The Lakewood Film, Art and Book (FAB) festival takes place Sept. 28, 29 and 30 (Friday through Sunday). In the past, the event was known as the Asian Film Fest, but for 2018 the event has expanded into a full three-day, action-packed festival, according to co-chairs Bob Lawrence and Phil Raschke. This year’s film selections will now have an international flavor to them and the number of films being shown has increased from five to eight. The art exhibit is undergoing expansion and cash prizes for juried art have been increased.
Additionally, an entirely new element has been added to this year’s event. This year, for the first time, the festival new book event in combination with the film and art components.
This year’s event also has a new location. The FAB fest will be held at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW.
An important carryover from past events, however, is the price of admission. As in the past, the event will once again be offered free to the public. Doors open noon to 9:30 p.m. on all three days. Author signings stop at 6 p.m. A concession stand is available. Free parking. Come early, as seating for films is limited.
The new book-related component of the festival has blossomed nicely this year. Currently, authors from Lakewood, Tacoma and beyond are slated to appear at the festival. Raschke said the book event “has taken off like a rocket with over three dozen authors” currently signed up to attend the festival. More than 40 books and authors will be represented at the festival, making it quite a book fair.
Dorothy Wilhelm, whose new book is titled “True Tales of Puget Sound” and is hot off the press, will be signing her book all throughout the festival. According to Wilhelm, “True Tales of Puget Sound,” which has a forward by KIRO TV host Dave Ross, is a love letter to the South Sound communities she visited during the hosting of her TV show “My Home Town.” “True Tales” tells us the rest of the story on events we thought we knew. For example, what was the real reason Fort Nisqually was moved from DuPont to Point Defiance and what were the secrets of the “Pie Goddess”? These stories and 20 more are all in her brand-new book.
Wilhelm has spent more than 30 years in local radio and TV starting out right here on Lakewood’s KLAY Radio. She had her own column in the News Tribune and other area papers. Besides writing, she currently enjoys doing her own podcast titled “Swimming Upstream” and says she gets her endless supply of humor from her six children.
Want to meet one of this nation’s finest authors of historical fiction? Kate Breslin will be on hand to sign books for you. In 2015, Breslin received Christian Retailing’s Best Award for First Time Author, and since her first novel – about a Jewish woman in Nazi Germany – she has written two books set during World War I in Britain and in Belgium.
Also on hand will be Tacoma’s Mark Monlux, an award-winning illustrator who has spent the last 30 years as a freelancer for advertising agencies, publishers, small businesses and international corporations. An avid fan of movies, Monlux takes his love for cinema and his talent for drawing to create reviews of movies in a cartoon format. His first book, “The Comic Critic Presents Seldom Seen Film,” won him an award from Cartoonists Northwest under the book category and a Golden Toonie in the overall category. Featured here is his second book of compiled movie reviews. “The Comic Critic Presents Blockbusters” which pulls selections from the Top 200 films of all time. Besides Cartoonists Northwest, Mark is also a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the proud founder of CLAW, the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians.
One of the main attractions for the festival is an appearance by Tami Oldham Ashcraft, the author and co-star of the hit movie “Adrift.” She will be making a special appearance at FAB Fest on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.
Ashcraft will have her book and the just-released movie DVD available for autograph. At 3:15 p.m. she will be presenting her heart pounding, true story of tragedy and survival in the raging Pacific. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the courage and determination of a person hopelessly lost at sea.
You can win one of the following gifts just by attending this free event: Autograph books by New York Times Bestselling Authors J. A. Jance and Debbie Macomber; tickets to the Tacoma Film Festival hosted by the Grand Cinema; a copy of the DVD “Adrift” or a Blu-Ray DVD of the movie “Amelia,” the fascinating story of Amelia Earhart starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere.
In conjunction with Ashcraft’s story of survival and the “Amelia” DVD giveaway, a special display of Amelia Earhart memorabilia will also be available for viewing.
To win a copy of Jance’s new Joanna Brady mystery “Field of Bones” or Macomber’s newly released “Cottage by the Sea” just attend one of the 7 p.m. movies on Sept. 28, 29 and 30. At each 7 p.m. movie, a free drawing will be held for a Jance or Macomber bestselling book.
Additionally, on Saturday, Sept. 29, FAB fest will host Lee Oskar, the world-famous harmonica player with the rock-blues band “War.” His famous harmonicas are sold worldwide. Oskar is also a highly respected artist and he will be bringing some of his artwork.
“Eddie the Eagle”
Friday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
“Eddie the Eagle,” is the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards a British commoner who leaped to fame and into hearts around the world at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie had no funds, no sponsorship and little talent. But dreams and the power of positive thinking propelled him to fame. This heartwarming British film stars Huge Jackman and Taron Egerton. 105 min. Rated PG-13.
Friday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m.
“United 93,” honors the heroic efforts of air traffic controllers, military command centers, flight crews and passengers involved in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Director, this film was also the winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture. This is a masterful American made film that accurately outlines the step by step events of that fateful day to include Todd Beamer’s heroic words, “let’s roll.” 93 min. Rated R.
Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
The inspirational life story of four-time Olympic Gold Medal legend Jesse Owens (the Buckeye Bullet) at the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany is a gripping story of courage, tolerance and trust. The film is American made. 135 min, PG-13
Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.
It is bitter cold, and the possible murder of young girl on Wyoming Arapaho Reservation is at the heart of this American thriller that stars Jeremy Renner and Graham Greene. 107 min. Rated R.
“A Man Called Ove”
Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
“A Man Called Ove” is based on the international best seller. Ove is a widowed retiree with strict principles and a short fuse who must come to grips with his new Iranian neighbor and his new life. This emotional story is a Swedish film. 116 min. Rated PG-13.
“Winter in Wartime”
Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.
“Winter in Wartime” is the story of a 13-year-old boy and sister in occupied Netherlands. Their father is town mayor and friendly toward the German military. Their uncle is in the Dutch resistance. This winner of the Dutch Film Festival is based on bestselling novel by Jan Terlouw. 103 min. Rated R.
“All We Could Carry”
Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
This film is the touching, true life story told by twelve former World War II detainees at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Japanese–American Relocation Center. It was made by Academy Award winning director Steve Okazaki. 15 min. Rated G.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Javier Bardem won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and the film was winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the Cannes Film Festival. The Spanish film is a tale of life and death in a dangerous Barcelona ghetto. 147 min. Rated R.
The Lakewood Film, Art and Book Festival
Sept. 28, 29, 30, noon to 9:30 p.m.
Sharon McGavick Conference Center on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW