SEAN BAKER TO BE NAMED PROVINCETOWN FILM FESTIVAL’S “FILMMAKER ON THE EDGE,” CHLOË GRACE MORETZ TO RECEIVE “NEXT WAVE AWARD”

— WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY selected as Opening Night Film for festival’s 20th celebration —

March 27, 2018 (Provincetown, MA) – Marking its 20th anniversary, the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today that acclaimed writer/director Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE) will be named the 2018 “Filmmaker on the Edge.” Baker will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Saturday, June 16. Additionally, actress Chloë Grace Moretz (THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, IF I STAY), will receive the festival’s second annual “Next Wave Award,” which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Moretz will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper on Friday, June 15, and in support of her film THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, which is a PIFF Spotlight selection.

“As we approach the next 20 years of celebrating the most distinctive voices in independent cinema, our honorees this year embody our greatest hopes for the world of storytelling,” said Christine Walker, Executive Director of PIFF and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “Sean Baker will be long recognized as one of the most masterful, empathetic, and important filmmakers of his generation. Chloë Grace Moretz, already a veteran at age 21, takes the kind of bold risks both in front of the camera and behind the scenes that profoundly influence diversity in the stories that are told as well as the make-up of those storytellers.”

PIFF also announced that the festival will kick off with the New England premiere of WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, a dramatic comedy about the secret life of Emily Dickinson, portrayed by Molly Shannon. Hailed by Indiewire as “the best lesbian comedy in years,” this independent film explores Dickinson’s vivacious, irreverent side — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it received rave reviews. Writer/director Madeleine Olnek was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for the film. The Opening Night Film will screen on Wednesday, June 13 at Provincetown Town Hall.

“We are absolutely delighted to open our 20th anniversary festival with Madeleine’s Olnek’s wickedly funny and completely original, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY,” said Lisa Viola, PIFF’s Artistic Director. “The humor and compassion showcased in Molly Shannon’s brilliant portrayal of Emily Dickinson is a pure joy.”

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 13 – 17, 2018 in Provincetown, MA. Festival passes go on sale on Friday, March 23. America’s oldest artist colony, Provincetown has been home to the likes of Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Anthony Bourdain, John Waters, and Ryan Murphy.

The 2018 Honoree Awards are sponsored by: Celebrity Page, The Mallrd Foundation, The Palette Fund, & The George H Scanlon Foundation. 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, 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, Cinema and Institute, the Society endeavors to give year-round support to aspiring and up-and-coming, and established independent filmmakers, and to connect them with curious and engaged audiences globally.

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“Filmmaker on the Edge” Award
PIFF’s “Filmmaker on the Edge” Award is the festival’s premier filmmaking award, presented to celebrated filmmakers who push the boundaries of their craft. Previous recipients of the award include Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, David Cronenberg, Mary Harron, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Christine Vachon, and Gus Van Sant. The award’s polysemic title is an ode to Provincetown’s location at the outermost point of Cape Cod.

Sean Baker
Sean Baker is the director of THE FLORIDA PROJECT, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24. The film was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature and Best Director; a Gotham Award for Best Feature; and Baker was awarded Best Director of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film’s stars, Brooklynn Prince and Willem Dafoe, also earned much acclaim, with Dafoe earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Baker’s previous film, TANGERINE, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. It was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director, and four Gotham Awards including Best Feature (it won the Audience Award). Earlier films TAKE OUT (2008) and PRINCE OF BROADWAY (2009) were both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, and STARLET (2012) was the recipient of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award and a Cassavetes nomination.

Chloë Grace Moretz
Captivating audiences since she was five years old in Michael Bay’s remake of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, Chloë Grace Moretz has since appeared in nearly thirty films. Her breakout role in Matthew Vaughn’s cult classic film KICK-ASS, followed by a starring role in Matt Reeves’ remake of LET ME IN, landed her on numerous top performances lists. In 2014, Moretz received a People Magazine award for “Next Generation Star” for her prolific work in television and film. She was also listed on Time’s “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” and “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016.” Her on-screen credits include R.J. Cutler’s IF I STAY (for which she won the 2015 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress”); Olivier Assayas’ CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA; Antoine Fuqua’s THE EQUALIZER; Kimberly Peirce’s remake of CARRIE; Martin Scorsese’s HUGO; and Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS. Moretz can currently be seen as the title character in the gay conversion therapy drama, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.

