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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Peter Simpson: a man who loved movies

This is terribly sad news: I just learned today that Peter Simpson, longtime artistic director of the Port Townsend Film Festival, died of cardiac arrest last Thursday. He was 74. Through the festival, I’ve worked with Peter for many years; he was a member of the organizing committee for the first PTFF in 2000, became its artistic director a few years later, and has been hard at work planning a special tenth anniversary edition of the festival this year. Much of the festival’s character — its friendliness, its informality, its identity as a “film lover’s block party” — matched Peter’s personality as well; he was a genial man with a hearty laugh who truly loved film. At the festival, which takes place in late September, he would seem to be everywhere: introducing movies, chatting with festivalgoers, escorting special guests (which in recent years included Peter Fonda, Malcolm McDowell, Piper Laurie and Elliott Gould). Though perpetually busy — running a film festival involves a million details, all of which seemed to require his attention — he always had time for a friendly hello. And though I didn’t know him well, he struck me as a man of unusual kindness; in particular, when he heard that I had an ill family member last year, he sent me messages of thoughtfulness and support.
My sympathies go out to his family and to the Port Townsend community, who will miss him so much; I will miss him too. If anyone reading this knew Peter, or attended and enjoyed the Port Townsend Film Festival (in which case, you kind of did know him), please feel free to post comments here.

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