2004 - Port Townsend Film Festival

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2004 - Port Townsend Film Festival
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Selecting movies for a film festival is a serendipitous adventure. First, with your audience in mind,
you have an idea of the kind of movies you want: in our case ,we look for well-made, engaging (but
not despairing) independent and foreign-language films, classics, documentaries, shorts. Generally,
we're not interested in films that have been released (well, one screening on a PBS program is
sometimes overlooked) or picked up by a major distributor. But even with these very general
guidelines, reality soon takes over.
The resulting line-up is controlled by two factors: (1) what's been made in the last couple of years
and (2) what we can get.
Young or first-time filmmakers, for instance, often tell coming-of-age stories that are either happy or
sad, whereas older, more experienced directors of independent films may choose tales of
existential woe. The main reason for the success of commercial Hollywood films is that they cater to
pre-determined audiences, whereas independent and many foreign-language filmmakers are
initially concerned with telling a tale they figure out the audience later.
The availability of films has just as many facets. Many foreign-language filmmakers prepare only one
print sub-titled in English until they've found a distributor, which means that if the film is booked at
another festival about the same time as ours we're out of luck. When the Port Townsend Film
Festival was in its first years, filmmakers knew nothing about us and we weren't first on anyone's
priority list. That has changed considerably and filmmakers now seek us out more and more.
For the past five years, director of programming Linda Yakush has puzzled through these constantly
changing permutations and each year has put together a selection of films that are among the best
of non-commercial films being made today. Sometimes they're dark, sometimes they're uplifting.
They are always engaging.
Linda has developed a work ethic that requires her to change career paths every five years, so this
will be her last year as director of programming for the Port Townsend Film Festival. She has set a
terrific standard for us to meet in the second half of our first decade. Inspired by her terrific work
these past five festivals, it's our intent to follow and maintain her legacy.
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The fifth Port Townsend Film Festival presented an unstoppable group of filmmakers with one of
the most varied and strongest programs ever. And it was really fun. - Martha Worthley, PT Leader
Crowds danced to the live music, ate salmon and drank Port Townsend brew while resting on the
straw bales that transformed Taylor Street into an outdoor movie theatre. - Nick Koveshnikov,
Peninsula Daily News
This seaport town of breathtaking vistas and carefully preserved turn-of-the-century architecture
has long mixed old with new. Visitors can watch the very latest in cinema under the intricate ceiling
of the 1920s Rose Theatre, visit up-to-the-minute bookstores on downtown's historic main street, or
plug into the Internet in their antique-filled room at a Victorian inn. All this, in a picture-perfect
Victorian seaport town where, three blocks from downtown, you can find deer calmly grazing in
front yards, looking ready to star in a movie of their own. Those of us who've been coming to this
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festival for years know of its unique pleasures; maybe it's time, as the festival grows, that the rest of
you discover it too. - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
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This was one of the most interesting and thought provoking events of my life. The quality of films
and special guests were among the highlights of the festival. I feel like I visited foreign countries,
different dimensions and was presented with solutions I didn't think were possible to problems I
thought insurmountable. Anonymous, Survey comment
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Australia, 2003, 94 min
Official Selection Philadelphia Film Festival 2004
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Director: Anthony Mir
Producer: Anastasia Sideris
Screenwriter: Akmal Saleh, Anthony Mir, Gary Eck
Cinematographer: Justin Brickle
Editor: Rochelle Oshlack
Cast: Akmal Saleh, Anthony Mir, Gary Eck, Kirstie Hutton, Richard Carter
A twisted and gloriously tacky comedy from Australia. In this offbeat farce set in no-wheres-ville
Australia, a serial killer is on the loose, and he's obsessed with the iconic 70's pop group, The Village
People, famous for their classic disco anthem Y.M.C.A. First a biker is killed, then a construction
worker, then a cowboy and Indian, then a sailor. By the time the slow-witted local cops Gary and
Akbal work out the connection, they realize that the last character in the Village People line-up is a
policeman. One of them is next!
Meanwhile, flash cop Tony has zoomed in from Sydney to find the killer using his best Miami Vice
style tactics. YOU CAN'T STOP THE MURDERS is a laugh-out-loud comedy, starring the cream of
Aussie stand-up talent.
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Festival
Director, Writer, Producer: Ken Russell
Cast: Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon,
Tina Turner, Pete Townshend
Dress to excess again this year and join Mistress of Ceremonies Juana Banana for a costume
contest, followed by a screening of Ken Russell's psychedelic rock opera based on the Who's
legendary album of the same name. Roger Daltry plays the deaf, dumb and blind Tommy, who
becomes the leader of a religious cult. Elton John is the pinball wizard and Tina Turner, the acid
queen. Look for Jack Nicholson as A. Quackson. Over the top fun all the way and fabulous music!
