Tacoma Pride Film Series
July 12$8 - $10
Official TPF Event
The Grand Cinema & TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival present TWIST Tops
A selection of the very best films from the 2016 TWIST Festival
An evening screening with additional programming and special guests
More about the film: checkitfilm.com
At its heart, CHECK IT explores the undying friendship that exists between the members of the D.C. Check It gang – an unbreakable bond that is tested every day as they fight to stand up for who they are in a community relentlessly trying to beat them down.
At first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped.
Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, beating people into comas and stabbing enemies with ice picks. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery, and drug dealing charges.
Led by an ex-convict named Mo, Check It members are now creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in is a daunting task. Life for the Check It can be brutal, but – it’s also full of hope and an indomitable resilience.
Contains depictions of violence and drug use, nudity, and profanity.
Regular Grand Cinema ticket prices apply, discounts for Grand Cinema and Three Dollar Bill Cinema/TWIST members (matinee $8; $2.50 off for members. Evening $10 general admission, $8 seniors, students with ID, military with ID; $2.50 off for members.)