2015 Program

By Day:
     Friday
     Saturday
     Sunday

By Type:
     Outdoor Filmskey
     Special Events
     Feature Documentaries
     Feature Narratives
     Short Documentaries
     Short Narratives
     Shorts Programs

Friday

Time Starlight Key City Simpson Rose Maritime Rosebud Legion Outdoor
9:00
AM
1971
79 min.
starThe Young Kieslowski
I Love You
102 min

1971

79 min.

 

     
9:15

Boy And The World

80 min

starCome Down Molly

Everything Else
91 min.
     
9:30

starIn The Mix Shorts Program

91 min

Landfill Harmonic

starTiger Hood
89 min.
 
   
Noon

Very Semi-
Serious

Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalmanstar
97 min.

WA 2 WA Shorts Program

92 min.

The Breach

Xboundary
97 min.
         
12:15

star
Good Ol'Boy

104 min.

The Breachstar

Xboundary
97 min. star
     
12:30

The Chef's Wife

The Dive
97 min.

The Mask You Live In

92 min.
 
   
3:00  

Wildlike

104 min.

Honor Totem

Penny
87 min.
         
3:15

starHow To Change The World

110 min.
     
3:30  

starHonor Totem

Pennystar
87 min.
4:00

Opening Ceremony

   
6:00

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

98 min.

starRomeo is Bleeding

The World is as Big or as Small as You Make It
104 min.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

98 min.
         
6:15

starUnbranded

104 min.

Red Knot

An Education: A Father/
Daughter Trip of Discovery

89 min.
     
6:30

starRevival: The Sam Bush Story

98 min.

starA Very Special Evening with Beau Bridges: The Fabulous Baker Boys

144 min.
 
7:30              

Mrs. Doubtfire

   
9:00

starHow I See Myself Shorts Program

93 min.

Fourth Man Out

95 min.
           
9:15  

starFrame By Frame

We Are Fire
93 min.

Austin to Boston

Once There Was A Cigar Box
82 min.
     
9:30  

starDon't Worry Baby

The Answers
96 min.
   

Saturday

Time Starlight Key City Simpson Rose Maritime Rosebud Legion Outdoor
9:00
AM

Wildlike

104 min.

Number One Fan

105 min.

Revival: The Sam Bush Story

98 min.

 

     
9:15

starRevival: The Sam Bush Story

98 min.

starHow I See Myself Shorts Program

93 min.
     
9:30

starHonor Totem

Pennystar
87 min.

starUnbranded

105 min.
 
10:00

Filmmakers' Panel - Location: Area 51:The Festival Bar on the Dock

   
Noon

Fourth Man Out

95 min.

starDon't Worry Baby

The Answers
96 min.

Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

Denali
92 min.
         
12:15

starJeff Lowe's Metanoia

Denalistar
92 min.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

98 min.
     
12:30

Boy And The World

80 min.

starThe Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper

70 min.
 
   
3:00

WA 2 WA Shorts Program

92 min.

The Little Death

Forever Over
110 min.

Austin to Boston

Once There Was a Cigar Box
82 min.
         
3:15

10th starAnniversary Celebration: Sweet Land

111 min.

Austin to Boston

Once There Was A Cigar Box
82 min.
     
3:30

starThe Breach

Xboundarystar
97 min.

starFrame By Frame

We Are Fire
93 min.
 
   
6:00

starThe Keepers

One and Cailleach
88 min.

starThe Young Kieslowski

I Love You
102 min.

The Diplomat

104 min.
         
6:15

starBecoming Bulletproof

80 min.

The Diplomat

104 min.
     
6:30

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

Tomgirl
101 min.

starA Very Special Evening with Chris Cooper: Adaptation

144 min.
 
7:30              

Ratatouille

111 min.
   
9:00

starCome Down Molly

Everything Else
91 min.

The Farewell Party

Ben Lee…Big Love
97 min.
           
9:15

Very Semi-Serious

Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalmanstar
97 min.

Spirit of Adventure Shorts Program

92 min.
     
9:30

starRolling Papers

The Bad Boy of Bowlingstar
98 min.
   

Sunday

Time Starlight Key City Simpson Rose Maritime Rosebud Legion Outdoor
9:00
AM

starHow to Change the World

110 min.

starThe Keepers

One and Cailleach
88 min.

The Keepers

One and Cailleach
88 min.

 

     
9:15

The Diplomat

104 min.

The Chef's Wife

The Dive
97 min.
     
9:30

Number One Fan

105 min.

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

Tomgirl
101 min.
 
10:00

Filmmakers' Storytelling - Location: Area 51:The Festival Bar on the Dock

   
Noon

Red Knot

An Education: A Father/
Daughter Trip of Discovery

89 min.

Spirit of Adventure Shorts Program

92 min.

Spirit of Adventure Shorts Program

92 min.

         
12:15

starBecoming Bulletproof

80 min.

starRolling Papers

The Bad Boystar of Bowling
98 min.
     
12:30

The Farewell Party

Ben Lee…Big Love
97 min.

Back By Popular Demand

 
   
3:00

The Mask You Live In

92 min.

Landfill Harmonic

Tiger Hoodstar
91 min.

The Mask You Live In

92 min.
         
3:15

starRomeo is Bleeding

The World is as Big or as Small as You Make It
105 min.

Back By Popular Demand

     
3:30

starJeff Lowe's Metanoia

Denalistar
92 min.

starFormative Film with Marianne Leone Cooper: My Left Foot

133 min.
 
   
6:00

starGood Ol'Boy

104 min.

starIn the Mix Shorts Program

91 min.

In the Mix Shorts Program

91 min.
         
6:15

Awards
Presentation

70 min.

1971

79 min.

The Little Death

Forever Over
110 min.
   
6:30    
7:30              

Cinema Paradiso

   
9:00  

Jury Prize Winner

 

Jury Prize Winner

 
9:15
9:30




Outdoor Films
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Mrs. Doubtfire

Director: Chris Columbus
Trailer
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

Iconic comedian Robin Williams plays Daniel Hillard, an out-of-work actor whose recent divorce left him without the custody of his beloved three children. When he learns that his ex-wife needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job and disguises himself as a devoted British nanny, in order to see his kids everyday.

USA/1993/125 min.
Best Make-up at the 1994 Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture at the 1994 Golden Globes

Ratatouilleratatoulille

Director: Brad Bird
Trailer
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

Remy is a determined young rat, gifted with highly developed senses of taste and smell. Inspired by his idol, the recently deceased chef Auguste Gusteau, Remy dreams of becoming a chef himself. When fate places Remy by Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris, he strikes an alliance with Linguini, the garbage boy. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turn the City of Lights upside down.

USA/2007/111 min.

Cinema Paradisoparadiso

(Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Trailer
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

In a post-war Sicilian village, Salvatore is a cheeky young boy enchanted by the flickering images at the local Cinema Paradiso. Eager to learn about the secret of cinema’s magic, he frequently visits Alfredo, the projectionist and forms a deep bond with him. Based on screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore’s life, Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful reminiscence of a filmmaker’s lifelong love affair with films.

Italy, France/1988/124 min.
Italian with English Subtitles
Best Foreign Language Film at 1990 Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film at 1990 Golden Globes Awards
Grand Prix du Jury at 1989 Cannes Film Festival

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Special Events

openingJoin our 16th Opening Ceremony, Friday 4 p.m.!

