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Directing Teams: Two Heads Are Better Than One

Filmmaking is the definition of a collaborative art--often taking a small army to make a film.  With so many creative people on any given crew, why are there so few directing teams?  Join us in a discussion with directing partners Tom Dolby & Tom Williams (PIFF Opening Night Selection LAST WEEKEND) and Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers (South by Southwest Film Festival Grand Jury Award winner FORT TILDEN), dynamic duos that challenge the notion that there can only be one General.  How do they approach the creative process, how do they complement each other, and when there's a disagreement (there have to be some, right?) who wins?  Moderated by partners (in work and life) P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (HIT SO HARD; DEAR MOM, LOVE CHER)

Thu., June 19, 9:15am at Tin Pan Alley

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Goodbye Gauley Mountain


An autobiographical documentary of the co-directors' journey from San Francisco to West Virginia, GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN exposes the social and environmental injustices of mountain top removal in one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the United States – with an "ecosexual" bent. By juxtaposing sadness and humor, love and greed, beauty and devastation, the film braids Beth's West Virginia coalfield hillbilly past, with the promise of ecosexuality in order to deploy new strategies of resistance and make the fight against environmental destruction more sexy, fun, hopeful and diverse-asking, "What would happen if we changed our relationship from Earth as mother, to Earth as lover?"

Preceded by Short Film:


(USA, 2011, 3 minutes)
Directed by Jay Critchley
In this installment from a series responding to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Provincetown filmmaker Jay Critchley twists a bebop classic into a timely anthem to petro culture.

Thu., June 19, 4:00pm at AMP Gallery

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John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with his signature wit, pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. Before he leaves for this adventure, John fantasizes about the possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race. So what really happens? His actual rides include an eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and John’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. He tells all in his new book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. Join us for a reading and book signing with our very own John Waters!

Thu., June 19, 5:00pm at MAP

From the Canvas to the Camera

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Art and artists make fascinating subjects for documentary film and as America’s oldest art colony it seems natural to celebrate this tradition at the festival. Ranging from New York to Cuba and even in our own backyard, this year’s films showcase a diverse group of contemporary artists. Here to discuss their choices about the artists they chose to profile and their own craft are Bruce Donnelly (ALUMBRONES), Jeff Dupre (KEHINDE WILEY: AN ECONOMY OF GRACE), and Marnie Crawford Samuelson (INSIDE MOTHERWELL’S DUMPSTER).

Fri., June 20, 9:15am at Sage Inn & Lounge

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Beautiful Darling


(USA, 2010, 87 minutes)
Directed by James Rasin

Having originally screened at PIFF in 2010, BEAUTIFUL DARLING remains a favorite documentary in Provincetown and beyond. James Rasin directs the tale of the dazzling life and brief times of Brooklyn boy James Slattery, aka Candy Darling – who was photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton, sung about by Lou Reed and cast in a play by Tennessee Williams, surpassing levels of fame typically realized by most of Andy Warhol’s superstars.

The film is based largely on the reminiscences of Candy’s longtime companion, Jeremiah Newton, and underpinned by moving extracts from her diaries read by Chloë Sevigny. Interviews old and new with fellow transsexuals and Warhol alumni Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn, among others, flesh out this surprisingly tender account of Candy’s self-reinvention as a stunning blonde whose comet fizzled out prematurely – but not before her audacious lifestyle made her an underground icon in a decade of enduring allure even to this day.

Followed by a performance and reading by Bobby Miller, writer, actor, photographer, and poet laureate of Provincetown's "Showgirls."

Fri., June 20, 4:00pm at AMP Gallery

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Making a Debut

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It’s difficult for any aspiring director to complete his or her first feature film, but are the odds stacked against women in this effort?  As President of the Jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion (the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes) spoke out about the inequity between male and female feature filmmaking opportunities. Join some of the women directors attending PIFF with their debut features to discuss what it takes to get that first film made. What are the real challenges (and advantages, if any) for women in this competitive industry?  Scheduled to attend are Shelli Ainsworth (STAY THEN GO), Shelia Canavan (COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK), Desiree Akhavan (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR), and Tangerine Entertainment's Anne Hubbell, who will present their “Juice Award” to a female narrative director represented in this year’s festival.  Moderated by award-winning print and broadcast journalist Katherine Lanpher.

