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WELCOME TO THE 10TH ANNUAL TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL

TFF is a celebration of independent film featuring more than one hundred diverse and eclectic films from across the Northwest, nation, and world. The festival connects the community with acclaimed filmmakers and film selections that cannot be seen elsewhere in Washington this fall. Featuring live-action, documentary, animated, and short selections throughout the festival, TFF offers something for everyone. #TFF2015: WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN This year’s festival features over 100 independent film screenings exclusive to Pierce County, October 8-15. For the first time ever the 10th annual TFF also includes 25 New Faces of Independent Film, the world’s only convergence of Filmmaker Magazine’s annual list of up-and-coming filmmakers. 25 New Faces Honorees will be in attendance and watch and discuss their films with audiences at each 25 New Faces screening. They will also attend special meet and greet events (find event schedule on page 10).

Thank you for supporting independent cinema by attending the Tacoma Film Festival! OFFICIAL WEBSITE TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL.COM FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/TACOMAFILMFESTIVAL TWITTER #TFF2015 @TACOMAFILMFEST Publication Title and Number: Tacoma Film Festival | Official program #10 Issue Date: September 17, 2015 | Statement of Frequency: yearly Authorized Organization Name and Address: The Grand Tacoma Cine Club 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma WA 98402

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TFF 2015 also features the West Coast premiere of an A-lister comedy, opportunities to meet a beloved celebrity, and fun mixer events connecting filmmakers with movie lovers. These special events will be catered by some of Tacoma’s favorite restaurants. Screenings will be held at five venues including The Grand Cinema, The Blue Mouse Theater, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington Tacoma. SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST: JOHN RATZENBERGER John Ratzenberger, one of the nation’s top box office grossing actors of all time and treasured Pixar voice actor will be attending TFF. Festival attendees will have two opportunities to meet him at events on Saturday, October 10th (find details on page 9). TFF IS PRESENTED BY THE GRAND CINEMA The Grand Cinema is the South Sound’s non-profit home for independent, foreign, and local film. As a nonprofit cinema, The Grand is supported by its loyal patrons and members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors. The cinema’s mission is to enhance the cultural vitality of the Greater Tacoma community through the art of film.

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jud ges Nick Dawson is the Editor-inChief 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

Jason Ganwich is an Emmy nominated Television Producer and an active photographer and filmmaker, as well as educator – serving as lead instructor at The Grand Cinema’s Tacoma Film Camp and previously as a teacher at the Tacoma School of the Arts. Jason was recently voted “Best Tacoma Photographer” by readers of the Weekly Volcano. Ganwich.com

Lisa Fruichantie a long time organizer of film, music, theater, and visual arts in Tacoma, Lisa has been a projectionist at The Grand since 2004. She also works as costumer, stylist and props assistant for film, dance, and stage projects. In addition to her service to the arts community, Lisa also serves as the Events and Development Coordinator at the Rainbow Center.

Daniel Hoyos is a filmmaker and director of the popular Seattle Shorts Film Festival now in its 5th year. This year’s festival will take place November 14 and 15th 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Daniel is currently the Indie Film Editor at I Am Entertainment Magazine.

staf f FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Laura Marshall EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GRAND CINEMA: Philip Cowan ASSISTAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF THE GRAND CINEMA: Katy Evans, Wade Neal EVENTS AND SALES MANAGER: Rachel Marecle DIRECTOR OF MARKETING: Darcy Nelson

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VOLUNTEER MANAGER: Marlee Johnson MEMBERSHIP & ACCOUNTING: Gini Liley PROJECT COORDINATOR: Faith Stevens COVER ARTWORK: The Art Dept. FILM TRAFFIC COORDINATOR: Austin Milner TFF INTERN: Ross King

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t i c k ets & pa sse s SINGLE TICKETS $10 $8 $7.50 $5.50

PU N C H CA RD S

$75

General Admission Matinee Grand Cinema Members Senior, Student & Military Non-Members Senior, Student, & Military Members 10 Movies (EXCLUDES SPECIAL EVENTS)

VI P PA S S

$150

TO GUARANTEE TICKET, ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO EACH SCREENING

Includes Opening Night, Friday Night Event at The Blue Mouse, Saturday Toy Story with John Ratzenberger, unlimited films, TFF t-shirt, parking pass & welcome bag (EXCLUDES PRIVATE MEET & GREET & CLOSING NIGHT)

OPENING NIGHT FILM & MIXER: When i live my life over AGAIN

THURSDAY, OCTO BER 8, 7:00PM $15 $10

Film and mixer Film only

j o hn r at z e n b e r g e r e vents:

TOY STORY , SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:00AM AT THE BLUE MOUSE

PRIVATE MEET & GREET, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 6:30PM AT THE ANNIE WRIGHT GREAT HALL

$15 $10

$40 $35

General Admission Children 12 and under

General Admission Grand Cinema Members

CL OS IN G N I G H T d i n n e r & m ovi e: lamb

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 6:30PM DINNER, 7:30PM MOVIE $25 $20

General Admission Grand Cinema Members

H o w to b u y ti c k e ts Advance tickets for all Film Fest movies and events are on sale at:

T h e G rand Ci nem a 606 S Fawcett Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone (253) 593-4474

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

FOR THE LATEST PROGRAM INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

tacomafilmfestival.com

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T S H IRTS

Official Tacoma Film Festival t-shirts are available to purchase throughout the festival. Get yours today at The Grand Cinema box office, online, or at TFF venues around the city.

