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2003 Port Townsend Film Festival - September 26-28, 2003

The fourth Port Townsend Film Festival is scheduled for September 26-28, 2003. Once again we create a film-lover's block party celebrating great films and filmmakers.

Special guest appearances, an outdoor movie, presentations and a host of other exciting activities make this event a wonderful experience!

 

Greetings from the Director

It's funny how things change.

Earlier this year, we thought that financial reversals experienced last year would force us to scale back this year's celebration of film. Indeed, we even announced that it would. But then, things began to happen. Business sponsorships increased. Passes sold well. And instead of one guest, we'll have three: Vera Bloom, Peter Fonda, and Shirley Knight, plus some directors and producers. And a terrific line-up of films.

As of this writing (August 1) the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. We will offer the standard festival features as well as some new activities: Standard festival items include our usual venues , A Very Special Evening with Shirley Knight (with a screening of her 1969 film, The Rain People, directed by Francis Ford Coppola), outdoor movies, and Northwest film critic Robert Horton will serve as host of several film presentations.

Among the new things we're planning are an opening night presentation (Peter Fonda and Verna Bloom in The Hired Hand),Midnight Movies on Friday and Saturday at the Rose, musical groups playing throughout the day on Taylor Street, an awards presentation for the best feature film, documentary and short films, and on Sunday night at the outdoor theater we're going to screen one of the festival's audience favorites.

So, instead of hunkering down, we're expanding. Sometimes good things happen. I hope you'll enjoy the festival.

Peter Simpson
Executive Director

Select Quotes
I'm fascinated by the marriage of this total inexplicable thing called acting to this total inexplicable thing called camera. On stage you have three dimensions. On film you have two, so all your energy goes to putting back the third element. That's a challenge I can't ignore, so I'll keep on making films. Peter Fonda quoted by Rebecca Redshaw, Notesfromhollywood.com

"We have more filmmakers coming than we've ever had", continued Simpson. Several movies are making their Pacific Northwest debut. There's a lot here for the person who wants to know how films are made. - Martha Worthley, PT Leader

Come by, pull up a straw bale and listen to everything from samba drumming to jazz guitar, marimba to big band, country blues to show tunes. - PT Leader

We shot a ketchup-laden bug-killing scene in our friend Jim Overly's bathtub. We find out after we're done that the smell of ketchup makes Jim violently ill. Sorry buddy. Kevin Murphy, film 2880 contestant, as quoted in the PT Leader AE Sept. 24-30, 2003

Last Saturday, after dark but with a gentle warmth still in the air, you could stand at the top of the historic outdoor staircase above downtown, look down at a massive movie screen on Taylor Street, and see the flawless upturned faces of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, as high as a building and as clear as the star-flecked sky. If movie moments come any better than this - well, bring them on. - Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times

She (Shirley Knight) chose to screen Dutchman, a little-known 1966 film based on the controversial play by LeRoi Jones (later Amiri Baraka), in which she plays an apple chopping siren who taunts a young black man in a subway car... "Wasn't that woman scary?" (Shirley) Knight asked the audience, confessing that ... she couldn't eat apples for two years after making it (Dutchman). - Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Time

John O'Brian, director of the festival's winner for best feature film, Nosey Parker, said he had been to Sundance and the Berlin Festival, but Port Townsend Film Festival was by far the best. Having made his fourth movie about a small-town community, he declared, "You have it here." - Martha Worthley, The PT Leader

It has a distinct personality, a very present personality. It's not shy. But in an attractive way... Everyone you talk to has a different story, a different interesting story, and they're willing to share it. It's not hidden and reserved. - Executive produce of Dopamine, Eric Kriovisto, on the persona of Port Townsend as quoted by N.P. Thompson, Vigilance

Film 2880
Theme: passion
Prop: Strainer
Dialog line: That bug's on a suicide mission.

Best Feature Narrative: Nosey Parker by John O'Brian
Best Feature Documentary: Power Trip by Paul Devlin
Best Short: Zagati by Edu Felistoque and Nereu Cerdeira
Official Audience Selection: Corazon de fuego (The Last Train) by Diego Arsuaga

Special Guests
Vera Bloom, star of The Hired Hand; Peter Fonda, star of The Hired Hand and Easy Rider; Hanna Elias, writer/director of The Olive Harvest; Kamran Elehian, producer of The Olive Harvest; Stewart Stern; Mark Decena, director, Dopamine; Robert Horton; John O'Brien, director, Nosey Parker.

Guess-the-Guest Contest
Clue Number 1: In 1946, our guest and her sister auditioned for the Horace Heidt's radio amateur hour. Her sister won and appeared in the program's finale singing Alice Blue Gown. The guest came in second and didn't advance to the finals. The guest started out to be an opera singer and won a first at the Kansas State contests, singing a Mozart aria. At age 14, the guest was also a published short story writer in a national children's magazine.
Clue Number 2: Our guest studied drama with Jeff Corey in classes that included Jack Nicholson, Robert Blake, Dean Stockwell and Sally Kellerman. The guest has appeared in plays by such important American playwrights as Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Edward Albee, and Horton Foote. Like our guests in 2001 and 2002, the guest has appeared in a film with Paul Newman.
Clue Number 3: 'My goal was not to be famous or rich, but to be good at what I did,' our guest (hereafter referred to as OG) said in 1995. As a result, OG has two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy awards for television work, a Tony for Broadway, a jury prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a best-actress award from the Venice Film Festival. Her late husband was a well-known writer for stage, television, and screen, including one James Bond credit.
Winner: Chris Hill of Seattle

