Rocky’s Review
PTFF Essay

The 17th Port Townsend Film Festival is just a month away, and I'd like to extend an invitation to students, ages 13 to 18. As a sponsor of the festival the Rose receives several passes to the weekend event, September 23-25. I would like to give 2 passes to students in Jefferson County; either public, private or homeschool students. Submit an essay of no more than 250 words as to why you would like to attend PTFF. Email it as a Word document along with your name and phone number to The subject heading should be PTFF Essay. Essays must be received by Friday, September 9. The winner will be notified by Friday, September 16. Passes are non-transferrable and include the opening night dinner on Taylor Street, and access to all films on a first-come, first-seated basis. (Festival movies are not rated, and some material may not be suitable for young viewers, but the festival office can provide students and parents with guidance in selecting movies).

     It's another exciting, busy week at the Rose and Starlight Room.  For three days only - this Tuesday, August 23 - Thursday, August 25 - we've got two great documentaries on screen in the Rosebud. MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER is a gem from South Korea about two lovebirds who have been married for 76 years. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Jin Moyoung acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection. EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS is exactly that - 93 minutes Zappa irreverence.

     And speaking of great documentaries, THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE returns for two more shows this Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, and the multi-award-winning documentary LIFE ANIMATED also plays for two shows this weekend.  The movie received the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

     The new comedy DON'T THINK TWICE from writer-director Mike Birbiglia (SLEEPWALK WITH ME) opens at the Rose Friday, while the New Zealand comedy HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE holds over in the Rosebud for another week. FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS moves up to the Starlight on Friday, and the ever-so, bad BAD MOMS moves downstairs to the Rosebud. And after four weeks, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC departs this Thursday, August 25.

     The final presentation of RICHARD III starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave screens this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy


See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room.