A team-taught class at Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus launched a film event that will raise funds for student veterans in honor of TCC’s former Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator, the late Bill Harrington.
With the volunteer assistance of TCC alumnus and film school grad Bryan Schroeder, instructors Christie Fierro and Mike Blair took students through the basics of film production in one quarter. Collaborating with Peninsula School District and the Gig Harbor Film Festival, they also set up the film showcase at Uptown’s Galaxy Theater. The venture received an outpouring of community support.
What: TCC Student Film Showcase
Where: Gig Harbor Galaxy Theater
When: Dec. 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Why: Share student filmmakers’ work and raise money for the Bill Harrington Fund
Cost: $3 tickets purchased at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Office (253.851.3456)
“Marty Thacker (of the Gig Harbor Film Festival) has been invaluable helping us plan, helping find sponsors, and sharing her expertise,” said Fierro. “DPI is donating all the printing. Abigail’s Concierge is one of our sponsors.”
Net proceeds will benefit TCC’s veterans through the Bill Harrington Fund, named for the college’s longtime Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator, who passed away earlier this year.
“In addition to giving the student an opportunity to share their work, the Student Film Showcase is a fundraiser for veteran students,” said Fierro. “One of the students in the class joined the Navy during the class. He might even miss the Showcase due to having to leave soon to start his military career.”