2016 Program
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Friday

Click on film name for more information.

Time Starlight Room Cotton Building Rose Theatre NW Maritime Center Rosebud Cinema American Legion Key City Free Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
9:00
AM

BANANA

90 min.

Reviewers Choice Narrative

Shorts

82 min.


 


     
9:15

Kedi

80 min.

 

9:30

Call of The Ice

101 min.

A Man Called Ove

116 min.

To Keep the Light

88 min.
 
10:00

 

   
Noon

Yarn

Simon Beck-Snow Artist
82 min.

The Founders

Kickass Katie Lee
93 min.

 

 

 

     
12:15

Burn Burn Burn

106 min.

 

12:30

Voyagers without Trace

The Important Places
100 min.

By Us

Namesake
91 min.

WA2WA Shorts

89 min.
 
   
3:00

 

Transpecos

87 min.

 

 
 

 

     
3:15

What Would Beethoven Do?

Benedicte-Cellist
83 min.
3:30  

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise


114 min.

The IF Project

Mothering Inside
120 min.
 
   
6:00

The C Word

1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney
star
108 min.

Bastards y Diablos

99 min.

 

 

 

 

   
6:15

Year By the Sea

114 min.

Chicken People

Pickle
98 min.
6:30

Embrace

Dangerous Curves
102 min.

Characters with Character Shorts

89 min.

Learning to See: The World of Insects

Catching Fire
97 min.
 
7:30              

Field of Dreams

107 min.
   
9:00

Seed: The Untold Story

94 min.

 

Operator

Welcome to the 5th Façade
94 min.
 

 

 

 

   
9:15

Almost Sunrise

Mile 19
104 min.

Jim: The James Foley Story

111 min.
9:30

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

The Dean Scream
97 min.
 

Saturday

Time Starlight Room Cotton Building Rose Theatre NW Maritime Center Rosebud Cinema American Legion Key City Free Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
9:00
AM

Gala & Godfrey

118 min.

To Keep the Light

88 min.


 


     
9:15

Keeping It Wild Shorts

96 min.

The IF Project

Mothering Inside
120 min.
9:30

Seed: The Untold Story

94 min

Chicken People

Pickle
98 min.

No Pay, Nudity

92 min.
 
10:00

Filmmakers' Panel - Area 51

   
Noon

Made in France

89 min.

MAGICIANS: Life in the Impossible

87 min.

 

 

 

     
12:15

Almost Sunrise

Mile 19
104 min.

Adventure Shorts

87 min.
12:30

BANANA

90 min.

The Founders

Kickass Katie Lee
93 min.

The C Word

1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney

108 min.
 
   
3:00

The Kind Words

118 min.

Characters with Character Shorts

89 min.

 

 
 

 

     
3:15

Women He's Undressed

95 min.

The Great Alone

Ace and the Desert Dog
89 min.
3:30

WA2WA Shorts

89 min.

Voyagers Without Trace

The Important Places
100 min.

Operator

Welcome to the 5th Façade
97 min.
 
   
6:00

Josephine

The Night Witch
85 min.

Let's Get Personal Shorts

79 min.

 

 

 

 

   
6:15

By Us

Namesake
91 min.

Call of The Ice

101 min.
6:30

The Queen of Ireland

81 min.

The Cherokee Word for Water

92 min.

Kedi

80 min.
 
7:30              

Toy Story

Tea Time
85 min.
   
9:00

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

114 min

 

It Had to Be You

Solemates
87 min.

 

 

 

 

 

   
9:15

My Scientology Movie

99 min.

Embrace

Dangerous Curves
102 min.
9:30

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World

88 min.

 

 

Sunday

Time Starlight Room Cotton Building Rose Theatre NW Maritime Center Rosebud Cinema American Legion Key City Free Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
9:00
AM

The Cherokee Word for Water

92 min.

TBD


 


     
9:15

MAGICIANS: Life in the Impossible

87 min.

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

The Dean Scream
97 min.
9:30

Let's Get Personal Shorts

79 min

Women He's Undressed

95 min.

Josephine

The Night Witch
85 min.
 
10:00

Filmmakers' Storytelling - Area 51

   
Noon

Jim: The James Foley Story

111 min.

The Kind Words

118 min.

 

 

 

     
12:15

Bastards y Diablos

99 min.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World

88 min.
12:30

Burn Burn Burn

106 min.

Year By the Sea

114 min.

Reviewers Choice Narrative Shorts

82 min.
 
   
3:00

No Pay, Nudity

92 min.

Keeping it Wild Shorts

96 min.

 

 
 

 

     
3:15

The Great Alone

Ace and the Desert Dog
89 min.

It Had to Be You

Solemates
87 min.
3:30

Learning to See: The World of Insects

Catching Fire
97 min.

Adventure Shorts

87 min.

Gala & Godfrey

118 min.
 
   
6:00

What Would Beethoven Do?

Benedicte-Cellist
83 min.

Yarn

Simon Beck-Snow Artist
89 min.

 

 

 

 

   
6:15

Awards Presentation

Transpecos

86 min.
6:30

A Man Called Ove

116 min.

The Queen of Ireland

81 min.

Made in France

89 min.
 
7:30              

Raiders of the Lost Ark

115 min.
   
9:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
9:15

Jury Prize Winner

 

9:30

Jury Prize Winner

 

 




Outdoor Films

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Field of Dreams

USA I 1989 I 107 min
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Friday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
Trailer

Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, Kevin Costner, hears a voice in his corn field that says, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball diamond on his farm. He does so and the Chicago White Sox appear. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author Terrence Mann, James Earl Jones, to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.

toToy Story

USA I 1995 I 81 min
Director: John Lasseter
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
Trailer

Andy uses his toys to act out a bank robbery. The bank is a cardboard box, the robber is Mr. Potato Head assisted by Slinky Dog, and bystanders include Bo Peep and her sheep. The day is saved by the sheriff, a cowboy doll named Woody (Tom Hanks) with help from Rex, the dinosaur. Woody is the only toy who gets to say his own lines because he has a pull-string that makes him say things like "Reach for the sky!" and "You're my favorite deputy!" All is good until a new spaceman figure, Buzz Lightyear, supplants him as top toy.

Introduced by David Tart

Preceded by Tea Time (4 min)

raidersRaiders of the Lost Ark

USA I 1981 I 115 min
Director: Steven Spielberg
Sunday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
Trailer

The year is 1936. The Nazis are looking for the Ark of the Covenant. Archeology professor, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark before they do! He ventures into the jungles of South America, Nepal, and Egypt to find this coveted artifact. In Nepal, he finds Marion Ravenwood, (Karen Allen), owner of a seedy bar, The Raven, where she keeps the headpiece to the Staff of Ra-- an object instrumental in locating the Ark. Despite Indy’s preference to work alone, they set off together to find the Ark.

Introduced by Karen Allen

 

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Special Events

The Art of Acting with Karen Allen & Andrew Perez

Friday, Sept. 23, 1:40 pm
Port Townsend High School Auditorium

Veteran actress, and acting teacher, Karen Allen began her career in her early 20s and catapulted into a role with Paul Newman in Glass Menagerie. Young actor Andrew Perez began his career at 18 with the A.C.T. Young Conservatory–flying to London to act in a stage play. We’ll learn about what lit the fire under both young actors (and why they’ve stayed with it) when Robert Horton interviews them onstage. This event is part of PTFF’s annual outreach to high school students during the Festival. The public and pass holders are welcome to attend. Free event.

