Pecker’s Point April 2021

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Letter from the Executive Director

“No doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes.”

– Stanley Kunitz

April and the world is finally starting to wake up and shake the winter from its hold. The hope and energetic buzz of Spring is upon us! 

Community has kept us together, and now PFS wants to expand and deepen our community through our Membership Drive. In this moment of transformation, as we strive to recover from the global pandemic, we are recommitting ourselves to our member base, to bringing our local and global community together, in robust and exciting ways.  

This month we will be launching new member categories and benefits, as we build out on-going virtual series, screenings, conversations, educational opportunities and integrations with the industry and filmmakers. Our goal is to not only bring people together, but to engage them in a dynamic way that ultimately has impact. We want to hear from you, we want to grow with you, and we want to create with you. 

Blythe Frank, PFS Executive Director

Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful unfolding of Spring, so much more to come!


~ Blythe


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Member In The News | Alexandra Foucard

By Tracy Pease

Alexandra Foucard

As the world is seeing a dim light at the end of the tunnel of a global pandemic, PFS has seen a surge in love and support from a flurry of new board members committed to diversity and our little organization at the very end of these United States in Provincetown.  This month’s member in the news, Alexandra Foucard, is the latest PFS board member.  She is a feminist firecracker full of compassion, creativity & talent with a penchant for activism on behalf of the underserved voice.  For PFS, it’s a match made in heaven.

Alexandra is a collaborator. A member of NYWIFT, The FilmmakeHers and Filmshop, she’s known as a renaissance actor of the twenty-first century who believes in setting her own boundaries.  Born in Haiti to French/Spaniard, Dominican/Haitian parents, the actor considers herself a spicy mix of cultures and ethnicities with a big dollop of spirituality.  One of her passions is empowering artists, especially women, to create their own work.  

When asked what brought her to the film society Alexandra said, “I love Provincetown; I love the Provincetown Film Society and what it stands for. Patricia [her partner] and I first came to Provincetown 19 years ago and have been attending  the film festival for almost as many years but only randomly selecting various titles to attend with a love for the international films.  It wasn’t until I met Christine Walker [executive director in 2018] and heard her vision for the organization, that my passion grew.  My experiences with her in the community unity and her vision for where this organization can go, is well beyond our borders”.  

Alexandra is a risk-taker.  She was one of 5 black women to play the role of Fantine in the 40-year history of Les Misérables on Broadway.  Identifying Alexandra as a maverick, the resident director of Les Misérables approached her hoping she might encourage her friends in their sister company of Miss Saigon to  audition.  It was rumored that many talents didn’t bother because they didn’t think the production Misérables would cast as people of color.  

Alexandra is a collaborator who adds a fresh view and perspective to development at PFS. “There is a difference between raising money and development.  Getting our organization to be in conversations with other organizations, networking, exchanging ideas and talents only magnifies all of us and adds bandwidth to our resources.  It’s a good thing to have many influences that blend outsiders like talent and creatives with the locals without being exclusive to a single skill set.  It’s not about changing what we’re doing right as much as it is to build on it.” 

Alexandra is a sponge.  She is a talented and multifaceted individual who’s talked about expanding the inclusion for the PFS Jamaica on Film Festival to the entire Caribbean islands.  “Each island has its own flavor, rich with culture and films that reflect that.  Why not?

Alexandra is a mother.  Her 27-year-old son Philippe-Henry Siclait is an artist and creative who loves films. He often gives his mother spot-on feedback when prepping for auditions. A tenured member of our community, he’s been attending family week every July since he was nine years old.  Today he has a management / graphic design business called the AP Collective managing artists and apparel design.  Like many, he’s hunkered down in Ptown during the pandemic.  

Alexandra is passionate about people.  “That’s why I’m a filmmaker.  I’m interested in relationships and how they affect and reverberate through society and the world.  Anything I can do to ignite that spark in other people who have the desire to tell stories, gives me pleasure.

Alexandra is tireless.  “During this pandemic, I finished a trailer and the proof of concept to shop my 10 episode dramedy, PARK SLOPE MOMS.   Park Slope Moms is a dramedy that I wrote, produced and acted in and explores the dark underbelly of affluent, progressive Brooklyn moms. A BIPOC mom/closeted conservative/high powered attorney now stay at home mom tries to win over the “everyone’s-a-winner” moms.  She faces antagonists at every corner from the organic, non-GMO moms’ patrol to an undercover lesbian spy, and of course the Momfia of Park Slope. There are only women in this world. The men and children are heard but never seen. It is a gift to work with so many talented people. The outcome is so much better than what I ever imagined.  To be able to have a spark of an idea and see this almost four-year journey actually manifest is so fulfilling. My takeaway:  No woman is an island. There is nothing women cannot do when we work together.

Alexandra is multifaceted.  “I have a whole musical theater side to my life.  By far my two favorite roles to play were Fantine on Broadway.  It was always my  dream to be in Les Miz.  And to play the role of Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS and given the reign to create my own Adelaide by the Frank Loesser’s estate.  Working with Maurice Hines, theater royalty, taught me so much.

Alexandra is balanced.  “I love Yoga, being in Provincetown walking on the beach and meditating.  Patricia and I both love the ocean.  I watch a lot of films to unwind and lately a lot more  TV series since I am in the process of writing.  To me  it’s all work and play.   We’re hoping to get a dog.  It’s been two years since Samson (the last of our two dogs) passed and so I look forward to the time when we are holding a new puppy.

On her viewpoint to lean into energy she attended a virtual conference at the Center of Self Awareness in Milan, Italy.  The facilitator said, ‘You have to be selfish with yourself and love yourself first before the world loves you.  In loving oneself, you are saying that I can love others.  I want the world around me to be good, powerful, healthy, energetic, and full of opportunity.  We invest so that the world around us is better.  It’s a matter of honoring the  passion that is inside of you.

And the bow that makes this package complete is Patricia Miller, Alexandra’s partner,  a trial attorney in NYC federal courts. Patricia reads and collects books about gay women who lived in Paris between the two world wars. One day, when she has had enough of trial practice, she plans to write a Paris guide to the many homes and haunts of these often forgotten women who played such an enormous role in shaping our current culture.  


The 23rd Annual Provincetown Film Festival

The 23rd Annual Provincetown Film Festival Ten Days of Unflinching Cinema

June 16 – 25, 2021


This year will be a multi-dimensional festival, with dozens of program offerings, virtual screenings, PFFtalks, outdoor screenings, and VIP experiences exclusive to pass holders. In May we will announce our annual festival honorees: Filmmaker on the Edge, Excellence in Acting, and Next Wave Awards. Choose from live outdoor screenings if you’re in town, or stay in the comfort of your home and enjoy films virtually. All films and events will be reserved in advance with e-tickets and limited seating for a safe and environmentally responsible festival.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ON FESTIVAL PASSES!

GET an ALL-ACCESS STREAMING FESTIVAL PASS for $125 ($100 for PFS Members)

  • Streaming access to all virtual film screenings throughout the festival from Wednesday, June 16 – Friday, June 25, 2021 (U.S. Only)
  • Enjoy feature-length narrative and documentary films, our shorts programs, and Q&A with filmmakers after select films.
  • Films can be streamed once throughout the festival. 
  • Includes access to Conversations with Award Honorees

NEW MERCH FOR SALE!

Design by Ryan Landry

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the multi-talented Ryan Landry! Ryan is the inaugural artist of our local Provincetown Artist Series

Proceeds from the sales of Landry-designed merchandise will go to support his theatre company, The Gold Dust Orphans. “I was honored to be asked to design a logo for the Provincetown Film Festival,” said Landry. “I loved brainstorming with PFS’s Julie Rockett. We spoke the same language when it came to design and we came up with an idea that wasn’t nostalgic, it was just vibrant and exciting. It’s going to look amazing on a ringer tee.” 

Over the years, many PIFF honorees have attended Ryan Landry’s Showgirls, “I’ve met many dear friends through the festival like Jennifer Coolidge and Parker Posey. I met Darren Aronofsky just before a show and told him he was going to be my co-host. He was initially pretty reserved but he quickly became a master of savage burns.” 

Ryan adds, “The thing I love about the film festival is that it is celebrating artists and their works. Over the years, I’ve watched it go from an intense, micromanaged event to a more laid back, convivial group of people meeting and sharing ideas. I hope it continues to grow in that direction.”


Member Discount Codes Now Available at Waters Edge Virtual Cinema!

Sign up to become a member and receive exclusive discount codes in your welcome packet. Waters Edge Virtual Cinema delivers a wide variety of new exclusive art house films every week from the comfort of your home. 


Our Popular Summer Film Series at the Mary Heaton Vorse House Returns! Tickets on Sale May 1st!

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY MONTH WITH FILM WATCH PARTIES that coincide with perhaps annual observances that celebrate our diverse cultures and global communities. (All recommended films are streaming online.) 

DINA directed by Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles. Dina is an eccentric and outspoken woman who invites her fiance, Scott, to move in with her. The couple face many challenges as Dina copes with a mental disability, and Scott lives with Asperger’s syndrome.

THE LIGHTHOUSE OF THE WHALES directed by Gerado Olivares A mother travels from Spain to Argentina searching for solutions to help her autistic child.

OCEAN HEAVEN directed by Xiao Lu Xue A terminally ill man (Jet Li) tries to prepare his autistic son for life without him.

THE RIDER directed by Chloé Zhao After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new purpose. Directed by Golden Globe winning director of Nomadland

STAY THEN GO directed by Shelli Ainsworth In a hospital waiting room, a mother reviews her experiences with her autistic son. Directed by PFS Women’s Film Residency Fellow Shelli Ainsworth, STAY THEN GO screened at the 2014 PIFF. 

ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH We turned to the Arab Film & Media Institute to find out their recommendations for National Arab American Heritage Month. 

AMREEKA directed by Cherien Dabis A vivacious Palestinian woman (Nisreen Faour) and her teenage son (Melkar Muallem) cope with culture clash and more as they try to build a new life in rural Illinois. This film is a great way to better understand the experience of Arab immigrants and the struggles they may face in America, especially since 9/11. 

A THOUSAND AND ONE JOURNEYS: THE ARAB-AMERICANS Directed By Abe Kasbo The immigration experience of Arab-Americans and the contributions they have made to the American way of life.

The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program

Submissions for the Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted scripts and treatments. We spoke to a range of students and educators across the country who will be participating in the inaugural year of what we intend to be a new tradition for the Provincetown Film Institute.
A feature unique to this program is that, though only a few projects will be selected to premier at the Provincetown Film Festival, everyone who applied is invited to participate in workshops designed by our growing list of mentors. The participants who engage in this program will not only be building their ideal mentorship experience, but will be helping to develop a program for years to come. To donate to the Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program, click the button below.


The Launch | Mo Rocca

By Julie Rockett

Mo Rocca, Photo CR: John Paul Filo/CBS

I was twelve years old when I first saw a then 19-year-old Mo Rocca perform. He initially wore an enormous fat suit and then miraculously turned into a diva in a red dress with the tiniest waist in the role of Diane Foratwinkie. I was mesmerized. I remember looking at the playbill and thinking that his name couldn’t be real (who am I to judge?). But his name and performance stuck with me so it was no surprise to see him on The Daily Show and CBS Sunday Morning, although based on his earlier performances, I would have predicted that he would be in a live-action Godspell TV revival rather than the ‘news’. 


My father and I have a wonderful ritual of listening to Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me and Mo’s own podcast Mobituaries. His quick wit and historical references are never lost on my Dad and listening to him laugh at Mo’s bon mots is a joy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to express this to the gracious Mo Rocca and discuss great films with him.

