The Washington-Shot Movie Screens in Tacoma This Month | A&E
All kinds, a Washington-shot film directed by Yakima Valley-raised J. Rick Castañeda arrives at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma on Saturday, June 18 at 2:15 p.m. after festival screenings at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival last week and at the Seattle International 2021 Film Festival. Castañeda, alongside producer Laura Reich, will be at the screening and will host a Q&A session afterwards, a statement said.
“All kinds is truly a community-made film,” Castañeda said in the statement. “The producer and artistic director stayed with my parents. Other family friends invited crew members to their homes. Our cinematographer, David Carstens, asked if he could just sleep in one of the offices where we filmed instead of his home and then put a lot of shots in place before someone showed up each morning. . And this is just one example among many others. Everyone really pulled together and made a lot of sacrifices to make this film the best it could be.
The film, which has so far received critical acclaim and has been one of SIFF’s most-watched feature films, is an offbeat comedy that follows a data entry clerk (Eli Vargas) who gets involved in the niche world of competitive filing.
“When I moved to Los Angeles to break into the film industry, I worked a lot of mundane office jobs,” Castañeda said of the film’s inspiration in the release. “I found plenty of time to imagine magical escape routes out of the gray cabins I was trapped in every day. I really wanted to add some magic to this otherwise dreary landscape.
All kinds is the second film Castañeda has made near Granger, Washington – his hometown – and uses much of the same cast and crew from the Seattle-Tacoma area as his first film, Cement suitcase. Filming took place over 18 days in Yakima in 2018. Having the film screen in Tacoma has sentimental value, as it was at the Grand Cinema where his first film screened as part of the Tacoma Film Festival , Castañeda noted in the statement.
After more than two years of pandemic-related uncertainty, Castañeda said he hopes his film puts a smile on his viewers’ faces.
“We want to do magic; it’s why we make movies, and it’s mostly why we made this movie,” he said in the statement. “It’s a very positive film about love, about friendship, about finding magic in a dark, drab place. We think it will put a smile on a lot of faces and really get people to think about their world… a different way.
The film’s production company, Vibrant Penguin, plans to expand the film’s theatrical release nationwide after sold-out screenings in Yakima, Richland and Los Angeles ahead of a video-on-demand and BluRay release later this year, according to the press release.