1st 'Guess the Guest' clue released (AND . . . Port Townsend Film Festival is moving on up!)
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Janette Force, executive director of the Port Townsend Film Festival, leans on a hand truck in the space that will be the group's new office.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

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1st 'Guess the Guest' clue released
PORT TOWNSEND — The first of three clues to the identity of the special guest for the 14th annual Port Townsend Film Festival guest has been released.

The person who solves the riddle first will get the opportunity to have a photograph taken with the guest, a person well-known for acting or directing.

The first clue in the film festival's Guess the Guest contest is:

“An accolade from the stage
“When well played the part
“Out of darkness, gone at last
“A story lived to heart.”

The next clue will be released June 26, and the third and final clue will be published July 3, with the guest's identity and the name of the contest winner announced July 10.

Guesses can be submitted by email to guess@ptfilmfest.com; by hand at 211 Taylor St., Suite 401-A, fourth floor, at the corner of Water and Taylor streets; or by mail to the Port Townsend Film Festival, 211 Taylor St., Suite 401-A, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Entries must include the guess along with the guesser's name, mailing address, daytime phone and email address.

Those guessing can submit multiple entries.

For more information about the film festival, about purchasing passes or to volunteer, visit www.ptfilmfest.com or call 360-379-1333
— Peninsula Daily News
PORT TOWNSEND — As it prepares for its 14th year, the Port Townsend Film Festival is moving up — literally — to a larger office that could house small screening parties, its executive director hopes.

“There is a lot of light up here, which we are just delighted by,” said Janette Force while touring the new suite on the fourth floor of the Mount Baker Block building, 211 Taylor St.

“We will have space for our meetings, and people can work without tripping over each other.”

The new space, which tops 1,300 square feet, more than doubles the space that the film festival occupied on the third floor.

It includes more space for the film library, which is available to film festival members.

The new office represents a continued skyward movement for the film festival.

It occupied space on the building's first and second floors before moving to the third floor five years ago.

“Our next step is to be on the roof,” Force quipped.

While some items already had been relocated Tuesday, the office will close Thursday and Friday for the move.

An opening reception at a future date will show off the new digs, Force said.

The new space has been cleaned and repaired by a volunteer crew, including drywall repair, finished by Wallyworks Construction, owned by Port Townsend resident Malcolm Dorn.

Having the new space for the annual festival, which will take place Sept. 20-22, will increase efficiency, Force said.

“We'd like to eventually have small screenings up here, but first, we'd need to raise the money to buy some curtains,” Force said.

“It's very bright up here.”

The film festival also just released the first of three clues to the identity of its special guest, whose films will be shown at the festival both on a public stage on Taylor Street and in a question-and-answer session as part of the festival.

Force said this year's guest continues a tradition that in the past included Peter Fonda, Cloris Leachman and last year's guest, Bruce Dern, who took home a Best Actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's “Nebraska.”

“We look for accessible guests who are not so taken by the pretense of festivals and willing to engage with attendees,” Force said.

“We also like to take them to schools to demystify the idea there is a separation between a big professional film star and the people who watch the movies.”

Aside from the information provided in the clues, Force divulged that this year's guest engaged in a separate art form that also will be featured at the festival.

The guest moved from acting into directing and has served on the board of a film festival in his or her town of residence, Force said.

For more information, visit www.ptfilmfest.com or call 360-379-1333.

Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or cbermant@peninsuladailynews.com.

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