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A Bread Factory: An Interview with Filmmaker Patrick Wang A Bread Factory still Tyne Daly Elisabeth Henry

Texas-born, Taiwanese American, supremely talented and overwhelmingly undersung. Filmmaker Patrick Wang has received endless praise by film-goers and critics alike, and though he’s been releasing films since 2011 to high praise, it’s likely his work has flown beneath your radar. 

The Grand Cinema is pleased to not only play Wang’s latest but also welcome him back to Tacoma next Tuesday, April 30. The film is called A Bread Factory, named for the bakery-turned-performance-space on which the film centers. Set in a small fictional upstate New York town, The Bread Factory is at threat of losing public funding due to newcomer performance artists.

The film is a love letter to community theater (and communities), and feels more than appropriate to play at Tacoma’s own local nonprofit art house cinema. In the following interview, Patrick and marketing manager Tanya talked this, his transition from theater to film, “talkable art,” and more!

Secret Star Wars: Elstree 1967 elstree 1

If you're looking for a flashy, star-studded Star Wars documentary than this is not the film for you; you can go about your business. 

Elstree 1967is much different and much more: Elstree goes beyond behind-the-scenes and looks behind the helmets and masks, sharing the experiences of some of the key Star Wars extras whose small roles made big impacts.

The film focuses on ten actors whose characters helped to shape and bring the Star Wars universe to life. Told through a series of intimate interviews and archival footage, we hear the stories of the relatively unknown actors who portrayed Storm Troopers, X-wing fighters, cantina aliens, and more.

Read on for more and details about the visiting Stormtroopers!

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Inspired by letters written by Janis Joplin to lovers, friends, and family, director Amy Berg offers a humanized portrait of the immortalized star. 

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