Press Contacts
RJ Millard / Kory Mello
Obscured Pictures
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THE PROVINCETOWN FILM SOCIETY CELEBRATES WOMEN’S WEEK WITH DESERT HEART’S DIRECTOR DONNA DEITCH AND PRESENTS A FESTIVAL PROGRAM OF FILMS MADE FOR, ABOUT, AND BY WOMEN OCTOBER 6 – 15, 2017 WITH DAILY SCREENINGS AT THE WATERS EDGE CINEMA

Provincetown, MA: The Provincetown Film Society is pleased to present an exciting line-up of film screenings with special filmmaker appearances and events during women’s week October 6 – 15, 2017. Among the highlights of the ten-day showcase of films made for, about, and by women, is the 31st Anniversary re-release of Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual groundbreaking film DESERT HEARTS. Deitch will also be honored at the 3rd Annual Women Filmmaker’s Residency brunch on Friday, October 13, 11 am – 1 pm at Harbor Lounge.

Provincetown Film Society CEO said, “It is a thrill to honor Donna Deitch, whose passionate and beautiful drama DESERT HEARTS is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential mainstream fiction films about lesbian relationships and who has since managed to carve out a remarkably sustained career in media.”

Other featured films in the series are Catherine Gund and Deresha Kyi’s 2017 PIFF audience-pleaser CHEVALA based on the life of Chevala Vargas, musical pioneer, hard-drinking rebel and queer icon who captured the heart of Frida Kahlo and the imagination of Pedro Almodovar; and a shorts program with Robin Kampf’s LOVE WINS that tells the story of two women, Jan (80) and Emily (85), who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. During this time, they raised a family of 3 children, while living in suburban New Jersey, completely in the closet. They’d travel to Provincetown each year, where for one week would be able to live their true lives. Actor Blaire Baron will also be on hand to present her provocative short titled THE CANDIDATE. Based on popular demand, Andrea Myerson’s CLAMBAKE and Maggie Rizzi’s ANN MAGUIRE: AN AMERICAN HERO will also screen. Here is the full program:

31st ANNIVERSARY RE-RELEASE OF DESERT HEARTS directed by Donna Deitch
Screens Daily from Oct 6 – 15
Fri, Oct 6, 5:15 pm & 7:30 pm
Sat – Mon, Oct 7-9, 3 pm, 5:15 pm, 7:30 pm
Tue – Sun, Oct 10-15, 3 pm & 7:30 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A Thur, Fri, Sat)

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, DESERT HEARTS, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

The conversation will be moderated by award-winning journalist and The Provincetown Banner Editor Ann Wood.

View DESERT HEARTS Trailer

CHAVELA directed by Catherine Gund and Deresha Kyi
Screens Daily from October 6 – October 15
Fri & Sat, Oct 6 & 7, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm
Sun – Tue, Oct 8 – 10, 2:30 & 4:30 pm
Mon & Tue, Oct 9 & 10, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm
Tue, Oct 10, 6:30 pm
Wed, Oct 11, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
Thu, Oct 12, 2:30, 4:30 pm
Fri, Oct 13, 2:30 pm, 4:45 pm
Sat & Sun, Oct 14 & 15, 4:45 pm, 7:00 pm

Musical pioneer, hard-drinking rebel, and queer icon, Chavela Vargas captured the heart of Frida Kahlo and the imagination of Pedro Almodovar, who frequently used
her vocals in his films. Her scandalous reputation saw her blacklisted from the largest performance venues in Mexico for much of her career until she rightfully, and triumphantly, took the world by storm in her 70s, enjoying sold out shows in Spain and France — and finally, her native Mexico. Featuring interviews with key figures in her life, including film auteur Almodovar.

View CHAVELA Trailer

CLAMBAKE directed by Andrea Meyerson
Mon, Oct 9, 6:30 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A)
Sat, Oct 14, 3 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A)

CLAMBAKE charts the growth of Women’s Week in Provincetown, from its inception to the thriving lesbian mecca it is today. Documenting its 30-year journey through archival footage, photos and interviews with celebrities and organizers, the film casts an historical and hysterical look at what a few innovative women can accomplish.

