The 5th Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short cinema returns to Gesa Power House Theatre on July 9-11. Once again, the festival will showcase narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in hour-long themed packages, with more than 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds.
The Walla Walla Movie Crush is programmed thematically, comprised of short films packaged in hour-long blocks. In each block, you’re likely to find a mix of animation, live-action, documentary, and music video.
Blocks run 45 – 50 minutes total, with a few minutes leftover to enjoy conversation with visiting filmmakers (moderated by Movie Crush curator Warren Etheredge), transition between blocks, and refill your wine glass.
Friday, July 9: 6-10PM
6PM: “Stop. Loss.”
7PM: “Back to Normal?”
8PM: “Crush & Usual”
9PM: “The U.S. Intrepid”
Saturday, July 10: 9AM-10AM, 11AM-5PM, 7PM-10PM
9AM: “Little Watts”
11AM: “Head Start Program”
12PM: “Breaking Dad”
1PM: “Women’s Rites”
2PM: “Fringe Benefits?”
3PM: “Data Be Nature”
4PM: “Good Grief”
7PM: “Love is a Drug”
8PM: “Re. Creation”
Sunday, July 11: 12PM-5PM, 8PM-9PM
12PM: “Good Sports”
1PM: “Where the Wild Things Are”
2PM: “Border Patrol”
3PM: “Mommies Dearest”
8PM: Walla Walla Movie Crush Award Ceremony
The full Movie Crush schedule, including descriptions of each film block and individual film titles is available at themoviecrush.com.
New this year is the “Little Watts” block of family-friendly short cinema, sponsored by Walla Walla Valley Honda. Admission is complementary for Movie Crush passholders and tickets are also sold separately by Gesa Power House Theatre.
As is customary, the festival will conclude Sunday evening with awards announced for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Youth Short, Best Screenplay, and Best Performance. In addition, Warren Etheredge will proclaim the winner of the Curator’s Choice Award and the winner of the festival’s first Short Script competition; and the dedicated movie-lovers who watched every single short of the weekend (aka The Iron Ass Jury) will determine the Audience Award.
The Walla Walla Movie Crush receives support from The City of Walla Walla and other generous sponsors. Proceeds from the Walla Walla Movie Crush benefit The Red Badge Project. Tickets and festival passes ($35-$500) are available online at themoviecrush.com.
Gesa Power House Theatre is currently operating at full capacity, but will continue to follow the most-recent guidance from state and county Departments of Health in terms of face coverings, etc. Current guidelines are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
This event is a rental by Walla Walla Movie Crush. Click here to learn more about renting the theatre for your own event!