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Audience Award 2004 Sundance Film Festival
2003 Academy Award Nomination
By: Ross Kaufamn, Zana Briski
Editor: Nancy Baker
In 1998, photojournalist Zana Briski came to Calcutta's red light district to live among the prostitutes
in order to chronicle their existence. Soon she was drawn to the children who, because of their
parents' involvement in the sex trade, are denied a proper education. In essence this condemns
them to the same fate as their parents. Returning with several point-and-shoot cameras, Briski
begins to teach the children about photography, composition, and editing, often taking them on
field trips to idyllic locations that seem far removed from their circumstances in order to inspire
their creativity (and perhaps, to show them the possibility of a world outside the red light district).
Realizing that these excursions were only a transitory escape for these children, Briski committed
herself to helping these childresn escape the brothels. This film chronicles her attempts to raise
awareness for the children's plight with the goal of raising enough money to send them to a
boarding house for an undistracted education. Kids With Cameras is now teaching photography to
marginalized children around the world. The sale of the photographs supports their education.
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USA, 2004, 80 min
Official Selection SXSW Film Festival 2004
Director, Producer: Michael Paradies Shoob, Joseph Mealey
Co-producer: Elizabeth Reeder
At the world premiere in Austin, thousands stood in a Texas sized
down-pour hoping to see this documentary. Basing the film on the
book of the same name by Wayne Slater and James Moore, the directors add to the original story to
further explore the impact of Karl Rove's brand of politics on the United States. Interweaving the
current violence in Iraq with a history that dates back to Rove's days as a competitive Young
Republican, the directors take a detailed look at this ambitious and mysterious political man and his
influence on and seeming creation of GWB. An absorbing documentary that explores the limits of
power by asking who is really making the decisions in Washington
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USA, 2003, 7 min
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Andy Schocken
A young man ponders the meaning and variations of flying the US flag in post 9-11 America.
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USA, 2003, 129 min
Audience Award Slamdance 2004
Director, Writer, Producer: Scott Milam, Ken Harder, Todd Pottinger
This is a captivating journey into the world of a real life savant street musician and his lifelong
struggle to become a successful recording artist and to be loved. He is a street trumpeter and
part-time guest on a local Seattle radio station. Richard Peterson's world is filled with obsessions for
the television series Sea Hunt, Jeff Bridges, the golden age of television music, stalking local
celebrities, art and Johnny Mathis.
The unique relationship between Richard and Mathis is the catalyst for one of Richard's most
remarkable compositions, Love on the Golf Course. Between street gigs and a stint as a piano player
in a grunge club, Richard is discovered by mega band, The Stone Temple Pilots. Richard's moment in
the spotlight is short lived when he is confronted by the human cost of obsessions.
The filmmakers' affection for their sometimes difficult star resonates warmly on the screen.
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USA, 2003, 55 min
Official Selection Outfest 2004
Director/Producer: Pam Walton
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Sunday 11:30 am Pope Marine Park
Exploring the deep connection in a circle of lesbian friends as they face death and celebrate life and
love, filmmaker Pam Walton has documented the meaning of community with a rare grace and wit.
Joyce Fulton's last grasp of life as she succumbs to a brain tumor is quickly supplanted by her
vibrant personality as we travel backwards in time to her retirement from teaching, marching in gay
pride parades and accepting the Statue of Liberty gift from her family. Mary Bell Wilson, facing up to
her challenge with lymphoma on the back of a Harley, is the second chapter. Enthusiastically tying
up this close-knit group of life-long friends is Nan Golub. Nan is the leather clad urban artist who
paints a lasting portrait of the love and drama that has kept these women connected for decades.
Not a wimpy, weepy tale by a mile, but a keen celebration of family values.
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Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Carol Stabile, Libby Palmer, Jan Halliday, Joan Wenske
Cast: Rosa Davies, Kate Jepson
A visually poetic remembrance of an old woman's spirited departure.
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USA, 2004, 80 min
Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival
Director: Bruce Weber
Producer
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Screenwriter: Bruce Weber
Editor: Chad Sipkin
Cinematographers: Pete Zuccarini. Evan Estern, Shane Sigler, Theo
Stanley, Jim Fealy
Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber is a professed animal lover, and his newest film centers
on his own dogs, a family of gorgeous golden retrievers, including True. A LETTER TO TRUE is a
stunning look at the affection, loyalty, and unconditional love displayed by these animals - which the
filmmaker sees as a metaphor for peace and hope in the world. In a highly personal commentary,
Weber interweaves his personal obsessions: music of the '50's and '60s, home movies of Dirk
Bogarde in Provence, conversations with Elizabeth Taylor (another great dog lover), recollections of
friendships past, and speculation about how our lives have been changed by the events of 9/11.
Tying these various strands together with a poet's logic, A LETTER TO TRUE is a little like staying up
late with Bruce Weber, listening to great music and peeking into the mind of a world-class
connoisseur. This film works magic with a random sensibility.
