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Films everywhere you look!

First Tuesday Salon TIM’S VERMEER April 1, 7:15pm, Starlight Room
MORE THAN FRYBREAD: An invitation to the Jamestown S’Klallam Community Center to meet filmmakers & screening April 17
NEBRASKA with Academy Nominee Screenwriter Bob Nelson & Moira Macdonald speaking May 4 Noon at the Rose Theatre

vermeerOur friend, Seattle Times reviewer Moira Macdonald writes of TIM’S VERMEER,

“the documentary is about many things — art history, technology, painting technique, beauty—but ultimately it’s a beguiling study of fascination. (Or, some might say, obsession.).” We follow a five year journey of discovery using ancient and modern tools to understand the seemingly impossible accomplishment of 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. Join us after the film for salon-style conversation up in the Starlight Room, with local artist and technician Terry Tennesen describing his own use of ancient tools such as the camera obscura. The magic of perspective, physics and mathematics play a crucial role in art. What a rare opportunity to explore work where art and craft are one.

See the trailer: HERE

MORE THAN FRYBREAD: April 17, Filmmaker workshop, Dinner and Film, Jamestown S’Klallam Community Center. Free! Must RSVP!!

frybreadDon’t miss this opportunity to have dinner, see a wonderful documentary, meet the filmmaker and audition for his next project.

Meet Director Holt Hamilton, one of a very small handful of filmmakers, if not the only one, who continues to make successful contemporary Native American films outside the Hollywood system. Following dinner, see the award winning feature documentary, MORE THAN FRYBREAD.

The fictional film takes a larger than life turn in the final round as the four finalists battle for pride, prize money and a trip to the National World Wide Frybread Association Championship in New York City. This is the hottest contest on earth, leaving audiences truly laughing out loud and hungry for some fantastic frybread!
See the trailer: HERE

Following a Q & A with the crew, audition for Hamilton’s upcoming feature, LEGENDS FROM THE SKY. For more information on his project and a list of roles, visit his website: HERE

For all budding filmmakers, there will be a film workshop with Director Travis Holt Hamilton at 3:30 pm in the Red Cedar Hall of the Community Center, 1033 Old Blyn Hwy Sequim, WA. For more informationand RSVP to Bonnie Roos, 360-582-5783 or broos@jamestowntribe.org Thanks for the invitation!

nebraskaNEBRASKA with Academy Nominee Screenwriter Bob Nelson & Moira Macdonald on stage,
May 4, Noon at the Rose Theatre. Tickets $12

One special screening on Sunday, with the Northwest’s own Bob Nelson, in a conversation following with Seattle Times film editor, Moira Macdonald. She writes, “Bob Nelson’s “Nebraska” is a great story, both on and off the screen. Join me on Sunday at noon to watch the film – one of 2013’s best, to my mind – and to chat with Bob about the writing of his first screenplay and the ten-year journey that took him all the way to the Oscars.”

Tickets online at rosetheatre.com

 

 

 

Mark the Date: GROUND OPERATIONS, about healing PTSD-suffering soldiers in the garden, opens May 5 for a one-week whirlwind tour with the filmmakers. Details on our website: ptfilmfest.com/events

Yes, spring has certainly sprung!

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 <http://www.ptfilmfest.com>

February 25, 2014

•    It’s not too late for Oscar Tickets- sales end Friday, Feb. 28th
•    Half the Sky screening at Port Townsend High School Feb 28 & March 1st
•    First Tuesday Salon March 4th GLORIA 7:45pm Starlight Room
•    Banff Film Festival Returns to the Uptown Theatre Sunday March 9th


Celebrate Oscar© Film and Philanthropy
March 2nd 3:30pm for the Live Broadcast 
“The Envelope Please…”


$55 for an evening of fun, film, philanthropy and a 5-course meal- such a deal!  Join us at the NW Maritime on Sunday, March 2nd at 3:30pm. Advance ticket sales end on Friday, Feb. 28th at 4pm.

Yup, it’s the best party of the season and an important chance for PTFF to tell our story.
Join our host TR Boyce, dressed in his tuxedo, ready to help PTFF in our annual fundraising event.  Help us make our $10,000 Match Grant!  
You can dress as your favorite movie star or wear your PJ’s, if that’s what floats your boat. Wear jeans or gowns, and be prepared to root for our own Bruce Dern as Best Actor in NEBRASKA!  Limited seating.  If tickets remain, price at the door will be $65.  Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW!


PTFF supports PT High School senior project! 
Screening two nights: 8pm
Friday Feb. 28 & Sat. March 1st


Rilke Rutenbeck hosts her senior project at Port Townsend High School, a two-night event presenting selected subjects from the award winning documentary HALF THE SKY.   Admission for the event is by donation.  Proceeds will benefit Dove House Advocacy Services.”

Join a conversation following the film each night, to learn more about how we can build a stronger safety net for women and girls in our community and around the world. If this film resonates in Port Townsend like MISS REPRESENTATION and GIRL RISING, it should be a spirited event.  PTFF is underwriting the licensing fee for this project, supported by the Peter Simpson Education Fund.

Watch the trailer: HERE

First Tuesday Salon March 4th
GLORIA 7:20pm in the Rosebud


First Tuesday Salon returns to the Starlight Room next Tuesday, to enjoy one of the best new foreign films of the year.  GLORIA introduces us to a marvelous performance by Chilean actress, Paulina Garcia.  Moira MacDonald wrote in the Seattle Times, “We travel her life with her, and start carrying what she carries: a bad marriage, an emptiness where her children used to be, a neighbor who frighteningly shouts at night, a man who’ll give himself to her in bed, but not in life. And by the end, we dance with her, living in the moment as she does, not looking ahead to life’s next turn.”

Joining us for a conversation following the film will be Sana Gomes, filmmaker and newest member of the PTFF staff.  As a native Brazilian, she will provide perspective on the life of a modern woman in South America.

Banff Film Festival Returns to the Uptown Theatre
Sunday March 9th


Welcome back Banff Mountain Film for the 3rd year, this time in the newly remodeled Uptown Theatre.  From approximately 350 films entered into Banff’s annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe in this event.

Join Mountain Gear when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Port Townsend, at the Uptown Theatre on March 9th 7:30pm.

For tickets and information click HERE  or visit the Banff Mountain Film Website: 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

February 14, 2014

•    Robert Horton Sunday, February 16th  at the PT High School Auditorium
•    Half the Sky screening at Port Townsend High School February 28 & March 1st
•    Celebrate Oscar© Film and Philanthropy on March 2nd “The Envelope Please…”
•    Banff Film Festival Returns to the Uptown Theatre Sunday, March 9th

A Feast on Film: How Food Becomes Art in the Movies 
3pm Sunday, February 16th

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Many movies have whetted the audience’s appetite with lavish displays of culinary skill, but a delicious few have celebrated the way food can become an art, even a practice of deep—sometimes life and death—meaning. Join film scholar Robert Horton as we savor the movies’ ability to make a meal of our dreams, from deluxe banquets to Charlie Chaplin’s boiled shoes. Included on the menu: clips from films such as Babette’s Feast, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Big Night. 

Suggested donation of $15.00 supports The Jefferson Clemente Course. Click HERE to learn more.

PTFF supports PT High School senior project! half
Screening two nights:
8pm Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1st


It’s always exciting to watch our community appreciate film as a tool for education. High school senior, Rilke Rutenbeck contacted our office for help with a film screening and we are thrilled to assist her!   Rilke writes:  “My senior project is a two-night event presenting parts of the documentary based on the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The film examines the global issues of gender-based violence, sex trafficking/forced prostitution, and women's economic empowerment. 
 
Admission for the event is by donation.  Proceeds will benefit Dove House Advocacy Services.”

Join a conversation following the film each night, to learn more about how we can build a stronger safety net for women and girls in our community and around the world. If this film resonates in Port Townsend like MISS REPRESENTATION and GIRL RISING, it should be a spirited event.  PTFF is underwriting the licensing fee for this project, supported by the Peter Simpson Education Fund.

Watch the trailer:  HERE.

Celebrate Oscar© Film and Philanthropy
March 2nd @ 3:30pm for the Live Broadcast  “The Envelope Please…”
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$55 for an evening of fun, film, philanthropy and a 5 course meal- such a deal!  Join us at the NW Maritime on Sunday, March 2nd at 3:30pm.  This just in for our silent auction: we’ve added three maritime adventures, a tasting & private tour at Bainbridge Organic Distillers & incredible jewelry by Takara Designs (as seen in Elle magazine and Martha Stewart Living).  Items & adventures are continuously being added! Click HERE to get yours now.


Sip champagne & nibble appetizers while we watch The Red Carpet and listen to live jazz with The Rex Rice Trio (yes, you can bid on them, too!).   At 5pm our 5 course buffet dinner opens, thanks to sponsor The Silverwater Café.  Then, settle at your table for the 5:30pm live broadcast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards with host, the hilarious Ellen DeGeneres.

And, you might recognize our event host, TR Boyce, from the 2013 film festival.  T.R. Boyce is the producer and winner of our Best Narrative Feature last year, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM.  He will be dressed in his tuxedo, ready to help PTFF in our annual fundraising event.  Help us make our $10,000 Match Grant!
 
You can dress as your favorite movie star or wear your PJ’s, if that’s what floats your boat. Wear jeans or gowns, and be prepared to root for our own Bruce Dern as Best Actor in NEBRASKA!  Limited seating.  If tickets remain, price at the door will be $65. 

Banff Film Festival Returns to the Uptown Theatrebanff
Sunday March 9th


Welcome back Banff Mountain Film for the 3rd year, this time in the newly remodeled Uptown Theatre.  From approximately 350 films entered into Banff’s annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe in this event.

