PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 WINNERS

June 17, 2018 – Provincetown, MA – The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the award winners of this year’s festival. The award winners are:
– HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature: AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir
– HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature: TIME FOR ILHAN, directed by Norah Shapiro
– The John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature, presented to a first time feature filmmaker: THE CAKEMAKER, directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
The judge for the John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature was filmmaker Dan Minahan (“Game of Thrones,” “True Blood,” SERIES 7).
– The John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature, presented to a first time feature filmmaker: A FINE LINE, directed by Joanna James
The judge for the John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature was Richard Lawson, chief critic, Vanity Fair.
– HBO Documentary Short Film: LANDLINE, directed by Matt Houghton
– Here Media Best Queer Short Film: MARGUERITE, directed by Maria Gracia Turgeon
– Best Narrative Short Film: WREN BOYS, directed by Harry Lighton
– Best Animated Short Film: NEGATIVE SPACE, directed by Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
– Best New England Short Film: BECAUSE YOU’RE HERE, directed by Mike Syers
– Best Student Short Film: GIRL FRIEND, directed by Chloe Sarbib
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The Short Film Jury consisted of Cara Cusamano, Director of Programming, Tribeca Film Festival; David Nihn, Director of Press & Publicity, Kino Lorber; and filmmaker Elizabeth Rose (PIFF 2017 award winner, Best Narrative Short Film).
As previously announced, Sean Baker was presented with the 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge Award in conversation with filmmaker John Waters; Molly Shannon received the Excellence in Acting Award in conversation with film scholar B. Ruby Rich; and Chloë Grace Moretz received the Next Wave Award in conversation with Sundance Film Festival’s John Cooper.
Major sponsors of the 2018 Provincetown International Film Festival include Comcast/Xfinity, HBO, HereTV, Boston Harbor Cruises, Crown and Anchor, Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Provincetown Tourism Fund, Pilgrim House, Sea Glass Inn, The Palette Fund and Mallrd Foundation.
About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:
To make Provincetown – with its unique combination of art institutions, culture, history and natural beauty – the global destination for creative exploration in film.
The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. From the time it was founded in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved – but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled amongst spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. Through its Festival, Waters Edge Cinema and Women’s Media Summit, the Society endeavors to support artists year-round and to promote gender equity in U.S. entertainment media.
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MOLLY SHANNON TO RECEIVE EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD FROM PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

— Kim Masters named keynote speaker at Evan Lawson Filmmaker Brunch —

— Chloë Grace Moretz, Cory Michael Smith, Amy Seimetz join “Modern Love Live,” presented by WBUR and The New York Times —

— Christine Vachon, PIFFtalks and additional programming announced —

May 21, 2018 (Provincetown, MA) – The Provincetown International Film Festival announced today that actress Molly Shannon will receive the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award. The Independent Spirit Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee will visit Provincetown to accept the award on Saturday, June 16, in conversation with author and film scholar B. Ruby Rich at Provincetown Town Hall.

Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on “Saturday Night Live,” during which she created iconic characters such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. In 2000, she received an Emmy nomination on behalf of her work on the show.

On television, Shannon was most recently seen starring in the second season of the hit HBO series, “Divorce,” in addition to making guest appearances on NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace,” the “Wet Hot American Summer” miniseries for Netflix, which served as a prequel to the cult comedy classic film of the same name (which Shannon also starred in), “Enlightened” for which she received her second Emmy nomination, “Raising Hope,” among many others.

In 2016, Molly received critical acclaim and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her emotional performance in Chris Kelly’s film, OTHER PEOPLE. This year, Shannon is earning praise for her leading role of Emily Dickinson in Madeleine Olnek’s dramatic comedy, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY. The film will open the festival. Other on-screen film credits include the independent dark comedy THE LITTLE HOURS; Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL; Sofia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE; Ron Howard’s HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS; and the cult classic WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER.

“Comedy, drama, film, television, Broadway… you name it, Molly Shannon can do it. We’ve been enormous fans for years and are thrilled to honor the singular talents of Molly Shannon at our 20th anniversary festival,” said Andrew Peterson, PIFF’s Director of Programming.