Meet Alexander Janko

Friday, Sept. 23, 6:15 pm
Rose Theatre

Rose Theatre owner/programmer Rocky Friedman interviews Alexander Janko, director, screenwriter and composer for his film, Year by the Sea. Janko has composed and orchestrated music for over 65 films, helping audiences to “feel their feelings,” as the story unfolds. How does he do that? Also, how difficult is it to assume all three of these roles when creating a film? Look under “narrative films” for a synopsis of Year by the Sea, starring Karen Allen.

Characters with Character

And, Boy, Are They!
Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm
American Legion Theatre

On stage with the Characters with Character Shorts Program, are Coffin Nachtmahr, champion yo-yo thrower; Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country; and Phil Volker, a devout Catholic with stage 4 cancer who built the Camino de Santiago in his backyard and walked it. Also appearing is Katie Stjernholm, director of Edges, a film about a 91-year-old ice skater.

Meet Charlie Soap, The Cherokee Word for Water

Saturday, Sept. 24, 6:30 pm
American Legion Theatre

After The Cherokee Word for Water, Bruce Hattendorf, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peninsula College, interviews Charlie Soap, both director and subject of this inspiring narrative about working with a splintered community to build a water line to their homes. Married to Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected as a Cherokee leader, Charlie Soap has inspired thousands with their story. When we previewed this film last winter for five days in five towns, theatres had standing room only. Don’t miss this!

Sneak Preview My Scientology Movie Meet Andrew Perez

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:15pm
Rose Theatre

Sneak preview by special permission, thanks to Neal Block and Magnolia Pictures. My Scientology Movie goes into theatrical release just three days after appearing here. The film, directed by John Dower, follows Australian journalist Louis Theroux as he attempts to take audiences behind the scenes of this secretive group. Critics raved about stage and film actor Andrew Perez’s performance in the film: Andrew, who also wrote and starred in Bastards y Diablos, will be interviewed after the screening by Seattle film critic, Robert Horton.





Year By the Sea

Actress Karen Allen On Stage
Sunday, 12:30 pm
American Legion Theatre

Starring with Harrison Ford in Raider of the Lost Ark, among many more films, Karen Allen again plays the lead in Year By the Sea. This time, she’s a woman whose children have left home and whose marriage is on the rocks searching for her own ‘true north.’ She leaves home to search for answers on the Maine coast. After her screening, this versatile actress is interviewed in person by Seattle film critic, Robert Horton.



Celebrating our Film Guests

Karen Allen

allenPTFF is thrilled to welcome Karen back. She is an award-winning film and theatre actor and director, and has starred in films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and screening at PTFF this year, Year By the Sea. Her work On and Off-Broadway includes The Miracle Worker, Speaking in Tongues, The Glass Menagerie and the Obie Award winning production of Lucy Thurber’s world premiere of Ashville at the Cherry Lane in NYC. Karen recently directed her first film, A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud, based on the short story by Carson McCullers.



Doug Blush

bushDoug is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 70 feature and television projects. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE). His recent credits include, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Music of Strangers: YoYo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, both from director Morgan Neville. He was co-editor and associate producer of Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground in 2014 and the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning The Invisible War in 2012. He also supervised the 2016 Sundance Audience Award winner, JIM: The James Foley Story, screening here at PTFF.





Bill Borden

bordenBill is the Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator of Disney Channel's High School Musical and High School Musical 2 and in 2008, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the feature film. Bill started his career as a location manager on Stripes and National Lampoon’s Vacation, and in Port Townsend on An Officer and A Gentleman. Today he counts 30+ feature film producing credits.






Jon Gann

gannFounder of the DC Shorts Festival in Washington DC, and the Sunderland Shorts Festival in Northern England. He is an author, filmmaker, former Executive Director of the CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a founding board member of the Film Festival Alliance, and longtime friend of PTFF. Jon joins us for the third year with his favorite short films - the WA2WA Shorts Program. He has presented festival strategies and media marketing at over 100 universities, film organizations, and festivals worldwide. Jon has spoken at Art House Convergence, the International Film Festival Summit, and TEDxWDC.


Robert Horton

Robert is a film critic for Seattle Weekly and the Everett Herald, and a longtime contributor to Film Comment. He teaches film at Seattle University and serves as a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys. His books include Frankenstein and Billy Wilder: Interviews. Robert has been Master of Ceremonies or an interviewer for PTFF since 2001.


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Johnnie Jameson

Johnnie is a Vietnam veteran and a longtime letter carrier for the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jameson has run in every Los Angeles marathon since its inauguration in 1986, a feat that qualifies him as a member of the Legacy Runners, along with other athletes who have finished all the races. When people ask him, "Why are you always laughing and singing?" he usually smiles and says to himself, "If you'd been through what I've been through and survived, you'd probably be laughing and singing, too."


J.J. Kelley

J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated National Geographic director and correspondent focusing on wildlife conservation, exploration, and wildlife crime. Kelley directed Warlords of Ivory for the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s newly re-launched Explorer series. He’s the 2014 recipient of the Blue Ocean Film Festival’s Best Short Film and the winner of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s Best Conservation Film.


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Coffin Nachtmahr

Coffin grew up in East Baltimore, Maryland. He discovered a world of possibilities in a simple toy. He’s become a local phenomenon in Baltimore, and wants to help other kids find a creative and social outlet by sharing his inspiration through play. He has created his own company called OhYesYo. View his talent and the impact he’s made in Throw, screening at PTFF this year in the Characters with Character Shorts program.


Andrew Perez

Andrew is an actor and writer in Los Angeles. He made his start in Chicago acting onstage at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before relocating to LA, where he now acts in film. He wrote, produced, and played Ed Rojas in a film we’re screening this year Bastards y Diablos, based loosely on circumstances of his father's life. He can also be seen as David Miscavige in My Scientology Movie, which Magnolia Pictures will release this Fall, also being shown at PTFF for one screening. He's currently developing a feature based on Klaus Kinski, a German actor, a character that Andrew has been studying for some time.



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Charlie Soap

Charlie is a first time director/producer of The Cherokee Word for Water, based on the true story of the local community project that led to Wilma Mankiller becoming the first modern woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. Charlie was Wilma’s husband and community development partner for over 30 years. He is currently working on a pilot for a contemporary Native TV series.



David Tart

David’s animation career spans over 20 years, working as an animator or animation director on such films as Toy Story, Toy Story II, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. He has worked with some of the best animation artists in the world at studios like Sony Animation, Pixar Studios, Blue Sky, and Disney. His short film The Story of Animation has won numerous awards worldwide. David is currently the director of Rocky Mountain Animation Labs and art director on the upcoming feature film Beast of Burden.


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Spotlight Interviews

Andrew Perez

Andrew Perez’s most recent performance in My Scientology Movie, as the paranoid and abusive Scientology leader, David Miscavige, wowed the critics.

“Riveting. Perez…is so chillingly persuasive…he barrels in as a man possessed, seemingly channeling several Glengarry Glen Ross characters at once.” (Guy Lodge, Variety). “One sequence featuring an alleged Miscavige freak-out in a boardroom is terrifying to watch.” (Entertainment Weekly). “Perez captures the zealous set of Miscavige’s features uncannily, and imagine his leaps to fury with disconcerting plausibility.” (Tim Robey, The Telegraph).

“I could easily relate to this character,” says Perez, who, at the time was coming off a full year of agonizing post-production on his own independent film project, Bastards y Diablos, where he wrote the screenplay, acted in, and edited the film.

“The frustrations of no-budget filmmaking, coupled with the unorthodox way my collaborators and I made the film, were maddening,” he said from his home in Los Angeles. “I often felt like I was fighting with all I had, to make sure this deeply personal story, based on my father, would stay on track with its most soulful intentions.”

