AngelaJossy's Blog

Jun. 26, 2008 at 12:09pm

Seeking local filmmaker

I have a story idea for you

I'm sure by now most of you have seen this:

If you're a local filmmaker, the Grand Cinema wants to see what you've got, filmmakingwise. The theater's executive director, Philip Cowan tells us he was so impressed with the response to the Grand's 72- Hour Film Competition that he wants to incorporate the concept into the Tacoma Film Festival, which will arrives in early October.

Specifically, he's inviting filmmakers from Washington (no out-staters need apply) to create five-minute minimovies to compete for approximately 18 slots in a Local Filmmaker Showcase that will be part of the festival. "There are no restrictions on what kind of film you make," he says. "Any topic or genre is fair game as long as the final product is suitable for broad viewing." Translation: Keep it clean. At least, PG-13 clean.

The deadline is Aug. 4. The entry fee is $15. For full details contact the Grand at

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your camcorder and get shooting. - QUOTED FROM THE TNT ARTS BLOG

I am no filmmaker, but I am a writer and I think I have a pretty cool story for someone to make a film out of. The story is called "Saving Freeway Bob" and its a story about two college kids who decide to make a project out of rehabilitating this homeless guy who sits and watches the cars go by off the Steele Street exit of the 5-12 Freeway every day. (BTW there really used to be a homeless guy who sat there every day and my sister in law affectionately nick-named him Freeway Bob.) I don't want to give away too much of the story here and spoil the ending but if someone wants to make this movie for the Local Filmmaker Showcase I'd be happy to give the idea to them.


comments [6]  |  posted under , Grand Cinema, Local Filmmaker Showcase, Tacoma


by izenmania on 6/26/2008 @ 12:25pm
I remember that guy... I didn't give him a nickname, though.

I want to make a film for submission, having had way too much fun doing the 72 Hour Film Fest, but too many of my weekends from now to then are tied up helping on someone else's feature-length thingy.

by AngelaJossy on 6/26/2008 @ 12:32pm
Do you remember any specifics about the guy? I remember the big wild strawberry blond curly hair but that's about it. I wish I'd taken a photo but of course I had no idea I'd be inspired to base a fictional character on him.
I just know he was there all the time and I never saw him beg for money or anything. He just seemed to enjoy the view from that spot.

by thriceallamerican on 6/26/2008 @ 12:41pm
Totally know the guy you're talking about...the hair description confirms we're thinking of the same dude. As I recall, he was often carrying a Thermos, if that helps at all. Always imagined that he maybe lived in the little wooded area in the clearing inside of the exit ramp...

by fredo on 6/26/2008 @ 1:02pm
Hope none of the submissions involves a fortune cookie, bubbles, or the phrase "I think I've been here before".

by tacomachickadee on 6/26/2008 @ 1:53pm
It was impossible to miss that blond afro. And he frequently wore suit-like outfits.

I nicknamed him Richard Simmons.

by tacomachickadee on 6/26/2008 @ 1:56pm
Also ... you should check and see if "Adam the Alien" already has a project idea for the show ... he seems to enjoy the mockumentary/documentary style of things ...