Julie Rockett: What films were you obsessed with as a kid?

Mo Rocca: There were three: The Wizard of Oz, the original King Kong from 1931, and Hitchcock’s The Birds. I remember The Birds being on Channel 5 a lot when I was a kid and it made a real impact upon me. I think all three were thrilling and also terrifying. I think the Wicked Witch of the West was so unbelievably scary, like pure evil on the level of Iago or Hitler, which is what I think really makes it work. I think there’s something dream-like quality to them. They all are things that could happen in a screwed up dream, like going to an island with a giant ape and dinosaurs. 

JR: How did you end up seeing King Kong at such a young age?

MR: I feel like it was always on TV on Sundays. King Kong is one of those movies that if it’s on, to this day, I’m going to watch it. Its dialogue is spare, which I love, and it tells you the story through pictures. 

JR: What documentaries do you love?

MR: I really liked The Mayor of Castro Street which was about Harvey Milk. I also loved the recording of the album of Sondheim’s Company.

JR: I love that one! Have you seen the Documentary Now! Satire of it? Paula Pell is amazing as Elaine Stritch!

MR: I need to see that. There’s another documentary, 51 Birch Street, that I found devastating. It’s about a marriage and a son discovering what was really happening in that marriage. It’s simply devastating. 

JR: Did it just take a left turn?

MR: Basically, there were clues all along, and the documentary maker started by recording events around his parents 50th anniversary, which I think were intended just for personal use. He discovers the sacrifices his parents made to keep the family intact. It does take twists and turns and makes anyone reflect on their own parents’ marriage.

JR: When you were at the Hasty Pudding Club, did you have memorable moments with any of your honorees?

MR: My freshman year, we honored Lucille Ball and Steve Martin. Steve Martin was really hot at the time. He had just completed Roxanne and he had successfully transitioned from successful stand up to leading man. One of my cast mates asked him why he agreed to be Man of the Year and he replied, “I did it because I heard I would be honored alongside Lucille Ball.” I remember thinking in my 19-year-old mind that, “Lucille Ball is of my grandmother’s generation but Steve Martin is cool.” It was a realization for me that true talent transcends generations and honors each other. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense because Lucille Ball was a genius. But at the time it surprised that someone as cool as he would bow down to her. Nevertheless, it’s still really cool. 

JR: What have you binged during quarantine?

MR: I thought It’s a Sin on HBO Max was so good. There are things you like that don’t stay with you and there are things you like that do stay with you. It’s hard to predict what stays with you. I think It’s a Sin is more likely to stay with a gay man so it’s not a shocker that it stayed with me. It’s also like, ‘Damn! That British acting training is something.’ There are performances that are so good that in a couple of cases, it’s hard for you to believe that they are not the actual people they are portraying. You have to remind yourself that they’re actors. I also found that Ted Lasso is a real tonic for the time. It’s hard to pull off something hopeful and buoyant without it turning saccharine, and it doesn’t do that. It’s really good.

JR: Is there something about It’s a Sin that keeps it on your mind and resonates with you?

MR: Part of what I found so compelling is that I came of age at a time when AIDS was known and terrifying. I think that for a lot of people around my age, you can’t help but contemplate the math and think, ‘if I had been born five years earlier, would I still be alive?’ I turned twelve in 1981, when the series starts and when people didn’t know much about it, but were terrified of it. The characters in the series are roughly only five years older than me and it is such a starkly different situation for them. 

JR: We honored Larry Kramer a few years ago and he was so frail but he was such a force of nature and lately I’ve really loved hearing about his friendship with Fauci. That people could hear each other. That Fauci could get past the insults and still say, ‘you know you got a point there. Your evidence is solid.’ And Kramer could say, ‘You’re a son of a bitch but you’re my friend.’ It’s a discourse that’s sorely lacking in these times…

MR: Agreed.

JR: If you were to program a series of musicals in Provincetown, what would you pick? 

MR: That’s a tough question, because you don’t want to pick something that everyone’s seen.

JR: Yes, but you want to make sure you have sing-a-long moments from the popular ones like The Muppet Movie

MR: I once did a story on the A Christmas Carol and went to the Dickens’ Christmas Carol Museum in London for it. They said that they think that the best version is the Muppet Christmas Carol and they didn’t say that ironically. Let’s see… I like The Harvey Girls. When Doris Day died, I looked at Calamity Jane again and that has a bunch of great numbers, although that might be more suited for Women’s Week. Little Shop of Horrors is also a great one. Rick Moranis and Steve Martin are outstanding. 

JR: Finally, are there any movies you love that are not necessarily well-known or well-regarded?

MR: I loved the film Earthquake. I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than it and its all-star cast of Ava Gardener and Charlton Heston. I looked at TV Guide as a teenager and saw that it had only 2.5 stars and I felt wounded. The other one that was terribly reviewed was The Champ with Ricky Schroeder and John Voight. I think it’s considered dreck but I cried my eyes out watching it… along with Black Stallion

JR: Thank you for your time. I hope you get to program some musicals here in the future!

Julie Rockett

Provincetown Film Society



PECKER’S POINT MARCH 2021

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Letter from the Executive Director

Provincetown has been snowy and cold, but PFS has been bringing the heat! In February, we closed out our most successful auction in PFS’ 23-year history, raising over $76,000. We could not have done it without all the generously donated items (and experiences!) and for all the bidders that took our auction raise higher than we could have imagined. We are so very grateful to everyone that participated and for all your support.  This event was the culmination of creativity and countless hours put in by our board and staff, the incredible marketing campaign spearheaded by our own Ellen Birmingham, and a social media tour de force by Julie Rockett.  We have set the stage for sustainability having launched 2021 in this way. 

We now look to put our efforts into launching a robust Membership Drive, to expand our family of Uncommon Birds both far and wide.  Our team is building out our Virtual Cinema through our Water’s Edge Plus programming, and we will be launching a variety of new membership benefits over the coming months. Please stay tuned and we hope you will all consider either becoming a member if you are not currently one, or gifting a membership if you are. 

Planning and programming for the 2021 PIFF Hybrid Film Festival is also underway, and will take place June 16-25th. In order to create a safe and robust hybrid film festival for 2021, the Provincetown Film Festival will offer expanded dates, expanded audience participation and greater opportunity for engagement, in accordance with State and Town Covid-19 guidelines. In our 23rd year, the Festival will highlight our long-standing tradition of showcasing top-tier new films from around the world while continuing to prioritize supporting first-time filmmakers, women filmmakers, and diverse filmmakers from underrepresented communities. There will be nights at the drive-in, outdoor screenings at the Mary Heaton Vorse house and other outdoor venues.  More details will follow in the coming months. 

In the meantime, stay warm and stay uncommon.

Sending gratitude,

Blythe


Member in the News

by Tracy Pease

Mike Syers at the Wellfleet Drive-In, Opening Night 2020 PIFF Reimagined

We are proud to welcome Mike Syers to the board of the  Provincetown Film Society (PFS). 

Mike is a documentary filmmaker & photographer and has been a PFS supporter and an attendee of the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) since its inception.   Mike’s first film BECAUSE YOU’RE HERE, a documentary short about Kenneth Lonergan the Provincetown Town Crier, received the 2018 PIFF Best New England Short Award.     

Mike recently retired as a Partner at Ernst & Young after leading their NY & Boston commercial real estate & hospitality advisory practice.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors & the Executive Committee of CREFC, the trade association for the  commercial real estate finance industry in the US.  

As a PFS card carrying member, Mike has attended the Women’s Media Summit, participated in a PFS strategic session in New York with a team of professionals to move the development process forward, and has supported many important PFS initiatives around developing diverse voices in film.   During Mike’s career he lead many initiatives and helped form several organizations that focus on Corporate Americas role in creating a more inclusive LGBTQ+ workplace.  He co-founded EY’s LGBTQ+ group in the Americas and worked on LGBTQ+ rights projects with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Out Leadership, the Obama administration, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations.    

Mike is known by some as the Provincetown Swim4Life photographer and also serves on the board of The Provincetown Community Compact which is a community building & philanthropic organization supporting the cultural well being of Provincetown, its people, and the natural environment of the Lower Cape. 


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Institute Updates

ASH CHRISTIAN SHORTS FILMMAKING PROGRAMDEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline to apply for The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program has been extended! The program offers new and emerging LGBTQ filmmakers aged 16-20 the chance to work with a team of mentors and professionals to make a short film of their own. To apply, simply submit a short film script or script treatment that addresses the themes of “not fitting in, standing out, being yourself”. The shorts will screen at the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival. Application fee waivers are available to those facing financial burden. For any further inquiries, please contact glyne@ptownfilm.org.

BUNDLE UP AND HOST A BUNCH OF WATCH PARTIES THIS MONTH

Women’s History Month Watch Party: A sampling of noteworthy films that highlight the changemakers in modern political history. 

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés (2020)

An impressive examination of the long history of voter suppression in the US produced in part by Stacy Abrams, a powerful force in current American politics. The film interweaves personal experiences with activism and historical insight to provide a compelling look into the barriers to voting while debunking the myth of pervasive voter fraud. 

CHISOLM: 72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED directed by Shola Lynch (2016)

Pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm is the subject of this lauded documentary. The nation’s first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the United States presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.

HILLARY directed by Nanette Burstein (2020)

If you think you know everything about the First Lady Hillary Clinton, this four-part documentary series is an insightful and powerful exploration of Clinton’s life and legacy. A divisive political figure, a successful lawyer in her own right, and possibly the world’s most famous wronged wife, Clinton gives her own account of how she got to where she is today.

KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE  directed by Rachel Lears (2018)

A young bartender in the Bronx (the unstoppable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia (Paula Jean Swearengin), Amy Vilela, a single mother from Las Vegas, and Cori Bush, a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. While three of the young heroes lost their races, Ocasio-Cortez’s race went on to become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history. 

POLITICAL ANIMALS directed by Jonah Markowitz (2016)

Political Animals is a powerful, award winning documentary about four openly gay California lawmakers — all women — who took the fight for equality from the streets into the halls of government laying the groundwork for marriage equality and social justice. 

RBG  directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen (2018)

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.

This month, in honor of Deaf History Month, we also recommend the excellent THE SOUND OF METAL directed by Darius Marder (2020). An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community brought to life by Riz Ahmed’s passionate performance. 

March 31 is also International Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people. A few films worth revisiting are PFS’s Fellow Filmmaker Jennie Livingston’s PARIS IS BURNING (1990), a documentary about ball culture in the 80’s and the inspiration to the fabulous series POSE; BOYS DON’T CRY directed by Kimberly Peirce in 1993. A devastating and unflinching account based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man who was tragically murdered by acquaintances who discovered his gender identity, the film is also a beautiful love story, underscoring the power of love in even the darkest times. Naturally, we can’t omit PIFF 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge Honoree Sean Baker’s film TANGERINE (2015), the story of a transgender sex worker who learns that her pimp/boyfriend has been cheating on her.


Waters Edge Cinema

Waters Virtual Cinema delivers a wide variety of exclusive new films every week. Enjoy art house movies at home with your flock.

Member Discounts now available at Waters Edge Virtual Cinema!

Make our home your own and rent Waters Edge Cinema with your flock. Add a custom marquee message for that special someone!

For more information, please contact the Provincetown Film Society office at 508-487-3456 (FILM) or email heidi@ptownfilm.org

Please allow 7 days advanced notice for reservation dates. Waters Edge Cinema COVID-19 policies must be adhered to at all times.