Join Mountain Gear when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Port Townsend, at the Uptown Theatre on March 9th 7:30pm.

For tickets and information click HERE or visit the Banff Mountain Film Website: HERE.

That should keep us busy this winter!

 

January 30, 2014


davisNot a comedy, not a tragedy- no, it’s the  life of a folk musician!  Critics are struggling to describe the latest marvel from the Coen Brothers:  “Hilarious in the Coens' weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing. This movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways, ” Mary Ann Johansen says on her film blog.  Bill Goodykoontz writes “This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can't really appreciate what you've seen until it's over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.”  Click HERE to view the trailer.

And as we see in the film, the journey of a folk singer is not for the faint of heart.  So let’s talk with international singer songwriter Simon Lynge about his own path from the mountains of Greenland to the international stage and then to his life in Port Townsend with his family.  The choices that face all artists are the stuff of legend- in poetry, song, sculpture and symphony.  What are the moments that define a career and that forever alter the direction in which we believe we are headed?

Join PTFF Director Janette Force as she invites Simon to take us on the road as singer songwriter in the 21st century.  He wasn’t around Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, but there are clearly some common elements. (hint- no icebergs in Greenwich Village, no subways in Greenland).
To learn more about Simon’s latest project and hear some of his music, click HERE.

Celebrate Oscar© Film and Philanthropy on March 2nd 3:30pm for the Live Broadcast

“The Envelope Please…”


Hooray, it’s Oscar © time again!  Tickets go on sale Feb 1st  $55 for an evening of fun, film, philanthropy and a 5 course meal.  Join us at the NW Maritime on Sunday, March 2nd at 3:30p.  Our silent auction includes private coffee roasting lessons, a get away to San Francisco, exclusive tour of Protection Island and much more!  Sip champagne & nibble appetizers while we watch The Red Carpet broadcast and listen to live jazz with The Rex Rice Trio (yes, you can bid on them, too!).   At 5pm our buffet dinner opens, thanks to sponsor The Silverwater Café.  Then, settle at your table by 5:30pm in time for the live broadcast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards with host, the hilarious Ellen DeGeneres.

And, you might recognize our PTFF host from the 2013 film festival.  T.R. Boyce is the producer of our Best Narrative Feature, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM.  He will be dressed in his tuxedo, ready to help PTFF in our annual fundraising event.  Once again we have been offered a $10,000 Match Grant, making our film education outreach programs a reality.  So be prepared to raise your paddle in support of the world-class film opportunities PTFF has been creating for 15 years.  Dinner will be followed by fruit & cheese, dessert, chocolate and a No Host bar serving our legendary Area 51 organic cocktails.

You can dress as your favorite movie star or wear your PJ’s, if that is what makes you comfortable.  Wear jeans or gowns, and be prepared to root for our own Bruce Dern as Best Actor in NEBRASKA!  Limited seating.  If tickets remain, price at the door will be $65.

That should keep us busy this winter!



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 22, 2014

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Annual Fundraiser Sing A Long
Saturday January 25th
with Costumes, prizes
Noon and 10PM
Adults 21 and older movie at 10pm with Organic Cocktails!
All Tickets $15 Rose Theatre.com

From the ridiculous to the sublime, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, has something for everyone. Julie Taymor’s brilliant weaving of Beatles songs into a tapestry that captures 5 years of the tumultuous 1960’s will dazzle you on the Big Screen at The Rose! And your ticket benefits PTFF’s year round efforts to bring world class film and conversation into our community.
We need fun on these dark winter days, SO, of course there will be a costume contest! Here’s your chance to win a 2014 Film Festival Pass for unlimited films and dinner on Taylor St (a $185 value!!).
The 10pm screening is Adults only. Sip on an Organic Cocktail from Area 51 thanks to our sponsor, Bainbridge Organic Distillers.

From the ridiculous to the sublime, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, has something for everyone. Julie Taymor’s brilliant weaving of Beatles songs into a tapestry that captures 5 years of the tumultuous 1960’s will dazzle you on the Big Screen at The Rose! And your ticket benefits PTFF’s year round efforts to bring world class film and conversation into our community.
We need fun on these dark winter days, SO, of course there will be a costume contest! Here’s your chance to win a 2014 Film Festival Pass for unlimited films and dinner on Taylor St (a $185 value!!).
The 10pm screening is Adults only- Sip on an Organic Cocktail from Area 51 thanks to our sponsor, Bainbridge Organic Distillers.

Award winning filmmaker Pelin Esmer Arrives January 24th, 2014

esmerWhat an honor to host award-winning Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer with her film, Watchtower, January 24-26, 2014, part of the Caravanserai program introducing Western audiences to the Muslim faith using art as a common language. You will have 4 opportunities to meet her:
KPTZ 91.9 FM on Friday, January 24th, during Phil Andrus’s show, “Tossed Salad” at 1:30pm.
Friday evening at 7 pm, Watchtower will screen at the Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, followed by a conversation with Esmer and film educator Bruce Hattendorf.
On Saturday, January 25, at 2 pm, Esmer will discuss the topic of women as artists in Muslim countries at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, with host Martha Trolin.
Sunday, January 26th, at noon at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend, Watchtower will screen for a second time, featuring a conversation with Ms. Esmer and Bruce Hattendorf.
All events are presented free of charge, supported by The Peter Simpson Education Fund, PTFF, Centrum, Commander’s Beach House, PT Arts Commission, Jefferson County Library, Peninsula College, the Doris Duke Foundation, Arts Mid West and Caravanserai. For details, visit our website: HERE.

New Film Series hosted by Local 2020

With 12 free movies about food, over 2 months, in 9 different locations, including Quilcene, Chimacum, Port Hadlock, and Port Townsend, choose what you are moved to watch once you peruse the menu of movie options. Once the PDF poster is open, click on the movie titles for trailers to the films.

See poster HERE or HERE. Discussions follow each movie for those who wish to continue the conversation. This film series is a collaboration between the PT Food Coop, Local 2020, and Citizens for Local Food with much assistance from Meaningful Movies in Seattle, as well as the various organizations associated with some venues: PT High School Students for Sustainability, both Chimacum and Quimper Granges and Quilcene's Ninth Night.

This film series has something for every body. For more information, contact Judy at: lightenup@olympus.net.

That should keep us busy this winter!

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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 9, 2014

WELCOME TO THE NEW UPTOWN THEATRE FRIDAY 7:30pm
Test Screening for a new feature film January 18th 10:30am Rose Theatre
Turkish Filmmaker Pelin Esmer appears in Port Angeles and Port Townsend January 24, 25 & 26th Free Screenings and Lecture
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE  Sing A Long January 25th with Costumes, Prizes and Cocktails for the 10pm show



We are thrilled to report that the Uptown is reopening this Friday evening with a 7:30pm screening for the controversial film THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.  Be there to help celebrate and support this great new chapter in the life of the Uptown Theatre.  New seats, new carpet, fantastic digital images and YOU!  VIP seating is available for $12, can’t wait to experience those new seats, Rick, congratulations on your achievement.

The LA Times writes, “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is a big, sprawling story that involves the actual fleecing of the unsuspecting, along with hard partying, Swiss bank accounts, wiretaps, bribery, more hard partying, money laundering and, weirdly, friendship and family.  And, man, does this movie have a savage bite!”

Watch the trailer: HERE.

Be part of a new film project- attend this FREE
Test Screening Jan. 18th 10:30 am
Reservations Required


A special advance test screening of Port Townsend filmmaker Ward Serrill's story of one man's quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound.   A test screening allows a director to gain perspective and feedback on a film as it is being edited in it’s final stages.  Following the film, the audience will be encouraged to provide their insight, for the director’s benefit.

The film features the extraordinary life and work of country singer turned brain researcher and shaman of sound, Tom Kenyon, as he journeys from his homeland in Washington state to: the stage on Broadway, giant caves in the south of France, the golden-chandeliered symphony halls of Vienna and finally to the snowy peaks of Tibet.
Admission is free but you must RSVP HERE.


Award winning filmmaker
Pelin Esmer
Arrives January 24th, 2014


Port Townsend Film Festival and Centrum welcome award-winning Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer with her film, Watchtower, January 24-26, 2014, part of the Caravanserai program introducing Western audiences to the Muslim faith using art as a common language. Esmer’s first appearance in Port Townsend will be on on KPTZ 91.9 FM on Friday, January 24th, during Phil Andrus’s show, “Tossed Salad” at 1:30pm.

•    Friday evening at 7 pm, Watchtower will screen at the Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, followed by a conversation with Esmer and film educator Bruce Hattendorf.

•    On Saturday, January 25, at 2 pm, Esmer will discuss the topic of women as artists in Muslim countries at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, with host Martha Trolin.

•    Sunday, January 26th, at noon at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend, Watchtower will screen for a second time, featuring a conversation with Ms. Esmer and Bruce Hattendorf.

All events are presented free of charge, supported by The Peter Simpson Education Fund, PTFF, Centrum, Commander’s Beach House, PT Arts Commission, Jefferson County Library, Peninsula College, the Doris Duke Foundation, Arts Mid West and Caravanserai.  For details, visit our website

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 
Annual Fund Raiser Sing A Long
Saturday January 25th
withCostumes, prizes
Noon and 10PM. 
Cocktails available at the 10pm screening only.
All Tickets $15


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the revolutionary rock musical created in 2008 by visionary artist & choreographer Julie Taymor.  Taymor is responsible for the amazing costumes and puppetry created for THE LION KING musical. SO, of course there will be a costume contest!  Here’s your chance to win a 2014 Film Festival Pass for unlimited films and dinner on Taylor St (a $185 value!!).

