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Newest episode of artTown has landed

5 Mar

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

In this episode:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Grand Cinema’s 253 Short Film Competition as one team writes, shoots, and edits a 253 second short film in 72 hours
  • Visit the unique studio of jewelry designer Cheryl DeGroot
  • Explore Floating Life Forms, a public art piece on the Thea Foss Esplanade created by Tacoma artist Ed Kroupa
  • Hear what inspires the beat in Antonio Gomez’s music
  • Learn how art is being used to engage community and energize public spaces in the Lincoln District Revitalization Project

Silong Chhun talks about his community engagement work in the Lincoln District.

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, artTown stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

Percussionist Antonio Gomez.

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Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
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Where cinema and community meet

13 May
The Grand Cinema's 72 Hour Film Competition viewing party. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

The Grand Cinema’s 72 Hour Film Competition viewing party. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

What a fabulous city we live in!

I’ve realized this all along, except when it’s been raining for a month and a half. We live in a city with The Grand Cinema, a non-profit organization which fosters such community sharing as the ’72 Hour Film Competition’.

Last Friday night was the annual viewing party, a public event which gathered 26 film makers, their films, and an audience in excess of 400, to revel and celebrate at Urban Grace.

Each film making participant had to write, shoot, score and edit their short film in just 72 hours. And, they were required to include four specific elements including a count down, duct tape, and a particular line and product placement. The end results were 26 completely unique views into the psyche of our community.

What impressed me most was how non-stodgy it was, how non-big-city.  There were the impressive high-quality films with cinematography skill, lighting, and obvious acting experience but there were also the quirky home spun films. All were welcomed and strongly applauded. The Grand Cinema provided an inclusive environment for film makers to showcase their creativity and our community stepped up with enthusiasm.

I would strongly suggest noting your calendar for next year’s ‘72 Hour Film Competition’ and keeping your attention on what The Grand Cinema has coming up.


What: An Evening of Cinematic Music
Join The Grand Cinema and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for a celebration of music and cinema. Narrated by NWPR’s Steve Reeder, the concert will feature the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s string nonet as well as local singer-songwriters performing iconic songs and scores from throughout film history.
Where: Urban Grace, 902 Market Street
When: Friday, June 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Cost: $30
More information: www.grandcinema.com, (253) 572-6062

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support both The Grand Cinema and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund.


Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyThis review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Dane Meyer. Dane has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.


27 Sep

It’s Friday and we’re really pleased about that. But, we’re even more excited about the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF), which starts next week.

TFF Slide

A production of Tacoma’s very own Grand Cinema, in collaboration with many community partners, The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates current independent film from around the globe with a special nod to filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. Beyond just screening these independent films, many of the filmmakers attend the screenings. This year, the TFF brings us a whopping 123 films spanning all genres, subjects and styles including documentaries, feature length films, short films, and films produced right here in the Pacific Northwest.  10 of those 123 films were made by Tacoma filmmakers and almost 40 by Washington state filmmakers!

You’ll want to check out the Tacoma Film Festival website to help you navigate the large volume of films and plan your line-up.

What: Tacoma Film Festival
Where: Screenings and events take place at multiple locations including:
The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave.
UW Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium, 1900 Commerce St., Keystone Building, Room 102
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.
University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 3410 N. 18th St.
Tacoma Community College Auditorium, 6501 S. 19th St., Building #2
When: October 3 – 10, 2013. Check website for complete list of screening times.
Cost: Go one day, go all days, see one film, or see them all – it’s up to you with these ticket options:
Single tickets: $10 general; $8 Grand Cinema members/military/seniors; $6 students/member seniors
Passes: $50 TFF weekend pass (Friday – Sunday films); $150 TFF VIP Festival Pass
All screenings at UW Tacoma are free!
Tickets and Information: www.tacomafilmfestival.com, 253.593.4474 


Kick-off the 2013 TFF with a giant, indie film-loving, party on Thursday, October 3rd at Annie Wright Schools. Enjoy a great dinner provided by Maxwell’s Restaurant, a cash bar and the company of fellow movie-lovers and see a screening of the first film of TFF 2013 – the hysterical and timely comedy feature G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend).  G.B.F. screenwriter George Northy will be joining the evening’s festivities.

The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a VIP ticket to receive the dinner and a movie – limited to the first 100. Cost: $25 for VIP gala & movie for Grand Cinema members; $30 for VIP gala and movie for non-members; $11 for movie only.

Tacoma Filmfest Poster Contest: And the Winner Is…

14 Aug

The official Tacoma Film Festival poster design for 2012 has been announced, and the winner is graphic artist Cameron Taylor of Hundred, WV. Each year, the Grand Cinema’s poster contest sets the tone and provides (a trailer of sorts?), for one of Tacoma’s fave cultural events. The 2012 Tacoma Film Festival opens Thursday, October 4, and runs through Thursday, October 11, with screenings at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Blue Mouse Theater and the University of Washington-Tacoma.  The official Tacoma Film Festival program will be available on Thursday, Sept. 13.  For more information visit www.TacomaFilmFestival.com.

“It is never an easy task choosing from over 70 submissions of amazing graphic design work, but it has to be done each and every year for the Tacoma Film Festival,” said Philip Cowan, Grand Cinema Executive Director. “The poster contest is just as much a tradition as the festival itself. Entries were received from many local artists along with some worldwide entries this year (Jamaica, India and France). The talent selection was incredible.”

Beaver, deer and other friendly Pacific Northwest denizens are framed by totems under a twilight sky in Taylor’s nostalgic artwork – check it out around town, soon!

The Grand Cinema Oscar Party, Sunday, February 26

17 Feb

It’s George Clooney Night – oops, we mean the Oscars! – next Sunday, and the Grand Cinema is hosting Tacoma’s premier Academy Awards party at Theater on the Square (915 Broadway). Get set for a night of red carpet fun with doors opening at 4pm, and televised coverage starting at 5pm.

Take your seats for an evening of fun, Feb. 26.

Order your tickets now for a shot at a year’s worth of free tickets to the Grand for the individual with the most prescient Oscar ballot. The ticket price ($20/members; $25 general admission) includes a catered box dinner from Maxwell’s Restaurant with decadent dessert by Corina Bakery. Take this opportunity to dress up and step out at Theater on the Square; the winning costume will score $100 to Chopstix courtesy of the Weekly Volcano. Info: 253-593-4474 or GrandCinema.com.

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