PECKER’S POINT: August

LETTER FROM THE CEO

Welcome to our new and improved monthly newsletter!

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration we took Provincetown Film on the road from New York to Palm Springs and Houston to Minneapolis, and engaged with those who have an affinity for America’s oldest arts colony, and who want to support our vision of Provincetown as a global destination for creative exploration in film. This newsletter is our way of continuing the conversation with friends near and far.

At the 20th annual Provincetown Film Festival, our magnificent line-up of films and programs demonstrated that’ Provincetown IS the global destination for creative exploration in film, as well as a premier vacation destination. All of our festival honorees this year chose to extend their visits, a highlight of which was Molly Shannon’s joyful appearance at Showgirls, performed at the infamous ‘A-house’, the oldest gay bar in the country.

For my part, by the time the fourth of July week rolls around, I typically take a much-needed break to my other home-town of Minneapolis, but this year, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to help organize the first pride concert ever at the Provincetown Pilgrim Monument. The HBO-sponsored event was my first meaningful collaboration with Executive Director Dr. David Weidner and Board Trustee John Jay Wooldridge, the monument staff, as well as the wildly creative marketing firm The Gathery. What a pleasure and a blast!

The concert marked the start of the busy summer season in Provincetown, including a series of theme weeks and a revolving door of thousands of visitors from around the world. In addition to great people watching, the different weeks lend themselves to fun and creative opportunities in film programming.

Among my favorite is Family Week when Provincetown turns into a sea of baby strollers and our Waters Edge Cinema becomes the home to HBO’s popular Kids Camp so-sponsored by the Family Equality Council. This year, the program was such a hit that we had to add another. For parents, the camp provides a couple of hours of alone time, but I relish the opportunity to introduce three and four year olds to the experience of screening their favorite content in the dark on a big screen, often for the first time. The reaction is close to wondrous.

A few days later, in that very same theater, a packed audience had the privilege to screen HUMAN FLOW and meet its director Ai Weiwei, one of the most important living Chinese artists and a world-renowned symbol for human rights. The juxtaposition of content and experiences is a fluid reminder of the ways in which art house cinemas afford us the opportunity to express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring people together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age.

Through our various programs, one of our top priorities is to level the playing field for diverse storytellers in U.S. Entertainment Media. Unfortunately, we cannot always know the ways in which others are measuring our impact or if intersectional changes are lacking from unconscious bias. In her edifying commentary on this year’s Provincetown Film festival, Heather Kapplow of The Arts Fuse puts our commitment to diversity to the test. Please check out her findings and my comments here.

As much as we appreciate and welcome scrutiny from the media, we are even more eager to hear from you, our patrons. Let us know if there is a particular topic that you’d like us to cover in our newsletter. Should you choose to eliminate the need for yet another email in your inbox, you may unsubscribe by clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of our e-blast.

Meanwhile, even if you can’t make it to Provincetown this August to attend our Friday night John Water’s Films screening series, buy the Special Criterion Collection Edition of Female Trouble, dress up like Divine and host your own screening party. This new version is gorgeous and the extras are tons of fun.

Enjoy the Rest of Carnival Week. Look who’s one of the Grand Marshals this year!!!

Sincerely,

Christine Kunewa Walker, CEO


MEMBER IN THE NEWS

Steps from the beach, and a short walk from town, Harbor Hotel is the largest hotel in Provincetown with 113 spacious rooms. Beach access, amazing views, a pool and Cabana Bar that offers lunch, the Whaler’s Lounge & Restaurant which serves breakfast and dinner, and outdoor fire pit are just a few amenities at this Charlestown Hotels managed property known for innovative hospitality. A new complimentary golf-cart shuttles guests into town, and as part of a collaboration with Coast Provincetown, Harbor Hotel offers URB-E electric bike and Beach Cruiser bike rentals, too, just outside the door to the hotel! Harbor serves as a Platinum Partner during the film festival, housing many attending filmmakers, guests, and staff, and host the Fireside with Filmmakers party.

With the ample parking, Harbor Hotel also serves as the launching pad for the annual Carnival Parade. Floats line up throughout the parking lot, and down snail road in anticipation of the three o’clock start time. The Provincetown Business Guild and Harbor Hotel work together ensuring all goes off without a hitch. During this year’s Parade, guests were treated to a bar stocked with spirits thanks to Harbor Hotel’s partnerships with Fireball Whiskey, Lord Hobo Craft Beer, and Tito’s Vodka.