Films

Almost Midnight Movies
G-SALEg sale
USA, 2003, 87 min

Best of the Fest Sarasota Film Festival 2003
Director: Randy Nargi
Producer: Jessi Bardami
Cinematographer:
Eric Browne
Editor:
Randy Nargi
Cast:
Jesse Badami, Scott Burns, Tracey Conway, Henry Dardenne, Ted D'Arms, Robin Douglas
You don't find what you want. What you want finds you.
Inspired by the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show), Randy Nargi has tackled, with gleeful enthusiasm, the wacky world of garage sales. Anyone with a passing interest in g-sales, as they are referred to in the fictional community of Bogwood (where g-sales are almost a religion), will recognize either themselves or someone they have met at one. The competition is fierce and the tongue in cheek humor at first had this viewer wondering if I was watching an actual documentary.
ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Australia, 1994, 103 min

Director/Writer: Stephan Elliott
Producer: Al Clark, Michael Hamlyn
Editor:
Sue Blainey
Cinematographer:
Brian J. Breheny
Costumes:
Tim Chappel, Lizzy Gardiner
Cast:
Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
Finally, a comedy that will change the way you think, the way you feel, and most importantly... the way you dress.
Outrageous comedy playing on the clash between two drag queens, an aging transsexual and the Australian Outback. Offered a gig in Alice Springs, Teke (Hugo Weaving) and Adam (Guy Pearce) convince Bernadette (Terence Stamp), who is grieving over the loss of a love, to join them on their wisecracking road trip of glamour and dust. Bitching about everyone and everything, they manage to win friends and put on a great show. Terrific musical numbers; come dressed to excess and prepared to sing along.
DIY Filmmaking
Brien Burroughs
BRIEN BURROUGHS NO BUDGET IMPROV FILMMAKING-A DOUBLE FEATURE
It's been said that the secret to a successful film production is a great script, intensive rehearsing, a decent budget, and lots of preproduction planning.
Fearless and determined director Brien Burroughs has produced two feature films, on film, with no script, no preproduction, no rehearsals, and no budget.
His critically-acclaimed and very funny films, SUCKERFISH and SECURITY, are both completely improvised and have been featured at festivals around the country.
The most important aspects of a no-budget film project are fantastic actors, great food, and a competent crew.
Please join us for the screenings of both films and a discussion with the director on the process and pitfalls of no-budget improvised filmmaking.
SUCKERFISH
USA, 1999, 88 min

Director/Producer: Brien Burroughs, DP: Christopher Brown,
Editor:
Gail Mallimson
Cast:
Tim Orr, Dan Donovan, Gerri Lawlor, Kurt Boden

In the dog eat dog world of the pet supply business it's hard to figure who's your best friend.
SECURITY
USA, 2003, 95 min.

Director/Producer:Brien Burroughs
Producer/DP:
Geraldo Merino
Editor:
Melissa Lawson, Beatrice Lawson.
Cast:
Tim Orr, Bill Lillehammer, Stephen Kearin, Pat Sullivan

Two security guards at a chocolate factory take their job very seriously. When some top-secret prototypes go missing on their shift, the investigation leads them through the dark corridors of industrial espionage.
2880
 
availableSECOND ANNUAL FILM 2880 - FAST FILMMAKING CONTEST
A theme, a prop, a line of dialog.....and 2,880 minutes.
Film 2880 is a no-holds-barred, guerrilla-filmmaking rally race that took place from 7pm Friday September 12th, to 7pm Sunday September 14th 2003. 2880 exists to challenge the resourcefulness and creativity of local and international filmmakers, film students, and anyone crazy enough to sign up. Teams were required to write, shoot and edit a 5-10 minute short film without any creative work done prior to 7pm Friday. To keep everyone honest and make things interesting, each team received an email directive at exactly 7pm Friday giving them a theme, prop and line of dialog which must be incorporated into the film.
Films are judged on originality, production value, use of prop, use of assigned dialog, and adherence to theme.
Documentaries
POWER TRIP
 
availavlePOWER TRIP
USA 2003, 78 min

Georgian with English subtitles
Director/Producer/Editor: Paul Devlin
Camera:
Paul Devlin, Valery Odikadze

An absolutely riveting documentary! Pervasive corruption, high drama, and hot tempers rule the day as an American power company tries to keep the lights on in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. In an environment of pervasive corruption, political assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts.
AES Corp., the massive American global power company, has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that in this new world customers must pay for their electricity. Meanwhile the Georgians, from the meter readers to the Energy Minister, devise ever more clever ways to steal it.
In this chaotic and dramatic environment, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse.
CINEMANIA
 
availableCINEMANIA
USA, 2002, 88 min.

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Hamptons International Film Festival
Director: Angela Christlieb, Stephen Kijak
Producer:
Gunter Hanfgarn
DP/Editor:
Angela Christlieb,
Editor:
Stephen Kijak
Movies can be a cure for what ails us, an elixir fueling emotions and a gigantic escape from the world. What if the movies are what ails us? In this endearing and alarming portrait of five obsessive compulsive movies goers in New York City, the envy conjured up by the devotion of these folks deep knowledge of what they want, need and have figured out exactly how to get out of life is humbling. Their satisfied quality undercuts any possibility of poking fun.
Roberta, banned for life from the Museum of Modern Art, obsessively saves all her tickets; when an usher accidentally tears one, she pummels her. Jack goes to films eight hours a day, seven days a week. Carefully chronicling all his films, he admits, with remarkable comfort, that indeed he is overtaken by his obsession, but he enjoys it. Bill, the philosopher and writer searching for a mate on the internet, knows his lack of a sex life is due to his mania. Eric will watch anything and Harvey knows the running times of all movies. The five cinemaniacs watching a rough cut of this documentary is a mind bending view into the depths of their devotion to cinema as life.
Preceded by:
ZAGATI
Brazil, 2001, 16 min

