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Tag: Tacoma Film Festival

Oct.
10th

Two very different documentary takes on hot-button political issues at TFF

Later Saturday night at the Grand’s Tacoma Film Festival came two paired documentaries, both of which are definitely worth seeing again.

“The Fence” is a funny, Michael Moore-inspired look at the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico, and pulls no punches regarding the ineptitude of construction and the financial and human cost. Segueing neatly from fast-paced data through cross-border interviews to action shots, filmmaker Rory Kennedy makes his case compellingly. We see paranoid Minutemen patrolling the border with ammo and revenge, hard-bitten coyotes scanning the horizon and desperate Mexican men who’ll try anything (rebar ladders, gas bombs, trailer-trucks)

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Oct.
9th

The good, the bad and the mediocre at TFF’s Family Shorts

 

Shorts are usually a mixed bunch, and the Family Shorts today at the Tacoma Film Festival were exactly that. They also got mixed reactions from the mostly-full audience – going by the noises, the films that engaged the kids weren’t always that cool for the grown-ups. Some are rescreening during the Animated Shorts at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow at School of the Arts. In a nutshell, here goes:

“Lost and Found”: This animated tale of a serious boy and a determined penguin, based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, thoroughly deserves its 2009 BAFTA award. Painted in gorgeous ‘50s-era hues

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Oct.
8th

“Cold Weather” a slow opener for the Tacoma Film Festival

About 150 people gathered last night to watch nothing much happen during the Tacoma Film Festival’s opening film, “Cold Weather.” After a low-key gala with snacks and chamber music, festival-goers filed down the Annie Wright driveway to the plush Kemper Theater for the Portland-made detective mystery. The real mystery, however, was why it took filmmaker Aaron Katz nearly an hour to get the plot going.

After a protracted opening of disjointed scenes, mundane dialogue and bothersome, blurry camerawork, the characters finally solidified. Doug (Cris Lankenau) is a slow, gentle, naïve wanna-be detective; he lives rather pathetically with his

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Oct.
8th

Critic’s Picks: Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Concert Band and Seattle Symphony

Second City Chamber Series goes to Israel

Second City opens its new main season with a program of music with Jewish roots: Bloch, Schiff, Lavry and Schulhoff, played by piano trio and Eb clarinet. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $32/$29 seniors/$10 students/free for under-18. Great Hall, Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Tacoma Film Festival opens

This local festival features dozens of short and long independent films, many made in the Northwest, and ranging from documentary to feature to animation. Oct. 7-14, see website or brochure for schedule. $8.50/$6.50 matinee. Various Tacoma venues including the Grand Cinema

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May
24th

Poster artists and filmmakers take note


The 2010 Tacoma Film Festival is still months away (October 7-14) but if you want to enter a film or design the festival’s poster now is the time to make your mark.

First up, the final (extended deadline) date for film entries is June 15. The festival is accepting short, feature and student films. While films come in from all over the nation – and world – local filmmakers are heavily encouraged to enter.

Second, the Grand Cinema will accept entries for the annual poster contest through June 23.

The winning poster will receive $350 plus passes and membership to the Grand. Read more for details from the press release
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Oct.
9th

Tacoma Film Festival ends on a high note

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The Tacoma Film Festival wrapped up last night in a big way.

The closing night film (with a party catered by Adriatic Grill) sold out. Director David Russo, the Seattle filmmaker behind “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle,” was on hand to answer questions after the screening.

After seeing more than one dud in the past week I went in to the theater with more than a little trepidation. I came out blown away.

“Dizzle” is one of those movies that film festivals were invented for. Too bizarre to ever see wide distribution it’s a gem of a film that expands minds even as it wallows in, well, the toilet.
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Oct.
7th

Film Fesitval winners and favorites screen again

The Tacoma Film Festival wraps up tomorrow but you’ll have a chance to see the winners next week.

Here’s the schedule:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12
Best Feature Film: “White on Rice”
Best Short: “Sebastian’s Voodoo”
Best Regional Film: “Otis v. Monster”

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
Best Documentary”Freeing Silvia Baraldini”
Best Short: “Sebastian’s Voodoo”
Best Regional Film: “Otis v. Monster”
(the last two repeat because they are very short)

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
A selection of some of the best and most popular local films:
“It Don’t Rain

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Oct.
6th

Aussie film spins a complex web at TFF

Day six of the Tacoma Film Festival, and screening just now at 7 p.m. at The Grand was “Four of a Kind,” the first drama feature from Australian director Fiona Cochrane (who’d made the trip to attend.) And it was worth seeing, though it took awhile to get there.

Two hours long, the film spends half an hour on each of four women, each seemingly disconnected but dealing with uncannily similar issues and each, in the end, interlinked like strands of a spider’s web.

Each quadrant is constructed as an interview, with flashbacks detailing action. It’s a dialogue (often

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