Additionally, the festival announced that editor, author and radio host Kim Masters will give the keynote address at this year’s Evan Lawson Filmmakers’ Brunch. Masters is editor-at-Large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business. A former correspondent for NPR and “Entertainment Journalist of the Year,” she has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Time and Esquire, and was a staff reporter for the Washington Post. Masters will speak on her experience in the film industry, being a voice in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and what will come next for gender equity after the revelations of abuse in Hollywood.

Held each Sunday of the festival, the fifth annual breakfast supports the Gabrielle A. Hanna Film Institute and its mission of supporting underrepresented filmmakers and artists.

“Kim Masters’ extensive reporting and insider knowledge of Hollywood puts her in the unique position to provide context and meaning at a critical juncture for race and gender equity in U.S. entertainment media,” said Christine Walker, Executive Director of PIFF and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “For those who believe that the Weinstein story is only relevant to a rarefied group of individuals, Masters’ insight will help dispel that notion.”

Lastly, PIFF provided further details on its “Modern Love Live” podcast event, presented by WBUR and The New York Times, as well as lineup of daily panels (PIFFtalks). Details below:

MODERN LOVE LIVE, presented by WBUR and The New York Times – Friday, June 15, 6:30pm at Town Hall
Join WBUR and The New York Times in this very special event at the Provincetown Film Festival, where the joys and tribulations of love come to life during Modern Love Live, a live recording of their hit podcast based on the popular New York Times column. This exceptional evening will include Modern Love essay readings by Chloë Grace Moretz (THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, KICK-ASS), Cory Michael Smith (Gotham, CAROL, WONDERSTRUCK, 1985) and Amy Seimetz (WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, The Girlfriend Experience), hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, and accompanied by live sound recording. Live music by will also be featured.
*Hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti

PIFFtalks: ALL ABOUT EMILY: REIMAGINING A LIFE – Thursday, June 14, 10:00am at Provincetown Theater
Join the WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY creative team, including director Madeleine Olnek and actress Amy Seimetz, for a lively conversation about adapting the life and loves of Emily Dickinson into a raucous and unexpected comedy. With extensive research, Olnek pieced together a thoroughly original story from the poet’s writings and scholarship on Dickinson. After seeing WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY and hearing the stories about the film’s creation you’ll never look at Emily Dickinson the same again!
*Moderated by Janice Page, Film Editor, The Boston Globe

PIFFtalks: CONVERSATION WITH CHLOË GRACE MORETZ, NEXT WAVE HONOREE – Friday, June 15, 12:00pm at The Pilgrim House
Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper returns to Provincetown to be in conversation with 2018 Provincetown Next Wave Honoree Chloë Grace Moretz as they discuss her career, including her leading role in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. Given the amazing directors with whom Chloë’s collaborated (Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Kimberly Pierce, Neil Jordan and Luca Guadagnino, among many others), there should be a lot to discuss. Come hear and meet one of the best young actors working in Hollywood. Tickets include a post-conversation reception.
*Chloë Grace Moretz will be in conversation with Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper

PIFFtalks: CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINE VACHON – Saturday, June 16, 10:00am at Provincetown Theater
Christine Vachon was our second ever Filmmaker on the Edge honoree (in 2000) and she was already a major force in the independent film scene. The industry has changed immensely since then, yet Christine’s passion for producing groundbreaking films and her ability to shepherd fiercely independent projects has only flourished. Christine Vachon, returns to Provincetown to share tales of her illustrious career over the past two decades with no sign of letting up. Her extensive credits include: POISON, BOY’S DON’T CRY, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, FAR FROM HEAVEN, STILL ALICE, and CAROL.
*Christine Vachon will be in conversation with journalist and author Mark Harris

PIFFtalks: AN ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE – Sunday, June 17, 10:30am at Waters Edge 2
Director Ondi Timoner brings her narrative debut MAPPLETHORPE to Provincetown for Closing Night and we want to hear her perspective on creating a film about a seminal figure in the art world. Jo Hay is a celebrated artist working in Provincetown and the subject of a new short film by Lois Norman. We welcome these filmmakers and artists to discuss their work, their inspiration, and their challenges, as they find a way to tell their fascinating stories.
*Moderated by Steven Raphael, Founder/President, Required Viewing

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 13 – 17, 2018 in Provincetown, MA. Festival passes are now on sale. For more information, visit www.ptownfilmfest.org.