Black tff Logo Sizes SM-XXL 2015 design Sizes SM-XXL $15.00

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special events Openi n g N i g h t Kick off the Tacoma Film Festival with a screening of When I Live My Life Over Again at The Grand Cinema. Catch the buzz of TFF by attending the first movie of the festival.

T hursda y O ctob er 8 7:00pm

An added $5 gets you into the post-film mixer in The Grand’s lower lobby to enjoy food, beverages, and giveaways while hearing from some of this year’s filmmakers. Also featuring a sneak peek of other TFF films and festival giveaways.

FI L M : wHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN at T h e G r a n d C in em a $10 movie $ 1 5 m o v i e & mixer

Beer and wine will be available at a no-host bar.

(i nclu d es food & n on alco ho lic drin ks)

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Join us for the West Coast Premiere of Tumbledown at the historic Blue Mouse Theatre with hosted trivia and prize giveaways. Continue the festival fun by attending the after party at Europa Bistro for old-world style food, drinks, and good company.

fr iday O ctob er 9 7: 00pm at T h e bl ue m ouse $10 movie

Receive 20% off your bill when you present your TFF ticket stub. All TFF pass holders will receive complimentary food and one alcoholic beverage.

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Space at Europa Bistro is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

festival hangouts While at the festival, we recommend these neighborhood hangouts perfect for getting a bite to eat, discussing films, and meeting other festival-goers.

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Maxwell’s Speakeasy & Lounge 454 St Helens Ave. Europa Bistra 2515 N Proctor St. Sammy’s Pizza 1308 N I St.

Corina Bakery 602 Fawcett Ave. The Zodiac Supper Club 745 St Helens Ave.

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sp e c i a l events TOY STORY WITH A PIXAR STAR

FEATURING CELEBRITY GUEST JOHN RATZENBERGER

S AT U R DA Y October 10 1 0 :0 0 Am (doors at 9:30am)

jo h n rat z e nb erge r John Ratzenberger is a talented actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his role as “Cliff Clavin,” the wry mail carrier in the classic sitcom Cheers. Ratzenberger is also the only actor who has participated in every Pixar film. Some of his most memorable character voice-animations have been Toy Story’s Hamm the Piggy Bank, Cars’ Mack the Truck, A Bug’s Life’s P.T. Flea, and Brave’s Gordon the Scottish Guard, Originally from Connecticut, Ratzenberger got his start in acting in London with the role as a patron in The Ritz (1976). He also played minor acting roles in movies including Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Superman II, Outland (1981) and Gandhi (1982). John produced and starred in “Made in America,” a Travel Channel series celebrating America’s foundational work ethic.

at T he bl u e mo u s e $15 for adults $10 for kids (12 AND UNDER)

Endeared to the hearts of many, Toy Story (1995) was the world’s first computer animated feature film. Watch the renowned film on the big screen with your family and enjoy an introduction to the film by celebrity voice actor, John Ratzenberger – the voice of “Hamm the Piggy Bank” in Toy Story and many other characters in Pixar’s 15 animated movies to date.

Bring questions for the hosted Q&A with Ratzenberger and enjoy free Legendary Doughnuts and Smith Brother’s Farms milk.

an evening with john ratzenberger S AT U R DA Y October 10 5 :0 0 - 6 :3 0 pm

at annie wright great hall $40 GENERAL ADMISSION $35 grand cinema members

Meet the multi-Emmy nominated actor known for his role as “Cliff Clavin” in the sitcom Cheers. Ratzenberger will share a brief speech followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for photographs and autographs in the intimate setting of Annie Wright School’s historic Great Hall. Tickets include one alcoholic beverage, hearty fare, and dessert compliments of Europa Bistro, the Proctor District’s family owned Italian trattoria.

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special events party with 25 new faces S AT U R DA Y , O c t o b e r 10 8 : 0 0 pm mo vi e at The g R AN D C INEMA: $1 0 10 : 0 0 pm after par ty at zo d iac s u p p e r c l u b: f r e e

OF IND EP ENDENT 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. Past honorees have included Hilary Swank, Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, Lena Dunham, Rooney Mara, and Derek Cianfrance. For the past 5 years, 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 oneof-a-kind opportunity for Grand Cinema goers. Now, for the first time ever, the 2015 honorees will be showcased at the 10th Annual Tacoma Film Festival. Honorees will watch and discuss their films with audiences at each 25 New Faces screening and will also attend special meet and greet events.

Find a full listing of their films starting on page 34.

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Watch Killing Them Safely, created by two of this year’s honorees of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, screening at The Grand Cinema at 8:00 p.m. Then join the after party a few blocks down at the Zodiac Supper Club where filmmakers, movie goers, and staff from The Grand will mingle at Tacoma’s newest grill-your-own food adventure featuring cocktails served by the punchbowl. No-host bar. Pass holders will receive one complimentary alcoholic drink.

25 new faces filmmaker q&a S U N D AY October 11 1 2 :0 0 p m

at T he G R AND C INE MA l o w e r l o bby F R EE

Join us in The Grand Cinema’s lower lobby to meet all attending filmmakers honored as this year’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, the nation’s leading film periodical. This hosted panel discussion will allow cinefiles, filmmakers, and aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to ask rising filmmakers anything and everything about current projects, best practices, and industry trends.