Selected Filmography
Chop Suey (2001)
Let's Get Lost (1988)
Broken Noses (1987)
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USA, 2004, 58 min
Directed and Produced by Jamie Howell and Guy Evans
Open your eyes to the future of farming in America through the lens
of struggling apple growers in Washington's Wenatchee Valley- the self proclaimed apple capitol of
the world. From a hometown perspective, the film tells the stories of farmers attempting to create a
new model for agriculture while investigating emerging, more sustainable solutions to the corporate
trend of farming in recent years. A refreshingly hopeful view of farming in the 21st century.
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USA, 2003, 55 min
Best Documentary Reel Fest 2003
Director/Producer: George Beth Gage
Narrated by: Keith Carradine
The US has thousands of dams, many which have outgrown their usefulness. At the time of their
construction conservation meant storing a river's water rather than letting it run off unused to the
sea. As our definition of water conservation has evolved so have our opinions towards dams.
TROUBLED WATERS explores the cultural, economic, environmental and spiritual arguments for and
against dams, citing examples of rivers reclaimed and attempts to save others.
Selected Filmography
Fire on the Mountain (1996)
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USA, 2004, 75 min
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
Social Justice Award-Santa Barbara Film Festival
Director/Screenwriter: Paola di Florio
Producer: Nancy Dickerson
Cinematographer: Joan Churchill
Editor: Thomas Miller
Narrated by: Stockard Channing
HOME OF THE BRAVE is about the only white woman murdered in the civil rights movement in
America and why we DON'T know who she is. Told through the eyes of her five children, the film
follows the ongoing struggle of an American family still dealing with the consequences of their
mother's heroism and the mystery behind her killing.
Viola Liuzzo was a 39 year-old Detroit Teamster's wife and mother of five, who joined thousands of
people converging in Selma, Alabama for the march on Montgomery, led by Dr. Martin Luther King
in 1965. Shortly after the Voting Rights March ended, Viola was shot in the head on an empty stretch
of highway by a group of Ku Klux Klansmen.
Mary, the middle daughter, decides to retrace her mother's road trip from Detroit to Selma with the
filmmakers. In the 60's she was a rebellious kid in the midst of a personal rebellion with her mother.
What she finds in Selma is both surprising and healing.
Linking the past and present, personal and political, HOME OF THE BRAVE has a resonance in our
world today.
Selected Filmography
Speaking in Strings (1999)
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Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2004
Audience Award NW Asian American Film Festival
Director: Mimi Gan
Producer/Writer: Mimi Gan, Jim Dever
Narrated by: George Takei
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Canada, 2003, 82 min
Official Selection Vancouver Film Festival
Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Allison Beda
HOW TO BE A MODEL provides a critical and often humorous look at
the love-hate relationship that models have with their profession. Part investigative journalism, part
diary and never without a sense of humor, HOW TO BE A MODEL provides a refreshing and much
needed look from the other side of the camera.
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Director/ Producer/Writer: Renee Delaplaine, Andrew Delaplaine
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USA, 2004, 55 min
Northwest Premiere
Director, Producer, Editor: Justin Bookey
The geoduck clam sports a three-foot long neck and a life span of
160+ years. 3' UNDER explores how the geoduck has inspired a
quirky and devoted following in the Pacific Northwest. We follow Jack, a long time Seattleite who was
raised in a kosher Brooklyn home, as he prepares for his annual geoduck dig. The film explores
many layers of the clam subculture, college mascots, songs, sushi, strict regulation and the
notorious clamscam trials. A funny look at a very funny bi-valve.
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England/Afghanistan, 2003, 96 min
Emerging Artist Award Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Director: Phil Grabsky
Producer: Amanda Wilkie
Camera: Phil Grabsky
Editor: Phil Reynolds
The boy who plays on the buddhas of Bamiyan is an eight-year-old called Mir Hussain. He is fun,
cheeky, inquisitive, energetic and bright. He also lives in a cave and owns virtually nothing. To him
this is normal; it is all he has ever known. The film is about Mir's life through three seasons:
summer, winter and spring. In post-Taliban Afghanistan, though much has changed there is no
guarantee that Mir will survive life in a cave - the sickness, dirt, dust, lack of water and food. Yet his
engaging story is not one of gloom and doom, but that of a normal child who takes life as it comes.
His playground is the rubble and tunnels of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan, the shelled and
burnt-out town bazaar, the orchard of the local militia. Through his eyes we see the destruction of
the town, the ever-present militarization and the welcomed but watched presence of the Americans.
Mir has no clue what it is all about, but he knows how to have fun.
Selected Filmography
Muhammed Ali-through the Eyes of the World (2001)
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Director: Chris Tashima
A baseball game at a Japanese internment camp as metaphor for a family's struggle with unjust
incarceration.
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France/South Africa/UK, 2004, 90 min
West Coast Premiere
Winner Best Feature Berlin International Film Festival
Director: Ntshavheni Wa Luruli
Producers: Ben Woolford, Olivier Delahaye, Richard Green
Cinematography: Gordon Spooner
Screenwriter: Yves Buclet, Peter Speyer
Editor: Caroline Kako Kelber
Cast: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Junior Singo, Dana de Agrella, Innocent
Msimango, Nocholas Jara, Lisa Petersen
Two thirteen-year-old pals are wandering along the train tracks in
Kayelitsha, a township near Capetown, South Africa. A dead man is tossed from a train clutching an
attach case. Madiba and Sipho break open the case to find a gun and a video camera. Madiba takes
the camera and Sipho the gun, thereby sealing their fates.
