Established in 2006, the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) quickly established itself in the South Sound for its ambition and scope, showcasing a week of films from around the world.
Getting in just a little bit early for awards season, but helping to symbolically usher in 2016's hopefully vibrant period for films, is the third annual Destiny City Film Festival.
For as large an Asian-American population as the South Sound has, it's notable that there aren't more festivals that celebrate that heritage. Fortunately, the Lakewood Asian Film Festival, now entering its fourth year, is working to remedy that.
It's been about eight years since I last competed in The Grand Cinema's annual test of filmmaking wills, and I still will occasionally wake up with cold sweats and delirious flashbacks to faulty editing equipment and quickly encroaching deadlines.
According to Priceline, round trip air fare to Mumbai is currently running around $1,300. Happily, the Lakewood Arts Commission is giving away a cinematic tour of five Asian cities free this Labor Day weekend.
Storytelling is an ancient art, and films are just one modern way of telling a story. Stories mean something, and that something can be positive.