This event is free but space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.

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sp e c i a l events c lo s ing N ig h t di nner & a mo v i e : l a mb Join us to celebrate the final night of the festival with eats and treats at 6:30 p.m. followed by a screening of the film Lamb at 7:30 p.m.

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Based on a novel by Bonnie Nadzam, Lamb portrays an unconventional relationship between two relatable characters. Starring Oona Laurence (Southpaw, Broadway’s Matilda).

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f e at u re f i lm s All features, both documentary and narrative, are listed below in alphabetical order. With over 1,000 films submitted for the 2015 festival, our team has selected the top twenty-five for festival goers to enjoy. Unless noted by the “Family Friendly” icon, all films are not yet rated, and viewer discretion is advised. SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND ARE FREE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA ARE FREE

Autism In Love

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USA | 75 MIN D: Matt Fuller

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With beautiful cinematography and remarkable compassion, Fuller examines the everyday realities of autistic adulthood, showing how the members of this oftenmisunderstood community cope with the challenge of keeping romance alive over the years.

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OCT 9 OCT 13

4:30 PM 2:30 PM

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Crocodile Gennadiy

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USA/Ukraine | 93 MIN D: Steve Hoover P: Terence Malick The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in a wake of social and political upheaval. The crippled economy and corrupt infrastructure produced little hope. However, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol, Ukraine named Gennadiy Mokhnenko, made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from streets of his city. He founded Pilgrim Republic, a children’s rehabilitation center and home for former street kids.

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Drag Becomes Him provides an intimate glimpse inside the life of internationally acclaimed drag performer Jinkx Monsoon. This raw and affectionate film follows the passionate pursuits that transformed a working class boy in a struggling family to an illustrious performer on a global stage.

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9:00 PM

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Finders Keepers

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USA | R | 84 MIN D: Bryan Carberry, J. Clay Tweel, Alexander Yellen

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Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property. OCT 10 OCT 11

2:15 PM 7:30 PM

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PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM, ONE YEAR LEASE

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PNW | 80 MIN D: Marq Evans This is the story of Marco Collins, one of America’s last great rock radio DJs. He was the on and off switch for an artist’s potential career and was the gatekeeper credited for helping break Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Beck, Weezer and countless others. He turned his passion for music into a significant lifetime of work and battled some seriously determined demons along the way. WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING MARCO COLLINS.

GTFO

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USA | 76 MIN D: Shannon Sun-­Higginson

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Around half of all gamers are women; and yet, female gamers are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse. GTFO seeks to investigate misogyny in video game culture and questions the future of this 20 billion dollar industry.

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OCT 12 OCT 14

7:00 PM 4:45 PM

UPS THE GRAND CINEMA #1

SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND ARE FREE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM, PANT SUITS

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Adrift in a sea of anxiety and confusion, Jessica must reconcile the legacy of her long dysfunctional family or risk losing the people she cares about most. SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND ARE FREE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

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USA | 96 MIN D: Ross Partridge

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When a man meets a young girl in a parking lot he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects. CLOSING NIGHT FILM, FULL DETAILS ON PAGE 11

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OCT 15

7:30 PM

THE GRAND CINEMA #2

Landfill Harmonic

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USA | 84 MIN D: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

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Kids living in a slum built on a landfill in Paraguay create an orchestra made of trash, The Recycled Orchestra, and tour the world, finally realizing their wildest dream: to play with the heavy metal band Megadeth.

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

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USA | 96 MIN D: Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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OCT 10 OCT 14

11:00AM 2:15 PM

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A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of 20th century art. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.

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USA | 80 MIN D: Perry Blackshear

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Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.

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10:00PM

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TACOMA ART MUSEUM THE GRAND CINEMA #1

USA | 89 MIN S P O N S O RE D B Y D: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.

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Woody has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy’s menagerie of toys. Quick to calm their anxieties about being replaced by newer arrivals, Woody finds his own confidence shaken upon the arrival of Buzz Lightyear, the coolest space action figure ever made.

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10:00AM

THE BLUE MOUSE

SATURDAY MORNING WITH JOHN RATZENBERGER, EVENT DETAILS ON PAGE 9

True Appaloosa

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USA | 84 MIN D: Conor Woodman

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True Appaloosa is an adventure story set in the wilds of Central Asia. An Appaloosa horse breeder, Scott Engstrom, from California, goes in search of the original horses that might have started the breed.

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OCT 10 OCT 13

1:15PM 5:40 PM

TACOMA ART MUSEUM UWT

SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA ARE FREE

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THE BLUE MOUSE

USA | 103 MIN S P O N S O RE D B Y D: Sean Mewshaw C: Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Manganiello, Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his death. A comedic love story with heart, humor, and tenderness. PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM, THE KISS WEST COAST PREMIERE, EVENT DETAILS ON PAGE 8

The Village of Middlevale

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A comedic mockumentary that follows a group of strangers, who decide to give up their modern lives to live in a medieval village. PLAYS WITH THE SHORT FILM, AMERICAN RENAISSANCE CAST AND CREW WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE

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OCT 14

7:15 PM

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When I Live My Life Over Again

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OCT 8

7:00 PM

THE GRAND CINEMA #1 & #2

USA | 98 MIN D: Robert Edwards C: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner After one too many big city problems, Jude (Amber Heard) heads to the Hamptons home of her father (Christopher Walken), an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback. She soon recalls that spending time at home with her father presents its own particular set of challenges. OPENING NIGHT FILM, FULL EVENT DETAILS ON PAGE 8

Wildlike

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PNW | 98 MIN D: Frank Hall Green C: Bruce Greenwood, Ella Purnell

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OCT 11 OCT 15

1:00 PM 4:45 PM

TACOMA ART MUSEUM THE GRAND CINEMA #1

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3. 70-Some Years USA | 6 MIN | D: RILEY HOOPER For the past 78 years Henry Bendinelli has lived a life of health and happiness through skiing - and at 90 years of age, he shows no signs of slowing down.

