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Bionic Woman visits Gig Harbor

October 18, 2013


Oct. 18--The Gig Harbor Film Festival takes on a military theme this year during its annual run that features 70 independent films, 20 filmmakers and The Bionic Woman.

Lindsay Wagner, the star of the 1970s spinoff of "The Six Million Dollar Man," isn't here to fight fembots. She's screening her son Dorian Kingi's short Korean War film, "Tranquility," and will be presented with the Pay it Forward award at the festival's closing ceremonies Sunday. The Emmy Award-winning actress teaches acting and directing for television at San Bernardino Valley College in California. The 9-minute, PG-rated "Tranquility" shows at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

The festival's other military movies include "Chinook Down," "Honor & Sacrifice," "Honor Flight: One Last Mission," and "Service: When Women Come Marching Home."

"Service" will include a panel discussion with female veterans. The documentary follows women as they transition from active duty to civilian life, dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, prosthetics and sexual trauma. The 55-minute, PG-rated film screens at 5:55 p.m. Saturday.

Other festival highlights:

"Another Chance -- Reentry After Prison": Every year, 500 women gain release from Gig Harbor's Washington Corrections Center for Women, but two-thirds of them will be re-incarcerated. This film documents a group of Rotarians who help the offenders develop skills to keep them out of prison. A panel discussion will follow the screening. (28 minutes, PG-13) 6 p.m. Friday.

"Cement Suitcase": The best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley is headed for a quarterlife crisis, and only two people can help him. One just broke into his house, and the other is having an affair with his girlfriend in this comedy. A Q&A will follow the screening. (90 minutes, PG) 7:05 p.m. Friday.

"Redwood Highway": This feature by Oregon director Gary Lundgren ("Calvin Marshall") stars Shirley Knight as a woman who decides to walk 80 miles to the ocean from her Southern Oregon retirement community. Along the way she meets an eclectic group of characters, one played by Northwest actor Tom Skerritt. Lundgren will attend, and a Q&A will follow the screening. (90 minutes, PG) 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"Dusty's Trail: Summit of Borneo": Dusty is a 20-year-old man living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease that strikes one in 3,500 boys. In this inspirational documentary, he travels to Borneo with his family and friends so that they can climb Malaysia's highest mountain for him. (65 minutes, PG) 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

"FrackNation": This documentary takes a pro-fracking stance on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to get natural gas and oil from rock. (77 minutes, PG-13) 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Kidsfest: First People's storyteller Solana Booth will entertain children at this event that includes lunch. $6 (includes one parent), 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday.

72-hour film competition awards: Adults and youth will have their 5-minute films screened. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541


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