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Tacoma Film Fest continues with arty sci-fi, Alaskan wilderness and confessions of the rich

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 1, 2009 at 6:33 am with No Comments »
September 28, 2009 2:56 pm

Well, after opening night for the fourth annual Tacoma Film Festival today, what’s on screen for the weekend? You can be watching films (many of them locally made) for up to 12 hours a day if you like, but in case you have other things to do, here are our picks for the next few days.

6:30 p.m. Friday at Blue Mouse: “North Face”

This is one for you adrenaline junkies – the scary story of a 1936 attempt on climbing the Eiger. Premier.

10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tacoma Art Museum: “Beyond Greenaway: the Legacy”

Bellevue filmmaker  Sue Gilbert tells all in this documentary of growing up in a super-rich family on a private island in Connecticut. Expect tales of woe about private jets, drug therapy and severely prejudiced parents. See the trailer at beyondgreenaway.com, meet Gilbert at the screening.

4:15 p.m. Saturday at The Grand: “Red Gold”

Northwest documentary by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel on how the world’s largest open pit gold and copper mine could impact the pristine Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska.

8:30 p.m. Sunday at School of the Arts: “The Ends of the Earth”

Here’s what Seattle director Rustin Thompson has to say about his one-man, under-$1,000 alt-sci-fi film: “‘The Ends of the Earth’ is a cerebral science fiction picture. It does not have any scenes or sequences containing computer graphics, motion animation, lasers, aliens or monsters. It is a fusion of essay, poetry and genre drama.” Now you know. Thompson will be at the screening to discuss it.

The Tacoma Film Fest runs Oct. 1-8 at The Grand Cinema (606 S. Fawcett Ave.), Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.), SOTA (1118 Commerce St.), the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor St.) and various other venues. Single tickets start at $8.50. See www.tacomafilmfestival.com for details.

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