Night Out @ The Grand

Events for our Community

Annie Wright Schools have partnered with The Grand Cinema to sponsor films relevant to our community, offering free or discounted tickets. Check back for upcoming films. Questions? Please contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216.

Liyana: December 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Annie Wright is sponsoring discounted $5.50 tickets for all to the December 13 screening of Liyana, a beautiful award-winning new film for all ages. This partly animated African tale about a Swazi girl who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers was born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborated to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Learn more.
Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire); “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times); “viscerally emotional” (The Washington Post), I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. Screening introduced and followed by Q&A with Tacoma-based lawyer Erik Bauer, whose work against sex trafficking appears in the film.
GENERATION STARTUP captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. 
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story follows the inspiring journey of 60-pound, 26-year-old Lizzie Velasquez from bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie was bullied as a child and cyber-bullied as a teenager for looking different. After she discovers a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman,” attracting hundreds of vicious comments, she decides to take action, becoming a motivational speaker and lobbyist for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
In Endless Abilities, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film.

From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.

If You Build It follows two designer-activitists as they work with high school students in a poor rural area of North Carolina in a full-scale design and build project that changes their entire community.
Raising Ms. President is a documentary that explores some of the reasons women do not run for office and uncovers where political ambition begins. A panel discussion followed the screening with State Senator Jeannie Darneille, State Representative Laurie Jinkins, and Tacoma City Councilmember Victoria Woodards
Girl Rising is a remarkable film remarkable new film about the power of education to change the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominated journalist Richard E. Robbins, it features nine extraordinary girls from nine developing countries. Their stories are told by nine celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors including Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys and Selena Gomez. Annie Wright Schools partnered with The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to sponsor this film, and not only provided free access to an important film for the South Sound community, but also supported programs around the world through the 10X10 Fund for Girls’ Education, which provides funding for leading charities in educating girls including CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, UNICEF and World Vision.
Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast is a documentary about a remarkable journey. In March 2011 Japan suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a series of equally devastating tsunamis. As the waters receded, an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was washed back into the Pacific - all of which was destined to land on distant shores. In the summer of 2012 three professional kayakers, supported by a staff of mainstream scientists, started an unprecedented journey to paddle the roadless coast of Washington to survey the debris on some of the wildest shoreline and ultimately to bring back their data. This is their story.
Somewhere Between is a documentary film by Linda Goldstein Knowlton that examines what it is like to come-of-age as a trans-racial adoptee in today's America. In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Goldstein Knowlton's deeply moving documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989—a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy—the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.