All proceeds will benefit year round programming and our goal of bringing audiences and filmmakers together. Please join us at The Rose Theatre on January 25, 2014 at noon or 10pm for this NOT TO BE MISSED benefit screening of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Sip on an Organic Cocktail from Area 51 (on sale at the late show only.  Must be 21 yrs and older to attend the 10pm screening).

Enjoy this teaser – er, I mean trailer:  HERE.


See you at the movies,



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 3, 2014

Special Screening January 3-4-5 BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
First Tuesday Salon January 7th NEBRASKA  ~ 7:45pm Startlight Room
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE  Sing A Long January 25th with Costumes, Prizes and Cocktails for the 10pm show



Special Screening January 3-4-5
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

You must be 18 or older to attend these special screenings of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR at The Rose Theatre because of explicit sexual content.  The nearly 3 hr film opens at 9:10pm Friday & Saturday evenings plus a Sunday matinee at noon. 
Says The Detroit News:  “It is much more than a romantic film- it explores the spectrum of romance — flirtation, discovery, lust, domesticity, cooling, longing, betrayal, break-up and the grave aching of  love lost. It’s built around an extraordinary performance by then 18-year-old Adèle Exarchopoulos, She brings exuberance and passion to the role, as well as innocent-yet-fiery sensuality, but she also keeps Adèle grounded and vulnerable. And can she own a screen! It’s a brilliant performance in an astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.

Rocky Friedman sums it up simply, “It is SO damn French!”

First Tuesday Salon January 7th
NEBRASKA    
7:45pm Statlight Room


With all the Oscar buzz about this film, it is even more satisfying to recall when Bruce Dern was our guest for the 12th Annual PT Film Festival.  When he left us that September, he was headed straight to the location to begin shooting with Alexander Payne.

Please join us on Tuesday evening at 7:45p for a conversation following this “performance of a lifetime” by our PTFF alum.  
Bruce speaks highly of his time with us and when he was premiering the film at Sundance last January, he sent his greetings  to all of us, thanks to Jane Julian, PTFF programmer who was there for the opening.  Thanks, also, to Bob Rosen current legend in Quilcene, who worked with Bruce in Hollywood and convinced him that our festival was worth the trip.  Sorry, Bob Rosen will not be joining us for First Tuesday, as he is celebrating his 40th birthday!  Happy Birthday Mr. Rosen!!

Starlight Room has only 45 seats, so plan to arrive early for this event or buy your tickets  HERE.
Watch the trailer HERE.

And our friend at the Kitsap Sun, Michael Moore, shared this insight on the film, Dern and what art contributes to our understanding of ourselves - HERE.

Wonderful insight, Michael!

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 
Annual Fund Raiser Sing A Long Saturday, January 25th 
with costumes, prizes at Noon and 10PM. 
Cocktails available at the 10pm screening only.
All Tickets $15

Remember, these events sell out.  We all know the words to every Beatles song, now lets sing together to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the revolutionary rock musical created in 2008 by visionary artist & choreographer Julie Taymor.  Taymor is responsible for the amazing costumes and puppetry created for THE LION KING musical. SO, of course there will be a costume contest!  Here’s your chance to win a 2014 Film Festival Pass for unlimited films and dinner on Taylor St (a $185 value!!).
 
This musical tribute to the 1960’s has beautiful cinematography, fantastic music and is guaranteed to blast away your winter blues.  All proceeds will benefit year round programming and our goal of bringing audiences and filmmakers together. Please join us at The Rose Theatre on January 25, 2014 at noon or 10pm for this NOT TO BE MISSED benefit screening of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Sip on an Organic Cocktail from Area 51 (on sale at the late show only.  Must be 21 yrs and older to attend the 10pm screening).

Enjoy this teaser – er, I mean trailer: HERE.


See you at the movies,



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

December 26, 2013

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Our Breathtakin Promo Reel

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December 19, 2013

Our First Documentary Project: SLEEPING ON POTATOES
HO HO HO! Festival Passes make great gifts
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE - Sing A Long January 25th with Costumes, prizes and cocktails for the 10pm show

SLEEPING ON POTATOES
carlCarl Nomura has served our community for OVER 30 years, but few people know about his remarkable roots and how they have inspired a life of service. Port Townsend Film Festival is proud to debut as Executive Producer for this project that is taking shape thanks to community member, Barbara Berthiaume’s curiosity and the talent of local filmmaker, Ellen Frick of Wallfly Films. Here is a short clip.

What’s next? Securing the funding for color correction, image licenses, music and distribution. Be a part of this historic project! Contact Barbara Berthiaume (360) 437-0423 (360) 301-6207 or donate on our website and indicate you want to support SLEEPING ON POTATOES.

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Annual Fund Raiser Sing A Long Saturday January 25th with Costumes, prizes
Shows at Noon and 10PM.
Cocktails available at the 10pm screening only.
All Tickets $15

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Remember, these events sell out. We all know the words to every Beatles song, now lets sing together to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the revolutionary rock musical created in 2008 by visionary artist & choreographer Julie Taymor. Taymor is responsible for the amazing costumes and puppetry created for THE LION KING musical. SO, of course there will be a costume contest! Here’s your chance to win a 2014 Film Festival Pass for unlimited films and dinner on Taylor St (a $185 value!!).

This musical tribute to the 1960’s has beautiful cinematography, fantastic music and is guaranteed to blast away your winter blues. All proceeds will benefit year round programming and our goal of bringing audiences and filmmakers together. Please join us at The Rose Theatre on January 25, 2014 at noon or 10pm for this NOT TO BE MISSED benefit screening of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Sip on an Organic Cocktail from Area 51 (on sale at the late show only. Must be 21 yrs and older to attend the 10pm screening).

Enjoy this teaser – er, I mean trailer: HERE

See you at the movies,

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Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI
211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
P.O. Box 594
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

November 27, 2013ptff

First Tuesday Salon Dec 3rd DALLAS BUYER CLUB  7pm  at The Starlight Room with Guest Tom Duke   ONLY 45 GORGEOUS SEATS, remember?
Final Global Lens Dec 5th THE PARADE 7pm Fort Worden School House
Support for the Uptown Theatre Upgrade & Remodel
The Rose Theatre featured in The Credits

First Tuesday Salon Dec. 3rd 7pm 
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in The Starlight Room 
with guest, Tom Duke LMHC, CDP


“Both a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical industry in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based “Dallas Buyers Club” is one of the best films of the year.

Working from a screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, director Jean-Marc Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) delivers a stylistically gritty film that might have been made during the era it depicts — if not for the fact that Hollywood was notoriously slow to acknowledge the reality of AIDS.  Spurred to action by the likes of Rock Hudson, who revealed he had AIDS in 1985.  

McConaughey is terrific as a man who refuses to let other people tell him how to live — or die. But arguably, Jared Leto is even more impressive, deftly sidestepping caricature to get to his character Rayon’s essence.

"This is the rare film that not only entertains, but enlightens.”  Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

For our First Tuesday Salon conversation following the film, PTFF is pleased to welcome back Tom Duke counselor and activist, with his own unique perspective on the AIDS epidemic that swept thru the world and continues today.

Watch the trailer HERE.

Final Global Lens Dec 5th
THE PARADE
7pm Fort Worden School House


It is with deep gratitude we announce the end of The Global Film Initiative partnership that has allowed 8 yrs of world class film from around the world to be screened by PTFF.  We are currently searching for a replacement for this dynamic community conversation with film.  Stay tuned for details.

The final film in this Global Lens series is THE PARADE.  Surprisingly, Parada (The Parade), written and directed by Srđan Dragojević, isn't a solemn arthouse lecture; it's a cheeky, crowdpleasing comedy about a former Serbian para who gets a job providing security at Pride. It begins with a glossary of the slang – "Chetnik", "Balija", "Shiptar" – by which the various factions in the Yugoslavian war fondly referred to one another, before ending with the one "used by everyone": "peder" ("faggot"). That sort of worldly cynicism is how Dragojević goads Serbian audiences into his comedy's embrace; his lead character, Limun, has to head out on the road to corral former sparring partners from the war – a Croat, a Bosnian and Kosovan Albanian – into his Seven Samurai-style bodyguard squad.  This film was the top box office gross in Serbia for 2011!

The film is subtitled, but this trailer is not and it is still hilarious.

PTFI, Peninsula College and Goddard College are partnering to make the screening of this film possible. Audience is welcome to attend, free of charge, and participate in a post-film discussion on December 5th, 7 pm at the Fort Worden Schoolhouse. Parking permits are available for the event.

Support for the Uptown Theatre Upgrade & Remodel

We are so fortunate to have TWO historic theatres in our town, both independently owned and operated.  PTFF is proud to support both of them.  The Wiley family has an Indie Go Go funding opportunity for us to support their conversion to digital screening and remodel of their Uptown Theatre.  Please contribute at whatever level you can, as they bring another wonderful building into the 21st century: HERE. 

The Rose Theatre featured in “The Credits”

The journey from 35mm film to digital content in small theatres around the world is beautifully captured in this article featuring our own, Rocky Friedman.  Enjoy it HERE.

Happy holidays, remember that FILM FESTIVAL PASSES make wonderful gifts!  Click HERE.

See you at the movies,




Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI
211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
P.O. Box 594
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

 

November 1, 2013

Global Lens Continues Nov 7th  BEIJING FLICKERS 7pm
First Tuesday Salon November 5th 7:20 pm  ALL IS LOST with Special Guests
2013 Films have arrived in the PTFF Library!
Did you vote for Gotham Awards yet??

Global Lens Continues Nov 7th  BEIJING FLICKERS 7pm
Filmmaker Zhang Yuan’s feature “ Beijing Flickers”, beautifully portrays the reality behind the city’s economic boom. San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, he roams the city with other young dreamers and encounters flickers of euphoria amidst his own despair and the urban blight, in this darkly funny, gorgeously gritty portrait of disaffected youth. Trailer

PTFI, Peninsula College and Goddard College are partnering to make the screening of this film possible. Audience is welcome to attend, free of charge, and participate in a post-film discussion on November 7th, 7 pm at the Fort Worden Schoolhouse. Parking permits are available for the event.

