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March 23, 2017

Highlights for Women & Film April 8 & 9 

WAFDon’t miss this! Gael Towey, in 1990, helped launch Martha Stewart Living magazine. She designed the inaugural issue, initiating the magazine’s distinct and iconic visual style. As creative director, she also helped launch five more magazine titles and several product lines reflecting the changing lifestyles of American women.

Today she travels the world as a storyteller and filmmaker. Her Portraits in Creativity, a series of short-form documentaries, delights in the seduction of creative work. She will attend Women & Film with her Portrait of Sheila Berger, Sat., April 8, 10:15 am at the Rose Theatre. Ms. Berger, a New York painter and sculptor, examining nurturing and the fragility of nature, will also attend.  

Big Sonia  

wafSonia Warshawski is 90-years old and about to be evicted from her tailor shop in an abandoned shopping mall. At first the film seems to be a tribute to Sonia Warshawski as a tailor, then as a survivor and finally, the gift she has to share with us that will stay with you long after the film has ended. Join editor Eric Firth to learn how filmmaker and editor capture this “firefly” on the screen. Masterful editing and animation guides this film from beginning to end. See it April 8, Sat., 1:15 pm., Rose Theatre. 

Kamala Lopez, Director of Equal Means Equal 

wafcomes to Port Townsend after her recent appearance at the United Nations, speaking on behalf of women’s rights world-wide. She was also featured in March on Ms. Magazine.com blog. How many years have women been demanding change? Now more than ever, this conversation about government and gender rights could not be more relevant. Thanks to JCCF Fund for Women & Girls for their support. Now more than ever, this conversation about government and gender rights could not be more relevant. Click HERE for the complete interview.  



Three great reasons to buy your pass now!

We must limit pass sales to the number of seats in the Rose and Rosebud, and all passes have concierge service. Included in your W&F Pass is Saturday evening’s event at Fort Worden’s Wheeler Theatre, 7 p.m. (doors open early so you can save your seat). And don’t miss our “Taps at the Guardhouse” mixer, where you can meet all of our honored guests, 5-6:30 pm, Sat., April 8. See our complete list of films and buy your pass online at www.ptfilmfest.com or call us at 360-379-1333. We take all credit and debit cards, checks and cash!  


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com





March 9, 2017

Women & Film, April 8-9

Join 11 film professionals for two days of unique perspectives on women around the world.

Placeholder imageWhen we opened this program three years ago, there was no way to imagine the quality of talent and insight that lay ahead. This weekend will take us to Chicago, Tel Aviv, Nepal, NYC and Tunisia. We meet artists, orphans, poets and a warrior princess who takes on big Pharma and wins. We share the bittersweet final days of a restaurant created with love and maintained for decades by the queen of the kitchen, Ina Pinkney. And you will meet all of these women! Screening begin each day at 10 am at The Rose Theatre and Rosebud. We have time for lunch, then continue at 1 pm. All pass holders are invited to Taps at the Guardhouse at Fort Worden, 5 p.m. Saturday for a meet and greet with our guests (no host bar, order from the menu), then move over to the Wheeler Theatre at 7 pm to meet Rita Coburn Whack, director of the award-winning documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. She’ll be interviewed by Akuyoe Graham, founder of Spirit Awakening Foundation prior to the show. Q & A follows.

Passes available online ptfilmfest.com. Once you have purchased your passes, you will receive an email from our concierge to select your four film choices. Saturday night’s events are included in your pass.

Bastards y Diablos with actor Dillon Porter, March 16, 7 pm.
By donation 

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We host one more screening of Bastards y Diablos, this time with actor Dillon Porter. The film just won another Audience Choice Award, this time from the Durango Film Festival. Join us at the Balcony Theatre, 211 Taylor St., Suite 401-A. Doors open at 6 pm. After hours admittance requires you to ring our electronic doorbell on the outside door. Elevator to the 4th floor is behind the stairs. Dillon is eager to tell you more stories of filming in Columbia and how the project changed as filming progressed. All donations at the door support the film. 

