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May 4: NEBRASKA with Screenwriter & Academy Award Nominee Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson, photo by Emily Shur for the Wall Street Journal

Bob Nelson, photo by Emily Shur for the Wall Street Journal

Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, NEBRASKA brought Bruce Dern the role of a lifetime as the irascible octogenarian Woody Grant and features director, Alexander Payne at the top of his game.

However, a film is only as good as the screenplay, which explains Nebraska’s 6 Academy Award Nominations. PTFF is honored to present Bob Nelson, who created this marvelous story, along with Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie muse, in a conversation following the film.

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Noon with Interview following
Rose Theatre
Tickets: $12 rosetheatre.com

Writes Macdonald:

“Bob Nelson’s “Nebraska” is a great story, both on and off the screen. Join me on Sunday, May 4 to watch the film – one of 2013’s best, to my mind – and to chat with Bob about the writing of his first screenplay and the ten-year journey that took him all the way to the Oscars.”

April 1 First Tuesday Salon: TIM’S VERMEER

The April 2014 First Tuesday Salon is no April Fool’s Joke! But our monthly film+discussion event, does take place on April 1, with the 7:15pm screening at the Starlight Room (tickets) ofTIM’S VERMEER.


Our friend, Seattle Times reviewer Moira Macdonald writes of TIM’S VERMEER:

“the documentary is about many things — art history, technology, painting technique, beauty—but ultimately it’s a beguiling study of fascination. (Or, some might say, obsession.)”

In 2010 painter David Hockney published a book called “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters” which ruminated on the suspicion that some old masters had achieved such haunting rendition of visible accuracy that it could not be just skill, or genius or taking enough naps.

Enter Tim Jenison, an inventor, not a painter, but a man vulnerable to unlikely obsessions.  He calculated that it might be possible to recreate whatever optics 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer had employed. In this terrific film, we follow his five year journey of discovery, using ancient and modern tools to understand Vermeer’s seemingly impossible accomplishment.

Join us after the film for salon-style conversation up in the Starlight Room, with local artist and technician Terry Tennesen describing his own use of ancient tools such as the camera obscura.  The magic of perspective, physics and mathematics play a crucial role in art.  What a rare opportunity to explore work where art and craft are one.

April 17: MORE THAN FRYBREAD at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library

We wanted to let the PTFF Community know about a terrific film screening and filmmaking workshop taking place on April 17, 2014 at the Jamestown SKlallam Community Center.


Filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton will be screening MORE THAN FRYBREAD at 5:30pm, and preceding that at 3:30 will be a short filmmaking workshop.


  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Dinner at 5:30pm, Movie to follow
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Community Center, Red Cedar Hall
  • Please RSVP to Bonnie Roos 360-582-5783 or broos@jamestowntribe.org

It is the clash of the 21st Century, as frybread makers compete for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread Championship! Twenty-two Native American frybread makers, representing all twenty-two tribes in Arizona, convene together under one roof to see who is the State’s best frybread maker.

The film takes a larger than life turn in the final round as the four finalists battle for pride, prize money and a trip to the National World Wide Frybread Association Championship in New York City. This is the hottest contest on earth, leaving audiences truly laughing out loud and hungry for some fantastic frybread!

Travis Holt Hamilton is one of a very small handful of filmmakers, if not the only one, who continues to make successful contemporary Native American pictures outside the Hollywood system. He will be available for questions following the film screening.

Filmmaking Workshop

For all budding film makers, there will be a film workshop with Director Travis Holt Hamilton

  • April 17, at 3:30pm
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Community Center, Red Cedar Hall
  • Learn the basic steps of scripting, storyboarding, shooting and more.


Auditions for Holt Hamilton Production’s next film LEGENDS IN THE SKY will be taken after the movie screening.  Some of the filming of that movie will take place on the Makah reservation. For more information about the parts they are looking for, go to their website:


Enjoy The 2014 Children’s Film Festival

The Port Townsend Film Festival and the Rose Theatre are excited to present the 2nd Annual Children’s Film Festival in Port Townsend – March 8-9, 2014.


Over the past nine years Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to young people and their families. Each year Northwest Film Forum creates a touring, family-friendly version of their premiere event for other theatres and communities. The Rose and the Port Townsend Film Festival is pleased to once again present this stunning showcase of the finest filmmaking for children from around the world.

