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Provincetown, MA (January 9, 2014) – Filmmaker and festival consultant Mitch Levine has been chosen as the new CEO of the Provincetown Film Society.  Levine replaces Gabrielle Hanna, who retired from the position last summer.  In his new role, Levine will also serve as Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival, Waters Edge Cinema at Whalers Wharf and a new Institute of Cinema Arts.

Rick McCarthy, President of the Provincetown Film Society Board of Directors stated, “We are so pleased and excited to have Mitch as our new leader. We have every confidence that with Mitch's extraordinary experience and business acumen, he will lead the Provincetown Film Society to new heights. His scholarly knowledge of cinema, his genuine love for his fellow artists, and his deep appreciation for the historical and cultural traditions that make Provincetown such a special gathering place for artists set him apart as a true friend to the art form.”

“I’m very proud to be offered the opportunity to lead the Provincetown Film Society,” said Levine.  “Provincetown is an extraordinary community of artists and those passionate about the arts and I feel deeply welcomed there. It’s the 16th year of our organization and a tremendous foundation has been laid by my remarkable predecessor, Gabby Hannah, by an amazing and involved Board of Directors, by a world-class programming team and by a truly outstanding group of sponsors. I look forward to sharing the best of the world’s filmmaking with our audience and nurturing a new generation of great cinema artists. And I look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors from around the world to glorious Provincetown!”

Renowned director John Waters (PINK FLAMINGOS, HAIRSPRAY), Provincetown International Film Festival’s resident artist and presenter of its Filmmaker on the Edge Award said, “Mitch Levine comes to Provincetown Film Festival with experience, a new found energy and a will to make movie going all over town an even better experience than ever!”

Connie White, Artistic Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival said, "I knew we had struck gold when Mitch accepted the position to lead our Film Festival and the Film Society.  His experience, creativity and genuine love for film and filmmakers will greatly enrich this organization.  The programming team and I are thrilled to be working with him."

Levine is one of the world’s leading consultants to film festivals and filmmakers. He founded The Film Festival Group – a global consulting firm for filmmakers and the film festival community – after serving as CEO of the Palm Springs International Film Festivals. He currently produces First Time Fest in New York and produced the first edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival and Le Festival International des Espoirs du Cinema in Monte-Carlo. Levine regularly presents his workshop, Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace, around the globe, was the host of AFI’s Great Filmmakers series and moderates many of Hollywood’s  Conversation’s With…

Levine was a fellow in performance and design at the Juilliard School and was the recipient of the first James Cameron Fellowship in Directing at the American Film Institute. There, he directed COLETTE, based on the groundbreaking French writer and STALE IDENTITY, an homage to Hitchcock and film noir. His Holocaust drama, SHADOWS, an exploration of love, family and the attraction of evil during the Holocaust, won awards around the globe. His short drama, IN CONFIDENCE,  just premiered at the Denver International Film Festival and his feature dance documentary, MORPHING GRAVITY, is currently in post-production. He directed nine episodes of the sit-com LIVING & LEARNING and co-directed the documentary feature, HUNGRY IS THE TIGER, which focuses on the food crisis in India and Indonesia and utilizes traditional Javanese performance. Levine is also an award-winning film and stage director, with credits the world over in theatre, film, opera and dance and is a directing member of the world renowned Actors Studio. He was the artistic supervisor of the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH, the Production Director of MOMIX Dance Theatre and the production director and designer of the Peter Gabriel/Moses Pendleton collaboration, PASSION.

Levine has produced and directed countless film festival tributes, and has worked alongside George Clooney, Sean Connery, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Dustin Hoffman, Halle Berry and many others. Before his directing career, Levine was a former Special Representative to the United Nations.
The 16th Provincetown International Film Festival is expanding to a full week and will take place June 17-23. In discussing the new schedule, Levine said: “This year, we’re going to add two days to the festival. Our core schedule – Wednesday through Sunday – will remain the same. But we’re going to add two days: a screenings-only “Preview Day” on Tuesday; and a “Celebration Day” following the Closing Night, where people will be able to see the award winners and other popular films of the fest. And lastly, it’s our Sweet 16! We’re going to have some fun programming connected to this milestone.”
The Provincetown International Film Festival has also announced an international Call for Entries.  Information on how to submit a film for consideration can be found on the PIFF website:

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