For Immediate Release

First Annual Auburn Adventure Film Festival
Set for January 2019

Festival takes unique approach to combining film themes with adventure  packages

Auburn, WA, October 24, 2018 – Lead by acclaimed film writer and director, Warren Etheredge, and hosted by the City of Auburn Tourism Division, the first annual Auburn Adventure Film Festival will debut January 18-20.

“Life is an adventure, and adventure can take form in many different lenses, whether it is in the world of travel, sports, photography, culinary arts or nature. The topics that we are focusing on in this festival are meant to convey just that,” said City of Auburn Tourism Coordinator Lorraine Chachere.

A Unique Approach: Film and Adventure

Building on the city’s ongoing promotion of Auburn as a place to “Cho0se Your Own Adventure,” the festival offers a unique structure that allows the audience to fully engage in the topic of their choice.

“We are creating something new with the Auburn Adventure Film Festival. More than a collection of exciting movies, the AAFF promises a unique experience for anyone who attends and opts to… experience the movies,” said Warren, who is leading the event as Festival Director.

Film packages will be complemented by a thematically-related adventure for the audience – everything from a game of grown-up tag with “professionals,” to ice skating in the heart of the city, sampling international street food and exclusive tours of the mountaineering exhibit at the White River Valley Museum.

“Movies are adventures. Growing up in New York City, I had everything at my fingertips, yet true adventure could still feel a million miles away. Movies were my escape, my travel, my transport, my white-knuckled, daredevil excursions into unknown worlds and novel ideas. I could sail on golden voyages with Sinbad, survive natural disasters in Sensurround®, and travel to Kubrick’s imagined edges of the universe in 70mm. Later, I would climb the highest peaks in IMAX and immerse myself in fantastical locales, courtesy of cutting-edge VR. Most importantly, I could experience others’ lives, completely foreign to mine, and thus, revelatory. Movies allow me, allow us, to live multiple lifetimes within our own.”

“We want folks to make memories in addition to seeing movies. No festival has ever undertaken such an adventure, yet this seems perfectly in the spirit of Auburn, a city where fun of all sorts is within walking distance and new experiences create richer lives,” said Warren.

Films screenings will take place at the Auburn Avenue Theater in downtown Auburn.

About Warren

Warren Etheredge has worked on the film festival circuit for 20 years. He cut his teeth during a 3-year stint with the Seattle International Film Festival, then went on to serve as the Curator/Director of the 1 Reel Film Festival (at Bumbershoot) for six years which, during his tenure, was the best-attended celebration of short films in the nation. In 2017,along with Nancy Dragun, he launched the Walla Walla Movie Crush, America’s most intoxicating blend of shorts staged every July at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. Additionally, Warren has been with the Rainier Independent Film Festival since its inception and is a fixture at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, at both, he assumes many roles as an interviewers, screening host, workshop facilitator, programming consultant and awards emcee. Warren has also staged/hosted events at Sundance, SXSW, Port Townsend, Bend and other festivals.

About the City of Auburn:

Today’s Auburn is the perfect mix of a modern city and rich, historic charm, with roots dating back to the 1850s. Auburn began as a small farming settlement nestled in a fertile valley and quickly became a Pacific Northwest commerce center. Exploring Auburn takes you through unique and special entertainment experiences afforded by Emerald Downs, White River Amphitheater, Muckleshoot Casino, The Outlet Collection, and nearby, Pacific Raceways. Affectionately known as the gateway to Mt. Rainier, Auburn offers everything for the outdoor enthusiast including bike trails, golf courses, fishing areas and an extensive parks and trails system. Historical attractions such as the White River Valley Museum, Mary Olson Farm and Neely Mansion also allow you to get in touch with Auburn’s charming colonial heritage.

Auburn’s downtown is filled with repurposed brick buildings from its early days and has been revitalized to showcase its pioneer heritage with an emphasis on early 1900s architecture. Today, downtown Auburn provides a gathering place for large-scale events such as our nationally renowned Veterans’ Day Parade, the largest parade celebration west of the Mississippi River.

Contact info: Lorraine Chachere, lchachere@auburnwa.gov, 253-876-1978