PTTF ~ 2002
2002 Port Townsend Film Festival - September 27-29, 2002
The third annual Port Townsend Film Festival was held September 27 - 29,
2002 bringing a vast array of world cinema and featuring the return of Robert
Osborne, noted Hollywood historian who is host of the cable channel, Turner
Classic Movies (TCM). Osborne was among the first to throw his support to
the new festival in 2000, convincing TCM that it should become a presenting
sponsor. Events following the terrorist attack on New York prompted his absence
in 2001, but he returned in May 2002 for a special fund-raising screening
of the director's cut of the Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso, and he made
a repeat appearance for the festival itself, hosting interviews with the featured
guest, Academy Award-winning Patricia Neal, and with famed screenwriter, Stewart
Neal's appearance in Port Townsend was hailed by the entire community. Upon
arrival, she met with drama students at Port Townsend High School, then trouped
to Jefferson General Hospital where she served as inspiration to nearly 200
recovering stroke victims who gathered to question her about her recovery
from three nearly-fatal strokes in the mid-1960s. She also found time between
appearances to check out many of the shops in downtown Port Townsend.
Stern, who earlier in the year had appeared at the Rose Theatre's tenth
anniversary celebration to screen and discuss his screenplay for Rebel Without
A Cause, brought his 1968 film Rachel, Rachel, starring Joanne Woodward and
directed by her husband, Paul Newman. The octogenerian screenwriter captured
the audience with his good-humored informative reminiscences about working
with what some consider the first couple of Hollywood.
Northwest film critic Robert Horton inaugurated a Director's Series, a double
feature that included a film biography of the French auteur Francois Truffaut
and his famed feature, Day for Night.
Other feature films were brought from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, France,
Portugal, Switzerland/Germany/Netherlands, and the United States. Among the
several popular documentaries was Daughter from Danang, which has since earned
a best documentary nomination for the 2002 Oscars. Co-director Gail Dolgin
closed the festival with an appearance in which she described the circumstances
surrounding the making of the film. The festival expanded its offerings in
2002 with the creation of an all-video venue at the Oracle Arts Center in
the Uptown district of Port Townsend, thus increasing its program by ten films.
Film 2880 was also introduced. In an international video filmmaking contest
designed for the new age of digital video "run" and "gun" filmmakers, thirty
filmmakers (or groups of filmmakers) from around the world created short films,
not more than 10 minutes, that were competitively judged and shown at the
"All I am is an actress. There's really not much more to say about me
or my life than that. You give me any ol' part and I'm happy. Sometimes I'm
not so good, but sometimes I'm divine." - Patricia Neal
"When you get out of a movie, go directly to the Q for the next movie
you want to see and get your number. Stop for nothing!" Una Salvatore,
a self-proclaimed pro at seeing as many movies as possible at the festival.
- Martha Worthley, PT Leader
"Neal turned up at an enthusiastically attended outdoor screening of
this (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951) and delighted the audience by uttering
those immortal words, "Gort. Klaatu baraada nikto!" - John Teegarden,
Select Quotes from the 2002 Survey - all anonymous:
Volunteer staff were energetic, full of smiles, and grace.
I was a little worried about the extra distance to the Broughton but I was thrilled about the bus service, which always got me there on time.Thank you for providing that service.
My favorite event each year is the "Evening with..." Very often the film shown becomes my favorite. I love Robert Osborne!
Bring back (Stewart) Stern, the scriptwriter, and another of his movies!! That was excellent
The choice of films was excellent: varied, thought provoking, disturbing, uplifting, informative and entertaining.
There was no "fluff." I very much appreciate this event happening in PT. It's a great gift to our community. I know so many community members think the same. A lovely presentation & production to have so close.
What a smorgasbord of delicious entertainment.
I really enjoyed the closeness I gained with strangers who are members of this community, like me, and who are people I may never have had a conversation with otherwise.
- Make it longer so I have a reason to use all my vacation time up next year. A true party atmosphere for 55+ solid hours.
A special screening was held of Patricia Neal's 1962 film, Hud, for which
she won best actress Oscar honors playing against Paul Newman. The Festival
was able to obtain Paramount Studio's rarely-screened archival print of the
film. Later, she charmed donors and sponsors at a Saturday night reception
with her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," accompanied
at the piano by Port Townsend musician Pete Toyne.
Clue Number 1: Now you can't count that again. You already counted it once.
- Cookie's Fortune
Clue Number 2: It's the things we admire that enslave us and I'm not easy
to bring into submission. - The Fountain Head
Clue Number 3: Frying pan's still on. You want a couple of eggs? Or did you
have breakfast in bed? - Hud
Clue Number 4: Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! - The Day the Earth Stood Still
Winners: Richard Whittier, Sequim and Dick and Julie Hamann, Seattle
Daughter from Danang
USA, 2001, 80 min.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival
Directors: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco
Producer: Gail Dolgin
Cinematographer: Vicente Franco
Editor: Kim Roberts Music: B. Quincy Griffin, Hector Perez
In 1975, as the Vietnam War is ending, Operation Babylift is begun with
the notion of bringing thousands of Amerasian children to "safety" in the
United States. One of these children, Mai Thi Hiep, soon to become Heidi Bub,
is separated from her mother at the age of 7 and adopted by a single woman
in the small southern town of Pulaski, Tennessee. Heidi is raised to become
"101 percent Americanized". In later years, as her relationship with her adoptive
mother deteriorates, Heidi begins a search for her birth mother. Her journey
back to Vietnam 22 years after leaving is filled with hope, worry and excitement.
