Tri-City International Fantastic Film Festival: The sixth year is the best

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comOctober 9, 2013 

"Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty" is showing at 6:23 Oct. 20 at the Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland as part of the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival.

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Some of the best movie watching you can do are shorts. Theaters rarely show short subjects, and to see them, you have to do a festival like TCIF3 or catch them on premium movie channels, or YouTube, Netflix and places like that. And it's a lot of work to find them. More work than most are willing to do.

Once in awhile, an opportunity arises to catch some very good short films. Yours is Oct. 11-12 and 18-20. The sixth TCIF3 is the best yet. Festival promoters send me some of the featured films and shorts each year, and each year the selection improves. This year's group is the best ever.

My favorite is the 2012 Oscar-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It's a profound and wonderfully done animated short about the love of books. This one perfectly demonstrates why you don't need 90 minutes to three hours -- as most movie are -- to tell a story.

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty is the funniest of the festival. Grandma tells the story from an old fairy's point of view. It terrified her grandchild, but had me howling.

The series also features some great sci-fi. Three to look for are Plurality, The Wheel and Lumanaris. The first is a terrific take on Big Brother and how technology can control crime. The effects in this one are superb. The same can be said about the animated The Wheel. It follows the story of a young man in charge of a wheel that keeps the world balanced and running, and how his jealous sister wants the power for herself.

The last is Lumanaris. It has my favorite effects. Stop motion animation with real people and a very clever story make this one a must-see.

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