Film fest starts with live streaming special

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Posted 9/9/20

There’s so much going on as part of this year’s Port Townsend Virtual Film Festival it’s starting early.

Even before the official first day (Thursday, Sept. 24) this year’s …

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Film fest starts with live streaming special

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There’s so much going on as part of this year’s Port Townsend Virtual Film Festival it’s starting early.

Even before the official first day (Thursday, Sept. 24) this year’s Peter Simpson Free Cinema Event is taking place virtually in the form of a live-stream screening at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Months in the making, officials said the Port Townsend Film Festival is proud to host the dynamic program “The Feeling Through Experience” — available to all for free.

Featured in The New York Times, Fox 5 News, and Newsday, “The Feeling Through Experience” is an 18-minute film starring deaf and blind actor Robert Tarango.

The screening is a three-part, fully accessible event, including a showing of this, reportedly the first film to star a deaf and blind actor, followed by a supporting documentary (“Connecting the Dots,” 24 minutes long) and panel discussion with Tarango, creator Doug Roland, Angela Theriault, executive director of Deaf-Blind Service Center in Seattle, and Will Butler of Be My Eyes, a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for assistance via a live video call.

Accessibility resources for the screening include live captions, ASL interpreter, and an audio description option.

The entirety of the program will later be included as a special event in the Port Townsend Virtual Film Festival.

The festival itself begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 and for 10 straight days will bring audiences more than 75 films, filmmaker interviews, and additional exclusive content.

“Things may look different this year, but these important works will still be brought to our community,” program officials said.

As with past in-person festivals, all-inclusive passes, film six-packs, and individual film tickets will all be available so viewers can curate their perfect viewing experience.

Additionally, nearly all of the festival’s more than 30 feature films will be accompanied by pre-recorded filmmaker interviews.

There will also be a collection of special events including the highly anticipated film “The Race to Alaska,” accompanied by a panel with the filmmaker and local students and boat builders.

All-Access Passes are $120 each. Six-Pack Passes are $60 and single tickets (though not available for presale) are $12 each. Visit www.ptfilmfest.com to learn more and purchase.

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