Movies coming to Tacoma's film festival

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Tacoma's Destiny City Film Festival will show a variety of independent films for the Tacoma community this month.

This year, the Blue Mouse Theater will host the festival from Feb. 23 – 25, and will feature 28 films from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The festival has an attendance of around 650 people each year.

The Destiny City Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is a community-based film festival whose goal is to showcase the best independent films from the Northwest, and is an opportunity to bring together local filmmakers and artists from the Tacoma community.

Emily Alm, the executive director for the Destiny City Film Festival, said the event is an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about local films and the people who make them.

"Since our first festival in 2014, we have screened films from across the world, and from our own back yard," she said. "At the heart of every great film is a great story – and our annual festival shines a spotlight on the best of the best."

Alm also said that the festival is focused on "strengthening the local film community by building an engaged audience."

The film festival will open on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. with a full-length drama called The Song of Sway Lake, and will have an opening night party after the showing with food, drinks, and an opportunity to connect with filmmakers and other attendees.

The films shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 will start with family-friendly shorts, and will then focus on international and feature films in the afternoon, including the Sundance-award-winning drama, Gook.

There will also be a free screenwriting panel that Saturday at the Wheelock Library at 3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma at 1 p.m. The panel will be led by local author Patric L. Rodgers, and will feature other local writers who will share how to create an effective story.

The final day of the festival will start with an afternoon program called The Stories We Tell, and will feature five films dealing with relationships, two of which are the Oscar-nominated shorts My Nephew Emmett and Edith + Eddie.

Later that day, the 2018 Storyteller Awards will be announced to end the festival.

Emily Alm said the festival will have something for everyone.

"This year the lineup features all types of films – documentary, comedy, late night, family, animation, and drama – and certainly has something to offer everyone," she said.

Alm also encouraged local students to attend.

"Some films are more for entertainment, but most offer opportunities to learn about cultures and different areas of the world," she said. "Our focus on storytelling offers an opportunity for students to learn about the art of filmmaking, screenwriting, and crafting a cinematic story."

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for opening and closing night, $9 for general admission, $7 for military and seniors, and $6 for students.

VIP All-Access passes are also available at the box office or online for $60. Cards valid for four tickets can be purchased for $20

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