Okay….that was fun.

Over the weekend I attended the Gig Harbor Film Festival.  As a film fan (see former blog post) you would think this would be a no-brainer, but I don’t really look forward to film festivals.  Scanning the program isn’t the same as seeing enticing trailers in the theater, so deciding on which films to see can be a bit of a crapshoot….and a little stressful.  But I took the gamble and was really delighted with the films I saw this year.

I applaud the films featuring local regions and people.  Cement Suitcase was poignant and funny, as it described the somewhat dismal life of a young man living in the Yakima Valley.  My friend and I got a kick out of seeing the Airfield Winery and many local Yakima Valley sites.  Writer/Director Rick Castaneda shared that he appreciated the tremendous local support which is why he centered the film near his hometown of Granger, WA.

Everything Went Down starred Noah Drew, Indie-rocker Kate Tucker,….and Bellingham.  Wow, B-ham looked awesome on film!  Kudos to Director Dustin Morrow for this modern styled musical.

Finally, what a thrill it was to see the documentary of local rock photographer, Jini Dellaccio, in Her Aim is True.  Karen Whitehead directed a first class film blending old and new, color and black/white, spoken word and music.  Having Jini (96-years-old!) and singer Merilee Rush at the showing made it even more special.

Thank you to all who planned and executed this fun festival.  I know there is a year’s worth of work to get to the actual festival, and it seemed to go flawlessly.   My only request is that next year order a little rain so I feel less guilty about sitting in a movie theater all weekend.  :)

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