Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced today that Tacoma and its Grand Cinema will be host in early September to FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue with free public screenings of eight films.

The film tour will take place Sept. 3 – 7, with moderated discussions following each screening, and filmmakers Julia Meltzer (The Light in Her Eyes) and Jerry Rothwell (Town of Runners) to be present on Sept. 4 and 5.   

FILM FORWARD is a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies: the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Truly a community effort, the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program is partnering with the Grand Cinema, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks, University of Washington-Tacoma, University of Puget Sound and more to present this robust and insightful program,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.

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Following FILM FORWARD’s visit to Tacoma, is moves to  Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sept. 19 – 25) and Maine into the first week of October. The programs appeared earlier this year in California, Mexico, Colombia, China, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.