spacemen.

5. Catherine

BELGIUM | 11 MIN | DIRECTOR: BRIT RAES

Catherine loves her cat. As she grows up, she can not connect with other people. Her cat is her life, and little by little she grows up to be a crazy old cat lady… Will she ever find friendship, or love?

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USA | 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: PETER EDLUND | CAST: PETER MCNALLY, IAN EDLUND, EMILY CHISHOLM, KLARA CERRIS, SPENCER HAMP, IAN LERCH, DAN O’CONNELL, MADELINE ANDERSON

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Two young burnouts, Patrick and Cheech, live in a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals and wildly unconventional musical tastes.

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USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: NATHAN BLANCHARD

Josephine and her judgmental roommate, Mandy, helplessly scream about Josephine’s late night escapades.

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USA | 7 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOHN F., JON HOEG | CAST: EVAN PETERS, JOHN F. BEACH

USA | 8 MIN | DIRECTOR: ERIK EDSTROM

World Premiere

When a filmmaker rediscovers footage from his unfinished childhood movie, he has no choice but to dig up his camcorder and finish the film.

10. WE TOGETHER

USA | 7 MIN | DIRECTOR: HENRY KAPLAN | CAST: MARTEL RUDD, CHRIS MCAFFEE

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A zombie comes to remember the person who he used to be.

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1. FOSTER CARE

SPAIN 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: GAIZKA URRESTI | CAST: LUISA GAVASA, CARMEN BARRANTES, ADOLFO FERNÁNDEZ

Teresa goes to Mariana’s house to determine whether she’s elegible to foster one of their refugees, but the interview takes an ackward turn when Mariana’s husband, Pedro, arrives. Nothing is as it seems in this game of cat and mouse.

2. OUR WONDERFUL NATURE - THE COMMON CHAMELEON

GERMANY | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: TOMER ESHED

Washington State Premiere

The feeding habits of the common cameleon as never seen before.

3. Sober Minds

IRELAND | 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHARLO JOHNSON | CAST: PAUL HUGHES

West Coast Premiere

Sober Minds highlights the hidden beauty of our urban wildlife in an autobiographical documentary that examines a natural cure for depression.

4. Birdlime

CANADA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: EVAN DERUSHIE

Washington State Premiere

Birdlime is a sticky substance which is used to trap wild birds intended for export or trade. One bird barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and creatures.

5. SHEEPO

UK | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: IAN ROBERTSON

left in the pen. Sheepo explores the daily competitiveness that pushes professional shearers to shear one more sheep than their workmate.

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6. PATATA DAY

GERMANY | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: PETER BÖVING

Washington State Premiere

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This cinematic parable tells the story of five people in a diner who spin a yarn about potato dishes. However, a highly topical issue is served along with the animated potatoes on the plate.

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7. Catherine

BELGIUM | 11 MIN | DIRECTOR: BRIT RAES

Catherine loves pets! But most of all, she loves her cat. As she grows up, she can not connect with other people. Her cat is her life, and little by little she grows up to be a crazy old cat lady… Will she ever find friendship, or love?

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8. CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO

Pierce County Premiere

GERMANY | 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: SANDRA SCHIESSL | CAST: HENDRIK GREVE, TINA LANDGRAF, BERNHARD MEINDL, KAI WINDHOEVEL

Chika the dog and five-yearold Mikasch live in a Jewish ghetto during WWII where it is forbidden for Jews to keep their pets.

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9. The Salmon Forest

USA | 30 MIN | DIRECTOR: BEN HAMILTON

US Premiere

Follow salmon on their epic migration through the Tongass National Forest of Alaska.

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If a shearer shouts ‘Sheepo!’ it means there’s only one sheep

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1. Aproximada

USA | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: KYLE CARVER

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App Applegate envisioned a boat he could sail from Orcas Island to Cuba. Told through stories from long time friends, family and associates.

2. As Beautiful Inside

USA | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: WILL MAYO

Washington State Premiere

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A close-knit Tennessee family contemplates the character and legacy of a grandfather - through the furniture he made for them.

3. The World’s Oldest Mime: A Life in Three Acts 4

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: RILEY HOOPER, NOAH WAGNER | CAST RICHMOND SHEPARD

West Coast Premiere

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At eighty-seven years old, Richmond Shepard has devoted his life to the art of nonverbal communication.

4. BORN OF STONE

ITALY/CZECH REPUBLIC | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: EMILIO BELLU | CAST: PINUCCIO SCIOLA

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Completed just a few weeks before Sciola’s passing, Born of Stone is an immersion inside the sights and sound of a remarkable artist and his belief that stones are not just material.

5. The Art and Dreams of D.J. Sheskin

USA | 1 MIN | DIRECTOR: EMILY SHESKIN

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At 73-years-old, D.J. Sheskin dreams of seeing his art in MoMa before he dies. This short piece explores the artist’s body of work, his dreams, and his general outlook on being an artist.

6. The Legacy of Linc’s Tackle

USA| 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: LAUREN FROHNE | CAST: JERRY BEPPU, MARIA BEPPU

World Premiere

Linc’s Tackle has been the heart and soul of Seattle’s urban fishing culture for generations. But that legacy almost didn’t exist when the Beppu family, shop owners since the 1930s, were interned during World War II.

7. The Wizard Oz

USA | DOCUMENTARY | 22 MIN | DIRECTOR: DANNY YOURD

Washington State Premiere

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, known as “OZ”, is a selfdescribed wizard. Raising mythical beasties, seeking out legends, and experiencing the magic of love brings OZ to an important question...will he be remembered?