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4. Bad Boy of Bowling USA | 19 MIN | D: BRYAN STORKEL Pete Weber is the self-declared ‘bad boy of bowling’ and the first rock star of the sport. As one USA Today writer put it, ‘He’s the greatest show in bowling. Or, depending on how you judge him, he’s a giant black eye on a sport constantly searching for respect.’ 5. Zero Zero PNW | 16 MIN | D: TRISTAN SENIUK Zero Zero is a day-in-the-life portrait of Trevor Thomas, a blind ultra-distance hiker, and his faithful guide dog Tennille. DIRECTOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE

6. Every Day USA | 11.5 MIN | D: GABE SPITZER At 86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon. This is the story of an inspiring athlete with an uncommon passion for her sport, and for life.

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1. Bunny New Girl Australia | 6 MIN | D: NATALIE VAN DEN DUNGEN On her first day at a new school, a self conscious young girl learns that friendship can overcome difference. 2. Balloons USA | 5 MIN | D: SITORA TAKANAEV A colorful 10 year old girl upset by taunting, manages to bring some color and happiness into the world around her when by magical coincidence a huge pile of balloons is dropped off at her feet. 3. 1-0 (One to Nil) USA | 1 MIN | D: SAMAN HOSSEINPUOR The barber started cutting the boys hair while watching a football game on TV. 4. Si Lunchai Germany | 9 MIN | D: BRYAN STORKEL The poor yet smart trickster Si Lunchai triumphs over the cruel king. An adaptation of an Indonesian legend, inspired by the style of the Southeast Asian shadow puppet play “Wayang Kulit.” 5. I Need My Monster USA | 11 MIN | D: RICHARD MARRUJO When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe” 6. The Gum Ukraine | 8 MIN | D: OLGA MAKARCHUK The bubblegum is an outcast, constantly neglected and forced to fit into the circumstances. Until a random acquaintance with a plastic bag changes its life and the gum starts dreaming of something bigger.

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7. The Cayote and the Rock Hungary | 10 MIN | D: ARON GAUDER It is a story about generosity. The adventures of Coyote: the Wolfman; Iktome: the Spiderman; and Iya; the Rock take us to the spectacular and magical world of Native American folklore. 8. Dancing with Gene Kelly Australia | 5 MIN | D: KATHARINE ROGERS Six year old Eliza has a marvellous dream that one day she will dance with Gene Kelly. 9. Lambs Germany | 4 MIN | D: GOTTFRIED MENTOR The lamb’s parents are shocked, because their little lamb doesn’t sound like the other sheep: It’s making “moo” instead of “baa”. 10. Sounds of Nature Switzerland | 8 MIN | D: SIMON WEBER Ten-year old Finn takes a mystical journey into nature and discovers a whole new world. 11. Imagination Ukraine | 9 MIN | D: CATHERINE CHEPIK A little heroine gets carried away by fantastic events, diving in the world of her own invention. 12. A Shell Israel | 8 MIN | D: MAYA TIBERMAN A boy finds a shell in the sand. In his hands, the shell magically turns the quiet beach and its surrounding urban landscape into an infinite, colorful and vibrant playground. 13. The Gnomist USA | 20 MIN | D: SHARON LIESE The Gnomist tells the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy homes on a suburban walking trail and the magic it creates for three women.

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1. Let’s Not Panic USA | 11 MIN | D: HEATHER JACK An Apocalyptic Short Comedy About Love and Neuroses. When an asteroid threatens to hit New York, neurotic twenty-something Sadie embarks on a quest from Brooklyn to Manhattan to reunite with the man she loves – her therapist. 2. The Kiss Mexico | 12 MIN | D: CARLOS G. DAVILA Daniel just wants an honest, sober appraisal of how he kisses. Ale is unconvinced. Is a kiss between friends ever ‘just a kiss’? What was meant to be a quiet night in doing laundry quickly becomes a thorough deconstruction of Ale and Daniel’s friendship. 3. Warning Labels USA | 14 MIN | D: JENNIFER MORRISON Two workers for the Center For Disease Control meet for drinks, only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all. 4. Messages Dans L’Air Switzerland | 6 MIN | D: ISABELLE FAVEZ A girl falls in love with a boxer she can never hope to meet, but the letter-birds will change her destiny forever.
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6. Naturalni Poland | 25 MIN | D: KRISTOFFER RUS Monika and Piotr are a fairly typical couple where passion and sexual attraction have faded away, but not jealousy. In order to do something about it, they go for therapy, but accidentally they end up at an evolutionary psychologists office. It turns out that, from the point of view of biology, their desires are perfectly natural and reasonable, justified by reproductive strategies shaped over millions of years of evolution. 7. Bundle of Joy UK | 4 MIN | D: ROBERT MILNE A loving couple looks back on their thrilling and fun-filled life as they get set to welcome a new arrival. 8. Birthday USA | 12 MIN | D: CHRIS KING When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey. 9. Merry Xmas USA | 7 MIN | D: BOMAN MODINE Merry Xmas tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parent’s marriage.

