May 1, 2015

ASHFORD, WA – Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 15-17) announces its official line-up, including 38+ dynamic films spanning a variety of genres and topics.  In it’s 9th year, the Rainier Independent Film Festival is now known amongst filmmakers and attendees as a personable weekend where attendees enjoy screening new movies, talking with filmmakers, mingling with old friends and new, and attending workshops.  Complete with international, national, and regional film selections the festival is a unique experience.

RIFF organizers look forward to welcoming several filmmakers to the festival, including 2 returning filmmakers who have played RIFF in previous years.  The Shoot is the 3rd film the Adams Family has had at RIFF.  Two years ago their film “Knuckle Jack” won Best Audience Award.  In attendance for The Shoot, screening on Saturday night at 7PM, will be John and LuLu Adams.  Other films with filmmakers in attendance include the opening night film, “Booze, Boys, & Brownies”, and the closing night films, “Wildlike” and “Land of Leopold.”

Among the documentaries playing at RIFF this year is the much talked about and award winning environmental film “Growing Local.”  “Growing Local” plays at noon on Saturday.  See the program for the complete line up.

This is the fifth year that RIFF has combined efforts with the guest curator, Warren Etheredge. Look for Warren Etheredge’s films on Saturday, May 16th, at the Mt. Rainier Lions Theater from 1PM -5PM, and on Sunday from 2PM – 4PM.

In addition to bringing some choice films to RIFF, Warren Etheredge will lead a workshop on Sunday, May 17th, at 12PM at the Mt. Rainier Lions Theater in Ashford titled, “Don’t Shoot The Messenger”.  A wealth of knowledge, an inspiring speaker, and an entertaining presenter, Warren will examine cinematography – what works, what doesn’t, and why.  Warren’s workshop is always a favorite part of the festival for those in attendance.  For movie or workshop tickets go online or in person at the Whittaker’s Motel in Ashford.

This year’s opening night film, “Booze, Boys, and Brownies” written, directed and performed in by Veronica Mannion is a lively, modern musical that takes a humorous look at a young actresses foes and follies as she tries to make her way through a busy but entertaining life.  Veronica will be in attendance for a post-film discussion following the 7:00pm screening on Friday, May 15th, at the Ashford Lions Theater. Rounding out the exciting festival weekend will be the closing night films “Wildlike” at 4PM followed by “Land of Leopold” at 6PM.   Both of these films will have filmmakers in attendance.  Festival Awards will be presented following the closing night screening, including Best Student Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Full Length Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Feature, and Audience Favorite.

For more information and the full festival schedule visit www.RainierFilmFest.com.

About Rainier Independent Film Festival

The Rainier Independent Film Festival is dedicated to providing true Independent Filmmakers a venue to have their films screened in the tranquil area surrounding Mount Rainier. Mixing films, workshops and the laid-back setting of the area, this festival is set apart in the fact that it is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with film industry people outside of the hustle and bustle typically associated with the business.

Located in the shadow of Mount Rainier, the Ashford Valley provides the perfect setting for this festival. Our screening venues include the Mt. Rainier Lions Theater and the Cine-Yurt at Wellspring. All projection is shown in the latest digital technology.