The 2018 Honoree Awards are sponsored by: Celebrity Page, The Mallrd Foundation, The Palette Fund, & The George H Scanlon Foundation, and Roderick’s Bookkeeping and Payroll. Major sponsors of the 2018 Provincetown International Film Festival include Comcast/Xfinity, HBO, HereTV, Boston Harbor Cruises, Crown and Anchor, Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Provincetown Tourism Fund, Sage Inn and Pilgrim House, and Sea Glass Inn.

Press Materials: https://tinyurl.com/PIFF2018

About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:
To make Provincetown – with its unique combination of art institutions, culture, history and natural beauty – the global destination for creative exploration in film.

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. From the time it was founded in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved – but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled amongst spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. Through its Festival, Waters Edge Cinema and Women’s Media Summit, the Society endeavors to support artists year-round and to promote gender equity in U.S. entertainment media.

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PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 LINEUP

– MAPPLETHORPE selected as Closing Night Film –

May 1, 2018 (Provincetown, MA) – Celebrating 20 years of “filmmaking on the edge,” the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today its complete lineup of narrative, documentary and short films. Ondi Timoner’s MAPPLETHORPE, starring Matt Smith, has been selected as the Closing Night film. Said Artistic Director Lisa Viola, “For our 20th anniversary festival, we are absolutely thrilled to present a lineup featuring new work by a group of extraordinarily talented filmmakers, and we are especially proud that all five of our Spotlight films are directed by women!” The full lineup is below.

OPENING NIGHT

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY – directed by Madeleine Olnek (Wednesday, June 13)

CLOSING NIGHT

MAPPLETHORPE¬ ¬– directed by Ondi Timoner (Sunday, June 17)

SPOTLIGHT SELECTIONS

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST – directed by Desiree Akhavan (Thursday, June 14)
AND BREATHE NORMALLY – directed by Ísold Uggadóttir (Friday, June 15)
LEAVE NO TRACE – directed by Debra Granik (Saturday, June 16)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS/EVENTS

JOHN WATERS PRESENTS: I, OLGA – directed by Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb
MODERN LOVE LIVE, presented by WBUR and The New York Times at the Provincetown Film Festival (Friday, June 15)
FEMALE TROUBLE – directed by John Waters
MIDNIGHT COWBOY – directed by John Schlesinger
TANGERINE – directed by Sean Baker

NARRATIVE FEATURES

1985 – directed by Yen Tan
BLINDSPOTTING– directed by Carlos López Estrada
THE CAKEMAKER – directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
THE CHILDREN ACT – directed by Richard Eyre
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT – directed by Gus Van Sant
EIGHTH GRADE – directed by Bo Burnham
THE GUILTY – directed by Gustav Möller
HEARTS BEAT LOUD– directed by Brett Haley
A KID LIKE JAKE – directed by Silas Howard
LEMONADE – directed by Ioana Uricaru
LOVELING – directed by Gustavo Pizzi
MADELINE’S MADELINE – directed by Josephine Decker
MARIO – directed by Marcel Gisler
NIGHT COMES ON – directed by Jordana Spiro
PUZZLE – directed by Marc Turtletaub
WE THE ANIMALS – directed by Jeremiah Zagar