As he hides his new found possession inside a wooden box to avoid having it stolen, Madiba's world
is magically transformed through the lens of the camera. Sipho discovers a new power when he
points the gun at people, using it to become a gang leader in Capetown.
In a film filled with a raw energy and tragic beauty, we watch these two boys come alive in their new
worlds in tender and disturbing ways. When Madiba befriends a rich white girl struggling to come to
terms with a new South Africa, we rejoice at the possibilities, while despairing the fate of Sipho and
the harsh reality of both of their lives.
Selected Filmography
Chikin Biznis-The Whole Story (1999)
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Cuba/Mexico, 2003, 15 min
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2004
Director: Gustavo Loza
In Havana, Walter and Angel set out for Miami in search of Angel's father.
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Bhutan/Australia, 2004, 108 min
Northwest Premiere
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
Audience Award Deauville Asian Film Festival
Director/Writer: Khyentse Norbu
Producer: Raymond Steiner and Malcolm Watson
Cinematographer: Alan Kozlowski
Editor: John Scott and Lisa-Anne Morris
Cast: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji, Deki Yangzom
Set in the elusive and uncommonly serene Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, deep in the Himalayas, two
men seek to escape their mundane lives. Dondup, an educated university graduate, decides he will
be better off picking apples in the US than working as a government officer in a remote rural village.
Tashi, a restless farm youth studying magic, cannot bear the thought of a life consigned to his
village.
The two men embark on parallel, yet separate, journeys. Sporting an I Love NY t-shirt and carrying a
boom box, Dondop in many ways has already left behind his life. Delayed by the timeless pace of his
village, he is forced to hitchhike through the beautiful wild countryside of Bhutan to reach his goal.
He shares the road with a monk, an apple seller, a papermaker and his beautiful young daughter,
Sonam. Throughout the journey the perceptive yet mischievous monk relates the story of Tashi. It is
a mystical fable of lust, jealousy and murder that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup and his
blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam. The cataclysmic conclusion of the monk's tale leaves
Dondup with a dilemma - is the grass truly greener on the other side?
Selected Filmography
The Cup (1999)
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Germany, 2003, 117 min
Audience Award 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Producer: Tom Speiss, Sönke Wortmann, Hanno Huth
Screenwriter: Sönke Wortmann, Rochus Hann
Camera: Tom Fährmann
Editor: Ueli Christen
Cast: Louis Klamrroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Mirko Lang
In the summer of 1954 Matthias' father Richard returns after twelve years in a Soviet prison. He is a
broken man when they meet at the train station and mistakes his grown daughter for his wife and
fails to recognize his 11 year-old son Mathias, born after he left. Matthias has long had a surrogate
father: football player Helmut Rahn has taken on the football-loving boy as a mascot. Richard's
return casts a shadow over the once-happy family as he has trouble adapting to post-war Germany
and alienates his family through his severity. To Richard, football is pointless, only more so The
World Cup that's about to held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias longs to be there with his idol, who
has been chosen to play for Germany. Through his innocent charm, passion and fighting spirit,
Matthias helps rekindle his father's love of life.
Selected Filmography
The Hollywood Sign (2000); Campus (1998); The Superwife (1996); Pretty Baby (1995)
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Serbia/Germany/Italy, 2003, 92 min
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Director: Dusan Milic
Producer: Emir Kusturica
Screenwriter: Dusan Milic
Cinematographer: Petar Popovic
Editor: Svetolik Mica Jajc
Cast: Branka Katic, Srdjan Todorovic, Dubravka Mijatovic, Danilo Lazovic, Goran Radakovic, Mirjana
Karanovic
A new western style grocery store has opened in Serbia. The shelves are stocked to overflowing and
the festive atmosphere could be the grand opening of a Wal-Mart in Ohio. Jagoda, who spends her
nights looking for love in the classifieds, is forced to cheerily ring up the groceries of her comrades
while her capitalist boss sneaks extra items into their carts. A fellow checker steals the only love
interest to come her way in a long time, pushing Jagoda into a mood bad enough that she refuses to
sell strawberries to a sweet old lady who comes in after hours. When the grocery store and all the
clerks are taken hostage the next day by a bumbling terrorist, Jagoda gets caught up in her
kidnappers' cause.
A wry comedy filled with some very memorable eccentrics.
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USA, 2003, 5 min.
Director: Chris Hinton
Academy Award® nominated animated film based on a true story of a family
fishing trip in Canada.
