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December 5: Global Lens Screening of THE PARADE

Concluding the 2013 Global Lens Film Series, The Port Townsend Film Festival, Peninsula College and Goddard College invite you to watch THE PARADE, an acclaimed Serbian film inspired by real events. Parking passes are provided and admission is free for this event that takes place on December 5th at Fort Worden’s Schoolhouse, 7 pm. The film is followed by a facilitated discussion.

Filmmaker Srdjan Dragojevic ́ takes a poignantly humane comedic look at some of Belgrade’s prejudices by showcasing a group of gay activists in Belgrade who strike a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss. Limun’s fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade.

It’s a tall order: not only the group’ s individuals are attacked on a regular basis but previous attempts to march were met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads.When Limun’s gang refuses the assignment, he recruits a band of former Balkan war-buddies.

(Serbia, 2011, 115 minutes, Serbo-Croatian with subtitles in English).

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December 4: The Snow Queen

Directed by Angela Amos, The Snow Queen is Key City Public Theatre’s holiday gift to you. This sumptuous stage adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen classic, tells the tale of a brave young woman who must save her friend from his heart of ice before the evil Snow Queen takes over the world.

This is an epic adventure for all ages, that runs December 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22. Tickets are available by calling 360.385.5278 or go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

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December 3: First Tuesday Salon

The first Tuesday of each month, the Port Townsend Film Festival screens a movie at the Rose Theatre and brings in a special guest to talk about the issues raised in the film. On December 3, come see DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in The Starlight Room, with guest, Tom Duke LMHC, CDP.

“Both a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical industry in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based “Dallas Buyers Club” is one of the best films of the year.

Working from a screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, director Jean-Marc Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) delivers a stylistically gritty film that might have been made during the era it depicts — if not for the fact that Hollywood was notoriously slow to acknowledge the reality of AIDS. Spurred to action by the likes of Rock Hudson, who revealed he had AIDS in 1985.

McConaughey is terrific as a man who refuses to let other people tell him how to live — or die. But arguably, Jared Leto is even more impressive, deftly sidestepping caricature to get to his character Rayon’s essence.

“This is the rare film that not only entertains, but enlightens.” Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

For the First Tuesday Salon conversation following the film, Port Townsend Film Festival is pleased to welcome back Tom Duke counselor and activist, with his own unique perspective on the AIDS epidemic that swept thru the world and continues today.