Come to the Haller Fountain on Taylor Street at 4 p.m. and welcome our filmmakers as they arrive in classic cars escorted by the Rakers Car Club. Watch Special Guests Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper cut the film ribbon and officially begin our 16th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival! Festival, Director, and Mogul Passholders are served salmon dinner on Taylor Street.

10th Anniversary Celebration: Sweet Land

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Synopsis

aliDirector Ali Selim and producer Jim Bigham join us this year to celebrate the decade-long love story that audiences have with their film, Sweet Land. After a stellar international Festival run in 2005, the movie opened theatrically (including an extended run at the Rose Theatre). In 2007, it won the 2007 Indie Spirit Award for “Best First Feature.”

Based on Midwesterner Will Weaver’s short story of the same name, the screenplay languished while director and producer searched 16 years for funding. Only then the search began for a small prairie town with no power lines–or, a town so recently joining the 21st century that lines were underground. They found open skies in Montevideo, Minnesota, midway between the South Dakota border and Minneapolis.

The quiet little town of Montevideo (pop. 5,000), surrounded by fields, was a perfect setting for the story of Inge, a post-World War I, German National, arriving in “Audubon, Minnesota” for her arranged marriage to Olaf, A Norwegian farmer. Says actress Elizabeth Reaser, who played the role of Inge, “It’s a story about listening, not about talking…describing the vulnerability of silence.”

As work got underway, each bingamday seemed to bring an array of gifts–from offers of free lodging for cast and crew to a resident sharing his collection of perfectly restored model T’s. The little town of 5,000 residents seemed intrigued by both the movie making and the authentic romance unfolding around them.

The filmmakers are enjoying a resurgence of interest in Sweet Land, a full decade after its first release. Director Ali Selim and his wife have relocated to Portland, Oregon to be near family. He serves PTFF as a film juror, teaches screenwriting and is developing a Philip Seymour Hoffman screenplay.

Producer Jim Bigham lives in Miami, Florida and also serves PTFF as a juror.  He is considering a musical based on his award-winning documentary, For Once in My Life: The Story of the Goodwill Band


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A Very Special Evening with Beau Bridges: The Fabulous Baker Boys

Trailer
Synopsis
Friday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

beauBeau Bridges is back to Masters of Sex for his third season as Barton Scully, a university provost and friend of sexuality researcher, Dr. William H. Masters.

Ashamed of his homosexuality, Scully turns to Dr. Masters–who both blackmails him and tries to cure him.

The role is complex, Scully is a married man and his wife loves him just the way he is. The critics love Beau Bridges too. He was nominated for a 2015 Emmy for his guest role in the series.

If we were to list all the roles Bridges has played over his six-decade career, such as Nixon, P.T. Barnum and Col. Tom Parker, it would fill pages.

The Fabulous Baker Boys, filmed in Seattle with Michelle Pfeiffer and his brother, Jeff Bridges, screens Friday night, with Bridges coming on stage for Q&A afterwards. He’ll speak with us in person again on Saturday with actor Chris Cooper in The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper, moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky Friedman.

The son of actor Lloyd Bridges and older brother of Jeff, Beau was on the sets of his father’s Sea Hunt series as a toddler. His first role in a feature film was The Red Pony, when he was six years old. “It was a small part,” he said, “just two or three lines.”
The director, Lewis Milestone, was his father’s friend. The set was out in the sand dunes on a southern California beach, in a prefab one-room shack with no running water, electricity or telephone. “I knew how films were made at a very early age,” he said.
Childhood was an apprenticeship (“I went to work in my father’s shop”). His subsequent acting career is “my job,” he said.
 “My dad gave me all my tools,” Bridges said. This included a small, six-lesson book on method acting by Konstantin Stanislavsky, which Bridges embraced early on and employs in all his roles.  

For the role of Maximum Bob Gibbs, he flew to Florida to meet the ultraconservative judge upon whom novelist Elmore Leonard had based his story. The judge is “saddled with a space-cadet wife, Leanne, who has a second personality, a 12-year-old black girl named Wanda Grace and he wants to get rid of both of them,” wrote the NY Times.

 For his role as Barnum & Bailey Circus owner, in P.T.Barnum, Bridges found only one recording of Barnum’s voice on a telephone – a Shakespearean voice. “I just don’t have that training,” he said. His son, Jordan, a classically trained actor who played the younger Barnum in the film, coached his father so that they could speak with consistent intonation.

When he played Nixon, in Kissinger and Nixon, Bridges studied for the part with materials from the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in nearby Yorba Linda. “I was not a big fan, but tried to ‘get into his choices’,” he says. Makeup was a three-hour ordeal each morning to cover prosthetic jowls and nose. “It felt like Japanese kabuki,” he said.

Bridges won a Grammy in 2009 for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth,” in the category of “Best Spoken Word Album.” It’s a subject close to his heart.

He’s a board member of the Wishtoyo Foundation and has worked for more than 20 years to save both Chumash Indian sacred and cultural sites and environmentally sensitive areas on California’s coast.

His father had earlier been involved with the American Oceans Campaign and Heal the Bay, based in Los Angeles.
The Wishtoyo Foundation is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, which began with fishermen identifying and suing polluters of the Hudson River.

"One of the biggest successes of the Wishtoyo Foundation is keeping oil drillers out of the Santa Clara River riparian zone,” said Bridges. “They see us coming and settle out of court.” Bridges, the father of five children, lives with his wife, Wendy, near Los Angeles. Bridges is vegan, an avid organic gardener and raises orchids at home and on his property on the island of Kaua‘i, Hawaii. (By Jan Halliday)

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A Very Special Evening with Chris Cooper: Adaptation

cooperTrailer
Synopsis
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

Chris Cooper won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Adaptation with Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage. He also starred in John Sayles' film, Lone Star and was a supporting actor in American Beauty, October Sky, The Bourne Identity, Seabiscuit and many more.

"I couldn't have asked for more than Lone Star, which was a great story," Cooper said. "I like good story ... human behavior, the study of human behavior and human interaction."

PTFF filmgoers last year revisited Chris Cooper’s role of Sheriff Sam Deeds in Lone Star. The film was chosen by Special Guests, John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, as one of their best.

Sayles gave Cooper his first acting job in the mid-1980s in Matewan. He most recently cast Cooper as Captain Richard Henry Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in To Save the Man, which will be filmed at Fort Worden in 2016.

Cooper played orchid thief John Laroche in the 2002 film Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. We screen Adaption Saturday night, with a Q&A afterwards with Cooper.  Earlier in the day, he joins Beau Bridges on stage in The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper, moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky Friedman.

"Adaptation was quite unusual,” said Cooper. For most scripts, you get an idea of what direction the writer, the screenwriter intends you to go. This was different, because I couldn't nail down John Laroche's character before the audition,” Cooper said, adding he drove from his home in Massachusetts to New York for the audition.

"I told Spike, 'I cannot give you my definitive idea of John Laroche, because I just see too many possibilities of different ways to play this character.'" He asked Jonze to let him show four or five different ways of showing the character, and "Spike was so encouraged that that's the way we continued to work when we shot the film ... the outcome of that was a real surprise, because I never knew which take Spike chose until the final editing."

