Rocky’s Review
17th Port Townsend Film Festival

I was there for the beginning of the Port Townsend Film Festival, but then for the next sixteen years my involvement was minimal. And yet, every September the memories and excitement comes flooding back. I always miss my friends Peter Simpson and Jim Ewing, but especially during PTFF. I loved listening to them introduce movies. There was eloquence and wisdom between those two men.

     PTFF is a great immersion in culture, and I'm honored to be a part of it. Congratulations to Executive Director Janette Force, her staff, and the countless volunteers who make it happen.  I'll be introducing movies all weekend at the Rose, and I hope to see you there.  

     THE INNOCENTS, director Anne Fontaine's accomplished film plays through this Thursday, September 22nd in the Starlight. Both SULLY and SNOWDEN are unqualified hits, and will resume after the film festival. 

     MEN: A LOVE STORY, one of my favorite documentaries from the recent Telluride Film Festival opens in the Rosebud next Monday - September 26th - for just four days. Director Mia Chakarova was born in Bulgaria, and teaches photography at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University. She was asked by a reporter, "What is love for you?"  MC: "It is everything. Only two things truly make me happy - love and art. In a way, they are intertwined. If we are artists, it has to come from a place of love. You have to capture the person's essence, taking the time to truly understand. Not only understand, but to get rid of all the layers and barriers and walls we put up because we're too scared to let someone know who we truly are."

     Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, and her first movie role was in THE PROFESSIONAL, at age 13. She has had a stunning career, and now as a first-time feature director she brings to the screen A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, based on Amos Oz's international best-selling novel. It opens in the Rosebud next Monday, and plays for just four days.

     Tickets for CHARADE, our September Classics Film in the Starlight sold out well in advance of tomorrow night's screening, but tickets are currently on sale for our October feature: BONNIE AND CLYDE, which, hard to believe, is nearly 50 years old.


See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room