Provincetown Film Festival 2021

Save the Date for the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival!!
Ten days of unflinching cinema, June 16-25, 2021.

Submissions have now closed for this year. Thank you to all who entered!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Buy a 2021 PIFF All Access Streaming Pass for just $125 or $100 for PFS Members!

  • A Streaming Pass provides streaming access to all virtual film screenings throughout the festival from Wednesday, June 16 – Friday, June 25, 2021 (U.S. Only)
  • Enjoy feature-length narrative and documentary films, our shorts programs, and Q&A with filmmakers after select films.
  • Films can be streamed once throughout the festival. 
  • Includes access to Conversations with Award Honorees

An email will immediately follow the purchase of your PASS, providing details about how to log in to browse and stream as many films as you like starting at 6:00pm June 16 until 11:59pm June 25,  2021.


The Launch | Mo Rocca

By Julie Rockett

Mo Rocca, Photo CR: John Paul Filo/CBS

I was twelve years old when I first saw a then 19-year-old Mo Rocca perform. He initially wore an enormous fat suit and then miraculously turned into a diva in a red dress with the tiniest waist in the role of Diane Foratwinkie. I was mesmerized. I remember looking at the playbill and thinking that his name couldn’t be real (who am I to judge?). But his name and performance stuck with me so it was no surprise to see him on The Daily Show and CBS Sunday Morning, although based on his earlier performances, I would have predicted that he would be in a live-action Godspell TV revival rather than the ‘news’. 


My father and I have a wonderful ritual of listening to Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me and Mo’s own podcast Mobituaries. His quick wit and historical references are never lost on my Dad and listening to him laugh at Mo’s bon mots is a joy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to express this to the gracious Mo Rocca and discuss great films with him.

Julie Rockett: What films were you obsessed with as a kid?

Mo Rocca: There were three: The Wizard of Oz, the original King Kong from 1931, and Hitchcock’s The Birds. I remember The Birds being on Channel 5 a lot when I was a kid and it made a real impact upon me. I think all three were thrilling and also terrifying. I think the Wicked Witch of the West was so unbelievably scary, like pure evil on the level of Iago or Hitler, which is what I think really makes it work. I think there’s something dream-like quality to them. They all are things that could happen in a screwed up dream, like going to an island with a giant ape and dinosaurs. 

JR: How did you end up seeing King Kong at such a young age?

MR: I feel like it was always on TV on Sundays. King Kong is one of those movies that if it’s on, to this day, I’m going to watch it. Its dialogue is spare, which I love, and it tells you the story through pictures. 

JR: What documentaries do you love?

MR: I really liked The Mayor of Castro Street which was about Harvey Milk. I also loved the recording of the album of Sondheim’s Company.

JR: I love that one! Have you seen the Documentary Now! Satire of it? Paula Pell is amazing as Elaine Stritch!

MR: I need to see that. There’s another documentary, 51 Birch Street, that I found devastating. It’s about a marriage and a son discovering what was really happening in that marriage. It’s simply devastating. 

JR: Did it just take a left turn?

MR: Basically, there were clues all along, and the documentary maker started by recording events around his parents 50th anniversary, which I think were intended just for personal use. He discovers the sacrifices his parents made to keep the family intact. It does take twists and turns and makes anyone reflect on their own parents’ marriage.

JR: When you were at the Hasty Pudding Club, did you have memorable moments with any of your honorees?

MR: My freshman year, we honored Lucille Ball and Steve Martin. Steve Martin was really hot at the time. He had just completed Roxanne and he had successfully transitioned from successful stand up to leading man. One of my cast mates asked him why he agreed to be Man of the Year and he replied, “I did it because I heard I would be honored alongside Lucille Ball.” I remember thinking in my 19-year-old mind that, “Lucille Ball is of my grandmother’s generation but Steve Martin is cool.” It was a realization for me that true talent transcends generations and honors each other. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense because Lucille Ball was a genius. But at the time it surprised that someone as cool as he would bow down to her. Nevertheless, it’s still really cool. 

JR: What have you binged during quarantine?

MR: I thought It’s a Sin on HBO Max was so good. There are things you like that don’t stay with you and there are things you like that do stay with you. It’s hard to predict what stays with you. I think It’s a Sin is more likely to stay with a gay man so it’s not a shocker that it stayed with me. It’s also like, ‘Damn! That British acting training is something.’ There are performances that are so good that in a couple of cases, it’s hard for you to believe that they are not the actual people they are portraying. You have to remind yourself that they’re actors. I also found that Ted Lasso is a real tonic for the time. It’s hard to pull off something hopeful and buoyant without it turning saccharine, and it doesn’t do that. It’s really good.

JR: Is there something about It’s a Sin that keeps it on your mind and resonates with you?

MR: Part of what I found so compelling is that I came of age at a time when AIDS was known and terrifying. I think that for a lot of people around my age, you can’t help but contemplate the math and think, ‘if I had been born five years earlier, would I still be alive?’ I turned twelve in 1981, when the series starts and when people didn’t know much about it, but were terrified of it. The characters in the series are roughly only five years older than me and it is such a starkly different situation for them. 

JR: We honored Larry Kramer a few years ago and he was so frail but he was such a force of nature and lately I’ve really loved hearing about his friendship with Fauci. That people could hear each other. That Fauci could get past the insults and still say, ‘you know you got a point there. Your evidence is solid.’ And Kramer could say, ‘You’re a son of a bitch but you’re my friend.’ It’s a discourse that’s sorely lacking in these times…

MR: Agreed.

JR: If you were to program a series of musicals in Provincetown, what would you pick? 

MR: That’s a tough question, because you don’t want to pick something that everyone’s seen.

JR: Yes, but you want to make sure you have sing-a-long moments from the popular ones like The Muppet Movie

MR: I once did a story on the A Christmas Carol and went to the Dickens’ Christmas Carol Museum in London for it. They said that they think that the best version is the Muppet Christmas Carol and they didn’t say that ironically. Let’s see… I like The Harvey Girls. When Doris Day died, I looked at Calamity Jane again and that has a bunch of great numbers, although that might be more suited for Women’s Week. Little Shop of Horrors is also a great one. Rick Moranis and Steve Martin are outstanding. 

JR: Finally, are there any movies you love that are not necessarily well-known or well-regarded?

MR: I loved the film Earthquake. I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than it and its all-star cast of Ava Gardener and Charlton Heston. I looked at TV Guide as a teenager and saw that it had only 2.5 stars and I felt wounded. The other one that was terribly reviewed was The Champ with Ricky Schroeder and John Voight. I think it’s considered dreck but I cried my eyes out watching it… along with Black Stallion

JR: Thank you for your time. I hope you get to program some musicals here in the future!

Julie Rockett

Provincetown Film Society

The Launch

With Julie Rockett

As we plan #PIFF2021, my hopes and plans for this summer change weekly. Sometimes, I feel like normality is around the corner and sometimes I feel like it’s a world away. When the latter feeling takes over, I found a couple of shows that have lifted that heavy mood. One is Desus & Mero, a show that literally has me laughing out loud. I miss listening to funny friends banter and this is a wonderful substitute for the real thing. 

My other recommendation is WandaVision. Let me first state that I’m not a huge fan of live action superhero productions, but I love this show. It’s like Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking with a cape. Don’t let a paucity of Marvel movie knowledge stop you from watching this. I’ve found there’s always a kind helpful nerd around to fill in the details.

When my niece was about six years old, she told me that when she’s feeling down she types the word ‘puppies’ into YouTube to feel better. My recommendation to you if you’re feeling isolated and blue is to type ‘Jamie Denbo’ into YouTube. As soon as you do, you’ll realize that this is the woman that has repeatedly had you in stitches in The Heat, Orange is the New Black, Spy, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She created the iconic character Beverly Ginsburg, a character who’s as familiar as she is nuts, and hosted the hysterical Ronna & Beverly podcast and show for many years. Last year her own series American Princess (based on her experience working at Renaissance Fairs) debuted on Lifetime. She is now hard at work on two upcoming series. Despite that, she had me hysterically laughing over how much better the North Shore is than the South Shore and she introduced me to my new favorite drinking game, “Drink every time an r gets dropped in a Boston movie.”

Julie Rockett: What are you working on now?

Jamie Denbo: I am a recurring guest star on the new Annie Murphy (of Schitt’s Creek) series, Kevin Can F*#k Himself. Annie is amazing. The show is so cool and weird and bold and freaky. I hope people love it. I play a real Boston garbage bag.

I’m writing and producing on a show called Rebel starring Katey Sagal, Andy Garcia, and John Corbett. It was created by Krista Vernoff who runs Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy. It’s a one-hour legal dramedy that’s inspired by present-day Erin Brockovich. So I’m busy, which is great, especially during a fucking pandemic. 

I’ve transitioned more into writing and producing instead of performing which is awesome because it’s nice to be able to age gracefully off camera and not continually be told that I’m too old or too fat or too middle-aged.

JR: They say these things to your face?

JD: Yes. Yes. I was told that I was too old at age 43 to play the wife of a 57-year-old. Soooo, that was fun. But when you’re a writer/producer people don’t talk to you like you’re stupid. You usually get better parking. Because when you’re an actor and you’re not 1 through 5 on the call sheet, people underestimate your intelligence. Sometimes that’s deserved and sometimes it’s really not. So I’m happy to be in a better position now. 

JR: You know I loved your scene on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

JD: That was such a life highlight for me. When Rachel Bloom tweeted that American Princess was the sister show to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it’s like I could’ve been done, just packed it all in because it warmed me from the inside. I was the biggest Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fan. I try not to be such a dork about it but it was everything I loved in one place. It came at a time when we were trying to get the kids to watch TV with us. It became something we all bonded around.

JR: I bet the kids loved the song “Period Sex”.

JD: Guess what? My children learned about menstruation, abortion, UTIs, feminism, mental illness… and I know this sounds ridiculous but it opened up real conversations in our house and I feel like our kids have such a healthy relationship with these topics because they were presented with humor and authenticity. And through the lens of those characters, it was all accessible. It was an amazing experience for us as a family. We still listen to the music. The show’s casting was amazing, too. I’m forever grateful to the creators of it.

JR: Speaking of the creators, last year I spoke with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s co-creator, Aline Brosh McKenna. She said that she really liked working with mothers because they know how to use time efficiently.

JD: Oh, absolutely! The only people that should be running shows are women for that reason. Mothers are inherently better at effectively using time.

JR: What movie was formative for you?

JD: Private Benjamin. My series American Princess  was described as Private Benjamin at the Renaissance Festival because, to me, there was nothing funnier or more relatable than a Jewish-American princess being yanked out of her comfort zone. This woman who had a very specific life laid out for her and a path she was supposed to follow and things did not turn out that way and then she makes a choice to end up in the army. 

Another great thing that I learned about that film was how involved Goldie Hawn was as a producer. Here’s this slight, sexy blonde who I’m sure could have been underestimated many times and was just the dancer from Laugh-In but she was a total fucking powerhouse. This was a woman driving this story and it was her journey and it was super empowering and hilarious. It’s an amazing film!

JR: Do you have a favorite Boston film?

JD: Obviously, The Heat cuz I’m in it. Look, I am not made of stone. I root for any Boston movie where they get the accents right. People will be happy with Kevin Can F*#! Himself. They did a really good job and it wasn’t easy to do an entire series with the Boston twang… It’s hard because Boston is its own character in movies and it’s a special and unique thing. I often feel very protective of it. And I have great pride in seeing it up there.