Cooper said his influences include Montgomery Clift, James Dean and Marlon Brando. "I would often accompany my mother to the movies," he said of his youth in Kansas City, Missouri, "so I got to see some pretty adult stuff when I was 5, 6 and 7 years old."

He recalled East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, when they first came out. "There was a new kind of acting going on then." He mentioned Jo Van Fleet (The Rose Tattoo, Gunfight at the Okay Corral) and Kim Stanley (Frances, Picnic). "I had no idea I was going to be an actor then, but something affected me very strongly."

Cooper has a multitude of upcoming projects: an investment banker struggling with numbness after the death of his wife; the great American author, J.D. Salinger, in Coming Through the Rye; and as ‘Al Templeton,’ the eccentric owner of a local diner which houses the portal to go back in time (a 9 episode series on Hulu). He also appears on Christmas Day in the David O. Russell drama, Joy.

Cooper is here with his wife, actress and memoirist Marianne Leone Cooper, our “Formative Film” author of note. Her book, Jesse: A Mother’s Story, is for sale at the Imprint Bookstore on Water Street.

(Interview by Robin Dudley, Port Townsend Leader Arts Editor)

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Formative Film with Marianne Leone Cooper: My Left Foot

marianne cooperTrailer
Synopsis
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

There are moments in all our lives that change everything. Good or bad your life is different. Permanently. In a flash.

The birth of Chris and Marianne Leone Cooper’s son, Jesse, was one of those events. Born weeks early, in the hospital for many days, then having a catastrophic seizure that resulted in cerebral palsy, Jesse took his parents into an extraordinarily difficult, and very different new life.

As this year’s “Formative Film Author,” Marianne has chosen My Left Foot, the 1989 film about Irish author and painter Christy Brown. The film is based upon Brown’s book of the same name. The movie won many honors, including an Academy Award for Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of Brown who, like Jesse, suffered from cerebral palsy from birth.

Marianne and Chris were dedicated professionals who lived the bohemian life, scraping by but steadily gaining ground as actors. Having a child, let alone a child who was extremely dependent upon them for everything, was a sea change event.

“The movie was haunting to me,” said Leone, “For each character in the movie, there was a similar character in my life. Christy Brown’s mother was a saint, though, I was a f-ing mother bear.”

In her book Jesse: A Mother’s Story (Simon and Schuster, 2011), Marianne Leone Cooper tells her personal story in an open, blunt, emotional and heart wrenching manner. It is a story of struggle to let Jesse live as normal a life as possible, often combating a system that was more focused on disruption than inclusion. Jesse exposes Marianne’s struggle to advocate for her son, the amazing people who showed up as if summoned to be Jesse’s angels and what it took to deal with Jesse’s death in 2005 at the age of 17.

“I first saw the movie when Jesse was only two,” Leone said, “little did I know what impact the Irish would have on the next 15 years of my life.”

Most of Jesse’s angels were young Irish women, who served as live-in nannies, showing Jesse a level of love and normality, he deserved.
“The Irish seem to embrace inclusion as the norm,” says Leone, “it was a fight every day to get that for Jesse.”

Leone read the book before seeing the movie. “So many books and movies are all about the poor crips,” says Leone, “My Left Foot showed Christy Brown as he saw himself; a full human.”

My Left Foot also gave Leone permission not to coddle Jesse, “Christy’s family treated him like any member of his huge family. Do I want a disabled brat child, I asked myself?”

Both Marianne and Chris have frequently collaborated with Indie filmmaker John Sayles, PTFF’s special guest last year with his producer, Maggie Renzi. Appearing in his films gave her a wonderful and eerie experience a few weeks ago.

 “Jesse had a small role in John Sayle’s movie, City of Hope. A few days ago I came into the room and the movie was on. Jesse’s scene was showing. He was laughing in a close up. I remembered shooting that scene and that John had his hands on top of my head to keep me from standing up and ruining the shot.”

Jesse would be 27 today. Asked what he might be doing today Leone replied, “He wanted to be a software designer. I think, given his parent’s genes, he would have been an artist, perhaps a screenwriter like me.”

My Left Foot is a beautiful, gripping film, offering insight, inspiration and understanding to the viewer.

Join Marianne at the American Legion Theatre to see the film again or be introduced to one very fine film. Both Marianne and Chris’ will be on stage for a Q&A afterwards. Her book, Jesse: A Mother’s Story will be available for sale and signing. My Left Foot will be available for purchase as well. (By Peter Quinn from The Writers’ Workshoppe)

The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper

Join us when our special guests, Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper discuss the Art of Acting, Saturday afternoon 12:30 p.m., at the American Legion Theatre. Moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky Friedman, expect a lively conversation between two very versatile and skilled actors.  Bridges was born into an acting family, while Cooper came to acting later in life.  Both men are working at the top of their game, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of these two extraordinary actors.

Filmmaker's Panels

panelStart the day with free coffee and filmmakers’ tales of how films are made

Our morning panel discussions with filmmakers are funny, irreverent, serious and thought provoking. Filmmakers discuss various themes from funding woes and overseas difficulties to cinematography and actors.

Jon Gann, founder of DC Shorts, will moderate the panel on Saturday morning. Topic is TBD. Previous years topic’s include: The challenges of Indie production and The Craft of Screenwriting.

Former PTFF alumnus, Jonathan Browning, a writer/director who works in Los Angeles will moderate the panel Sunday morning. Browning is a Short Narrative Film Juror for PTFF this year. Sunday morning’s panel will share stories about themselves and one event that shaped them as a person. Their stories are often surprising and moving.

Location: Area 51:The Festival Bar on the Dock, next to the Peter Simpson Free Cinema, Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m., 60-90 minutes. Free admission to everyone.

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Celebrating our Film Guests:

Jim Bigham
Jim Bigham is a director and producer whose many awards include the international award-winning documentary, For Once In My Life. TV credits include Ballers, SNL. He was an Oscar nominee for Turner, Chasing the Dream. He received the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Sweet Land, which he produced. He is also one of this year’s feature documentary jurors.

 

moAlexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli
Co-recipients of our 2014 Film Fellowship allowed Bombach and Scarpelli to complete work on their film Frame by Frame, screened in this year’s festival.  Alexandria is a documentary filmmaker who lives on the road.  She received two Emmy awards for the MoveShake Stories of Allison Gannett and Gregg Treinish, both shown on PTFF 2013. Mo is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker with experience filming and photographing in more than 20 countries.

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Beau Bridges
One of the busiest and most versatile actors in Hollywood, Beau is a three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe, and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee.  He is currently performing in the award winning series Masters of Sex. bush

 

Evan Bush
Evan is a reporter at The Seattle Times who covered the marijuana industry from 2014-2015 in Seattle. He’s amused by sources that try to curry favor by offering pot he can’t accept.  He will be onstage for Q&As with Rolling Papers.

 

cooperChris Cooper 
Since beginning his movie career at the age of 35, Chris worked steadily as a solid supporting actor where he has brought great depth to his performances. He has acted in numerous roles- from a homophobic ex-Marine in American Beauty to an obsessive orchid collector minus a few front teeth in Adaptation. Chris starred in our 2014 PTFF Special Evening screening of Lone Star.

Marianne Leone Cooper 
Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO's Sopranos as Joanne Moltisanti. She can be seen this December in David O. Russell’s film Joy. Marianne’s essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Solstice, Coastal Living, Bark Magazine and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog.