Director: Edu Felistoque, Nereu Cerdeira
If the art of cinema creates great men, then Zagati is a cinematic warrior.
G-SALE
MOUNTAIN AND SEA - Two Short Documentaries
FOUND ON EVEREST
USA, 2002, 47 min

Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Riley Morton
'Found on Everest' documents the daily struggles of the 2001 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition as they search at 27,000 feet for clues to the mysterious disappearance of Mallory and Irvine in 1924 as they climbed towards what may have been Everest's first ascent. Looking for one thing, but finding another, the team abandoned their own summit bid to save the lives of four climbers who spent the night out at 28,500 in the second highest rescue in history.
Alone Against the Sea
ALONE AGAINST THE SEA - The Dangers of Solo Sailing
USA, 2003, 49 min
Laszlo Pal will attend

Director: Laszlo Pal
Producers:
Laszlo Pal, Susan Pal, Dan McConnell
Editors:
Laszlo Pal, Ken Coble
More people have traveled into space than have sailed around the world alone. Alone Against the Sea documents the human drama of five sailors in life threatening situations as they battle hurricane winds, equipment failures, lack of sleep and medical emergencies on the 27,000 mile solo around the world sailing race. Modern video technology has made it possible for these intrepid folks to record their journeys. The result is an absolutely hair-raising and life affirming profile of five very brave and determined people.
UNCONQUERING THE LAST FRONTIER
 
availableUNCONQUERING THE LAST FRONTIER
Director Robert Lundahl and Native Storyteller Elaine Grinnell will attend.
USA, 2003, 60 min

Director/Producer: Robert Lundahl
Editors:
Robert Lundahl, Chris Simon
Music:
Tony Saunders
In 1910, in the name of progress and in violation of Washington State law, the Olympic Power and Development Company erected a dam on the Elwha River. Over the course of the ensuing years, it became clear that the river with the largest salmon run in the world had been sacrificed for hydropower development. This progress occurred at tragic expense to the Native American, Elwha Klallam people who relied upon the river for their sustenance. The film tells the story of the 90 year long struggle of the Elwha tribal community to challenge the perception of the cheap and clean power source and the eventual lobbying of congress for the removal of the dams and for restoration of the rivers ecosystem.
Elaine Grinnell is a S'Klallam tribal storyteller. The legends and stories she brings to life represent the oral history of the S'Klallam people, a history that references tribal presence over an amazing time depth on the Olympic Peninsula.
The characters, Raven, Killer Whale, Thunderbird, and many others taught the native people how to be fully human and how to live in the lush green garden they have always called home. In a time of environmental rebalancing, these stories can help us all to feel at home in our hearts.
THE SAME RIVER TWICE
 
availavleTHE SAME RIVER TWICE
USA, 2003, 78 min.

Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Robb Moss, Associate
Producer:
Linda Morgenstern,
Editor:
Karen Schmeer
Working as river guides for much of the 70s, the director and his friends lived an unscheduled, communal, (often naked) outdoor life. Cutting between images of a month- long river trip filmed twenty-five years ago and the current lives of five of these former riverdogs, director Robb Moss explores bodies, time and living one's choices. The scenes of the now 50ish group watching their exuberant, naked selves prior to divorces, children, cancer, career changes, etc. are remarkably poignant.
Preceded by:
THE FIELD
USA, 2003, 12 min.

Director/Writer: Mark Hager

For 12 year old Anthony the Cuban Missile Crisis affects him in ways that his friends don't understand
ROBERT CAPA: IN LOVE AND WAR
ROBERT CAPA: IN LOVE AND WAR
USA, 2003, 90 min

Director: Anne Makepeace
Producers:
Anne Makepeace, Joanna Rudnick
Writer:
Anne Makepeace
Camera:
Nancy Schreiber
Editor:
Susan Fanshell
Music:
Joel Goodman
Born a Hungarian Jew named Andr Friedman, Robert Capa arrived in Paris in the 30's and in an effort to get his work noticed reinvented himself as an American photographer. In his 40 short years, Robert Capa photographed five epic conflicts on four continents. His life had an unprecedented, international reach, arching from Hungary through China and Vietnam as well as America, North Africa and all of Europe. With deft editing of newsreel footage, hundreds of photographs and interviews with friends, family and colleagues, Anne Makepeace has created a riveting portrait of an accomplished artist and one of this century's greatest chroniclers of the horrors of war.
HOOFBEATS AND HEARTBEATS
 
availableHOOFBEATS AND HEARTBEATS
With Stewart Stern
60 min
Screenwriter Stewart Stern (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, THE UGLY AMERICAN) reminisces (in person) about growing up in New York, spending his allowance on the Broadway of the '30s and '40s when the Sheep Meadow in Central Park really had sheep and the trolleys only cost a nickel.
'Do you remember when they made the horses wear rubber horseshoes, how quiet it got in the mornings?'
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams - Screenplay by Stewart Stern
The era of Frances Farmer in Golden Boy...Eva Le Gallienne in Peter Pan...Orson Welles in Dr. Faustus...Otis Skinner in Uncle Tom's Cabin...Ethel Waters in Cabin in the Sky...Jimmy Durante in Jumbo...Laurette Taylor in The Glass Menagerie...Laurence Olivier in Oedipus the King...Beatrice Lillie, The Funniest Woman on Earth ...The Civic Repertory Theatre...The Group Theatre...The Mercury...The Hippodrome...and how my father in his spats and cane showed me a dairy farm near First Avenue and walked me through the Hooverville in Central Park.
Featuring video clips from The Royal Family with Eva LeGallienne, and various songs and sketches of Beatrice Lillie performed on the Ed Sullivan show and on the first Bob Hope TV Special.
WHY VIVALDI?
 