JR: I couldn’t bring myself to see Manchester-By-The-Sea…

JD: Okay, as you get older, by virtue of being on this planet longer, you start to experience tragedy. Your friends and your circle… It’s inevitable and I find myself a lot less interested in the entertainment industry’s reflection of tragedy. That movie was very well done but I found it to be a two hour long test of emotional endurance.

One of the things I love about working on the show Rebel is that Erin Brockovich is someone who has made a career out of supporting the little guy to fight injustice. It is such a pleasure to work on. We’re fictionalizing a bit and making it really fucking fun. We have Katey Sagal in hot leather pants telling off horrible people. 

JR: Is there anything you’re bingeing right now?

JD: Right now, all the British baking shows and I just binged I May Destroy You which I fucking loved. Michaela Coel is maybe the most watchable being I’ve ever seen. I want to stare at her face because every thought she has is so surprising but you realize it’s what you would have thought if you were in her soul at that moment. It is incredibly relatable. It’s a hopeful show and you feel her optimism and strength throughout the series. You somehow know that whatever happens, whatever she discovers about the sexual assault that she revisits throughout the series, you know she’s going to be okay. She displays a level of confidence and joy in her life that we should all aspire to. I found it to be such a healthy representation of moving through trauma and living your life while facing it and moving forward. What a graceful, beautiful message presented in a unique way. 

JR: I imagine Michaela Coel would be a dream to collaborate with. 

JD: She’s too cool. She would never talk to me. 

JR: Oh please.

JD: Are you kidding? I wouldn’t talk to me if I was her. Please. But I would love to work with Sarah Silverman because it has been amazing to watch her evolution. From someone who relied on a tomboy, accessible sexuality to somebody who is much more soulful and aware that comedy is not evergreen. We don’t have to cancel comedy but we can keep looking at it and studying it and evolving it. 

I would love to work with Patton Oswalt in any capacity. I think he’s a philosopher and one of the smartest living human beings on the planet. He’s someone else that isn’t afraid to evolve. He did certain bits from 10 years ago that are, honestly, offensive now. He shows that you can fix, morph, and grow and still put out an incredible amount of material. 

JR: This reminds me of your amazing character, Beverly Ginsburg. I listened to your farewell show and was sad because I adored her and but I heard what you said about her racism and ignorance no longer being punchlines. It reminded me though of Sarah Silverman saying that she had befriended a former neo-nazi who as a 14-year-old was rejected by his family and friends but was embraced by this group of hateful people. Sarah said, ‘here’s the problem with cancel culture: we’re driving people into the arms of danger.’

JD: Yes, it’s taking the guy who writes, ‘All Lives Matter’ and instead of firing him, it’s talking to him and explaining to him what’s problematic and then welcoming him back. It’s not about driving him away. I agree with you 100% but with Beverly, one thing that I don’t think I made as clear as I wanted to in that last episode was that one of the tropes of the whole ‘white savior’ concept is that there’s a crazy, crazy racist. The white person that’s put there to be an absolute terror so the audience can sigh and say, ‘Oh thank god, I’m not that bad!’

One of the things that Archie Bunker and, if I can compare, one of the things about Bev is that she often makes people feel comfortable about their small amount of racism or assures them that they couldn’t possibly be racist because look at Bev, she’s insane. And I don’t want to do it right now or maybe ever. I said everything I needed to say. I had a lot of fun. I’m good saying goodbye.

JR: I just want to add that during the past administration, I had real difficulty with loving the sinner and hating the sin when it came to Trump supporters in my life. Beverly made me laugh and recognize that there’s still humor and heart there and that they weren’t worth writing off… that I still love those people that I absolutely disagree with. I guess I’m saying that she helped me and I appreciate it.

JD: Aww, that’s sweet. But it’s time to move forward. I still love Bev and I’ll always be grateful to her.

JR: I wanted to ask you about working with Paul Feig. First of all, I love the way he dresses…

JD: Ohh, just the best!

JR: He just seems like a great collaborator. I used to work with the Women In Comedy Festival and we gave him an honorary funny woman award.

JD: You know what it is about Paul? He’s the world’s greatest fan. He is just never afraid to fan out. If it’s funny, he loves it. There’s no female or male funny, there’s just funny with him. If Paul’s your fan, he’s your #1 fan. He’s a lovely human being who runs around in gorgeous suits and makes you feel good. I would love to work with him again. He’s a bubble of light.

JR: Like you!

JD: Oh my god. You’re so sweet! I’m so sorry but I have to go kayak. Don’t ask.

JR: Jamie, thank you so much for your time. Come visit us in Provincetown soon!

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PECKER’S POINT FEBRUARY 2021

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LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Blythe Frank, PFS Interim Executive Director

Dear PFS Community

I am excited to announce that I have joined PFS as the Interim Executive Director. I am full of hope as 2021 unfolds, and recognize this as a moment of reinvention and renewal. Even through crisis, we continue to discover who we are, and in alignment with PFS’s core mission, celebrate new, diverse voices that boldly lift and lead us forward.

Voices like Amanda Gorman in, ‘The Hill We Climb”:

“When day comes, we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if we’re only brave enough to see it
If we’re only brave enough to be it”

I have been a lifelong part-time resident of Provincetown and Truro with deep ties to the community, a working producer, and professor of film for a combined twenty years.  I bring experience in fundraising, creative development, marketing, and management, as well as strong ties to the industry, non-profit board experience, and a love of storytelling in all its forms.  I am a problem-solver, a bridge builder, and though seasoned at the day to day, I anchor all the work I do with an eye toward thought of where we can go, and where we can grow. 

I join an incredibly talented and devoted staff and board, who have tirelessly helped weather the storm of 2020, and we find ourselves at a moment where we have much to look forward to.  As ED, my immediate goals are to continue finding ways to bring sustainability to the organization, while also developing new sources of funding for PFS, including new programs and initiatives that support the organization’s mission and create new opportunities for our members and filmmakers. 

I look forward to the journey ahead, and the new voices we will discover together. 

With gratitude,
Blythe


Known for its unique culture, world-class dining, and artful experiences and performances, Provincetown has established itself as a hub for creative personal expression. Provincetown Film Society’s Winter Auction captures all the things that make Provincetown the wonderful place that it is. Browse through our listings and bid on one-of-a-kind experiences, delicious dining, and hidden treasures; all featuring the people and places that call Provincetown home.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH WATCH PARTY RECOMMENDATIONS

Celebrate Black History Month by screening new release films, reacquainting yourself with films from past PIFF festivals, or revisiting classics that you may have missed. All of these titles are available on various streaming platforms – many are directorial debuts. Here are some suggestions:

13TH directed by Ava DuVernay (2016) Explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. A timely film that highlights the issues behind the recent executive order signed by President Biden to not renew any federal contracts with private prisons. (Netflix)

BAMBOOZLED directed by Spike Lee (2000) A frustrated African American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. A blisteringly funny, unapologetically confrontational satire, Bamboozled is a stinging indictment of mass entertainment at the turn of the century. (Amazon Prime)

BOYZ IN THE HOOD directed by John Singleton (1991) It’s hard to believe that this classic coming-age-‘hood’ drama was the late John Singleton’s fresh out of college feature film debut starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr. Laurence Fishburne and recent first-time director herself, Regina King (One Night in Miami). Following the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, the story contemplates future prospects in the face of social and economic turmoil.  

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST directed by Julie Dash, (1991) Julie Dash’s rapturous vision of Black womanhood and vanishing ways of life in the turn-of-the-century South was the first film directed by an African American woman to receive a wide release. Addressing weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON directed by David France (2017) Chronicles the life and mysterious death of celebrated LGBTQ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered. Paying tribute to Johnson’s important role in the LGBTQ movement, the film also laments the loss of a beloved figure who was a mother of sorts to many transgendered people in the city.   

EVE’S BAYOU directed by Kasi Lemmons (1997) Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her family’s affluent existence is merely a facade. A striking feature debut for director Kasi Lemmons, the film layers terrific performances and Southern mysticism into a measured meditation on disillusionment and forgiveness.

FRUITVALE STATION directed by Ryan Coogler (2013) Based on the true story of Oscar Grant III, the film takes place in the hours before his murder by a police officer on New Year’s Day in 2008 at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station of the title. Featuring the debut performance of Michael B. Jordan, the film, in its restraint, delivers a sobering portrayal of the consequences of unconscious bias and racism.  

JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. directed by Leslie Harris. (1992) A teen girl struggles to reconcile her desire for self-improvement with her rebellious nature and her lack of maturity in this coming-of-age drama, which won first-time director Leslie Harris a special jury prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO directed by Joe Talbot. (2019) A moving wistful odyssey of a young man searching for home in a gentrified Bay Area community. Populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights and other locals on the margins who attempt to lay claim to the community that has left them behind. 

PRECIOUS directed by Lee Daniels (2009) Director Lee Daniels poured his own experiences of domestic volatility into this searing adaptation of Sapphire’s novel Push, about a Harlem girl whose journey to literacy may just set her free. Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her supporting role as Precious’ mother and launched the career of Gabourey Sidibe, playing the traumatized and then triumphant title character.

SLAM directed by Marc Levin (1998) Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young poet trapped in a war-zone housing project in Washington, D.C. One day he is arrested on petty drug charges and ends up jail, where he meets two people who can redirect his life: a prison gang leader or a beautiful female poet teaching a self-expression class for inmates. 

SPRINTER directed by Storm Saulter (2019) Tells the story of a Jamaican teen who is burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade. Screened at Provincetown Jamaican Film Festival in 2019. 

SAVE THE DATE! State of the Media Summit May 20, 2021

4th Annual The State of Media Summit (aka the Women’s Media Summit) presented by the Provincetown Film Society, The Geena Davis Institute, and The Representation Project will take place on Thursday, May 20th. Find more details in our upcoming March Newsletter. 

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program is seeking submissions from emerging LBGTQ Filmmakers, ages 16-20 years old. The program is a three-month online initiative for emerging LGBTQ creatives who submit a short film or treatment that addresses the themes of ‘fitting in, standing out, being yourself,’ and who demonstrate an ability to work with a team of experienced mentors and professionals dedicated to helping them complete a quality short film. Deadline for submissions is March 3. Youth educators, please send inquiries to: christine@ptownfilm.com

WORTH CHECKING OUT

LGBTQ+ TV Representation Falls for First Time in 5 Years

An annual report found that 9.1 percent of characters scheduled to appear on prime-time broadcast series identified as L.G.B.T.Q. in the 2020-21 season, down from 10.2 percent.

For the first time in five years, LGBTQ representation on television decreased, an annual report by the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has found.

The findings were published recently in a report called “Where We Are on TV,” available at Glaad.org. It assessed representation in the 2020-21 season, defined as broadcast, cable and streaming shows expected to premiere new seasons between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that define Televisions Scripted Crime Genre.

A report put out by Color of Change Hollywood is a first of its kind on how scripted crime shows represent the criminal justice system. Normalizing injustice found that the crime TV genre—the main way that tens of millions of people learn to think about the criminal justice system—advanced debunked ideas about crime, a false hero narrative about law enforcement, and distorted representations about Black people, other people of color and women. These shows rendered racism invisible and dismissed any need for police accountability. They made illegal, destructive and racist practices within the criminal justice system seem acceptable, justifiable and necessary—even heroic. The study found that the genre is also incredibly undiverse in terms of creators, writers and showrunners: nearly all white.


MEMBER IN THE NEWS

By Tracy Pease

From left to right:Adam LaFrance, John Lee, Anthony Tannous, Andrea Sawyer, Anthony Lawson & Jay Critchley.