Rocky Friedman
Rocky spearheaded the restoration of the 1907 Rose Theatre in 1992, and the addition of the Rosebud Cinema in 1995. He has been programming the theatre for 23 years. The Starlight Room, a partnership with the Silverwater Café, made its debut at the 2013 festival. Rocky co-founded the Port Townsend Film Festival and the popular School of Athens Lecture Series, and received his degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.  gann

Jon Gann
Founder of DC Shorts, author, filmmaker, Executive Director of CINE and longtime friend of PTFF, Jon joins us for the second year with his favorite short films, the WA 2 WA Shorts Program. Jon has presented film festival strategies at over 100 universities, film organizations and film festivals worldwide, and has spoken at the International Film Festival Summit and ThortonEDxWDC.

 

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 and an interviewer for PTFF since 2001.  

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Ali Selim 
As an advertising commercial director since 1989, Ali directed over 850 television commercials, winning the Gold Lion—advertising’s most coveted award—from Cannes.  He joins us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Sweet Land, the first film he wrote and directed. The film received numerous awards and was named one of the Ten Best Films of 2006 by over a dozen critics, including the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly. He is also one of this year’s feature narrative jurors.

Feature Narratives

Adaptationadaptation

Director: Spike Jonze
Trailer
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

Blending fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people, Adaptation portrays screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as he struggles to adapt The Orchid Thief to the big screen. Neurotic, insecure and frustrated with writer’s block, Charlie also has to deal with his freeloading overconfident twin, Donald, who decides to become a screenwriter himself. The narrative intersperses with the book, in which New Yorker’s journalist Susan Orlean follows John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a scruffy orchid poacher in Florida’s Everglades. A film within a film about the creation of a film, Adaptation asks us what’s real, what’s make-believe, and…what’s the difference, anyway?

USA/2002/114 min.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Chris Cooper at 2003 Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role– Chris Cooper at 2003 Golden Globes

Boy and the Worldboy

(O Menino e o Mundo)
Director: Alê Abreu
Trailer
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

When his father is forced to go to the metropolis in search of work, a boy sets out on a quest to reunite his family. His journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation takes on greater complexity and variety as his small world expands. Employing many artistic techniques, from collages to watercolor paintings, the stunning visuals are coupled with vibrant rhythms to portray the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. Mostly wordless (with the occasional use of gibberish Portuguese), the seemingly simple story allows audiences of all ages to unveil deeper levels of the same narrative. Gorgeous and profound, Boy and the World is a cautionary tale of globalization and a powerful visceral experience of a passage through contemporary life.

Brazil/2013/80 min.
Best Film Winner in Annecy 2014
Best Film (Audience Award) Winner in Annecy 2014
Best Film Winner in Animafest Zagreb 2015

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Come Down Mollymolly

Director: Gregory Kohn
Website
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room

A struggling socially isolated new mother is overcome with the need to run away. She joins her old high school group of guy friends at a secluded mountain home. Amidst tears, laughter and ingested mushrooms, Molly and her old buddies go through a psychedelic adventure, connecting with nature, and ultimately themselves. Chronicling their discussions and reminiscences, inevitably they will all have to come down. Come Down Molly is an expressionist odyssey exploring the lonely side of entering adulthood.

USA/2015/81 min.  
Screening with Everything Else

Don’t Worry Babyworry

Director: Julian Branciforte
Website
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre

A slacker son and his middle-aged overbearing father unknowingly sleep with the same woman. When the woman returns four years later, they compete over the paternity of a daughter that either one may have fathered. In this duel-like dramedy set in New York, both father and son have some growing up to do.

USA/2015/88 min.
Screening with The Answers

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Fourth Man Outfourth

Director: Andrew Nackman
Trailer
Website
Friday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, Noon, The Starlight Room

Adam, a small-town mechanic, is turning 24 and decides to come out of the closet to his three longtime friends. Now, they must act normal through their usual poker night and hockey games, while trying to avoid the occasional homophobic joke. Will they rise to the challenge and support Adam to face his family and the nosy God-fearing neighbor? This lighthearted comedy is a refreshing look on coming out of the blue-collar closet and the growing pains of friendship.

USA/2015/95 min.
Audience Award 2015 Best Narrative Feature at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Good Ol’ Boygood

Director: Frank Lotito
Trailer
Website
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room

An East Indian family moves to small town, America. In this coming-of-age story, Smith is a 10-year-old who wants to fit in with the new culture:  he loves Saturday Night Fever, falls head-over-heels for the blond next door and wants to carve a real pumpkin for Halloween. But Smith’s desire to be a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s traditional ideals until things might have gone too far. A feel-good tribute to childhood heroes and first love in suburban America.  

USA/2015/104 min.

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My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

Director: Jim Sheridan
Trailer
Website
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., American Legion Theatreleft

Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy into a large and poor but loving family in Ireland. His indomitable mother nurtures and believes in him. Until Mrs. Brown is involved in an accident, forcing Christy to use his one controllable extremity, his left foot. Earning the respect of his family and neighbors, Christy becomes an accomplished painter and writer.

Ireland, UK/1989/103 min.
Best Actor in a Leading Role at 1990 Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role at 1990 Academy Awards

Number One Fannumber

(Elle l’adore)
Director: Jeanne Herry
Trailer
Website
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema

Muriel is a beautician who, for the past two decades, has been French crooner Vincent Lacroix’s number one fan. She spends most of her free time following his work. She’s also a big talker and tells tall tales. Then, one night, her idol Vincent shows up at her doorstep.  His arrival turns Muriel’s life upside down as she embarks on a journey that even she could not have invented.

France/2015/105 min.
French with English subtitles
Winner of Ornano Prize at 2014 Deauville American Film Festival

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Red Knotred

Director: Scott Cohen
Trailer
Website
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, The Starlight Room

Set on a research vessel en route to the stunning icy landscape of Antarctica, Peter is a writer sharing his dream of going to the ends of the earth with his new wife, Chloe. The confines of the ship and the wide-open spaces of the southern ocean set the stage for a modern exploration of love, isolation and the inescapable vastness of the natural world.

USA, Argentina/2014/80 min.
Screening with An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discovery
Grand Jury Prize Winner at FIPRESCI International Critics Prize
Best New American Cinema at 2014 SIFF

Songs My Brothers Taught Mesongs

Director: Chloé Zhao
Trailer
Website
Friday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Johnny, a restless Lakota teen, and his spirited little sister Jashaun, live with their troubled mother on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
While Johnny secretly plans to move to L.A with his girlfriend, Jashaun is holds onto her faith in the community and the simple pleasures she finds there. When their estranged cowboy father dies unexpectedly, Johnny is reluctant to leave his sister behind. Set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a low-key portrait of life in the Reservation as well as a compelling tale exploring the bond between siblings, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscover the meaning of home.

