February 16, 2017

FumikoIn February, 1942, Exclusion Order No. 1 authorized the first “relocation,” targeting Japanese American citizens living on Bainbridge Island, Washington to be taken from their homes on a day’s notice and transported at gunpoint to internment camps. One of them was 31-year-old Fumiko Hayashida, a pregnant mother of two. She was one of 227 members of her community who, dressed in their best clothes, assembled at the Eagle Harbor ferry landing on March 30th, 1942. As they waited to be taken off the Island by armed military escorts, Fumiko, holding her 13-month-old daughter Natalie Kayo, was photographed by a Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer. The photograph has since become a lasting iconic symbol of the internment experience.

A guest of PTFF in 2010, 92-year-old Fumiko Hayashida shared her story with students and audiences. Her tale gains importance in 2017 and underscores the essential role that film and art play in reminding us of decisions based on fear. Thanks to director Lucy Ostrander for bringing “Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol,” to our festival. Here is a clip from the film: https://vimeo.com/83799572 The complete film is available in our PTFF library!  

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Placeholder imageGet the Dirt on Oscar Contenders at our Gala, Sat., Feb. 25, NW Maritime Center.

Jan Halliday, who covered the west coast for magazines, has created a travel bureau at our Gala with the help of artist Max Grover, Martha Pfanschmidt, David Kellum, and Patti Wickline (Home staging). We offer 20 daytime adventures you can sign up for, including garden tours, berry picking, secrets of boatyards, the fort, and even Bremerton. Most are $135 per person and include lunch! See them HERE.

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Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World, with director Nico Edwards 

Thurs., March 2, 7 p.m., Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park. Free.

Placeholder image Director and videographer Nico Edwards finds passage on the sailing yacht “Infinity” on an Antarctic expedition and discovers more than just penguins, the seventh continent and open seas. PTFF and the Port Townsend Public Library kick off the annual “Community Read” of Jim Lynch’s “Before the Wind,” with Sea Gypsies at the Wheeler Theatre, and afterwards, Q&A with Edwards. After growing up on a houseboat in Northern California, Edwards is enamored of the “ownerless” ocean and especially enamored of characters who don’t fit in most other places. His stories are about people living creative and alternative lifestyles told to broaden audience perceptions about life’s possibilities. Sea Gypsies is his first feature film. It was originally screened at PTFF’s 2016 Festival. Free!

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Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
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The 18th Annual Film Festival -September 15, 16 and 17, 2017

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