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Annual Port Townsend Film Festival
Thursday, September 19, 2019

The 20th Annual Film Festival -September 19-22, 2019

Everything you need to know: Descriptions of 98 films, links to trailers, Special events, profiles of special guests and the schedule! See it, and buy your pass now at

2019 Festival Highlights

Opening Night Party
PTFF Anniversary Opening Night Celebration
Thursday, September 19, 5:00-6:30 pm
Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza
725 Water St.
Followed by a screening of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Thurs., Sept. 19, 7:00 pm
American Legion Hall

Please join us at the new Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza for hors d’oevres and a toast to success to kick off our banner-year celebration. The first 250 guests receive a commemorative glass. At 7 pm, move to the American Legion Hall for a screening of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind. PTFF Pass holders only. Pick up your pass Thurs., Sept. 19 at Northwind Arts Center, open all day.

Friday, September 20 Special Events

The Bowmakers
U.S. Festival Premiere
Friday, September 20, 12:15 pm
Rose Theatre
One Screening Only

The story of the most important instrument you’ve never heard of.

Port Townsend is known as the “Mecca of bowmaking,” where five world-renowned bowmakers live and work. They are among the handful of craftsmen who still practice this centuries-old trade.

Join director Ward Serrill, producer Rocky Friedman, and sound and assistant editor Sana Gomes who will talk about their travels around the world to pursue this story.

A Community Conversation with Director Michael Brown
Speaking with Robert Horton on Stage about filming The Weight of Water
Friday, September 20, 2:20–3:10 pm
Port Townsend High School Auditorium
1500 Van Ness St.

Imagine riding some of the most challenging rapids on earth with a handheld camera. Now imagine careening downriver in a small one-person kayak–blind! Legendary director Michael Brown and Seattle film critic Robert Horton discuss Erik Weihenmayer’s wild ride, filmed for The Weight of Water. Open to the community.

A Special Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky
Interviewed on Stage by Joseph Bednarik
After Screening of “The Primary Instinct”
Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm
American Legion Hall

First, we watch character actor Stephen Tobolowsky onscreen with his brilliant monologue The Primary Instinct, directed by David Chen. Following the screening, Joseph Bednarik (Copper Canyon Press) talks with Stephen on stage about his journey as an actor and how “The Tobolowsky Files” became a podcast about life, love and the entertainment industry.

Saturday, September 21 Special Events

Lotte Reiniger Fairy Tales
Accompanied with Live Music by Miles & Karina
Saturday, September 21, 3:15 pm
Rose Theatre (70 min)
One Time Only

Enjoy a truly magical collaboration of live music (accordions and more!) and silent film. We open with Lotte That Silhouette Girl a 10-minute short. Followed by six silent fairy tales made by paper artist and inventor of silhouette animation, Lotte Reiniger. All accompanied by the music of Miles & Karina. Every frame is a work of art, and each musical note matches the action. All scores were commissioned by the Northwest Film Forum and composed by Miles and Karina in 2013.

A Special Evening with Cheryl Strayed
Our Formative Film Author
Screening My Brilliant Career
Followed by On-Stage Interview with Moira McDonald
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 pm
American Legion Theatre

Years before the publication of her wildly successful memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed began writing with her cheeky advice column, “Dear Sugar.” When we asked her to select a film that was an early influence on her work, she selected My Brilliant Career, a 1979 Australian film about a woman in the Victorian era who defied convention for art.

Strayed’s conversation after the screening with Seattle Times Art Critic, Moira MacDonald, may include another guest¬–Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Liar, Liar). If his schedule allows, Cheryl and Tom will continue a conversation they began at Mountain Film in Telluride, Colorado, about the power of film to help change the world. We look forward to a dynamic evening about the impact and inspiration of art.
Sunday, September 22 Special Event

The Flight of the Gossamer Condor
With Director Ben Shedd
Sunday, September 22, Noon
Cotton Building

Ben Shedd won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1978 for The Flight of the Gossamer Condor. Screening of the 30-minute film, which documents flight of the first human-powered plane, is followed by a presentation by Shedd. He goes behind-the-scenes to describe how he and his team captured this marvel of innovation and design and to provide insight on how a filmmaker knows if his work is going to, literally, fly or crash.

Location Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Event Sponsor : Port Townsend Film Festival
Contact 360-379-1333,
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