With films from Europe, Asia and the USA, this program offers everything from dancing pastries to edible rocks to a beautiful fish made out of sand. Filled with whimsical creatures, stunning animation and heartwarming stories about what it means to be a family, these shorts will take you to the moon and back.  Suitable for all ages.  One film is subtitled.

“We are thrilled to present this collection of cinematic magic in a theatre” says PTFF Executive Director Janette Force, ” because going to the movies is really different than watching at home or on a computer. The sound oflaughter all around you- the collective gasp or sigh moving thru the audience- that is the marvel we want to share with young audiences.”

For schedule, tickets and, more information visit The Rose Theatre’s complete Festival page, or call 360-385-1089

March 4 First Tuesday Salon: Gloria

First Tuesday Salon returns to the Starlight Room on March 4, 2014, to enjoy one of the best new foreign films of the year.


GLORIA introduces us to a marvelous performance by Chilean actress, Paulina Garcia. Moira MacDonald wrote in the Seattle Times,

“We travel her life with her, and start carrying what she carries: a bad marriage, an emptiness where her children used to be, a neighbor who frighteningly shouts at night, a man who’ll give himself to her in bed, but not in life. And by the end, we dance with her, living in the moment as she does, not looking ahead to life’s next turn.”

The film starts at 7:20pm, and joining us for a conversation following the film will be Sana Gomes, filmmaker and newest member of the PTFF staff. As a native Brazilian, she will provide perspective on the life of a modern woman in South America.

An Oscars Thank You!

Sure, the 86th Academy Awards were a big deal for the filmmakers, actors, and industry veterans who came away from the Hollywood event with an Oscar.

But the evening was an even BIGGER deal for the Port Townsend Film Festival. Our Oscars Gala is the Festival’s largest fundraising event of the year, and the 2014 party raised nearly $25,000 in support of the organization. On behalf of the staff, board, volunteers, community – everyone who is  part of our year-round work, we’d like to say THANK YOU!

We’ll have more to say soon – but wanted to get the word out quickly that the evening was a great success.


The PTFF Board (and T.R. Boyce) say THANK YOU!

2014 Port Townsend Film Festival Submission Deadline Approaching

film-submissionsThe deadline is fast approaching for film submission to the 15th Port Townsend Film Festival. The earlier we receive your work, the lower the entry fee. And, once we have featured your work in our festival, there is no fee at all! Many of our filmmakers come back year after year, because, in their words, “ pure pleasure to work with! One of the best coordinated film festivals ever & looking forward to working with your team again!” Tom Shadyac describes PTFF as “… what Telluride was 20 years ago!”

The 2014 Festival takes place September 19-21. PTFF provides ground transportation, lodging & incredible hospitality for two representatives of your film. Not only is Port Townsend one of the most beautiful places on earth, we fill 7,000+ seats with film lovers who are eager to meet you.



  • Feature length narrative films: more than 40 minutes long
  • Feature length documentaries: more than 40 minutes long
  • Shorts in any genre: up to 40 minutes long


Regular Deadline • March 13, 2014
Features $45 / Shorts $30

Late Deadline • April 15, 2014
Features $60 / Shorts $40

WAB Deadline • April 25th
Features $85 / Shorts $45


You are submitting to a competitive program. If selected, your film will be eligible for one or more of the following awards:

  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Adventure Film
  • Best Animated Film (of any length)
  • Audience Choice in all categories as well as special prizes awarded at the discretion of the jury.


Submit two (2) DVDs of your film
• NTSC format (not PAL)
• Region 1 or 0
• English or English subtitles
DVD+RW and DVD-RW are NOT acceptable. Submitted DVDs will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed and PREPAID envelope. Please DO NOT submit ‘Works in Progress.’


  • Blu-Ray Region 1 or 0; NTSC
  • Media Files: .flv, .mpg, .mov, .avi


Submission fees will be waived upon request for filmmakers who are:

  • born in or current residents of Clallam, Jefferson, or Kitsap counties, Washington; and/or
  • alumni of a previous Port Townsend Film Festival


Port Townsend Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com , which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join Withoutabox’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities. Click to submit your film today!