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Sweet Landsweet

Director: Ali Selim
Trailer
Website
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

Inge, a feisty German mail-order bride arrives in 1920s Minnesota to marry a taciturn Norwegian farmer named Olaf. Post WWI anti-German propaganda and the fear of socialism causes the local minister to openly forbid the marriage. Even though Inge is unable to obtain the proper immigration papers, and they are outcast from the small town, Inge and Olaf fall in love. Sweet Land is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

USA/2005/110 min.
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2006 Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival
Best First Feature at 2007 Independent Spirit Award

The Chef’s Wifechefs

(On a Failli Être Amies)
Director: Anne Le Ny
Trailer/Website
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Marithé and Carole are almost friends. Marithé is a divorced mother living an apparently fulfilled life as an advisor in a training center, helping adults find a new vocation. In walks Carole, the unhappy wife of a successful Michelin-starred chef. Marithé soon discovers that Carole is looking for more than just a career change. After meeting the charming chef Sam, Marithé is more eager than ever to help her friend start over.  

France/2014/90 min.
French with English subtitles
Screening with The Dive

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The Fabulous Baker Boysfabulous

Director: Steve Kloves
Trailer
Friday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

Beau and Jeff Bridges are Frank and Jack Baker, two brothers struggling to make a living as lounge pianists in Seattle. Playing the same tired tunes night after night for 15 years, the Baker brothers are in desperate need of change. So when they meet a sexy singer named Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), their future looks brighter. When life in the limelight brings old rivalries to the surface, the Baker brothers soon find their act, and their lives, growing more entertaining than either of them may be able to handle.

USA/1989/114 min.
Best Supporting Actor-Beau Bridges at 1990 National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama for Michelle Pfeiffer at 1990 Golden Globes
Best Sound at 1991 BAFTA Awards

The Farewell Partyfarewell

(‫מיתה טובה   Mita Tova‎)
Directors: Sharon Maymon & Tal Granit
Trailer
Website
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

Growing old is not for sissies. Yehezkel, age 75, living in a Jerusalem retirement home, wants to fulfill his best friend Max's wish to die in peace. Despite the objections of his own wife, Levana, Yehezkel decides to honor his friend’s request and builds a self-euthanasia machine in secrecy, with the aid of a select group of friends. As rumors about the machine begin to spread, and Levana’s dementia worsens, the group must face several moral and emotional dilemmas. With a compassionate look, this dark comedy explores the bonds of friendship and questions when to say goodbye.

Israel, Germany/ 2014 / 93 min.
Hebrew with English subtitles
Screening with Ben Lee…Big Love
Winner of 2014 Venice Days Public Choice Award
Winner of 2014 Venice Days Brian Award

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The Little Deathlittle

Director: Josh Lawson
Trailer
Website
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

Can a fetish kill your marriage?
In this edgy sex comedy, the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney uncover taboo fetishes and repercussions that come with revealing them. From a man who begins an affair with his own wife (unbeknownst to her) to a woman who can only find pleasure in her husband's pain, The Little Death peers behind closed doors of “so-called normal people.”

Australia/2015/96 min.
Screening with Forever Over

The Young Kieslowskiyoung

Director: Kerem Sanga
Trailer
Website
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre

Brian Kieslowski is an awkward college freshman. Being a virgin adds to his awkwardness, until he meets drunken Leslie Mallard at a party. Even though Leslie claims to be saving herself for marriage, they hit it off. Really well. Is being a good guy and doing what's right two very different things? Inspired by the true story of writer/director Kerem Sanga’s own parents, The Young Kieslowski is a touching comedy about sudden parents-to-be and the unsuspecting decisions they must face.

USA/2015/95 min.
Screening with I Love You
Best American Independent Film at 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2014 Mill Valley International Film Festival

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Wildlikewildlike

Director: Frank Hall Green
Trailer
Website
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room

After the death of her father, 14-year-old Mackenzie is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Alaska. Although the uncle seem supportive at first, he soon becomes anything but caring and she must flee. Seeking a way back to Seattle and her absent mother, Mackenzie follows Bartlett, a loner backpacker, across the Denali mountain wilderness in search of sanctuary.

USA/2015/104 min.

Audience Award at the 2015 Independent Film Festival Boston
Special Jury Prize Narrative Feature at the 2015 Independent Film Festival Boston
Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Mountain Film Festival

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Feature Documentaries

19711971

Director: Johanna Hamilton
Trailer/Website
Friday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Before Watergate, before WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden—there were eight bold citizens who covertly entered their local FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, to steal potentially incriminating files and leak them to the press. The break-in is a little-known but seminal event in contemporary American history that exposed FBI’s illegal surveillance programs. This led   to the country’s first Congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Never caught, 43 years later these everyday Americans – parents, teachers and citizens – publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story.

USA/2014/79 min.

 

Austin to Bostonaustin

Director: James Marcus Haney
Trailer
Website
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

After a fire-fueled final night at Austin's SXSW Music Festival, four bands pile into beat-up VW vans and head out on a zigzag tour. Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear's Den are from London’s Communion collective, a group of artists who support new songwriting through gigs, a record label and publishing. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together.

USA, Australia, UK/2015/72 min.
Screening with Once There Was a Cigar Box

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Back on Board: Greg Louganisback

Director: Cheryl Furjanic
Website
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre

Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is considered the greatest competitive high diver in history. His grace, precision and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with this sport. One of the first openly gay and HIV-positive athletes, he has given director Cheryl Furjanic unprecedented access to his life over the last three years. Her intimate portrait of his public triumphs and private struggles lets us see his choices, career and life. Ultimately, he reemerges on the world stage a changed man and mentor to a new generation of young athletes.

USA/2014/87 min.
Screening with Tomgirl
Best Documentary Feature at 2015 Annapolis Film Festival
Best Editing Award at 2015 Salem Film Fest
Audience Award Winner at 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LBGT Film Festival

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Becoming Bulletproofbecoming

Director: Michael Barnett
Trailer/Website
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

Bulletproof is a production of the Zeno Actors Camp, a collective that meets yearly in Hollywood to produce a film. Although many of the cast and crew have disabilities, their films aren’t about limitations or making a statement: “It’s all about making an awesome movie.” A captivating film within a film, weaving 1890s period drama and present-day action, Becoming Bulletproof’s snaking plot requires mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and showing up on time in costume. While the actors grapple with these high expectations, we witness a personally and socially transformative experience as preconceived notions give way to friendship.

USA/2015/80 min.
Audience Award Winner for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival
Audience Choice Winner at the Heartland Film Festival

 

Frame by Frame

Directors: Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
Trailer
Website
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. Since the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. As foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists. Follow four Afghan photojournalists, including Pulitzer Prize winner Massoud Hossaini, as they face the realities of building a free press in their country, reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.

Afghanistan/2015/85 min.
Screening with We Are Fire
English and Dari with English Subtitles
Jury Award Winner at 2015 Nashville Film Festival
Audience Choice Winner at 2015 Telluride Mountain Film Festival

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Honor Totemhonor

Director: Ian Devier
Trailer/Website
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema

What can a person do when faced with injustice? John T. Williams, a 50-year-old seventh generation Nitinaht woodcarver, was one of the most talented in his family. On his way to meet his brothers, he was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. The shooting, which was found to be unjustified by the Seattle Police Department, sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of Seattle and the native community. John`s older brother, Rick Williams, chose a peaceful response by carving a 34-foot memorial totem pole in his honor. With the help of countless community members, tribes and multi-cultural volunteers, the totem now stands at the Seattle Center. Honor Totem is a poignant story of a brother’s love and determination to “give something beautiful back.”