“I found those same types of feelings in the way Miscavige upholds Scientology in the years after founder L. Ron Hubbard died. I understood the loneliness of being a leader, and the anxiety and seeming impossibility of getting people to buy into my vision in high-stakes circumstances.”

Perez says he based Bastards on the half-brother he loves dearly and the complexities of two men who share a father, but who have completely separate lives and cultures. “I also wanted to flip the script of Colombia and show a truer version of life away from all the dark headlines. The story called out to me so deeply, I was so dizzy with passion to complete it, that my writing process was very fast and intuitive.”

Perez, who admires film director John Cassavettes’ ethos and style, wanted to “create a spontaneous, vivid ensemble acting landscape of actors and non-actors working seamlessly.” To that end some of the non-actors include his paternal grandmother and his father’s childhood sweetheart, playing versions of themselves.

He’s no stranger to acting. Perez has worked in a variety of Indies, short films and network television. He raps under the name “The Reluctant Good Knight,” a persona developed for a hip hop mockumentary web series. Perez began acting as a teenager with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Before moving to Los Angeles, he completed a theatre degree at Northwestern University, studied at The School of Steppenwolf, Chicago, and acted at the Steep Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare.

Bastards was directed by A.D. Freese, Perez’s friend since childhood. The two of them discovered Cassavettes while still in high school. “A. D. has a quiet way of making himself and the camera invisible so that our non-actors could simply be, and open up,” says Perez. “He focused on the universal mythology inherent in the story, and painted poetry with the Colombian landscapes, offering a beautiful juxtaposition to the intimate human story I envisioned.”

By Jan Halliday. ----- In this program, see the synopsis of My Scientology Movie in Feature Documentaries. A synopsis of Bastards y Diablos is in Feature Narratives.

Feature Documentaries

Almost Sunrise

USA I 2016 I 95 min
Director: Michael Collins, Marty Syjuco
Friday, 9:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Trailer

Follow two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression after they return home and are pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves. It is a journey of healing, one that reveals the power of holistic therapy to treat the wounds of moral injury.

Preceded by Mile 19 (9 min)


By Us

USA I 2016 I 85 min
Director: Ronald Colby
Friday, 12:30 pm American Legion
Saturday, 6:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Trailer

Despite corporate takeovers, small business is the backbone of many U.S. communities as well as the national economy. By Us, filmed in Port Townsend and the surrounding area, lets you peer inside some of our local businesses. This is not only an expose on small business, but a look into the soul of what maintains a small enterprise and why an entrepreneur would undergo the efforts it takes; including high rents, infernal tax laws, a slow winter season, fluctuations in consumer spending, ferry and bridge shutdowns, and often relentless work hours. Get to know some of the folks you interact with on a regular basis and see what drives them. Gives a whole new meaning to buy and support local. By Us explores the importance of small businesses to the American economy.

Preceded by Namesake (6 min)

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Call of The Ice

Greenland I 2016 I 101 min
Director: Mike Magidson
Friday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 6:15 pm,NW Maritime Center

Mike Magidson, an American-born film director, had lived in France for 20 years. Despite being raised with all the comforts that modern society has to offer—such as constant connection to his IPhone, he takes on a unique challenge: attempting to survive over a period of several weeks, alone on an ice floe, subsistence fishing and hunting like an Inuit in Greenland. He’s alone in the heart of the polar winter, battling with the Arctic ice pack and its ruthless laws. The Inuits have thrived in the Arctic for thousands of years. It is within the wisdom and traditions of their ancestors that Mike finds the techniques, know-how and reflexes necessary for his survival. This film is the story of a human journey. It is a story about learning, with its failures and pain, but also victories in the face of adversity.

Chicken People

USA I 2016 I 83 min
Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes
Friday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre
Website

A funny and uplifting look at the world of “show chickens” and the people who love them. Dedicated breeders, and caretakers compete for their beloved birds! Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show for chickens, Chicken People follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they grapple with life's challenges while vying to win the next year's crown. Both humorous and heartfelt, it’s an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit.

Preceded by Pickle (15 min)

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

USA I 2015 I 87 min
Director: Sheila Canavan, Mike Chandler
Friday, 9:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center
Trailer

The first openly-gay Congressman in the United States (and arguably the most influential gay politician the country has ever seen), this film looks back on his four decades in office. He was always an outspoken advocate for logic and the plights of the common citizen, he uses his formidable wit to argue with counterparts. He earnestly discusses his early life as a political figure that had to remain in the closet for decades. Combining forty years of rare archival material with behind the scenes footage, the film follows the improbable journey of a shy and lonely Frank as he beats the odds to become one of America’s greatest legislators. Seen campaigning for current Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, he tells the crowd, “Vote Democratic…we’re not perfect, but they’re nuts.” A rollicking film reveals a Barney Frank you only thought you knew.

Preceded by The Dean Scream (10 min)

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Embrace

Australia I 2016 I 90 min
Director: Taryn Brumfitt
Friday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Trailer

Taryn Brumfitt became both an overnight success and target when she dared to post a before and after picture of herself in Facebook, reversing the typical stereotypes. Her post went viral and catapulted her to international notoriety. Hundreds of people reached out in agony and joy at her apparent ease and willingness to accept her body. Nearly equally as many maligned her for being fat and lazy. Watch Brumfitt travel the globe to interview a cadre of women, young or old, famous or not, willing to join a movement toward freedom from body shaming.

Preceded by Dangerous Curves (12 min)

Jim: The James Foley Story

USA I 2016 I 111 min
Director: Brian Oakes, Eva Lipman
Friday, 9:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Trailer

An intriguing look at the man, James Foley, notorious as the first independent photojournalist assassinated by ISIS on national media. There are NO beheadings filmed here, but a story of unparalleled courage and conviction this young man had for revealing horrifying realities around the world. Meet international journalists who band together among the rubble and warfare as they expose world turmoil. Seen through the lens of Foley’s friend and family, who tried to explain why Jim return to the most dangerous places on Earth to report on the plight of complete strangers, trapped in conflict. Brilliantly constructed, Jim is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion, and pain at the dawn of a new war on terror.

Kedi

USA-Turkey I 2016 I 80 min
Director: Ceyda Torun
Friday, 9:15 am, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 6:30 pm, Key City Free
Trailer

Istanbul cats (kedi) are revered as mystical creatures. Neither strays nor house pets, the cats of Istanbul have roamed the metropolis freely for thousands of years. Many locals believe that cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to the people they choose, providing an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. They also believe that cats are mirrors to themselves. Kedi depicts a profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal ever known, the Cat. Often cleverly filmed at cat level.
Turkish with English Subtitles

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Learning to See: The World of Insects

USA I 2016 I 69 min
Director: Jake Oelman
Friday, 6:30 pm, Key City Free
Sunday, 3:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Trailer

In a bold move, Robert Oelman quits his psychology career in the early 1990's to pursue photography. He leaves the US and purchases a small farm in the hills of Colombia, South America. On his journeys through the rain forests of the Amazon Basin, he begins to take striking photographic images of insects. He learns these tiny life forms are at the bottom of the food chain and are critically important to all animal species including mankind. Beautifully filmed by Robert’s son, Jake.

