The Grand Cinema in Tacoma, Washington, is proud to present their first ever Documentary Week, March 21-27. The series will showcase seven critically acclaimed, first-run documentaries that will all be screening for the first time in the South Sound. Each film will be screened four or five times each throughout the week.
The seven selections explore a wide variety of subjects including politics and philosophy, music and theater, sailing and exploration, wildlife, and culture and self-expression. Two of Doc Week’s selections feature iconic personalities who many will be familiar with in philosopher and economist Noam Chomsky (Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?) and Tony Award winner Elaine Stritch (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me). Others will introduce exciting new subjects like the 14-year-old Laura Decker, who, in the film Maidentrip, attempts to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
“Each year there seems to be more and more extremely well-done documentaries that we believe warrant first-run screenings in Pierce County,” says Philip Cowan, executive director of The Grand Cinema. “We try to fit as many of these top caliber docs as possible into our weekly schedules and Tuesday Film Series, but often we don’t have room for all of them.
“We’re creating Doc Week to provide space and hopefully also an effective presentation for even more of them.”
Cowan says that if March’s Doc Week is well-received, he hopes to program a second installment of the series later in 2014.
In addition to multiple daily screenings, Doc Week will also feature multiple post-film discussions led by local cinephiles.
For the full schedule, click here.