Attend the Rainier Independent Film Festival


Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 18th – 20th) announces its official line-up, including 45+ dynamic films spanning a variety of genres and topics. After a great response last year,
we are excited to see the return and expansion of The Student Movie RIFF (TSMR), now in its second year. Students in the 6th – 12th grades of the Eatonville, Morton, Yelm, Mineral, Orting, and Bethel school districts, signed up in teams to make a film 4 minutes or less. This year’s prompt was “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough—An Illustration to Overcoming Adversity.” From there, students had free creative reign and two weeks to complete and upload their work. The top 10 student films will be screened on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, May 19th, in the Lions’ Theater, with the top film receiving $1,441.10 in production services awards.

RIFF organizers look forward to welcoming new faces to the festival, as well as several RIFF returnees. Filmmaker’s Kevin and Brian Flint, the Affolter Brothers, and the Adams’ Family are all former RIFF award winners and have new films playing this year. Identical twins, Kevin and Brian Flint, bring us the documentary “Good Karma: An Immigrant Story” playing Saturday afternoon at the Cine-Yurt and will both be in attendance for Q&A. The Affolter Brothers return with two different short films, an animated short, “Soggy Flakes,” opens the festival, Friday, at the Lions’ Hall, and “The Undertaker’s Son,” plays Sunday morning at the Cine-Yurt. Don’t be confused by the name John Law, you will remember him as John Adams of The Adams’ Family, and they are back for their 4th year with a horror flick playing Saturday night at the Lions’ Hall. Family crew members, John and Zelda in attendance.

The opening night feature, “Shut Up Anthony” is a comedy with an honest appeal and lead actor Robert D’Esposito is attending. Take note of Sunday mornings documentary, “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” screening at the Lions’ Hall and paying tribute to a climber who is no stranger to our local territory. The closing night film on Sunday, documentary “Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story,” directed by James Lester, takes an inside look at the fascinating culture of burlesque performers. We welcome Seattle Burlesque performer, Icy, who will attend the screening.

Please see the program for complete line up and other filmmakers who will be in attendance. RIFF once again welcomes guest curator, Warren Etheredge. Look for Warren’s films on Saturday, May 19th, at the Mt. Rainier Lions Theater from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

In addition to bringing choice films to RIFF, Warren Etheredge will lead a workshop on Saturday, 11:30 AM at the Rainier Lions Theater in Ashford, titled, “Storyfinding: Mining Narrative Gold for the Screen.” A wealth of knowledge, an inspiring speaker, and an entertaining presenter, Warren shares a unique process to build character-based tales. Warren’s workshop is always a favorite part of the festival. For movie or workshop tickets, go online to, or in person at the Whittaker’s Motel in Ashford.

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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.