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PARTIES & EVENTS
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
21+ only (Festival Passholders or $25 cover)
Sponsored by Crown & Anchor
Clink, drink, nosh and mingle to celebrate the kickoff of the 17th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival hosted by the historic waterfront venue, Crown & Anchor. After the opening evening of screenings, there’s no better way to ring in the fresh fest than by stopping by to revel with fellow filmgoers, visiting artists, and local luminaries.
New to PIFF or Provincetown? Then this is a must-attend event that will give you a taste of the people, talents and culture that await you for the next four days. And if you’re a regular, than you know that this fete is de rigueur (and a lot of fun too!)
Wed., June 17,
Crown and Anchor
247 Commercial Street @ 9:00pm
WELLFLEET OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
(Festival Passholders or $25 Cover)
Sponsored by Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Take a trip southward to enjoy the blend of past and present that the Wellfleet Preservation Hall represents and see the work they’ve done to revitalize not only the physical structure (formerly a church) but also the kinds of activities happening there on Main Street.
Dedicated to art, culture and community, they are hosting several PIFF screenings throughout the festival and plan to show all that a good time can be had in other Cape towns as well as in Provincetown.
Thu., June 18,
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main St. @ 5:30 pm
21+ only (No Cover)
The retro-fabulous Harbor Hotel throws the now annual Beachside Bash, giving guests a chance to check out their sweet lounge, wherein some cool films will be screened (titles TBD).
Once your movie thirst is quenched, then head outside to enjoy the glow of their amazing fire pit plus a wide array of drink options at the full service cash bar.
Pull up a lounge chair and chat with visiting directors and festival folks as you enjoy the fine sea breezes coming off the ocean.
Thu., June 18,
Harbor Hotel, 698 Commercial Street @ 9:00pm
CLAMBAKE AFTER-SCREENING PARTY
(EP pass holders or $25 Cover)
Sponsored by the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, The Lobster Pot, and Pied Bar Enjoy the Lobster Pot’s famous clam chowder and clam cakes after catching the World Premiere of Andrea Meyerson’s local doc about the rise and continued success of Women’s Week in Provincetown.
What better place to toast the documentary and 30 years of good times every autumn than at the Pied Bar? And of course, this party is brought to you by hostesses who know a little something about hospitality and ingenuity. Celebrate a little local love for CLAMBAKE, Women’s Week, Provincetown and women too, on Friday afternoon before the sun goes down.
Fri., June 19,
Pied Bar, 193 Commercial Street @ 3:30pm
Schoolhouse (EP and Producer Passes only)
Sponsored by Schoolhouse Gallery
Provincetown boasts a wealth of captivating galleries and we are fortunate to return to the Schoolhouse Gallery with a toast to artistry in all its forms, whether cinematic or fine. At this elegant soiree, sponsors, donors and filmmakers can enjoy a relaxed setting and inspiring physical surroundings. With artwork by a coterie of artists with deep local ties, the view should be amazing. Experience the “finer” side of art in PTown at this great social, cultural gathering.
Fri., June 19,
Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial Street @ 8:00pm
FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT PARTY
21+ only (Festival Passholder or $15)
Sponsored by Sage Inn and Lounge
Longtime PIFF, PFS and Waters Edge supporter The Sage Inn & Lounge can’t be matched for their small plates, herb-infused cocktails and gorgeous environs – and we love that they sponsor this mid-fest party (among all the other things they do for us).
Enjoy the relaxed revelry and light hors d’oeuvres in their sleek, comfortable lounge atmosphere. Sage, tucked back away from the bustle of Commercial Street, is a great place to take a pause, sip your fine wine, craft beer or upscale cocktail, and consider all the cinema you’ve taken in and all that’s yet to come.
Fri., June 19,
Sage Inn and Lounge, 336 Commercial Street @ 9:00pm
SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT PARTY
21+ only (Festival Passholder + $15)
There’s just one more day of screening to come and this Spotlight Party is where you can meet old and new friends to recap the good, the better and the best films that you’ve seen. A few cocktails and a bit of food should make the reviews roll easily off your tongue.
As well, you can be a part of the robust Provincetown nightlife and see how the good times go down in the crown jewel of the cape. Sunday means the end of the fest, so be sure to soak it all in on Saturday night.
Sat., June 20,
TBD @ 9:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY/HBO AUDIENCE AWARDS
21+ only (Fest Passholders or $25 Cover)
Sponsored by the Boatslip and Bubula’s By the Bay
Be among the first to get the scoop on the winners of the HBO Audience, Shorts Jury, and John Schlesinger Memorial awards when you step into the swell Boatslip Boat Club and celebrate all the cinematic fun that’s been had for the five days of PIFF.
With live music followed by DJ Matty Dread from our favorite local station WOMR and a spread of delicious libations and bites from Bubula’s By the Bay, this party will close down the festival in style. They’ll be no shortage of impressive guests – actors, directors, writers, artists and more – and you’ll be in and among them. Show off your artistic acumen or simply come to let your hair down. Either way, after these festivities – it’s a wrap.
