Who, what, where at Port Townsend Film Festival

PORT TOWNSEND — Here are the venues and a sampling of highlights of the Port Townsend Film Festival today through Sunday.

• The American Legion, Monroe and Water streets.

• The Rose Theatre, Rosebud cinema and Starlight Room, 235 Taylor St.

• The Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

• Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St.

• The Peter Simpson Free Cinema, aka the Marina Room beside the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, 265 Hudson St.

• Outdoor cinema: Taylor Street between Water and Washington streets.

Films will screen in downtown venues from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.


• 12:15 p.m. — “The Bowmakers,” Rocky Friedman and Ward Serrill’s documentary about Port Townsend’s status as a mecca for makers of bows for stringed instruments, has its single festival screening, Rose Theatre.

• 2:10 p.m. — “The Weight of Water” screens during a free public program featuring adventurer and filmmaker Michael Brown and movie critic Robert Horton, Port Townsend High School auditorium, 1500 Van Ness.

• 4 p.m. — Opening parade on Taylor Street with classic cars and arriving filmmakers, followed by dinner for Patron, Concierge and Festival-level pass holders.

• 6:30 p.m. — A Special Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky features a screening of his documentary all about storytelling, “The Primary Instinct,” plus the actor’s reflections on life, love and Hollywood, American Legion Hall.

• 7:30 p.m. — Free outdoor cinema on Taylor Street: “Moana.”


• 9:30 a.m. — “Ernie and Joe,” a documentary about innovative police work, screens with a discussion with local law enforcement and mental health advocates to follow, American Legion.

• 10 a.m. — Filmmakers’ Panel: “Up Close and Personal,” free to the public, Jefferson Museum of Art and History, 540 Water St.

• 3:15 p.m. — The musical duo Miles & Karina play live for screenings of short, silent fairy-tale films by artist and inventor Lotte Reiniger, Rose Theatre.

• 6:30 p.m. — An Evening with Cheryl Strayed features an onstage interview with the “Wild” author after a screening of her formative film, “My Brilliant Career,” American Legion.

• 7:30 p.m. — Free outdoor cinema on Taylor Street: “Groundhog Day,” screening right after the Ned Ryerson look-alike contest hosted by Stephen “Ned” Tobolowsky.


• 10 a.m. — Filmmakers’ Panel: on storytelling, free to the public, Jefferson Museum of Art and History.

• Noon — Director Ben Shedd presents his Oscar-winning documentary about the first human-powered airplane, “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor,” Cotton Building.

• 7:30 p.m. — Free outdoor cinema on Taylor Street: “An American Tail.”

On the road

More free cinema comes to the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock, today through Sunday. Tickets are available at no charge 30 minutes before showtime. See jclibrary.info for more about the movies.


• 1 p.m. — “Phoenix, Oregon”: Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley.

• 3:15 p.m. — “Jay Myself”: A portrait of renowned photographer Jay Maisel and the 30,000-square-foot building he filled with his eccentric collection of objects; preceded by the 7-minute short Photograph of Jesus.


• 10:30 a.m. — “Motherload”: Cyclist and mother Liz Canning embarks on a quest to see how cargo bikes can heal society; preceded by the 4-minute short “Blue.”

• 12:30 p.m. — “Twelve Conversations”: A chance meeting in a Port Townsend record shop leads to a close relationship.

• 3 p.m. — “The Wild”: Director Mark Titus outlines the ongoing struggle in Bristol Bay to preserve the wild salmon fishing industry; preceded by two short films, “Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee” and “ dukʷibəɫ swatixʷtəd dukʷibəɫ swatixʷtəd (Changer’s Land)”.


• 2 p.m. — Reviewers’ Choice Shorts: A collection of short films from around the world, all of which received top ratings from the Port Townsend Film Festival review team.

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