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Fake news and a white dress... announcing the 2019 253 Short Film Competition Winners Hands holding 253 flyers 2019

Time flies! Just ten days ago, we held the 2nd ever 253 Film Summit on the UWT campus in partnership with UWT Film Club; the day before that, we took over Urban Grace for our annual 253 Short Film Party. Two weeks prior, three dozen local filmmaking teams were racing against a 72-hour clock to create short films... to be viewed and awarded at the 253 Short Film Party

Who were the winners? Found out here!

TFF 2019 passes on sale *plus* VIP flash sale Friday 5/10 & Saturday 5/11

Passes to the 2019 Tacoma Film Festival will be available for purchase starting Friday, May 10 with a special flash sale for VIP passes: from Friday, May 10 through Saturday, May 11, VIP passes may be purchased for $100.

Overall, a VIP pass is valued at over $350, making the flash sale a savings of over 60%.

Visit The Grand Cinema’s box office or purchase online.

Introducing Baby/Sensory-Friendly Screenings at The Grand Cinema baby sensory friendly screenings

Starting Wednesday, May 8, The Grand Cinema will offer weekly Wednesday screenings at 10:30 AM designed for parents with infants, autistic individuals, and guests with other special sensory needs.

Join us at the 2nd annual 253 Film Summit 253 film competition filmmakers 2018

Our celebration of local filmmaking has begun!

32 film crews competing in our annual 72 hour competition started their journeys on April 25 (follow along on the hashtag #253seconds). Their films will debut at the 253 Film Party May 10 and then, the very next day, we head to the University of Washington Tacoma to the 2nd annual 253 Film Summit.

We have five engaging sessions for our attendees to enjoy including a presentation from Washington Filmworks, a discussion about Tacoma Creates, and lunch with the Washington Lawyers for the Arts.

We’re also very excited about two new guests joining us this year: writer/director Megan Griffiths, and Manager of Research & Education for the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative, Jess Fuselier. Read on to learn more!

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!

Funny documentary Hail Satan? Isn't What You Expect hail_satan_-_publicity_-_h_2018

I don’t want to spoil it, but HAIL SATAN? drills down on the topic of the separation of church and state, and sets an amazing set of modern day tenets for this ‘religion’ that left me agreeing and wondering “by this definition, could I qualify as a Satanist”? I think by the end of the film most Grand patrons will be wondering the same.

Spring Membership Drive spring membership drive 2019

The Grand has nearly 6,500 active members. This spring, help us reach our goal of 7,000 members! Through May 31, 2019, take advantage of our special spring membership offer: sign up for a two year membership and receive 26 months for the price of 24, plus an exclusive tote bag while supplies last.

Welcome aboard! The Grand has 5 new board members DSC_4561-2

What a roster! We welcome five new individuals to our Board of Directors. From a roller derby player to co-founder of the Tacoma Action Collective, we are so excited to welcome these community members who are passionate about Tacoma and our mission.

You're invited to the annual Film Awards Party 2019 2018 film awards party photo booth

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony is twenty-three days away and still without a host, but the show will go on! The Grand Cinema hosts its annual viewing party of the ceremony at the Theater on the Square Sunday, February 24th. Doors open at 4:00 PM, Oscars coverage begins at 5:00 PM. 

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