Sun., June 21,
Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street @ 8:30pm
This year WOMR hosts the ever-popular PIFF Breakfast With.... panels. We match festival filmmakers and esteemed guests with a moderator to bring lively and provocative conversation about select films and topics that are sure to excite and engage. Some guests this year include Michelle Boyaner who is attending with the East Coast Premiere of PACKED IN A TRUNK, and Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman discuss their film TEN THOUSAND SAINTS and get meta with Alan Chebot, the director of Provincetown darling OUTERMOST RADIO, the film about WOMR.
The panels will take place Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21 at 9:30am, and podcasts of our panels will be on the WOMR website — womr.org. Get updates on our panel discussions on our website: www.provincetownfilm.org or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Your Breakfast With... ticket comes with a breakfast selection from one of our PIFF restaurant sponsors; Tin Pan Alley, Waydowntown and The Canteen.
ALL IN PROVINCETOWN: MY KIND OF TOWN
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 9:30AM Purchase Ticket
GAY ACTIVISM: WHERE THE PERSONAL MEETS THE POLITICAL
Friday, June 19, 2015 at 9:30AM Purchase Ticket
THAT’S NOT FUNNY: MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE COMEDIES
Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9:30AM Purchase Ticket
TEN THOUSAND SAINTS AND COUNTING
Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 9:30AM Purchase Ticket
494 Commercial Street @9:30am
CARSICK: JOHN WATERS
John Waters shares his hilarious cross-country hitchhiking memoir, CARSICK, as the successful book comes out in paperback. His journey entails waving a cardboard sign that reads, “I’m Not Psycho” and braving a seemingly scary route across America from Baltimore to San Francisco. Prior to the trek, Waters imagines many colorful scenarios, none of which prepare him for the reality of thumbing it across the good old U.S.A. His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one year old farmer who is convinced that Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Enjoy the sweetly subversive John Waters on the page and in person, as he signs your fresh copy.
Face it: Wouldn’t you rather strike out on the road with John Waters than Jack Kerouac?”
— Kirkus Reviews
Thu., June 18,
Albert Merola Gallery
424 Commercial St. @ 4:00pm
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOLUME ONE: LARRY KRAMER
Come face to face with the formidable activist and playwright Larry Kramer as he presents his magnum opus THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOLUME 1. In his sardonic historical novel, he rewrites the story of our country, focusing with passion and purpose on its homophobia and anti-Semitism.
And he hasn’t lost his edge — he follows a clan of Washington Jews called the Masturbovs that stand in for his own family. Don’t miss the chance to see Kramer talk about the work that he spent over thirty years creating. And find out what he has in mind for Volume 2.
“Larry Kramer is one of America’s most valuable troublemakers. I hope he never lowers his voice.”
— Susan Sontag
Thu., June 18,
Crown and Anchor, 247 Commercial St. @ 9:00pm
DIRECTOR CHAT AND SCREENING
TALK AND FILM BY JENNIE LIVINGSTON
Director and PFI Filmmaker Resident Jennie Livingston gives PIFF a short talk about the links between non-fiction and narrative features plus a 15-minute demo of her work-in-progress, EARTH CAMP ONE. To date, the film has been made possible by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, Netflix, and 540 Kickstarter backers.
Making this independent nonfiction film has been a long process, as the work is not a conventional “doc,” but more of a memoir/essay. After years of work, she’s ready to bring in an editor, and is looking for allies and donors to join her on this cinematic journey. This film is likely to do for conversations about loss and impermanence what Paris is Burning did for conversations about gender, race, class, and identity. Is there anything cooler than reflection? Or complexity? Don’t miss the chance to see and hear Livingston’s latest work and thoughts.
Fri., June 19,
Amp Gallery, 148 Commercial St @ 3:00pm
EVAN LAWSON FILMMAKERS’ BRUNCH
PROVINCETOWN FILM INSTITUTE BENEFIT
Sponsored by the Evan Lawson Family, Richie Weitzen, Martingnetti Companies, & Sage Inn & Lounge
This spring the Provincetown Film Society’s Gabrielle Hanna Film Institute established a women’s residency program in our commitment to supporting underserved filmmakers and continuing the legacy of Provincetown as America’s oldest art colony. Alumni filmmakers from our festival — Jennie Livingston, Shelli Ainsworth and Stacie Passon, came and worked on their current film projects. We will hear from the residents, A SPECIAL GUEST and announce our upcoming Film Institute programs.
Evan Lawson dedicated much of his life’s work to preserving Provincetown for artists and as we expand our programs we are dedicated to continuing in his footsteps in supporting filmmakers coming to Provincetown.”
Sun., June 21,
Sage Inn & Lounge, 336 Commercial St. @ 11:00am