USA/2014/57 min.
Screening with Penny
Northwest Regional Emmy Awards 2014

 

How to Change the Worldhow

Director: Jerry Rothwell
Interview
Website
Friday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room

An eclectic group of Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists and American draft dodgers set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska. This was only the beginning of what was to become the world’s largest activist organization, Greenpeace. Armed with cameras and the power of images, they undertake some of the most courageous and significant environmental protests in history. Crafted with a wealth of 16mm archival footage and narrated by their original (and reluctant) leader, Bob Hunter, the film chronicles the power struggles of once like-minded friends as their activism takes root. “How can we save the planet,” says Bob Hunter, “if we cannot save ourselves?”

Canada, UK/2015/110 min.
World Cinema Doc Special Jury Award: Editing at 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Top Ten Audience Favorite at 2015 HotDocs
Jury Award at 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

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Jeff Lowe’s Metanoiajeff

Director: Jim Aikman
Trailer
Website
Saturday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

Jeff Lowe helped make climbing what it is today, through technical innovation and more than 1000 first ascents. On the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, he experienced a spiritual transformation that continues to this day. Naming the route he opened Metanoia, Greek for “changing one’s perspective,” he brings the creativity and strength that characterized his climbing career to facing his own mortality.

USA/2014/84 min.
Screening with Denali
Audience Award Best Mountaineering Film at 2015 Trento Film Festival
Winner Best Mountaineering Film at Kendal Mountain Festival
Jury’s Award at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

 

Landfill Harmoniclandfill

Directors: Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley
Trailer
Website
Friday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre

“The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”
The Recycled Orchestra of Cautera is a Paraguayan musical group of kids who live adjacent to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage: string and wind instruments are made with oil tin cans, forks and bottle caps. 
When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their visionary music director, Favio Chávez, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts.
Landfill Harmonic is an inspiring story of how music gave hope to an entire community, proving that simple solutions can bring social transformation.

USA, Paraguay, Brazil/ 2015/ 84 min.
Spanish with English subtitles
Screening with Tiger Hood
2015 SXSW Audience Award

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Revival: The Sam Bush Storyrevival

Directors: Wayne Franklin & Kris Wheeler
Trailer/Website
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre

Not many musicians can lay claim to being the “father” of an entire genre of music. Sam Bush can. While he’s inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend to most. “Too old to be young and too young to be an old legend,” is how Sam describes himself. In Revival: The Sam Bush Story, audiences experience the power of Sam’s musical journey. Noted musicians, from Alison Krauss to John Oates, from the Avett Brothers to Chris Thile, say many of today’s biggest acts in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana and the jam band scene owe a debt of gratitude to Sam. But where does the “Father of Newgrass” fit in the new world of acoustic music?

USA/ 2015/98 min.
Audience Award Winner 2015 Nashville Film Festival

 

rollingRolling Papers

Director: Mitch Dickman
Trailer
Website
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Recreational marijuana sales exploded in Colorado when pot was legalized in January 2014. To cover this groundbreaking news, The Denver Post creates the first pot section of a major newspaper and appoints music critic Ricardo Baca as the world’s first marijuana news editor. Baca sets out with a team of straight-laced staff writers and offbeat freelancers, covering policy news, cannabis reviews, edible recipes and parenting advice: Pot journalism is official. As legalization finds its way into society, the dying industry of newspapers hedges its bets on a new ground. 

USA/2015/79 min.
Screening with The Bad Boy of Bowling

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Romeo is Bleedingromeo

Director: Jason Zeldes
Trailer
Website
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

Richmond, California has more in common with the classic story set in Verona, Italy than it may seem at first. An ongoing brutal turf war between North and Central Richmond haunts the lives of many. Donté Clark transcends violence in his hometown by writing poetry and uses his voice to inspire those around him. To help empower local youth, Donté co-creates with RAW (Richmond Artists With) Talent arts organization, a contemporary urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. As Montague vs. Capulet transforms into North vs. Central, real life parallels the play and asks us: Will you let your constraints define you, or will you redefine them?

USA/2015/93 min.
Screening with The World is as Big or as Small as You Make It
Audience Award Best Documentary Feature San Francisco Int’l Film Fest
Juried Prize Winner 2015 Berkshire International Film Festival
Jury Award 2015 Seattle International Film Festival
Audience Award 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

 

The Breachbreach

Director: Mark Titus
Trailer/Website
Friday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Winding through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, Titus investigates environmental devastation by dams, mines, fish hatcheries and fish farms. The trail of human hubris and cultural amnesia culminates with a potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.

USA, Canada/2014/90 min.
Screening with XBoundary
Best of Fest Selection at 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best International Feature Documentary at 2014 Galway Film Fleadh

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The Diplomatdiplomat

Director: David Holbrooke
Trailer/Website
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s singular career spans 50-years of American foreign policy. This riveting story is told through the perspective of his eldest son, David. Filmmaker David captures the legacy of his larger-than-life father and attempts to “get to know him better in death, than I ever did in life.” Interviewing an impressive array of dignitaries, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and David Petraeus, we’re taken behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. Through senior Holbrooke’s most profound success in securing peace between Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia to his work as U.S. point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Diplomat also offers a lens into his relationship with his sons.

USA/2015/104 min.

 

The Keeperskeepers

Director: Joann Selvidge & Sara Kaye Larson
Trailer/Website
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre

The Keepers is an intriguing behind-the-cages portrait of the Memphis (Tennessee) Zoo, home to 3,500 animals, 500 species confined on 70 acres. This intimate inside look follows five passionate and eccentric keepers as they engage in work that they love, caring for komodo dragons, penguins, snakes and lions. And, they try to find a better living situation for Kofi, the giraffe. When was the last time you heard someone say “I have the coolest job in the world?”

USA/2015/71 min.
Screening with One and Cailleach
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Nashville International Film Festival

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The Mask You Live Inmask

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Trailer/Website
Friday, 12:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., The Starlight Room

How are we failing our boys?
Pressured by the media, peer group, and even the adults in their lives, young boys are confronted by strong messages of gender stereotypes and masculinity. Encouraged to suppress their emotions and “man up” from an early age, boys are more likely to be diagnosed with behavior disorders, prescribed medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime and/or take their own lives. Interviewing men and boys from various backgrounds, including experts in neuro-science and education, The Mask You Live In offers empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

USA/2015/92 min.

 

Unbrandedunbranded

Director: Phillip Baribeau
Trailer/Website
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre

To inspire adoption of the 50,000 wild horses and burros living in government captivity, Ben Masters, a young Texas horseman, recruits three friends for an adventure reminiscent of the western frontier. They adopt, train and ride a string of mustangs 3,000 miles, from the Mexican border to Canada. Crossing some of the wildest terrain of the American West, an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships and perilous mountain passes ensues. With spectacular cinematography, Unbranded sheds a light on the complex plight of wild horses in the U.S.

USA/ 2015/105 min.
Audience Award Winner at 2015 HotDocs
Audience Award Winner at 2015 Telluride MountainFilm

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Very Semi-Seriousvery

Director: Leah Wolchok
Trailer/Website
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

“Cartoons either make the strange familiar or the familiar strange,” says Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker. Outlining humor, art and the genius of the single panel, the film is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the legendary magazine’s most popular feature. From the selection process to the personalities of cartooning legends and hopefuls, Very Semi-Serious brings to light an art form that has inspired and even baffled us for decades.  

