Monday, June 14, 2010

Oscar Winners Kudos at P-Town Film Fest

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Gabrielle Hanna, Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival that takes place in Provincetown, Massachusetts June 16th through June 20th. The Opening Night Film will be Oscar Winner Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl”. The Youth and Diversity Program this year includes the world premiere of “Let's Talk About Sex” and the annual A Night At The Wellfleet Drive-In event will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Psycho” with the extra added attraction “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” Tilda Swinton will be receiving the Excellence in Acting Award. Swinton won an Oscar Award and a BAFTA Award for her performance in Tony Gilroy's “Michael Clayton”. Oscar Winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be honored this year with The Faith Hubley Award. Rob had already established himself with his work on the landmark documentary "Word Is Out” and with his Oscar-winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk”. Jeffrey first worked with Rob as a consultant on “The Times of Harvey Milk” and again as editor on a PBS show Rob directed. Their new film “Howl”, their first dramatic narrative, features James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg leading a stellar cast that includes Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn and Jeff Daniels. "Howl" premiered at this year's Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and will be released later this year. Between them they have received two Academy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Filmmaker on the Edge this year is Kevin Smith who has spent the last fifteen years as a writer/director making “Clerks”, “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “Jersey Girl”, “Clerks II”, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and most recently, “Cop Out”, with Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis. 

When asked about the future of the Provincetown International Film Festival Hanna stated, “The festival this year is looking to buy a permanent home in Provincetown. We have launched a capital campaign to purchase the 70 seat Whalers Wharf Cinema. We’ve actually taken over operations of the cinema and we’ll be showing first run art films until the end of the year. We have until January 31, 2011 to raise the funds so we can launch a year-round festival presence.” This is a great organization that needs your support.

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