Here’s a guide breaking down the first half of the week’s events, day-by-day. For full previews straight from the source, head over to the official site of the Tacoma Film Festival. Be on the lookout for WaMilitary.com’s commercial, airing during the previews of each screening.
Taking place at the Grand Cinema, the Opening Night of the 12th Annual Tacoma Film Festival kicks off with the Opening Night Film, Bill Nye: Science Guy, directed by David Alvarado. After the film, there’ll be “appetizers, drinks, music from Landmark DJ, photos, and a filmmaker open mic where featured creators will share information about their films.”
General Admission tickets are $20 for this event, and they do sell out so grab them quick!
About Bill Nye: Science Guy
“Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show ‘Bill Nye The Science Guy’ is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill's mentor Carl Sagan, where he's launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access--as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy--this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and many others.”
Director Ruben Ostlund’s The Square is described by Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy as “A potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways.” You can catch the award-winning foreign “poignant satirical drama” in Proctor on Friday at the Blue Mouse Theatre and follow it up with bites at the Europa Bistro!
Elsewhere in Stadium District and curated in partnership with Wondertek Labs, TFF will debut virtual reality studio The Veldt at this Friday night preview party. Bona Fide Potents and en Rama are providing the cocktails and Southern Kitchen is coming through with some delicious soul food. The food and drink is oh-so real but the entertainment from the Veldt’s virtual worlds are the real attraction here!
Children aren’t exempt from the TFF’s activities, and during these 13 animated and narrative short films on Saturday morning, they’re highly encouraged. Explore “journeys of adventure, friendship, and life lessons” while munching on some Top Pot Donuts and sipping on some Smith Brothers milk with your family.
Learn more about the films here.
This free seminar is hosted by producer, filmmaker, and actor John Charles Meyer. Meyer shares his experience “organizing an art house tour for the indie comedy breakout feature Dave Made a Maze.” In the seminar, John will speak to “the successes and challenges or DIY booking, touring and marketing,” in an event sure to guide any independent artist chasing their goals.
Dave Made a Maze will be screened for free at 4pm at Dystopian State Brewing during their happy hour, and John will be present for an informal Q&A.
The virtual reality experience continues at King’s Books on Saturday, with The Veldt offering up VR journeys into refugee camps, music videos and more.
View pictures from last year’s event here.
The movers, shakers, and tech innovators over at FabLab Tacoma are hosting four workshop sessions at the Veldt to explore 360 tech and equipment with interested Tacomans. Workshops accommodate 6 persons at a time and they are family friendly, welcoming youth age 12+. It’s free and open to the public, but you’re going to want to get there early to secure your spot.
Awards, cash prizes, and toasts to featured filmmakers headline Saturday night’s awards party at Dystopian State Brewing. Will your favorite film take home any awards? The best way to find out is to be there when the announcement is made!