Each year since its debut in 2006 the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) has expanded and further developed its programming. Notable additions to this year’s festival are Tacoma Community College (TCC) and the University of Puget Sound (UPS) as official TFF venues.
Each institution will host a series of screenings on one day during the festival. TCC will host four screenings on Friday, Oct. 4. UPS will host three screenings on Monday, Oct. 7. The majority of the screenings at the two new venues will combine one or two short films and a feature film.
The two colleges join five other TFF venues including the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), which has hosted screenings since 2009. UWT will host screenings on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The other four TFF venues are The Grand Cinema, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass.
TFF organizers sought out the two institutions hoping to connect more students to the festival and also because recent collaborations between local art-house cinema The Grand Cinema (whose staff plan and run TFF) and the two schools have been very successful.
“We work with various departments and staff from both UPS, TCC, and most of the other higher (education) institutions in greater Tacoma throughout the year,” explained Tacoma Film Festival Director Laura Marshall.
“When we decided on the goal of adding additional higher education venues to the festival, these were the two that made the most sense based on the past enthusiasm with which they’ve approached our events in recent history,” Marshall continued.
Both institutions jumped at the opportunity to welcome TFF to their campuses. “We’re really excited about the new opportunity,” said UPS Chaplain and Director of Spirituality, Service, & Social Justice Dr. David Wright. “We are continuously working to encourage our students to make connections with the larger Tacoma community and TFF is a great vehicle with which to do that.”
Both UPS and TCC staff and students worked with TFF organizers to select films for campus screenings that would appeal to a college audience and also add to themes and dialogues already being explored this school year.
“We were really thrilled that we were able to line up film content with some of our ongoing campus conversations,” explained Wright. “The films we chose are great compliments to our co- curricular and curricular activities.”
UPS and TCC will both screen feature length documentaries as well as fictional films. TCC’s line-up is led by the local documentary “Bible Quiz,” the Seattle hip-hop documentary “The Otherside” and the coming-of-age comedy “Zero Charisma.” UPS’s two most high profile features are the powerful documentaries, “Remote Area Medical” and “A River Changes Course” (a film from Cambodia). UWT will screen two documentaries, “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” and “DSKNECTD.”
All three higher education venues worked with TFF organizers to set prices that would ensure access to all of their students. Admission to screenings at TCC will be just $2 for students, staff and faculty with TCC ID. At UPS admission will be free to all students with ID. And at UWT, admission will be free to the entire public. Student tickets to any screening at TFF are just $6 with ID.
For a full schedule, film trailers, and to buy tickets visit http://www.TacomaFilmFestival.com.
Zach Powers is Director of Marketing & Communications for The Grand Cinema and The Tacoma Film Festival.
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