availableWHY VIVALDI?
USA, 2003, 70 min

Director Teddy Grouya will attend
Northwest Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Teddy Grouya
Editor:
Teddy Grouya, Andrea Zonder
In Why Vivaldi? Ted Grouya leads us through unusual territory. Over the past several years there has been a surge in interest in Vivaldi's music; he has been outselling all the other classical composers. Grouya visits with Vivaldi scholars and devotees from different countries, different backgrounds, with different tastes - all of whom are drawn to the music of Antonio Vivaldi.
Grouya takes us to Venice where Vivaldi, known as the red priest, lived and wrote his music. We visit the very rooms Vivaldi inhabited, the church in which his music was performed. Venice is probably the most filmed city in the world but Grouya leads us to see the place anew. His shots are selected with a cinematic eye and an unmistakable affection for his subject. We meet a baroque ensemble and time stands still as they play Vivaldi's music with the actual instruments of the time. In this lovely, compelling film you will find the answer to its title.
Features
A VERY SPECIAL EVENING WITH SHIRLEY KNIGHT
A VERY SPECIAL EVENING WITH SHIRLEY KNIGHT
Hosted by Robert Horton
HIRED HAND
HIRED HAND
USA, 1971, 92 min

With special guests Peter Fonda and Verna Bloom
Director: Peter Fonda
Producer:
William Haywood
Writer:
Alan Sharp
Restoration Producer:
Frank Mazzola
Cinematographer:
Vilmos Zsigmond
Editor: Frank Mazzola Music: Bruce Langhorne
Cast:
Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom, Robert Pratt, Severn Darden.
Peter Fonda's directorial debut was part of the revolutionary new wave of films that ushered in Hollywood's 1970s golden age. Set in 1881, THE HIRED HAND reconfigured the traditional western to a story that emphasized the human reality underlying the cowboy myth. Its gorgeous, intricately layered images, gentle pacing and evocative sound complemented the narrative approach. The restoration was overseen by original editor Frank Mazzola, who in the process declared the film better looking than the original.
It has been seven years since Harry Collings (Peter Fonda) abandoned his family to roam the West. Now, tired and disillusioned by the hardship and violence of the nomad's life, Harry wants to return home to his wife and little girl. Accompanied by his loyal friend Arch Harris (Warren Oates), Harry makes his way back to the small homestead he left behind.
He does not receive the welcome he expected. Surprised by Harry's sudden reappearance, Hannah Collings (Verna Bloom) regards her husband warily. In Harry's absence, Hannah has become a resourceful, independent woman who has single-handedly managed their land holdings and over the years has taken a few ranch hands into her bed. Hannah allows Harry back, but only as a hired hand who must sleep in the barn with Arch. She makes no apologies for her previous liaisons, and Harry realizes that he will have to work hard to regain her trust and rebuild their marriage. As the days and nights pass, Hannah and Harry grow close again, and Arch understands that the time has come for him to move on. But an old fight will soon come back to haunt Harry, as he is forced to make a tough choice of loyalties between his wife and his best friend.
availableDOPAMINE
USA, 2003, 80 min.

Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2003
CLOSING NIGHT NORTHWEST PREMIER with Director Mark Dacena
Director: Mark Dacena
Producer:
Debbie Brubaker, Tad Fettig
Screen Writer:
Mark Decena, Timothy Breitbach
Camera:
Robert Humphreys
Editor:
Jessica Congdon
Cast:
John Livingston, Sabrina Lloyd, Rueben Grundy, Bruno Campos
Romantic comedy are two words almost guaranteed to provide predictable and impossibly cute moments requiring suspended belief so towering one could get vertigo. Dopamine (the natural amphetamine our bodies produce when we're falling in love) takes the subject straight out of that rut and into the new millennium. With our ability to pinpoint the chemistry of love, create a computer pet that responds to affection, could we perhaps remove the mystery of attraction?
Rand (John Livingston) is a computer animator, long versed in his father's explanation of the scientific basis of love. Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd) is a preschool teacher with some gaping holes in her life. When Rand brings Koy, his computer generated pet designed to teach kids responsibility, to Sarah's class for a test run the sparks fly. Is it programmed, chemicals or just fate at work? With a sly wit and a truly charismatic pairing of actors, Sarah and Rand slog through their fundamental differences in approach. Love, chemistry, whatever, it's not always easy, not always pretty, but probably always a mystery.
Preceded by:
This is JOHN
USA, 2002, 8 min