The first time I met this member in the news she was volunteering at the little red fire station on Commercial Street for the Provincetown International Film Festival.  Soon I would learn how much time she really spends in the firehouse (and other locales) throughout the year volunteering, donating her art to raise money for various causes, and serving others – literally as she does each week at SKIP – Soup Kitchen in Provincetown.  Andrea Sawyer not only has a love of film, she is an artist and an activist for democracy, for inclusion and for people.  PFS refers to the rare and precious humans that possess Andrea’s amalgam of aptitude as “artivists”.

Andrea, originally from Falmouth, Maine is what we call in our family “the first pancake” – the oldest child in her family.  She has three sons (Charlie, Andrew & Ian), Sarah who she lovingly refers to as her “favorite daughter”, and nine grandchildren.  

‘Andi’, first came to Ptown on vacation in 1995 with her husband Larry, when their youngest child left the nest.  Having seen herself as an artist since she was five years old, she’d also had a successful career in real estate from 1992 until December 2014 when she dedicated her career full time to painting, primarily oil on linen and canvas.

“The first time I came here, we were driving down Route 6 in July.  The sun was low bouncing off of the dunes.  I had an epiphany and knew there was something about this place that gave me a distinct impression that I would someday live in the town that I had yet to see.  I have that feeling every time I look at those dunes.  We increased our visits more and more extending to 2 to 3 months each year. On our returns to Maine, I would sob all the way to Sagamore Bridge.”

When asked what inspired her to take her talent more seriously, she said “We were raising 4 children and had full-time careers.  Until then, I only had enough time to dabble.  But as empty nesters, I didn’t have any excuse not to.  I’d wandered into the Kiley Court Gallery on my first visit here and fell in love with Bobby Cardinal’s work.  I couldn’t wait to get home to paint, and paint I did.  About five years later I took a week-long class from him to hone my skills.  Although our styles are vastly different, that experience taught me to fight for my own style while making improvements that exist in my work today.  I thank him for the artist I have become.”

In January of 2014 Andrea lost her husband of thirty years, Lawrence Sawyer.  She describes him as a gentle and beautiful man of wise counsel who opened his life to her, her four children and eventually 8 grandchildren – (their ninth, Sadie was born after his death).  “He was intelligent, my knight in shining armor; a man who loved his family.”  

It will come as no surprise that Andrea craves the light in Provincetown.  An avid world traveler she says “The light is so different from anywhere I’ve been.  It’s the quality of light bouncing off the water around us.  Everything is filled with that light.”  She acknowledged that some similarities of light exist in Italy especially as one travels north and then declared about her beloved Provincetown, “the skin of the universe is thin here.”

Erudite, Andrea goes to bed most nights with a good book.  Her devotion beyond art proffers to music, listening to the likes of The Three Tenors, Duke Ellington, Leonard Cohen, and this season a lot of Christmas music while she bakes or cooks large vats of yummy soup from scratch.  Her daily living is a collection of encounters that broaden her perspectives of the world.  

Andrea knits, which I refer to as her guilty pleasure, as she feels the need to steal time in the day to do so.  After seeing her work online, I’m convinced that Jen Ellis of Vermont (currently under siege with requests for mittens similar to the ones she made for Bernie Sanders worn at the 2021 inauguration) would gladly accept Andrea’s help.

Ironically, in 2017, Andrea voraciously knitted “little kitty” hats for every member of her travel party, knitting even as they drove to Washington D.C. to join the Women’s March.  There were nine hats in all, including one for her infant granddaughter.  “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”  For people of all ages, genders and ethnicities to amass together declaring that women’s rights are human rights resonating a familiar strain over centuries in our nation.   Somehow the synchronicities of this particular talent and political events line up for Andrea like the light in Provincetown.   Two words amply describe Andrea’s sense of indisputable hope regarding the new administration on Pennsylvania Avenue: “Looking forward”.

Andrea lives in-the-now, every minute with pursuits ranging from redecorating, service to others, nesting, taking walks, listening to a friend in need, self-study, self-improvement, indulging in ‘framily’ and making time for an eclectic selection of movie classics the likes of Harold & Maude, Casablanca, The Godfather, and Forrest Gump “for the sweetness” and Miracle on 34th Street “because it’s Christmas”.

When I was young my father was a projectionist in the fabulous old theaters in Portland, and as I was the oldest he would often take me to work with him on weekends.  One of my earliest memories is watching The Wizard of Oz all by myself in the front row of the balcony of the State Theater, drinking orange soda and eating popcorn, while Daddy kept an eye on me from the projection booth.

A recent pursuit is learning to sail with ‘B’ (for Brian O’Malley), love of her life. “Brian had been my doctor.  Both of us were widowed, and I became his ‘theater buddy’, he also had concert buddies and hiking buddies. At 71 (we’re two months apart) each of us assumed we were just too old and opinionated to find love again, but one night after he walked me home from the Provincetown Theatre he kissed me, and it was all she wrote.  Oh, the boat, she’s a small Beetle Cat named ‘Granny.’  B is well-spoken, engaged, thoughtful, caring and loving. I enlisted him to serve at SKIP where we now work on Fridays.  We work our asses off preparing 125 regular meals and 40 vegan meals every week. We’re a good pair and we complement one another.”

When I asked about their future, she said, “We have 28 ½ years left on our contract with an option to renew”.

On any given day, one can log onto Facebook and view Andrea’s gratitude journal.  Daily she describes what she’s thankful for, what she’s looking forward to and an awareness, new or revisited.  Inside those entries one will identify a pattern of attributes that circumscribe the remarkable woman within.  


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Save the Date!!!

Provincetown Film Festival 2021

June 16-25, 2021
Now accepting submissions! 
Late Deadline: February 8


THE LAUNCH with Julie Rockett

The famous psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Michelle Boyaner

If these are our standards for beauty, then let us crown Michelle Boyaner our new Miss America! Was it close? No, not really, especially when she and her wife Barbara Green clinched the talent competition back in 2015 with their documentary, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson. It was this #PIFF Award-winning documentary that first brought Michelle to Provincetown. We’ve been fortunate to have her return as a resident of our Women’s Filmmaking Institute and as a leader during the Women’s Media Summits.

She has spent the last five years bringing her upcoming documentary, It’s Not a Burden: The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents, to fruition. While we eagerly await its release, I caught up with Michelle and found out about her ‘lowbrow and proud’ appreciation of films, a plan to remake Urban Cowboy, and the role Provincetown has played in shaping her films.

Julie Rockett: Your early narrative short, You’re Still Young, is about a young gay woman who is visited by her older self who warns her to hang in there and reassures her that she’ll be okay. If you could visit your younger filmmaking self, what advice would you give?

Michelle Boyaner: Don’t put anything on your credit card. [laughs] I’d tell myself, ‘it’s sacrifice, no matter what.” I would do everything the same but I would make more of them. And I will, I will continue to make more films.

JR: How did you find the story of Edith Lake Wilkinson?

MB: These subjects find us. That’s been true throughout all of our filmmaking. Our friends, Jane (Edith’s grand-niece) and Tess, approached us with the story of Edith. And I am forever grateful because that story brought us to Provincetown. We discovered the town through its history and Edith’s history. Jane became like ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard of Oz meeting all these wonderful characters along the way and the town embraced us. 

JR: Were you introduced to film by your parents?

MB: No, not at all. The first time I remember being impacted by a film was from the rainy day schedule in middle school. If there was rain, out came the projector and their one film, Brian’s Song. I saw this depressing film about a dying college student like three times in one year. But I didn’t get movies at home. It was all TV and variety shows like Donny and Marie and Helen Reddy and Carol Burnett. That helped make me into a not-fancy-film person. My early influences were Bugsy Malone and Ice Castles. I am the least pretentious film lover.

JR: Do you recall the first movie you saw in a theatre?

MB: It would have been in a drive-in. Probably the Highway 39 Drive-In with me in footie pajamas. Hmm… I remember in 1982, my good friend, DeDee’s sister Michelle was in a movie and I remember standing in front of that film poster for Grease 2. 

JR: Wait, DeDee’s sister is Michelle Pfieffer?!

MB: Yes! We were friends in high school. And there we all were seeing a movie with someone we knew which was memorable. As for other movies, I always liked things that were relatable. Like, I went to camp so there’s Little Darlings… But I have to say that one film that profoundly effected me was Defending Your Life because it showed what you could do in terms of suspending disbelief in storytelling. Because I had always tried to make up in my mind what had happened to my baby brother who died when I was three. Defending Your Life clearly imagined what the afterlife looked like and incorporated one’s real life into. It’s impact on me was huge.

JR: So I had a friend whose younger sister wanted to get a tattoo and her advice to her was, “Keep in mind, at one point my favorite film was La Bamba.” Is there a movie that you look back on and don’t find as profound now?

MB: That would probably be Bugsy Malone because these were kids in adult situations, drinking in a night club, smoking, driving cars and it was a musical. It was glorious!

JR: So do you regret your Bugsy Malone tattoo? But seriously, why did they cast it with kids?

MB: Because it was the take. It’s like my desire to remake Urban Cowboy with all women. 

JR: Really?

MB: Oh yes! I would love to do that!

JR: What’s your favorite documentary?

MB: For sure, Grey Gardens. The Maysles just followed them like flies on the wall and that’s the type of documentary I love the most. Harlan County, USA and Sarah Polley’s The Stories We Tell. It’s the story of Sarah’s family and a family secret. She didn’t have access to b-roll so she cast actors and created this incredible b-roll to go along with certain parts of the storytelling. I haven’t seen anything like that before and I just love her work in general. 

JR: Finally, what makes Provincetown special to you.

MB: Oh god…. I literally tear up. I have been poked with a fork several times and Provincetown seeped in. It’s on a soul level. There is something about its soul that speaks to me and I can’t articulate what it is other than a feeling of peacefulness and freedom. Knowing that someone like Edith Lake Wilkinson went there and could live and create her art and many years later we came back and got to spend days writing and walking its beautiful empty streets…. it was like patchouli to me. It skunked me but I didn’t want to take a tomato juice bath. And it’s there, there forever. It’s so special and hopefully it can continue to be that. It’s a sickness and a love. I hope that a Starbucks never opens there.



PROVINCETOWN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINTER AUCTION

PROVINCETOWN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINTER AUCTION
FEATURING A SCANDALOUS TOUR WITH JOHN WATERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 21, 2021


Provincetown, MA – Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is excited to share details of their upcoming 2021 winter auction. “Having weathered the financial hardship of 2020, PFS is eager to return to their mission-based work to lift diverse voices and promote gender and race equity through film. PFS is pleased to announce their first ever Winter Auction, which will not only celebrate all things Provincetown but will also enable PFS to resume programming and community outreach.” says Anthony Lawson, PFS Board President.

The success of this auction will enable PFS to move forward with the 23rd Provincetown International Film Festival (June 16 – 25th), fund the cinemas and continue their year-round programming including the annual Women’s Media Summit, Film Financing Forum, Jamaica on Film Festival, and the LGBTQIA2+ Young Film-Maker Mentorships.

Get ready to chase the winter blues away with all the things that make Provincetown unique and memorable! The centerpiece is a tour of Provincetown’s past and public sex spots. Hear the stories and visit the sites and then join John for drinks and dinner at Bubala’s By the Bay.