Preceded by Catching Fire (28 min)

MAGICIANS: Life in the Impossible

USA I 2016 I 87 min
Director: Christoph Baaden, Marcie Hume
Saturday, Noon, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 9:15 am, Rose Theatre
Trailer

Follow four very different world-class magicians on stage and off, exploring how and why these characters so passionately dedicate their lives to the artistry and craft of illusion. Watch the most humbling of road gigs to the grandest of performances on the biggest of stages; to finding love, terrible personal loss, and most dramatically, to the prospect of losing everything for an old-fashioned art many ridicule. As we come to understand why each is obsessively chasing his own dream, we’ll discover the secret that has been hidden right before our eyes all along.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

USA I 2016 I 114 min
Director: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
Friday, 3:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 9:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Trailer

Put on a train in St. Louis, MO by her parents at age three with her five-year-old brother unaccompanied by an adult, Maya Angelou was shipped off to Stamps, Arkansas. Her parents are splitting up and don’t want the kids. It is just the beginning of a tale about the woman we thought we knew. This inspirational and informative film celebrates the incredible Maya Angelou, told in her own words and with historical footage. It is a candid, chronological look at her life and the contributions she’s given to the world. Includes interviews with Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Lou Gosset, Jr, Bill & Hillary Clinton and numerous others.

My Scientology Movie

USA I 2016 I 99 min
Director: John Dower
Saturday, 9:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Trailer

Journalist Louis Theroux is fearless in the face of the opposition he meets as he investigates the Church of Scientology. The film takes an unconventional approach, featuring young actors "auditioning" for parts as high-profile Scientologists. They will recreate accounts from ex-members about unsavory incidents involving senior church management. Some graphically demeaning scenes are depicted. The Church of Scientology responds by putting Theroux’s filmmakers under surveillance, and by contracting with filmmakers of their own to stalk and photograph Louis and his team. The Church has officially denounced the movie as complete bunk, and maligned the ex-members who assisted in the project. One screening only.

Seed: The Untold Story

USA I 2016 I 94 min
Director: Jon Betz
Friday, 9:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema
Trailer

As biotech chemical companies control the majority of seed production, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to this most treasured resource. Seed takes viewers on a powerful journey that exposes the fatal secrets of the corporate seed industry. Not only 94% of our seed varieties disappeared due to their meddling, but they are also poisoning the communities who live near their unregulated test plots. Though these challenges may seem insurmountable, this film gives hope to a brighter future by highlighting independent farmers.

Winner Grand Jury Prize - Nashville Film Festival
Winner Best in Festival - Princeton
Winner Environmental Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest

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SEA GYPSIES: The Far Side of the World

USA I 2016 I 79 min
Director: Nico Edwards
Saturday, 9:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Trailer

Many of us dream of taking leave of the daily grind and heading out into the great unknown. For some, that may be the desert, for others a dusty road or winding river. But for Nico Edwards, the director and a character in Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World, it is the ocean. After deciding to check out of society for a while, he finds passage as a crew member on the ketch “Infinity,” which sets sail from Australia to Patagonia via some of the planet’s roughest waters in the Antarctica’s Ross Sea. It documents a tremendous journey, demonstrating what it takes—mentally, physically and nautically—to take on this kind of wild adventure. 

The C Word

USA I 2015 I 91 min
Director: Meghan O’Hara
Friday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 12:30 pm, Key City Free
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Filmmaker and cancer survivor, Meghan O’Hara, invites audiences into the theater of the absurd that is our current approach to fighting cancer. Corporate profiteering, hidden science and financial incentives are all reasons we don't realize our own power in the fight. With equal doses of humor, heart, and a rock & roll sensibility, O’Hara asks us to reconsider the way we currently treat cancer, advocates for society-wide lifestyle changes, and tackles the institutions that stand in the way of those important changes. Backed by the scientific work of neuroscientist Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, himself diagnosed with brain cancer. The C Word challenges us to step up and take control of our health. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Preceded by 1-800-Give Us-Your-Kidney (17 min)

The Founders

USA I 2016 I 85 min
Director: Carrie Schrader
Friday, Noon, Cotton Building Theatre
Saturday, 12:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed to call the shots. But they did. In 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to create the first and longest running professional sports organization for women, the LPGA. With humor, grit and raw talent, these underdogs not only changed the course of women's sports, they created a timeless story of redemption and endurance. Through rare archival footage, historical reenactments and current day interviews with leading players and the four surviving founders, The Founders tells the story of the women who defied convention for the love of the game that most said had no place for them.

Preceded by Kickass Katie Lee (8 min)

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The Great Alone

USA I 2015 I 80 min
Director: Greg Kohs
Saturday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 3:15 pm, Rose Theatre
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Former Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, winner many times over, attempts a comeback in the punishing, 1,200-mile ordeal. after surviving a life-threatening disease. Born to hardy “musher” parents—his mother raced while Lance was in the womb, Lance kicked along with her. He watched his father, Dick Mackey, a co-founder of Alaska’s famed Iditarod win the trek in 1978; he’s been hooked ever since. As he prepares to match his fathers’ feat, he is stricken with throat cancer in 2001, forcing him to sideline his lifelong quest.

Winner Grand Jury Award – Seattle International Film Festival
Winner Grand Prize – Banff Mountain Film Festival
Winner Best of Festival – 5Point Adventure Film Festival
Winner Audience Award & Best Score – Flixx Film Festival

Preceded by Ace and The Desert Dog (9 min)

The IF Project

USA I 2015 I 90 min
Director: Kathlyn Horan
Friday, 3:30 pm, Key City Free
Saturday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center
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The IF Project was initiated by an inmate of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. The prison houses 738 female prisoners, many of them mothers. Follow an extraordinary female police officer and four of the inmates in the writing program through their journey as they write, are released, reunited with their families and face life on the outside. The writing program begins with a simple question we could all ask ourselves: “What if things had been different?”

Preceded by Mothering Inside (30 min)

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The Queen of Ireland

Ireland I 2016 I 81 min
Director: Conor Horgan
Saturday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 6:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
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Rory O’Neill is Panti Bliss, an outrageously entertaining drag queen. Panti has an elegance and demeanor that is astounding. Her counterpart, Rory, is just as interesting and compelling, intelligent and articulate. Panti rocked the LGBT communities in Ireland and became an accidental activist after her comments on homophobia. She was instrumental in moving Ireland to become the first country in the world to accept Equal Marriage and is the spokesperson for the entire alternative lifestyle folk in Ireland.

Voyagers Without Trace

USA-France I 2015 I 90 min
Director: Ian McCluskey
Friday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 3:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
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In 1938, three young Parisians arrived in the American West with kayaks, cameras, and beer. They had a bold, even foolhardy plan: to be the first to take kayaks down the wild Green and Colorado Rivers. They recorded their journey, creating the first adventure film shot in vivid color. But the reels go unseen for 75 years, until director Ian McCluskey spots a photo of the trio on a roadside marker. His curiosity sends him on a historical treasure hunt, learning to paddle the same waters and searching for clues. What led an explorer, his new bride, and his best friend halfway around the world on the eve of World War II? What secrets do flooded canyons and a weathered journal still hold?

Preceded by The Important Places (10 min)

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What Would Beethoven Do?

USA I 2016 I 75 min
Director: Jonathan Keijser
Friday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
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Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the highly cultured elite. What Would Beethoven Do? follows the renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players to turntablists. Notable artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Benjamin Zander and Eric Whitacre add their voices to the debate about why classical music is still relevant today. These innovative individuals are breaking the stereotypes and bringing classical music to a 21st century audience. At its core, it’s about why we create art and why we should care about it.