Reaching Blue with PTFF alum Ian Hinkle,
March 17, 6:30 pm Quimper Unitarian  

Join your neighbors at QUUF, 2333 San Juan Ave., for a screening and reception for the uplifting environmental insight into the fate of our Salish Sea. Produced by PTFF alum, Ian Hinkle, go beneath the surface in our fragile world to fall in love and learn about protecting the gem we call home. Tickets: $10 at the door. Details? Call Kees Kolff

206-295-2275 (kkolff@olympus.net)

Watch the trailer HERE!

Just a note for those who may not know that PTFF lost one of its brightest stars last Monday. Robert Osborne, legendary host of Turner Classic Movies and great friend to our festival, was Peter Simpson’s college roommate. Thanks to Robert, we opened our first festival with Tony Curtis. Thanks to Robert, we hosted Jane Powell, Piper Laurie and countless film lovers who came to Port Townsend in the hope of meeting Robert Osborne. He remained devoted to The Rose Theatre and our Festival through the years, always sharing contact information for guests and cheering us on. We will honor his legacy by carrying the torch for love of cinema and a generous world.


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com





March 1, 2017


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Director and videographer Nico Edwards finds passage on the sailing yacht “Infinity” on an Antarctic expedition and discovers more than just penguins, the seventh continent and open seas. PTFF and the Port Townsend Public Library kick off the annual “Community Read” of Jim Lynch’s “Before the Wind,” with Sea Gypsies at the Wheeler Theatre, and afterwards, Q&A with Edwards. After growing up on a houseboat in Northern California, Edwards is enamored of the “ownerless” ocean and especially enamored of characters who don’t fit in most other places. His stories are about people living creative and alternative lifestyles told to broaden audience perceptions about life’s possibilities. Sea Gypsies is his first feature film. It was originally screened at PTFF’s 2016 Festival. Now you can see it Thurs., March 2, 7 p.m., Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park. Free!

Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library, Port Townsend Film Festival & Kris Nelson’s Family of Restaurants: Sirens Pub, Alchemy Bistro, and The Old Whiskey Mill

View the trailer HERE.

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Unveiling of our 2017 Festival Poster Painting, Fri., March 3, 5:30p 

Don Tiller unveils his new, original painting for our 2017 poster and his new gallery, this Fri., March 3, 5:30 p.m. at Flagship Landing, 1015 Water St. The acrylic painting is a beauty and vividly captures the essence of the Festival. Tiller, a Port Townsend artist, is best known for his fluid, colorful landscapes. He’s captured a luminous downtown in the dark where we celebrate film and community on Taylor St for three nights every September. Thanks, Don.  

First Tuesday Salon Lion March 7, 7:30p Starlight Room with Guests 

Placeholder imagePlease join us on Tues., March 7, at 7:30 in the Starlight Room for a screening of Academy Award nominated Lion, set in India, with Q&A afterwards with David and Julie McCulloch. The son of missionary educators, David grew up in northern India, speaks fluent Hindi, and he and Julie are frequent travelers to India. The story: Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him hundreds of miles across India, away from home and family. He must learn to survive alone in teeming Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. “This heart tugging film roars with strong performances,” says the Seattle Times critic Moira Mcdonald, and “Lion has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay–except it actually happened.” Nominees for Actor/Actress in a Supporting R ole were British actor Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Patel’s breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire, and in 2012 in the highly successful The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Watch Patel giving us the inside story behind the film: HERE.

Women & Film full program will be available next week!!


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com





February 16, 2017


FumikoIn February, 1942, Exclusion Order No. 1 authorized the first “relocation,” targeting Japanese American citizens living on Bainbridge Island, Washington to be taken from their homes on a day’s notice and transported at gunpoint to internment camps. One of them was 31-year-old Fumiko Hayashida, a pregnant mother of two. She was one of 227 members of her community who, dressed in their best clothes, assembled at the Eagle Harbor ferry landing on March 30th, 1942. As they waited to be taken off the Island by armed military escorts, Fumiko, holding her 13-month-old daughter Natalie Kayo, was photographed by a Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer. The photograph has since become a lasting iconic symbol of the internment experience.

