Are you a die-hard film buff who wants to see everything you possibly can on the big-screen, and dissect it later with equally avid fans? Or maybe you’re just a local Tacoman who’s always game for a fun event. Either way, Destiny City Film Festival (DCFF) should delight your sensibilities.
DCFF has been running since 2013. It started out as a solo passion project spearheaded by festival founder Emily Alm. As the years have passed, Alm has recruited friends, family, and members of the Tacoma community to help her manage and grow the event. Alm explained her intentions about the festival in a statement. “I want DCFF to inspire local filmmakers through the films we program, and the events we organize, and to hold them to a higher standard – something I truly believe they deserve. I’m very excited about what lies ahead for film making and storytelling in Tacoma, and about generating more support for those that contribute to that community.”
This year, the festival will run from Feb. 23-25 at the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District. The festival will feature a plethora of screenings and other activities to attract film buffs. On opening night at 7 p.m., the lovely independent film The Song of Sway Lake starring Rory Culkin will be screened. The famed documentary 42 Grams, about a dedicated couple who puts their heart and soul into opening a restaurant, will close out the festival at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. An after party at Peaks & Pints will follow immediately after the film.
In between the opening and closing films, there are many other titles to choose from, including a variety of highly-regarded short films. One such short film is My Nephew Emmett, which tells the story of Emmett Till’s uncle and his quest to save his nephew from racist killers. This Oscar-nominated short is one of the most anticipated showings at Destiny City Film Festival, and one film-lovers will not want to miss.
In addition to films, the festival is hosting a screenwriting panel featuring storytellers and screenwriters from all over the U.S., and one from Canada. This free panel will feature discussions with screenwriters Heather Hughes, David Margolis, Kevin Rexroat, and Kristi Simkins on the “elements of storytelling through screenwriting, and what goes into crafting an impactful and effective cinematic story.” The panel will be moderated by Patric L. Rogers, and will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Wheelock Library.
Visit Destiny City Film Festival online for ticketing and scheduling information.