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1. In Search of the Miraculous PNW | 14 MIN | D: SAM KUHN A young man drawn silently toward the siren call of oblivion. A river of cinematic images and sounds flowing into an ocean. A woman. One of the shots in this film could land the director in jail. 2. From the Sky PNW | 18 MIN | D: IAN EBRIGHT A humble father and his troubled son struggle to cope with the effect of drones in the Middle East. 3. Present Moment PNW | 8 MIN | D: AIMIE VALLAT Present Moment is a collaborative film project documenting a family negotiating the realities of a longterm, degenerative illness: Parkinson’s Disease. The film is a celebration of living life well -- despite whatever health challenges one might face. Our protagonist’s wisdom, honesty and courage inspires the viewer while reminding them of their own innate resiliency. 4. Zero Zero PNW | 16 MIN | D: TRISTAN SENIUK Zero Zero is a day-in-the-life portrait of Trevor Thomas, a blind ultra-distance hiker, and his faithful guide dog Tennille. 5. February PNW | 14 MIN | D: JESSI SHUTTLEWORTH Nearly two decades ago in a small town in eastern Washington, a boy walked into a local middle school with a hunting rifle and committed an unspeakable crime. Eighteen years after, on the eve of his parole, Samantha

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Hail, a young state trooper who lost her brother and survived the event, struggles with serving the code of a trooper or the thickness of blood. 6. El Camino Solo PNW | 12 MIN | D: SHAWN TELFORD This is the story of a successful business man who doesn’t have time for anyone, not even his own family. That changes when his car runs out of gas on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere and he must learn to trust the kindness of strangers. 7. Chinese Takeout for One PNW | 4 MIN | D: PHILLIP NELSON A mix-up with takeout orders leads to an unexpected outcome. 8. Live Fast Draw Yung PNW | 16 MIN | D: ANTHONY MATHILE & STACEY LEE The Story of Rap’s Most Prolific (7-Year-Old) Artist. 9. Big Boy PNW | 5 MIN | D: BRYAN CAMPBELL A nine-year-old boy’s first solo excursion into a highway rest stop bathroom. 10. T.P. PNW | 10 MIN | D: BOB BLEVINS A naive roll of toilet paper awakens in a disgusting gas station bathroom, and is horrified to discover what fate has in store for his kind. Inspired by his traumatized but well intentioned companion, he resolves to escape captivity and determine for himself how his destiny will unravel.

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1. Clouds of Autumn PNW | 15 MIN | D: TREVOR MACK & MATTHEW TAYLOR BLAIS A brother and sister’s carefree childhood in a Native American community is torn apart when the sister is forced to attend a Residential School in the early 1970’s. 2. Chasing the Sun PNW | 13 MIN | D: JEREMY MACKIE Caught in the middle of an ill-conceived road trip, two siblings face off with despair and hope about chasing answers to their long-buried family history. 3. Together Forever PNW | 9 MIN | D: LINDY & KRIS BOUSTEDT A film about marriage equality, everlasting love, creating the perfect moment and finding the grandiose in the everyday.

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4. Shift Paradigm PNW | 14 MIN | D: BEN ANDREWS Two people cross paths after having devastation in their lives to realize that they need to forgive themselves and continue to move forward and live life peacefully. 5. Even the Walls PNW | 27 MIN | D: SAMAN MAYDANI & SARAH KUCK As bulldozers raze their neighborhood, publichousing tenants grapple with losing their tightknit community to a rapidly gentrifying city. 6. Hagereseb PNW | 39 MIN | D: ZIA MOHAJERJASBI It’s 1997 in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace, and 10-year-old Abai is on a quest to find fresh batteries for his Casio keyboard for one last music lesson with his older brother Sam before seeing him sent back to their native Eritrea, indefinitely.

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1. World of Tomorrow USA | 17 MIN | D: DON HERTZFELDT A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. 2. The Fallen Phoenix USA | 6 MIN | D: GWEN BARRIAC & HEATHER LARKIN The fable of the Phoenix is used as a framework for the story of an established composer who struggles to write a masterpiece that pleases both himself and his sponsor. 3. Bear Story Chile | 10 MIN | D: GABRIEL OSORIO An old bear goes out every day to a busy street corner. Through a tin marionette theater of his own making, the bear will tell us his life story. 4. Acoustic Kitty France | 12 MIN | D: RON DYENS Washington, in the 1950s, the American decide to watch the Russian Ambassy with a spy cat, filled with microphones. However, they must find a way to stuff all of the recording devices in the animal’s body… Based on real events. 5. Hansel + Gretel USA | 4 MIN | D: SOYEON KIM An abstract visualization of Brothers Grimm’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ 6. Enhebrado Spain | 12 MIN | D: OLGA MAKARCHUK In a bizarre and colorful city, frightened people run away from creatures who take the form of shadows. 7. Driving USA | 4 MIN | D: NATE THEIS DRIVING is a satirical look at people in their cars. With explosions.