USA/2015/83 min.
Screening with Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman

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Short Documentaries

An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discoveryeducation

Director: Fitz Cahall
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, The Starlight Room

Life is sweet for expedition climber, Mike Libecki and his 11-year-old daughter in their first adventure together to Antarctica.

USA/2015/9 min.
Screening with Red Knot

 

Ben Lee…Big Loveben

Director: Peter Harding
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

John and Ann Betar, the longest-married couple in the U.S., celebrate their 82nd anniversary to the tunes of Australian musician Ben Lee.

USA/2015/4 min.
Screening with The Farewell Party

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Cailleachcalileach

Director: Rosie Reed Hillman
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre

Morag is 86. She lives a simple and peaceful life with her three cats and 12 sheep, following five generations that preceded her on the Isle of Harris, Scotland.

Scotland/2015/14 min.
English with English Subtitles
Screening with: The Keepers and One

Best Short Doc at 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Short Doc at 2015 River Run Festival
Special Mention at 2015 Glasgow Short Film Festival

 

Denalidenali

Director: Ben Knight
Saturday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

There’s no easy way to say goodbye to your best friend, especially when he’s supported you through your darkest moments.

USA/2015/8 min.
Screening with Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

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I Love Youilove

Director: Bianca Giaever
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre

Maia and her boyfriend have been dating for eight years, but they've never said, "I love you." For Valentine's Day, filmmaker Bianca Giaever helped Maia make a video to finally say those words.

USA/ 2015/7 min.
Screening with: The Young Kieslowski

 

Once There Was a Cigar Boxonce

Director: Alexander Conrads
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Matt Isbell, a blues musician from Memphis, turns old cigar boxes into beautiful guitars.

Germany, USA/2015/10 min.
Screening with Austin to Boston

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Oneone

Directors: Dan Hartley & Hayley Gardner
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre

A baby turns one-year-old and bakes a cake to celebrate.

UK/2015/3 min.
Screening with The Keepers and Cailleach

 

Pennypenny

Director: Elizabeth Sher
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema

Meet celebrated Bay Area criminal defense attorney Penny Cooper: Lesbian, champion of the marginalized and supporter of women artists.

USA/2014/30 min.
Screening with Honor Totem

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Portraits in Creativity:Maira Kalmanportraits

Director: Gael Towey
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman discusses her creative process and projects with The Met, MoMA and The Guggenheim.

USA/2015/14 min.
Screening with Very Semi-Serious

 

The Bad Boy of Bowlingbad

Director: Bryan Storkel
Website: sidestilt.com/the-bad-boy-of-bowling.html
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center

“Who do you think you are? I am!”
The son of a beloved and highly respected national bowling champion, Pete Weber, is the self-declared “bad boy of bowling” whose antics both divided the sport’s base and infused it with new energy, fans and TV ratings.

USA/2015/19min.
Screening with Rolling Papers

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The World is as Big or as Small as You Make Itworld

Directors: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre

In North Philadelphia, local teenagers participate in an innovative program using free technology to connect them with peers around the world, much like modern day pen pals.

USA/2015/12 min.
Screening with Romeo is Bleeding

 

Tiger Hoodtiger

Director: Christopher Marks
Friday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre

To Manhattan’s “Tiger Hood,” a fairway doesn’t have to be green, and milk cartons get an exciting ride through the city.

USA/2015/7 min.
Screening with Landfill Harmonic

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Tomgirltomgirl

Director: Jeremy Asher Lynch
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre

Jake, a gender-non-conforming seven-year-old, invites us into his world to explore the transforming power that love and support can have when young children are accepted for who they really are.

USA/2015/14 min.
Screening with: Back on Board: Greg Louganis

 

We Are Firefire

Director: Orlando Von Einsiedel
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre

When Champa Pal's husband is murdered, her life falls apart. Seeking justice to reclaim her stolen land, she finds support with the vigilante Gulabi Gang, a movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal in Northern India to bring justice for women.

India, UK/2014/8min.
Hindi with English subtitles
Screening with: Frame by Frame

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Xboundaryxboundary

Director: Ryan Peterson
Friday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

In the transboundary region of northern British Columbia and Alaska, five massive open-pit mines are being proposed. They will threaten the local multi-billion dollar fishing industry and livelihood of Alaskan tribes and fishermen who aren’t allowed to contest the Canadian permitting process.

USA/2015/7 min.
Screening with The Breach

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Short Narratives

Everything Elseeverything

(Todo lo Demás)
Director: Federico Untermann
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room

When buying a home, Laura and Miguel discover more than they bargained for.

Spain/2015/8 min.
Spanish with English Subtitles
Screening with Come Down Molly
Winner of Madrid en Corto 2015
Winner of Telemadrid/La Otra 2015

 

Forever Overforever

Director: Erik Schmitt
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

Mia and Tim have been together forever. To escape boredom, they invent a game: They’ve agreed to help each other meet their unfulfilled desires.

Germany, USA/2014/14 min.
German with English subtitles
Screening with: The Little Death

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The Answersanswers

Director: Michael Goode
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre

Immediately after his death, the victim of a car crash gets surprising answers to every question he's ever had about his life.

USA/2014/8 min.
Screening with Don’t Worry Baby

 

The Divedive

(Le Grand Bain)
Director: Cécile Davidovici
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center

A young boy embarrassed by his inability to swim, discovers a way to get out of a swimming lesson.

France/2014/7 min.
French with English Subtitles
Screening with The Chef’s Wife

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Shorts Programs

How I See Myself Shorts Program

Friday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center

Short films offer a unique opportunity due to their brevity- they are a snapshot, a carefully crafted sketch that captures a gesture or an idea. Here are six portraits of ordinary and extraordinary individuals. Seeing and hearing their perspectives helps us understand what Joseph Campbell called the hero’s journey.

Kabul Bike Gang: A Short Segment from Afghan Cycleskabul
Director: Sarah Menzies
Website: afghancycles.com

Women riding bicycles has been a taboo in Afghanistan until a group of brave young women decide to ride their bikes together and start to shift the public perception. This is a short segment from a feature documentary in progress titled Afghan Cycles.

Afghanistan, USA/2015/9 min.

 

I Am Ableiam
Directors: Isaac Seigel-Boettner & Jacob Seigel-Boettner

During the genocide in Rwanda, Frederick Ndabaramiye was the victim of a brutal retribution attack. Through painting, cycling, and storytelling, Frederick now seeks to change people's preconceptions of what it means to be “able.”

USA/2014/13 min.
English with English Subtitles

On Beautyon
Director: Joanna Rudnick
Website: iambeauty.me

Former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti refocuses his lens on people with genetic conditions and redefines beauty.

USA/2014/30 min.

Best Short Film Audience Choice Award at 2014 Chicago International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short at 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Body Team 12
Director: David Darg

Garmai Sumo is the only woman in the heroic Body Team 12. Their mission is to safely remove dead bodies from the Ebola epidemic and help save Liberia.

Liberia/2015/13 min.
English with English Subtitlesthousand
Best Short Documentary at 2015 Tribeca

The Thousand-Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia
Director: Kenny Laubbacher

Jed decides to abandon his routine and ride a bike from Oregon to Patagonia.

USA/2015/4 min.