When mother and daughter finally reunite in Danang, an expectation of a deep
connection is soon shattered by a seemingly unbridgeable cultural gulf.
This film provides a gut wrenching, bird's eye view of the personal loss,
tragedy, and misguided legacy of the Vietnam War.
Director Fumi Iwasaki's short, The Visa Diaries will precede the feature.
Director Series Double Feature hosted by KUOW Film Critic
Françious Truffaut born 1932, died 1984
Stolen Portraits-a documentary
France, 1993, 74 min.
Directors: Serge Toubiana, Michel Pascal
Day for Night
France, 1973, 115 min.
Director-Producer: François Truffaut Writers: F. Truffaut, M.
Cinematographer: Henri Decaë
Editor: Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Music: Jean Constantin
Cast: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud
François Truffaut, in a brilliant but tragically short career, made
films that reflected beautifully, with aching honesty and humor, his three
professed passions: male-female relationships, children and a love of cinema.
In PTFF's very first double feature, Robert Horton will present the 1993 documentary
Stolen Portraits, a group of warm, insightful, and candid reminiscences by
many of the actors and directors Truffaut was associated with: Gerard Depardieu,
Fanny Ardant, Bertrand Tavernier, Eric Rohmer marvels at the meticulousness
of his files while his first wife confesses to never having looked through
them, afraid of what she might find.
Following the documentary we will screen Truffaut's love letter to the joy
and pain of making movies, Day for Night. A film within a film, we see Truffaut
acting as director of a very Truffaut-like film, Jacqueline Bisset remembering
how she met one of her co-stars from an early Truffaut film, and homages to
French cinema throughout.The tricks and turns are a delight and a must for
anyone who has ever wanted to make movies.
Continuing a PTFF tradition begun in 2001, screenwriter Nancy Alvarez and
documentary filmmaker Dana Schuerholz again gathered two groups of teenagers
for a crash course week of filmmaking. With 7 days to write, storyboard, shoot,
edit and score a film, the students had an intense hands-on experience in
the joys, tedium, and controllable world of filmmaking. Guided by Dana and
Nancy, the students had the last word on all editorial and content decisions.
The two groups will be on hand for the screening to share their experience
and answer questions. 2002 participants in Port Townsend are: Kristian Brevik,
Nathaniel Woodbury, Liran Schleckser, Anna Smith, Johnny Smith, Logan Connally,
Abbi McKann, Zeke Wakefield, Nik Nyby.
In Clallam county: Corey Conlin, Stephanie Segle, Elyssa Swihart, Jessica
Young, Ashley Ross, Dayvanna Galyean, Tatiana Scriver, Keishia Fuhrer, Sandra
PTFF would like to thank Joan Green for her efforts in Port Townsend to promote
and organize the workshop, Michelle Sandoval, Marty Gay and the Port Townsend
Rotary for financial support.
A Very Special Evening with Patricia Neal Hosted by Robert
USA, 1963, 112 min.
Director: Martin Ritt
Writers: Harriet Frank Jr., Larry McMurtry, Irving Ravetch
Producers: Martin Ritt, Irving Ravetch
Cinematographer: James Wong Howe Editor: Frank Bracht
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Cast: Patricia Neal, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Brandon De Wilde.
"I had thought the days when I would be offered a part like Alma were
over", Patricia Neal wrote in her autobiography, As I Am, about
winning the role of housekeeper to the patriarchal Texas family played by
Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Brandon deWilde, in Hud. Hers was not a big
part, nor did it have many opportunities for dramatic highs, but her knowing
portrayal of the sexy and weary-but-wise Alma Brown earned her an Oscar as
best actress in 1963.
Neal, who is the honored guest at the third annual Port Townsend Film Festival,
will appear in a rare screening of Paramount Studio's only archival print
of Hud on Saturday, Sept. 28 at "The Broughton Theatre at the High School
Auditorium." After the screening she will be interviewed by Robert Osborne,
host for the cable television channel Turner Classic Movies. Her 1951 film,
the science fiction classic. The Day the Earth Stood Still, will be the Taylor
Street Outdoor movie on Friday night.
Born Patsy Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky, the young actress spent most
of her formative years in Tennessee, formalizing her given name upon arrival
in New York in the mid-1940s where she took Broadway nearly by storm.
