Provincetown International Film Festival Announces 2019 Winners

June 16, 2019 – Provincetown, MA – The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the award winners of this year’s festival. The winners are:

– HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature: OFFICIAL SECRETS, directed by Gavin Hood

– HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature: LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

– The John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker: SWALLOW, directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis

The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature was producer Christine Vachon.

– The John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker: GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, directed by David Charles Rodrigues

The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature was writer/producer Mark Protosevich.

– HBO Documentary Short Film: CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961, directed by Sini Anderson

– Here Media Best Queer Short Film: LAVENDER, directed by Matthew Puccini

– Best Narrative Short Film: LOCKDOWN, directed by Celine Held and Logan George

– Best Animated Short Film: UNDER COVERS, directed by Michaela Olsen

– Best New England Short Film: THE BLACK MAMBAS, directed by Bruce Donnelly

– Best Student Short Film: FRAN THIS SUMMER, directed by Mary Evangelista

The Short Film Jury was made up of activist Byllye Avery; filmmaker Rhys Ernst; and musician J Mascis.

As previously announced, John Cameron Mitchell was presented with the 2019 Filmmaker on the Edge Award in conversation with filmmaker John Waters; Judith Light received the Excellence in Acting Award in conversation with film and theater critic David Rooney (The Hollywood Reporter); and Jillian Bell received the Next Wave Award in conversation with Vanity Fair’s chief critic Richard Lawson.

Major sponsors of the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival include HBO, Here Media TV, Edge Media Network, The Boston Globe, The Provincetown Banner, Seaglass Inn and Spa, Bubalas By the Bay, the Crown and Anchor Inn, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Edrington, and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.

Press Materials: www.tinyurl.com/PIFF19

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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Judith Light to Receive Excellence in Acting Award from Provincetown Film Festival

— Next Wave Awards program expanded to recognize emerging talent at the festival –
— Tim McCarthy LGBTQ International Scholarship Program, Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Mentorship Award, Evan T. Lawson Freedom of Expression Award honorees announced —
— John Cameron Mitchell, Hannah Pearl Utt and musicians Roxanne Layton and Peter Ciluzzi join “Modern Love Live,” presented by WBUR and The New York Times —
— Jillian Bell Talk, PIFFtalks and additional programming announced –

May 30, 2019 (Provincetown, MA) – The Provincetown International Film Festival announced today that actress Judith Light will receive the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award. The two time Tony Award-winner will attend the festival to accept the award on Saturday, June 15 in conversation at Provincetown Town Hall.

Light is known for her extensive body of television, film, and stage work. In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties; these two performances dubbed her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tonys. Last year, her role in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story garnered her an Emmy nomination and a Critics Choice nomination.

This fall she stars with Bette Midler and Ben Platt in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician and in the musical finale of Transparent, Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe–winning series, created by Jill Soloway, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy and Critics’ Choice nominations.

Light stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in BEFORE YOU KNOW IT which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by distributor 1091. The film will close this year’s festival, with director Hannah Pearl Utt in attendance for Q&A. The Excellence in Acting Award is sponsored by The Mallrd Foundation, the Palette Fund, and Celebrity Page.

“It’s a thrill to welcome Judith Light to the Festival and honor her with our Excellence in Acting award,” said Andrew Peterson, PIFF’s Director of Programming. “Not only does she have an unparalleled body of work—she just keeps getting better. With each new project, as with our closing night selection Before You Know it, she surprises and delights us with her command of craft.”

In celebration of the 100-year history of cinema in Provincetown, the Film Society has partnered with Twenty Summers to present the 1919 film DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS at the historic Hawthorne Barn. Arguably the earliest surviving cinematic work about LGBTQ people, the film was directed by Richard Oswald and co-written by Magnus Hirschfield, the famed psychologist who founded the German homosexual emancipation movement in 1897, DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS is believed to be the only film of a group of gay friendly movies during Germany’s Weimar Era that escaped destruction by the Nazis.

Composer Billy Hough and Arranger Sue Goldberg will accompany the silent film with an original arrangement composed specifically for the film. Brendan Lucas, the Legacy Project Manager for the Outfest UCLA Legacy project will introduce the film.

The festival has also expanded its Next Wave Award program to recognize all of its young emerging filmmakers and artists who’ve participated in festival programs and demonstrate promise and ambition in the media arts. Next Wave filmmakers include young filmmakers with short or feature films in the festival; filmmakers exploring other disciplines as a means to enhance their artistic prowess (books, visual arts, installation pieces); and youth mentorship award recipients.

