Where are they now? Chapter 5

Where are they now? Chapter 5

After 5 seasons, 75+ short screenplays read, and 130+ films programmed, DCFF has met so many awesome filmmakers, artists and writers. As we look forward to our 6th annual festival (February 22-24, 2019), we thought this was a great opportunity to check back in with some of our alumni. This is our fifth installment of, “DCFF Alumni: Where are they now?” Please check back for future posts and lots of updates and news about our filmmakers and writers.


Laura CheckowayLaura Checkoway – 2018 DCFF Director,

Laura is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and New York Times Best Selling author with a background in journalism and investigative reporting. Her 2018 film, Edith+Eddie screened at festivals across the world, and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Short. The film is now available on iTunes. Learn more about Laura!







Kevin-Pank-and-Mark-HelenowskiMark Helenowski & Kevin Pang – 2015 DCFF Directors,
 For Grace

Mark and Kevin co-directed the award-winning film, For Grace, which played at dozens of film festivals, and was purchased by Netflix for global distribution. Curtis Duffy, the documentary’s subject, has continued his culinary career and served as a guest judge for the 2018 finale of Top Chef. For Grace is available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Learn more about Mark, and keep up with For Grace news.






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Emily loves movies and Tacoma. Thus, the Destiny City Film Festival was born in 2013 and has been going strong ever since!