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Women Filmmaker's Residency Program

The Gabrielle A. Hanna Film Institute and The Provincetown Film Society Celebrate its Inaugural Year of the Women Filmmaker's Residency Program

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A Marquee at Waters Edge Cinema

The Provincetown Film Society is soliciting proposals for the planning, design and installation of a marquee at the Waters Edge Cinema.

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The Provincetown Film Society (PFS)

The Provincetown Film Society, LLC (PFS), formed in 2002, is a membership organization that serves as the umbrella organization to three primary interrelated activities: the annual Provincetown International Film Festival, one year-round theater operation, the Waters Edge Cinema; and our emerging Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFI) for film and media artist residences and conferences. In addition to overseeing and implementing operations for all three of our initiatives, PFS oversees and initiates all fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization including membership drives, a yearly online auction, various local and national fundraising events, and individual board member and donor contributions and solicitations.

The Provincetown Film Festival (PIFF)

PFS first started out as the Provincetown Film Festival (PIFF) in 1999 as a means to attract economic development to the town during the shoulder month of June. Since then, the festival has attracted millions of dollars to the town and has become one of the country's preeminent film festivals. It presents a diverse array of American and international narrative features, documentaries and short films, while highlighting the unique attributes of Provincetown's rich and diverse history as an arts colony, Portuguese fishing village, gay and lesbian mecca, and a town first inhabited by Native Americans. With the support of a seasoned staff, many of whom have been with the festival since its inception, this past year we reached record ticket sales. Film submissions were up 30%. We solicited more than 80 corporate and community sponsors and 30 sponsors of inns and hotels. 100 individuals provided donations and contributions raising more than $600,000 in in-kind contributions. We also increased our international visibility with more than 100 press breaks, media spots, and interviews.

The Waters Edge Cinema (WE)

In 2013, the Provincetown Film Society purchase and renovated the 70-seat Whaler's Wharf Cinema now the Waters Edge Cinema (WE). Upgrades includes state of the art HD Digital video and sound; a 2nd multipurpose screening room to offer first run animation, documentary, foreign language and short films as well as a video art gallery for emerging video artists. Our annual offerings include first run independent and art house films, mini-film festivals, guest programming selections, including including past screening opportunities for student filmmakers, and a venue for parties, lectures, book signings and more.

The Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFI)

The Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute is the newest of three initiatives of the Provincetown Film Society along with the Waters Edge Cinema and the annual Provincetown International Film Festival that enable us to achieve our mission to make Provincetown-with its unique combination of art institutions, culture, history and natural beauty-the global destination for creative exploration in film. The following provides a brief overview of the institute and some of it's current programs.

In conjunction with the purchase of the Waters Edge Cinema, former executive director Gabby A. Hanna envisioned a year-round presence for the film society with the cinema deeply incorporated into the artistic fabric of the Provincetown community to make the season beyond July and August support what people have created here for the community. In 2012, the board of directors created an ad hoc committee, the Institute Task Force, that among its various hands-on activities have included: conducting a nation-wide survey of other educational programs, developing a long-range plan, raising funds for an endowment, organizing an annual fundraising brunch with a keynote speaker, initiating a Women's Residency program, and producing short videos that capture the history of Provincetown. Total funds raised-to-date from the Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch in 2014 & 2015, Elizabeth Redleaf, the Mass Cultural Council, and private donors attending our Women's Week fundraiser total $142,000.


The Women Filmmakers Residency Program

As an arts institution in a community that historically celebrates the voices of the "other", our first major residency program was launched in Spring 2015 to support the voices and artistic expressions of women filmmakers who are woefully underrepresented in the film industry. Last spring, we offered three, two-week residencies to mid-career women filmmakers to travel and stay in Provincetown during the off-season to create new work. Filmmakers were allowed to be in any stage of pre or post-production for either narrative or documentary features. Each resident receives travel, housing and a food allowance.

In addition to working on their own projects, visiting filmmakers presented their work to the community followed by public Q & A sessions, met with local artists, and made follow-up presentations about the residency and their work at our film festival in June. Future goals for the residency period include: Offering workshops and presentations with film industry experts that would bring additional filmmakers to Provincetown to set the stage for further filmmaker networking, inspiration, sharing and synergy as well as skill building. This past year, the program was funded by Elizabeth Redleaf and sponsored by Sage Inn and Lounge, Roux, the Lands End Inn, and Tin Pan Alley.

Provincetown Film Society Residency Program from Julia King on Vimeo.


Women's Week

During Women's Week, we present a festival of film screenings, special events, and filmmaker Q & A discussions about films made for, about, and by women. This past year, we screened the highly anticipated CLAMBAKE, directed by Andrea Meyerson about the 30th Anniversary of Women's Week in Provincetown and the founding women; LIZ IN SEPTEMBER directed by Fina Torres and starring Patricia Velasquez; THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER directed by William Gazecki, and WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE by Barbara Hammer about the celebrated poet Elizabeth Bishop. Works-in-progress were also presented by local directors Lise King and C. Fitz.

Winter Film Art Series

Last year, the film institute partnered with PAAM to expand its long-standing 15-part Film Art Series into an educational opportunity for cinephiles and artists. Working closely with local film scholar Howard Karren, we worked with HBO to organize a kick-off event for community building. We provided program and discussion notes to inspire lively post-screening discussions and we held a mid-season writing workshop for series passholders. The program is co-sponsored by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and was supported with funds from the Provincetown Cultural Council.


On Writing with Will Scheffer

In this unique hands-on workshop, advisory board member Will Scheffer (co-creator of GETTING ON, BIG LOVE) employs teaching methods on dramatic writing that he has learned over the course of his career.

'Make Your Dog a Star' Workshop (with PTV)

A fun workshop for pet-enthusiasts to create short films for our August Pet Film Festival co-sponsored by the Pilgrim Bark Park and CASAS.


'Capturing the History of Provincetown' On Video Program

Filmmakers who serve on the institute task force developed a program to create short videos that capture the history of Provincetown. Among the videos created are: A Tribute to Former Board President Evan Lawson, an amateur photographer who frequently photographed Provincetown and an attorney who litigated two important cases at the Supreme Court level - one to prevent a fast food chain from coming to the Outer Cape and also halting a huge development that would have dredged Provincetown harbor and another arguing for one individual's freedom to use the American flag as part of his creative expression and 'A Short History of the Red Inn', now celebrating its 100-year anniversary, which screened over a series of three days at the Red Inn.

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