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5. The Treehouse UK | 17 MIN | D: AMY COOP In the shadow of a family funeral a young boy retreats to the treehouse he built with his father and shuts himself in and the rest of the world out. Whilst there he is befriended by an enigmatic young girl from next door who helps him to come to terms with his loss and face up to the future. 6. Dignity UK | 7 MIN | D: TOM VERRALL A retired sea-captain - trapped, lonely and frail discovers someone to live for… 7. Dream to be a Diver Germany | 5 MIN | D: ERIK SCHIESKO & LAURA MARIA HÄNSEL The story is about a girl who her whole life dreams of becoming a diver and who carries out all the necessary preparations to reach that goal, but in the end never takes the last step: the dive. 8. Twisted Australia | 6 MIN | D: STUART BOWEN School reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. But he’s been waiting for this night and today might just be his lucky day! Surely, the girl of his dreams, the one that got away, his schoolyard crush will be there. Will nerves get the better of him? Not this day! 9. Russian Roulette UK | 5 MIN | D: BEN ASTON London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a cosmonaut on chat roulette…

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5. The House is Innocent USA | 13 MIN | D: NICHOLAS COLES Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middleage couple soon realizes it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home’s macabre history. 6. Bob Spells Backwards USA | 2 MIN | D: JOSH POLON Bob has this superpower he can do most of the time. 7. Midnight Three & Six USA | 12 MIN | D: JOE CALLANDER Every night, a mother wakes up at midnight, three AM, and six AM, so that her daughter will wake up in the morning. Joe Callander is a past 25 New Faces of Independent Film honoree. 8. One Year Lease USA | 11 MIN | D: BRIAN BOLSTER Told almost entirely through voice mail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, the catloving landlady.

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1. Our Father USA | 21 MIN | D: LINDA PALMER An estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family. 2. The Bravest, the Boldest USA | 17 MIN | D: MOON MOLSON A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Moon Molson is a past 25 New Faces of Independent Film honoree. 3. The Chicken Germany | 15 MIN | D: UNA GUNJAK As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to. While trying to bring back the missing chicken, Selma’s mum becomes the target of a sniper shoot. It’s Sarajevo, in the year 1993.

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4. Oh Lucy! Japan/USA/Singapore | 21 MIN | D: ATSUKO HIRAYANAGI Setsuko, a 55-year-old single ‘office lady’ in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, “Lucy,” by her young unconventional English instructor. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. When the instructor suddenly disappears, Setsuko must come to terms with what remains – herself. 5. Winter Light USA | 39 MIN | D: JULIAN HIGGINS When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana.

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1. World of Tomorrow USA | 17 MIN | D: DON HERTZFELDT A little girl is taken on a mindbending tour of her distant future. Voice actor Julia Pott is a past 25 New Faces of Independent Film honoree. 2. All Your Favorite Shows USA | 5 MIN | D: DANNY MADDEN Anything you wanna watch in the palm of your hands! Crazy convenient. Crazy… 3. Dolphin Lover USA | 15 MIN | D: JOEY DAOUD & KAREEM TABSCH Set in 1971 at a Florida roadside amusement park, Dolphin Lover is a documentary short film that tells the incredible true story of Malcolm Brenner and his romantic and sexual love affair with Dolly, a captive bottlenose dolphin. Through Malcolm’s story the film offers an intimate first person account on this complex and polarizing aspect of human sexuality that will challenge your perceptions. 4. Plus Taiwan | 4 MIN | D: CHUN CHUN CHANG There are two little creatures who want to kiss. On the other hand, they can’t even touch each other. 5. The Girlfriend Experience USA | 7 MIN | D: MARK KUNERTH When a broken-hearted guy tries to get over his recent break-up, he gets more than he bargained for.

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6. Mulignans USA | 6 MIN | D: SHAKA KING mulignan(s) /moo.lin.yan(s)/ n. 1. ItalianAmerican slang for a black man. Derived from Italian dialect word for “eggplant.” See also: moolie. Source: Urban Dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever. 7. Fish Eye USA | 15 MIN | D: TONG ZHOU A paranoid young maid is hired by a mysterious, neurotic man. While cleaning, she finds evidence which might be related to an unapprehended serial killer. She tries to hide from her employer, who is hunting her, when she fears she is the next target, leading to a violent confrontation. 8. Light Games Italy | 15 MIN | D: LASZLO BARBO Francesca Swart is a 33 year old woman who has a gift: physical contact with objects and people allows her to see fleeting visions, flashes and images that are linked in some way to the person whom she is tracking down. It’s a unique gift that allows her to resolve cases where the police are at their depths, but in doing so, she attracts wrath and envy of powers deeply rooted in the Capital. 9. Wasted Beauty USA | 17 MIN | D: MARTIN PAVES At what point do you lose all hope? A beautiful young girl has lost everything, except her dream, on the streets of Hollywood. 10. The Pride of Strathmoor USA | 9 MIN | D: EINAR BALDVIN Extracts from the journal of Pastor John Deitman, Strathmoor, Georgia. June & July, 1927.