8. Trick

USA | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: ALEXANDER MONELLI

World Premiere

Trick is a short documentary about 80 year old Tom Shultz (a.k.a. Mr. Magic), who fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a magician later in life.

9. The Final Show

USA | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: DANA NACHMAN | CAST: MARION ROSS, NANCY DUSSAULT, PETER MARK, JERRY DOUGLAS

Washington State Premiere

A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.

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1. Backstory

GERMANY | 8 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOSCHKA LAUKENINKS | CAST: JESSICA MCINTYRE, JAN STAPELFELDT, XENIA ASSENZA

Washington State Premiere

A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

2. Buttercup

USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: MEGAN BROTHERTON | CAST: MEGAN BROTHERTON, ELIZABETH BOUGHTON

As Maggie struggles with her mother’s death a surprise visitor helps her find joy again.

3. AFTER LIFE

NEW ZEALAND | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: PRISCA BOUCHET

West Coast Premiere

After Life explores the unique, enigmatic institution of a New Zealand funeral home, following the men and women who work with the dead and the delicate ritual of the body’s preparation for its final journey.

4. The Silence

ITALY/FRANCE | 15 MIN | DIRECTORS: ALI ASGARI, FARNOOSH SAMADI

Washington State Premiere

Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent.

5. Whoever Was Using This Bed

USA | 20 MIN | DIRECTOR: ANDREW KOTATKO | CAST: JEAN-MARC BARR, RADHA MITCHELL, JANE BIRKIN

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling

examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman).

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6. Past The Second Stage

AUSTRALIA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR PETER CAMILLERI, SAMUEL HUNTER | CAST: SAMUEL HUNTER

When a man is locked out of his dead brother’s laptop while looking for a funeral picture, his only chance is to gain access is to pass his security questions.

7. THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER

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SWITZERLAND | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: JADWIGA KOWALSKA

US Premiere

A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter.

8. Lifeline

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USA | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: ADAM HARUM

Washington State Premiere

When Robert learns he will die on Friday morning, he must navigate the final days of his trivial life in a world where death is an industry and companionship can be bought. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

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9. GOLDFISH

GERMANY | 29 MIN | DIRECTOR: FACUNDO V. SCALERANDI

Washington State Premiere

When Gertrud, the beloved mother of twins Agnes and Otto suddenly dies, their father August is unable to accept it and tells the kids she is actually on vacation.

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USA | 6 MIN | DIRECTOR: PARKER HILL | CAST: FRANCESCA ROOT-DODSON, TOM MARTIN

US Premiere

Washington State Premiere

2. The Parcel

6. Wandering Soul

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In a world where being alone is the norm, Simon gets a package for his supposedly dead neighbor. This supernatural object’s purpose seems to be driving him insane.

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3. Cul-De-Sac

USA | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: DAMON RUSSELL | CAST: SHAWN CHRISTENSEN, PHOEBE TONKIN, MICHAEL DRAYER, CHRISTINA BRUCATO

Washington State Premiere

Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their son’s teddy bear.

4. A NEW HOME

SLOVENIA | 14 MIN | CAST: NINA RAKOVEC, JERNEJ CAMPELJ

Washington State Premiere

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USA | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: TRACI HAYS

A story about an eccentric creative man with a slew of tricks up his sleeve, Frederick determines to make a difference in the world.

West Coast Premiere

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5. Frederick

Joan is startled when she finds a strange man in her house, but the situation begins to feel all too familiar.

GERMANY | 17 MIN | DIRECTOR: WILKE WEERMANN | CAST: JENS LAMBRECHT NILS MALTEN, LEA BEIE, JANOSCH FRIES

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What is the biggest danger Europe faces: the crisis on its borders, or its own paranoia and fear? Our protagonist drives to work, she passes the refugee tent city in the park. She means them no harm; they mean her no harm. So why, when their paths intersect, do things go catastrophically wrong?

AUSTRALIA | 13 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOSH TANNER | CAST: LAP PHAN, HENRY VO

Washington State Premiere

A Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War finds himself haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade after the burial ceremony is compromised.

7. RETOUCH

IRAN | 19 MIN | DIRECTOR: KAVEH MAZAHERI | CAST: SONIA SANJARI, MOHAMMADHOSSEIN ZIKSARI, AZADEH ABAADPOOR, HANIEH MOFLEH, SIAMAK FARSI

Washington State Premiere

When her husband has an accident while weightlifting in their home, Maryam decides to watch him die rather than help. Once he is dead, she goes about her day with her child and pretends he has only disappeared.

8. GO PAUL

GERMANY | 17 MIN | DIRECTOR: FELIX KAROLUS

Washington State Premiere

Everybody tries to be on top of the game and to outsmart everybody else is this crime thriller full of twists and turns.

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1. Albedo Absolute - USA

A visual letter to Congress from the children of America as they share about how to get along.

| 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: VLAD MARSAVIN | CAST: GABRIEL OLDS, BOTI BLISS, HANNAH MCCLOUD

Washington State Premiere

A fairytale adventure of two sisters who venture into a brooding forest.

8. Return to Sender - USA

2. AMI - GERMANY

Charlie is happily in love with his girlfriend, and sends her a series of love letters to convey his affection.

| 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: CATHERINE BAILEY

Washington State Premiere

| 8 MIN | DIRECTOR: GONZALO SAN

Washington State Premiere

9. Save Lives. Apologize. - USA | 7

Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip.