Winner Music Movies Competition - Cleveland |International Film Festival
Preceded by Benedicte - Cellist (8 min)

Women He's Undressed

Australia I 2015 I 95 min
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Saturday, 3:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre
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Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly was head of the Warner Brothers costume department during the richest period of American film, starting in the 1930’s. During those boom years in Hollywood, he was the costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures and designed for stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more of the immortals. A mix of recreations of his life with testimonies from intimates and admirers in order to better understand one of the godfathers of glamour. Orry-Kelly lived for years in a clandestine relationship with Archibald Leach (later known as Cary Grant). He was outrageous, witty, outspoken, a drinker, and uncompromising in his work. Interviews include Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, and more. 

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Yarn

Iceland I 2016 I 76 min
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre
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The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few international artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into lives in new ways. A colorful and global journey, beginning in Iceland that shows how yarn connects us all. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, Yarn weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

Icelandic and Swedish with English Subtitles

Preceded by Simon Beck-Snow Artist (6 min)

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Feature Narratives

A Man Called Ove

Sweden I 2015 I 116 min
Director: Hannes Holm
Friday, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
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Ove is a 59-year-old grump who has gone through his small, suburban life correcting other people's mistakes—minor shortcomings that seem blasphemous to the fastidious, routine-obsessed man. His wife has recently passed away, and Ove vows to take his own life to join her—if only his suicide attempts weren't so roundly (and comically) obstructed. Enter the new couple next door who accidentally destroy Ove's mailbox and invite his special brand of ire. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.
Swedish with English Subtitles

Winner SIFF 2016 Golden Space Needle Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård)

BANANA

Italy I 2015 I 90 min
Director: Leslie Saussereau
Friday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
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“Banana” is the cheeky nickname given to an Italian boy for his lack of skills in soccer and in the classroom. He lives amidst characters in silent desperation, but refuses to engage, instead he has an enchanting internal dialog. Banana tries to win a girl's love and despite his lack of academic success, he offers to tutor her. While the plot proceeds through twists and jokes as sharp as blades, on a deeper thematic level, the film speaks of the need of this boy not to see his life wasted. He is a lover of beauty, grandeur and all of life's deep meanings. And he understands that, to achieve all of them, he must be willing to struggle and suffer.
Italian with English Subtitles.

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Bastards y Diablos

USA-Columbia I 2015 I 99 min
Director: A.D. Freese, Andrew Perez
Friday, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
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Penned by our special guest, screenwriter and actor, Andrew Perez, the film is based loosely on real circumstances and events from his life with an ensemble mix of trained and untrained actors. He takes us on a spontaneous, passionate adventure through Colombia, different than we may ever have seen it before. Bastards y Diablos is about two estranged half-brothers who take an adventure together through the country to fulfill their dead father's wishes. In the process, they connect with family, their father's homeland, and - ultimately - each other.
Spanish with English Subtitles

Burn Burn Burn

France I 2015 I 106 min
Director: Chanya Button
Friday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
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Dan is dead. He was only 29. Alex and Seph loved him like a sibling, and now he’s left them his ashes to scatter across the UK, along with elaborate video instructions for doing so. The two girls embark on a road trip to spread his ashes, taking turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in Tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses. Burn Burn Burn is a dark comedy with warmth at its heart. It’s much like Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’, in a Volvo.

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Gala & Godfrey

USA I 2016 I 118 min
Director: Kristin Ellingson
Saturday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 3:30 pm, Key City Free
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Once upon a time, a British bad boy met an American lost girl and they lived happily ever after. Or not? Love, Sex, Marriage, Divorce... just not in that order. Gala & Godfrey tracks the classic moments in the lives of a charming, exasperating British expat and his American wife through 12 years of their sexy, chaotic romance and divorce.

Winner Best Independent Film Award - Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

It Had to Be You

USA I 2015 I 85 min
Director: Sasha Gordon
Saturday, 9:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
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Sonia is a neurotic jingle writer who's always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend Chris, Sonia must decide whether she'll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies. A whimsical romantic comedy that's blunt but kind, It Had to Be You explores the choices women face today while satirizing cultural expectations of gender and romance.

Preceded by Solemates (2 min)

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Josephine

USA I 2015 I 81 min
Director: Rory Feek
Saturday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:30 am, Key City Free
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It is estimated that up to 1,000 women fought as soldiers during the Civil War in both the Union and Confederate armies. In the spring of 1864, a desperate young farmer’s wife enlists in the Confederate Army posing as a man. She must battle the Union Army, the men of her unit and her own identity in the quest to find her missing husband. The film is based on actual events and letters.

Preceded by The Night Witch (4 min)

Made in France

France I 2015 I 89 min
Director: Nicolas Boukhrief
Saturday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 6:30 pm, Key City Free
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Fascinated and horrified by the rise in ‘home grown’ radicals, ambitious journalist Sam goes undercover in an extremist cell in Paris, determined to uncover the roots of the phenomenon. He infiltrates a group of four young people, who have been tasked with the creation of a jihadist cell, and whose mission is to destabilize the city center of Paris. Made in France delves into the minds of young radicals, exploring the duality of desire and desperation that draws young people into the arms of terrorist organizations—the desire to belong, to be part of something bigger than themselves, the desire for fame, and the promise of eternal glory. This is a scathingly relevant film and a visceral thriller about the critical contemporary phenomenon of ‘home grown’ extremism.

No Pay, Nudity

USA I 2016 I 92 min
Director: Lee Wilkof
Saturday, 9:30 am, Key City Free
Sunday, 3:00 pm, The Starlight Room
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West Coast Premiere at PTFF! The film captures the less romantic side of show business, chronicling the daily slog of a makeshift family of actors huddled in the Actors’ Equity Lounge, trying to break big, book a job, or just breathe the air. Aging actor (Gabriel Byrne) has lost his way—with his career, his family, and his friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, & Boyd Gaines). The idea for the movie actually came to Wilkof in an “aha” moment. He says, “It was 15 years since the last time I’d been in the Equity Lounge, and it was just not a place I went often.” But when he did drop in a few years back, “The same people were there that I had seen 15 years earlier, and I said to myself, ‘There’s a movie here.’” A comical and poignant film depicting aging actors and what they do to extend their professional viability. Fiercely funny, and heartbreaking, filled with great performances.

Winner Special Jury Prize Achievement in Filmmaking Stony Brook Film Festival

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Operator

USA I 2016 I 92 min
Director: Logan Kibens
Friday, 9:00 pm, Cotton Building
Theatre Saturday, 3:30 pm, Key City Free
Website

Joe loves data. He tracks his diet and exercise, his mood and sex life – turning the information into beautiful charts that help him control his often overwhelming anxiety. At work he designs personalities for digital customer service voices (think Siri), but his latest robo-agent for a client is a disaster. In a moment of inspiration, he enlists his wife Emily to serve as the template for the redesigned voice. The project goes well until Joe’s obsession with replicating his wife's empathy threatens their bond.

Preceded by Welcome to the 5th Façade (5 min)

The Cherokee Word for Water

USA I 2013 I 92 min
Director: Kristina Kiehl
Saturday, 6:30 pm, American Legion
Sunday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room
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A poor, rural Oklahoma town has never had running water. No kitchen faucets, no showers, no plumbing. Most houses are little more than shacks. Demoralized families don’t trust each other or even their own thinking. It’s 1980. Wilma Mankiller and community organizer, Charlie Soap, join forces to battle opposition and engage volunteers to build a 16-mile waterline. Together, they spark a reawakening of universal indigenous values of reciprocity and inter-connectedness. The project also leads to romance and sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across Indian Country that continues today. Her capacity for organizing and building bridges led Wilma Mankiller to win election as the first female to lead the the Cherokee Nation.

