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      Rainier Independent Film Festival

      Where else but the Pacific Northwest can you celebrate the natural beauty of Mt. Rainier while taking in an independent film? Now in its 8th season, the Rainier Independent Film Festival combines film screening and workshops in a laid-back setting. This provides filmmakers and film enthusiasts the chance to mingle in a low-stress environment, far away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood or New York.

      The screenings take place in the Yurt at Wellspring in the Ashford Valley and Mt. Rainier Lion's Theater. All movies are projected using the latest digital technology. More than 50 films are being shown at this year's festival, in a variety of genres and topics. The films range in length from six minutes to 93 minutes and must fit in to one of four categories; documentary, short documentary, narrative or narrative short. Several of the films are from regional filmmakers, including "The Bath" (narrative short), from Anacortes filmmaker, Mark Lundsten.

      The opening night film is "Cement Suitcase." Here are several of the films being screened over the weekend:

      A Bit of Bad Luck: 86 min
      Cement Suitcase: 91 min
      Chypre: 15 min
      Finding Hillywood: 58 min
      Furever: 80 min
      Girl: 8 min
      Green Acres: 6 min
      Herd in Iceland: 28 min
      High and Hallowed: Everest 1963: 49 min
      Into the Dark: 15 min
      McConkey: 90 min
      Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery: 78 min
      Sand Castles: 93 min
      Sheltered Love: 10 min
      The Bath: 25 min
      The Blinding Sea: 52 min
      The Roar: 7 min
      Tricky Bidness: 70 min
      Under the Same Sun: 75 min
      We Are The Land: 14 min
      Wild New Brave: 28 min
      Yearbook: 6 min

      The Rainier Independent Film Festival takes place May 9-11 and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. There are several ticket packages available, from a single screening ($5) to every screening, workshop and party throughout the festival ($35). For more information about the Rainier Independent Film Festival visit http://www.rainierfilmfest.com/index.html.

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