Thursday, June 9, 2011

Provincetown International Film Fest 2011

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Connie White, Artistic Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival that takes place in Provincetown, Massachusetts June 15th through June 19th. The Opening Night Film will be THE PERFECT FAMILY directed by Anne Renton with the stellar cast Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain. The festival will close with MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS. The Friday Spotlight Selection is CIRCUMSTANCE and the Saturday Spotlight Selection is SPLINTERS. Career Achievement Award will be given to director Albert Maysles who created the amazing documentaries GIMME SHELTER, GREY GARDENS and SALESMAN. The 2011 Filmmaker on the Edge Award will be awarded to writer/director Darren Aronofsky, BLACK SWAN and THE WRESTLER. The Excellence In Acting Award will be presented to Vera Famiga, UP IN THE AIR, DOWN TO THE BONE and HIGHER GROUND.

Other highlights among the 50+ films programmed this year include the East Coast and New England Premiers of TOMBOY and ON TOUR. There are award-winning international favorites such as ANOTHER EARTH, JANIE JONES and HAPPY, HAPPY. Acclaimed documentaries include BECOMING CHAZ, THE LAST MOUNTAIN, PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES and TABLOID. Of course there will be the annual A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN which will be in the horror genre with ALIENS and TROLLHUNTER. This year the Youth & Diversity Program will include the timely film THE BULLY PROJECT.

LGBTQ teens are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Over the past year, numerous teens have taken their own lives after facing bullying incidents. When asked what advise she would have for these at risk kids, White a mother and gay ally stated, “I would just say to find your passion. Whether that’s art, music, cooking or movies, and you’ll find your community. And just know that you’re not alone. I think that finding community is probably the most important.”

Connie White has been with the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began thirteen years ago. Under her direction, the PIFF has hosted and honored such acclaimed independent filmmakers as Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Mira Nair, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Quentin Tarantino. The Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving the Provincetown community and reflecting the community’s rich diversity in America’s oldest art colony. This is the fifth year we’ll be covering the festival for OUTTAKE VOICES™.
For More Info & Tix: ptownfilmfest.org

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