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Germany, 2003, 90 min
Northwest Premiere
Director/Producer: Veit Helmer
Screenwriter: Gordan Mihic, Veit Helmer
Cinematographer: Joachim Jung
Editor: Silke Botsch, Hansjörg Weissbrich
Cast: Masumi Makhija, Valera Nikolaev, Miki Manojilovic, Udo Kier
Steven Speilberg's Terminal did not look like this one. Millions of people pass through Frankfurt Airport on their way
from one city to another; for Alexej and Nisha, however, the airport is a city in itself - their own. With the help of airport
technician Dak, Alexej breaks out of the holding area for refugees. Dak hides the Russian in an underground labyrinth of
pipes and vents. The young Indian woman Nisha pictures herself as a flight attendant, but the only time she ever boards
a plane is to clean it. Alexej yearns to be a pilot. The two meet one night inside an empty jet as they are both acting out
their dreams. Enraptured, the passionate Alexej offers her his love - and wins her heart. When he learns that Nisha's
dream is fueled by the desire to bring her son to Germany, he hands over his own savings to have the boy smuggled
out of India. Their plan runs smoothly until the plane lands in Frankfurt. A warm and humorous Bollywood style romp.
Selected Filmography
Tuvalu (1999); Surprise! (1996) Tour Eiffel (1994)
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USA, 2003, 7 min.
Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival
Director: David Licata
An elderly couple reconnects on the dance floor.
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Official Selection SXSW Film Festival
Director/Screenwriter/Editor/Producer: Yasuaki Nakajima
DP: Carolyn MacCartney
Music: Hiro Ota
Cast: Yasuaki Nakajima, Jacqueline Bowman, Velina Georgi, Oscar Lowe, Zorikh
Lequidre, Moises Morales
Without special effects and shot in moody black and white 16mm, AFTER THE
APOCALYPSE is a futuristic drama about five survivors trying to make sense of a new world following a devastating
urban catastrophe. Set in a bleak, post-urban landscape, this engaging film presents a limited environment where a
single woman and four men are forced to communicate without words, as a result of destructive gasses. With their
pasts erased, they are forced to re-create their lives, both collectively and individually. Inspired by a six-month stay in a
country where he didn't speak the language, Yasuaki's finely crafted science fiction is a remarkable first time directing
effort.
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Director: Paul Lee
An elegiac meditation on the passing of life told through the friendship between
a Japanese monk and his novice.
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USA, 1950, 120 min
Print Source
Director: Roy Rowland
Producer: Jack Cummings
Writer: Dorothy Kingsley, John Larkin
Cast: Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Debbie Reynolds
PT film festival guest Jane Powell stars in this 1950's coming of age story. Teens Patti (Ms. Powell)
and Melba (Debbie Reynolds) arrive at Kisseme in the Catskills circa 1913 for a family vacation with
big plans for summer romance. Patti is fluttery over a suave older man (Ricardo Montalban) and is
sure romance will bloom if her parents will let her get a corset. Meanwhile Melba stalks a local boy
with love-struck determination. The Easter egg colors, Busby Berkeley stage numbers and the
sensational singing of Ms. Powell and Ms. Reynolds make for a sweet family musical that will have
you singing Yabba Dabba Honeymoon for days.
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Director: John Sayles
Cast: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally
Between land and sea there is a place where myths are real.
Fiona is sent by her widower father to live with her grandparents in a
remote Irish fishing village across the sea from the island of Roan Inish where her ancestors have
lived for generations. Several years before, her brother was washed out to sea in a tragic accident.
The story delves into the folk tale of what happened to the child and the mysterious connection the
family bears to the selkies, the half seal and half human creature of Celtic mythology. As the story
unfolds, Fiona becomes convinced that her brother Jamie was rescued by selkies and lives on Roan
Inish. A simple tale that children will love set in an achingly beautiful Ireland.
Selected Filmography
The Alamo (2004)
Sunshine State (2002)
Lone Star (1996)
Matewan (1987)
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USA, 2004, 83 min
Director: Thom Harp
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Director: Thom Harp
Kay loves Devon with all her heart. A surprise awaits both when he
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USA, 2004, 15 min
Director: Justin Swibel
12 year-old David has taken enough from his abusive tennis coach.
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USA, 2002, 20 min
Director: Randall Good
Infatuated with a stranger on a train, Hannah writes anonymous
letters arranging a rendezvous on her isolated island.
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Iceland, 2003, 28 min
Director: Erla Skuladottir
Set against the exotic landscape of Iceland, a lonely teenage girl
discovers and conquers her deepest fears.
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Germany, 2002, 14 min
Director: Sasha Kobow
Nino, 11, must find a way to cure his mother's unhappiness. Once the
world denies him on his quest, he seeks another solution.
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USA, 2004, 7 min
Director: Andrew Blaiklok
On the eve of battle, weary knights are not the only ones with something to say
about the current state of affairs.
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Director: Eric P. Robinson
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USA, 2003, 5 min
Director: Terence Healy
Animated biography of an old man's acting and modeling life.
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USA, 2004, 23 min
Director: Hank Azaria
A young man's unusual gift from his grandfather might not be such a great gift after all.
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USA, 2004, 10 min
Director: Paul Gutrecht
Confronted with conformity, a young girl stands her ground.