MIN | DIRECTOR: ANNIE POLING | CAST: FORREST CAMPBELL, DANIEL BLANCHARD, CURTIS MCGANN

3. AWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS LATVIA | 3 MIN |

A young bully stops to consider the consequences of his actions and the necessity for apologies.

DIRECTOR: INDRA SPROGE

Washington State Premiere

A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy melody, guides us through the ABCs.

10. The Card Shark

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: REX CARTER

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4. Best Friend - USA | 6 MIN

A brash young boy tests his luck at an unusual poker game with very high stakes.

| DIRECTOR: CORY REEDER | CAST: GITANE NEIL, KIM KENDALL, ROBERT BUSCEMI, DOC FARROW, DIANA ELIZABETH | After moving

across country, a girl finds more than a best friend when her parents let her adopt a dog.

11. The Owl and the Lemming - CANADA

5. Twice Upon a Time - SERBIA | 14 MIN |

Washington State Premiere

| 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: ROSELYNN AKULUKJUK

This short provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs.

DIRECTOR: VOJIN VASOVIC | CAST: MIODRAG MICA, JOHN WHITE

Once there was a king with a split personality - one half wants to become a poet and the other a fearless warrior.

12. Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing - CANADA

6. Bloop’s Birthday

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- USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: JULIAN GLANDER

Bloop, an odd little pink creature, is eager to celebrate her birthday.

7. DEAR CONGRESS -

| 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: NADIA MIKE | CAST: ANGUTI JOHNSTON, VINNIE KARETAK, CELINA KALLUK

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Pirate Derek and his sidekick monkey find a magic treasure box.

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The story of two unlikely friends who spend the day together ice fishing.

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1. Little Bird

UK | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: GEORGIA OAKLEY | CAST: IMELDA STAUNTON

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It’s London 1941 and the women of Great Britain have been called upon to aid the war effort, freeing up men for action. Little Bird explores how far one young woman will go to create a new life for herself and what she is willing to leave behind.

2. MY LIFE FOR IRELAND

IRELAND | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: KIERON J. WALSH

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Easter, 1916. In Dublin Patrick Pearse leads an armed rebellion against British rule, inspiring patriots throughout Ireland to join the fight for freedom.

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Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Clarence Lockwood continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine—even after it has crippled his father and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coalmining ancestry, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.

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4. Ghost

AUSTRALIA | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: JP O’BRIEN | CAST: TRAVIS JEFFERY, CLARENCE RYAN, GREGORY J.

Washington State Premiere

Based on a true story, Ghost is a re-imagining of convict William Buckley’s first contact with the indigenous Australians.

5. The Nation Holds Its Breath

IRELAND | 19 MIN | DIRECTOR: KEV CAHILL | CAST: SAM KEELEY, BARBARA BRENNAN, KATE GILMORE, ALLY NÍ

On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father to be is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and witnessing the miracle of reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup.

6. SERVAL AND CHAUMIER, MASTERS OF SHADOWS

FRANCE | 20 MIN | DIRECTORS: BASTIEN DARET, ARTHUR GOISSET

Washington State Premiere

1896. In a small French village, Jules Chaumier, professional magician, runs into Marcel Serval, his former disciple who left 10 years ago with his wife Jacqueline. They get into a fight, which should lead them to know who actually is the true “Master of Shadows”...

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late night

93 min

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1. Hi Stranger - USA | 2 MIN |

NADJA ANDRASEV

Washington State Premiere

DIRECTOR: KIRSTEN LEPORE

I made this film especially for you.

2. Kookie - CANADA | 12 MIN |

DIRECTOR: JUSTIN HARDING | CAST: AVA JAMIESON, ALANA ELMER, JARRETT SIDDALL

West Coast Premiere

A dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.

3. DOWNUNDER - SPAIN | 19

A woman is watched every day by the neighbor’s cat as she takes care of her plants.

8. Paradise Surprise - USA | 1 MIN | DIRECTOR: PETER OLSCHNER World Premiere

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An alien creature finds a flower that takes him on a psychedelic journey.

9. A Taste For It - UK | 1 MIN

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The year 1981. The American Southwest. Word to the wise It’s best not to travel alone here.

4. Swipe Right - USA | 8

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An old woman has a strange subterranean encounter.

10. CALL OF CUTENESS -

GERMANY | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: BRENDA LIEN

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Whilst we watch the highest grossing cat fail compilation - all that is kept out of sight gets back at us in this nightmare.

Washington State Premiere

When Katie’s Tinder date doesn’t show, she spends her night alone at the bar; that is, until she meets a different guy.

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5. STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF*CKER -

A brief recounting of human development through phallic imagery; an homage to “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance”...with dicks.

US Premiere

12. Pussy - POLAND | 8

BELGIUM | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: SE´BASTIEN PETRETTI | CAST YASSINE FADEL & ILIAS BOUANANE

A surrealistic comedy in a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine.

6. OUR CRAPPY TOWN - USA | 8 MIN | DIRECTOR: ANDY & CAROLINE LONDON

Washington State Premiere

In 1986, Andy had a role in the Glen Cove HS production of “Our Town”. But what happened after... is the stuff of legend.

7. The Noise of Licking -

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A girl spends the evening at home where she decides to have a sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.