Director: Jay Duplass

A man vs. his message machine.
EASY RIDER
EASY RIDER
USA, 1969, 95 min

Peter Fonda will introduce EASY RIDER.
Director: Dennis Hopper
Producer:
Peter Fonda
Writers:
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern
Cinematographer:
László Kovács
Editor:
Donn Cambern
Original Music:
Hoyt Axton, Mars Bonfire, Roger McGuinn.
Cast:
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Phil Spector.
It's the movie that everyone from that particular generation remembers. We laid claim to the spirit, the music was ours and regardless of our points of origin, it seemed we were all heading out on the highway. The yearning vision was of a different way of life in a new America, full of optimism and the self-satisfied entitlement of characters who'd grown up in an age of abundance. We knew this was our movie, we had a voice; the misunderstood, the imagined outlaws.
If you weren't there: two hippie motorcyclists set out from LA looking for their own American Dream. Funded by a drug deal and fueled by copious amounts of drugs, they discover sunsets, rolling hills, a vast mysterious continent, and rednecks. Even though he had 20 forgettable films to his credit by this time, this is the one that launched Jack Nicholson to the stratosphere in Hollywood. Still one of the coolest sound tracks.
THE LAST TRAIN
THE LAST TRAIN
Corazón de fuego
Uruguay/Argentina/Spain, 2002, 90 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles

2003 Official Oscar Submission-Foreign Language Film
Best Screenplay Montreal Film Festival, Latin American Film

Director: Diego Arsuaga
Producer:
José Sánchez Varela, Pablo Bossi, Carlos Mentasti
Screen Writer: Diego Arsuaga, Beda Docompo Feijoó, Fernando León de Aranoa
Camera:
Hans Burmann
Editor:
Fernando Pardo, Daniel Marquez,
Music:
Hugo Jasa
Cast:
Héctor Alterio, Federico Luppi, Pepe Soriano, Saturnino García, Gastón Pauls.
To the battle cry of "Our heritage is not for sale!", a thrilling ride begins as three elderly gentlemen spring into action to save Uruguay's last steam train that is about to be sold to Hollywood. Accompanied by the grandson of one, the foursome hijack the train and go chugging off to an uncertain fate with the train's owner and police in hot pursuit. Each with a personal struggle, they gather and lose momentum by turns. As the train travels through communities isolated by the loss of the railroad, these elderly radicals become folk heroes of the people who see them as a sign of hope. A rollicking ride in the tradition of the great western. Appropriate for the whole family (that can read).
MAROONED IN IRAQ
 
availableMAROONED IN IRAQ
Avazhaye Sarzamine Madariyam
Iran, 2002, 110 min
Farsi with English subtitles

Director/Producer/Screen Writer: Bahman Ghobadi
Camera:
Saeed Nkzad
Editor:
Hayedeh Safiari
Music:
Arsalan Kamkar
Cast:
Shabab Ebrahimi, Allah-morad Rashtian, Faegh Mohammadi, Iran Ghobadi
This visually stunning film opens in Iranian Kurdistan. Mirza, an aging well-known Kurdish singer, along with his musician sons, Barat and Audeh, are about to embark on a journey in search of his ex-wife Hanareh. Once the singer in a band of musicians that also included Mirza's friend Seyed, Hanareh left Mirza 23 years ago to marry Seyed in Iraqi Kurdistan and continue to sing there. Now, Mirza has received word that she is singing for the Kurdish refugees on the Iran-Iraq border and is in need of his help. To persuade his reluctant sons to accompany him on this perilous journey, he tells them he really did not divorce Hanareh but only claimed he did to save the family's honor. Barat, the older son, and Audeh, the younger son who says he needs to stay home to take care of his seven wives and thirteen daughters, grudgingly agree to go. Their misadventures are skillfully woven together with humor and heartbreak as the trio make their way into ever more desolate terrain. From the director of A Time For Drunken Horses.
SWING
 
availableSWING
France, 2002, 90 min.
In French and Manouche with English subtitles

Official Selection Berlin Film Festival 2003
Northwest Premiere
Director: Tony Gatlif
Producer:
Nathalie Duran, Laurent Dusothoit
Writer:
Tony Gatlif Camera: Claude Garnier
Editor:
Monique Dartonne
Cast:
Oscar Copp, Lou Rech, Tchavolo Schmitt, Fabiene Mai, Ben Zimet
From the director of the lyrically intense and crowd pleasing film about gypsy music, Latcho Drom. Tony Gatlif takes us into another rich landscape of gypsy culture. During a summer spent living with his grandmother in Alsace, the very thoughtful 10 year old Max develops a passion for manouche (French Gypsy) music. He visits the caravans to see if he can barter for a guitar. Swing, the beautiful and confident young gypsy who befriends Max, takes him to meet Miraldo, who will teach him to play in exchange for his reading and writing skills. Max falls into the lives of his new friends, giddy with the thrill of the first tingling of love, the magic of their musical nights and the astonishing freedom of their lives. A tender and visually rich film that sweeps through the country on the heels of two beautiful children. Appropriate for older children, subtitles.
Preceded by:
TERMINAL BAR
USA, 2002, 22:22 min

Director/Editor: Stefan Nadelman
Winner Grand Jury Prize Best Short Sundance Film Festival 2003
Over 10 years of bartending managing at the Terminal Bar, Sheldon Nadelman photographed the clientele (over 2500 portraits) and the activity inside and outside the bar.
THE BURIAL SOCIETY
THE BURIAL SOCIETY
Canada, 2002, 95 min.

