Arts & Entertainment

‘Paper Dragons’ film begins shooting in Puyallup

If you’re in the Puyallup area, be on the lookout for a film crew. “Paper Dragons,” a feature length film writ­ten and directed by Jason Hawkins, is being shot in several different loca­tions around the city of Puyallup.

Filming took place throughout April at the Washington State fair­grounds, downtown Puyallup and South Hill.

The movie is set in a small Wash­ington state town and explores the many different aspects of contempo­rary American life. Themes such as workplace bullying, violence, mental health and problems accessing ade­quate healthcare are explored throughout the film.

“Paper Dragons” follows husband, father and provider, Greyson Bell. Throughout the movie, Greyson struggles to understand a world that values social media likes more than the human heart behind them.

This film is being produced by Cineglyph, LLC, a local full-service production company that specializes in the portrayal of the Pacific North­west through film. The company is ran by Cliff and Tabatha Bennett, who are both veterans and UW commu­nications program alumni.

“The story focuses on what causes someone to snap,” said Tabatha Ben­nett, the executive producer for Cine­glyph, LLC. “‘Paper Dragons’ looks beyond violence, to the whole set of life circumstances that lead a person to say ‘enough is enough.’ Too often our culture looks at the surface causes of violence and not at the many fac­tors that underlie it. Our goal in this film is to make people think — and more importantly to take time to care for one another.”

When Greyson finds that his mas­culine roles are being stripped from him, he quickly spins out of control and turns to violence to cope. The film forces us to ponder: When a man has lost everything, what remains?


Alex Alderman

Alex is studying sustainable urban development. She loves going to events around Tacoma and telling people about them. Her goal is to use her degree to make cities more sustainable.