13. Ghosting The Party - USA | 8 MIN |

DIRECTOR: CARLOS LOPEZ

Pierce County Premiere

A gang of gal pals conjure up a frenzy at a Halloween party after a dare exposes the true nature of a mysterious guest.

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Don’t languish in your office; grab your lunch and come to The Grand for Lunchbox Shorts, three special programs featuring fascinating short films and complimentary dessert from Europa Bistro to brighten your lunch break.

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1. SPACEMAN.

3. The Mender

Washington State Premiere

In this high-speed era there’s one place where time slows to a different pace. This is the Mendery, where Donald Vass carefully repairs damaged library books.

USA | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER OLIVA | CAST: SCOTT NELSON, ANGELA MORRIS

USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: ALAN HALFHILL | CAST: DONALD VASS

A young man with big aspirations sets out on a path to become an astronaut.

2. Fig’s Representation USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: JONATHAN NAPOLITANO

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1. Wildland

2. Prince of Smoke

Washington State Premiere

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Three young inmates enlist in one of the last firefighting programs in the country for juveniles offenders; but a deadly incident forces them to contemplate their futures.

Young Cuban tobacco farmer and cigar maker, Hirochi Robaina, follows in his famous grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve the 171 yearold family legacy.

USA | 25 MIN | DIRECTOR: DANIEL STEINER

wednesday

USA | 23 MIN | DIRECTOR: MATTHEW GELB

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USA | 6 MIN | DIRECTOR: SAM FORENCICH

Washington State Premiere

Invisible Oregon is an art time-lapse piece 3 years in the making. Created entirely with infrared converted cameras, it reveals a landscape beyond the range of human perception that challenges how we process the world around us.

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2. Lifted: A Ski Film for the Rest of Us

USA | 30 MIN | DIRECTOR: OLY MINGO

Pierce County Premiere

A wintertime love story exploring the universal attraction between skier, boarder and mountain Pull out the long underwear and grab a beer as we follow one community’s quest to get Lifted.

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3. the duel

A teenager unknowingly hides in the yard of a police officer who is drinking before a funeral. Plays with Fallen:

Washington State Premiere

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: MICHAEL PAULUCCI

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USA | 11 MIN | DIRECTOR: ADAM ROFFMAN

Washington State Premiere

Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places. Plays with King of Peking:

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USA | 6 MIN | DIRECTOR: LILI TAYLOR

Based on a true story by Lili Taylor, The Duel is a visualization of her father’s private struggle with mental illness. Plays with Manic:

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4. Richard Twice - USA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: MATTHEW SALTON

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The singer and songwriter of an early 70’s folk duo was on his way to stardom when he mysteriously walked away from it all. Plays with Semi Iconic: The Ballad of Dick Rossetti:

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15 YEARS ON TACOMA’S WATERFRONT

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1. 116 Cameras - USA | 14 MIN | DIRECTOR: DAVINA PARDO

Washington State Premiere

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A Holocaust survivor preserves her story interactively so that she will be able to tell it forever.

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9. Sarah’s House - USA | 12

Neither Caco’s physical limitations nor his overprotective parents can stop him from setting off on a river adventure.

4. My Fear - MEXICO

| 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: MANFRED LÓPEZ | CAST: DIEGO DÁVALOS

A teen born with a physical disability decides to become an actor in order to overcome his fears.

5. Driver’s Ed - USA

| 14 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHASE NORMAN | CAST: ANGEL GUADALUPE, BRYAN NUNEZ

Washington State Premiere

A shy young woman leaves the safety of her home for a high school classroom. MIN | DIRECTOR: L. GABRIEL | CAST: SAMARA LERMAN, STEFAN HAJEK, KEVIN MCKEON, TONY DOUPE, RICHARD CARMEN

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8. Tough - UK | 4 MIN

3. Be - SPAIN | 5 MIN |

6. Iron - USA | 16 107

Seattle poet Troy Osaki channels the spirit of Bruce Lee, revisiting the challenges the action star faced as an actor of color.

Isatou Jallow is an asylee, lawyer, and advocate for women and the disabled. This is her incredible story.

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New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

Washington State Premiere

DIRECTOR: ROBERTO CANO | CAST: CACO PINON

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A young woman joins the labor force working on the railroad during WWI.

7. Year of the Dragon

MIN | DIRECTOR: JOHN MEIER

World Premiere

Like any 19-year old, Sarah is ready to move out on her own. Her only challenge is that she has autism, so her family has decided to build a Tiny House.

10. Still Sophie - USA

| 6 MIN | DIRECTOR: CAROLINE KNIGHT | CAST: SOPHIA SALVESON

Four and a half years ago, Sophia Salveson’s life changed forever. Doctors said she may never walk, talk, or perform again. They were wrong.

11. Perfectly Normal - USA

| 13 MIN | DIRECTOR: JORIS DEBEIJ | CAST: JORDAN KAMNITZER, TONI KENT

Jordan proves that he is not a disabled person, but merely a person with a disability. Someone who “normal people” could actually learn from.

12. Game - USA | 15 MIN |

DIRECTOR: JEANNIE DONOHOE

A.J. Green, a new kid in town, shows up at Coach Driscoll’s high school boys’ basketball tryouts, and instantly makes an impression.

- USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: QUINN RUSSELL BROWN

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1. 11:11

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: KEITH RIVERS | CAST: LILY PIPER FAYE, AMBER HODGKISS, DOUG VOGEL

Pierce County Premiere

7. The Mess He Made

USA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: MATTHEW PUCCINI | CAST: MAX JENKINS

Washington State Premiere

Isla says goodbye as she leaves for Mars.

A man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a Rapid HIV Test.

2. Swim

8. Pregnant

USA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: MARI WALKER

As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

3. PRINCESS

GERMANY | 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: KARSTEN DAHLEM

Washington State Premiere

When Ole and his gang nick twelve year old Davie’s school bag, Ole never would have imagined that he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess...

4. Spring

USA | 7 MIN | DIRECTOR: LAUREL PARMET | CAST: ARIN MACLAINE, ELLIE YORKE

West Coast Premiere

Amanda struggles to keep something inside as she spends the day taking pictures of her best friend.

5. Little Potato

USA | 13 MIN | DIRECTOR: WES HURLEY, NATHAN M

An autobiographical documentary short about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom and their adventurous escape to America.

6. Trans

USA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: LONG TRAN | CAST: CADEN JONES, BROOKLYN BUENAVENTURA

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USA | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOSEPH SACKETT | CAST: JIN HA, WILL SEEFRIED, NAOMI LORRAIN

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A pregnant man communicates psychically with his unborn fetus.

9. # NOT GUILTY

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GERMANY | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: MAXIM KUPHALPOTAPENKO

US Premiere

More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code because of their homosexuality. It’s high time they were exonerated.

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10. The Curse

USA | 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: DANNY TAYARA | CAST: KARL CASSEL, MARITA DELEON

Washington State Premiere

Jesse’s got a date, but it’s leak week... They can’t seem to catch a break.

11. The Wedding Patrol

GERMANY | 14 MIN | DIRECTOR: ROGIER HARDEMAN | CAST: FRANK CHRISTIAN MARX MARC BEN PUCH, PETER BECK, GLORIA VIAGRA

Washington State Premiere

Russian expat Mikail lives happily in a civil partnership with his husband in Berlin, when chief inspector Böhnenkamp accuses him of not being gay and leading a greencard marriage. But things are not what they seem.

World Premiere

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1. Annie Waits

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UK | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: MARNIE PAXTON-HARRIS | CAST: ANDREW SIMPSON, SAM GITTINS, SAM SWAINSBURYS, MATTHEW OVENS, MOSES GOMES-SANTOS, APRIL KELLEY

Washington State Premiere

We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

2. Josephine Did Something Kinda Bad Last Night

USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: NATHAN BLANCHARD

World Premiere

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Josephine and her judgmental roommate, Mandy, helplessly scream about Josephine’s late night escapades.

3. The Poet and the Professor

USA | 21 MIN | DIRECTOR: ARIEL KAVOUSSI | CAST: BOB BYINGTON, KEVIN CORRIGAN

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Ariel is an insecure writer tortured by her own desires. She must overcome a proclivity for dysfunctional affairs to find a healthier, more sustainable relationship.

4. Leo Johnson

USA | 19 MIN | DIRECTOR: EVAN BLUESTEIN

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Ben and Donna are an LA couple whose relationship has drifted into neutral. Their

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charismatic old friend, Leo, reappears with a desperate plan to steal an engagement ring from his ex-fiancée. As the plan gets complicated, will Ben and Donna be able to pull off the heist and save their relationship?

5. FREEZE

SINGAPORE/TAIWAN | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: NELICIA LOW

Washington State Premiere

We all do terrible things when we think that no one is watching. When her distant husband cannot give her the love she desires, the lonely and insecure Hui will do anything to feel loved.

6. Forever Now

DENMARK | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: KRISTIAN HÅSKJOLD | CAST: FREDERIKKE DAHL, FERDINAND FALSEN

West Coast Premiere

After several years together William and Cecilie break up. To treat their sorrow, they decide to do the drug, MDMA, together. This results in a emotional rollercoaster ride for better or worse over a whole weekend, isolated together in their apartment.

7. NICOLE’S CAGE

GERMANY | 15 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOSEF BRANDL

Washington State Premiere

The big wheel in the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young and ambitious couple. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move in together. Unfortunately none of them have taken the time the time to get to know eachother.

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132 min

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1. DEAR CONGRESS -

USA | 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: ANNIE O’NEIL

West Coast Premiere

A visual letter to Congress from the children of America as they share about how to get along.

7. Import - NETHERLANDS West Coast Premiere

2. For Flint - USA |17 MIN | West Coast Premiere

8. #selfie - GERMANY | 7

DIRECTOR: BRIAN SCHULZ

In the face of adversity, the people of Flint forge a new and powerful narrative that flows with hope and optimism.

3. Dinosaurs in the Hood - USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: LONG TRAN

World Premiere

A spoken word by Danez Smith projected into a film that empowers African-American men, and fights the negative representation in media.

4. Monday - USA | 18 MIN | DIRECTOR: DINH THAI

Washington State Premiere

A young hustler navigates through LA while facing racism, danger and a moral struggle with his illicit occupation. And it’s only Monday.

5. The Good Mother

- MEXICO | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: SARAH CLIFT | CAST: MONICA DEL, ABRAHAM ESPÍNDOLA, FERMÍN MARTÍNEZ

Washington State Premiere

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and politics to find the right piñata for her son’s birthday. - SLOVENIA | 20 MIN DIRECTOR DAVID FREID

World Premiere

Sevnica, the small medieval town in Slovenia where Melania Trump grew up, is officially open for business. That’s because our First Lady is their First Lady too.