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

CAPTURING THE FLAG – directed by Anne de Mare
CHEF FLYNN – directed by Cameron Yates
DAWNLAND – directed by Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip
EVERY ACT OF LIFE – directed by Jeff Kaufman
A FINE LINE – directed by Joanna James
GENERATION WEALTH – directed by Lauren Greenfield
THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA – directed by Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
JOHN McENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION – directed by Julien Faraut
LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE – directed by Ron Davis
McQUEEN – directed by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING – directed by Nathaniel Kahn
ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND – directed by Marina Zenovich
SCIENCE FAIR – directed by Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster
SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD – directed by Matt Tyrnauer
THE SENTENCE – directed by Rudy Valdez
STUDIO 54 – directed by Matt Tyrnauer
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS – directed by Tim Wardle
TIME FOR ILHAN – directed by Norah Shapiro
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST – directed by Lorna Tucker
WYETH – directed by Glenn Holsten

SHORTS

AFTER PROM – directed by Nona Schamus
BABS – directed by Celine Held & Logan George
BECAUSE YOU’RE HERE – directed by Mike Syers
BRAINWORM BILLY – directed by Emily Hubley
THE DARE PROJECT – directed by Adam Salky, written by David Brind
EDWARD HOPPER & MARSHALL’S HOUSE – directed by Bob Burnett
FEVAH – directed by Randall Dottin
GIRL FRIEND – directed by Chloe Sarbib
HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS – directed by Jeanette L. Buck
JUDITH LOVES MARTHA – directed by Anna Gaskell
KEEPER – directed by Marnie Crawford Samuelson & Shane Hofeldt
KHOL (OPEN) – directed by Faroukh Virani
LANDLINE – directed by Matt Houghton
THE LAYOVER – directed by Joe Stankus & Ashley Connor
LONESOME WILLCOX – directed by Ryan Maxey & Zack Wright
MARGUERITE – directed by Maria Gracia Turgeon
MAUDE – directed by Anna Margaret Hollyman
MEN DON’T WHISPER – directed by Jordan Firstman
MOTHER MOTHER – directed by Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
NEGATIVE SPACE – directed by Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
NEUTRAL – directed by Nathan Barnatt
PAID FOR BY – EPISODE 2 – DIANE BUSCH’S WOMEN’S ISSUE AD – directed by Dawn Smith
SET ME AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART – directed by Omer Tobi
SHE IS JUICED: SLICE ONE – JO HAY – directed by Lois Norman
SLEEPOVER – directed by Jimi Vall Peterson
SUPER 8 DAZE – directed by Rob Hampton & John Morgan
WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER – directed by Goran Stolevski
WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE 2: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS –directed by Don Herzfeldt
WREN BOYS – directed by Harry Lighton

As previously announced, the festival will kick off with the New England premiere of WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, starring Molly Shannon. Written and directed by Madeleine Olnek, the film is a dramatic comedy about the secret life of Emily Dickinson. Additionally, acclaimed director Sean Baker will receive the “Filmmaker on the Edge” Award in conversation with John Waters, and actress Chloë Grace Moretz will be on hand to receive the festival’s Next Wave Award; Moretz’s latest film, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, is a Spotlight selection.

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 13 – 17, 2018 in Provincetown, MA. Festival passes are now on sale.

The 2018 Honoree Awards are sponsored by: Celebrity Page, The Mallrd Foundation, The Palette Fund, & The George H Scanlon Foundation, and Roderick’s Bookkeeping and Payroll. Major sponsors of the 2018 Provincetown International Film Festival include Comcast/Xfinity, HBO, HereTV, Boston Harbor Cruises, Crown and Anchor, Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Provincetown Tourism Fund, Sage Inn and Pilgrim House, and Sea Glass Inn.

Press Materials: https://tinyurl.com/PIFF2018

About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:
To make Provincetown – with its unique combination of art institutions, culture, history and natural beauty – the global destination for creative exploration in film.

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. From the time it was founded in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved – but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled amongst spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. Through its Festival, Waters Edge Cinema and Women’s Media Summit, the Society endeavors to support artists year-round and to promote gender equity in U.S. entertainment media.

Facebook: facebook.com/PtownFilm/
Twitter: @PtownFilm
Instagram: @PtownFilm

Press Contacts
RJ Millard / Kory Mello
Obscured Pictures
212.620.0727
rj@obscuredpictures.com
kory@obscuredpictures.com

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