After two-and-a-half months knocking on doors and working odd jobs in New
York, she got her first acting job as understudy for the two lead female roles
in the hit romantic comedy, Voice of the Turtle. This work led to a job in
summer stock where playwright Lillian Hellman spotted her and later offered
her a role in Another Part of the Forest, which earned her several honors,
including the Drama Critics and the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards as best
Her success extended to Hollywood where she made 13 movies in four years,
including The Fountainhead, starring Gary Cooper, with whom she plunged into
a long and later much-publicized affair; The Hasty Heart with Ronald Reagan;
Diplomatic Courier with Tyrone Power; and Operation Pacific with John Wayne.
Although she enjoyed a great studio build-up, Neal did not experience the
success in her early film career that she had in theater. Though some of her
films, particularly the now cult-favorite The Fountainhead, have become classics,
none of her first films set box office records.
After her break-up with Cooper she returned to the theater in New York where
she met Roald Dahl, the British writer of children's books. She appeared and
was acclaimed in The Children's Hour, A Room Full of Roses, Suddenly Last
Summer, and The Miracle Worker. The couple was wed in 1953.
Tragedy then struck three times. A taxi hit the Dahl's infant son, Theo,
while in his carriage, causing severe injuries and requiring extensive rehabilitation.
Their eldest child, Olivia, contracted measles encephalitis and died at the
age of seven. Resolving to go on with life, she accepted the role of Alma
Brown opposite Paul Newman in Hud which earned her the Academy Award and its
British equivalent. Shortly after completing her second film with John Wayne,
In Harm's Way, she suffered a series of strokes while three months pregnant.
At age 39 she was partially paralyzed and not expected to live. Variety, the
show business trade paper, reported her as having died.
After a long rehabilitation, she returned to the screen and another Academy
Award nomination for her performance in The Subject Was Roses. She has continued
in film and television and was recently acclaimed for her performance in the
title role of Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune.
If her career and life have seemed like bumpy rides she credits her Kentucky
and Tennessee roots with seeing her through. "I think I was born stubborn",
she remembers. "I almost died many times from broken hearts...when my daughter
Olivia died, when my baby son Theo was hit by a car, and when I had my strokes.
There were many who didn't think I would pull through. I had to have an operation
that lasted seven hours, and I know very well my doctor thought I would conk
out in the middle of it but, as I told him later, we Tennessee hillbillies
don't conk that easy!"
For tonight's presentation, Turner Classic Movies has prepared a "clip reel"
segment of Patricia Neal's films for presentation at the third annual Port
Townsend Film Festival. Special thanks go to Tom Karsch and Sean Cameron of
TCM for their contributions.
I Love Beijing
China, 2001, 80 min.
Director-Writer-Editor: Ning Ying
Producers: Han Sanping, Wang Zhonglei, Ning Ying Screen Writer:Ning
Cinematographer: Gao Fei Music: Zhu Xiaomin
Cast:Yu Lei, Zuo Baitoo,Tao Hong, Gai Yi, Liu Miao, Qiu Li
China's premier female director, Ning Ying, has crafted a dazzling ode to
her native city and its people. The toll of unprecedented growth and change
on the citizens of Beijing is observed through the prism of a Lao Bai Xing
(common ordinary person). We watch as taxi driver Dezi,(Yu Lei), comes in
contact with people from all walks of life. He is constantly reminded of worlds
far beyond his means. With women, however, he can see no limits to his dreams
and is constantly on the prowl for ladies as well as fares.
With documentary-like detail Dezi's taxi glides through a flowing landscape
of new buildings and rampant modernization with the radio constantly blaring
endless possibilities for materialistic fulfillment. Dezi's own search for
identity serves as a mirror reflecting the disappearing ancient values and
unknown future of post-Mao China.
I'm Going Home
Portugal/France, 2001, 90 min.
Director-Writer: Manoel de Oliveira Producer: Paulo Branco
Cinematographer: Sabine Lancelin
Editor: Val rie Loiseleux
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Antoine
92-year-old Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveria has crafted a beautifully
subtle study of aging and courage. Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli), after
concluding a brilliant performance on stage, learns that his wife, daughter
and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. Left to raise his six year
old grandson and manage the waning years of a highly regarded acting career,
Gilbert moves with an inspiring grace through his world filled with pleasures
of the familiar and struggle with the new. When an American director (John
Malkovich) offers him the part of Buck Mulligan in a screen adaptation of
Ulysses, Gilbert must face the facts of his age and assess his priorities.
Michel Piccoli gives a fine performance that resonates with warmth and the
magic of the day to day beauty in life.
Journey to Kafiristan
Switzerland/Germany/Netherlands, 2001, 100 min.
Directors-Producers: Fosco Dubini, Donatello Dubini
Writers: Fosco Dubini, Donatello Dubini, Barbara Marx
Cinematographer: Matthias Kalin
Editor: Christel Maye
Cast: Jeanette Hain, Nina Petri, Matthew Burton, Hassan Darweesh,
Ozlen Soydan, Abdul Qawasmi
The year is 1939. Author Annemarie Schwarzenbach (Jeanette Hain) and ethnologist
Ella Maillart (Nina Petri) are traveling together by car to Kabul, each with
her own agenda. Annemarie, counted amongst Erika and Klaus Mann's circle of
friends in the 30s, is searching for a place of refuge in the Near East. Ella
is justifying her restlessness with a scientific pretext. She plans on making
a name for herself by exploring the mysterious Kafiristan Valley and publishing
accounts on the archaic life of the nomads living there.