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The Kind Words

Israel-Canada I 2015 I 118 min
Director: Shemi Zarhin
Saturday, 3:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Sunday, Noon, Cotton Building Theatre
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Shame and scandal in a Jerusalem family. It's a common plot in both film and literature. Following a parental death, siblings uncover world-shattering family secrets and are left to pick up the pieces. But rarely is this familiar story delivered with the bite exacted by The Kind Words. In the wake of their mother's death, three Jewish Israeli siblings discover that their biological father was a Muslim and set out on a journey across France to locate him. This trip will change their lives.

Hebrew & French with English Subtitles

To Keep the Light

USA I 2015 I 88 min
Director: Erica Fae
Friday, 9:30 am, Key City Free
Saturday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building Theatre
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Maine, 1876. Tending the lighthouse on a remote island for her ailing husband, a woman confronts secrets buried in deep waters and navigates a hostile, new world. Filmed on an island off the coast of northern Maine, To Keep the Light is inspired by true stories and reveals the tumultuous inner life of “Abbie” who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, she is forced to confront both her past and her future.

Winner Best Feature Cinematography Las Vegas Film Festival

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Transpecos

USA I 2016 I 87 min
Director: Greg Kwedar
Friday, 3:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Trailer

On a remote desert highway, a makeshift United States Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents. It starts like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.

English and Spanish with English Subtitles

Year By the Sea

USA I 2016 I 114 min
Director: Alexander Janko
Friday, 6:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
Website

With her marriage on the rocks and an empty nest, Joan retreats alone to Cape Cod to reclaim who she was before being a wife and mother. Casting about for direction, she soon begins to enjoy her humble surroundings and meet new friends, including the spirited wife of famed psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. This tender story of a transformative year shares how life is as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline. Based on the bestselling memoir by Joan Anderson and starring Karen Allen, Yannick Bisson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael Cristofer and Celia Imrie. Karen Allen, our special guest in 2013, is returning to Port Townsend this year to participate in Year by the Sea's Q&A and introduce our Sunday night outdoor film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Short Documentaries

1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney

USA I 2016 I 17 min
Director: Samantha Smith
Friday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 12:30 pm, Key City Free

“If I don’t give my kidney to somebody this week, will somebody die waiting for it?” The answer to this question posed by Harold Mintz in 2000, was an unequivocal “yes.” See the story of the country's first altruistic organ donor, as he recounts his decision to donate a kidney to a complete stranger. Witness the tender and ongoing relationship that followed.

Screening with The C Word.

Ace and the Desert Dog

USA I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Brendan Leonard Forest Woodward
Saturday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 3:15 pm, Rose Theatre

Ace Kvale is a veteran photographer who traveled the world for his work. For his 60th birthday, he launches and narrates his 60-day backpacking trip through the wilderness beginning out of his front door in the Utah dessert. He takes his 10-year old blue heeler, Genghis Khan, who is the “author” of the popular Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg, and shares his thoughts through humorous blog posts.

Screening with The Great Alone.

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Benedicte – Cellist

Norway I 2016 I 8 min
Director: Sindre Kinnerød
Friday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room

Beautiful look at Norway and one cellist's walkabout to find the purest place for sound resonances, as well as, to partake in the nature’s glory of her countryside. Mostly music.
Norwegian with English subtitles.

Screening with What Would Beethoven Do?

Catching Fire

USA-Kenya I 2016 I 28 min
Director: Ward Serrill
Friday, 6:30 pm, Key City Free
Sunday, 3:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema

Follows the improbable journey of passionate inventor, Peter Scott, and his eccentric 'stove army' as they attempt to overcome incredible odds to design and mass produce the world's most revolutionary cook stove for the developing world. It is the story of one man, against the greatest of odds, who will never give up to achieve his goal to save lives and trees in Africa.

Screening with Learning To See.

Dangerous Curves

USA I 2016 I 12 min
Director: Merete Mueller
Friday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 pm, NW Maritime Center

A short documentary the follows plus-sized pole dancer Roslyn Mays as she navigates media, image, and various types of public exposure. Watch the powerful physique as she displays her artistic practice of poll dancing breaking stereotypical norms.

Screening with Embrace.

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Kickass Katie Lee

USA I 2016 I 8 min
Director: George Gage, Beth Gage
Friday, Noon, Cotton Building Saturday, 12:30 pm, American
Legion Theatre

The story of Katie Lee, the 96-year-old activist who opposed the Glen Canyon Dam and has forever been its immutable warrior and outspoken foe. Activist, author, and singer, she is celebrated for her fierce environmentalism and indomitable spirit.

Screening with The Founders.

Mile 19

USA I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Vincent DeLuca
Friday, 9:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre

Some people run for exercise, and others for competition, but Johnnie Jameson runs to heal. In 1986, he found himself working for the US Postal Service and decided to enter the first LA Marathon and run it backwards. Since then, Johnnie has run every LA marathon consecutively, earning him the title of Legacy Runner.

Screening with Almost Sunrise.

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Mothering Inside

USA I 2016 I 30 min
Director: Brian Lindstrom
Friday, 3:30 pm, Key City Free
Saturday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center

Chronicles the experiences of incarcerated women and their children over the course of a year as they participate in the Family Preservation Project (FPP) in Wilsonville, OR. FPP works to re-establish healthy bonds between inmate moms and their kids. We see a ray of hope that might break the cycle of criminal participation, poverty, and addiction; and promote healthy mother-child relationships, support successful reentry, and decrease recidivism.

Screening with The IF Project

Namesake

USA I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Freya Fennwood
Friday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 6:15 pm, Rose Theatre

John Lockwood, the local proprietor of Pygmy Kayaks in Port Townsend, created a three-piece take apart kayak designed and named for his daughter, Freya Fennwood. She is the filmmaker as they travel together to Greenland to see the birthplace of kayaking, and to participate in the 30th Anniversary of Greenland's National Kayaking Championships. Displays beautiful Greenland scenery and culture.
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Screening with By Us.

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Pickle

USA I 2016 I 15 min
Director: Amy Nicholson
Friday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre

Pickle explores the human capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted lives until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate deaths.

Screening with Chicken People.



Simon Beck-Snow Artist

Norway I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Sindre Kinnerød
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building

Simon Beck has been decorating the Alps with his stunning mathematical drawings, created by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow. Gorgeous footage of astonishing art.

Screening with Yarn.

The Dean Scream

USA I 2016 I 10 min
Director: Bryan Storkel
Friday, 9:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center

Twelve years ago, just after the 2004 Iowa caucuses, Democratic candidate Howard Dean raised his voice, balled his fist and entered political history as a man whose immoderate speaking style cost him a career. That’s the accepted narrative, at least, of what happened in that year’s presidential race. But the truth is not always what the crowd remembers.

Screening with Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank.

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The Important Places

USA I 2016 I 10 min
Director: Forest Woodward
Friday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 pm, American Legion Theatre

When Forest Woodward was born, his father wrote a poem about the secret places of sublime beauty that he would find in life. “May you always remember the path that leads back, back to the important places.” Nearly three decades later, Forest came across the poem and was driven by the words to challenge his father to recreate a 1970 trip down the Grand Canyon together.

Screening with Voyagers Without Trace.

The Night Witch

USA I 2013 I 4 min
Director: Alison Klayman
Animator: Dustin Grella
Saturday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:30 am, Key City Free

See the richly animated short documentary which depicts the life story of Nadezhda Popova, also known as Nadia. She was among the world’s first female combat pilots during the Second World War who flew in dangerous bombing sorties each night with very limited technology.

Screening with Josephine.