First Tuesday Salon November 5th 7:20 pm The Rose Theatre


ALL IS LOST with Guest Mariners including legendary blue water sailor James ‘Daubie’ Daubenberger!

Writes Peter Howell in the Toronto Star, “ It’s a magnificent and awards-beckoning performance by Redford, who hasn’t seemed this caught up in a film for a good 20 years or more. He did much of his own stunt work, including clambering up the mast of the Virginia Jean during one of many attempts to keep his boat afloat. We get so engrossed in Our Man’s dire circumstances, the film’s Spartan design threatens to work against itself. We know so little about Our Man, his interior life remains closed to us, apart from his Job-like determination.”
Screening a “real life sea adventure” in a town like ours is brave indeed.  Join us for a conversation following the film to discuss how true to life the film was and how Robert Redford managed this remarkable feat.  
View the trailer HERE.


Your PTFF Library Card just got more valuable!

Just like Lili, the Librarian promised, many of our festival films from 2013 are now available for lending.  Bring your card to prove you are a member of PTFF.  Films are available thanks to the generosity of our filmmakers.

Did you vote for Gotham Awards yet??

And, finally, if you have not already voted for your favorite films for the Gotham Awards (seven of the nominees are PTFF Alums!) there is still time- here is the link:

Thanks for supporting these incredible artists!

See you at the movies,




Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI
211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
P.O. Box 594
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

 

October 16, 2013ptff

Global Lens Continues at Library Learning Center Thursday Oct. 17th  7pm
INCREDIBLE JOURNEY comes to Carnegie Library Oct. 19th 7pm
Free Screening THE LAST OCEAN Saturday Oct 19th Uptown Theatre in support of their Kickstarter Project

Always write thank you notes.  
This image was so lovely, I wanted to share it with French director, Nicolas Deveaux.  

He responded:

Hi Janette,
I am the director of "5 meters 80" the film with the diving giraffes. thank you very much for your mail. It was very sympathical to watch your photo. It is rare to have such a return.
I hope you don't have this kind of weather all the festival long. I am very happy to see that, despite the weather, the people come.   Regards,

Nicolas Deveaux


This is one reason that I love my job.

Global Lens Continues at Library Learning Center
Thursday Oct. 17th 7pm with STUDENT

PTFI invites you to take a 90 minute trip to Kazakhstan in this broodingly contemporary adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. STUDENT portrays a solitary philosophy student who steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime, spurred on by postmodern musings and a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of “eat or be eaten”. Director Darezhan Omirbayev, whose awards include the Cannes Film Festival, takes the literary classic into a unique direction by rooting his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan’s new capitalist era.


The Global Lens Film Series promotes cross cultural understanding through cinema and is brought to the Library’s Learning Center (1220 Lawrence Street) free of charge, thanks to a partnership between the PT Film Institute, Goddard College, Peninsula College and the PT Public Library. The film starts at 7pm and is followed by a facilitated discussion led by DD Wigley. Next on the series is “Life Kills Me” (Chile), on October 24th at the Fort Worden Schoolhouse.



Free Screening THE LAST OCEAN Saturday Oct 19th
Uptown Theatre in support of their Kickstarter Project




Thanks to our friend & director, Peter Young, PTFI will be hosting a free matinee screening of THE LAST OCEAN on Saturday, October 19th at  The Uptown Theatre in support of their fundraising for digital conversion.  Screening begins at 1PM.  For details visit The Uptown Theater website: HERE or call 360-379-3883.  To support the final days of the Kickstarter campaign, check out this video: HERE.




Even if you never use facebook, click on the link below and go to our facebook page and see a delightful album of 2013 festival images LINK.

See you at the movies,



Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI
211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
P.O. Box 594
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

September 27, 2013

14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival Grand from start to finish!
First Tuesday Salon Oct 1st 7pm BLACK FISH @ The Rose Theatre
Global Lens Continues at Fort Worden 7pm  - 111 GIRLS
PT Foundry Cleat Bench Raffle continues!

Port Townsend Film Festival Grand from start to finish!

Oh what a time!  Karen Allen was the ideal guest for this eclectic, authentic community celebration of cinema.  We premiered a theatre, introduced thousands of film lovers to new artists, feasted on salmon dinner and sat in the rain to enjoy STAR MAN and FINDING NEMO!  By Sunday evening Rick Wiley offered us the biggest house in town and we moved our outdoor movie to The Uptown Theatre.  Thanks, Rick!  Visit his website to learn more about how to support the next chapter for The Uptown Theatre: HERE.

Sunday evening the awards from the jury and our audiences were announced- here is a link to the complete list with jury statements:  HERE.

Filmmakers are already sending notes that reflect our unique and warm spirits-  “I arrived with a film and left with a new film family…”  The BIG JOY crew reflects the great joy we all shared!

Watch our website for the filmmaker interviews, filmmaker panels and this year’s hidden gem Sunday Morning Story Telling- thanks to Jane Champion & our film crews, these moments have been captured and they are editing even as I write.  But truly?  It was a mighty wonderful experience thanks to so many folks and I need a nap.

First Tuesday Salon Oct. 1st, 7pm  BLACKFISH @ The Rose Theatre

Audiences love orca performances because they assume that the eager-to-please creatures love them in return. But is that the case? BLACKFISH doesn’t come right out and say it, but dealing with orcas is like dealing with aliens from outer space. Their reality is not only different than we imagine, it’s more different than we CAN imagine.  In many ways, BLACKFISH, is a horror film in which we discover that we have met the monster, and the monster is us.
Join our First Tuesday Salon screening of BLACKFISH,then stick around to discuss this provocative documentary with a local marine biologist.
 
Global Lens Continues at Fort Worden  
October 3rd, 7pm  111 GIRLS
(Iraq, 2012, 79 minutes)


“About 111 Girls”, the award-winning film from Iraq reflects on what it may take to have your voice be heard.

A government official, carrying a message from Iran’s president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Racing against the clock, they travel into territory simmering with resentment at official neglect and the hardship it has sown among a proud people. Against a dramatically colorful physical and human landscape, wistful longing mingles with dreamlike desire and absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions. Directed by Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira Farsi/Persian and Kurdish, with subtitles in English

Port Townsend Film Institute in partnership with Port Townsend Public Library, Peninsula College and Goddard College present “About 111 Girls” on October 3rd, 7 pm at the Fort Worden’ Schoolhouse. Thanks to this partnership, admission is free. Parking passes are provided for the event and a moderated discussion follows the film.

PT Foundry Cleat Bench Raffle continues!

No, you did not win the gorgeous bench created by Pete Langley at PT Foundry in our raffle.  You have not notified you that you purchased the winning $5 ticket because we are still selling them.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 toward festival expenses and we are over half way there.  Want to help?  Stop by the office or mail us your chance to win.  We will draw as soon as we reach our goal.  Need it for a Christmas gift?  Better get those tickets quick!



And no, Marilyns are still not included.  But thanks for asking…

See you at the movies,

September 11, 2013ptff

Preview Short Gems at BIMA Tuesday  September 17th  7pm
14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival Kicks off  Sept. 20th   9am!
Global Lens Continues at PT Carnegie Library 9/26  7pm

Preview Short Gems at BIMA
ianFor the second year, PTFF is proud to return to The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to present an evening of short film gems from our upcoming festival.  Screened in the glorious new Frank Buxton Auditorium, your $10 ticket includes an evening with wine and light refreshments, an introduction to PTFF programmer Jane Julian and Executive Director Janette Force’s highlights from our 14th season.   Tickets from Brown Paper Tickets Event #461983  or at the door.  Proceeds support PTFI year round collaboration with BIMA and film education events in the region.  Need directions? Click HERE.

Festival Kicks off  at 9am Friday in 5 theatres! 
Port Townsend Film Festival is bigger and better than ever…

Guess who’s coming for the movies?!
Karen Allen, Lou Whittaker, Maestro Murry Sidlin and more than 40 other film professionals


Romantic comedy, historical drama, documentary, stories of valor… Calling all film lovers! Your pass for the 2013 PT Film Festival has never been more valuable because we have 6 indoor venues.  We have added the elegant Silverwater Theatre, Port Townsend’s newest movie theatre. This premier venue sits atop the Silverwater Café with a gorgeous new screen and furniture to match.  Be the first audience at 9am on Friday morning.  With only 45 elegant seats, this promises to be a favorite, so get there early.  

isPasses are available online HERE or stop by our Hospitality Center at The Cotton Building (607 Water Street) which opens on Thursday morning 9/19/13 at 11am.  Afterward,  you can wander over next door to the Pope Marine Park Building and visit AREA 51, our “out of this world” organic cocktail bar.  Read the program, sip coconut water or one of our signature cocktails and meet other film lovers planning their 3 day film fest.  This oasis of beverage and festivities will be open Thursday until 7pm, Fri- Sun noon until close.  Check the print program for details or visit our program on line HERE.

Another new theatre opens at 9am Friday- the Broughton Theatre at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St.  Returning again this year is the Peter Simpson Free Cinema in the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St.- new entrance on Washington, thru the lobby.  This theatre opens at 9:15am, as does the Rosebud Cinema.  The Rose Theatre opens at 9:30am.

4pm opening ceremonies at Haller Fountain hosted by Joey Pipia welcomes back The Rakers and Hooray- a whole parade of Marilyn Monroes!  The Lawn Chair Rhythm Planet Drill Team and Drum Core open our celebration of filmmakers who will illuminate our weekend with insights and stories on the set.  With 92 films at nearly 70 screenings, you are going to have a tough time deciding what to see next.  Good thing this goes on for 3 days, eh?

