Students to show off work in first film festival

Lifestyles: Proceeds from TCC-Gig Harbor event to benefit student veterans

of the GatewayDecember 4, 2013 

The Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College will host its first student film festival on Dec. 9. The films will be shown from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Galaxy Theater. Tickets are $3.

The students are enrolled in a class taught by Christie Fierro and Mike Blair. The class covered the basics of filmmaking in one quarter.

The film festival also is a fundraiser for student veterans. The Bill Harrington Fund is named for TCC’s former Veteran’s Affairs coordinator.

The festival is supported by Uptown Galaxy Theater and put on in collaboration with the Peninsula School District and the Gig Harbor Film Festival, Fierro said in a news release.

“Marty Thacker (executive director of the Gig Harbor Film Festival) has been invaluable helping us plan, helping find sponsors and sharing her expertise,” Fierro said.

Printing will be donated by DPI, and Abigail’s Concierge also is a sponsor, Fierro said.

The filmmakers are also local. A majority of the students are in the Running Start program through the Peninsula School District, Blair wrote in an email. All but two of the students graduated from the PSD, he said.

One of the students will leave for U.S. Navy basic training two days after the festival, wrote Fierro, whose husband is in the military.

Tickets can be purchased at the Gig Harbor Film Festival office or by calling 253-851-FILM. Advance purchase is recommended.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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