The Tacoma Film Festival Starts, Ends with Unique Washington Films

The Tacoma Film Festival is committed to celebrating Washington-made and -focused films in its 13th year. It will open and close with two new films with strong Pacific Northwest roots.

On opening night, Oct. 4, the festival will screen Prospect, a sci-fi survival story filmed predominately in Washington’s Hoh Rainforest, with Tacoma-based filmmakers on set. Co-written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell and starring Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, and Jay Duplass, Prospect tells the story of a teenage girl and her father traveling to a remote alien moon. The moon is covered in a toxic forest that the two have to navigate in search of precious gems. This futuristic feature film promises a thrilling opening night.

The Tacoma-centered rock doc, Boom, will close the festival on Oct. 11. Directed by Jordan Albertsen, Boom tells the story of the influential Tacoma band, The Sonics. Formed in 1960, this local band is widely thought of as the first ever punk garage band. Their music inspired bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Bruce Springsteen. The film features interviews with all five original band members and Albertson will be available for a filmmaker Q&A after the screening.

The Tacoma Film Festival was established in 2006 as a program of the nonprofit art house The Grand Cinema. Visit for tickets and more information.

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