Both women are on the run as the beginning stages of World War II and their
own biographies catch up with them again and again. Their journey through
an ancient and mysterious landscape forms a magical backdrop for a tender
Australia, 2001, 92 min.
Official selection of the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.
Director: Steve Jacobs
Writer: Anna-Maria Monitcelli
Producers: Anna-Maria Monitcelli, Philip Hearnshaw
Cinematographer: Steve Arnold
Editor: Alexandre DeFranceshi
Music: Cezary Skubiszewski
Cast: Lola Marceli, Alice Ansara, Lourdes Bartlolome, Alex Demitriades,
The colorful immigrant community of a not so colorful Australian industrial
town in 1960 is the backdrop for this vivid coming of age story. Lola Marceli
gives a no-holds-barred performance as Lola, the enraged wife of selfish oaf
Ricardo, played by Simon Palomare, who has left her for a blonde mistress
or "The Australian whore," as she is referred to by Lola and her friends.
Their daughter Lucia (Alice Ansara), fraught by her father's departure and
her mother's rage, struggles to find her place in this chaotic situation.
When Ricardo stops paying the bills to buy his new woman a car, revenge along
with survival collide in often hilarious and hysterical scenes between mother,
daughter, sister, employers, pets, food and friends. Not for the faint of
heart, this film aggressively proclaims its multiculturalism with wit, nerve
and audacity. "The most wicked and enchantingly sexy culinary scenes ever
filmed." (Jane Campion) Suzanne Twining's claymation short Terminator
Tomatoes will screen with La Spagnola.The Port Townsend Farmer's Market is
pleased to sponsor our genetically altered tomatoes.
USA, 2000, 100 min.
Director: Jordan Melamed
Producers: Trudi Callon, Kirk Hassig
Screenwriters: Michael Bacall, Blayne Weaver
Cinematographer: Nick Hay
Editors: Madeleine Gavin, Gloria Vela
Cast: Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordom-Levitt Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel,
Cody Lightning, Elden Henson, Sara Rivas
Jordan Melamed explores teen rage and alienation with shattering realism
in this feature length directorial debut. To learn to control a boiling rage,
Lyle (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has been locked up in a mental institution for
juveniles. Instead of finding help, he is goaded to further extremes by his
fellow residents of Northwood, a bleak world of locked doors, plastic chairs
and medicated nightmares. Kenny (Cody Lightning) is more afraid of what's
on the outside. Dr. David Monroe (Don Cheadle), using all means necessary,
struggles to get any response in daily therapy sessions. Melamed has succeeded
in crafting an honest view of a world where hope is in short supply. Not content
to spoon-feed us answers, he allows us to explore the real workings of this
hyper and scary world. Shot in digital video with an edgy frankness that mirrors
the world it portrays. Director Gerardo Naranjo's short Last Attack of the
Beast will screen with Manic.
Canada, 2001, 92 min.
Director: Andrew Currie
Writer: Michael Melski
Producers: Trent Carlson, Blake Corbett
Cinematographer: Robert Aschmann
Editor: Reginald Harkema Music: Don MacDonald
Cast: Michael Riley, Connor Widdows, Sabrina Grdevich
"The most frightening and beautiful place is the human heart." Derek Ridley's
(Michael Riley) marriage has ended. Cut adrift and floundering, he finds himself
unable to cope without the love of his wife, Allison (Sabrina Grdevich), and
his eight-year-old son, Will (Connor Widdows). Desperate to get his family
back, he begins taking reckless and wrong-headed measures that reveal darker
truths about his character and why the marriage failed in the first place.
As the chance for reconciliation becomes less and less likely, Derek constructs
a self-deluded world of half-truths, deceptions and denials to protect him
from a painful reality. This disturbing glimpse into a seemingly normal man's
descent into madness resonates with jarring familiarity. Director Andrey Paounov's
short, Lucy Tsak Tsak, will screen with Mile Zero.
Harold Balazs-Creating Wonder; Russel Day- Living Art USA, 2001, 60 min.
Director-Writer-Producer: Ann Coppel
Executive Producer: Northwest Designer Craftsmen
Editors: Ken Kortge, Ann Coppel
Cinematographer: Karcel Bauer
Northwest Design Craftsmen, a non-profit organization that endeavors to
establish high standards of design, workmanship and business practice among
regional artists in 1998 began the Living Treasures video series to document
the work, philosophy and achievements of the Northwest's most influential
senior craft professionals. Award winning filmmaker Ann Coppel has been directing
the series since the beginning and we are pleased to include these two from
the series that has grown to six. Harold Balazs quit his day job over 50 years
ago and set out to make his living as an artist. He mastered an incredible
range of skills, from painting to jewelry. Mr. Balazs' public works can be
seen all over the Northwest. His collaborations with regional architects have
made an indelible mark on Northwest architecture. Russell Day has been an
art educator for over 30 years. Believing that esthetic experience extends
to every aspect of life, he inspired his students to engage all of their senses
and to strive for excellence. From 1948-1976 he led an innovative art department
at Everett Community College that became a model for secondary art education.
