Port Townsend Film Festival wraps up today

PORT TOWNSEND — For the seventh consecutive year, Port Townsend is rampant with movie madness.

This time of year, ever since 2000, the city is transformed into a movie mecca where directors and actors roam the streets and a person is encouraged to spend all weekend sitting and staring at a big screen.

All of these details point to the seventh annual Port Townsend Film Festival, now in its third and final day.

The special guest star of the festival is Malcolm McDowell, who is best known for his portrayal of Alex DeLarge, a gang leader enamoured of Beethhoven’s music in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, “A Clockwork Orange.”

He discussed the character during an interview with Sedge Thomson, host of National Public Radio’s West Coast Live!, on Saturday morning.

“Even though Alex is an evil person, you can’t be all bad if you like Beethoven,” McDowell said.

Before McDowell landed his first film role in the 1971 anti-establishment film, “If . . .,” he said he auditioned for countless roles that never panned out.

“I was so lucky to get through that audition,” McDowell said.

“Before that, they always chose the other guy.”

He’s come along way since then, now with 147 film under his belt.

On Friday, he stopped by Port Townsend High School with Peter Simpson, executive director of the festival, to talk with video and film students.

“He became totally engaged with them,” said Simpson.

“I’ve never seen more still 16 and 17-year-old film students.”

McDowell also attended a viewing of “If . . . ” at the Broughton Theatre on Saturday and answered audience questions following the film.

More in Life

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during Saturday’s annual plant sale and raffle at the floral barn at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. The sale, hosted by the Port Angeles Garden Club, was a fundraiser for club projects and scholarships, and it featured a wide variety of plants for the upcoming growing season and beyond. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Plant sale at Clallam County Fairgrounds

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during… Continue reading

The 2024 Community Service Awards winners gather before Thursday's awards ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. This year's recipients were, seated from left, Steph Ellyas and Lyn Fiveash, and standing from left, Gordon Taylor, Don Zanon, Carol Labbe and Betsy Reed Schultz. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Six honored for community service efforts

Volunteers provide energy for trails, respite care

Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: A fundraiser for WAG and Open starts Today at 11 a.m. with an English and jumping fun show, followed tomorrow with a Western Games show at Kari Payne’s 4-L arena off Blue Mountain Road, 95 S. McCrorie Rd. Port Angeles.  Fox-Bell Farm owner Shelby Vaughan, and her assistants Sophie Feik and Kaia Lestage (holding Marley) will be there to host. Shown is Tatar Trots, 10. a horse Shelby got from OPEN five years ago when he was a feral, unhandled stallion and, now, after castrating and training,  he’s a docile horse who enjoys teaching kids how to ride.

 

(Rescue dog Rocky laying down if he’s shown in photo)
HORSEPLAY: Rescue program gives horses new life

SHELBY VAUGHAN WAS born into the rescue mindset. She grew up on… Continue reading

A GROWING CONCERN: For garden chores, keep the spring in your step

SO THE DREAM Playground build is going wonderfully. Thank you for those… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Be a gracious and hospitable host

NOTICE OUR ROAD traffic is getting busier? Yep. We are beginning our… Continue reading

The Rev. Larry Schellink will present “Love God and Tie up your Camel” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Schellink is the guest speaker at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave.
Weekend program scheduled for Unity in the Olympics

The Rev. Larry Schellink will present “Love God and… Continue reading

Unitarian speaker slated in Port Angeles

Phoenix Biggs will present “Singing of Honor… Continue reading

Jaiden Dokken, at Jeanette Best Gallery in Port Townsend, is Northwind Art’s new exhibits coordinator. (Northwind Art)
Poet laureate takes on new role with Northwind Art

Artist, poet and educator Jaiden Dokken is Northwind Art’s… Continue reading

Author John Vaillant stands in front of the iconic tower at Port Angeles City Pier. (Elijah Sussman/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Author visits Peninsula for Writer in Residence program

Vaillant awarded Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

A GROWING CONCERN: Volunteers a dream for playground

YOU, MY LOYAL readers, have been excellent the couple of times I… Continue reading

Unity in Port Townsend planning for Sunday services

Joanna Gabriel will present the lesson at 11 a.m.… Continue reading