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Grand to screen Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ to honor director

Director David Lowery on the set of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” the adventure of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.
Director David Lowery on the set of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” the adventure of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Courtesy

In most instances, The Grand Cinema doesn’t show Disney films because they can be seen at larger cineplexes. It is making an exception in the case of “Peter’s Dragon,” which opens Friday (Aug 12).

The reason, according to Grand executive director Philip Cowan, is a connection to director David Lowery.

For the past six years, The Grand Cinema has honored filmmakers from around the country who are named to Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film annual list, Cowan said.

“Though you might not know their names when they come through Tacoma each year, some of them are starting to really move up in the film industry,” he said.

Lowery is one example, Cowan said, having come to The Grand in 2011.

“We want to support filmmakers who have made time in past years to come to Tacoma to present their films and speak with our patrons,” Cowan said of the decision to show “Pete’s Dragon.”

If you want to meet the filmmakers named to the magazine’s 2016 list, they will be in Tacoma during the Tacoma Film Festival on Oct. 6-13.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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