Winner Canada Screenwriters Award, Vancouver International Film Festival 2002
Director: Nicholas Racz
Producer:
Richard Baumgartel, Howard Dancyger
DP:
Danny Nowack, C.S.C.
Editor:
Jeremy Presner
Cast:
Rob LaBelle, Jan Rubes, Allen Rich, Bill Meilen, David Paymer, Seymour Cassel
Black comedy's least likely criminal, Sheldon Kasner is a man of quiet desperation, working as a loan manager at the Hebrew National Bank, where he's under-appreciated and overworked. In an effort to surpass the limitations of his mundane life, he is one day drawn into the underworld of money laundering in a desperate attempt to overcome his mediocre existence. Unfortunately for Sheldon, events don't unfold as he expects, and some missing money has him begging for his life as he's dangled from a bridge in the opening sequence. Forced to consider his strategy, he concocts an elaborate plan involving the Chevrah Kadisha (burial society), devout Jewish men who prepare dead bodies for burial. Their quiet anonymous nature is perfectly suited to Sheldon's plan to disappear. He offers his services to the burial society, who have been looking for someone to carry on their fading tradition. But nothing is as it seems as the old men teach him the ritualistic ways of the Chevrah Kadisha. A plot-twisting thriller with a documentary-like view of an ancient tradition.
WHAT ALICE FOUND
 
availableWHAT ALICE FOUND
USA, 2003, 96 min.
Northwest Premiere

Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2003
Director/Writer: A. Dean Bell
Producer/Cinematographer:
Richard Connors
Editor:
Chris Houghton
Cast:
Judith Ivey, Bill Raymond, Emily Grace, Michael Maronna, Justin Parkinson, David Rose
On the highway, it's easy to get lost.
The film begins as 18 year-old Alice (Emily Grace) slips out of her cold New Hampshire town, driving south to join her friend Julie in Florida. When Alice's car breaks down and the money she had hidden under the seat disappears, a retired, middle-aged couple in a motor home, Sandra and Bill (Ivey and Bill Raymond), come to her assistance. Sandra is a fun, bawdy southern belle who takes Alice in like her own daughter, while Alice happily accepts this surrogate family and the luxury she finds herself traveling in. But as it becomes clear how Sandra and Bill earn a living (Bill calls his RV the Honey Bunny Wagon on his CB Radio), Alice is faced with a difficult choice.
Ivey's compelling portrayal of Sandra renders a fine line between the character's self-awareness and lack thereof: she is either a monster or a saint, but either way she's accepted who she is, and what's more, she makes us understand why. A. Dean Bell's screenplay and direction present these complex characters with sympathy and compassion in a narrative that thwarts expectations.
Preceded by:
EASY STREET
Ireland, 2003, 11 min.

Director: Shane Conaty

How far will Vincent and his lads go to get to Easy Street? As intense and complex an 11 minute drama as you're ever likely to see.
NOSEY PARKER
 
availableNOSEY PARKER
With Director John O'Brien
USA, 2003, 105 min

Jury Prize for Direction Nantucket Film Festival
Northwest Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer/Editor: John O'Brien
DP:
David Parry
Cast:
George Lyford, Natalie Picoe, Richard Snee
Sheep farmer, justice of the peace, filmmaker and lifelong resident of Tunbridge,Vermont, John O'Brien has crafted a love letter to the folks and quirky ways of his small town. Sick of suburbia, Natalie (Natalie Picoe) and Richard (Richard Snee) move to rural Vermont where they build a trophy house in an effort to rejuvenate their marriage. The construction of this dream house leads to an unannounced visit from the local tax assessors, known in Vermont as listers. Over the course of two inspections Natalie and one of the listers, George, strike up a friendship and Natalie hires George to do some chores around the place. As their friendship grows the strains in the marriage become more apparent, and George is just nosey enough to get details. Some pretty funny stuff develops as the locals go about making their own decisions regarding what is going on up in the big house.
With largely improvised dialogue and actors mainly drawn from his community, O'Brien has struck gold with a charming and sweet natured film that I hear distributors feel is too regional to have broad appeal. Hardly; this film rings with charm and warmth I can't imagine being lost on anyone. Family friendly film.
HIRED HAND
 
availableHUKKLE
Hungary 2002, 75 min.

Director/Writer: György Pálfi
Producer:
András Böhm, Csaba Bereczki
Cinematographer:
Gergely Pohárnok
Editor:
Gábor Marinkás
Music:
Balázs Barna, Samu Gryllus
Cast:
Ferenc Bandi, Józsefmé Rácz, József Forkas, Ferenc Nagy, Jánosné Nagy.
With brilliant close-ups of what's going on underground, underwater and in the fields, this dialogue-free thriller bears more than a passing resemblance to a National Geographic special. In the idyllic Hungarian countryside an old man sits hiccuping on a bench as bees buzz, grass grows and flowers bloom, but something is amiss. This remarkable debut from 27 year-old director György Pálfi is full of surprises and the gentle hum of villagers going about their everyday lives. The finely tuned images are impeccable, and the wordless world a marvel of surreal mystery and humor.
Preceded by:
OCULARIST
USA, 2002, 9 min

Director/Editor: Vance Malone
A fascinating look at artist Fred Hawin's work as a creator of artificial eyes.
SEXLESS
 
availableSEXLESS
USA, 2003, 102 min

Jury and Audience Awards SXSW Film Festival 2003
Director/Writer: Alex Holdridge
Producer/DP:
Brian McCormick
Editor:
Sandra Adair
Cast:
Alex Holdridge, Brian McGuire, Kelly Dealyn, Camille Chen, Michelle Fairbanks, Scoot McNairy, Kierstin Cunnington, Babs George, Kerry Glamsch, Paul Norton.
Writer, director and star Alex Holdridge takes a pithy and very funny look at the self indulgent love lives of twenty-somethings whose every decision in life seems to have been negotiable. Karen (Kelly Dealyn) and Andy (Holdridge) are having an anti-marriage party to celebrate the fact that they have finally decided to tie the knot, but not before taking a one month break (read: opportunity to fool around). Clarissa (Camille Chen) and Andy's best friend, Robert (Brian McGuire) throw caution to the wind and get together for two weeks before she goes off to graduate school. A lot of sex happens and a lot of feelings get hurt but they all learn something along the way. The youthful Austin based crew has a fresh faced excitement in a film that looks like it was as fun to make as it is to watch.
Preceded by:
eRATicate
USA, 2002, 9 min.
Director/Editor/Writer: Ross Williams

