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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