Last summer, Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton was tapped to direct an episode of Mad Men. (Typing "squee!!" here would be an understatement.) Acclaimed for writing and directing the small and lovely—not to mention award-winning—films We Go Way Back, My Effortless Brilliance and Humpday, Shelton is also known for her improvisational techniques.
I had a whirlwind weekend at the 11th annual Port Townsend Film Festival and it renewed my love for the area. If you need some time away, I recommend a trip to Port Townsend. Visitors can enjoy anything from a world-class film festival to simply taking a stroll along the waterfront. Below are a few suggestions for your stay.
The Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) concluded its second day and I’m trying to keep pace with the locals. Today I saw two feature films, seven shorts and attended a presentation with featured guest Dyan Cannon. Nonetheless, my schedule pales in comparison to diehard PTFF fans. I overheard someone proclaim that he saw six films yesterday. Wow! The trick must be to skip meals and subsist on popcorn!
The Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) began its 11th season bright and early this morning, when I quickly realized that I’m amidst truly dedicated film fans. By 8:00 a.m., the PTFF welcome center was abuzz and people were already headed to early-morning screenings. Most impressively, they were fully awake and even cheerful. It’s a Harry Potter level of enthusiasm—for independent films!
The enthusiasm is warranted. My first screening was Welcome at the Uptown Theatre.
Today is the first day of fall. The weather is turning colder and rainier and sweater season is upon us. (Okay, I admit that I was bundled in a sweater for most of “summer,” but that’s not the point!) I’m actually thrilled for autumn’s arrival because there are so many wonderful arts events scheduled. I’m kicking off the season by attending the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) this weekend, September 24-26.
PTFF is celebrating its 11th season with an impressive slate of programming and guests.
Just because summer has officially ended doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors and enjoy the early Fall before it gets too cold and rainy. The North Cascades Institute has scheduled more “off-season” programs than ever this year. Some upcoming highlights include:
Must ListenThe French projectThursday-Saturday (9/16-9/18) - Seattle’s neo-French music group, The French Project, bring their live performance to the Northwest Film Forum. The Collective will combine film and music that ranges from Saint-Saens and Debussy to Francoise Hard and ZZ Top. All of this from a band of people who can barely speak French or hang on to a day job? We can’t wait. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.829.7863; nwfilmforum.org
I just popped into the Showbox SoDo and set-up for tonight's 7th annual Fashion First show was in full swing. The racks were already filling up with amazing fall garments, and the Seamless in Seattle set will be no exception.
The Seamless runway looks have been delivered, which can only mean it’s just about showtime, Fashion First is tomorrow. I’ll be backstage with the Seamless in Seattle winners, and will be updating you with behind the scenes tweets throughout the night @kcalamusa.
Checking in with great Tuesday deals as we continue to count down to Thursday’s big Fashion First fashion show. I’ve got my hair appointment scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Swink Style Bar (also one of our Shopping Week Out participants, offering 20% discounts on their retail makeup products), but am still looking for that perfect mini skirt to pair with tights and ankle boots for the show.