It’s hard to believe that Chloë Grace Moretz is just 21. Besides her poise, sophistication and groundedness, the Georgia native has amassed a diverse body of work, ranging from genre fare like Kick-Ass and Let Me In to acclaimed indies with renowned directors. She played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo when she was 14, and faced off with Juliette Binoche, as one actress manipulating another on- and offscreen, in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria. READ MORE ON MPAA
Also among special guests at the Cape Cod event’s 20th-anniversary edition was Chloe Grace Moretz, recipient of the Next Wave Award, while audience prizes went to Icelandic feature ‘And Breathe Normally’ and political doc ‘Time for Ilhan.’
It’s not surprising that John Waters — the unofficial godfather of the Provincetown Film Festival and independent filmmaking’s patron saint of outsiders — would feel an affinity for the work of director Sean Baker, who received the 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge Award during the festival’s 20th edition.
Baker’s last three features have steadily broadened his exposure by examining — with compassion, humor, honesty and humanity — characters on the invisible margins of American life. READ MORE ON THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The Provincetown International Film Festival ran from Wednesday to Sunday. Here are some highlights from the 20th annual celebration. READ MORE ON BOSTON GLOBE.
Robert Mapplethorpe wanted the world to view what it considered “obscene” — leather-clad men with exposed genitals, real skulls and crossbones, still lifes of flowers with daggers — as beautiful. And there was no way he was going to accept that his photographs of those subjects didn’t belong alongside a Rodin.
“Mapplethorpe,” the first narrative film written, directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (“Dig!”; “We Live in Public”), chronicles the life of the controversial art photographer and stars Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who, as the man himself. It’s the Closing Night Film at the Provincetown International Film Festival, and Timoner will be there on Sunday when it screens at Town Hall. READ MORE ON WICKED LOCAL PROVINCETOWN.
One fixture at June’s annual Provincetown International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th installment from June 13–17, is photographer Henny Garfunkel, whose 20 portraits of festival award winners are on display this week at Provincetown’s The Schoolhouse Gallery. READ MORE AT INDIEWIRE
“Tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!”
That call and response chant has long been a hallmark of progressive rallies and protests. And while it is often true, it’s not all that democracy is about. While marching in the streets can be an important rallying point in organizing a movement and helping it grow, it needs to result in action—real action—in order to be ultimately effective. People need to not only show up for energizing and affirming marches, but also for the grinding work that doesn’t come with live television coverage and the powerful feeling of being surrounded with like-minded people. It requires reaching out to those different than yourself, considering where you might be wrong, and being open-minded enough to change your own mind in hope others might change theirs. It’s tough, tough work, and if the same numbers that show up to those enormous events also turned our for a voter registration drive or strategy session, real change would come much faster. READ MORE ON PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE.
It’s not often that a relatively obscure, very-low-budget indie director makes three pictures in a row with the same co-screenwriter (Chris Bergoch), and they break out in popularity, one film getting national recognition for telling a tale of transgender hookers and being shot with an iPhone (“Tangerine”), and the most recent release, the poignant tale of summer among the invisible homeless families of Central Florida, earning critics’ awards and an Oscar nomination (“The Florida Project”). And now, said director, Sean Baker, has been made 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge at this week’s Provincetown International Film Festival, where he’ll sit down on Saturday at Town Hall and chat with John Waters.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Baker says by phone, especially considering “who had received [the award] in the past, even people I’ve worked with, like Ted Hope.” READ MORE ON WICKED LOCAL PROVINCETOWN
Molly Shannon, who plays the poet Emily Dickinson in “Wild Nights with Emily,” the opening night film at the Provincetown International Film Festival, wanted to work with the film’s writer and director, Madeleine Olnek, for a very good reason. Shannon credits Olnek with being “the midwife” to Shannon’s signature sketch comedy character, Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher, which became a staple on “Saturday Night Live.”
“We went to NYU drama school together,” Shannon says of Olnek and their alma mater, New York University. “I remember saying back then, ‘This girl is so smart and so funny!’ ” Shannon says she auditioned for “The Follies,” a comedy revue show at that Olnek was producing at school. “As an exercise, she had us make up a character and [Olnek] played a snotty interviewer. In that exercise, I created Mary Katherine Gallagher. They ended up writing the whole show around Mary Katherine Gallagher, and it became a big hit on campus … I went from NYU and working at a health club to being recognized on campus and people saying, ‘She’s so funny — she should be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It was a turning point.” READ MORE ON WICKED LOCAL PROVINCETOWN.
John Waters has penned all his books in Provincetown, Mass., and most of his movies, too. The iconic indie filmmaker of such campy classics as “Female Trouble” and “Hairspray” was born and raised in Baltimore, but it’s the “gay fishing village” on the tip of Cape Cod where he’s been summering for the past 53 years, writing in the mornings and bicycling about town.
Waters has also been a steady and celebrated fixture at the Provincetown Intl. Film Festival, kicking off its 20th edition June 13, enticing filmmakers to attend the event.
“I usually write one of the letters to every director that’s come to the fest talking them into coming, and I think every one of them has had a great time,” says Waters, who will present “Tangerine” and “The Florida Project” writer-director Sean Baker with the fest’s Filmmaker on the Edge award. READ MORE ON VARIETY