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USA, 2004, 88 min
Northwest Premiere
Official Selection Sundance Film
Festival
Director: Eric Weber
Producer: Callum Greene, Anthony G. Katagas, Joe Pantoliano
Screenwriter: Eric Weber
DP: Chris Norr
Editor: Craig Cobb
Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Tilly, Bronson Pinchot, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety
When you're collecting alimony from your ex-wife, borrowing money from your son and publishing
the loser's manifesto, it's pretty clear you're not on the top of the heap. If your best friend from
grade school is the guy who just made the latest Hollywood mega blockbuster, you might be feeling
a bit of envy. Eliot (Joe Pantoliano) is a frustrated writer who has taken up the subject of being
second best with gusto. Writing about his group of friends with hard humor and piercing honesty,
he spares no one, particularly himself. When his grade school friend comes to visit, the jealousy and
life-long love these two feel for each other combine in an explosive and cathartic confrontation. An
unusually perceptive buddy film, SECOND BEST features some outstanding performances and
extremely witty dialogue.
Selected Filmography
Suits (1999)
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Australia, 2003, 22 min
Director: Adam Eliot
Narrated by: Geoffrey Rush
Academy Award Winner, Animated Short
Harvie Krumpet, an extraordinary man wading through life's
tragedies and triumphs.
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While he had always wanted to make a series of comedies with
children, producer Hal Roach was not fond of cutesy professional
kids, so he hit upon the Our Gang notion one morning in 1922 while
watching a bunch of kids arguing over a piece of wood. The thought
struck him that if he was fascinated with children behaving like real
kids rather than miniature adults, audiences would be equally
fascinated. And thus began the Our Gang comedies. (Because the
first episode of the seemingly unending series of two-reelers was
called Our Gang, the name became interchangeable with Little
Rascals, which was the formal name given to the group.) Such characters as Alfalfa, Buckwheat,
Darla, Dickie, Farina, Porky, Spanky, Stymie, Butch, Wheezer, Chubby, and Waldo became household
names in millions of American homes.
In 1932, a young actor by the name of Dickie Moore joined the group, and now in 2004 he will join
the Port Townsend Film Festival. He'll introduce two of his Our Gang episodes and discuss his
experience following the screening.
Moore made his acting and screen debut at the age of eighteen months in the 1927 John Barrymore
film, Beloved Rogue. Despite an extensive list of films from the thirties and forties, he is probably
best remembered for the 1943 Miss Annie Rooney in which he gave Shirley Temple her first
on-screen kiss. He gave up acting in 1952, but was still in the public eye with the 1949 to 1955
television series, Captain Video and His Video Rangers. He has since retired from acting for a new
career as a publicist and producer of industrial shows. He is married to Jane Powell.
Selected filmography:
The Member of the Wedding (1952); Out of the Past (1947); The Song of Bernadette (1943); Heaven
Can Wait (1943); Sergeant York (1941); The Life of Emile Zola (19367); The Story of Louis Pasteur,
Peter Ibbetson (both 1935); Oliver Twist (1933); The Squaw Man (1931)
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With seven days to write, shoot, edit and score a film, two groups of Port Townsend residents
recently participated in intense seven-day filmmaking workshops. Guided in the joys, tedium and
chaotic world of filmmaking by screenwriter Nancy Alvarez and documentary filmmaker Dana
Schuerholz, the students have the last word on all editorial and content decisions. This year's
participants were:
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Joel Teague
Eric Mousseau
August Spain
Nathan Kilcrease
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USA, 2004, 12 min
Director, Producer, Writer: Marlon Schmidt
Thanks to the Rose Theatre, Port Townsend moviegoers have
developed a finicky and finely tuned approach to their pop-corn, it's
more than a snack.
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In the past half-dozen years, several youth who hail from Jefferson County (or their parents do) have
headed off to Hollywood and New York to study and seek careers in show business.
Some have grown into major careers; others are still fledglings, and some are still studying. The
most notable to date is Kirsten Smith, a Chimacum High School graduate, who has a developing
career as a screenwriter. Focusing on comedy, she has hit the brass ring with two major films:
Legally Blonde (2001) and Ella Enchanted (2004). With a determination to weld his computer and
movie interests, Port Townsend High School graduate Aaron James McComas has propelled himself
to the position of Effects Technical Director for Sony Pictures Imageworks where he recently created
most of the web work in Spiderman 2 (2004). Charlie Amico and Jeffrey Reid, who captivated
audiences with their 10-minute short, Dishers, at the 2002 film festival, have moved to L.A. where
Jeffrey has become a film editor, and Charlie is attending film school. On the acting front, Renata
Friedman, daughter of Rocky Friedman and Robin Biffle, completed her drama degree from New
York University in 2003 and, after touring throughout the country, the company presented their
work to great acclaim on Broadway. Though he is only seven, Javin Reid, son of Kristen and Tony
Reid (no relation to Jeffrey) is following Dick Moore's lead. Moore appeared as the title character in
the 1933 version of Dickens' Oliver Twist, while Reid played the role of Tiny Tim in the ACT
production of A Christmas Carol in Seattle in 2003.