The Winter Auction is full of truly unforgettable experiences and quintessentially Provincetown-centric items. The response and generosity from the Provincetown community and supporters has been overwhelming with over 100 items. There is something for everyone! From incredible vacation stays, one-of-a-kind masterpieces, to gift cards for sumptuous dining encounters. This auction gives bidders a chance to support the Provincetown Film Society after a challenging year due to Covid-19 and celebrate Provincetown itself. Additional items include:

  • A literary tour of Provincetown concluding with lunch at the Norman Mailer House with East End Books owner Jeff Peters
  • A virtual Provincetown architectural tour with David Dunlap
  • A 2-night stay for 4 with dinner at the Mary Heaton Vorse House
  • A writing salon with Michael Cunningham
  • A literary salon and lunch with writer and Grub Street artistic director Christopher Castellani
  • A personalized voicemail greeting recorded by Kathleen Turner
  • A PIFF workshop with film festival programmers
  • A history tour of Provincetown restaurants with Spiritus and Bubala’s owner John Yingling
  • Exclusive and unique luxury Provincetown rentals

What: PFS 2021Virtual Winter Auction
Who: Open to all, virtually through Bidding For Good
When: Early registration and preview of items begins January 18th. Auction begins January 29th, 12:01 AM – February 7th,11:59 PM
Where: Auction link: http://bit.ly/PFSWinterAuction

If interested in sponsorship opportunities, donating an item or questions regarding the event, please contact Sarah Macaulay Nitsch, (310) 463-1508 or email sarah@ptownfilm.org

About PFS
Provincetown Film Society (PFS) which began as the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) in 1999, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. Our mission is articulated through three primary activities: the annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF); a year-round theater operation, Water’s Edge Cinema; and the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute for film and media artist residencies and conferences. A substantial contributor to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony, PFS is dedicated to becoming a sustainable, year-round cultural organization that brings film education, genre-specific festivals, and cultural partnerships to outer Cape Cod.

CONTACT: Sarah Macaulay Nitsch, Development & Media Relations,
Provincetown Film Society
PO Box 605 | Provincetown, MA 02657
Phone # (310) 463-1508

PECKER’S POINT JANUARY 2021

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[Letter from the Board President] [Member in the News] [Institute Updates]
[Cinema Updates] [Festival Updates] [The Launch]

Letter from the Board President

With 2020 now behind us, the Provincetown Film Society would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy new year! Despite the many challenges that still lie ahead, there is reason to be hopeful and planning for 2021 is well underway. It promises to be an exciting year, with programs that celebrate the diverse voice and richness of the Provincetown community.

 We will be kicking off the year with a winter auction, and we hope that you will all help us make it as successful as possible. It is full of unique items that celebrate the history, culture, and idiosyncrasies of Provincetown that you won’t want to miss. In fact, many of the featured items are so unique, I suspect they will be talked about for years to come!  

As 2021 rolls on, we will be announcing some exciting new programs and, of course, our 23rd annual Provincetown International Film Festival in June – so stay tuned. You helped us get through 2020, and for that we are eternally grateful. Please join us in celebrating all the things you love about PFS and help us continue fighting for a more equitable and inclusive future. 

~ Anthony Lawson, PFS Board President

Support the Provincetown Film Society with our online Winter Auction January 29 – February 7. Bid on vacation stays, gift cards, art work, truly unforgettable Ptown experiences, and more! You won’t want to miss it! Details soon at provincetownfilm.org


Member in the News by Tracy Pease

She’s back!  Gabby Hanna, Provincetown Film Society’s January’s Member in the News is the newest member of the board (didn’t I say that last month?).  After stepping down six years ago from her 10-year position as Executive Director, we’re happy to say, Gabby is back!

Although Gabby spent the majority of her career in the non-profit sector, she has worked for the last five years as a real estate agent in Provincetown, now with William Raveis Real Estate. 

A local luminary, Gabby has served as the Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild and on the Town of Provincetown’s Finance Committee, Animal Welfare Committee, and Economic Development Council.  She was previously President of GAH Consulting, a New York City-based fundraising and special events company specializing in fundraising programs, major gifts programs, board development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, and special events for not-for-profit organizations and documentary filmmakers. 

While living in New York, Gabby also served as Executive Director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Director of Development of Body Positive, a New York City HIV/AIDS service organization, Director of Institutional Advancement for The Hewitt School, and Barnard College’s Associate Director of Alumnae Affairs. Her career began as an Assistant Buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue, after working as a pianist following graduation from Barnard College. 

On Cape, Gabby has served on the Boards of WOMR Outermost Community Radio, Payomet Center for the Performing Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center.  Gabby has recently immersed herself in film and theater production. She was an Executive Producer of LOVE IS STRANGE, a film by Ira Sachs co-starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina; co-producer of the Broadway revival of Side Show, directed by Bill Condon; It Shoulda Been You, a new musical directed by David Hyde Pierce; a new musical Tuck Everlasting, directed by Casey Nicholaw; and most recently, The Cher Show

Gabby Hanna and Blythe Robertson

Gabby and her wife Marcy Feller have made a home in Provincetown with their Dobermans, Luna and Hero.  

Last month’s member in the news, Blythe Robertson (pictured right with Gabby at PIFF 2019) was the first new addition, in 2020, of the growing board line-up.  At a time in our country and the world when there is so much uncertainty, our board members are garnering faith and building a stronger foundation to sustain us through the chaos and the lineup is first class!

Not coincidentally, Gabby has partnered on past projects with Robertson.  The dynamic duo bring their experience and caché branded by this organization for years.  They say you can judge a woman by the company she keeps.  Red carpet here we come!

Looking for your film-loving flock? Become a member of the Provincetown Film Society! Join at any level and reap all the cinema-tastic rewards! Feature your news in our newsletter, discounts, and more!


Women’s Media Summit 2021

Planning is underway for our first online Women’s Media Summit 2021. Dates will be announced soon! If you would like to get involved, please contact christine@ptownfilm.org.

A heartfelt welcome to new advisory board members of the Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program: Anne Clements, Rich Delia, Silas Howard, Matt Kugelman, Coleman Lannun, Kimberly Montini, and Javier Morgado. Submission guidelines to the program will be posted in February.

Recommended Film Viewing for January Events
(All films are available via streaming)

January 18/Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

SELMA directed by Ava DuVernay. Based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers, including the late John Lewis, their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1985.

I AM MLK JR. directed by John Barbisan & Michael Hamilton. This documentary explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on civil rights through present day.

KING IN THE WILDERNESS chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Directed by Peter Kunhardt

January 27/Holocaust Remembrance Day

SON OF SAUL Directed by László Nemes During World War II, a Jewish worker (Géza Röhrig) at the Auschwitz concentration camp tries to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.

EUROPA EUROPA directed by Agnieszka Holland based on the 1989 autobiography of Solomon Perel, a German Jewish boy who escaped the Holocaust by masquerading as a “Nazi” German.IDA directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. In 1962, Anna is about to take vows as a nun when she learns from her only relative that she is Jewish. Both women embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong.

CONSPIRACY directed by Frank Pierson – In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin where a military officials meet to discuss the “evacuation” of Germany’s Jews and other undesirables, a code word for their extermination in concentration camps. To begin this Final Solution, they must change the mind of a small group of men opposed to the idea.

THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC directed by Donna Dietch – AN  American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, she begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death camp in 1941. There, she meets a young girl, a fellow captive in the camp. Together, they As struggle to survive in the face of daily atrocities.


Exclusive Films at Waters Edge Virtual Cinema!

Virtual Cinema delivers a wide variety of exclusive new  films every week. Enjoy art house movies@home. 
#BirdsOfAFeatherWatchTogether. 

Waters Edge Cinema Marquee Photo Courtesy of Provincetown Banner, Mary Ann Bragg

Check out the Banner article about Waters Edge Cinema!

LET’S GO BACK TO THE MOVIES! Rent Waters Edge Cinema with your family or house mates to screen your favorite films! Choose from our selection of films, or bring your own film, home videos, and more to enjoy! Starting at $149


Provincetown Film Festival 2021

Save the date! PIFF June 16-25, 2021

Now accepting submissions for the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival! Regular deadline: January 15


The Launch with Julie Rockett

Recently, I posed this question to my Facebook friends: “When it’s finally safe to return to normal life, what’s one big thing and small thing you want to do?” I wrote “fly to Croatia” and “see a movie with friends in a theatre.” While others had kinder responses like, “Hug everyone!” I still really, really want to go back to Waters Edge Cinema and sit right next to my friends and co-workers to enjoy a film. 

I watched the film Papi Chulo which is one of those films that you want to watch with others and if that’s not possible, you want to recommend it to all of your friends right away. The movie reminds me about a friend who said that he’d rather see a small magic trick done really well rather than watch someone magically make the Statue of Liberty disappear. Papi Chulo is that perfect card trick. It speaks to all the things plaguing us at the moment like loneliness and isolation, and approaches it with an original story about humor and humanity. 

John Butler

One of the cast members of this film is the dreamy friend of Provincetown Film Society, Dave Holmes. I am indebted to Dave for introducing me to Papi Chulo’s writer and director, John Butler. John spoke to me from his home in Dublin and discussed being a proud Classics major and challenged the legitimacy of the notion of ‘guilty pleasures.’

Julie Rockett: Hi John, I first wanted to say that when I was doing some research, I found that we were both Classics majors. After watching your film, I feel like I saw your knowledge of Classics come through because Papi Chulo shows an example of an unconventional love. Unconventional by modern standards but in Ancient Greek there are twelve kinds of love which is much broader than the narrow view of just romantic love most people have. 

John Butler:  Thank you. Richard Yates has a collection of short stories called Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and I always thought that was a great title. Also, when I was writing this film, I thought a lot about whether there is a form of loneliness that is unique to the gay community. Brandon Taylor– who was short-listed for the Booker Prize, wrote probably the best book I read this year, Real Life— wrote a great piece a few years ago about queer love that inspired my writing of this film. It made me want to examine the unique aspects.

JR: I found it to be such a rich story. And you had the casting gods shining upon you with Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino.

JB: <laughs>

JR: Have you been able to see films this year?

JB: The last film I saw in the cinema was Almodovar’s Pain & Glory which was February. I didn’t know at the time would be my last cinema experience. I’ve been watching films all the other ways though this year.

JR: Have you found anything inspiring recently?

JB: A couple of things. I finally got to see the show Dave. It starts out like a Woody Allen sort of thing and then it gets much deeper. I also loved the show Atlanta. UK-wise I found Industry to be very good.

JR: Do you recall your first favorite film?

JB: The Pink Panther films. I really fancied Peter Sellers, not just as the Pink Panther but in all of his films. I found his talent to be extraordinarily attractive. He’s a really interesting actor because there’s such darkness to him as well. You can feel that dark manic energy in his comedic performances.

JR: Is there a person that you dream of working with…. living or dead…

JB: That certainly broadens the selection.

JR: Hey, it’s your dream. I’m not interfering. 

JB: From these shores, Saoirse Ronan. Stanley Tucci is the other one.

JR: Is there a film of Tucci’s that you really enjoyed?

JB: I first became aware of him in Big Night and everything after… He’s an easy performer and he makes it appear effortless. I quite like that. Art is in the concealing and that’s what he does so well.

JR:  Is there a film you wish was wider known?

JB: Chris Kelly’s film, Other People. It is so moving and entertaining simultaneously. It’s just so beautiful. Jesse Plemmons and Molly Shannon are just superb in it. And another is Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War. It’s a Polish film based on his parent’s love story. There are these significant time jumps with no title on screen to tell you more. You start to realize through make-up and hair what time period you’re in. It’s stunning. I watched it in the cinema and it was filled with Polish immigrants. In the middle of the film, there were people smiling at each other recognizing the shared experiences.

JR: Is there a film that’s a guilty pleasure?

JB:  I don’t believe in them.

JR: I love that!