Thanks to our 150 sponsors ranging from a dozen cookies to hotel rooms, organic spirits, shuttle service and actual cash- we could NEVER do this without you!

Global Lens Continues at PT Carnegie Library 9/26  7pm
Our popular Global Lens Series returns on Thursday September 26th at our own Carnegie Library on Lawrence St.  Opening the series is SOUTHWEST from Brazil.

In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Spirited away to a remote lakeside village, baby Clarice lives her whole life in the span of twenty-four hours, and yet (as the film’s vast, black-and-white panoramas suggest) even so compressed a lifetime remains impossible to fully grasp or contain. In Eduardo Nunes’s assured debut feature, precious strands of memory, identity and desire add up to a palpable fairytale affirming our place in the ineffable stream of life.

AND get the latest news on the 14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival September 20-22, 2013!  Got your pass?

See you at the movies,



 Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

    211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
    P.O. Box 594
    Port Townsend, WA  98368
    360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
    www.ptfilmfest.com

 

 

August 27, 2013ptff

Last Chance for PDN PDQ
Sudden Cinema goes to Bainbridge Organic Distillers, 8/28/13 @ 8pm
THE BUTLER First Tuesday Salon, 9/3/13, The Rose Theatre @ 7pm

 
PDN PDQ

That dream of seeing your work on the Really Big Screen could still come true if you finish your 3 minute masterpiece before this Saturday 8/31/13 at midnight.   Each night during our film Festival, September 20, 21, and 22nd one of our lucky winners will be shared with hundreds of happy film lovers at our outdoor movie on Taylor St.   Go ahead, you know all those great ideas you have had for a fast film?  This is your chance!  Grab your phone, your camera, your cat and get to work!
For details- click HERE


 

Sudden Cinema goes to Bainbridge Organic Distillers,

8/28/13 @ 8pm



 

Thanks to our friends on Bainbridge Island, PTFF is sharing a sneak preview of our festival content outdoors on Wednesday evening.  Yes, it is BYOC- bring your own chair.  Coppertop Loop is just off the highway headed to the BI ferry dock.  Popcorn from The Rose!   Heavy rain or wind will cancel but a light shower?  Hah! It's Washington after all!

THE BUTLER First Tuesday Salon
September 3d, The Rose Theatre @ 7pm

 

Featuring a remarkable cast built around Forest Whittaker, THE BUTLER, is “loosely based on the real-life events of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents. According to interviews, while substantial "dramatic license" was taken with Allen's personal life, everything depicted within the White House actually happened. The irony is that the White House scenes are among the least effective. The movie shines when it focuses on the fractious relationship between Cecil and Louis, whose divergent perspectives on the role of the black man in America provides the point of friction. For Cecil, who grew up as a servant, the way to advance in life is to be hardworking and non-confrontational. For Louis, it means forcing the issue and taking a stand. This conflict, which played out in millions of families during the 1960s and 1970s, is underrepresented in cinema and Daniels gives it its due here. “  James Berardinelli
Can we really accept casting Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams in the context of this story?  Has this tale been told too carefully for the tumultuous times it attempts to describe?  Join us for a conversation following the film.  

AND get the latest news on the 14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, September 20-22, 2013!  Got your pass?

See you at the movies,



 Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI


    211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
    P.O. Box 594
    Port Townsend, WA  98368
    360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
    www.ptfilmfest.com

 

August 13, 2013ptff

Here is our 2013 Programming!
Got your pass?


PTFF 2013 Programming
Yes, we are LIVE!  Thanks to our web guru, Ann Welch and countless hours here in the office, our programming has been assembled for your information!  The links will take you to trailers, websites and more content about over 90 films we will be screening throughout the festival. Click HERE.

PTFF Trailer
We are so fortunate to have Champion Production once again creating our Festival Trailers to introduce films during the 3 day cinematic celebration September 20-22, 2013.  Jane Champion and Michael Delagarza are having great fun crafting a new description of why we are all so smitten with the movies.  PTFI Vice President of the Board of Directors and one of our original founders, Jane has been capturing our story for 14 years.  She is one of the many reasons that PTFF continues to thrive.  Thanks Jane and Michael! 
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Now buy a pass!
imageWe have assembled lists for you of comedies, of dramas, of foreign films, films about women’s issues, social justice, documentaries- but the links are not complete yet.   And, yes, that is Paul McCartney with his friend and president of the Beatle’s fan club in GOOD OL’ FREDA. One screening only, as a special arrangement with Magnolia Pictures.  Really want to get in?  HERE

There is something exciting about this time of year, travel arrangements come in every hour!  Just got confirmation from Director Suzan Baraza of URANIUM DRIVE-IN (website)!  She will be joining us along with many other actors and film professionals.  How about YOU?


See you at the movies,
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 Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI


    211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
    P.O. Box 594
    Port Townsend, WA  98368
    360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
    www.ptfilmfest.com

 

 

August 2, 2013ptff

1st Tuesday Salon  20 FEET FROM STARDOM August 6, 2013 7:20pm
Our new Sizzle Reel for the 14th Annual PT Film Festival
When in doubt- BUY A PASS

20 FEET FROM STARDOM
Tuesday 8/6 7:20pm The Rose Theatre


In the early sixties, singer Darlene Love’s mighty voice, often recorded undermail pseudonyms, helped hold up producer Phil Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound. Today, she’s a grand diva of rock with annual Christmas appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. But during the years between the sixties and today the singer had some tough times. At one point, she was surviving by working as a house cleaner and the sound of her own voice on the radio reminded her that her purpose in life was to sing.  The stories of the singers’ careers are told through contemporary interviews and archival performances, supplemented by a chorus of commentary provided by such limelight hogs as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
After the film, let’s talk about music and recording with our own Gary Engbrecht, who has another secret recording life in the music studio.

The Sizzle Reel Revealed
HERE is a link to our gorgeous new Sizzle Reel, created by an anonymous artist in another city who fell in love with the Port Townsend Film Institute a few years back.  Each year we send a selection of films and she creates a montage that captures the excitement and variety of our programming.  Once again our review teams and that wizard of programming, Jane Julian, have knocked it out of the park with 80+ films that will inform, infuriate and just make you laugh.  Our guest list continues to grow- so I am starting a BLOG to keep everyone up to date for the latest details.  Watch our website for a link!

When in doubt, buy a pass!
mailThe very best way you can help PTFI is by purchasing a pass and attending our film festival.  After we produce the film festival, we go back to work bringing film education to all kinds of folks all year round. Here you will see first-hand the impact of independent filmmakers on our audiences.  Whether it is the story of the last ocean that is nearly pristine; The Ross Sea in Antarctica or a story of the children of political activists in South America living in hiding- film puts a face on ideas that might be impossible to imagine.

Challenge yourself to learn about veteran’s perspectives in FACES OF COMBAT, snowboarding with CRASHREEL or laugh about love with DETROIT UNLEADED.   And, yes, that is Paul McCartney with his friend and president of the Beatle’s fan club in GOOD OL’ FREDA. One screening only, as a special arrangement with Magnolia Pictures.  Really want to get in?  BUY A PASS! HERE!

MORE SOON, I PROMISE, BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO EDIT THE PRINT PROGRAM,

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 Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI


    211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
    P.O. Box 594
    Port Townsend, WA  98368
    360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
    www.ptfilmfest.com

 

June 26, 2013ptff

PTFF Guess the Guest for 2013 Clue #2
First Tuesday at The Rose July 2nd MUD!!
Calling all PTFF Volunteers for the 14th Film Festival

cannonWhy did so many folks guess Patty Duke? Is this some hint for 2014? If you read the first clue but still haven’t guessed the special guest for the 14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival (September 20-22, 2013), perhaps you’ll find our second clue to be doubly helpful:

Clue #2:

Above the shattered sand

A blessing in disguise

Magical and mythical

Hope shines in their eyes

A star not born

A life not led

And yet returns

From the dead

Just keep on guessing! Be the first to send us the correct answer and have your photo taken with our Star! Email (guess@ptfilmfest.com), Mail (Port Townsend Film Festival, 211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A, Port Townsend-WA 98368) or deliver in person your Guest Guess along with your name, mailing address, daytime phone & email to PTFF.
Do you want details about our Festival Passes? Want to be a volunteer? CLICK HERE

First Tuesday at The Rose July 2nd MUD!!mud

Jeff Nichols’ beguiling third feature is an escapade for boys of every stripe, one where girls are both distraction and danger. It may be set in the 21st century, but it’s very much of the 19th-century mindset of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon, it’s a modern fairy tale, steeped in the sleepy Mississippi lore of Twain and similar American writers, and with a heart as big as the river is wide.

Following the film, let’s talk about the classics because really, Mark Twain continues to inform our sense of adventure, humor and self awareness.
Watch the trailer HERE.

Calling all volunteers for the 14th Annual PT Film Festival

Click HERE to use our great new online Volunteer Application.

See you at the movies,

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Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

211 Taylor Street, Suite 32A
P.O. Box 594
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

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July , 2013

PTFF Guest for 2013 Revealed: KAREN ALLEN!
Lots of news for the 14th Film Festival
Welcoming Film Movement as PTFF Partner

allenPTFF is thrilled to announce that Karen Allen will be the Special Guest for the 14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival to be held on September 20-22nd! She is most known for playing Marion Ravenwood on the Indiana Jones series - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". Ms. Allen has acted in over 30 movies, including National Lampoon's "Animal House" (her first feature film) and "Scrooged" with Bill Murray.

She starred alongside Jeff Bridges in the brilliant 1984 movie "Starman", which she'll be introducing at our Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre on Friday evening, giving everyone a chance to meet this talented and versatile woman. "Starman" was one of the most challenging films she's ever done.