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February 4 First Tuesday Salon: Inside Llewyn Davis

Not a comedy, not a tragedy- no, it’s the life of a folk musician! Join us at the Rose Theatre for our February First Tuesday Salon on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:30pm for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. (Tickets). Following the show, we’ll have a lively conversation about the life of a musician with international singer songwriter Simon Lynge.

inside llewyn davis

Critics are struggling to describe the latest marvel from the Coen Brothers: “Hilarious in the Coens’ weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing. This movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways, ” Mary Ann Johansen says on her film blog. Bill Goodykoontz writes “This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can’t really appreciate what you’ve seen until it’s over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.”

simon-lynge And as we see in the film, the journey of a folk singer is not for the faint of heart. So let’s talk with international singer songwriter Simon Lynge about his own path from the mountains of Greenland to the international stage and then to his life in Port Townsend with his family. The choices that face all artists are the stuff of legend- in poetry, song, sculpture and symphony. What are the moments that define a career and that forever alter the direction in which we believe we are headed?

Join PTFF Director Janette Force as she invites Simon to take us on the road as singer songwriter in the 21st century. He wasn’t around Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, but there are clearly some common elements. (hint- no icebergs in Greenwich Village, no subways in Greenland).

The Envelope Please: The 2014 PTFF Annual Oscars Gala

It’s Oscar© time again!  Join us at the NW Maritime Center on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:30pm for an evening of fun, film, philanthropy, and a 5-course meal.  The PTFF Oscars Gala is the Festival’s largest fundraising event of the year.

oscar statues

Tickets go on sale February 1, and are $55.

The event starts with an amazing silent auction that features includes private coffee roasting lessons, a getaway to San Francisco, an exclusive tour of Protection Island and much more!  Sip champagne & nibble appetizers while we watch The official Red Carpet broadcast and listen to live jazz with The Rex RiceTrio (yes, you can bid on them, too!).   At 5pm our buffet dinner opens, thanks to sponsor The Silverwater Café.  Then, settle at your table by 5:30pm in time for the live broadcast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards with host, the hilarious Ellen DeGeneres.

TR BoyceOur own host for the evening is a the amazing filmmaker T.R. Boyce, the producer of our 2013 Best Narrative Feature, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM.  He will be dressed in his tuxedo, ready to help PTFF in our annual fundraising event.

We are excited to announce that one of our donors has offered us a $10,000 Match Grant, which we will work to match at the Gala – helping to make our film education outreach programs a reality.  Come prepared to raise your paddle in support of the world-class film opportunities PTFF has been creating for 15 years.

Dinner will be followed by fruit & cheese, dessert, chocolate and a No Host bar serving our legendary Area 51 organic cocktails.

You can dress as your favorite movie star or wear your PJ’s, if that is what makes you comfortable.  Wear jeans or gowns, and be prepared to root for our own Bruce Dern as Best Actor in NEBRASKA!  Limited seating.  If tickets remain, price at the door will be $65.

Explore Turkish Film and Muslim Culture with Pelin Esmer

Port Townsend Film Festival and Centrum welcome award-winning Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer with her film, WATCHTOWER, January 24-26, 2014, part of the Caravanserai program introducing Western audiences to the Muslim faith using art as a common language.

Esmer’s first appearance in Port Townsend will be on on KPTZ 91.9 FM on Friday, January 24th, during Phil Andrus’s show, “Tossed Salad” at 1:30pm.

pelin-esmerPORT ANGELES Screening

  • Friday, January 24 at 7 pm, WATCHTOWER will screen at the Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, followed by a conversation with Esmer and film educator Bruce Hattendorf.

PORT TOWNSEND Lecture and Screening

  • On Saturday, January 25, at 2 pm, Esmer will discuss the topic of women as artists in Muslim countries at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, with host Martha Trolin.
  • Sunday, January 26, at noon at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend, WATCHTOWER will screen for a second time, featuring a conversation with Ms. Esmer and Bruce Hattendorf.

All events are presented free of charge, supported by The Peter Simpson Education Fund, PTFF, Centrum, Commander’s Beach House, PT Arts Commission, Jefferson County Library, Peninsula College, the Doris Duke Foundation, Arts Mid West and Caravanserai.