The rigorous system that he built produced many fine artists, including painter
Chuck Close and Port Townsend resident Donn Trethaway.
Director Matt McCormick's short, The Subconscious Art of Graffiti
Removal, will precede the two documentaries. 16 min.
Photos to Send
USA, 2002, 89 min.
Director-Writer-Producer-Cinematographer: Dierdre Lynch
Editors: Dierdre Lynch, Matthew Reichman, Dee Watt
Sound: Jim McKee Music: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill
In 1954, world-renowned photographer Dorothea Lange traveled to County Clare,
Ireland on assignment for LIFE magazine. She took 2400 photographs, creating
a lasting record of a rural way of life that would soon disappear.
Irish American cinematographer Dierdre Lynch, in her directorial debut, retraces
Lange's footsteps traveling the same incredibly photogenic country roads to
visit many of the same people Lange met nearly a half century ago. Her film
uses Lange's photographs to unlock poignant, humorous and sometimes painful
memories of another era. The result is a sensitive and moving epilogue of
the men and women who chose to stay on their land.
Director Diane Bonder's quirky and engaging short, If You Lived Here You'd
Be Home By Now, will precede Photos. 15 min.
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story
USA, 2000, 75 min.
Directors-Producers: Vincent Fremont and Shelly Dunn Fremont
Cinematographer: Vic Losick
Editor: Michael Levine
Music: Chris Stein
Cast: Richard Bernstein, John Waters, Jose Torres, Bob Colacello,
Considered by some as the father of pop art, Andy Warhol did not slave alone.
Brigid Berlin, daughter of the chairman of the Hearst Corporation, spent her
youth doing all she could to shock her conservative family and infuriate her
socialite mother. She gained a cult following after starring in several of
Andy Warhol's Factory Days films. Her Polaroid self-portraits, taken when
she was topping the scales at 260 pounds, were the inspiration for some of
Warhol's most recognizable work. Performance art did not yet have a name but
Brigid was at the forefront. After her film roles she began a series of live
shows based upon the phone calls she made to her blue blood relatives when
she needed money. Today, at 60, she is living in a pug-filled New York apartment
obsessively measuring her food and dreaming of key lime pie.
In this hilarious and deliciously ironic documentary Brigid, the Berlin family
black sheep, emerges from the shadow of Warhol as the leader of her own vanguard.
Animator Dale Case's short, The Cheese Shop, will precede
the Pie. 5 min.
Rachel, Rachel with Stewart Stern and Robert Osborne
USA, 1968, 101 min.
Director-Producer: Paul Newman
Writer: Stewart Stern
Cinematographer: Gayne Rescher Editor: Dede Allen
Music: Jerome Moross
Cast: Joanne Woodward, Estelle Parsons, Kate Harrington, James Olson,
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Moffat
Turner Classics Movie Host Robert Osborne, whose vast warehouse of film
history has indeed filled books, will be here to introduce the 1968 tour de
force performance of Joanne Woodward in husband Paul Newmans's directorial
debut, Rachel,Rachel. Following the screening he will interview screenwriter
Stewart Stern, whose credits include, RebelWithout a Cause, The Ugly American
and The Outsider. In this sterling example of Mr. Stern's remarkable skill
with intimate character study, Joanne Woodward captures, with wrenching honesty,
the character of a 35 year old unmarried schoolteacher grown tired of an unrewarding
life in rural America. As the sole caretaker of her demanding, manipulative
mother, (Kate Harrington) and friend of the piercingly needy, repressed Calla
(Estelle Parsons),Rachel seeks an escape from the mundane routine of her life
before it is too late. This remarkably mature, well-acted drama was nominated
for four Academy Awards.
Taxi for Three
Chile, 2001, 90 min.
Winner of the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 2001 San Sebastien Film Festival.
Director-Writer: Orlando Lübbert
Producers: Adrian Solas, Orlando Lbbert
Cinematographer: Patricio Riquelme
Editor: Alberto Ponce
Music: Eduardo Zvetelman
Cast: Alejandro Trejo, Fernando Gómez-Rovira, Daniel Muñoz,
Juan Rodriquez, Ivonne Becerra
This brilliant black comic odyssey begins when two petty thieves, Chavelo
(Daniel Munoz) and Coto (Fernando Gomez-Roviro), descend upon struggling cab
driver Ulises (Alejandro Trejo) when his cab breaks down in a dusty Chilean
neighborhood. After being forced to participate in a small crime with these
misfit bunglers Ulises's eyes are opened to an opportunity for easy money
and a way to pay off his beat up cab. Moral quandaries and delicious risk
fuel a new side of Ulises while putting his loving family in an increasingly
precarious and often hilarious position. As the police zero in on the crime
spree he is forced to take drastic measures to save his life. A finely woven
tale of greed and corruption, this film was a huge hit in its native Chile.