On Saturday evening, pass-holders will have the opportunity to view a rare film. Our tribute film to Karen Allen’s career will be "The Glass Menagerie", a 1987 film adaptation of Tennessee William's stage classic directed by Paul Newman.

Now about those impossibly hard clues!

Clue #1: "An accolade from the stage when well played the part, out of darkness, gone at last, a story lived to heart"? It refers to the Theatre World Award she won for playing a blind woman in "Monday After the Miracle" on Broadway.

Clue #2 referenced "The Glass Menagerie" and her broken glass unicorn scene: "Above the shattered sand, a blessing in disguise, magical and mythical, hope shines in their eyes" as well as "Starman": "A star not born, a life not led, and yet returns from the dead".

Clue # 3 alluded to "Karen Allen Fiber Arts" and her yoga practice and studio which she created in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts." A wool twister, Everly sister, Weaving a way through life, Soft mountain ridges, singing bridges, The peace within all life". Finally, the part that helped unveil Miss Allen's identity refers to a scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in which she and Indy are in the ship's bunk after much running, fighting, escaping. She moves closer to touch him and "Ow, that hurts", he said. "Where?" (gently moving near).Faintly his boyish smile, "Here and here and... here."

Over 200 folks guessed in our contest. Our winner of a photo op with Karen Allen is Dorothy Westlund- she was the first correct answer with 29 other folks, at last count! Congratulations to Dorothy and we promise next year the clues will be just as hard.

passLots of news for the 14th Film Festival

We have two new indoor venues this year, joining The American Legion (Peter Simpson Free Cinema) The Uptown Theatre, The Rose and The Rosebud Cinema! We are pleased to welcome The Key City Public Theatre and The Silverwater Theatre to our film venues. That brings us to a total of 6 indoor venues. The Key City Public Theatre will be renamed “The James Broughton Theatre”, honoring the poet and filmmaker who called Port Townsend his home for many years. The Broughton with 70 seats will open Friday morning at 9am all the way thru the festival to Sunday night, screening the Jury Award Best Documentary. Beverage service will benefit Key City Public Theatre programming and we are delighted to welcome this partnership.

Thanks to The Silverwater Café, founding sponsors for PTFF, we will be premiering their newest dining experience on the 3rd floor (upstairs from the restaurant); The Silverwater Theatre, complete with new 20’ screen and gorgeous vintage furniture. This venue has 45 seats and will be open at 9am thru the 3pm screening slots on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. PTFF is proud to bring 80+ films from 15 nations this year. More on those as the festival draw s near- full programming will be introduced on our website mid August. Now is the time to buy your festival pass!

Welcoming Film Movement as PTFF Partner

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One of the favorite films from 2012 came to us thanks to Film Movement, an independent film distributor that helps filmmakers find their audiences and festivals find unique voices. SHUN LI & THE POET is now available on DVD and to celebrate this ongoing partnership (we will be featuring 3 Film Movement films this year) be the first to call our office at 379-1333 and tell us why you love Film Movement and we will present you with your very own copy of the DVD “Shun Li & The Poet”! You can pre-order the film on Amazon.com HERE. (We encourage you to post a review of the film with Amazon.com, as well!) More information about the film can be found at Film Movement HERE.

See you at the movies!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

 

 

June 19, 2013

It’s Time! PTFF Guess the Guest for 2013
PDN PDQ 3 Minute Film Competition has begun

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN

winnersThe time has come for all the guessers out there... If you thought: it’s the Guess the Guest contest for the 14th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival September 20-22, 2013, then you’re up for a good start! Three clues will be given, one each Wednesday on June 19th, June 26th and July 3rd . The identity of our Special Guest and the winner will be revealed on July 10th. The fortunate guesser will have his/her own “photo op” with our Special Guest! See those happy fans? They have been guessing as a team for 6 years and finally- they won!

In previous years, we’ve had the honor of hosting stars like Eva Marie Saint, Elliott Gould, Piper Laurie, Peter Fonda, Cloris Leachman & Best Actor from 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, Bruce Dern!

 

 

Here goes Clue #1:

An accolade from the stage

When well played the part

Out of darkness, gone at last,

A story lived to heart

So, why are these clues so hard? Because the contest started before Google was our muse! To enter the contest send your Guest Guess along with your name, mailing address, daytime phone & email to PTFF via:

The winner will be the first correct answer we receive in our office by email, hand-delivery or mail. And remember, you may send as many guesses as you like, however, the winner will not be announced until July 10th.

See you at the Festival this September 20th, 21st and 22nd! For info on purchasing passes or to volunteer, contact look around the site or call (360) 379-1333.

PDN PDQ 3 Minute Film Competition has begun

pdqDo you dream of seeing your film on the biggest screen in town? PDN PDQ 3 Minute Film Contest could make your dream come true! Each night of the film festival we will screen one of the THREE winning entries before our Outdoor Movie on Taylor St. Want to know more? Click HERE.

And yes, you read it correctly, the BIG PTFF OFFICE MOVE takes place Thursday, June 20 & 21st. What a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year. Once we get settled we will host a Grand Opening for PTFI on The 4th Floor.

 

 

See you at the movies!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

 

 

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June 17, 2013

NO WAY OUT BUT ONE with guest filmmakers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan
June 20th 5:30pm
Jefferson County Library no way

PTFI & The Clemente Program is honored to present NO WAY OUT BUT ONE! From award winning producers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan comes a documentary on the first American woman to be granted asylum by the Netherlands on the grounds of domestic violence. The film portrays the journey of Holly Collins, who fled in desperation from Minnesota to the Netherlands to protect her children from their father.

Watch the trailer: HERE

This is a free event, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Lela Hilton: hiltonl@olympus.net

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No Way Out But One “is advocacy journalism at its very best, exposing what can happen when men accused of abuse get custody in family courts.” Huffington Post, 10.26.12

 

 

 

Yes the BIG MOVE takes place next Thursday, June 20 & 21st. What a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year. Once we get settled we will host a Grand Opening for PTFI on The 4th Floor.

See you at the movies!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

 

May 30, 2013

PTFI Takes a step Upstairs! First Tuesday Salon June 4th THE GREAT GATSBY 7:10pm Rosebud Cinema Global Lens continues May 30th 7pm Fort Worden School House June 20th NO WAY OUT BUT ONE with guest filmmakers SALMON CONFIDENTIAL June 23rd 11am Rose Theatre FREE Screening

thankyouWe have a truly remarkable landlord. Sam Kyle, owner of the Mt. Baker Block has welcomed The Port Townsend Film Institute to his classic Victorian building since our founding in 2000 and they have been a Signature Sponsor for PTFF every year. Our first office was in the tiny area next to the elevator on the ground floor (Joe Welch’s insurance office at one point). Next, we moved to the second floor where Peter Simpson worked next to mountains of .35mm film cans leading up to festival weekend. Over the years, Sam has continued to offer us more and more space, both as a building owner and as a patron of the arts. His collection of signed posters from every guest speaks to his loyalty and our gratitude. So, when the call came asking us to move, what could we do? Say yes!!

With the amazing talents of Wallyworks Enterprises Ltd. & generous friends, we are about to occupy the 4th floor corner office. Thanks does not begin to capture the gratitude we are feeling, but it has to be a good start.

First Tuesday Salon June 4th THE GREAT GATSBY 7:10pm Rosebud Cinema
What is it about Gatsby that leads us to the story over and over again? Is it Daisy? Is it our fascination with excess and glamour that won Nick over to the dark side? The critics are mixed on Baz Luhrmann’s latest version of this tale. CNN calls it “a crude burlesque on a precious literary jewel” while others say it is the best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel. Is it “A failure that should have at least been a magnificent mistake”? Or a terrific adaptation of a classic? Join Chris Pierson, English instructor from Port Townsend High School, for a conversation following the film. Watch the trailer: HERE.

MODEST RECEPTION (Iran), GLOBAL LENS Continues THURSDAY EVENING,
May 30th @ 7pm, FORT WORDEN

modestMani Haghighi stars and directs a cinematic tale about a strange duo making their way in an SUV through a mountainous area of Iran. Their trunk is filled with plastic bags stuffed with money, which they offer to the poor people they encounter. However, they're not good Samaritans, but Satanic tempters. Before giving the money, the couple puts their would-be beneficiaries through odd tests or require them to perform a degrading or immoral act. As they continue on their route, their demands get progressively more outrageous and dark.

Conversation following. Thanks to our educational partners, Peninsula College and Goddard College, we will be able to offer the 2013 award-winning film series at The Schoolhouse at Fort Worden- at no charge. Discover Passes are not required, as parking passes will be distributed when you pull in to park. There will be facilitated discussion following each film.

In keeping with the mission of PTFI, we bring you film “as art, education and inspiration!” Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India) GLOBAL LENS Continues THURSDAY EVENINGS June 13th FORT WORDEN

June 20th NO WAY OUT BUT ONE with guest filmmakers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan
TBA screening location

From award-winning producers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan, comes a documentary on the first American woman to be granted asylum by the Netherlands on the grounds of domestic violence. The film portrays the journey of Holly Collins, who fled in desperation from Minnesota to the Netherlands to protect her children from their father. Watch the trailer: HERE.

Says You! June 21st Port Townsend HS Auditorium
A Benefit for the Jefferson Clemente Course in the Humanities  

Quips on the Quimper returns – Desperate Straits A Community “Says You!”  Richard Sher, Barry Nolan and Garlan Waller return to do some funny business with local wits. Two shows, back to back.   Join us for the most scintillating solstice ever!! On-line Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Tickets may be purchased IN PERSON ONLY  at: Quimper Sound 230 Taylor St. Port Townsend, WA Festival Seating:  $40 Details: HERE.