A guest of PTFF in 2010, 92-year-old Fumiko Hayashida shared her story with students and audiences. Her tale gains importance in 2017 and underscores the essential role that film and art play in reminding us of decisions based on fear. Thanks to director Lucy Ostrander for bringing “Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol,” to our festival. Here is a clip from the film: https://vimeo.com/83799572 The complete film is available in our PTFF library!  

Sign up for PTFF Adventures, Hear About Our Crazy Beginning and Obstacles We Overcame, Meet NPR Radio Personality Luke Burbank and  

Placeholder imageGet the Dirt on Oscar Contenders at our Gala, Sat., Feb. 25, NW Maritime Center.

Jan Halliday, who covered the west coast for magazines, has created a travel bureau at our Gala with the help of artist Max Grover, Martha Pfanschmidt, David Kellum, and Patti Wickline (Home staging). We offer 20 daytime adventures you can sign up for, including garden tours, berry picking, secrets of boatyards, the fort, and even Bremerton. Most are $135 per person and include lunch! See them HERE.

Guess the most Oscar winners and you can win a $900 membership to the Rose!

See details (champagne, dinner!) and buy your tickets HERE.

Or call us at 360-379-1333. We take checks and all cards!

 

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World, with director Nico Edwards 

Thurs., March 2, 7 p.m., Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park. Free.

Placeholder image Director and videographer Nico Edwards finds passage on the sailing yacht “Infinity” on an Antarctic expedition and discovers more than just penguins, the seventh continent and open seas. PTFF and the Port Townsend Public Library kick off the annual “Community Read” of Jim Lynch’s “Before the Wind,” with Sea Gypsies at the Wheeler Theatre, and afterwards, Q&A with Edwards. After growing up on a houseboat in Northern California, Edwards is enamored of the “ownerless” ocean and especially enamored of characters who don’t fit in most other places. His stories are about people living creative and alternative lifestyles told to broaden audience perceptions about life’s possibilities. Sea Gypsies is his first feature film. It was originally screened at PTFF’s 2016 Festival. Free!

Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library, Port Townsend Film Festival & Kris Nelson’s Family of Restaurants: Sirens Pub, Alchemy Bistro, and The Old Whiskey Mill.


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com





February 3,

  • First Tuesday Salon, Hidden Figures Starlight Room, Feb. 7, 7:30pm
  • Emily Lindin with UnSlut returns February 6-10th
  • Oscar Gala-Was your invitation Overprinted??

First Tuesday Salon, Starlight Room, Feb. 7, 7:30pm, Hidden Figures

hiddenWhat better way to begin Black History Month than with this inspired tale of three savants we meet for the first time in Hidden Figures. Nominated for multiple Oscars, director Ted Melfi brings us the brilliant women whose engineering, mathematics and computing ability, made NASA’s space program triumph. As Joe Morgenstern (Wall St. Journal) reminds us, “Hidden Figures brings us to the breaking of many barriers–space, race AND gender!” Here is a link to the actresses acceptance speech for “Best Ensemble” from The SAG Actors Guild: HERE.
See the trailer HERE.

Order your tickets early for our First Tuesday Salon screening and conversation with Professor Joseph Daccurso following.

Attend free screenings, Q&A with Emily Lindin, Director of The UnSlut Project, Feb. 6-10  

LindinWhen she was 11-years-old, Emily Lindin was labeled a “slut” by classmates and was bullied at school, after school, and online. During all this, she kept a diary. Now a Harvard graduate, author and recent PhD, Lindin began The UnSlut Project by blogging her own middle school diaries. This led to an online community, book, film and personal appearances on television and throughout the world. She’s coming to Port Townsend with her award-winning film, Unslut, Feb. 6-10, to visit classrooms and speak after three public screenings, thanks to over 10 community partner organizations. You can see her:

Mon., Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium, Winslow
Wed., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Chimacum High School Auditorium
Thurs., Feb., 9, 7 p.m. Maier Performance Hall, Port Angeles  