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| 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: ENA SENDIJAREVIC | CAST: ALENA DZEBO, MARIO KNEZOVIC, ESMA HRUSTO

A Bosnian refugee family ends up in the Netherlands in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they try to make this new world their home.

6. First Ladyland

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A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie...

9. NIGHT - USA/

NETHERLANDS | 9 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOOSJE DUK | CAST: RACHEL HILSON, GENELVA KRIND, KATHERINE ROMANS

Washington State Premiere

A night on the town changes course completely after an unpleasant encounter with the bouncer.

10. Isis Hair Salon - USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR NICHOLAS COLES

A hair stylist has unwittingly been thrust into the war of terror and she’s fighting back one braid, weave and extension at a time.

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MIN | DIRECTOR: BRIAN ROBAU | CAST: JOSHUA JOHNSON-LIONEL, B.J. TANNER, MIKELEN WALKER

When a young boy finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it sets in motion a series of events that will change him forever.

12. Horseshoe Theory

- USA | 12 MIN | DIRECTOR: JONATHAN DANIEL BROWN | CAST: JACKSON RATHBONE, AMIR MALAKLOU

Washington State Premiere

A white supremacist and a Jihadist discover they have more in common than they imagined.

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TRACK 02 is the second installment of The Grand Cinema’s music video showcase and features some of the best in current work.

1. Zeds Dead - Too Young 2

UK |3 MIN | DIRECTOR: CHRIS ULLENS

Washington State Premiere

In a handcrafted miniature world, colourful characters depict our social media addicted society.

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2. Off Script - Scarves

USA | 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: BENJAMIN OWENS | CAST: LUCHA LIBRE

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Washington State Premiere

Two distinct forms of performance; live music and Luchador wrestling.

3. Through My Street Rio Wolta

SWITZERLAND | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: PIET BAUMGARTNER | CAST: JULIA GRÄFNER, ANDREAS STORM

Washington State Premiere

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Digger Love.

4. The Domestics Beauty Contest

USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: MARTIN MELNICK | CAST: JAKE MCCAULEY

World Premiere

When an abused mother feels compelled to abandon her home, the fabric of her son’s reality is torn.

5. Pickwick - Ascension USA | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: JOE RUFA

West Coast Premiere

An animated odyssey of psychedelic vignettes.

6. Richard Twice - USA | 10 MIN | DIRECTOR: MATTHEW SALTON

Washington State Premiere

The singer and songwriter of an early 70’s folk duo was on his way to stardom when he mysteriously walked away from it all.


7. Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit

USA | 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: DREW CHRISTIE

The story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written, animated in the style of a pop-up book.

8. Champagne Sunday - Bound

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: MELINDA RAEBYNE

Real stories of people in our community who have had to face the struggles of prejudice but refuse to be reduced by them.

9. Try A Little Tenderness

ISRAEL/CANADA/USA/ARGENTINA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: ROY WOL

Washington State Premiere

2016 was a rough year in many ways. As music brings people together, we hope that “Try a little Tenderness” will too.

10. Forest Beutel - Cat On A Leash

USA | 2 MIN | DIRECTOR: SOUTH SOUND CREATIVE | CAST: LUKE SUMMERFIELD, CHA CHA, AVA DE JOR

US Premiere

A song about the hustle and grind that we experience in our day to day lives.

11. Mawule - Anything ft. DJ Zenas

USA | 3 MIN | DIRECTOR: MIA GINAÉ

West Coast Premiere

A tribute to black fathers everywhere, showing authentic tale of fathers who battle against all odds to provide, support, and nurture.

12. Mermaids - Floyd Shakim

NORWAY | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: HOCHR

Washington State Premiere

A story about wrapping up childhood trauma in a baseball wielding cult.

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USA | 16 MIN | DIRECTOR: PETER EDLUND | CAST PETER MCNALLY, IAN EDLUND, EMILY CHISHOLM

Washington State Premiere

Patrick and Cheech, live in a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals, and wildly unconventional musical tastes.

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7 MIN | DIRECTOR: HENRY KAPLAN | CAST: MARTEL RUDD, CHRIS MCAFFEE

Washington State Premiere

A short film about a zombie who comes to remember the person who he used to be.

15. Night Walk

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Pierce County Premiere

A surreal interstellar film made in collaboration with songwriter Benjamin Verdoes.

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16. Peter, Bjørn & John - Breakin’ Point

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NORWAY | 4 MIN | DIRECTOR: HOCHR

Washington State Premiere

Left in the middle of nowhere, a forlorn human is up against his very own self-preservation.

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USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: KELLI SCHAEFER | CAST: TODD FADEL, LINDSAY STRANNIGAN, KELLY REES, PIPER MATTSSON

A middle-aged man finds himself in a dark place, but through a sequence of dreams and visions, he learns to set himself free.

18. Will Jordan - In My Feelings

USA | 5 MIN | DIRECTOR: MICHAEL RABB | CAST: SARAH SPICE

US Premiere

A modern twist on the Cinderella tale beginning at the night shift of local grocery store.

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25 NEW FACES OF

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friday october 6 thru monday october 9

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. 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.

Scheduling and more information for these screenings will be available at The Grand Cinema and online at TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL. COM in the weeks leading up to the festival. Join the honorees for the Festival Awards Party at Dystopian State Brewing Company for an evening of celebration. (Full event details on page 14.)