A new boyfriend comes between a girl and her pet rats.
THE OLIVE HARVEST
 
availableTHE OLIVE HARVEST
Mousem Al Zaytoun
Palestine/USA, 2003, 94 min
Arabic with English subtitles

Northwest Premiere
Director/Screen/Writer: Hanna Elias
Producer:
Kamran Elahian
Camera:
Ofer Harari
Editor:
Sabine Jamil
Music:
Mark Adler
Cast:
Muhamad Bacri, Raeda Adon, Taher Najeb, Mazen Saade
Writer and director Hanna Elias tells a complex love story in his first feature film amidst the backdrop of settlements, road blocks and the intoxicating landscapes in Palestine. Upon his release from an Israeli prison, older brother Mazen ( Mazen Saade ) develops romantic feelings for his childhood friend, Raeda ( Raeda Adun ). However, Raeda is already engaged to Mazen's younger brother Taher ( Taher Najeeb ), their love kept a secret because of the tradition for the eldest brother to wed first. The two brothers become estranged soon after reuniting as they struggle to win over Raeda's heart. All three of the central characters find themselves painfully torn between conflicting choices in this tale of love and loyalty to family, to those that they love, and to the land that they are connected to.
MY VOICE
 
availableMY VOICE
Nha Fala
Portugal/France/Luxembourg, 2002, 90 min.
In French and Capverdian with English subtitles

Northwest Premiere
Director: Flora Gomes
Producer:
Jani Thiltges, Luís Galvao Teles, Serge Zeitoun
Writer:
Flora Gomes, Franck Moisnard
Camera:
Edgar Moura
Editor:
Dominique Paris
Music:
Manu Dibango
Cast:
Fatou N'Diaye, Jean-Cristophe Dollé, Angela Torres, Bia Gomes, Jorge Biague
An absolute delight, vibrant colors, knockout musical numbers and an astonishingly beautiful leading lady; Flora Gomes's musical comedy celebrates singing as a symbol of freedom. Before leaving for Europe to pursue her studies, Vita, a young African woman, promises her mother that she will never sing. A family legend has it that any woman in her family who sings is cursed and will die. In Paris, Vita meets Pierre, a young musician and falls in love. Full of joy, she lets herself go and sings. Vita is horrified by what she has done, but Pierre, overwhelmed by her talent, convinces her to make a record. The record is an overnight success. Fearing her mother will learn that she broke her promise, Vita decides to return home to die. Aided by Pierre, Vita stages her own death and resurrection, showing family and friends that anything is possible, if you have the courage to dare.
Oracle
ANIMATION SHORTS
USA/CANADA, 2003

A lively and refreshing look at animation.
FILMMAKING BY THE SEAT OF THE PANTS-7 DAY FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
Teenagers' & Women's Films:
With 7 days to write, shoot, edit and score a film, two groups of Port Townsend and Clallam Country teenagers and a third group of PT women got an intense hands-on experience in the joys, tedium and chaotic world of filmmaking. Guided by screenwriter Nancy Alvarez and documentary filmmaker Dana Schuerholz, the students have the last word on all editorial and content decisions. Some members of the groups will be on hand to answer questions about the program.
The Teenagers' films will be screened with PT High School student Dylan Quarles' short thriller, LES NUITS DES VAMPIRES.
OUR HOUSE
 
availableOUR HOUSE
USA, 2002, 83 min.
Grand Jury Prize No Dance Film Festival 2003

Director: Sevan Matossian
Co-director:
Greg Shields
Producers:
Sevan Mattossian, Bessie Katerina Morris, Greg Shields
The daily drama and humanity that unfold in this documentary about an assisted living facility for disabled adults is raw, honest and totally engrossing. With minimal narration and an unflinching eye, the director portrays the struggle of Laura, who suffers from Tourette's and fetal alcohol syndrome, as she tries to get a job and solve her problems with witchcraft. Tim, who was born with cerebral palsy and now battles alcoholism, must face the possibility of finding a new home and Tim S., with Down's Syndrome, struggles with aggression. Filmed over one year by the director who lives and works at the home, the documentary strings together a riveting mosaic of humor and pain.
TRIBAL JOURNEY
 
availableTRIBAL JOURNEY - CELEBRATING OUR ANCESTORS
USA, 2003, 66 min

Scott Macklin will attend
Director/Producer/Editor: Scott Macklin
Traveling from Vancouver Island, Puget Sound and Washington's Olympic Coast, TRIBAL JOURNEY documents the voyage of more than 20 ocean-going dugout canoes representing 25 Native American and First Nations from the US and Canada.
The Warmth of Love/Toxic Gardens
 
availableTWO ENVIRONMENTALIST-SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
THE WARMTH OF LOVE
Canada, 2001, 33 min

Director/Producer/Writer: Terry Jacks

A loving portrait of 87 year old environmental activist Sophie Thomas, a member of Saik'uz First Naiton, who travels all over Canada sharing her vast knowledge of traditional medicine. Located near Vanderhoof, BC, Saik'uz are part of the larger Carrier Nation.
TOXIC GARDENS
USA, 2003, 11 min

