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October 13, 2009 The Jibsheet >\> ARTS 7 Tacoma Film Festival is a hit Colin Takasawa ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR ." Monster." It follows a silent, rugged The Tacoma Film Festival, which mountain man named Otis who finds ran from October 1 through 8, recently himself low on food and money. In the finished its fourth year screening a variety of independent films. The majority of the fills are shown at the Grand Cinema, a smaller, more intimate and old-fashioned venue that blends in with the surrounding brick buildings. The rest of the fills are screened at several Tacoma locations, including the Tacoma School of the Arts, Tacoma Art Museum and Blue Mouse Theater. Philip Cowan, Executive Director of the Grand Cinema and Tacoma Film Festival, shared what he enjoys about his job. "You come to work at a movie theater every day. That's kind of hard to beat. And you get to be the one who decides what fills Tacoma gets to see. To me it's a lot of responsibility just to make sure that I'm picking films that people are going to enjoy and not get a chance to see anywhere else ." It is especially rare to see any of the short films outside of a festival. On October 7, the Grand Cinema screened nine comedy short fills. Potential viewers will get another chance to see newspaper, Otis discovers an ad that offers a 34-dollar award to anyone who captures Big Foot, so he sets out to do set in the not-too-distant future in which clones are commonplace,-but not necessarily accepted, One of the characters, everyman Ben, decides to get "tested for clones," and is distraught to find that he is "clone positive." He seeks advice from his friends, a Photo courtesy o,6". http://v, Filmmaker Patrick Neary working on his short film "Otis V Monster". so. This film contains no dialogue and therefore relies on visual humor and psychiatriSt and an intimidating thug he barely knows on how to deal with tale about two coworkers who court each other in an office building using post-it notes. This is another short that features absolutely no dialogue, but is no less effective because of it. As a matter of fact, it's quite heartwarming. British film, "Schizofredric," was another standout. After an argument with his caring girlfriend, unhygienic procrastinator, Fred, stumbles upon a website that offers "ego enlightenment ." Two men appear at his doorstep and install a vault in his bathroom ceiling. After entering vault, Fred is replaced by a better, more responsible version of himself as he's forced to watch his life play out under new management. "Boutonniere," follows an overbearing, mother who "helps" her disinterested daughter get ready for prom. With a hilarious cameo by Zachary Quinto, ("Heroes" and "Star Trek") and a spectacular twist ending, this one is definitely worth seeing. The last short fill of the evening, "After You," was shot locally in Tacoma. It's a story that addresses what's really important in the event of a break-up. Over the course of a year, nearly three hours of footage was edited down to the final product," which is approximately three minutes in length. Dave Kellman, who directed, shot and these short fills October 14, at the situational comedy to evoke laughter same venue, from the audience, and it The first was a three-minute succeeds. "claymation" short titled "Otis V Next was "Clones Gone Wild," City University of Seattle invites you to turn your associate's degree into a bachelor's degree, It's as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Affordable Financial aid is available! Plus, you may qualify for a tuition scholarship valued up to $10,800! 2. 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This premise tackles concepts like the previously mentioned by featuring a narrator who asks 10 questions about his grandpa. Australian film, "Missing the Boat," addresses the hardships associated with finding romance. Only, in this fill, everyone wears animal costumes. Taking its musical cues from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and featuring a clever twist at the end, I recommend this one wholeheartedly. "Post-it Love," is a cute romantic edited the film, was kind enough to speak with me after the screening. "We're a little group, a collaborative of filmmakers, musicians and actors. We call ourselves the "Cheap Shot Collective" and basica!ly this is our fourth short we've done together. We're hoping to make a feature eventually, but we Want to get a couple shorts under our belt so people can see what we're all about." As a Tacoma native, Kellman was delighted to be included in the Tacoma Film Festival. "This is our hometown; it's a lot cooler to show a movie here than you know, Portland or somewhere like that. My friends came out and supported the cause. It's fun to see different faces at each screening." Kellman.'s short film can be found on Vimeo and more information on the Cheap Shot Collective can also be found online at http://www. The Tacoma Fill Festival offers a more personal experienceunlike any you'll find at your local movie theater. It's a non-profit event in which everyone involved shares a passion for film. So, for an opportunity to contribute to the world of independent fill, attend a festival and allow yourself to be transfixed by the silver screen. ARTS@THEIIBSHEET.COM Fashion >\> from page 6 Fourth, is Avril Lavigne. Although she is not on the same level as Spears (in terms of her not being a bimbo), her music is still somewhat lacking in quality. The whole trend she started with the punk- tie-thing was just simply bad taste--not to mention that fact that punk and formal attire seldom work together. Fifth and last on our list is Marilyn Manson. Although he Would probably be proud to be listed as one of the worst dressed, his style of fashion is aimed to shock and disgust as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we have to cope with the thousands of Goth kids who hang out, painting their fingernails with permanent markers and wearing eye shadow, looking depressed all day because they want attention. There you have it people, the best and worst fashion trends and their creators. ARTS@THEIIBSHEET.COM