September 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM
This weekend: Port Townsend Film Festival
If you’re looking to get out of town this weekend and see a few movies, considering hopping on a ferry and visiting the Port Townsend Film Festival. This friendly local festival, unspooling in an absurdly scenic town, is in its 14th year. Karen Allen is the special guest, and she’ll preside over a Saturday night screening of “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Paul Newman and starring Allen, Joanne Woodward, James Naughton and John Malkovich. An assortment of features and documentaries from around the world round out the three-day schedule (with several films with local connections, including the documentary “Big Joy” about poet and former Port Townsend resident James Broughton). And if you don’t want to bother with tickets, free events abound: Free movies screen for all three days at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema at the American Legion Hall (209 Monroe Street; named in honor the longtime artistic director of the festival, who died in 2009), and “Starman” (Friday night), “Finding Nemo” (Saturday night) and “Step Into Liquid” (Sunday night) will have free evening screenings outdoors on Taylor Street. Oh, and there’s a beer garden, which I assure you will stay open in all weather. (I remember a particularly drafty PTFF year, with the rain pouring and the wind howling — and an intrepid gentleman in a rain poncho, sitting in the beer garden and enjoying a pint.) For more information: www.ptfilmfest.com.