Showfolkshowfolk
Director: Ned McNeilage

For seven Hollywood Golden Age veterans residing at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home, the show goes on.

USA/2013/24 min.
Grand Prize Best Documentary Short at 2014 Heartland Film Festival
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Short at 2014 Heartland Film Festival
Best Short Documentary at 2014 BendFilm
Best Documentary Winner at 2014 LA Shorts Fest
Audience Award Best Documentary at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best of Fest at 2014 AFI DOCS

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In The Mix Shorts Program

Friday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

In the Mix was selected from the short films submitted for review. Our 22 volunteer film reviewers, evaluated hundreds of submissions and gave these six shorts high ratings. We want to share them with you.

Food for Thought, Food for Lifefoo
Director: Susan Rockefeller

“We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost?” From the downsides of current agribusiness practices to inspiring solutions, this documentary provides food for thought.

USA/2014/22 min.

Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise
(Anar Miveye Behsht Ast) pomegranate
Director: Teymour Ghaderi

Shadi’s family doesn’t allow her to go to school. Her friend decides to teach her himself. This is a true human rights story.

Persian with English Subtitles
Iran/2013/15 min.

Diploma of Merit at 2013 Tampere International Film Festival

Love at First Sightlove
Director: Mark Playne

A shy and lonely young man falls in love with the woman who lives in an apartment across from his balcony and tries to win her heart.

UK, Spain/2012/14 min.

Audience Award at Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Director at Hollywood Feelgood

So Glad I Found You: The Quirks and Characters of One of Washington’s Smallest Townsso
Director: John Harrison

Meet some of the quirky individuals who live in Edison, WA.

USA/2015/8 min.

 

The Best Driver in the Countybest
Director: Marcus McCollum

Joe is tending his garden one morning when two escaped convicts ambush him at gunpoint. Based on Jack Richie’s 1940’s short story of the same title.

USA/2014/16 min.

Indie Soul Best Picture Award at 2015 Boston International Film Festival

 

Zero Zerozero
Director: Tristan Seniuk

Experience a day in the life of Trevor Thomas, a blind ultra-distance hiker and his faithful guide dog, Tennille.

USA/2015/16 min.

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 Spirit of Adventure Shorts Program

Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Live vicariously through these remarkable folks who throw themselves literally into the world. Getting there is half the battle. They take us to the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, the highest peak in Mexico, the Oregon Coast, a historic village in Japan and the American Southwest. Finish up this wild ride with some of the most beautiful night skiing ever seen!!!

Frank and The Towerfrank
Directors: Brendan Leonard& Fitz Cahall

Climber and guide Frank Sanders has been fascinated with the Devil’s Tower, Wyoming for over 40 years.

USA/2014/12 min.

 

Tying the Knottying
Director: Kyle Duba

Getting married is a real adventure for Brian and Mandy. Their plan is to ride 14 miles on their bikes, hike 24 miles into Wyoming’s Wind River Range, climb the Northeast face of Pingora Peak, and get married at the 11,884 ft. summit.

USA/2014/9 min.

55 Hours in Mexico: A Tribute to the Weekend Warrior55
Director: Joey Schusler

Fly to Veracruz, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to work on Monday. How hard could it be?

USA/2015/10 min.

 

Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpinesuffer
Director: Cedar Wright

Also known as “Thirty-four pieces of choss & five horrendous life experiences.” Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright climb 45 of the American Southwest’s most iconic desert towers. 

USA/2015/26 min.

Radical Reels People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Japan By Vanjapan
Directors: Michael Brown & Nick Waggoner

Three skiers drive a van through Japan to hike and ski the mountains above the historical village of Shirakawa-go.

USA, Japan/2014/5 min.

 

The Coastcoast
Director: Skip Armstrong

Facing his impending mortality, Hayden Peters changes his life, trading the bustle of the city for salt water, a surfboard and a sea kayak.

USA/2015/7 min.

 

Making Waveswaves
Director: Harri Grace

Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old Moroccan woman, defying convention determined to surf.

UK, Morocco/2015/8 min.
Arabic with English Subtitles

 

Rey Del Rio: King of the Riverrey
Director: Ben Sturgulewski

Fourteen kayakers get special access to the epic waterfalls of Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico on the world’s first big waterfall kayak competition. 

USA/2015/3 min.

 

Afterglowafterglow
Directors: Nick Waggoner & Mike Brown

An intrepid team of skiers venture deep into the outback mountains of British Columbia and Alaska in a stunning journey of color and light.

USA/2015/12 min.

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WA 2 WA Shorts Program

Friday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., The Starlight Room

How do you compare one Washington with the other? Through film, of course!  Enjoy selections from the DC Shorts Film Festival, one of the most respected shorts events in the world. WA 2 WA 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.  

The Gunfightergunfighter
Director: Eric Kissack

A gunfighter walks into a saloon, but the film’s voiceover has other goals in mind.

USA/2014/9 min.

 

Yearbookyearbook
Director: Bernardo Britto

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

USA/2014/6 min.
Winner of the Short Film Jury Prize for Animation at 2014 Sundance

Business as Usualbusiness
(Der Prophet Fliegt Mit)
Director: Lenn Kudrjawizki

It’s a September 11th anniversary and a plane is loading their passengers. An Arab man boards the flight. Passengers struggle to stay grounded.

Germany/2014/10 min.
German with English Subtitles

Cadetcadet
Director: Kevin Meul

“If it was easy, everyone would do it.” A young runner is pushed by his coach/father to finally win a competition.

Belgium/2014/15 min.
Flemish with English & French Subtitles

The Silly Bastard Next to the Bedsilly
Director: Scott Calonico

This is the story of one of the funniest phone calls President Kennedy has made and the silly bastard who started it all.

UK/2014/9 min.

 

They Are The Lastlast
Director: Diego Vivanco

A day in the life of one of the last lighthouse keepers on a remote cape off the Uruguayan coastline.

UK, Spain/2014/4 min.
Winner Special Jury Award at DC Shorts Film Festival 2014

The Chaperone 3Dchaperone
Directors: Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone & Chris McMahon

One memorable night in the 1970s, a motorcycle gang crashed a Montreal middle-school dance. In this 3D animated documentary, a retired schoolteacher and a DJ recall their heroic exploits that fateful evening.

Canada/2013/14 min.
Canada’s Top Ten 2013 Short Films

one minute
One-Minute Time Machine
Director: Devon Avery

James is eager to use his one-minute time machine to win a woman’s heart, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

USA/2014/6 min.
Audience Choice at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival
Best Short Film at 2015 Norwich Film Festival
Best Editing at 2014 Breckenridge Film Festival

What Cheer?cheer
Director: Michael Slavens

Struggling to overcome the death of his wife, a man is tormented by the strangest, friendly group that seems to follow him everywhere.

USA/2014/19 min.
Best of New York at 2014 NY Shorts Film Festival
Filmmakers Favorite Winner at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival
Audience Award at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival

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The 16th Annual Film Festival
September 25, 26 and 27, 2015
211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A
PORT TOWNSEND, WA 98368
360-379-1333 • 360-379-O198 (fax)
Email Us
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The 16th Annual Film Festival -September 25, 26 and 27, 2015
211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A • PORT TOWNSEND, WA 98368 • 360-379-1333 • 360-379-O198 (fax) Email Us
© 2015 PTFF