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Women’s Week: Featured Screenings

October 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - October 13, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

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.

Screens Daily from Oct 6 – 15
Fri, Oct 6, 5 pm & 7 pm
Sat – Mon, Oct 7 -9, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
Tue, Oct 10, 5 pm & 7 pm
Wed, Oct 11, 3 pm & 7 pm
Thu, Oct 12, 5 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A)
Fri, Oct 13, 3 pm & 5:15 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A)
Sat, Oct 14 5:15 pm (Director in attendance for Q & A)
Sun, Oct 15, 7:30 pm

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.


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

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.

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October 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
October 13, 2017 @ 5:15 pm
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Waters Edge Cinema
237 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657 United States
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