Harbor Hotel continues to grow in many ways each year, and General Manager Sean Archer hopes to do more within the community. “People of Provincetown have been amazing, eager to assist a person or business in need – which is a huge strength of living here,” said Archer. “With so much history, local pride, inclusion for all and things to see and do, Provincetown is the perfect destination for anyone and everyone.”
Open until November 1st, stop by Harbor and enjoy a cocktail, a meal and the unparalleled view of the sunset. Be sure to check out Harbor Hotel at their website: harborhotelptown.com

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MODERN LOVE: LIVE @ PIFF

Modern Love: The Podcast transforms the popular reader-submitted New York Times Modern Love essays into an immersive weekly podcast experience that takes listeners on an audio journey, bringing the poignant, honest and hopeful stories to life. Each episode features a reading performed by actors, combined with music and an intricately produced soundscape. Episodes conclude with an update and follow-up conversation with the story’s original author, provoking deeper conversation about love and relationships.

Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith

As a teenager in Finland, Kalle Oskari Mattila was trying to figure out who he was. For help, he turned to catfishing — and Pamela Anderson. Cory Michael Smith (“1985,” “Gotham”) performed his story live at the Provincetown Film Festival. [LISTEN HERE]

My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz

“What did it mean that the most romantic thing I’d ever been a part of hadn’t even happened to me?” Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”) reads Rachel Monroe’s essay about watching a love story unfold from the sidelines—live from the Provincetown Film Festival. [LISTEN HERE]

WHAT’S COOLER THAN BEING COOL?


Provincetown Film Festival has made MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2018! [SEE THE LIST]

FESTIVAL SWAG, NOW 20% OFF!

Rep your favorite film festival year round with our 20th Anniversary festival gear! Buy now for 20% off on all hats, t-shirts, and bags!  [BUY NOW]

DID YOU ATTEND OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL?

If you attended this year’s 20th Anniversary Provincetown Film Festival, take this 5-minute survey about your experience! [TAKE THE SURVEY]


APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM

As part of the 100-year tradition of Provincetown as America’s oldest art colony, the Women’s Residency Program allows female filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work in Provincetown during the off-season alongside other artists and writers who use the solitude of the outer Cape Cod area as inspiration for their work.

The Women’s Residency Program is open to any woman-identifying filmmaker who has had an accepted entry in the Provincetown Film Festival. [FIND OUT MORE.]


NOW PLAYING

A non-profit arthouse cinema, operating year-round, and contributing to Provincetown’s tradition as America’s oldest and most vital art colony. Located on the mezzanine between the 2nd and 3rd floor of Whalers Wharf.

Rating: R, 128 minutes

BLACKkKLANSMAN tells the story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate. John David Washington stars as Stallworth in a performance that’s both compelling and indelible. When asked, director Spike Lee said, “I offered him the part. He didn’t have to audition. No meeting, no nothing. I sent him the book and said, ‘See you in September.’ I knew he could do it.” Lauded by critics as potentially Lee’s greatest film, BLACKkKALNSMAN holds a mirror up to today’s America by using one of the most powerful tools of all: our own history.

Rating: R, 94 minutes
Back by popular demand, EIGHTH GRADE was a selection at the 20th Anniversary of the Provincetown Film Festival. After being asked how the 27 year-old, childless, writer and first-time director Bo Burnham was able to just “get” what’s going on in eighth grade, Burnham said he watched hundreds of videos of kids talking about themselves online. He adds that “the boys tended to talk about Fortnite [and] the girls tended to talk about their souls, so I was like, ‘okay this is probably going to be a story about a girl.’ […] I just tried to listen and defer to the kids, and sort of let them author the story as much as possible.” In addition to having eighth graders tell the story, Burnham knew he wanted them to see it too. So, on August 8th, with the help of A24, theaters (like Waters Edge Cinema!) showed free screenings of EIGHTH GRADE, so eighth graders across the U.S. could see the film despite the R-rating. The commonality is that if you’ve been to eighth grade, then EIGHTH GRADE is for you.

WATERS EDGE PRESENTS: JOHN WATERS SERIES


THE LAUNCH with JULIE ROCKETT

Julie Rockett
Kiley Fitzgerald

Since this is the first issue of Pecker’s Point and first of a series called ‘The Launch’, I thought I would interview a comedian that’s about to launch a huge career. Her name is Kiley Fitzgerald and presently you can see her performing with Second City in Chicago. You may have seen her work at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that was hosted by her friend and former roommate, SNL’s Cecily Strong or seen her one-woman show about growing up in Southie called I Am My Mother’s Daughter.