Director Jake Kelly's short Jane's Day will precede the feature.
The Good War and those who refused to fight it
USA, 2001, 56 min
Winner of The Best Documentary at the Ojai Film Festival
Directors-Producers-Writers: Rick Tejada-Flores, Judith Ehrlich
Editor: Ken Schneider
Sound: Nick Bertoni
Music: Barney Jones
Cinematographer: Vicente Franco
An exceptional documentary offering an entirely fresh viewpoint on "The
Good War" and on war itself. This prize-winning film explores a spirit of
non-violence unshaken by the most popular war of this century. This is an
unexplored story of personal courage, idealism, and non-conformity based on
ethical and religious belief. While 16 million young men answered the call
to arms during WWII, forty-five thousand refused because they would not compromise
their principles and kill another human being. WWII Conscientious Objectors
volunteered for alternative service as medics under fire, smoke jumpers and
medical guinea pigs. CO's were among the vanguard providing relief to war
torn Europe. Their efforts won the Nobel Prize for the American Friends Committee.
The Good War tells the story through the lives of five remarkable men, including
activist Dave Dellinger and actor Lew Ayres.
The Inner Tour
Tel Aviv/Ramallah, 2001, 97 min
Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Producers: Raed Andoni-Dar Productions, Liran Atzmor-Belfilms LTD, Cinematography: Shark De-Mayo
Editor: Ron Goldman
Music: George Yosof Semaan, Noam HaLevi, Ehud Banai, Muhssein Abed
Filmed in 2000, just months before the current Middle East clashes erupted,
the Inner Tour recounts the adventures of a group of West Bank Palestinians
on a three-day sightseeing tour of Israel. It is simple human tale of a weekend
jaunt across the border that becomes an unfinished journey traversing time
and crisscrossing between the emotional recollections of a vanished past and
the harsh realities of the present day. The heroes of this film are the tourists
themselves, most of whom have never been to Israel before. As they make their
way across the country the landscape seems familiar, but foreign; threatening,
but thrilling. This is their homeland, yet they are visiting as tourists.
Their interactions and reactions caught on film paint a complex portrait of
one of the world's most tangled regional conflicts.
The Man Who Sued God
Australia, 2001, 102 min.
Director: Mark Joffee
Writer: Don Watson
Producer: Ben Gannon
Cinematographer: Peter James
Editor: Peter Barton Sound: Ben Osmo
Cast: Judy Davis, Billy Connolly, Colin Friels
In this truly divine Australian comedy Steve Myers, played with an enchanting
exuberance by the very likeable Billy Connolly, has just had his fishing boat
blown up by lightning. The insurance company refuses to cover the loss, stating
that the lightning was an act of God. With the payments due on a boat financed
by his ex-wife's new husband, Steve's only option is to sue God. Judy Davis
is at her high-strung, comedic best as journalist Anna Redmond ,whose interest
in the case is less than high minded. The characters are a mess of contradictions
and the church and insurance companies are at a loss when faced with having
to prove a very unprovable point. It is a witty and uplifting film that poses
big questions in a credible and intelligent way. Brilliant!
Director Philip Euling's short, Laud Weiner, starring David Hyde Pierce will
precede the feature
The Milk of Human Kindness
France, 2001, 93 min.
Director: Dominique Cabréra
Writers: Cécile Vargaftig, Dominique Cabréra
Cinematography: Hélène Louvard
Editor: Francine Sandberg
Music: B`eatrice Thiriet
Cast: Patrick Bruel, Maryline Canto, Dominique Blanc, Sergei Lopez
Christelle (Maryline Canto) is a young mother who appears to have everything,
including the overwhelming burden and depression that can accompany the birth
of a child. Seeking solace and escape, she wanders into a kind neighbor's
apartment. Claire's (Dominique Blanc) nurturing kindness allows Christelle
to retreat further and further into her psychosis only to have her own world
turned upside down as Clair's married lover begins to resent the intrusion.
Meanwhile Christelle's family and friends turn themselves inside out searching
for her, revealing troubles and tensions in their own lives. Eventually everyone
is affected by Christelle's disappearance and the truths faced along the way
reveal a new path to tenderness and intimacy.
This is What Democracy Looks Like
USA, 2000, 72 min.
Best Feature Documentary, Docside Film Festival 2002, San Antonio, Texas
Director-Producer-Editors: Jill Freidberg, Rick Rowley
Narration: Susan Sarandon, Michael Franti
At the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle thousands of people came together across
every kind of political and cultural difference to shut down one of the most
powerful institutions in the world. Many of these people left Seattle believing
they had witnessed the birth of a new movement.
A co-production of the Independent Media Center and Big Noise films, This
Is What Democracy Looks Like captures the Seattle protests through the footage
of over 100 media activists, marking a turning point in collaborative filmmaking
and achieving a scope and vision not found in previous documentary projects.
With a soundtrack by Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow and Cypher Ad, and
narration by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti, This Is What Democracy Looks
Like delivers an intensely political and emotional account of a week that
changed the world.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
USA, 1951, 92 min.
