Global Awareness Links Films Selected For This Year’s Rainier Independent Film Festival

DATE: 4/3/08


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:

Carol Zahorsky

Public Relations for Visit Rainier

360.446.3645

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Screenings, workshops and gatherings will be held in select venues in Mt. Rainier’s Ashford Valley from May 2 through 4, 2008< /em>< /p>

ASHFORD VALLEY (at Mt. Rainier), Washington – The Rainier Independent Film Festival has selected 21 compelling, artistic and inspirational films to be screened from May 2 through 4 at three venues in the Ashford Valley, just miles from the Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The festival will also include workshops, social gatherings, panels, audience-voted awards and an awards ceremony. Many of the filmmakers and actors will be in attendance.< /p>

Many of this year’s films are linked by subject matter that reveals or addresses issues of global awareness, including environmental and humanitarian concerns. Among them are the explosive documentary Uncounted, by David Earnhardt, who will field audience questions after the screening; Sympathetic Details, with Ryan Sands and other actors from HBO’s The Wire; and film festival circuit favorite, The Rat Thing, directed by Kevin Keresey; and the surreal internal narrative, Soliloquy. < /p>

The opening night film will be The Flyboys, a high-action, family-oriented, feel good feature-length film on coming of age, directed by Rocco DeVilliers, who will be introducing the film, and starring Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore. It will be screened at the Mineral Lake Event Center at 6PM on Friday, May 2, and followed by the Opening Night Gala, at 8PM. < /p>

For a full schedule of screenings, please go to www.rainierfilmfest.com /schedule.html< /a>. < ?=$gigo->img( images /icon_externalURL.gif )?>< /p>

A pass to all screenings, workshops and receptions for all three days is $50. A day-pass for all screenings and workshops on Saturday or Sunday is $20. A ticket to the festival launch on Friday including two free drinks is $15. Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets< /a> < ?=$gigo->img( images /icon_externalURL.gif )?> and at Whittaker Mountaineering and Bunkhouse, Ashford, Capital Hill Arts Center in Seattle, and the Silver Platter Records stores at Crossroads Mall, Bellevue and at South Sound Center in Tukwila. A ticket for a single screening or workshop is $6 and can be purchased at any of the three screening venues or online.< /p>

The Rainier Independent Film Festival is dedicated to providing truly independent filmmakers a venue to have their films screened. Nestled in the tranquil foothills surrounding Mt. Rainier, the Ashford Valley provides the perfect setting for the first annual RIFF. Screening venues range from a yurt to a 1920s historical school with a capacity of up to 300 people. < /p>

For more information as well as a full screening schedule, please access http: / /www.rainierfilmfest.com< /a>. < ?=$gigo->img( images /icon_externalURL.gif )?> For destination information, please access visitrainier.com. < /p>

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Screenings for media can be arranged prior to the festival. Please contact Win Whittaker at 253.370.3520 or by email at [email protected]< /a>. Full press kits of each film are also available upon request. Also contact Win or Sarah for a media pass to the festival.< /p>


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