2017 honorees will present and discuss their films with audiences at 25 New Faces screenings as part of the festival.

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presenters Courtney Sheehan Courtney Sheehan is the executive director for Northwest Film Forum, & co-founder of Cine Migratorio & the Seventh Art Stand. Courtney has curated & produced film programs for theaters & festivals on three continents. As a journalist, her coverage included events such as the world’s largest documentary festival & South America’s largest animation festival.

cHRISTINE BERG Christine was born in Thailand, an army brat, and a veteran serving eight years as a Russian linguist. “Wonder Buffalo” was developed with her partner Simon Shterenberg at the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Program. Recently, Netflix acquired the dramatic feature, “Burning Sands” co-written by Christine which premiered this year at Sundance.

Danny Tayara Danny Tayara is a filmmaker & festival programmer. They founded Seattle Queer Filmmakers, is the Senior Programmer with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival & assists in programming for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival. They also manage Reel Queer Youth, a video production & media literacy training for LGBTQ youth & allies.

David Averbach David is Creative Director & Director of Digital Distribution Initiatives at The Film Collaborative. He has advised hundreds of filmmakers on DIY distribution, & has guided over 50 films through TFC’s Digital Distribution programs. He provides key art & website design. David holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Japanese literature & film.

evan saxon Evan Saxon is the West Coast Head of Acquisitions & Business Development for Abramorama. Evan has developed campaigns for Academy Award winning

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filmmakers, studios including Fox, and The Weinstein Company, and artists such as The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Shakira, My Morning Jacket, The Clash, REM, Sigur Ros, and others.

jessica Kantor Jessica Kantor is a VR director. Her films include THE ARCHER, DINNER PARTY, ASHES which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, & BE A T-REX IN VIRTUAL REALITY. Jessica is creating an immersive piece with Infinite Flow, a wheelchair dance company; she launched the VR Dance Project which has released 4 original dance pieces as part of Google’s JUMP start program. Jessica has presented at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Cucalorus Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, International Center of Photography & the Sundance Film Festival.

John Charles Meyer John Charles Meyer spent his twenties at a DC political media firm while touring the US with a rock band. Since then, acting credits include 15 TV shows & countless film/stage projects. He produced the 2017 indie comedy hit DAVE MADE A MAZE. His next feature, the romantic drama GRANITE RAPIDS MOON, is the first narrative feature to have shot the majority of its footage inside the Grand Canyon.

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Malia Probst

Melinda Fox

Malia Probst is Director of Brand Development at VRScout, one of the world’s leading immersive media companies. She closely covers the investment side of the industry, and hosts two podcasts on the space: the Real Virtual Show and the VRScout Report. Malia is a believer in the positive potentiality of VR/AR technology, with particular interest in therapeutic approaches and trauma healing.

Melinda an organizer & campaigner. She honed her skills on ballot initiatives, Obama’s presidential campaign, as a fundraising executive for The Humane Society, & as Vice President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She has served on boards including International Girls Rock Camp Alliance & Reel Grrls. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Tanji – the first app mobilizing audiences for women in film, TV & online content.

Mark Stolaroff Mark Stolaroff is a producer, consultant & instructor who specializes in micro-budget production. He recently finished the no-budget feature DriverX, his fifth collaboration with writer/ director Henry Barrial, & the horror film Devil’s Whisper. Mark was previously at IFC’s Next Wave Films, where he provided finishing funds to feature films, including the first features of Christopher Nolan, Joe Carnahan, and Amir Bar Lev. Stolaroff founded No Budget Film School in 2005 and teaches to hundreds of filmmakers each year.

Michaella vu Michaella Vu is a virtual reality director with an extensive film background behind & in front of the camera. She premiered her first VR film Neural Path at VRTO 2016 & has exhibited at numerous events. She continues to create immersive filmmaking, exploring new technologies such as Janus VR (the immersive web), Google Tango, & Artificial Intelligences, marrying mediums to find innovative & non-linears ways to tell stories.

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presenters rachel ervin Rachel Ervin is the Assistant Director for the arts & hospitality organization Alma Mater Tacoma. She began her career in beauty industry training, managing, & worked as a commercial makeup artist before diving into content development work with online publications. She served as coeditor of the arts & culture blog, Post Defiance, managed UW Tacoma’s literary arts magazine, Tahoma West, & has written & edited various publications since 2011.

Silong Chhun Producer, designer, & musician Silong Chhun was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime & immigrated to America, settling in Tacoma, WA. An accomplished musician & engineer Silong provided music production for the award-winning documentary CAMBODIAN SON. Silong co-founded the Sinn Sisamouth Foundation which works with artists & djs around the world, producing beats & mentoring. In 2013, Silong launched the brand Red Scarf Revolution, giving voice to once silenced art, culture, & language of Cambodia.