 

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See you at the movies!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

 

May 18, 2013

Micha X. Peled, Guest Filmmaker with Award-Winning Film Series,      May 21st, 22nd & 23rd @ 11am
Free Lecture, May 21st @ 7pm, Library Learning Center
Global Lens continues May 30th @ 7pm, Fort Worden School House

Micha X. Peled, Guest Filmmaker with Award-Winning Film Series: The Globalization Trilogy,
May 21st, 22nd & 23rd @11am @ The Rose Theatre

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How did he get that stunning footage of sweatshops in China? The Port Townsend Film Institute and The Food Coop welcome Micha X. Peled to the Rose Theatre on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 11 am. He is the creator of the three documentaries, Store Wars: When Walmart Comes to Town, China Blue, and Bitter Seeds. Peled will be present at each screening bringing the audience behind the scenes in China, India and right here in the USA. These films highlight the complex fabric of globalization for all nations. Tickets are on sale at the Rose Theatre and the Food Coop, $10 each or $25 for all three.

Peled will also be speaking to media and civics classes at both Port Townsend and Chimacum high schools, thanks to funding from PTFI and The Peter Simpson Memorial Fund. For more information on how YOU can underwrite these vital outreach opportunities HERE.

Free Lecture, May 21st @7pm, Library Learning Center.
The Art of Documentary Film Making- Behind the Camera with Micha X. Peled

Thanks to the Port Townsend Public Library for hosting a lecture from our visiting artist. The craft of documentary filmmaking goes far beyond a good cause or political perspective. To quote a recent jury statement about Peled’s work “masterfully weaves a rich tapestry of compelling human stories and subplots, that allows you to enter a world that is both personal and profound.” Peled was honored recently with the Green Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

Join award winning documentary filmmaker Micha X. Peled, Tuesday, May 21st @7pm for a free conversation on the craft of documentary filmmaking. Lecture will be held at the PT Library Learning Center, next door to the Carnegie Library, 1256 Lawrence Street.

Port Townsend Film Institute, PT Library and The Port Townsend Food Coop are co-sponsoring this event.

MODEST RECEPTION (Iran), GLOBAL LENS Continues
THURSDAY EVENING, May 30th @ 7pm, FORT WORDEN

modestMani Haghighi stars and directs a cinematic tale about a strange duo making their way in an SUV through a mountainous area of Iran. Their trunk is filled with plastic bags stuffed with money, which they offer to the poor people they encounter. However, they're not good Samaritans, but Satanic tempters. Before giving t he money, the couple puts their would-be beneficiaries through odd tests or require them to perform a degrading or immoral act. As they continue on their route, their demands get progressively more outrageous and dark. Conversation following.

June 13th, Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India) For more on these titles, visit GFI HERE.

We have exciting developments here at PTFI, so stay tuned to our next newsletter!

See you at the movies,

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

May 3, 2013

First Tuesday Salon - May 7th The Sapphires @ 7:20pm The Rose Theatre
Micha X. Peled Guest Filmmaker with Award-Winning Film Series May 21st, 22nd & 23rd @ 11am
Global Lens continues May 30th 7pm Fort Worden School House

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First Tuesday Salon May 7th - The Sapphires

"Crowd-pleaser" might be an odd term for a movie that deals with state-sanctioned racism, but that is precisely how "The Sapphires" has been received since its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. "Argo" might have been the big surprise at the Telluride Film Festival, but "The Sapphires" was the emotional hit. The movie's triumphant vision likely comes from co-writer Tony Briggs, who wrote the 2004 stage play the movie is based on. His mother and aunt were singers who toured Vietnam.

The central performances all have their pleasures. But the film nearly irresistible on-screen chemistry comes by way of Irish actor Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman. The "Bridesmaid" co-star plays the hard-tippling (and purely accidental) manager Dave Lovelace, who introduces the women to soul music. Deborah Mailman gives eldest Gail a protective and sarcastic edge, that makes their vying for the welfare of the group spark.

Watch this wonderful clip- the audition in a basement for the USO tour HERE.

On Tuesday evening, May 7th, following the screening, join us for a conversation about USO shows, Vietnam and Motown magic.

Micha X. Peled Guest Filmmaker with Award-Winning Film Series:
The Globalization Trilogy - May 21st, 22nd & 23rd @ 11am
The Rose Theatre

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How did he get that stunning footage of sweatshops in China? The Port Townsend Film Institute and The Food Coop welcome Micha X. Peled to the Rose Theatre on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 11 am. He is the creator of the three documentaries, Store Wars: When Walmart Comes to Town, China Blue, and Bitter Seeds. Peled will be present at each screening bringing the audience behind the scenes in China, India and right here in the USA. These films highlight the complex fabric of globalization for all nations.

Tickets are on sale at the Rose Theatre and the Food Coop, $10 each or $25 for all three. Stay tuned for Peled’s additional appearances in Chimacum and Quilcene.

Modest Reception (Iran) Global Lens Continues Thursday Evenings May 30th Fort Worden

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Mani Haghighi stars and directs a cinematic tale about a strange duo making their way in an SUV through a mountainous area of Iran. Their trunk is filled with plastic bags stuffed with money, which they offer to the poor people they encounter. However, they're not good Samaritans, but Satanic tempters. Before giving the money, the couple puts their would-be beneficiaries through odd tests or require them to perform a degrading or immoral act. As they continue on their route, their demands get progressively more outrageous and dark.

Conversation following. Thanks to our educational partners, Peninsula College and Goddard College, we will be able to offer the 2013 award-winning film series at The Schoolhouse at Fort Worden- at no charge. Discover Passes are not required, as parking passes will be distributed when you pull in to park. There will be facilitated discussion following each film. In keeping with the mission of PTFI, we bring you film “as art, education and inspiration!”

May 30th      Modest Reception (Iran)
June 13th    Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India)

For more on these titles, visit GFI HERE.

See you at the movies,

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

April 15, 2013

A toast! Tuesday, April 16th @ 7pm, 2013 Film Festival Poster Reveal at Simon Mace Gallery
Girl Rising, Saturday, April 20th @ 11am at The Rose Theatre
NEW! Filmmaker Interviews from 2012 PT Film Festival are online
Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd with Free Admission to BIDDER 70
Global Lens Opens April 25th New Location & No Charge!
Out of the Mist, April 28th at The Rose Theatre

The 14th Annual PT Film Festival poster was created by local artist Frank Samuelson (website). Join PTFI at 7pm to toast the artist as we reveal his wonderful, whimsical rendering of this annual celebration of cinema and community. Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street will host our salute to the kick-off of festival preparation. See you there!

GIRL RISING, Saturday, April 20th @ 11am at The Rose Theatre

GIRL RISINGSaturday morning there will be men, women and girls rising! GIRL RISING is a groundbreaking film created by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the story of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 nations, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. The film showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Following the film, join the JCCF Fund for Women and Girls and PTFI for a panel discussion with educators and activists to explore the role we can all play in extending opportunity. Panelists will include Dr. Yvonne Pepin Wakefield, Martha Trolin, Mark Saran, Chris Jones Crubaugh and Abby Jorgenson. Tickets available at The Rose Theatre box office or online HERE. Watch the trailer: HERE

PTFI Filmmaker Interviews from 2012 PT Film Festival are online

Partnering with our schools, libraries and community groups is one of the ways PTFI serves our community. Thanks to Evan Harrison, devoted instructor from Chimacum High School, the efforts of his video students have become a wonderful archive of filmmaker interviews from our festival in 2012. For two afternoons, filmmakers and crewmembers met for conversations with interview teams and camera operators. The hundreds of hours of footage has been edited and posted for your enjoyment. Sit down with Micha X. Peled, J.J. Kelly, Bruce Dern- just to name a few great moments: Click HERE to view.

Celebrate Earth Day, Monday April 22, 11am,
BIDDER 70 will be screened FREE @ The Rose Theatre

70The challenge of environmental activism is brought into sharp focus by this remarkable documentary; the story of Tim DeChristopher, told by veteran documentary filmmakers Beth Gage and George Gage.

Political analyst Naomi Klein, writer Terry Tempest Williams, actor Robert Redford, climate activist Bill McKibben, and the world’s leading climatologist Dr. James Hansen wrote letters in support of Tim that were widely circulated, stating that Tim “pulled off one of the most creative protests against our runaway energy policy in years . . . a noble act, profound gesture made on behalf of all of us and of the future.” April 22, 2013 marks the end of his 2 years in federal prison. We invite students, community members- anyone who is interested in the perspective of civil disobedience in contemporary society- to attend this free Earth Day screening.

Global Lens Moves to Thursday Evenings at Fort Worden

Thanks to our educational partners, Peninsula College and Goddard College, we will be able to offer the 2013 award winning film series at The Schoolhouse at Fort Worden- at no charge. Discover Passes are not required, as parking passes will be distributed when you pull in to park. There will be facilitated discussion following each film. In keeping with the mission of PTFI, we bring you film “ as art, education and inspiration!”

Spring
April 25th - The Fantastic World of Juan Oral (Mexico)
May 30th - Modest Reception (Iran)
June 13th - Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India)

For more on these titles, visit GFI HERE.

Out of the Mist, April 28th at The Rose Theatre
Doors open at 12:45PM, Admission Free
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This film, produced and directed by Robert and Kathy Chrestense, is a song to the Olympic Wilderness. Including stories by: Dave Skinner who spent most of his life on the Olympic Peninsula backpacking, climbing peaks, working on trails and doing glacier research for the University of Washington; Harvest Moon who has become an ambassador and historian for the Quinault Indian Nation and the Coast Salish through her popular storytelling and basket weaving artistry; Dane Burke who has backpacked hundreds of miles on multi-day trips exploring some of the most remote off-trail areas in the Olympic Mountains; and Tim McNulty who has authored several books and essays on natural history, writes and teaches poetry, and speaks out on behalf of wilderness.