I initially met Kiley when she was working at the Circle Cinema in Brookline, MA. It was New Year’s Eve, which was also my 20th birthday, and my friends, inexplicably, took me to see Schindler’s List. I remember going to the lobby and seeing Kiley counting down to the New Year. Since then I’ve laughed hysterically at her many shows at Improv Asylum, where she was a cast member, instructor, and director.

–Julie Rockett


Julie: Do you remember the first movie you ever saw?

Kiley: My parents took me to see Jaws when I was an infant but the first movie I remember seeing was Rocky.

Julie: What was the first movie you became obsessed with?

Kiley: Oh yes! I was obsessed with Rocky.

Julie: How did that obsession manifest itself?

Kiley: In so many ways. I ended up in a psychiatrist’s office over my Rocky obsession. I loved Rocky so much that I… I come from a long line of scrappy folks, so I think it’s just in my blood to like that film but right after I saw it I became truly obsessed. So much so that I had these little golden boxing gloves that were signed by Sugar Ray Leonard and I used to put them on. Then I would yell, ‘Ding! Ding!’ and then I would punch my grandmother in the butt. Her butt was right at my punching level and I would just punch her soft big butt. She would never get mad. She’d fake swear something like, ‘Oh cripes!’.

Julie: So how did you end up at a therapist’s office?

Kiley: I started to call myself, Rocky, and I insisted on everyone else calling me that, too. I used to take my shirt off and wouldn’t respond to anything else, to the point where at my own birthday party, my Mother gave me a piece of cake and then I wanted another piece of cake later. My mother said, “That piece of cake was for Rocky. But this piece of cake is for Kiley, not for Rocky.” I lost my mind. I wanted that cake so bad, but I refused to take it. My Mom, to her credit, just let me be. Until I insisted on being called ‘Bowzer’ from Sha-Na-Na.

Julie: If you could program Waters Edge Cinema with a bunch of films that you love, but you feel are underappreciated, what would you pick?

Kiley: (laughs) I feel like everything I like is underappreciated. Maybe my taste is crappy? But, I would say I love the comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. That comedy goes for the jugular. The scene where the dying girl is getting pushed around in a wheelchair while singing ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ kills me every time. And Kristen Dunst is so good in it. I feel like nobody but me likes her.
Julie: Oh, that’s not true. Our theatre manager, Heidi Bolinder, is a Dunst super fan.

Kiley: Thank God! There are others out there! There’s these two other scary movies that I love, See No Evil with Mia Farrow and The Boys From Brazil. Put the boys to sleep, watch them, and see if you can ever fall asleep again.

Julie: When I think of you, I think of comedy. What’s been your experience since leaving Boston and heading to Chicago?

Kiley: We are moving in the right direction, finally. For so long, we saw these beautiful women in comedic roles that were not comedians. That’s a waste of time for everyone. It’s my hope that with the Me Too and Time’s Up movement, that we as women having a controlling voice in how things are getting made and who gets to make them.

I think of Girl’s Trip which was an international phenomenon and I think that two or three years ago, that would have been a direct-to-video film. Its success lets those in charge know that there’s a huge, diverse audience out there. That there’s more to the world than super hero tropes.

I mean women are so good at comedy. We’re the ones that win the Oscars for it. Look at Whoopi, Marisa Tomei, and Mira Sorvino. Those were all comedic Oscar-winning roles.

At Second City, so much has changed in a short period of time. For example, non-binary people are taking on the ‘dad roles’ in sketches, just because they’re so good that you can’t overlook that they’re the best person for the role. Recently, we had a role of an unmarried, slutty mom. My African-American castmate spoke up and said she didn’t want to be cast in that role because she didn’t want to perpetuate this negative stereotype. I know that we didn’t feel like we could object at one point, but that’s not the case anymore… Of course, I volunteered for that role (laughs).

As an organization, we are working toward greater inclusion and transparency. I think that this will only make comedy better. When we’re not trying to make comedy pretty, when it’s just about who’s showing a different point of view and who’s putting out the best work, and when we don’t feel like we have someone’s foot on our neck, that’s when you’re going to see the best work out there. I think that’s the next wave. I can’t wait to see comedy flourish.

Julie: Thank you so much Kiley! I can’t wait to have you come back and visit us in Provincetown.

Kiley: Thank you! Yes, I can’t wait to get back there!

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