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FILM INDEX PIERCE COUNTY PREMIERES: 11:11 47 APROXIMADA 38 BLACK CANARIES 42 BOUND 51 CALL OF CUTENESS 43 CARD SHARK, THE 41 CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO 37 DRAWN & RECORDED: TEEN SPIRIT 51 FALLEN 27 GHOSTING THE PARTY 43 LIFTED: A SKI FILM FOR THE REST OF US 44 LOVE! 21 MENDER, THE 44 SWIM 47 WASHINGTON STATE PREMIERES: 116 CAMERAS ACCOMPLICE, THE 34, ALBEDO ABSOLUTE AMI ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER ANNIE WAITS AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS BACKSTORY BE BERNARD AND HUEY BEST FRIEND BIRDLIME BLOOP’S BIRTHDAY 35, BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY BORN OF STONE BREAKIN’ POINT CATHERINE 35, COLLECTION, THE CUL-DE-SAC CURSE, THE DRIVER’S ED DUEL, THE EVERYTHING BEAUTFUL IS FAR AWAY FINAL SHOW, THE FREDERICK FREEZE GAME 35, GHOST GOOD MOTHER, THE GO PAUL GOLDFISH HARD WAY – THE ACTION MUSICAL HOLDING PATTERNS HOODOO HORSESHOE THEORY ISIS HAIR SALON ISLAND AND THE WHALES, THE IMBROGLIO INTENT TO DESTROY INVISIBLE OREGON IRON

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IZZY GETS THE F*CK ACROSS TOWN 29 KING OF PEKING 29 LIFELINE 39 LITTLE REBEL 46 MANSFIELD 66/67 32 MERMAIDS – FLOYD SHAKIM 51 MESS HE MADE, THE 47 MIXTAPE MARAUDERS 35, 51 MONDAY 49 MY LIFE FOR IRELAND 42 NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH, THE 42 NICOLE’S CAGE 48 NEW HOME, A 40 NIGHT 35, 49 NIGHT WALK 51 NOISE OF LICKING, THE 43 OFF SCRIPT – SCARVES 50 OUR CRAPPY TOWN 43 OUR WONDERFUL NATURE 37 OWL AND THE LEMMING, THE 41 PATATA DAY 37 PERFECTLY NORMAL 46 PRINCE OF SMOKE 44 PRINCESS 47 PUSSY 43 RETOUCH 40 RETURN TO SENDER 41 RICHARD TWICE 45, 50 SERVAL AND CHAUMIER 42 SILENCE, THE 39 SPACEMAN. 35, 44 SQUARE, THE 33 STILL SOPHIE 46 STRANGE ONES, THE 33 SWIPE RIGHT 43 THROUGH MY STREET RIO WOLTA 50 TOUGH 46 TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS 51 U-TURN 23 WANDERING SOUL 40 WEDDING PATROL, THE 47 WE TOGETHER 35, 51 WEIRDOS 33 WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED 39 WILDLAND 44 WIZARD OZ, THE 38 WOMAN ON FIRE 33 YEAR OF THE DRAGON 46 ZEDS DEAD – TOO YOUNG 50 WEST COAST PREMIERES: #SELFIE AFTER LIFE ART AND DREAMS OF D.J. SHESKIN, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN, THE BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY DEAR CONGRESS 41, FIG’S REPRESENTATION FOR AHKEEM FOR FLINT FOREVER NOW IMPORT KOOKIE LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE LITTLE BIRD MANIC MAWULE – ANYTHING FT. DJ ZENAS PARCEL, THE

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PAST THE SECOND STAGE 39 PICKWICK – ASCENSION 50 POET AND THE PROFESSOR, THE 48 PREGNANT 47 SHEEPO 37 SHOT IN THE DARK, A 25 SIDNEY HALL 32 SOBER MINDS 37 SPRING 47 TASTE FOR IT, A 43 WORLD’S OLDEST MIME, THE 38 US PREMIERES: # NOT GUILTY BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER, THE CAT ON A LEASH FOR THE BIRDS HOMING IN IF YOU GO AWAY IN MY FEELINGS MAKI AND ZORRO META-DIMENSIONAL MY FEAR SALMON FOREST, THE STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHER F*CKERS TAKAWIRIHANGA UKALIQ AND KALLA GO FISHING

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WORLD PREMIERES: DINOSAURS IN THE HOOD 49 DOMESTICS, THE – BEAUTY CONTEST 50 DRIVERX 27 FIRST LADYLAND 49 JOSEPHINE DID SOMETHING KINDA BAD LAST NIGHT 35, 48 LEGACY OF LINC’S TACKLE, THE 38 LEO JOHNSON 48 PARADISE SURPRISE 43 SARAH’S HOUSE 46 SPECIAL FORCES MOVIE, THE 34, 35 TRANS 47 TRICK 38 WISHING BOX 41 ADDITIONAL FILMS & VR: AFTER SOLITARY 21 BEHIND THE FENCE 21 COLLISIONS 21 COYANUSCOCKSEE 43 BLACK AND BLUE 45 BUTTERCUP 39 DOWNUNDER 43 EAGLE BONE 21 FOSTER CARE 37 GIANT, THE 23 HI STRANGER 43 IT’S JUST A GUN 49 LITTLE POTATO 47 MIND IS A CONE 51 ONE WAY TRIP 23 SAY OUR NAME 23 SILENT RESONANCE 23 SEMI-ICONIC: THE BALLAD OF DICK ROSETTI 32 TOWN THAT BLEW AWAY, THE 23 TWICE UPON A TIME 41 WALK WITH PENGUINS 23 WE WHO REMAIN 23 WONDER BUFFALO 23

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2017 Tacoma Film Festival Official Program  

Elevating stories that deserve to be told, TFF 2017 brings more than 180 new independent and foreign films, numerous filmmaker workshops, ne...

2017 Tacoma Film Festival Official Program  

Elevating stories that deserve to be told, TFF 2017 brings more than 180 new independent and foreign films, numerous filmmaker workshops, ne...

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