Installation pieces by Next Wave Filmmakers will screen at AMP Gallery during the festival including: SELF-CREATION by Shelby Dillon, 13 CHEWING GUM & ORAL HYGIENE by David Macke, and SEE ME AS directed by the late Tim McCarthy with Pepe Julian Onziema and Deus Kiriisa.

Additionally, the festival has announced the Tim McCarthy LGBTQ International Scholarship Program honors the legacy of longtime friend and festival archivist whose passion for storytelling was equal to his dedication and support for social justice. This year’s recipients are Pepe Julian Onziema and Deus Kiriisa from Uganda whom Tim met working with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).

Filmmaker Yichi Chen will be honored with this year the Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Mentorship Award. Chen is a graduate student at Emerson College whose films THE OUTSIDERS and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE RING highlight and examine the experiences of the LGBTQ community in both Taiwan and the U.S.

The Evan T. Lawson Freedom of Expression Award will be awarded to renowned author, screenwriter, and film producer Casey Sherman whose vast body of work represents the highest ideals of creativity and execution. Casey will receive his award at the annual Evan Lawson Brunch where he will also appear in conversation with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

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 14, 6:30pm at Town Hall

Join WBUR and The New York Times in this very special event for the second year 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 John Cameron Mitchell, Hannah Pearl Utt (BEFORE YOU KNOW IT) and a special guest. Live music from Roxanne Layton and Peter Ciluzzi will also be featured.

*Hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti

PIFFtalks: WRITING FOR THE STAGE & SCREEN – Thursday, June 13, 10:00am at Provincetown Theater

Award-winning New York based playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo has made the transition to first-time director of our Opening Night film BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON and we want to hear all about the shift from the stage to the screen. What are some of the biggest challenges and surprising differences of working in these two forms? His winning comedy won the Audience Award at its Sundance debut and will be released later this summer so see it here first!

*Moderated by David Rooney, chief theater critic, The Hollywood Reporter.

PIFFtalks: CONVERSATION WITH JILLIAN BELL, NEXT WAVE HONOREE – Friday, June 14, 12:00pm at The Pilgrim House

2019 Provincetown Film Festival Next Wave Honoree Jillian Bell is a spectacularly talented comedic actor and producer as seen in our Opening Night Film BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON and PIFF selection SWORD OF TRUST. She is also a former writer on SNL with celebrated film and TV credits that include 22 JUMP STREET and Workaholics.

*Jillian Bell will discuss her illustrious career in comedy and her exciting upcoming projects in conversation with Vanity Fair chief film critic Richard Lawson.

PIFFtalks: ACTORS AS DIRECTORS:  – Saturday, June 15, 10:00am at Provincetown Theater

Amongst our feature program this year, we have several actors making their feature directorial debut.  Hannah Pearl Utt both directs and stars in our Closing Night film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, while Matt Kane brings his new feature AUGGIE to the festival after years of celebrated acting work. Join these terrific talents for a conversation about how their acting work informs their role as director, and learn more about the creation of the exciting new films they’ve brought to Provincetown.

*Moderated by Steven Raphael, Founder-President, Required Viewing

PIFFtalks: CONVERSATION WITH ROB EPSTEIN & JEFFREY FRIEDMAN – Sunday, June 16, 10:30am at Waters Edge 2

Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, Oscar winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will take a look at Stonewall, Pride, and LGBTQ history through the lens of their new film, THE STATE OF PRIDE, and their wide-ranging and acclaimed body of work. Join us for this unique opportunity to look back on this historic milestone in civil rights history–and discuss the challenges that remain–with these celebrated artists.

*Moderated by IndieWire staff writer Jude Dry.

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 12 – 16, 2019 in Provincetown, MA. Purchase festival passes at www.ptownfilmfest.org. Individual tickets go on sale on May 31. 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.

Major sponsors of the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival include HBO, Here Media TV, Edge Media Network, the Boston Globe, the Provincetown Banner, Seaglass Inn, Bubalas By the Bay, the Crown and Anchor Inn, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.

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About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:

The Provincetown Film Society is an advocate for diverse representation in film, providing programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard via film. We realize our mission through our three primary initiatives: our annual showcase of independent film, the Provincetown Film Festival; our year- round Waters Edge Art House cinema; and the Provincetown Film Institute. Locally, PFS’s work positively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown. Nationally, its work helps shape industry discussions around parity in film. Through PFS’s work, we have an ability to better understand and appreciate human struggles and triumphs, showcasing our similarities and differences in today’s changing society.  