You’ll Love Our PTFF Gala–Even if Your Invite Was a Mess. Sat., Feb. 25.  

galaOur printer is scratching his head on this one. Some of your mailed invitations were mistakenly overprinted with another document. Never fear, just call us at 360-379-1333 and we’ll clarify! Remember, our fundraising event of the year is the night before Oscars, Sat., Feb. 25, 5:30-8:30 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. Doors open at 5 p.m. Your $85 ticket price includes champagne, hors d’oevres, dinner, a dash for the most amazing desserts, and entertainment. We’ll be voting on the next night’s Oscar winners and if you guess correctly, you could win a $900 pass to the Rose Theatre. Ticket sales are brisk, seats are limited to 100.

Please see a description of the evening, our catalogue of adventures, and buy your tickets HERE.


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com



January 28, 2017

  • PTFF Film Fellow Andrew Perez opens at Key City Public Theatre January 27th
  • Emily Lindin with UnSlut returns February 5-10th
  • Oscar Gala February 25th Benefits PTFF & Takes you behind the scenes before you watch the broadcast!

Our 2017 Film Fellow, actor and screenwriter Andrew Perez

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is writing his new screenplay in Port Townsend. He’s hosted by one of our generous donors who extended his stay to the end of February. Now he’s bringing fellow actors from L.A. for a reprisal of Annie Baker’s 2010 Obie Award winning play, The Aliens, at Key City Public Theatre. Andrew, who was here with his first film, Bastards y Diablos, performed this play to a packed house during the 2016 Festival. (Ah, to have the energy of the young again!). Don’t miss this show! To purchase tickets: www.keycitypublictheatre.org or call KCPT’s box office at (360) 385-5289. 



When she was 11-years-old, Emily Lindin

lindinwas labeled a “slut” by classmates and was bullied at school, after school, and online. During all this, she kept a diary. Now a Harvard graduate, author and recent PhD., Lindin began The UnSlut Project by blogging her own middle school diaries. This led to an online community, book, film and personal appearances on television and throughout the world. She’s coming to Port Townsend with her award-winning film, Unslut, Feb. 6-10, to visit classrooms and speak after three public screenings, thanks to over 10 community partner organizations. You can see her:

Mon., Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., BIMA Auditorium Bainbridge Island
Wed., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Chimacum High School Auditorium
Thurs., Feb., 9, 7 p.m. Maier Performance Hall Port Angeles

Oscars! Don’t we love them!

galaThis year we’ve moved our annual fundraising gala to the NIGHT BEFORE THE OSCARS, Sat., Feb. 25, at the NW Maritime Center. That’s so you can help support the Festival AND the next night, curl up in your pajamas and watch the broadcast on your comfortable couch.

The party will be much the same as in the past–with some new twists.

Returning is NPR and Live Wire Radio host, Luke Burbank and his sidekick, Carey. Their wit and love of PTFF will carry the night, along with John Ellis, from the improv/comedy troupe, “The Edge.”

We’ll be screening trailers and telling you the inside story of the nine films nominated by The Academy for Best Feature Film (and a host of other honors). (The person who correctly guesses the winners enters a chance to win a $900 membership to the Rose)!

And, instead of a silent auction, where just one person takes home the prize, everyone will win. We’re offering 20 exciting short trips you can sign up for at a fixed price. These include a tour of Heronswood Garden with Victoria O’Donnell, a tour of the Makah Reservation with travel writer Jan Halliday and a libations tour with designated driver, Janette Force. We’re also doing a dessert dash, and you know how great the bakers in this town are!

Doors open at 5 p.m. for live jazz, appetizers, and our legendary cocktails. Dinner at 6:30 and on with the show. Tickets $85 per person, please reserve your seat by calling 360-379-1333 or buy tickets online HERE.

 

First Tuesday Salon February 7th The Rose Theatre To Be Announced  


Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite
401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com





The 19th Annual Film Festival -September 21, 22 and 23, 2018

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