JB:  I don’t believe in the concept because you either enjoy something or you don’t. Denying that something’s enjoyable to you is a kind of deception. I watched Emily in Paris and I enjoyed it. That’s not to say that it wasn’t crap, but I enjoyed it. The Sex & The City movies are shit and I love them. I sometimes think there’s a cultural snobbery with that. I see it often with straight guys who begrudgingly say they like Pet Shop Boys or Kylie Minogue. What’s stopping you from saying it’s good?

JR: I hate the term ‘girl crush’.

JB: So true. Or like, ‘man date’. The other one that drives me mad is ‘man cave’. Stop infantilizing things. If you are into having a La-Z-Boy and a TV and a stack of porn, you don’t have to gender it as if there’s some implied butchness to having a spot in the house to yourself. Why we’re getting into this, I don’t know.

JR: I don’t know either but I love your take on things! 


Provincetown Film Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, We rely upon community financial support for continued year-round operation. Your generous support is appreciated!


WHAT WE’RE WATCHING DECEMBER, 2020

Ever wonder what movies the staff of the Film Society are watching when we aren’t planning festivals or running our cinema? Join us each month as the Provincetown Film Society lets you know WHAT WE’RE WATCHING!

December’s theme: Holiday movies!


Andrew Peterson
Festival Programmer

BABETTE’S FEAST: The setting is very Olde Timey Christmas—a small Norwegian village in December 1883. Babette, a French refugee, repays the generosity of her pious hosts by cooking a spectacular feast worthy of any Christmas table. An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, Babette’s Feast is about giving and receiving love, with no expectation of anything in return, and stars the sublime Stéphane Audran. The last lines of the film, which speak to the appreciation every artist desperately yearns for but rarely receives, slay me every time.

RARE EXPORTS: A Christmas Tale. On Christmas Eve in Finland, the real Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. But unlike most depictions of Jolly Old Saint Nick, this Santa Claus is a malevolent supernatural entity based on real Scandinavian lore. A thoroughly unique spin on the dark origins of Santa Claus for anyone who wants a decidedly different Christmas movie. Don’t say you weren’t warned.


Tracy Pease (left)
Director of Development

Two of my holiday cinema favorites are steeped in tradition.  From the time my children were young (my youngest wasn’t born when the movie came out) we watched and loved HOME ALONE.  My kids can readily recite every line of the movie in heavy competition with their dad.  We still have it on VHS.  Not the VHS player but I can’t part with it – as if our family might fall apart if I did.  Last year I ordered it on Netflix and watched it with my grandson for the first time.  He’s watched it half a dozen times since then. Still a hit since 1990!

LOVE ACTUALLY, another favorite, is not quite appropriate for my 7-year-old grandson and may never be a favorite, especially to watch with his grandmother, but my daughter and I have watched it together every holiday for the last 10 years including Thanksgiving 2020.  Gotta love the Prime Minister’s moves and who doesn’t love the primarily English all-star cast.  God Save the Queen!


Patricia Doon – CFO
My holiday favorites are AUNTIE MAME with Rosalind Russell. One of my favorite holiday songs is “We Need a Little Christmas”. Other must sees – CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, SCROOGED, ELF, and LOVE ACTUALLY. I’ll also be tuning in to Boston Ballet’s 2019 Urban Nutcracker being streamed in 2020 on a donation basis. 


Heidi Bolinder
Director of Program Operations

My 2 favorite Christmas movies have always been and will always be:
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Ethan Embry and Thora Birch. They play the kids of an upper class Manhattanite and her ex-husband who runs a diner. When the sister asks a mall Santa (Leslie Nielsen) to get her parents back together, her older brother comes up with a crazy scheme to try and make it happen. My favorite part of the movie is when Hallie (Thora Birch) sings a duet of BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE with her grandmother, played by Lauren Becall. 

CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY: It’s exactly like GROUNDHOG DAY, except instead of Bill Murray, it stars my #1 favorite 90’s heartthrob Erik Von Detten. He keeps waking up to relive his shitty Christmas over and over again until he “gets it right”. (Fun fact: Erik Von Detten is one of the choir boys in the opening scene of ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS too) Erik Von Detten is my Christmas angel.


Julie Rockett (left)
Social Media Manager

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Runner Katherine Switzer said, “If you find yourself losing faith in human nature, go watch a marathon.” It’s too cold for that so this movie is a great substitute. I smile and lose control over my eyeholes every time I watch it. 

TRADING PLACES: I love a great comedy and this is one of my favorites and it occurs during the holidays so it counts, right? Seeing Winthorpe on a Philly bus eating a smoke salmon from his mangy Santa beard kills me.


Lisa Viola
Festival Programmer

My 2 holiday picks are IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and BAD SANTA: the angel and devil of Christmas films!

My mother was named after Donna Reed from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE so it has been a longstanding tradition in our family to watch it every holiday season without fail. Jimmy Stewart chews the scenery in the very best way possible and I’m pretty sure we’re all currently living in ‘Pottersville.’ 
BAD SANTA is just good plain fun. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (director of CRUMB—another must see) and starring Billy Bob Thornton (nominated for a Golden Globe), the film was a surprising box office and critical hit when it was released in 2003. 


Both of them love MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET and LOVE ACTUALLY during the holiday season!


Ellen Birmingham (left)
Communications & Event Operations Manager

My undisputed #1 choice for best version of “A Christmas Carol” goes to none-other than A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. This was the first major Muppet production after Jim Henson’s passing, and you can feel the love that went into making this movie. The classic Muppet humor and whimsical puppets fit the ghostly story well. I am particularly fond of Gonzo and Rizzo’s bromance as they narrate the story.

My other favorite is ELF – its quick pacing makes it rewatchable year after year. The “Pennies from Heaven” scene is one of my favorites, and is made all the better knowing that many people in it were not actors, but everyday New Yorkers genuinely reacting to Will Ferrell’s shenanigans. And remember everyone, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”


Erica Giokas
Website & Box Office Manager

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. I love the poem by Dylan Thomas and all the details about the different aunts and uncles, neighbors and other grownups. How kids make their own little worlds to pass the time while adults are visiting. And the magic of how music and light brings generations of family together in the cold dark of winter.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (the original animated of course!). Its classic Dr Seuss illustration and a secular way to show the celebration of family, community, and the spirit of giving. The first winter I moved to Ptown from NYC and went to the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree, I felt like a little Who singing in Whoville and knew I was home.


Sarah Nitsch – Sponsorship & Donor Events
DIE HARD (1988) for us is a Christmas eve tradition, usually while enjoying some tequila and present wrapping. When we lived in West LA you could see “Nakatomi Plaza” from our apartment, it was always fun to see it around the holidays. We pick up all sorts of new things each time we watch it. The 80’s hair and fashion is just classic, the color of John Maclean’s tank-top  (wife beater) gets really dark at some points, and Alan Rickman is just the most amazing villain (always) and really the Christmas party is such an HR nightmare!! “Come out the the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.”

Having grown up with my family into the original Vacation film and a love of Chevy Chase, I gotta say NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) is a classic. We watch it each year and we still laugh, my boys have started to watch it and appreciate the humor – just enough cousin Eddie for them. Look at the cast too! The usual suspects, but Juliette Lewis as the daughter, Johnny Galecki – pre Big Bang Theory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Margo the quintessential yuppie next door neighbor. It’s got a little something for everyone, written by John Hughes, his love for Chicago continues in the film and it was based on his short story Christmas ’59 which was published in National Lampoon (1980). Originally it was set to be directed bu Chris Columbus, but he and Chevy Chase did not get along – so later Hughes went to Columbus to do Home Alone together. Which is another classic holiday film for the whole family, it makes me miss John Candy! 


We hope you saw a new film to add to your holiday line-up, or was reminded of one of your tried and true favorites! From all of us at the Provincetown Film Society, we hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

#BirdsOfAFeatherWatchTogether


PECKER’S POINT DECEMBER, 2020

Letter From the Board President

By April of this year, the non-profit sector in Massachusetts had lost $8 billion and 15,000 jobs. Cultural non-profits were hit particularly hard, and many have since closed for good. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, board, and community, the Provincetown Film Society is not among them. You stuck by us in what were, with no exaggeration, the darkest days of our organization.

In July, largely through volunteer efforts, PFS was able to present a re-imagined virtual film festival which, in characteristic P-town fashion, charted a new path for other film festivals across the country. PFS was the first to offer an outdoor drive-in experience, including a double feature selected by renowned director John Waters, as well as a robust program of in-depth conversations with artists and directors, complementing a stellar array of films. Mischa Richter’s film, I AM A TOWN, played to a sold-out audience and was a true highlight in an historic year, speaking to our love of Provincetown, the resilience of our community, and the power of artistic expression.

Mischa Ritcher at The Wellfleet Drive-In, PIFF Reimagined, 2020.
Photo by Mae Gammino.

We were then able to continue raising money throughout the summer with weekly outdoor screenings at the Mary Heaton Vorse House, in partnership with the Provincetown Arts Society, as well as a mini-film festival honoring our former executive director, Christine Walker, who now leads our diversity initiatives. Although I am happy to report we were able to re-hire our staff in October, we are not yet out of the woods. We still need your support to continue championing diverse voices, speaking truth to power, and making P-town a global destination for creative exploration in film. 

Our team is hard at work on PIFF 2021, which promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, full of surprises and innovative ways to meet the occasion. We also look forward to resuming our work promoting gender and race equity in the film industry. With your continued support, I have no doubt we will return as strong as ever to bring Provincetown to the world, at a time when our vision of a just and equitable society can serve as an inspiration. 

In fact, one of the most surprising twists of the year, for me, was seeing our virtual festival reach places far and wide, including Wyoming, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah, amongst many others. We have uncommon resources and with them a responsibility to be there for people across the nation and around the world. Our virtual platform has the power to provide people with access to artists like never before, and we will continue to use that platform to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Representation in film matters. It has the power to humanize the “other,” change how people see one another, and redraw the boundaries of inclusion within the human heart. With one of the most divisive presidential elections in our nation’s history now behind us, the urgency of our mission has never been greater, as we believe film is uniquely suited to promote the empathy required for sustaining one of the most pluralistic, complex democracies in the world. Thank you again for your support. I invite you to continue joining us in our work; we cannot do it without you.

Anthony Lawson


Member In The News

By Tracy Pease

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Blythe Robertson

Checking all the boxes, this month’s member in the news is a narrative and documentary film producer, a decades-long Massachusetts convert, and uniquely the newest member of the Provincetown Film Society Board of Directors, Blythe Robertson.  Blythe said, “I’m excited to join the PFS board to help further their advocacy of diversity in film and look forward to bringing new ideas to expand this vision.”

You’ve seen her on the streets of Provincetown, at the Waters Edge Cinema taking in a movie, at the annual June film festivals, at the Women’s Media Summits and Film Financing Forum.  She’s rolled up her sleeves to fundraise at PFS’ recent production of DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester and now PFS is pleased to add her name to the board roster. 

Originally from Huntsville Alabama, Blythe is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  With her wife Mary & dog Maisy, this fall, they moved east from Provincetown to Truro to renovate a fixer-upper that will have all the flair and style uniquely them!

Blythe has been making films for 15+ years. During COVID, she has been in development with South African director Bruce Donnelly on the feature documentary, THE ELEPHANT CORRIDOR about human-elephant conflict in southern Africa and how scientists, rural communities and park wardens are coming together to solve the crisis by using, of all things, honeybees.