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Short Narratives

Solemates

USA I 2015 I 2 min
Director: Bryce Dallas Howard
Saturday, 9:00 pm, Cotton Building
Sunday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center

Cleverly told from the perspective of shoes, this film tells the story of a couple's journey through life - the ups, the downs, the passion, and the dedication it takes to share your life with the one you love.

Screening with It Had to Be You.

Tea Time

France I 2015 I 4 min
Director: Guillaume Blanchet
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Outdoor Theatre on Taylor

Sweet animation accompanied by a gentle French tune. The two clever and playful tea bags were fated to drown slowly, but decided otherwise!

Screening with Toy Story.

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Welcome to the 5th Façade

USA I 2016 I 5 min
Director: Alan Maskin, Katie Miller
Friday, 9:00 pm, Cotton Building
Saturday, 3:30 pm, Key City Free

Meet the 5th Facade Project—a series of built and conceptual investigations into the neglected top layer of cities—the rooftops. Intriguing science fiction narrative and graphics depicting downtown Seattle.

Screening with Operator.

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Shorts Programs

Adventure Shorts

Saturday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 3:30 pm, American Legion Theatre

There’s something fascinating about people who push the adventure envelope to the edge. We have selected eight short films that embody that “Spirit of Adventure”. Buckle up and get ready to ride vicariously through these short pieces that range from crazy trials biking on the colorful rooftops of The Canary Islands, crank tight turns in a crevasse with Super Frenchie, kayak a first descent of the Beriman Gorge in Papua, New Guinea, see how skateboarding is saving Pine Ridge reservation youth, and be inspired by big mountain skiers, slack jumpers, a young man from Rwanda whose dream is to be a bicycle racer and finally, a peaceful surfer-dad in our own backyard.

Heavens Eleven
USA I 2016 I 7 min
Director: Wes Coughlin, Luke Tipple

Matthias Giraud — aka Super Frenchie — is a pro skier and BASE jumper who was the first person to ski BASE the Matterhorn. Six years ago, he skied off of Ingram Peak in Telluride and returned to do the same on the Heavens Eleven in 2016. The line features a narrow, rocky, hairy descent, made even more so when the egress of choice is flying.

Masters of Slack
Germany I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Matthias Edlinger

Slacking, the new art of tightrope or not-so-tightrope walking. Watch in awe as Jaan Roose and Andy Lewis bounce on a slackline. These two very different personalities are united by a deep love of their sport, despite their contrasting performance objectives.

Locked In: The First Descent of the Beriman Gorge 
USA I 2016 I 25 min
Director: Dave Pearson, Bryan Smith

Deep in the virgin rainforest of Papua New Guinea’s island of New Britain lies the Beriman River. With canyon walls that rise vertically for thousands of feet, a team of kayakers redefine their commitment in a two week first descent of one of the most remote rivers on Earth.

Cascadia
Germany-Spain I 2015 I 6 min
Director: Seamus Makim

Danny MacAskill journeys over the Canary Island rooftops on a bicycle in this highly stylized film that showcases why he’s the best “trials” rider in the world. See if you can watch and breathe at the same time!

Fast Forward
USA I 2016 I 8 min
Director: Ryan Heffernan

For bike packer and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail—800+miles of desert single-track—is a challenge unlike any other, and it will test her to the core.

King of the Mountain
UK-Rwanda I 2015 I 9 min
Director: Orlando Von Einsiedel


Samuel Mugisha always dreamed of professional cycling as a way to support his family. After he won a coveted spot on Team Rwanda, his dream flourished. In a country still showing the scars of genocide, Samuel discovered that cycling for his country comes with important responsibilities.
Kinyarwanda with English Subtitles.

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge
USA I 2015 I 18 min
Director: Levi Hunt

This film chronicles the building of the first skateboard park on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is largely reported to be an impoverished Native American community with a drug and alcohol epidemic and teen suicide rates much greater than the National average. Watch the transformation of the community as they support a generation encouraged through these collective actions.

Bruhwiler Country
USA I 2016 I 7 min
Director: Ben Moon

Meet Raph Bruhwiler, a well-known Canadian and Pacific NW surfer. He lives and breathes the ocean and the natural resources of the northern reaches. See him and his family doing what they love while living freely, as they enjoy the true offerings of nature.

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Characters with Character Shorts

Friday, 6:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 pm, Cotton Building
It occurred to us that so many documentary films that people are drawn to are about characters. We want to know what makes people tick. It’s true that everyone has a story and that’s exactly what you will witness with these remarkable people who have moving stories to tell. You will be lifted by their determination to do what they love, to overcome obstacles, or simply to find joy in the everyday!

Offseason
USA I 2016 I 8 min
Director: Ben Moon

For Daniel Norris, baseball has been a passion, career, patient teacher, and cruel master. But becoming a professional athlete means life in a high-stakes world of intense pressure where players are constantly under the microscope. That’s why, during the offseason, Norris lives in his VW van, Shaggy. It’s a simple life. He travels alone, taking pictures, surfing, exploring the West and hoping that Shaggy will make it to the next destination.

Phil's Camino
USA-France-Spain I 2015 I 26 min
Director: Annie O’Neil

Free spirit Phil Volker, a man living with Stage 4 cancer, dreams of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage Camino de Santiago across Spain. His doctors tell him he shouldn't do the walk, as he is facing a tough prognosis. So he builds his own Camino pathway in the forest behind his house on Vashon Island, starts to walk, and traces his progress on a map. An amazing outcome!

Alive & Kicking: Soccer Grannies of South Africa
South Africa-USA I 2015 I 19 min
Director: Lara-Ann de Wet
Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa, the village grannies lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of taboos.

Edges
USA I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Katie Stjernholm

Yvonne Broders Dowlen ice skates five days a week. She’s 91 years old! Fun and awe-inspiring!



These C*cksucking Tears
USA I 2015 I 16 min
Director: Dan Taberski

Meet Patrick Haggerty, a Seattle resident, and the man behind the world's first and only gay-themed country music album, Lavender Country, which was released in 1973. Enjoy his music and humor!



Throw
USA I 2016 I 10 min
Director: David Larson, Darren Durlach

Watch the transition made by a young outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr found acceptance among a subculture of “throwers” and it turns out, he’s a virtuoso!

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Keeping It Wild Shorts

Saturday, 9:15 am, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 pm, Cotton Building
Our truly wild places are becoming more and more rare. There is so much joy to experience when we give ourselves the opportunity to experience these places. These passionate filmmakers show us nature in all her glory so that we may appreciate, value, and protect our vulnerable planet for future generations. When nature is known to us, we will fight for it!

To Scale: The Solar System
USA I 2015 I 7 min
Director: Alex Gorosh, Wylie Overstreet

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits. See a true illustration of our place in the universe.

Elk River
USA I 2016 I 28 min
Director: Jenny Nichols

Take a gorgeous walk over the mountains of Yellowstone as we follow a yearly elk migration. The film shares stunning views and in-depth knowledge of herds of elk.

Pronghorn Revival
USA I 2016 I 7 min
Director: Ben Masters

Texan wildlife biologists fight for the future of pronghorn antelope by helicopter-netting over 100 individual animals from surplus populations. Watch as they transplant them to a restoration area to reestablish an iconic species in the vast landscapes of West Texas.

Property
USA I 2016 I 4 min
Director: Allison Otto

Take a walk through a storage warehouse full of bits and parts of nature’s property.



Selah Water From Stone
USA I 2016 I 8 min
Director: Ben Masters

See what a difference one man and his dedication can do for the earth. David Bamberger has devoted the past 50 years of his life to restoring an overgrazed and abused Texas rangeland back to its native habitat. The result? Water from stone.