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Harry Bates
Producer: Julian Blaustein
Cinematographer: Leo Tover
Editor: William Reynolds
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie Sam Jaffee, Hugh Marlowe
"Gort! Klaatu barada nitko!" Weeks of guess the guest clues yielded only
a handful of correct responses. This last hint, PTFF guest Patricia Neal's
timeless utterance to save the world from a vengeful robot in this classic
sci-fi film, solved the puzzle in a big way.
A flying saucer circles the planet, eventually landing in Washington D.C.
Klaatu (Michael Rennie), an emissary from a more advanced planet, brings a
serious message: the nations of Earth must stop the use of nuclear arms or
face destruction from his people.
Based on the short story Farewell to the Master and one of the very first
alien visitor films of the 1950s, director Robert Wise imbued this allegorical
masterpiece with sharp atmosphere and fine psychological tension. The result
is an intelligent film that portrays the issues of xenophobia and abuse of
scientific technology with a not so subtle hand.
USA, 1974, 112 min.
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, William Huyck
Cinematographer: Jan D'Alquen, Ron Eveslage,
Editors: Verna Fields, George Lucas, Marcia Lucas
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams,
Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, McKenzie Phillips
With a cast that reads like a high school yearbook where everyone was most
likely to succeed, Star Wars empire director George Lucas's evocative rendering
of his own teenage years in Northern California remains a delight. Focusing
on a single night in the early sixties, the camera follows four friends as
they swerve and dodge on the cruise, the mainstay of youth culture. A nonstop
rock and roll soundtrack and the perfect re-creation of small town America
in the early sixties forms the nostalgic background for the very youthful
star-studded cast. This film might never have been. After being turned down
by every studio in Hollywood, Universal finally took on the project. The film
went on to be nominated for five academy awards. Its enormous financial success
assured Lucas a place in the ranks of a new generation of directors that also
included Steven Speilberg and Francis Ford Coppola.
Iran/Africa 2001, 85 min.
Director-Editor: Abbas Kiarostami
Producers: Abbas Kiarostami, Marin Karmitz
Cinematographer: Seifollah Samadian
Music: Reza Delpak
Award winning Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami was invited by the UN's
International fund for Agricultural Development to shoot a documentary about
Uganda's AIDS orphans. With his cameraman Seifollah Samadian, they traveled
around the country scouting locations using mini-DV cameras to make visual
notes. In true Kiarostami style, these jottings become the movie itself: an
impressionistic, deceptively simple record of a visit, a journey, and a people
struggling to survive. ABC Africa is full of echoes of his previous films-the
hypnotic tracking shots from car windows, the dirt road villages, and especially
the emphasis on resilience and the resourcefulness of children. Over the course
of his ten-day visit, Kiarostami records tears and laughter, music and silence,
life and death. The documentary is a testimony to Africa's sunny disposition
despite so much suffering. A remarkable journey.
Narrative Shorts I -71 min.
Dancing With Indiana
USA, 2002, 12 min.
Director: Erik Gernand
A boy and a basketball confront a truth that dare not be spoken in Indiana.
Last Attack of the Beast
USA, 2002, 13 min.
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
A man submits to wild fantasies after stumbling upon a deserted town.
USA, 2002, 14 min.
Director: Elvis Greene
An overmedicated young man suffers through a long night of fevered nightmares
and solves some issues in the process.
USA, 2002, 8 min.
Director: Jake Kelly
Former Boiler Room manager Jake Kelly has come out of the filmmaking starting
gate with a tender and photographically stylish short take on the difficulties
of maintaining a relationship.
USA, 2002, 15 min.
Director: Erik Gernand
An elderly woman struggles against losing everything as a devastating hurricane
approaches her home, forcing a battle of mind and spirit.
The New Neighborhood
USA, 2002, 7min.
Director: Jake Kelly
A very effective use of still photography and voice-over narration to tell a
story of change and getting settled. Jake is a master of the shoe-string budget.
USA, 2001, 48 min.
Directors: Richard Perez, Joan Sekler
Examination of the patterns of irresponsibility in the voting process in Florida
during election year 2000.
The God Squad and the case of the northern spotted owl
USA, 2001, 57 min.
Director: Emily Hart
A behind-the-scenes look at competing concerns and hidden politics underlying
federal environmental policymaking. Focusing on the Endangered Species Committee's
1992 decision to allow federal timber sales in protected Northern Spotted Owl
habitat, this documentary has particular local pertinence.
USA, 2001, 120 min.
Director: James Ficklin
An in-depth study of the tree sitters in the Northern California Redwoods and
the losing battle they fought with timber companies.
Shorts II Mostly Animated -70min.
The Awakening of Mattsi & Katochek
Directors: Mathias Schubert, Kate Sobol
Claymation story of young lovers whose domestic idyll is shaken by anxieties
of imminent maturity and the pressures of society.
USA, 2002, 15 min.
Directors: Jeff Reid, Charlie Amico
The drama and fear in the life of a Silverwater Restaurant (festival opening
night dinner sponsor) dishwasher.