Join the filmmakers for a pre-screening talk and stay for a post show update on the status of the Wild Olympics legislation to expand and protect Olympic wilderness.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Olympic Park Associates, Olympic Forest Coalition, and Olympic Audubon.

Contact Peter Guerrero of the North Olympic Group for further information, 510-421-1071.

For more information on the film, click HERE.

See you at the movies,

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

March 26, 2013

First Tuesday Salon OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL April 2nd at Rose Theatre
GIRL RISING April 20th at The Rose Theatre
Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd with Free Admission to BIDDER 70
The Match is still burning & getting hotter!
Filmmaking for Women April Global Lens Opens April 25th New Location & No Charge!

First Tuesday Salon OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
April 2nd at Rose Theatre

ozWhat a grand experiment to toy with the story line of the most beloved film in cinematic history. And in 3-D! Let’s talk about how it worked with local film geek John Hansen, following the screening on Tuesday, April 2nd at The Rose.

Remember, $1 off your ticket and 50 cents off your popcorn if you are a card carrying PTFI member. Think your membership has expired? Call us at 360-379-1333 and we will fix you right up. Watch the trailer: HERE.

GIRL RISING
Saturday April 20th 11am at The Rose Theatre

girlSaturday morning there will be men, women and girls rising! GIRL RISING is a groundbreaking film created by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the story of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 nations, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. The film showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Following the film, join the Jefferson County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls and PTFI for a panel discussion with educators & activists to explore the role we can all play in extending opportunity.

Tickets at The Rose Theatre box office or online at online HERE. Watch the trailer: HERE.

Match Grant of $10,000 is really heating up

Listen for your phone to ring; the first ever PTFI Phone-a-thon is still in progress We are now up to $8,830 and you can help finish it here. It’s not too late to help make this happen, we have until April 15th!

Celebrate Earth Day, Monday April 22, 11am
BIDDER 70
FREE Rose Theatre

70The challenge of environmental activism is brought into sharp focus by this remarkable documentary; the story of Tim DeChristopher, told by veteran documentary filmmakers Beth Gage and George Gage. Political analyst Naomi Klein, writer Terry Tempest Williams, actor Robert Redford, climate activist Bill McKibben, and the world’s leading climatologist Dr. James Hansen wrote letters in support of Tim that were widely circulated, stating that Tim “pulled off one of the most creative protests against our runaway energy policy in years . . . a noble act, profound gesture made on behalf of all of us and of the future.”

April 22, 2013 marks the end of his 2 years in federal prison. We invite students, community members- anyone who is interested in the perspective of civil disobedience in contemporary society- to attend this free Earth Day screening.

WOMEN’S VIDEO WORKSHOP April 24th

janeHave you dreamed of writing a screenplay from a female perspective, shooting and editing the video, and screening it at a film festival? When you sign up for the Women’s Video Workshop through the Film Institute, that dream will come true at the 2013 Port Townsend Film Festival where the video will premiere. The workshop will be taught by Hollywood scriptwriter Nancy Alvarez (website) and filmmaker Jane Champion (website). Nancy will teach the scriptwriting process, from defining a concept as a group to creating an outline and final script. Jane will instruct you on how to develop a storyboard, techniques for videotaping on-location, and editing your final video. Everyone will contribute to each step of the process.

The Scripting Phase of the the workshop will run 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings; April 24th, May 1st & May 8th, from 6 to 9 PM. The group will determine the exact dates in May for Videotaping and Editing.

The cost for the workshop is $350.00.

For more information contact Jane at 643-0872 and Nancy at 379-0330.

GLOBAL LENS MOVES TO THURSDAY EVENINGSglobal
AT FORT WORDEN
@ 7 pm

Thanks to our educational partners, Peninsula College and Goddard College, we will be able to offer the 2013 award winning film series at The Schoolhouse at Fort Worden- at no charge. Parking passes will be distributed and there will be facilitated discussion following each film. In keeping with the mission of PTFI, we bring you film “ as art, education and inspiration!”

Spring

April 25 - The Fantastic World of Juan Oral (Mexico)
May 30 - Modest Reception (Iran)
June 13 - Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India)

For more on these titles, visit GFI http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information.

Happy Spring from all of us at the Port Townsend Film Institute! I am headed to Ashland Independent Film Festival next week, searching for cinematic treasures to bring back to all of you,

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

February 14, 2013

PTFF Oscar Gala,  Sunday Feb 24th, 3:30 pm  
NW Maritime Center

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Who needs chocolate when you can give your Valentine a ticket to The Academy Awards??

Put on your sparkling Hollywood best!  The Port Townsend Film Festival is proud to announce that one of their favorite filmmakers, comedian Jonathan Browning, will be hosting this year’s Academy Awards Gala at the NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend. Beginning at 3:30pm, indulge in appetizers from local restaurants, watch The Red Carpet pre-show, and enjoy live music provided by Rex Rice & his trio.

Sip on a glass of complimentary champagne while bidding on Silent Auction items, like a behind-the-scenes tour of the Woodland Park Zoo; a PS Express sunset cruise for you and 25 friends in Port Townsend Bay; a filmmaking class for women; original paintings, jewelry and much more.

Doors open at 3:30, buffet dinner, thanks to The Silverwater Café  will be served at 5pm, and the official Oscar broadcast begins at 5:30. During commercial breaks, host Jonathan Browning will announce raffle winners and award prizes for best Hollywood look-a-like. The no-host bar will serve wine throughout the evening. $

45 Advance Tickets available at the PTFI office, 211 Taylor Street, or by calling 360-379-1333. $50 Tickets at the door. This event sells out, so advance purchase is advised.

PTFF Star, John Considine reads LOVE LETTERS love
Sunday Feb. 17th 6pm

Need something to do on Valentine’s Day Weekend, right before you scoop up your sweetheart for the Oscar Gala? How about this sweet confection? Key City Public Theatre presents an evening of dinner theater at Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar on Valentine's weekend. Featuring "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney performed by John Considine and Patricia Earnest. Sunday February 17, at 6:00 p.m. One night only.

Tickets are $48 for the three-course dinner and show.

Visit Key City Public Theatre website for details HERE.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI

 

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January 25, 2013

 

Mamma Mia! mamma
On screen at The Rose Theatre
Saturday, January 26th

Shake off the Winter Blahs! And sing along with Meryl Streep!! Join us at noon for family fun or 9:30pm and enhance your singing with cocktails from PTFF’s legendary cocktail lounge, Area 51! Maybe you will need a nap…

Yes, there will be prizes for costumes and performance, thanks to Universal Studios. All proceeds support our year round film programming. Tickets available online HERE or at The Rose Theatre box office.

 

Back by Popular Demand:
PTFF Oscar Gala
Sunday Feb 24th, 3:30 pm
NW Maritime Center

Advance Tickets $45
available at the PTFI office, 211 Taylor Street or call 360-379-1333.
Tickets at the door: $50. This event sells out, so advance tickets are advised.

oscarsPut on your sparkling Hollywood best! We are proud to announce that one of our favorite filmmakers, comedian Jonathan Browning, will be hosting this year’s PTFF Academy Awards Gala at the NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

Beginning at 3:30pm, indulge in appetizers from local restaurants, watch The Red Carpet pre-show, and enjoy live music provided by Rex Reed & his trio. Sip on a glass of complimentary champagne while bidding on Silent Auction items, like a behind-the-scenes tour of the Woodland Park Zoo; a PS Express sunset cruise for you and 25 friends in Port Townsend Bay; a filmmaking class for women; original paintings, jewelry and much more.

Buffet dinner will be served at 5pm, and the official Oscar broadcast begins at 5:30. During commercial breaks, host Jonathan Browning will announce raffle winners and award prizes for best Hollywood look-a-like. The no-host bar will serve wine throughout the evening.

Join us for an evening of Oscar glamour, and bring your friends. It's always more fun to watch The Academy Awards with other film lovers!

First Tuesday Salon impossible
Feb 5th
THE IMPOSSIBLE
Rosebud Cinema @ 7pm

This is not another Hollywood disaster drama with unlikely happenstance and wild special effects. Rather, it is a tender portrait of a real family in a horribly real situation. This film leaves no audience member separate from the internal question, “What would I do if that were me?” Nominated for Best Actress by The Academy, Golden Globes and Broadway Critics Choice, Naomi Watts paints the portrait of a mother that is truly luminous. Watch the trailer: HERE

Following the film, join Rocky Friedman and Janette Force for a conversation about this astonishing, difficult and inspiring family odyssey.

Women’s Film Making Class on the drawing board at PTFI
(date TBA)

From script to screen…join a fun group of women in creating a short film that will be submitted to the 2013 Port Townsend Film Festival. Screenplay writer and author Nancy Alvarez will lead the scripting phase. Jane Champion of Champion Video Productions will teach the technical skills of video production and editing.

10-12 women will participate in 30 hours of class time Wednesday evenings and Saturdays during April and May.

Cost is $350.00 per person. For additional workshop info and to reserve your place at the editing bench contact:

contact

Jane Champion 360-643-0872 jane@championvideo.com

Nancy Alvarez 360-379-0330 littlenanster@gmail.com

BROOKLYN CASTLE goes Digital Feb 5th!

Our contract with Best Documentary and winner of the Big Cheese Award at our film festival last year, BROOKLYN CASTLE, does not allow for distribution in the PTFF library. So, it is very good news to announce the release on iTunes February 5, 2013. It is truly an empowering film about chess and the impact of learning strategy for young Brooklynites. If you missed it at the festival, here is your chance to support a film that is currently listed as one of the best documentary films in the nation last year. Congrats to director, Katie Dellamaggiore!

Whew! So much for a short newsletter!

janette

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFI