Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

25 New Faces of Independent Film

The Grand to host 22 filmmakers for Filmmaker Magazine event

For the third year, The Grand Cinema is the only cinema in America to present films from the annual 25 Faces of Independent Film as named by Filmmaker Magazine. This year's group includes 22 filmmakers who will be coming to Tacoma to attend and show their films and do post-film Q&A sessions. The public is invited to meet the directors, animators, producers and actors...they will all be there. Every screening will take place from Aug. 17-21 and at least one filmmaker will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening.

Tickets are available at the box office or online at Normal Grand Cinema ticket prices apply: you get the film and the filmmaker for the same price.
To see the profiles on this year's talent, visit 
The schedule with movie descriptions is below. Films in bold have the filmmaker in attendance.

Friday, August 17

7:30 p.m. | ONLY THE YOUNG

A beautifully shot documentary that follows three youth in a film that Filmmaker Magazine says “in its gentleness, its avoidance of artificial drama, this sweetly melancholic movie feels like something new”. The film is preceded by a short documentary about teens who clean up abandoned swimming pools for skate boarding.

Saturday, August 18

1:30 p.m. | SHORT FILMS

A collection of five short films including the winner of Canada’s Academy Award for best short film, an adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates story and the best short film from the Venice Film Festival.

3:45 p.m. | CALL ME KUCHU

A film that debuted at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, “Call Me Kuchu” documents the LGBT community in Uganda.

6:00 p.m. | SUN DON’T SHINE

A smartly assured psychological noir.


A truly one-of-a-kind film with many layers, all at once candid, complex, artistic and so much more. This film debuted at Sundance in January.

Sunday, August 19

12:30 p.m. | SHORT FILMS

Another collection of short films, this one including an animated film, a documentary about elderly aquatic dancers, a series of hysterically funny short films centered on a lesbian couple and a truly nutty film starring former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell.


Rachel, a young teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon community, believes in immaculate conception, while her fundamentally religious family regards her condition as an intolerable transgression. Join us with the up-and-coming star of the film in attendance.


What is a secret screening? It is a film that is yet to debut and needs to stay under wraps to preserve their debut status for possible major festivals. Yet Tacoma gets to see it first! This is a beautifully filmed “deeply sensitive” documentary on children that is set in Karachi.

Monday, August 20

2:15 p.m. | SHORT FILMS

A repeat of the short film package from Saturday (see previous description)


Another, yet different, secret documentary screening! This one is for you if you are interested in U.S. history and unseen video footage of the people involved. It will be preceded by a creative five minute short film that will also later play in The Tacoma Film Festival in October.

Tuesday, August 21

6:30 p.m. | IN THE FAMILY

One of Executive Director Philip Cowan’s favorite films of the year. So as to not give too much away, we’ll say it is a story of family and deciding what is most important to you. Roger Ebert gave it a perfect 4-star rating and it is at 100% on the critic’s website Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, August 22

2:15 p.m. | OMA & BELLA

It is impossible not to fall in love with these two aging women as they prepare meal after meal while sharing both endearing memories of their past as well as time spent in concentration camps. Documentary.

6:45 p.m. | SHORT FILMS

A repeat of the short film package from Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, August 23

6:45 p.m. | THE SWELL SEASON

Were you one of the people who loved the film ONCE when it played at the Grand? This is a documentary on the true life romance between the lead characters of the film. Even if you missed ONCE, this is a musical film you’ll enjoy.