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Provincetown Film Festival Announces Lineup: John Cameron Mitchell named “Filmmaker On The Edge,” Jillian Bell to Receive “Next Wave Award”

– BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON selected as Opening Night –

– Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, named keynote speaker at Evan Lawson Filmmakers’ Brunch –

May 1, 2019 (Provincetown, MA) – The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today its complete lineup of narrative, documentary, and short films, as well as special tributes. Acclaimed writer/director/actor John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES) will be named the 2019 “Filmmaker on the Edge.” Mitchell, who won the PIFF Audience Award for HEDWIG in 2001, will return to Provincetown to accept the festival’s highest filmmaking honor in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Saturday, June 15 at Town Hall. Mitchell’s original musical podcast Anthem: Homunculus is now available on Luminary Media.

“We’re thrilled to honor John Cameron Mitchell as our 2019 Filmmaker on the Edge,” said Andrew Peterson, PIFF’s Director of Programming. “With each new project he surprises and delights us with his singular point of view, style, and skill. His conversation with John Waters is sure to be one for the history books!”

Additionally, actress and producer Jillian Bell (BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, SWORD OF TRUST) will receive the festival’s third annual “Next Wave Award,” which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Bell will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation and in support of her film BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, which will open the festival.

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON is a dramatic comedy about Brittany Forgler (Bell), a woman known for being the life of the party finding real friends and a real life by taking control of her herself, one city block at a time. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Bell and writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo will be in attendance at the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, June 12 at Provincetown Town Hall. Amazon Studios will release the film in theaters on August 23.

“Opening our festival with playwright-turned-director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s debut, starring the spectacularly talented Jillian Bell, features an original, smart, and very funny celebration of perseverance,” said Lisa Viola, PIFF’s Artistic Director. “Jillian Bell’s unparalleled comedic timing and empowering presence is precisely why she is so deserving of this year’s Next Wave Award.”

PIFF also announced that author and former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew G. McCabe will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Evan Lawson Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday, June 16. McCabe’s best-selling book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump is a searing look into the Trump presidency which The New York Times called “concise yet substantive account of how the F.B.I. works, at a moment when its procedures and impartiality are under attack.”

Said Provincetown Film Society CEO Christine Walker, “Seemingly overnight, Andrew McCabe, a career civil servant, became embroiled in a raging political machine that has transformed American politics. McCabe’s story reveals the importance of truth tellers in an age in which the very concept of truth has been called into question.”

The complete film lineup is below:

OPENING NIGHT

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON – directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo (Wednesday, June 12)

*Paul Downs Colaizzo and Jillian Bell in attendance

CLOSING NIGHT

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT – directed by Hannah Pearl Utt (Sunday, June 16)

*Hannah Pearl Utt in attendance

SPOTLIGHT SELECTIONS

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (Thursday, June 13)

*Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman in attendance

THE APOLLO – directed by Roger Ross Williams (Friday, June 14)

*Roger Ross Williams in attendance

VITA & VIRGINIA – directed by Chanya Button (Saturday, June 15)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS/EVENTS

JOHN WATERS PRESENTS: MOM AND DAD – directed by Brian Taylor

MODERN LOVE LIVE, presented by WBUR and The New York Times (Friday, June 14)

BABYLON – directed by Franco Rosso

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – directed by John Cameron Mitchell

STATE OF PRIDE – directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY – directed by John Schlesinger

NARRATIVE FEATURES

ADAM – directed by Rhys Ernst

AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER – directed by Simone Godano

AUGGIE – directed by Matt Kane

BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES – directed by Salvador Simó

CLEMENCY – directed by Chinonye Chukwu

DOLCE FINE GIORNATA – directed by Jacek Borcuch

DRIVEWAYS – directed by Andrew Ahn

END OF THE CENTURY– directed by Lucio Castro

THE FAREWELL – directed by Lulu Wang

GOOD POSTURE – directed by Dolly Wells

IMAGINARY ORDER – directed by Debra Eisenstadt

OFFICIAL SECRETS – directed by Gavin Hood

ORAY – directed by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

SISTER AIMEE – directed by Samantha Buck, Marie Schlingmann

SPEED OF LIFE – directed by Liz Manashil

SWALLOW – directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis

SWORD OF TRUST – directed by Lynn Shelton

TOP END WEDDING – directed by Wayne Blair

WILD ROSE – directed by Tom Harper

YESTERDAY – directed by Danny Boyle

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

ALWAYS IN SEASON – directed by Jacqueline Olive

AMERICAN FACTORY – directed by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

