The 20th Annual Film Festival -September 19-22, 2019
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Eight theatres in Port Townsend's walkable, National Historic District on the waterfront!
Print programs are available, Sept. 12, in our office, 211 Taylor St. Suite 401-A. To see the complete program, film trailers and any updates for special events: http://www.ptfilmfest.com/Festivals/Annual-Festival/Current-Program.html
2018 Festival Highlights
U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, human rights activist and award-winning actor Danny Glover kicks off the Port Townsend Film Festival Friday, Sept. 21, with two special events.
Glover first speaks to a 300-member audience about human rights, in light filtered through stained glass windows, at the 1880-era First Presbyterian Church, Fri., Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m., 1111 Franklin Street, Port Townsend. He will be joined in the sanctuary by Rais Bhuiyan, who survived a random gunshot to the head from a shooter targeting people he suspected were Muslims. Admission is free. Be there early to get a place in line.
Glover's second appearance will be at the 250-seat American Legion Theatre after his screening of "To Sleep with Anger," Fri., Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. This event is limited to Festival pass holders only. A single-event pass is $40. Those buying a Concierge or Patron pass are guaranteed priority seating with no lines at all films and event.
After a parade of filmmakers in Rakers' restored vintage cars on Friday afternoon, moviemakers join those holding Festival, Concierge and Patron passes on Taylor Street for dinner, featuring rare white salmon, salad, dessert and a complimentary glass of wine. About 600 people dine together each year.
Highlights of the three-day weekend, Sept. 21-23, in Port Townsend's walkable National Historic District, include three special screenings: a single screening Saturday of the Buster Keaton silent film "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," with original live music played by two former members of Ranch Romance; a second silent film, "Eyes of the Totem," filmed at a studio in Tacoma in 1924, screens Friday and Saturday. Lost for years, "Eyes of the Totem" was discovered and restored, then scored by Tacoma composer John Christopher Bayman, who will attend for Q&A. A limited release of "Pick of the Litter," which follows the training of puppies as guide dogs for the blind, screens Friday night and Saturday in the Rosebud Theatre. Meet over ten guide dogs and puppies-in-training on Taylor Street with their trainers, Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rais Bhuiyan, who opens the Festival conversation with Glover, appears again Sunday with a series of short films, "The Secret Life of Muslims." These films will be screened throughout the weekend prior to feature films. He attends the festival with more than 60 filmmakers from around the world.
Filmmaker panels include 7-10 professionals discussing aspects of their craft and their favorite stories. Returning to moderate the panels are popular editor Doug Blush and storyteller/ short film director Jonathon Browning. Admission is free to the public. Panels will be held at the Jefferson County Museum of Art & History, in the Ferguson Family Gallery, 540 Water Street, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
After dark Taylor Street becomes an outdoor movie theatre, with kid-friendly films and free admission. Friday night, see the animated version of "The Lion King"; Saturday, see "The Princess Bride"; Sunday, the Festival screens the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." All screenings begin at 7:30 p.m., with straw-bale seating provided; bring your lawn chairs and put them up early to guarantee a seat.
Over 90 documentary and narrative films will screen in seven theatres with 11,000 seats. This year's lineup is both broad and deep. A complete listing of films and their trailers, more special events and online pass sales are HERE.
Documentary films, which are paired with short, imaginative films, include a race of riders mounted on wild horses galloping across Mongolia's astounding landscape; "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin," with frank interviews with the popular science fiction/fantasy writer; and "Bathtubs Over Broadway," about the shadow industry of Broadway-level shows created for sales conventions. The Festival also brings back the wildly popular "My Love Affair with the Brain, The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond," which screened to a full house at April's Women & Film weekend.
The Port Townsend Food Coop sponsors "Soufra," a story about Middle Eastern women refugees who, fed up with being broke, start a wildly successful catering business featuring their countries' favorite dishes. There's an accompanying recipe book for sale. Also see films such as "Intelligent Lives," about the worth of disabled individuals, narrated by Broadway and film actor Chris Cooper, whose son, Jesse, lived with cerebral palsy until the age of 17. Cooper was the Festival's special guest in 2016.
Narrative films buy include these storylines: A teenager comes of age while his parents' marriage unravels, with actress Molly Ringwald; a Romanian subway car breaks down and the passengers encounter each other; a struggling minor-league baseball player returns woefully to his hometown; a sinkhole in the middle of Canada's McGill University opens through time to seven generations of indigenous culture; coming to grips with his mortality, an elderly tailor searches for the man who saved him from the Holocaust; and two Italian kids visit their uncle who lives at Area 51 to search for aliens.