Blythe executive produced Ira Sachs’ LITTLE MEN, starring Greg Kinnear and Paulina Garcia, which premiered at Sundance 2016. Previously, she EP’d Sachs’ critically acclaimed LOVE IS STRANGE, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei, which was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. She produced ABOUT SUNNY, starring Lauren Ambrose and was nominated for another Independent Spirit Award.   Closer to home, Blythe was a line producer on the American Experience/Frontline doc series, GOD IN AMERICA. Other projects include The History Channel’s Emmy-nominated, DESPERATE CROSSING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER.  Blythe also co-produced the revival of Broadway’s revival of SIDE SHOW.

I’ve always been drawn to stories of social inequality and I’d like to think my films reflect that. My goal is that the projects I’m involved with create awareness around the unjust issues they highlight” said Robertson. PFS is thrilled to be part of this Legacy Member in The News’ next chapter.


Institute News

During this time of unprecedented global crisis and economic and racial upheaval, the lessons from previous crises tells us that a commitment to diversity and inclusion could easily take a back seat to other priorities. Yet, even during these trying times, we maintain that diversity and inclusion are in fact critical to recovery, resilience and reimagination. As we look towards and plan for a brighter and healthier future, among our priorities is to continue to amplify the diverse voice, particularly the least represented and to step up our efforts to hold ourselves and others accountable for supporting and incentivizing storytellers that represent the full breadth of human understanding and experience. Heading up our diversity initiatives will be former PFS CEO Christine Walker. Over the course of her tenure, she oversaw the development of the Women Filmmakers Residency Program, the Women’s Week Film Festival, the First Annual PFS Jamaican Film Festival, the PFS Film Financing Forum for Diverse Projects, the Celebration of Transgender Filmmakers and the Transgender Filmmaker’s Community Forum, among other programs.

Ash Christian Courtesy of Lon Haber & Co.
Ash Christian Photo Courtesy of Lon Haber & Co.

Soon we will launch the Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program for LGBTQ Youth, named after a prolific filmmaker and dear friend who served on the PFS advisory board and tragically passed this past Fall at the young age of 35. Ash is credited for jump-starting the careers of several first-time filmmakers and he produced our PFS Annual Film Financing Forum. At the forum, Ash encouraged all aspiring filmmakers to above all, ‘go out and make a short film.’ Through this program, Ash’s legacy will ensure that select applicants will work with industry professionals to develop and create a short film that will serve as a calling-card for future opportunities. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

In January, we will also announce new guidelines for our Sixth Annual Women Filmmaker’s Residency Program which will take place at the newly redesigned Mary Heaton Vorse House, the historical home of the late Provincetown author, journalist, and activist. 


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Save the Date!!!
Provincetown Film Festival 2021
June 16-25, 2021

Calling all filmmakers! Submissions for the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival are now open–early bird deadline is December 4. Submit your narrative, documentary or short films here


THE LAUNCH with Julie Rockett

I’m delighted to be relaunching The Launch and who better to do it with than Provincetown’s own Fermin Rojas? You probably know Fermin as being a champion of Provincetown Film Society. We are in his debt for his inspired idea of taking Provincetown Film Society on the road and having fundraising dinners in New York, Houston, San Francisco and other great cities (we hope to add more cities to this vibrant list when all this mishugas is over and we can travel freely again.). 

Fermin Rojas

He and his husband, Jay Kubesch, are partners in DKR Films. Their documentary, BLACK MAMBAS, was a PIFF2019 award winner. His past documentaries include REVOLUTIONS which chronicled Fermin’s return to Cuba after 50 years to create a Cuban Gay Men’s Chorus. You also definitely don’t recognize him from directing a comedy short I wrote about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He did an impeccable job of making me look so very much like her that I’d resent him for that if I didn’t adore him.

Julie Rockett: Were you able to see any films during this past summer’s PIFF Reimagined?

Fermin Rojas: I was able to watch THE CAPOTE TAPES. It was wonderful. Truman Capote is one of my favorite authors. In my formative years, I read every bit of his writing including ANSWERED PRAYERS which was nothing more than a collection of gossip columns. My favorite Capote book is a collection of short stories called MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS and it has one of my favorite stories, “Spin Dazzle Dazzle”. It’s a great example of how Capote’s writing incorporates all five senses. It’s basically about him being told for the first time that he was gay by a fortune teller. At the end of the story he meets a prostitute and writes, “She spoke the way bananas taste.”

JR: What films do you wish had a bigger following?

FR:  Lately I’ve been watching many silent films. I think they get this bad rap for having silly storylines with over the top acting but some of them are very sophisticated and have very talented directors at the helm. I rediscovered them last year. I was part of a live play reading at The Provincetown Theatre about a murder that occurred at LA’s Silent Movie Theatre back in 1997. The film they were showing that night was PANDORA’S BOX (1929). I watched the film and found the lighting to be beautiful and the acting was sublime. I highly recommend it.

JR: What are you working on now?

FR: I’m Executive Producer for a documentary called, ELEPHANT CORRIDOR. It’s about an organization of Southern African countries that is trying to control the migration of elephants through “bee fences” which are bee hormones placed in trees. They redirect the elephants’ migration and help protect trees from being trampled by the elephants. They’re also planting gardens that repel elephants like sunflowers or chili peppers and these provide food and economic resources for the communities. It’s mostly all women who are leading this program.

I’m also quite proud of the short films that we did with the Wampanoags that can be seen at the Provincetown Monument Museum. It’s a very complicated story of the interaction between the Colonists and the Native population. I think when people talk about the bravery and heroism of the Colonists it’s important to recognize that it was done at a great cost to the civilization that already lived here. 

JR: Do you remember your first favorite film?

FR: It was from when I still lived in Cuba. It translates to THE FESTIVAL OF THE DOVE. It was a musical about two sisters, Chastity and Suzanne. My brother and sister and I would reenact this film over and over.

JR: Were you Chastity or Suzanne?

FR: I was the director! I directed the whole thing and in retrospect, I’m so lucky that it was a foreign film that was my first favorite film. Then when I moved to the States I got to see THE WIZARD OF OZ and absolutely loved and devoured Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films.

JR: And finally, what’s a Holiday film that you love?

FR: I’m so easy. It’s THE GRINCH. It packs everything. I know very little about animation but the fact that a director could take that book and get an army of artists to make such a emotionally expressive film is amazing. The way he pokes at Max the dog who’s sporting these wonderful fake antlers. It touches on all of the important themes. I just love it. 

JR: I hope you and yours remain safe and healthy this Holiday Season!

FR: Thank you! 


Provincetown Film Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; as such, we rely upon community financial support for continued year-round operation. Your generous support is appreciated!


Pecker’s Point: November 2019

LETTER FROM THE CEO

November marks the launch of our eleventh annual fifteen-part film arts series co-presented with PAAM and curated by Provincetown’s resident cinephile extraordinaire Howard Karren. We honored Howard with our Persistence of Vision Award a few years ago, but this year’s extraordinary line-up of jewels is a reminder of his well-deserved distinction. Howard’s curatorial vision combines scholarship, fandom, and a devotion to the idea that film is meant to be screened in a dark insulated room with good sound quality and projection! Please join Howard on select Wednesdays thru May for great film and lively conversations.

Programs like these are made possible with the support of our good friends at PAAM and from all the proceeds of our annual auction, starting on Black Friday. If you’re in town, please stop by our kick-off party on Friday, November 29th at CUSP Gallery, hosted by Curtis Speers. See details below.

November also marks the second anniversary of the passing of our friend Judy Cicero, who rarely, if ever, missed a film art series screening. In fact, among the qualities I admired most about Judy was the fact that she always showed up for the things she cared about most.

She showed up at our community forum to voice her concern about closing our art house cinema in the winter. She showed up at our first annual Women’s Media Summit to combat gender inequity in the industry. She showed up at Town Hall to vocalize her support of our new marquee. She showed up time and time again and her only expectation was that we do our best (and boy, did she let you know it when you didn’t).

Judy was one of the first person’s I met when I started my tenure as CEO at the film society. As my term is nearing its end in January, I am thinking of those angels, like Judy, who showed up and in turn have held me up over the years with invisible hands.

This Thanksgiving season, I and the staff of the film society wish to thank all of our angels, on earth and in other dimensions, for bolstering our work, our efforts, and our spirits. May you all experience the same great fortune!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Christine Kunewa Walker, CEO


Member in the News: Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

We are delighted to hear the news that PFS volunteer, supporter, and member, Cheryl Eagan-Donovan was awarded Oxfordian of the Year for her film, Nothing is Truer than Truth, a documentary about Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, as Shakespeare. She is the first filmmaker to win this award dedicated to the study of Shakespeare. Former award winners include Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, Mark Rylance.

Cheryl’s film focuses on the possible true identity of William Shakespeare. In particular, she focuses on the year and a half de Vere spent in Italy that just happen to coincide with the writing of Shakespeare’s early Italian plays.

“What makes my film different from other films about de Vere and Shakespeare is that I believe the primary reason for his pseudonym was that he was bisexual and had an affair with the Earl of Southampton and sexuality was a particularly taboo subject at that time. It was one of the reasons his daughters continued to use the pseudonym after his death. Harold Bloom, the famous Shakespeare scholar said that Shakespeare invented the ‘Human’ through his understanding of psychology. He also said that it is clear through his writings that Shakespeare world view was that everyone is bisexual. I wanted to integrate that integral aspect into my film,” said Eagan-Donovan.

Cheryl’s devotion to Provincetown and the film festival is long-standing, “I’ve been going to Provincetown forever. I picked up John Waters hitchhiking one Fourth of July and he said ‘I’ve been coming here for 38 years’ and I said, well I’m right behind you. I’ve always said that John Waters is America’s Fellini – his work with Divine is definitely on a par with Fellini’s work with his wife Giulietta Masina and I love Fellini’s statement which pertains especially to Shakespeare:
“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”
John is such an amazing Renaissance man – writer, director, artist, performer, sage…and I love his new book Mr. Know-It-All.

“I adore the Provincetown Film Festival. I volunteered early on and got to meet Mary Harron who made I Shot Andy Warhol and I met Gus Van Sant who’s film My Own Private Idaho is featured in my documentary. For me, it’s the kind of festival that you don’t get any place else. There’s something about the intimacy and lack of pretension. Everybody is there because they love film. That makes it one of the best festivals around.”

Nothing Truer Than Truth can be viewed on Hulu and Amazon Prime. In addition to filmmaking and teaching screenwriting, she is at work on the following books: Master Mistress: Shakespeare’s Discovery of Sexuality in Late Sixteenth Century Literary London, with co-author John Hamill, and Shakespeare Auteur: A Guide to Creating Authentic Characters for the Screen.


Call to Artists

Dedicated to artists in all mediums, Provincetown Film Society’s Annual Black Friday Auction is inviting all artists to contribute their work (up to 5 pieces) at consignment, to benefit Waters Edge Cinema.

In addition to support of Provincetown’s only art-house cinema, contributing artists will:

  • The opportunity to submit up to five works and select your preferred consignment amount from 50%, 25% or 0% of the valued price
  • A dedicated social media post highlighting your work
  • Promotions to our database of 10,000 patrons
  • Promotions via our auction site
  • On-screen advertising in the Waters Edge Cinema
  • A year-round membership to the Waters Edge cinema

Deadlines:

  • November 1st – Early deadline for best promotion of work online and
  • across social media
  • November 22nd – Deadline for art to be submitted for inclusion
  • November 29th – Auction Kick-Off at CUSP Gallery, 115 Bradford Street,
  • Provincetown, 4 – 6 pm cocktails, snacks, and bidding

For more information on submissions, email sarah@ptownfilm.org

Click link above to be directed to the Auction website!

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