We will gather as many of these young writers, actors, and filmmakers as are available to discuss
their experiences and provide insight to other Jefferson County youth who dream of a career in the
biz. (See Friday's festival newsletter for the final list of those who will participate.)
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France, 1960, 85 min
Print Source
Sunday , 1:15 p.m., Wind's Eye Design Rose Theatre
Director: Francois Truffaut
Producer: Raoul Coutard
Writer (adaptation) F. Truffaut
Cinematographer: Georges Deleru
Cast: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger
2004 Guest Curator: Tom Robbins
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All movie lovers have favorite films, movies that have touched them
in some way, creating a response that has remained since first
viewing. Such films may be commercial hits or so obscure or
forgotten that only a few have seen or remember them. Such films
don't require critics to tell us whether they're good or bad. Critics are irrelevant in this instance.
Formative films resonate regardless of what someone else says. In fact, it may be during an
argument of the relative merits of a particular movie that we begin to recognize the greater
meaning a film holds for us personally. It's not simply the details of its content or the skill with which
the story is told that attracts us; it's the discovery that our own story is - in some way - up there on
the silver screen. It's the recognition that someone else knows our experience, however privately we
may try to hold it. The impact of such movies becomes indelible, directing in subtle ways our
personal and world views; such films are, in other words, formative.
For our fifth anniversary, the Port Townsend Film Festival introduces this new segment. We have
selected a notable movie lover, novelist Tom Robbins, as curator. He will introduce two films,
explaining to the audience their importance to his life.
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USA, 1939, 82 minutes
Director: Richard Thorpe
Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Curator: Tom Robbins
Numerous aspiring actors have portrayed Edgar Rice Burroughs' mythical Tarzan in film, beginning
with Elmo Lincoln in a 1918 silent version to Christopher Lambert, who played the ape man in a
1984 bookish remake called Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes that co-starred such
luminaries as Sir Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, and Andie McDowell.
But no one has ever approached the pinnacle that Johnny Weismuller reached in the 1930s and
1940s in the role. The main reason for Weismuller's popularity is that he was a star before he took
to acting. Overcoming a sickly childhood, he began swimming on the advice of a doctor, ultimately
growing into a six-foot three-inch, 190 pound champion athlete and undefeated winner of five
Olympic gold medals (in 1924 and 1928), sixty-seven world and fifty-two national titles, and holder
of every freestyle record from 100 yards to the half-mile - an early day Mark Spitz and Michael
Phelps.
Tarzan Finds A Son! tells the story of Tarzan and Jane adopting the infant survivor of a plane crash.
Brought to their treehouse by faithful chimp companion Cheeta, Tarzan and Jane decide to adopt
the orphaned child as their own. Five years pass, and happy young Boy (as he's called at Tarzan's
insistence) is well on his way to becoming a Little Tarzan under the protective tutelage of the Ape
Man and his mate. Their domestic bliss is disrupted with the arrival of another safari on the
escarpment: relatives of Boy's natural parents have come to ascertain his fate.
Novelist Tom Robbins declares that this movie changed his life, and will introduce the film and tell
festival-goers why.
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USA, 1954, 102 min.
Director: Stanley Donen
Producer: George Folsey
Screenwriter: Albert Hackett, Dorothy Kingsley, Jack Cummings
Cinematographer: Saul Chaplin
Cast: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, Jeff Richards
Jane Powell's extraordinary career spans virtually every arena of
American show business.
From the age of 14, she has been a major star of motion pictures, theater, television, radio, the
concert stage, and cabaret. She has performed for five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England.
What leaps to mind first is her place in the panoply of classic M-G-M musicals as one of the stars
who came to symbolize the movies to the world. During that golden era, she was the girl next door the sweet lyric soprano with the two-and-a-half octave range who starred as the spunky young wife
in the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and co-starred with Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding.
Jane Powell was every boy's dream date, starting with her first hit, Holiday in Mexico, with Walter
Pidgeon and Roddy McDowall, who became a lifelong friend.
She made twenty feature films in all, and when the classic movie musical form was discarded in the
mid-fifties, she moved to television, working in sitcoms and daytime dramas, touring in a dozen
musicals and straight dramatic plays and comedies.
She was recently featured in Showtime's Sandy Bottom Orchestra, based on the novel by Garrison
Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson, and also was featured as a grandma-to-be in the Off-Broadway play,
Avow, for which she received rave reviews that would be any actor's dream. Ms. Powell, said The
New York Times, shows why she is a star.
Most recently, she performed in Stephen Sondheim's musical, Bounce. Although the musical about
two Florida real estate developers closed before reaching Broadway, an original cast album was
recorded to great acclaim as one of Sondheim's best scores. In it, she introduced a new song, Isn't
He Something?, that many reviewers consider equal to his best-loved, Send in the Clowns.
