Provincetown Pitches “Camp” and Two Docs
by Brian Brooks
The Provincetown International Film Festival awarded its HBO Audience Awards to four films last weekend, with Todd Graff‘s Sundance 2003 competition film “Camp” winning for best feature. Two films shared the fest’s best documentary prize, including “What I Want My Words to Do to You” by Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin and Gary Sunshine as well as “No Secret Any More: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon” by JEB (Joan E. Biren).
The film by JEB is the story of Del and Phyllis, recognized as founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement, and takes a look at their private personal as well as political relationship in the past fifty years. “What I Want My Words to Do to You” follows playwright Eve Ensler‘s (“The Vagina Monologues”) writing group at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Among the participants are high-profile convicts including Pamela Smart as well as former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judy Clark.
Also winning for best short was “Gay Cops” by Charley Lang on the lives of, well… gay cops. All four films receive $1000 from HBO. Best feature runner-ups were fest favs “Whale Rider,” and “The Magdelene Sisters” while best doc runner ups included “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” and “Cinemania.” The Provincetown International Film Festival took place in the Cape Cod resort town from June 18-22.