View Clambake trailer

LESBIAN SHORTS PRESENTATION: LOVE WINS directed by Robin Kampf & THE CANDIDATE with Director and Actor Blaire Baron
Sun, Oct 8, 6:30 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Mon, Oct 9, 4:30 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Tue & Thu, Oct 10 & 12, 3 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Wed, Oct 11, 5 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Fri, Oct 13, 7:30 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Sat & Sun Oct 14 & 15, 3 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)

Love Wins is a half-hour documentary that tells the story of two women, Jan (80) and Emily (85), who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. During this time, they raised a family of 3 children, while living in suburban New Jersey, completely in the closet. They’d travel to Provincetown each year, where for one week would be able to live their true lives. Their story has many layers to it, not the least of which is that Jan met Emily while Emily was working with Jan’s husband! Their compelling and at times, humorous story gives a fascinating look in to how gay couples lived double lives, fearing being “outted.” After 45 years of living that double life, Jan and Emily finally got married, once marriage equality passed as law in New Jersey and now both women are community activists and proud flag-waving members of the social movement that changed the course of history.

View LOVE WINS trailer

SHORT FILM PRESENTATION: ANN MAGUIRE: AN AMERICAN HERO
Wed, Oct 11, 2:30 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)
Thu, Oct 12, 7 pm (Filmmakers in attendance for Q & A)

Ann Maguire’s remarkable career is highlighted by pioneering roles in politics, public service, and activism over five decades. Among her achievements are co-founding the Greater Boston Lesbian-Gay Political Alliance, managing the campaign for the first openly gay elected state official in the country, serving as the Chief of Health and Human Services in Boston for Mayor Tony Menino, creating the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and supporting countless causes for the homeless. The story of Ann Maguire shows how one person can make a significant and lasting difference.

SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Mon, Oct 9, @ 6 pm, Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial Street, Tickets are $25.00.

Meet the filmmakers and preview the week’s upcoming events and screenings. Ticket includes screening of CLAMBAKE or DESERT HEARTS.

AUTHORS AND FILMMAKERS MEET AND GREET CO-SPONSORED BY THE GOLDEN CROWN LITERARY SOCIETY

Wed, Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm, Sage Inn and Lounge, Free with ticket stub from any Women’s Week screening.

Talk story, enjoy snacks and a cash bar, and socialize with writers of lesbian content. Afterwards, join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with burgeoning screenwriters.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ADAPTING LESBIANS: WRITING LESBIAN STORIES FOR THE SCREEN Co-sponsored by The Golden Crown Literary Society

Wed, Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm, Free with ticket stub from any Women’s Week screening

Moderated by Christine Walker, CEO of the Provincetown Film Society and Executive Director of PIFF with writers Lucy Madison, Caroline Hart, and Laurie Hart.

 

WOMEN FILMMAKERS RESIDENCY BENEFIT BRUNCH: IN CONVERSATION WITH DESERT HEARTS DIRECTOR DONNA DEITCH

Sponsored by Harbor Lounge & Angel Foods

Fri, Oct 13 @ 11 – 1 pm, Harbor Lounge, $35.00 for members, $50.00 General Admission

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Donna Deitch is a director and producer with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Her landmark lesbian love story Desert Hearts (1986) was a hit at the Telluride, Toronto and Sundance film festivals. Desert Hearts made an impression on Oprah Winfrey, too, and she subsequently hired Deitch to direct her first TV movie, the Emmy-nominated ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place. Many other TV directing credits followed, including five network pilots and numerous cable and network films such as HBO’s Prison Stories: Women on the Inside; ABC’s sexual harassment-themed Sexual Advances; and Showtime’s gay/lesbian-themed Common Ground and Holocaust-themed The Devil’s Arithmetic, for which Deitch received an Outstanding Directing Emmy Award. She has also directed many hours of episodic television drama including numerous episodes of NYPD Blue, ER, Heroes, Law and Order: SVU, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Judging Amy and A Gifted Man, among others.

Visit our dropbox folder for photos and other press materials, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lmudghmbjd8zair/AAARshEXE4gjXBOh8AOrr-wva?dl=0

 

All-Access Passes to all screenings and events can be purchased for $100. Tickets for the Women Filmmaker’s Residency Benefit Brunch are General Admission @ $50.00 and Members @ $35.00. Opening Night Reception and Film screening is $25.00. Tickets for individual screenings are: General Admission @ $12.00; Senior @ $10.00; and Members @ $8.00. Purchase passes and tickets online at www. Provincetownfilm.org or at our cinema box office @ 237 Commercial Street, located on the mezzanine between the 2nd and 3rd floor of Whalers Wharf.

