This past weekend I attended the world premiere of Tammy Faye: Death Defying at the Provincetown Film Festival. The screening was held at the Crown & Anchor, a cabaret that proved to be the perfect screening setting thanks to the adjoining bar which allowed the audience the luxury of knocking back a few beers while watching the film.
Less of a scene than some film festivals, there were no agents scurrying about or beached Weinsteins gasping for air. What the cape did have was John Waters riding his bike through town, Christine Vachon on her way to a clambake, and Series 7 director Dan Minahan and his partner sporting matching full-length fur coats. I Shot Andy Warhol director Mary Harron received the festival’s Filmmaker on the Edge award and showed a clip of her upcoming film, The Notorious Bettie Page. Sadly [Ed note: for us, that is, not you], the juiciest bits of the weekend are too scandalous & catty to report, but I can say it was a great time!
I did have a chance to see Loggerheads, directed by my friend Tim Kirkman, which is fantastic. It premiered at Sundance and has been making the festival rounds ever since. Check your local festivals for screening dates & times! It opens in theaters this fall. I also recommend checking out The Education of Shelby Knox, which airs tonight on the PBS series P.O.V.
This week the WOW festival juggernaut is heading to Frameline in San Francisco for several screenings, including the world premiere of TransGeneration, Thursday, June 23 at the Castro, and Tammy Faye: Death Defying, screening Saturday, June 25 at 6:30 pm at the Castro. Tammy Faye will be there for a Q&A following the film.
– Chris McKim
(Photo courtesy/stolen from Edge Provincetown. From left: Rose Rosenblatt, director, The Education of Shelby Knox; Drew; Tim Kirkman, writer-director Loggerheads; Shelby Knox; Chris McKim)