Now in its 15th year, the Film Art Series brings art-house cinema and film conversations to Provincetown during the community’s quieter months. Curated and hosted by Howard Karren, presented by Provincetown Film Society and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Screenings are held at 7pm every other Wednesday (except as noted) at Waters Edge Cinema
Season Passes, which include admission to the Kick-Off Celebration and all 14 screenings through May 18, 2022, are $185 for the general public, or $135 for PFS or PAAM members. Individual tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office the night of the screenings. Individual tickets to the Kick-Off Celebration screening are $25.
Have an unused pass from 2020? Please call PAAM at 508-487-1750.
Part I: “Love & Death”
Romance, breaking the law, and risking one’s life, all together.
November 17, 7 p.m. (Kick-Off Celebration)
Directed by John Carpenter. With Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith. 1 hour, 55 minutes.
John Carpenter is an expert at elevating B genre movies into something terrific, such as Assault on Precinct 13, (a western in ’60s ghetto garb), Halloween (an iconic horror fable), and Starman, a tender sci-fi romance, starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who resurrects the DNA of Karen Allen’s deceased husband and then shows her the universal nature of love.
December 1, 7 p.m.
Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1937)
Co-scripted and directed by Jean Renoir; adaptation and dialogue by Jacques Prévert. With René Lefèvre, Florelle, and Jules Berry. In French, with subtitles. Black and white. 1 hour, 17 minutes.
From Jean Renoir’s classic decade of filmmaking in the 1930s (from La Chienne to The Rules of the Game) comes an exuberant, amusing, resonant crime caper about a publisher and author of hard-boiled books.
December 15, 7 p.m.
Sidewalk Stories (1989)
Written, directed, and starring Charles Lane. Black and white. 1 hour, 37 minutes.
This small-scaled gem by African American filmmaker Charles Lane —a trailblazer of the indie film movement — is about a street artist who rescues a baby after her father is murdered.
January 5, 2022, 7 p.m.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Rian Johnson, the slick stylist behind Knives Out and Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi, made his directing debut with this utterly idiosyncratic indie neo-noir. It’s set in a California high school with its own distinctive patois, and features an appealing cast of young actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as its Marlowe-like teenage gumshoe.
January 19, 2022, 7 p.m.
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Based on the novel by Margarete Böhme. With Louise Brooks. Silent, black and white. 1 hour, 55 minutes.
Louise Brooks is an American treasure, partly for her revelatory proto-feminist memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, and partly for the dazzling performances she gave in two silent G.W. Pabst movies shot in Germany after she fled La-La-Land and its tyrannical studios: Pandora’s Box and this, a cautionary tale about forgotten women.
February 2, 2022, 7 p.m.
Married to the Mob (1988)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Mercedes Ruehl, and Alec Baldwin. 1 hour, 44 minutes.
Before the outsized box-office and Oscar success of The Silence of the Lambs made director Jonathan Demme a self-serious auteur, he concocted a string of funky, experimental comedies, including this charmer, featuring Michelle Pfeiffer as a mafia wife and Matthew Modine as a trickster of an FBI agent.
Part II: Artists and Other Seekers
Characters that create their own spiritual and personal truths.