26 Years And Counting
USA I 2016 I 17 min
Director: J.J. Kelley

More than two decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, unique Alaskan orcas still haven't recovered. The future is uncertain for a genetically unique pod of orcas, a highly intelligent form of marine life. The National Geographic investigative documentary film explores the long-term fallout of the disastrous event that occurred 26 years ago.

The Super Salmon
USA I 2016 I 25 min
Director: Ryan Peterson

This film highlights the tale of one fish to illustrate the importance of Alaska’s Susitna River to the area’s wildlife, tourism, economy and lifestyle. The story is passionately told by a Talkeetna fisherman as he examines the potential consequences of constructing an enormous and outdated technology to meet Alaska’s need for renewable energy.


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Let’s Get Personal Shorts

Saturday, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building
Sunday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema

These two documentaries are officially considered “short” because they are 40 minutes or less in length. But together they create a dynamic conversation that makes this program exactly what we called it - Let’s Get Personal. We have a team of high school students who work with PTFF as a review team. Their strongest recommendation came to us about this film, UNSLUT: A Documentary. Everyone should see this! We are sure these films will spark both your memory of learning about the birds & bees, and remind you of the importance of personal self-respect.

Hey Mom, What’s Sex?
USA I 2016 I 40 min
Director: Dar Dowling

A hilarious, raw, and sometimes emotional, roller coaster ride about the Sex Talks folks had (or didn't have) with their moms. This film asks a simple question over and over again "Did you ever have the sex talk with your mom?" See if it doesn’t prompt some interesting conversations!

Unslut: A Documentary Film
USA I 2015 I 39 min
Director: Emily Lindin

Not for the faint of heart, but should be seen by everyone! This film features the stories of girls and women who have experienced sexual shaming in one version or another, whether in our schools, communities, media, or culture. Emily Lindin made this film to inspire and motivate people everywhere to speak up about the dangerous, lasting effects of sexual bullying, “slut”-shaming, and all forms of gender-based discrimination. Today, even as our culture becomes more comfortable with sex, women and girls still struggle to define themselves in ways that include – but are not limited to – their perceived sexuality and sexual behavior.



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Reviewers Choice Narrative

Friday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building
Sunday, 12:30 pm, Key City Free
Tragic, hilarious, touching, original, visually unique, “been there myself” – all the films in this short program were lauded by a volunteer team of reviewers who wanted to share these filmed visions with a wider audience. Prepare to be moved to tears and laughter and to marvel at the ability of the filmmakers to create stories that speak volumes in a limited time frame.

Time
USA I 2016 I 3 min
Director: Leo Bidne

Unique animation accompanied by a haunting tune. The images are based on the whimsical paintings of William M. Clarke (1934-2012) with continual visual enchantment. Watch for the represented artists.

Count Back From Ten
USA I 2015 I 7 min
Director: Tamar Halpern

Quiet, lovely film that leads us rowing to an island with a little school girl, down a particularly serene yet mystifying path, and we end up somewhere else entirely.


Wintry Spring
Egypt I 2015 I 15 min
Director: Mohamed Kamel

Sweet portrayal of a widowed father and his daughter coming into puberty. They share minimal conversation but carry shared secrets. Arabic with English Subtitles.
Best Short Fiction Award 2015 Tripoli International Film Festival.

Entre Les Lignes
France I 2015 I 5 min

Writers: Emmanuelle Remy, Christelle Alion, Tom Casacoli, Nolwenn Eve, Lorenn Le Bec In the morning commute, a silent romantic relationship blossoms between two strangers as their trains stops next to one another, but only for a few seconds.


Home
Kosovo-UK I 2016 I 20 min
Director: Daniel Mulloy
Eerie journey evolves as the story unfolds. A family stows away to leave their country in hopes of safety. Little dialog but deep intense emotions are revealed.



L'Encenedor Quantic
Spain I 2015 I 5 min
Director: Pau Escribano

Entertaining story pushes us to decide if time travel is conceivable, all handled by a couple over a restaurant dinner table. Unexpected twists and turns in five minutes! Spanish with English Subtitles.

The Things My Father Never Taught Me
Australia I 2012 I 7 min
Director: Burleigh Smith

Comic tongue-in-cheek dating advice given by Melvin to his young son about how to attract and enchant women. Illustrating that advice given is about as judicious as the giver!

The Tugboat Captain's Ball
USA I 2015 I 14 min
Director: Rick Moore

Attend a cocktail party with Natalie as she makes the rounds, not knowing anyone, trying to mingle.


Autumn Leaves
Iran I 2015 I 4 min
Director: Saman Hosseinpuor

Tender story showing the sweet simplicity of a little girl in Iran on her way to school. Beautiful photography that tells a tale with the slightest hint of a moral.



Shudo
France I 2016 I 2 min
Director: To-Anh Bach, Charles Badiller, Hugo Weiss

Two samurais face one another in an intriguing animation. Absorbed by their pride, they clash in a duel fueled by deep emotions.

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WA2WA Shorts

Friday, 12:30 pm, Key City Free
Saturday, 3:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema

How do you compare one Washington with the other? Through film, of course! Enjoy selections curated by Jon Gann, a long-time friend of PTFF and the founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival and the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival in Northern England. WA2WA brings top jury and audience winners to Port Townsend’s unique audience. These films will elicit tears, laughter, knowledge and insight into what makes both Washingtons different — and the same.

Help Point
UK I 2014 I 13 min
Director: Andrew Margetson

Maya and Jack have both lost their cars in a large airport parking lot—a not entirely far-flung occurrence. While stuck together at the Help Point, Jack can’t resist trying to charm Maya, who in turn starts to confide in him. Things don’t turn out as planned.

The OceanMaker
USA I 2014 I 11 min
Director: Lucas Martell

After the seas have disappeared, a courageous young female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water, the clouds. Elegant animation takes us on a ride into the clouds with a hopeful future.

Stutterer
USA I 2015 I 12 min
Director: Benjamin Cleary

This film won the Oscar for the Best Short Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear. Smart and sensitive handling of a difficult physical challenge.

Who’s Up
France I 2015 I 14 min
Director: Benjamin Bouhana

A first date is never easy. A first date with your dream girl gets complicated. So a first date with your dream girl when you're broke is another challenge all together!



He Kindly Stopped
USA I 2016 I 11 min
Director: Jonathan Browning
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A pair of traveling partners reminisce about the choices made in their lives, and what it means to truly be alive.

Animation Hotline 2015
USA I 2015 I 5 min
Director: Dustin Grella

Animation Hotline is a series of over 150 crowd-sourced telephone answering machine messages that Dustin Grella has animated since 2011. These compelling messages come from daily real life stories, as folks call in and share their tales.

For Better, For Worse
Israel I 2014 I 18 min
Director: Tal Greenberg

Power dynamics, interdependence, and free will are present in every love story. Three couples in different phases of their lives find themselves in the hospital on the same day, each for their own reasons. The film questions where is the boundary between love and dependence, between habit and choice, and what is the true nature of love.
Hebrew with English Subtitles.

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Our print program is available at our office on Sept 10th and delivered to your door on September 16th.


The 17th Annual Film Festival
September 23, 24 and 25, 2016
211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A
PORT TOWNSEND, WA 98368
360-379-1333 • 360-379-O198 (fax)
Email Us
© 2015 PTFF


The 17th Annual Film Festival -September 23, 24 and 25, 2016
211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A • PORT TOWNSEND, WA 98368 • 360-379-1333 • 360-379-O198 (fax) Email Us
© 2015 PTFF