Sat., June 21, 9:15am at Sal’s Place

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Who's the Top

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(USA, 2005, 23 minutes)
Directed by Jennie Livingston

From PIFF 2005 alumnus Jennie Livingston comes the fantastical musical comedy follow-up to Paris is Burning, her unforgettable and acclaimed directorial debut. Alixe is in love with Gwen, but sometimes Gwen feels Alixe isn't all there. Alixe, a young poet, is often distracted by her obsession with the bad-boy poet and adventurer CYMON Blank, and by heated fantasies of scary, yet hot, gangs of women in leather. While Gwen is satisfied with their sex life, Alixe is drawn to explore new turfs – is sexual incongruity the cause of their problems, or are their problems the cause of their sexual incongruity? And what's more real – our fantasies, or what we actually do? In WHO’S THE TOP? there are no right answers, just musical numbers.

Followed by Feature Film:


(USA, 2010, 87 minutes)
Directed by James Rasin

A documentary by James Rasin (PIFF 2010) about Warhol superstar Candy Darling, based largely on the reminiscences of Candy’s longtime companion, Jeremiah Newton.

Sat., June 21, 4:00pm at AMP Gallery

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Conversation with the Honorees


A signature tradition as old as the festival itself, our annual gathering at Town Hall is where Filmmaking on the Edge is truly celebrated -- in the form of clips, discussions, audience Q&A, and a delightfully entertaining combination of always dynamic, often revealing, and reliably uncensored on-stage banter between our Festival Honorees and their distinguished hosts.

This year, join us for conversations between David Cronenberg (Filmmaker on the Edge) and John Waters, and Debra Winger (Faith Hubley Career Achievement) with B. Ruby Rich, promising an an afternoon combination of stories, surprises, and uncompromising talent.

Sat., June 21, 5:00pm at Town Hall

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Evan Lawson



Presented by The Lawson Family and Richie Weitzen

So why is the Gabby Hanna Provincetown Film Institute so important? Come to hear Rajendra Roy (Chief Curator of Film at New York's Museum of Modern Art) share industry-leading insights and anecdotes on why. The inaugural (soon-to-be-annual) Evan Lawson FILMMAKERS' BRUNCH is an opportunity to meet some of our favorite filmmakers and actors who are behind the cause.

Promising to be a fun-filled, deliciously food-stuffed morning after to end all morning afters, all proceeds benefit the Institute—which exists to support aspiring and up-and-coming filmmakers on the edge. Get your tickets early—this will be a sellout you won't want to miss!

Sun., June 22, 11:00am at Sage Inn & Lounge

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The Lead Shoes


(USA, 1949, 16 minutes)
Directed by Sidney Peterson

THE LEAD SHOES is a dreamlike trance showing the unconscious acts of a disturbed mind through a distorted lens and other abstract visual techniques (such as reverse and stop motion). "Narrative succumbs to the comic devices of inconsequence and illogic," said writer and independent filmmaker Sidney Peterson of his film. Peterson is considered the father of San Francisco avant-garde cinema. - The 2009 National Film Registry

Selected, discussed, and introduced by musician/composer Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields).

Sun., June 22, AMP Gallery @ 1:30pm

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The Case Against 8

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THE CASE AGAINST 8 is another in a long line of important and timely documentaries from presenting sponsor HBO.  Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White spent five years documenting California's Proposition 8 as it wound its way through the legal system, culminating in the court's decision to overturn the controversial amendment.  A special opportunity to hear war stories from the front lines in a conversation about civil rights, strange bedfellows, and fighting the good fight. How far have we come and how far do we have to go?  Moderated by celebrated and outspoken journalist, blogger and pundit (and Provincetown's own) Andrew Sullivan.

Sun., June 22, 9:15am at Bayside Betsy’s

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Creative Writing Workshops


June 15-20 at Fine Arts Work Center

The Provincetown Film Institute is pleased to partner with the Fine Arts Work Center in promoting two screenwriting workshops led by established professionals in the fields of TV, theatre, and film.

Screenwriter Rafael Alvarez ("The Wire") leads TV AND SCREENWRITING (June 15-20, 1-4pm), a course designed to help budding writers find their voice and put it to work, as well as to pitch a story and lay it down to page.

Playwright and screenwriter David Grimm (Matthew Barney's River of Fundament), hosts WRITING FOR THE BIG SCREEN (June 15-20, 9am-Noon), a course in which attendees will examine story structure in form and content, and explore how visual story telling functions.

Full details, including tuition and registration information, is available at fawc.org

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