CIRCUS OF BOOKS – directed by Rachel Mason

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH – directed by David Charles Rodrigues

HONEYLAND – directed by Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska

MAIDEN – directed by Alex Holmes

MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT – directed by Robert Clift, Hillary Demmon

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE – directed by Avi Belkin

MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

MUSEUM TOWN – directed by Jennifer Trainer

SEA OF SHADOWS – directed by Richard Ladkani

SEAHORSE – directed by Jeanie Finlay

WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL – directed by Rob Garver

WIG – directed by Chris Moukarbel

SHORTS

AWUMBUK – directed by Dylan Gillah

THE BLACK MAMBAS – directed by Bruce Donnelly

BUBBLE – directed by Alyssa Lerner

BURNING MY TONGUE – directed by Murphy McCann

CARLOTTA’S FACE – directed by Valentin Riedl

CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961 – directed by Sini Anderson

CLASS OF 84 – directed by Alex Salsberg

THE COCOA FONDUE SHOW – directed by Andrew Wyatt Arnold

CURE FOR INSOMNIA – directed by Jay Critchley

DOCKING – directed by Trevor Anderson

FAITHY, HEY – directed by Emily Hubley

FRAN THIS SUMMER – directed by Mary Evangelista

GIRL TALK – directed by Erica Rose

THE HIGH BRIDGE – directed by Benedict Campbell

HOW I CAME OUT – directed by Mark Jones

I KNEW ANDY WARHOL – directed by Marc Saltarelli

LADIES DAY – directed by Abena Taylor-Smith

LAVENDER – directed by Matthew Puccini

THE LINE – directed by Melisa Resch

LOCKDOWN – Celine Held, Logan George

MADE PUBLIC – directed by Foster Wilson

MILLER & SON – directed by Asher Jelinsky

THE MURALIST – directed by Eric Forman

PUT YOUR FEET UP – directed by Peter Horgan

THE RACE – directed by Dina Rudick

RENOVATION – directed by Fábio Leal

SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING – directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz

TIME TO GO – directed by Rio Contrada

TWO BALLOONS – directed by Mark C. Smith

UNDER COVERS – directed by Michaela Olsen

YOU SAY HELLO – directed by Lovell Holder

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 12 – 16, 2019 in Provincetown, MA. Purchase festival passes at www.ptownfilmfest.org. Individual tickets go on sale on May 31. 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.

Major sponsors of the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival include HBO, Here Media TV, Edge Media Network, the Boston Globe, the Provincetown Banner, Seaglass Inn, Bubula’s By the Bay, the Crown and Anchor Inn, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.

Press Materials (including biographies, headshots, and film stills): www.tinyurl.com/PIFF19

*please do not post this link

About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:

The Provincetown Film Society is an advocate for diverse representation in film, providing programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard via film. We realize our mission through our three primary initiatives: our annual showcase of independent film, the Provincetown Film Festival; our year- round Waters Edge Art House cinema; and the Provincetown Film Institute. Locally, PFS’s work positively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown. Nationally, its work helps shape industry discussions around parity in film. Through PFS’s work, we have an ability to better understand and appreciate human struggles and triumphs, showcasing our similarities and differences in today’s changing society.  

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

“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 Greg Araki, Darren Aronofsky, Sean Baker, Sofia Coppola, David Cronenberg, Mary Harron, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine, Ang Lee, Guy Maddin, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, and John Waters. The award’s polysemic title is an ode to Provincetown’s location at the outermost point of Cape Cod.

John Cameron Mitchell

John directed, starred in and wrote, with Stephen Trask, the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he won Best Director at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. His recent Broadway production of Hedwig garnered him Tony Awards for his performance and for Best Revival. He directed Shortbus (2006), Rabbit Hole (2010) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) both starring Nicole Kidman. Recent TV roles include Hulu’s Shrill, HBO’s Girls and Vinyl, CBS’s The Good Fight, and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. He is starring in, writing and directing his new musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus featuring Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Denis O’Hare and Marion Cotillard now playing on Luminary Media.

Press Contacts

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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.

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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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