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Get Out of the Rain & Enjoy Some Great Cinema With the Tacoma Film Festival

We're looking out the window right now, and thinking, "this is perfect weather to go see a movie!" And we're in luck, because the Tacoma Film Festival kicks off tomorrow evening, and runs all through the weekend and into next week - as does the drizzly, gray, fall forecast.

The annual Tacoma Film Festival, presented by The Grand Cinema, brings some of the best independent films produced around the country in the last year to a venue near you. The week-long festival kicks off with an opening night event at The Grand this Thursday, and wraps up back at The Grand next Thursday, for the closing night event. In between are dozens of opportunities to enjoy good independent filmmaking - both feature length and shorts, as well as a few special events along the way.

  • Thursday, October 8: Opening Night: Screening of When I Live My Life Over, followed by a post-film mixer with food, beverages, giveaways, and other general good times. At The Grand
  • Friday, October 9: West Coast Premiere of Tumbledown at the Blue Mouse, followed by a special after party at Europa Bistro in Proctor.
  • Saturday, October 10: Toy Story with celebrity guest John Ratzenberger, who you might recognize as the voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank, and from his role as Cliff Claven on Cheers. Film at the Blue Mouse in the morning, followed by an evening with John Ratzenberger at Annie Wright, with food and drinks from Europa included.
  • Saturday, October 10: Watch Killing Them Safely, then party with 25 New Faces of Independent Film at the Zodiac Supper Club, where you can mingle with the filmmakers and your fellow movie-goers. The TFF brochure promises a "grill-your-own food adventure," and "cocktails served by the punchbowl."

A quick side note on the Zodiac Supper Club - How did we miss this opening? The club, at 745 St Helens, is advertised as  The menu warns "All Meats are served RAW for you to cook," and features various steak options, as well as corn on the cob and other veggies, and an intriguing potato salad tasting flight. If you're looking to try something new, this might be it.

  • Sunday, October 11: 25 New Faces Filmmaker Q&A. Join the 25 new filmmakers from last night for a free Q&A panel.
  • Thursday, October 15: Closing Night: Dinner and a movie: Lamb. Celebrate the final night of the festival with hearty appetizers, drinks, and a screening of the film Lamb

Find full details of special events, and a full listing of Tacoma Film Festival film offerings in brochures available around town, or at tacomafilmfestival.com. Tickets are generally $10 for general admission, with discounts for matinees, Grand Cinema members, kids, seniors, students, and military. If you think you might want to see more than a few movies during the week, think about picking up a punch card, which will get you into 10 showings for $75. If you're really serious, and plan on seeing special events, and getting other perks, there's a VIP pass available too.

With Tacoma Arts Month (and Tacoma fall weather) in full swing, this seems like an enjoyable way to spend a few rainy days.

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