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1. Trapped PNW | 5 MIN | D: LONG TRAN A short documentary about a transgender person named Bruce/Brooklyn. Plays with Drag Becomes Him

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3. The Kiss Mexico | 12 MIN | D: CARLOS G. DAVILA Daniel just wants an honest, sober appraisal of how he kisses. Ale is unconvinced. Is a kiss between friends ever ‘just a kiss’? What was meant to be a quiet night in doing laundry quickly becomes a thorough deconstruction of Ale and Daniel’s friendship. Plays with Tumbledown FRI

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2. American Renaissance USA | 10 MIN | D: RYAN SCAFURO & JARRED ALTERMAN Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England… in a small town in upstate New York. “American Renaissance” takes you on a rollicking journey to one of the largest renaissance faires in the US, and a portrait of the characters that return year after year. Plays with The Village of Middlevale WED

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4. Pant Suits USA | 9 MIN | D: SARALYN ARMER C: BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, MARIANNA PALKA In the dead of winter in 1972, KAREN PETRASKE an ambitious computer programmer finds herself maneuvering the minefield of a man’s world. When a crappy day gets worse and Karen is pushed to the brink, she unexpectedly decides that today is the day things need to change. With her friends in tow, Karen risks her career for all the women in her office. Plays with GTFO MON WED

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5. Messages Dans L’Air Switzerland | 6 MIN | D: ISABELLE FAVEZ A girl falls in love with a boxer she can never hope to meet, but the letter-birds will change her destiny forever.
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6. One Year Lease USA | 11 MIN | D: BRIAN BOLSTER Told almost entirely through voice mail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, the catloving landlady. Plays with Finders Keepers SAT SUN

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25 new faces of independent film Each of the following screenings will have a brief discussion with the attending filmmaker. Honorees will also attend special meet and greet events (find event schedule on page 10).

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to be their first two credits as narrative film editors. In addition to Dickinson’s film there is Jon Watts’s Cop Car, a nail-biting cat-and-mouse tale involving two kids, one bad cop and one stolen police vehicle. For Creative Control, Brooks says the goal was to “help Ben figure out the tone of the movie he shot, not necessarily the movie he wrote.”

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Secret Screening USA | 72 MIN

A coming of age tale with a local dance team.

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Secret Screening USA | 86 MIN

If you like gender bending desert pilgrimages, this movie is for you! Director/lead actress will be in attendance.

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25 new faces of independent film Krisha

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USA | 83 MIN D: Trey Edward Shults

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When Krisha returns for a holiday gathering, the only things standing in her way are family, dogs, and turkey.

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Trey Edward Shults was born in Houston, Texas, in 1988. His first foray into the film industry was on Terrence Malick’s upcoming film, Voyage of Time. It was on that film where he worked in the camera department as a film loader. From there, he interned on Malick’s The Tree of Life, and then as the camera department production assistant on Untitled Terrence Malick Project. Shults’ short film, Krisha, premiered at SXSW in 2014 in the Narrative Shorts category, where it was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography.

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The short film went on to play many other film festivals, including the HollyShorts Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Narrative Short. In the summer of 2014, he completed this feature version of Krisha.

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USA | 76 MIN D: Britni West Pitting grand landscapes against dinners of fried chicken and the roar of V8 engines on Saturday nights, ‘Tired Moonlight’ wanders through Solitaire games (always won), secrets lost in cavernous hearts, and the fifty miles of bad road that always gets you home. Winner of the Jury Prize at Slamdance 2015. SAT

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

The first seeds of Tired Moonlight came to Britni West while she was looking for a place to live. “I was touring apartments in Minneapolis,” West recalls, “and these two women who were living together in a strange, dark apartment invited me into their home.” West, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2008, began drafting a script before realizing that this brand of group portraiture best lent itself to her hometown of Kalispell, Mont. In the summer of 2012,

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West returned to Kalispell to hold a series of auditions at a local community center, asking interested parties to bring a talent or a poem to perform before her camera. Through these casting sessions, West assembled a handful of nonprofessional actors, whom she paired with three Minnesota-based performers and Alex Karpovsky (Girls) to form her ensemble.

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USA | 94 MIN D: Nick Berardini P: Jamie Gonçalves “Protecting Life. Protecting Truth” is the company motto for Taser International. Originally created as a safer alternative to guns in law enforcement, the taser became the entrepreneurial passion project of brothers Tom and Rick Smith. In 1999 the M26 was released on the market and became the weapon of choice for police departments throughout the country. SAT

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERs

University of Missouri broadcast journalism major Nick Berardini first learned about the issue of stun gun dangers in 2009, while working the night shift at Columbia, Missouri’s NBC affiliate. Hearing over the police scanner that Stanley Harlan had been tased by an officer and died in nearby Mobley (followed by statements from his parents contradicting the police narrative), he drove that night to investigate for himself. Finding the film’s final shape took years, with

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producer Jamie Gonçalves a crucial part of the process. Unbeknownst to each other, both had been born and initially raised in Chicago, and both attended the University of Missouri’s broadcast journalism program in Columbia.

throughout the festival, Share your photos using the hashtag #tff2015 and enter to win prize packs & more. bonus points for taking a photo with filmmakers. look for more details at tacomafilmfestival.com

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1. Abandoned Goods USA | 37 MIN A documentary film about a collection of asylum artworks, and the people who made them.

D: Elizabeth Lo 2. Secret Screening USA | 8 MIN 3. Hotel 22 USA | 9 MIN Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 bus transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. This film captures one dramatic night on the Hotel 22 bus. Documentary, premiered at Sundance.

4. Picturing Barbara Kruger USA | 5 MIN How do you make a film about the artist’s image without using it? 5. Share USA | 11 MIN A 15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her.

D: Juan Pablo González 6. The Solitude of Memory USA | 19 MIN A meditation on memory and grief through the portrait of a father who repeatedly remembers the last words he said to his son before his untimely death.

