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Press Release: Best of Movie Crush (2020 festival highlights) – May 22

In July of 2020, the Walla Walla Movie Crush was ready for its fourth annual festival of short films, however, the pandemic had other plans for Walla Walla. Nearly a year later, Gesa Power House Theatre is able to be open for socially-distanced events and will present a special Best of the 2020 Movie Crush screening event on Saturday, May 22.

Just like the annual 3-day festival in July, short films will be screened in one-hour thematic segments of short films as follows:

Block #1 (1PM-5PM):

1PM: AFTER-ACTION REVIEW
presented by Micki & Bryce Breitenstein

Politicians provide reasons for going to war, historians discuss the geo-political impacts. Too few, however, are concerned or charged with evaluating what happens to the women and men who serve and to those who survive war. Here, American veterans from multiple conflicts and Korean children recall what happened, question why it did and wonder how to move forward healthfully.

2PM: MORAL ACCOUNTING

Ultimately, we may or may not be judged by a higher power, but while we are alive, it’s up to each of us to hold ourselves and others accountable, spiritually as much as legally. Here, war crimes, acts of censorship, xenophobic policies and climate crises are addressed by individuals eager to balance the books and pull us out of the moral red.

3PM: PHONING IT IN

We all have our hang-ups, but our attachment to our smartphones may be moving from habit to addiction. Can we live without them? Here, New Yorkers and Californians, siblings and spouses, technophobes and influencers — heck, even Green Day! —all try to put down their devices or be put down for them.

4PM: BLACK LIVES & WHITE LIES

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.” Thus, a cry becomes a shout becomes a protest becomes a revolution. Those who shout, eventually, will be heard. Those who remain quiet, ultimately, will lose their voices. Here, BIPOC women and men spill their stories, while white folks whisper theirs…

Block #2 (7PM-10PM):

7PM: ANGER MISMANAGEMENT

Do men ever learn how to deal with their emotions properly? Evidence suggests that many men have no idea what do wither their feelings and certainly haven’t found enough outlets for their ire. Here, scientists and students, office workers and buskers, an actor and an entrepreneur all release steam in less than healthy, though sometimes humorous ways.

8PM: AND THE BEAT GOES ON?
If music calms the savage breast, what happens when it stops? If we fail to find our daily rhythms, can there only be discord? Here, a municipal school district, a bickering couple, an exiled punk, a troubled drummer and a wary dreamer… face the music and the absence of it.

9PM: INTIMACY COORDINATION
If you want to round the bases, you’ve got to step into the batter’s box and learn to swing… the right way. Here, an American gigolo, a speed-dater, a co-worker, the cuckold, bros, sistahs, neighbors and the common housefly learn how to get their game on before they get their groove on.

General admission tickets ($10 per film block or $15 for a day pass) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

Seating for each screening is capped at 100 patrons, as allowed under Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Additional precautions including required mask use and physical distancing between households will be observed.

The Walla Walla Movie Crush festival of short films will return July 9-11, 2021 at Gesa Power House Theatre.


Season Sponsors:

    Foundry Vineyards    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin logo

KAPP-KVEW TV, Pacific PowerNorthwest Public Broadcasting, Hayden Homes

Additional support provided by:
Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla

Each Coldwell Banker Office is Independently Owned and Operated


About Gesa Power House Theatre

The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a 300-seat performing arts venue, located in downtown Walla Walla. The 120-year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, built to produce coal gas used to light the streets, businesses, and homes of Walla Walla. In 2011 the Gesa Power House Theatre building was transformed into a state-of-the-art playhouse for live performance. The interior design of the theatre was inspired by Shakespeare’s own intimate Blackfriars Theatre in London, England.

The Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings and on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue also hosts a variety of other cultural events, musical concerts, and private events (including weddings).

For additional marketing and media information, including interviews and hi-res images, contact:

Bradley Nelson
Media Contact
Phone: 509.529-6500
webmaster@phtww.org

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111 North Sixth Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362

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