Provincetown Fest to Feature 40+ Films, Jarmusch Tribute
by Sandra Ogle
The sixth-annual Provincetown International Film Festival will open in Provincetown, Mass., on June 16 with a screening of Brian Dannelly's subversive comedy "Saved!" The four-day festival will include 32 narratives and 15 documentaries from 15 countries, plus a wide variety of special events, including the first PIFF clambake and the annual HBO Video Party.
Director Jim Jarmusch is set to receive the festival's "Filmmaker on the Edge" award, which honors innovation in filmmaking. B. Ruby Rich, John Waters, and Christine Vachon will be among the special guests at the ceremony. Previous recipients of the award include directors Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant.
Anticipated screenings include Angela Robinson's feature "D.E.B.S." which sprang from her short film featured in last year's festival; Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace," starring Catalina Sandino Morena as a desperate Colombian girl who resorts to becoming a drug mule for cash; and Campbell Scott's "Off the Map," about an eccentric family in New Mexico, which will close out the festival on June 20. Other festival highlights include the Mongolian feature "The Story of the Weeping Camel," the Canadian/U.K. production "Touch of Pink," and the Spanish-produced "Callas Forever."
The festival will also spotlight historian and political activist Howard Zinn with two documentaries; "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" takes a peek into Zinn's life and work and "The Corporation" has Zinn joining Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, and many others in an expose about the failed dreams of corporate America. Other docs featured in this year's lineup include: "Dig!," winner of the documentary grand jury prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and "Bright Leaves," Ross McElwee's look at his own family's relationship to the tobacco industry.
The festival's Breakfast With... series enters its second year and provides festival-goers with an opportunity to dine with industry professionals. The youth and diversity film program, in its fourth year, features four teen-related feature films -- "Our House," "Our Town," "Don't Worry, It Will Probably Pass," and "Purgatory House" -- followed by a forum on teen issues attended by local high school students and cineastes. Another special screening event, A Night at the Wellfleet Drive-In, will feature the 1956 Vincent Minnelli classic "Tea and Sympathy" and the shark-infested thriller "Open Water," which Lions Gate will open in August.
The HBO audience awards will be presented closing night at a party hosted by Boatslip and catered by the local Bayside Betsy's. Information on more special events, including "The Wizard of Oz" sing-a-long, can be found on the festival website at www.ptownfilmfest.org.