The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam
USA, 1971, 13 min.
Directors: Dale Case, Robert Mitchell
Former Walt Disney TV animator and now Port Angeles resident Dale Case's tale
of the kidnapping of Uncle Sam and abduction of Miss Liberty. This short won
awards at film festivals in London, Moscow, Atlanta and Tokyo to name a few.
USA, 2002, 5 min.
Director: Suzanne Twining
Excessively charming claymation story of a farmer and his daughter and their
shocking experience with genetically modified seeds and produce.
The Cheese Shop
USA, 2001 6 min.
Director: Dale Case
The famous Monty Python skit that featured John Cleese as the owner of a cheese
shop that has no cheese and Michael Palin as the frustrated customer is set
here in glorious animation with a rabbit and fat man wearing a cow mask.
Weasels of Deale
USA, 1998, 20 min.
Director: Peter Wiant
A gritty, hilarious, tender life of two guys living on an abandoned boat. Imagine Midnight Cowboy in a trailer park by the water and you'll come close
to the reality of Ralphy and Chester. Add Taffy and Shandy,stolen money, and
a sword fight, and you have a most irreverent look at life at the edge of society.
Storytelling In Film -58 min.
Tales from Native California: Coyote's Journey
USA, 2001, 45 min.
Director: Larry Reed
Shadow puppets and narrator Charlie Thom, an elder of the Karuk people, tell
the story of Pineifich (coyote) as he creates the world, then sets out to find
Kayuris (Crater Lake), which he has heard is full of money. Coyote's Journey
maps the aboriginal territory of the Karuk people with great charm.
USA, 2001, 6 min.
Director: Ryan Landels
The Midnight Express in going through young Charlie Foster's bedroom every night,
preventing him from getting a good night's sleep. When no one will listen, he
decides to handle the problem himself. Very stylish.
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
USA, 2000, 7 min
Director: Peter Wiant
Recreation of 1898 Robert Service gold rush poem reset in contemporary Washington
DC about an outlaw, his lady and a man from the creeks who seek ultimate revenge.
This film was shot for $125.00, the cost of the beer for the extras.
Short Documentaries All at Once -80 min.
Every Day More Closely to Heaven
Poland, 2001, 24 min.
Director: Maciej Adamek
Astonishing story of an elderly women who for 56 years, on the advice of her
priest, has endured wearing a cilice (hairshirt) as a symbol of her religious
Orange Juice and Knitting Needles
USA, 2001, 12 min.
Director: Erica Peng
Poignant images and narration capture the profound comfort and grounding
a young woman finds with her immigrant grandparents.
Guys With Chainsaws
USA, 2000. 4 min.
Director: Peter Wiant
An upclose look at the annual chain saw carving competition held on the Washington's
Trombones, French Horns and Saxophone
The art and attitude of John Craig
USA, 2002, 12 min
Director: Jim Ewing
Port Townsend Film Festival Take 3 sculpture artist John Craig is profiled here
in festival founder Jim Ewing's warm-hearted, visual inquiry with this most
colorful and surprising character. John is a delightful, spirited and spiritual
artist, a true helper and friend.
I Will Not Leave You Until I Die
Poland, 2001, 28 min.
A touching portrait of two developmentally disabled men who set up house together
in an effort to live outside of institutions.
Almost Feature Length Documentaries
USA, 2001, 60 min.
Director: Steve Paynie
Burning Man attracts nearly 30,000 participants to the hot dusty desert 100
miles north of Reno for a week of complete freedom in art, music and life. No
money, no clocks, few rules; for many it's a transforming experience.
I Remember Me
USA, 2000, 74 min.
Director: Kim A. Snyder
Very affecting look at the struggle and reality of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
and the continued misunderstanding by the medical profession. Riveting.
Impressionistic Imagery -61 min
A Whirling Desire
USA, 2001, 7 min.
Director: Cecil C. Childress
A splendidly engaging ride at the carnival.
USA, 2000, 3 min.
Director: Elliott Yakush
Helium as a substitute for the hot air that holds up popular culture.
USA, 2002, 20 min.
Director: Nate Archer
In your original skin, your childhood skin, it's easy to laugh off and correct
any mistakes you make. Eli must return to his original skin.
USA, 2000, 3 min.
Director: Elliott Yakush
When abstraction is a gradual process, at what point do meaning and association
USA, 2002, 4 min.
Directors: Nan Jayaphorn, Waratap Pasayadaj
Memory becomes vivid for a young woman when she enters an abandoned home.
Mask and Emotion
USA, 2001, 24 min.
Director: Judy Goulder
Video of a multi-media slide presentation depicting the human condition in five
gestural mask studies. Poignant quotes and evocative music accompany the images
to enhance mood and feeling.
Film 2880 is an international video-film-making contest designed for the new
age of digital video 'run & gun' film makers. Twenty filmmakers (or groups of
filmmakers) from around the world have 2,880 minutes (48 hours) to go from concept
to finished film. The best of these video-films will be shown at the 3rd-Annual
Port Townsend Film Festival in the Oracle Arts Center.