Connecting Filmmakers, Film Lovers and Communities--The Port Townsend Film Festival began life in 1999 as the vision of four film buffs who saw an opportunity to create a three-day event with something for everyone.
Opening Night Party
PTFF Anniversary Opening Night Celebration
Thursday, September 19, 5:00-6:30 pm
Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza
725 Water St.
Followed by a screening of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Thurs., Sept. 19, 7:00 pm
American Legion Hall
Please join us at the new Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza for hors d’oevres and a toast to success to kick off our banner-year celebration. The first 250 guests receive a commemorative glass. At 7 pm, move to the American Legion Hall for a screening of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind. PTFF Pass holders only.
Friday, September 20 Special Events
U.S. Festival Premiere
Friday, September 20, 12:15 pm
One Screening Only
The story of the most important instrument you’ve never heard of.
Port Townsend is known as the “Mecca of bowmaking,” where five world-renowned bowmakers live and work. They are among the handful of craftsmen who still practice this centuries-old trade. Join director Ward Serrill, producer Rocky Friedman, and sound and assistant editor Sana Gomes who will talk about their travels around the world to pursue this story.
A Community Conversation with Director Michael Brown
Speaking with Robert Horton on Stage about filming The Weight of Water
Friday, September 20, 2:20–3:10 pm
Port Townsend High School Auditorium
1500 Van Ness St.
Imagine riding some of the most challenging rapids on earth with a handheld camera. Now imagine careening downriver in a small one-person kayak–blind! Legendary director Michael Brown and Seattle film critic Robert Horton discuss Erik Weihenmayer’s wild ride, filmed for The Weight of Water. Open to the community.
A Special Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky
Interviewed on Stage by Joseph Bednarik
After Screening of “The Primary Instinct”
Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm
American Legion Hall
First, we watch character actor Stephen Tobolowsky onscreen with his brilliant monologue The Primary Instinct, directed by David Chen. Following the screening, Joseph Bednarik (Copper Canyon Press) talks with Stephen on stage about his journey as an actor and how “The Tobolowsky Files” became a podcast about life, love and the entertainment industry.
Saturday, September 21 Special Events
Lotte Reiniger Fairy Tales
Accompanied with Live Music by Miles & Karina
Saturday, September 21, 3:15 pm
Rose Theatre (70 min)
One Time Only
Enjoy a truly magical collaboration of live music (accordions and more!) and silent film. We open with Lotte That Silhouette Girl a 10-minute short. Followed by six silent fairy tales made by paper artist and inventor of silhouette animation, Lotte Reiniger. All accompanied by the music of Miles & Karina. Every frame is a work of art, and each musical note matches the action. All scores were commissioned by the Northwest Film Forum and composed by Miles and Karina in 2013.
A Special Evening with Cheryl Strayed
Our Formative Film Author
Screening My Brilliant Career
Followed by On-Stage Interview with Moira Mcdonald
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 pm
American Legion Theatre
Years before the publication of her wildly successful memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed began writing with her cheeky advice column, “Dear Sugar.” When we asked her to select a film that was an early influence on her work, she selected My Brilliant Career, a 1979 Australian film about a woman in the Victorian era who defied convention for art. Following the screening, there will be an interview with Cheryl Strayed