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Enormous: The Gorge Story

Enormous: The Gorge Story
Documentary | 2019 | NR. 1hr 48min
DIRECTOR: Nic Davis 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection

Enormous: The Gorge Story

Despite overwhelming odds, a small family winery with a makeshift plywood stage eventually became 'The Gorge', a Pollstar, Billboard, and ACM winning music venue that has brought over 7 million fans, and the world's biggest musicians, to a patch of rural Washington farmland. From its catastrophic geologic birth, to its categorization as one of the world's premier music destinations, the story of The Gorge Amphitheatre is packed with unlikely characters, historic events, and incredible music. Among others, the film chronicles the stories from the Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, and Sasquatch! Music Festival, all of which have legendary pasts with the venue.

Plays with the short films, Birth of Afrobeat, All On A Mardi Gras Day, and Constant Thought.


Birth of Afrobeat

US | 2018 | 7 min | Opiyo Okeyo
African music pioneer, Fela Kuti once said, 'Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”. In this hybrid live-action/animated short, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo documents drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa's most exported music genre--Afrobeat. WA State Premiere.


All on a Mardi Gras Day

US | 2019 | 22 min | Michal Pietrzyk
In a gentrifying New Orleans, Demond sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year culture known as Mardi Gras Indians: African-American men from the city’s roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they’ll wear only once, in a battle to decide who’s “the prettiest.”


Constant Thought

US | 2019 | Pacific NW | 13 min | Matt Mikkelsen, Palmer Morse
When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don’t work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal, physical summits and he isn’t alone. Outdoor therapy is a growing field that is helping people like Brandon who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Constant Thought is an intimate portrayal of Brandon and his attempt to walk the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It also underscores how stress, of any kind, can be soothed by both using and preserving the lands Brandon fought to protect.

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