Jane Powell has spent nearly her entire life in the public eye. She began to sing and to dance for
Portland radio audiences at age two. ("You couldn't see me, but you sure could hear me", she
recalls.) One of the roles she most enjoyed playing was the long-running part of Rebeka Beecham
on the daytime television soap, Loving. "Rebeka was mean-spirited, manipulative and hypocritical
and exactly the opposite of every character I'd ever had the chance to portray", Ms. Powell said.
On presenting her with an award in New York several years ago, the late Roddy McDowall, a lifelong
friend and former co-star, said: "She is not only one of the great survivors and one of the treasurers
of her field, but she embraces an honesty, a decency and a dearness that radiates with fervor. . . She
is one of those souls who from the first encounter makes one care about what happens 'to' and 'for'
her."
Jane Powell has never given up. "When things got bad, I simply started over again - and again, and
again", she has said.
Selected filmography:
The Girl Most Likely (1957); Hit the Deck (1955); Deep in My Heart, Athena, Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers (all 1954); Three Sailors and a Girl, Small Town Girl (both 1953); Rich, Young and Pretty and
Royal Wedding (1951); Two Weeks With Love, Nancy Goes to Rio (both 1950); Luxury Liner, A Date
with Judy, Three Daring Daughters, (all in 1948); Holiday in Mexico (1946).
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USA, 1925, 90 min
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Cast: Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery
As one of the first science fiction films, THE LOST WORLD is a classic. Professor George Gallager
becomes convinced that dinosaurs still exist on a remote plateau deep in South America. With the
help of friends he mounts an expedition to prove his theory.
Pianist Kevin Purrone began performing professionally at the age of twelve. Since then his musical
activities have taken him throughout the United Sates and Europe. His interest in composing for
silent films evolved from his experience as an improviser and his fascination with the early
twentieth century. Mark Sabella, a twenty year PT resident, has been percussionist with Limpopo
and Port Townsend Village Drummers.
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When I went to the film and saw all the black-and-white
feelings that nobody felt,
and heard the audience sighing and sobbing with all the
emotions they none of them felt,
and saw them cuddling with rising passions they none of
them for a moment felt,
and caught them moaning from close-up kisses, black-andwhite kisses that could not be felt, It was like being in heaven, which I am sure has a
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are cast in black and white, and move
in flat ecstasy, supremely unfelt
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D.H. Lawrence: Complete Poems
(Penguin Books, New York, 1977.)
D.H. Lawrence was perhaps one of the original, if not the first, writers to choose movies as serious
subject matter for poetry. But he was certainly not the last.
Michael Wiegers, managing editor, and Joseph Bednarik, marketing director, for Copper Canyon
Press, the nation's foremost publisher of poetry, have gathered an hour's worth of movie poems for
festival-goers. Look in Saturday's newsletter for a list of poets and readers for the Sunday afternoon
reading.
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A theme, a prop, a line of dialogue and 2880 minutes. Film 2880 is a no-holds barred, guerrillafilmmaking rally race that took place from 7pm Friday September 10 thru Sunday September 12 at
7pm. 2880 exists to challenge the resourcefulness and creativity of state-wide filmmakers, film
students and anyone crazy enough to sign up. Teams are required to write, shoot, edit and score a
5-10 minute film without any creative work done prior to 7 pm Friday. Each team receives via email
on Friday at exactly 7pm a theme, prop and line of dialogue that has to be incorporated into the
film. Film 2880 operatives are then stationed at various drop-off sites around the state to sign in
completed films at 7 pm Sunday evening. Films are judged on originality, use of prop and dialogue,
adherence to theme and production values.
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See what the winners of last year's contest came up with. Working
with the theme of passion, a strainer as the prop and That bug's on a
suicide mission as the line of dialogue.
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By the Legends Who Were There
USA, 2004, 111 min
Audience Award, Best Documentary Palm Beach International Film
Festival
Director, Writer, Editor, Producer: Rick McKay
Did the Golden Age of Broadway really exist? That is the question posed by writer-director-producer
Rick McKay. In hearing actress Betty Garrett tell the story of not owning an ironing board because
she and her mother could attend a Broadway play for under $3.00 and buying an ironing board cost
$3.95, a person realizes how times have changed. Almost everyone could afford to see a show in
that period. The last time I looked, ironing boards were not running over $200.00 but a pair of
tickets to a Broadway show were. With reminiscences by Carol Burnett, Jane Powell (PTFF 2004), Eva
Marie Saint (PTFF 2001) and Patricia Neal (PTFF 2002), to name but a very small few and stunning
archival footage, Rick McKay has amassed a great big love letter to the Broadway stage and the stars
that filled it.
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Welcome to the home of The Port Townsend Film Festival, where we are dedicated to connecting great films, film makers and
communities. Late in September our town fills up with folks who love cinema and what it can bring to each of us. Through out
the year we collaborate with schools, theatres and film makers to amplify the voice of independent media. And we are always
looking for new ways to do that, so consider buying a Pass and becoming a member of our tribe.
The 16th Annual Film Festival - September 25, 26 and 27, 2015
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