Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Make a Scene: Young and Talented: The Grand Cinema Presents the 25 New Faces for 2014

With summer film festivals in high supply, this weekend, Aug. 15-20, The Grand Cinema will be presenting 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking. This festival is different and unique with an opportunity to view and discuss trendsetting independent films with some of the industry’s most distinguished young directors, actors and actresses, producers, screenwriters and cinematographers at Tacoma’s only art-house theater. 

The 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking is a prestigious competition organized by the country’s leading cinema periodical, Filmmakers Magazine. Inclusion on the list of 25 has become one of the most prestigious honors a young filmmaker can receive. Past New Faces award winners include Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Hilary Swank, Lena Dunham and Ellen Page. The 2014 New Faces could be a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the brightest rising stars in the film industry.

During the week-long film festival at The Grand Cinema, each of the New Faces honorees will have one of their films screened and then a film discussion will be held afterward if the filmmaker is present. This year’s 25 New Faces will present two free events in addition to the screenings for local film buffs to mix and mingle with the rich Pacific Northwest film community. There will be an Opening Night Mixer from 9:30 - 11 on Friday, Aug. 15 in The Grand Cinema’s lobby for film fanatics to come and chat with a glass of wine or a beer while listening to the music of Mr. Melanin. Celebrate the start of an exciting week of film on your Friday night at the Grand. Also do not miss the viewing of “Skunk” and “Night at The Dance” as well as others and a discussion following with Annie Silverstein. Enjoy visiting with the New Faces honorees in a roundtable discussion on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. This is a great, and free, opportunity for local film enthusiasts to discuss with the filmmakers about the production and business of independent filmmaking.

“Janicza Bravo will be discussing her short films ‘Pauline Alone’ and ‘Gregory Go Boom,’ which stars Michael Cera, following the ‘New Faces Shorts Group 3’ screening at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19,” comments Zach Powers, director of marketing and communications for The Grand Cinema. Come out any day this weekend and coming week to The Grand Cinema to enjoy independent, award-winning films from the 2014 25 New Faces award winners.

Bernardo Britto, maker of animated short “Yearbook,” which recently received the Sundance Short Film Jury Prize, will be present as well as composer Rich Vreeland. Out of the 25 New Faces, 11 will be visiting The Grand Cinema for this interesting collaboration of filmmakers, composers, actors, screenwriters and many of the other roles that go into making an independent film. Annie Silverstein, Darius Clark Monroe, Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell, Janicza Bravo, Joe Callander, Dustin Guy Defa, Josef Wladyka, Rich Vreeland, Scott Cummings, Lev Kalman and Bernardo Britto will be present at this week-long celebration and display of rising new stars in filmmaking.

For the entire film showing schedule and more information on 25 New Faces visit