Patricia O'Brien will attend.
Director/Producer/Editor: Patricia O'Brien

A toxic plume is traveling under Georgetown homes. Community leaders in this historic Seattle neighborhood are struggling to clean up a poisonous industrial legacy.
NEVER TRUST A SERIAL KILLER
 
availableNEVER TRUST A SERIAL KILLER
USA, 2002, 84 min

Best First Feature Houston World Fest 2002
Director/Editor: Juan Carlos Garza
Producer:
Juan Carlos Garza, Daniel Villarreal
Writers:
Juan Carlos Garza, Daniel Villareal
Cast:
Del Zamora, Cris Franco, Valente Rodriquez, Richard Prado
Straight-laced Latino yuppie, Bobby, has his whole world turned upside when an old college buddy turns up on his doorstep with a wild mission to capture Satan's Hand, a notorious serial killer who is terrorizing Southern California. Lots of silly humor in Garza's first feature.
Preceded by:
THE DAY I TRIED TO LIVE
USA, 2003, 12 min

Director: Sam Goldberg
Wes decided to become a better man by losing his insecurities and seizing the day; he just chose the wrong day.
OUR NORTHWEST
OUR NORTHWEST-TWO SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
THE LIVING COAST
USA, 1998, 50 min

Ian Hinkle will attend.
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Ian Hinkle
Three friends take a kayak journey down the Inside Passage. Along with the natural beauty the trio discover the rugged individuals who inhabit this wonderful place.
THE RED PINES
USA, 2003, 12 min

Lucy Ostrander will attend.
Director/Producer: Lucy Ostrander
RED PINES tells the story of the struggle of the Japanese-Americans on Bainbridge Island and the legacy of their culture in the present day community.
FTW-FOUR SHORT FILMS
FTW-FOUR SHORT FILMS
1. LET'S FACE IT
USA, 2003, 26 min

Most Inspirational Film Santa Cruz Film Festival 2003
Director: Wendy Oser
Producer:
Wendy Oser, Joan Levinson, Beverly Spencer
Editor:
Wendy Oser, Elaine Trotter
Seven midlife women discover their ambivalence, vanity, anxiety, joy and acceptance of growing older through honest and funny revelations with their friends.
2. SIGNED, STAMPED, DATED: The Story of the Typing Explosion
USA, 2002, 29 min.

Director/Writer/Producer: Gina Mainwal
Editor/DP/Sound:
Timothy Demmon
This spirited documentary profiles the amazing success of three women who type poems on demand (on vintage typewriters) wearing 60's secretarial uniforms and forcing their audience to follow the rules.
3. JUST A LITTLE SCARED
USA, 2003, 6 min.

Director/Producer/Editor: Jane Champion
A fantasy portrait of a Port Townsend sidewalk artist.
4. WOMEN'S SEAT OF THE PANTS FILM
MY TERRORIST
 
availableMY TERRORIST
Israel, 2002, 58 min.

Winner Special Jury Prize Jerusalem International Film Festival
Director: Yulie Cohen Gerstel
Editor:
Boaz Lion
Cinematographer:
Oded Kirma, Moshe Gerstel, Yulie Cohen Gerstel
In August 1978 Yulie Cohen Gerstel was a flight attendant on an El Al flight when she first encountered Fahad Mihyi as he pointed a machine gun at her in a terrorist attack. Twenty-three years later, in an effort to help break the cycle of violence, Yulie considers writing a letter in support of Mihyi's parole, thus thrusting herself into the turbulent world of Middle East politics. MY TERRORIST asks hard questions about the meaning of forgiveness and hate and the possibility of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.
Outdoor Cinema
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
Botswana, 1980, 109 min.

Director/Producer: Jamie Uys
Music:
John Boshoff
Cast:
N!xau, Marius Weyer, Sandra Prinsloo
When a coke bottle falls from the sky in a remote desert of Africa, Bushman Xixi (N!xau) finds it the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. It becomes a labor saving device and it can also make music. Finally it is recognized as an evil thing as the competition among the clan for it creates much dissent. For the source of the conflict to be removed the bottle must be returned to the Gods by throwing it over the edge of the earth. On the journey Xi encounters a zoolologist studying elephant dung, guerrillas intent on overthrowing a banana republic, school children, police and courts. In memory of N!xau, who passed away in June while out gathering firewood.
ROMAN HOLIDAY
ROMAN HOLIDAY
USA, 1953, 118 min.

Director/Producer: William Wyler
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (story) Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay)
Cinematographer:
Henri Alekan, Franz Planer
Editor:
Robert Swink,
Costumes:
Edith Head
Cast:
Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert,
In memory of Gregory Peck, who passed away in July.
Princess Anya (Audrey Hepburn) is the epitome of charm and elegance as a princess on a tour of Europe. While in the public eye she maintains an impeccable facade, but the toil of endless engagements and no time for herself is slowly driving her to despair. She decides to escape for a night on the town, but unfortunately she has been given an injection to sleep. Unable to stay awake, she is rescued from a night spent sleeping on a wall by the begrudging Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). It isn't until the light of morning that journalist Joe realizes who this beautiful girl is. Like any good newspaperman he knows a good story when he sees one and decides to take the princess on a tour of Rome while keeping his photographer (Eddie Albert) in the shadows. Princess Anya treats all these activities with wide-eyed delight, steadily eroding the rather grumpy Bradley until romance begins to blossom. Filmed entirely in Rome, the location is as beautiful as the stars.
BEST OF THE FEST
Sunday 7:30 Turner Classic Movies and DishNet's Taylor Street Outdoor Theater
We will show an audience favorite from the regular festival line-up outdoors on Sunday.