Destiny City Film Festival

DCFFwebimageFilm fans across the South Sound have reason to celebrate. The Second Annual Destiny City Film Festival will be held Aug. 28 – 30 at Blue Mouse Theater. Screening 26 films, from animated shorts to feature-length documentaries, Festival Director Emily Alm has quickly made DCFF one of the most diverse festivals running.

Opening the festival, screening at 7 p.m. on Friday Aug. 28 is Ben Hickernell’s “A Rising Tide,”featuring Hunter Parrish (Weeds) in the lead role. Sam Rama (Parrish) is forced to make difficult decisions after Hurricane Sandy destroys his family’s well-established Atlantic City restaurant. With Tim Daly (Diner; Madam Secretary) and Ashley Hinshaw (True Blood) cast alongside Parrish, this is a must-see.

But what has film enthusiasts talking is a group of films labeled, “Based on a True Story shorts,”The four-film block will screen at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 30 and each film has already taken home an impressive list of awards. Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors’s short film “Actor Seeks Role”, starring Alex Karpovsky (Tiny Furniture; Girls), has already won the Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Short Film Contest at the Hammer to Nail Film Festival.

“The Karman Line,” also in the “Based on a True Story shorts” block is directed by Oscar Sharp, and has won Best Short at the Savannah FF, the RiverRun FF, the deadCenter FF, the New Hampshire FF, and the San Jose FF. This 25-minute film out of the UK is another must-see.

With a block of “FREE Family Shorts” screening at 11am Aug. 29, the Destiny City Film Festival is sure to captivate families across the South Sound.

Passes and Individual Movie Tickets are available now, and can be purchased at or at the Blue Mouse Theater during normal operating hours.

The Destiny City Film Festival also has plenty of opportunities to get involved in the behind-the-scenes action. For information on volunteering, festival schedule, merchandise, and everything else DCFF, visit

is the managing editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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