D: Reinaldo Marcus Green 7. Stop USA | 9 MIN A young man’s livelihood is put to the test when he gets stopped by the police on his way home from practice.

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D: Ian Samuels 1. Myrna the Monster USA | 14 MIN A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20-something.

D: Jack Dunphy 2. Chekov USA | 3 MIN Anatomy of a love letter. 3. Serenity USA | 5 MIN An animated memoir recounting first love, addiction, losing one’s virginity, and turning to pizza in times of crisis. Construction paper animation, Faces of Death, sex, drugs, and Citizen Kane: all collide in this tale of young love.

D: Zia Anger 4. I Remember Nothing France | 18 MIN A student, unaware that she is epileptic, tries to get through another day. 5. My Last Film USA | 9 MIN A diptych concerning the unrelated fates of two actresses.

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D: Joe Talbot & Jimmie Fails 6. Last Black Man in San Francisco USA | 5 MIN Jimmie Fails dreams of buying back the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Now living in the city’s last, dwindling black neighborhood with his oddball best friend, Prentice, they search for belonging in the rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

D: Shevaun Mizrahi 7. Secret Screening USA | 45 MIN A photographer who cannot see, an aging playboy who still tries to charm and seduce, and an Armenian woman who lived through the genocide 100 years ago but is still afraid of being tortured for telling her account. Time fades away and dreams mix with reality as the world outside swiftly changes. Film clip - a work in progress.

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D: Theo Anthony 1. Chop My Money USA | 13 MIN A day in the life of three street kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 2. Peace in the Absence of War USA | 5 MIN On April 27th, 2015, following more than a week of protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held a free concert in downtown Baltimore. Footage is culled from that concert, along with various demonstrations on that same day. All night shots taken while following the route of Freddie Gray’s arrest after curfew.

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D: Khalik Allah 3. Field Niggas USA | 60 MIN Field Niggas is a stark portrayal of the inner city struggle. It depicts an elusive beauty that so often goes unnoticed. Shot entirely at nighttime on the corner of 125th and Lexington avenue in Harlem, Khalik Allah’s camera encompasses, and richly depicts, the mental, physical and spiritual struggle of 125th and Lexington Avenue’s most exhausted and depressed inhabitants.

Field Niggas, taking it’s name from Malcolm X’s famous lecture, “Message to the Grassroots,” takes us into a world that most of us would choose to avoid. Khalik’s objective is to shine light on fear, dispel it, and prove that love exists everywhere no matter how much it’s presence has been obscured by poverty, addiction and pain. Ultimately Field Niggas is a hauntingly honest, rich depiction of the poor.

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Pant Suits 33 Peace in the Absence of War 41 Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict 15

70-some Years 20 Abandoned Goods 38 Acoustic Kitty 28 Alchemist’s Letter, The 28 All Your Favorite Shows! 32 All-American Family 20 American Renaissance 33 Autism in Love 13 Bad Boy of Bowling, The 20 Balloons 21 Bear Story 28 Big Boy 26 Birthday 25 Bob Spells Backwards 30 Boxeadora 20 Bravest, the Boldest, The 31 Bundle of Joy 25 & 28 Bunny New Girl 21 Chasing the Sun 27 Chekov 39 Chicken, The 31 Chinese Takeout For One 26 Chop My Money 41 Clouds of Autumn 27 Coyote and the Rock, The 21 Creative Control 34 Crocodile Gennadiy 13 Dancing with Gene Kelly 21 Dignity 29 Dolphin Lover 32 Drag Becomes Him 14 Dream to Be a Diver 29

Fish Eye 32 From the Sky 26 Girlfriend Experience, The 32 Glamour and the Squalor, The 14 Gnomist, The 21 GTFO 14 Gum, The 21 Hagereseb 27 Hansel + Gretel 28 Hitler in the Opera 29 Hotel 22 38 House is Innocent, The 30 I Need My Monster 21 I Remember Nothing 39 Imagination 21 In Search of the Miraculous 25 Jessica 15 Killing Them Safely 37 Kiss, The (El Beso) 25 & 29 & 33 Krisha 36 Lamb 15 Lambs 21 Landfill Harmonic 15 Last Black Man in San Francisco 39 Let’s Not Panic 25 Light Games 32 Live Fast, Draw Yung 26 Madam Black 29 Man Under 30 Merry Xmas 25 Messages Dans L’air 25 & 28 & 33 Midnight Three & Six 30

Picturing Barbara Kruger 38 Plus 32 Present Moment 26 & 30 Pride of Strathmoor, The 32 Russian Roulette 29 Serenity 39 Share 38 Shell, A 21 Shift Paradigm 27 Si Lunchai 21 Solitude of Memory, The 38 Sounds of Nature 21 Stop 38 T.P. 26 & 28 They Look Like People 16 Tired Moonlight 36 Together Forever 27 Trapped 33 Treehouse, The 29 T-Rex 16 Toy Story 16 True Appaloosa 16 Tumbledown 17 Tunes Behind the Toons, The 30 Twisted 29 Vigia 28 Village of Middlevale, The 17 Warning Labels 25 Wasted Beauty 32 When I Live My Life Over 17 Wildlike 17 Winter Light 31

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2015 Tacoma Film Festival Program  

The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates independent film made locally and around the world, bringing more than 100 diverse and eclectic film sel...

2015 Tacoma Film Festival Program  

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