 

ABOUT PFS

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a nonprofit 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 it’s founding in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities, which 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 among spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. Through the Provincetown International Film Festival, Waters Edge Cinema, and Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute, the Society endeavors to give year-round support to independent filmmakers, and to connect them with curious and engaged audiences globally.

For more information, contact Christine Walker, Christine@ptownfilm.org, 612.867.6628

Visit our dropbox folder for photos and other press materials:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lmudghmbjd8zair/AAARshEXE4gjXBOh8AOrr-wva?dl=0

THE WOMEN’S MEDIA SUMMIT PRESENTS A WHITE PAPER ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUITY IN U.S. ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND LAUNCHES TWO NEW PROGRAMS: THE WOMEN’S MEDIA ACTION COALITION (WeMac) and GRADE MY MOVIE, A NEW ONLINE CONSUMER TOOL

September 20, 2017 – Provincetown, MA – The Women’s Media Summit, a group of over 100 thought leaders from various industries today issued a white paper that outlines an action plan for eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media. This white paper lays out the persistent problem of gender inequality in entertainment media and provides a practical action plan to achieve equal representation of women behind the scenes and on the screen in film, television, and streaming platforms. Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and green-lighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television.

Caroline Heldman, co-author of the white paper said: “A lot of smart people have been working on gender injustice in entertainment media for decades, but progress has been slow and stagnant in recent years. This White Paper provides the blueprint for a new national movement to demand an equal seat at the table for women in entertainment media.”

This white paper was generated through the collective effort of over 100 thought leaders from various industries who came together in Provincetown, MA in April of 2017 for the Women’s Media Summit. Attendees brought their expertise as directors, producers, writers, professors, non-profit leaders, political representatives, attorneys, and corporate CEOs. Together, they gained a shared understanding of the barriers to gender justice in entertainment media and brainstormed effective strategies for knocking them down.

Keynote Speaker Alysia Reiner said: “The Women’s Media Summit was so deeply powerful because we came together as a community of women and created The White Paper, our plan of action: unique solutions with time frames and specific goals, including the funding and marketing, and tax breaks for content made by women. As an actress and producer who loves hiring other women and breaking both statics and status quo, I love that we are helping create an actual system to reward those choices.”

Summit participants identified seven strategies for gender justice in media: 1) litigation against gender discriminatory practices; 2) lobbying policymakers at the federal level to address persistent gender discrimination in entertainment media; 3) tax credits to encourage the hiring of more female filmmakers; 4) development of a financing network for female filmmakers; 5) development of a promotion fund to advertise films made by women; 6) development of a marketing campaign to educate the public about the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood; and 7) development of a consumer campaign to encourage viewers to vote with their dollars for gender equity.

Christine Walker, Summit producer and co-author of the white paper said: “Efforts are already underway to run a concerted campaign using litigation, legislation, and consumer activism to pressure the industry to do the right thing by hiring more women behind the scenes and featuring more and better female characters in film, television, and streaming media.”

Two new programs were created in the wake of the Summit: the Women’s Media Action Coalition (WeMac), a coalition to oversee implementation of the seven strategies (WeMac.org), and GradeMyMovie.com, a tool for consumers to reward films with crews that include women and people of color in key storytelling positions. This white paper is the blueprint for a new national movement to achieve gender justice in entertainment media. The stories and images in media are influential in shaping virtually every aspect of our lives, and it is vitally important for women to take their rightful place as equal participants to and contributors in our cultural narrative.

Maria Giese, Summit Co-Chair and co-author of the white paper said: “Hollywood has kept women filmmakers shut out for decades because it is allowed to self-regulate and faces no effective oversight body. Now is the time to stop relying on inside-industry solutions and demand the opportunity for equal participation in our nation’s cultural narrative.”

To download the white paper:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3eykzu0dyharq58/AAA_ozHQCLrva0SqAOSVDADca?dl=0

The Women’s Media Summit is an annual event held in Provincetown, MA and hosted by the Provincetown Film Society. For more information about the Women’s Media Summit, go to womensmediasummit.org.

For footage from the summit, go to Women’s Media Summit Video.

Press Contacts

RJ Millard / Kory Mello

Obscured Pictures

212.620.0727

rj@obscuredpictures.com

kory@obscuredpictures.com

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