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A Weekend of Stars

Notes from Land's End: June 19


June 19th, 2012

Attending the flawless Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) and the heartfelt Grand Re-opening of The Provincetown Public Library this past weekend was truly wonderful. There was so much to do that it was delightful to see filmmaker Roger Corman’s wife, Julie, attending both the PIFF Press Luncheon and Josephine Del Deo’s Keynote Speech for Heritage Day in the library’s Marc Jacobs room.

The annual Film Fest’s press event is traditionally held at Lands End Inn overlooking Long Point. With roses cascading down a hilled walkway, the vista is unspeakably beautiful.

The annual Film Fest’s press event is traditionally held at Lands End Inn overlooking Long Point. With roses cascading down a hilled walkway, the vista is unspeakably beautiful.

Local treasure John Waters and 2012 Filmmaker on the Edge recipient Roger Corman graciously posed and answered questions for reporters from Boston, New York and Los Angeles. I met PIFF Board Members Jane Harper and Rhonda Berchuck over a glass of wine and we talked about the Provincetown Film Society’s membership program. For $35.00 a year, an individual can support year round film offerings, film education and cultural events in Provincetown. The PFS also gives discounts not only at the newly renovated and renamed cinema, Waters Edge (Provincetown), but also at WHAT (Wellfleet), the Brattle Theater (Cambridge) and the Coolidge Corner Theater (Brookline). Touted as the “new Sundance”, the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Provincetown Film Society will continue to set the independent cinematic bar June 19-23, 2013.

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East Ender Ann Wood was represented in this year’s fest with her short “The Awakening”. She is now inspired to make more films, which is a wonderful thing. Local videographer and actor Tim McCarthy was a delightful presence, recently honored for his contributions to the dramatic arts at the Provincetown Theater. While people continuously photographed Roger, Julie Corman and I talked about libraries and gardens. She was excited to attend the re-opening celebration there at 3:00p.m.

A ribbon, clipped by Marc Jacobs’ Robert Duffy, represented the culmination of the monumental task to reclaim what is now an award-winning library. We enter the restored entryway with a mural by renowned painter John Dowd to take a seat in the Marc Jacobs Room. A keynote speech by Josephine Del Deo was followed by the dedication of a gorgeous bronze sculpture, incorporating her likeness, by son Romolo. It will be displayed in the library’s Heritage Archival Room, also named for Josephine.

A champagne toast was served on the third floor as we chatted by the ¾ model of a schooner, the Rose Dorothea. Former and current Library Directors, Debbie DeJonker-Berry and Cheryl Napsha, were both in attendance for this stupendous moment, marking over ten years of renovation, countless volunteer hours and private, town and national funds to create this most beautiful place.

It was nice to catch up with Town Manager Sharon Lynn outside of a meeting and to spend time chatting with gallery director Berta Walker about the upcoming Selina Trieff show (June 22 to July 15).

PIFF and the Library also joined together to present DAD, I WANNA GO FISHIN. Using vintage footage, the sold out film is directed by fisherman Peter R. Cook and the technically savvy Paul DeRuyter.

Books, films and ceremonies made for a lovely weekend for culture and mingling in Provincetown.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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