Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival Announces Lineup


The 13th annual Rainier Independent Film Festival, scheduled for this Friday through Sunday, has announced a lineup including more than 40 films.

The Student Movie RIFF, now in its third year, is open to students in grades nine through 12 in the Eatonville, Morton, Yelm, Mineral, Orting and Bethel school districts.

The top 10 films will be screened at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Lions Theater. The first place prize is a scholarship for $1,441.10.

Filmmakers Gary Lundgren, Lukas Hassel, and Shawn-Caulin Young, all have new films playing this year. Gary Lundgren brings us our closing night film, “Phoenix, Oregon” a comedy of midlife reinvention and the redeeming power of friendship. Gary will be in attendance for the Q&A. Lukas Hassel returns with a short horror film, “The Son, The Father” playing Saturday night at the Lions Theater and will also be in attendance.

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