June may have been Pride Month (and with good reason: this year we commemorated 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which began June 28, 1969), but here in Tacoma, we're just getting started! We're ecstatic to once again be part of Tacoma Pride programming, which begins July 9.
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!
Overall, a VIP pass is valued at over $350, making the flash sale a savings of over 60%.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.