The first annual Walla Walla Movie Crush premiered today, July 1, at GESA Power House Theatre featuring 88 short films aka motion pictures, hence my creative entry into the CDP theme for this month.
It's a stretch, I know, but necessity is the mother of invention, and since I haven't missed a Theme Day in two years, I had to dig deep for this one.
The film festival is part of a weekend fundraiser for the Red Badge project, a Seattle based group co-founded by writer and "Top Gun" actor Tom Skerrit. The project works with veterans to cope with the traumas of war through storytelling. The Project has been working with vets in Walla Walla since 2014 in a partnership with the Walla Walla Public Library which is the only library in the nation to participate in the project.
These are scenes from two of the 45 motion pictures shown on Saturday in 50-minute blocks each of which follows a general theme.
Saturday's themes include the following:
Improperly Vetted; Loners, Rebels and the Dotty; Rights You Are; Unplanned Parenthood; Jock & Jill; Black Lives, Matters; and the Mating Game.
The two-days of short motion pictures began Saturday at noon and ended with the last block at 10:00. The showings resumed on Sunday at 1:00 PM culminating with an awards ceremony at 8 PM.
The short films were curated by Warren Etheredge, a 10-year curator and host of 1 Reel Film Festival in Seattle.