Like it’s not enough to have Beau Bridges come
to your film festival …
The Port Townsend Film Festival announced last
week that veteran actor Chris Cooper also will be
a special guest of this year’s celluloid celebration, which takes
over downtown Port Townsend on Sept. 25-27.
According to a release from festival director Janette
Force, is the first time PTFF, now in its 16th year, has
had two star headliners for their three-day event. More than 80
films will be screened at a half-dozen venues sprinkled around Port
Townsend’s walkable National Historic District.
Bridges will host a Sept. 25 screening of “The Fabulous
Baker Boys” at the Uptown Theatre. Shot in Seattle,
Bridges co-starred in the film with his brother Jeff
Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. A Q&A with Bridges
follows the film.
Cooper will be on hand Sept. 26 for a screening of his film
“Adaptation.” Based on Susan Orleans “The Orchid
Thief,” the film stars Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage. A Q&A
with Cooper follows the screening.
Bridges is one of the most versatile character actors in
television and film, often playing radically different characters
back to back. He currently is in his third season with Showtime’s
“Masters of Sex,” a fictional account of sex therapists, Masters
Cooper (pictured at left)
won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting
Actor for his role in “Adaptation.” He also starred in John Sayle’s
film, “Lone Star,” and was a supporting actor in “American Beauty,”
“October Sky,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Sea Biscuit.” Oh, and did
we mention that he was July Johnson in “Lonesome Dove?”
Bridges and Cooper will discuss their long acting careers in
“The Conversation,” an hour-long afternoon event on Sept. 26 in the
250-seat American Legion Theatre. With a grant from First Federal
and Centrum, the Festival purchased soundproofing last year and a
gigantic screen to convert the Legion’s auditorium into a theatre,
transforming it into the Festival’s largest theatre.
Cooper’s wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, an author
and actress will also appearnSept. 27 as the Festival’s “Formative
Film” guest author.
An actress in HBO’s series “The Sopranos,” Marianne most
recently finished a David O. Russell film with Robert DeNiro and
Jennifer Lawrence. Marianne has chosen to screen “My Left Foot,”
about a brilliant man (starring Academy Award winner Daniel
Day Lewis) who is challenged by cerebral palsy. (Marianne and Chris
are the parents of Jesse Cooper, a bright young
poet who was also severely affected by cerebral palsy. Marianne’s
acclaimed, transformative memoir, “Jesse: A Mother’s Story” speaks
to all parents who try to do the best for their children. Following
the film is a book signing, hosted by The Writers’ Workshoppe.)
To purchase passes online, call PTFF at 360-379-1333 with
your credit card number (all cards accepted) The festival accepts
checks delivered in person or by mail to their office at 211 Taylor
Street, Ste. 401-A, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
The Festival’s program of curated, independent, narrative and
documentary films will posted on PTTFF’s website in early
Information: 360-379-1333, ptfilmfest.org