New collection to characteristic movie, interviews with administrators

Haida-Tlingit artist Robert Davidson is the subject of "Haida Modern," the first selection in the year-round PTFF Pics series. Photo by Tina Schliessler

PORT TOWNSEND — There’s a Haida perception: No matter we are able to think about, we are able to create.

So displays Robert Davidson, the artist on the middle of “Haida Modern,” the primary movie to be chosen for a brand new Port Townsend Movie Pageant providing to start out right this moment.

PTFF Pics, accessible to anybody with $10 and an web connection, is the brand new year-round collection dreamed up by pageant employees as a method to join film lovers with impartial cinema and filmmakers.

So, together with streaming the 85-minute “Haida Modern,” viewers can have an opportunity to observe movie pageant govt director Janette Drive interview its Canadian director, Charles Wilkinson.

This choice comes from the 2020 Port Townsend Movie Pageant, the place it was amongst some 80 films streamed within the first totally on-line fall occasion.

“Haida Modern,” with its photos of Davidson’s artistic endeavors and of his Haida Gwaii homelands, “is a tale for our time,” Drive stated.

“Robert Davidson’s journey is fascinating. I used to be actually touched by his story on the elevating of his first pole that he carved together with his household in Hydaburg.

“He says that his grandmother wanted to share a traditional dance, and asked his cousin to bring a brown paper bag. She cut holes for her eyes and danced with the bag on her head. He credits that moment for inspiring his lifelong journey as a traditional mask carver.”

Wilkinson, whom Drive talks with for about 30 minutes, speaks of Davidson as a carver who introduced indigenous artwork into the Pacific Northwest’s mainstream — and he has since grow to be a world-renowned determine.

The artist and director first met when Wilkinson made “Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World,” an award-winning documentary.

Each “Haida Modern” and Drive’s dialog with Wilkinson will likely be accessible for streaming by Jan. 10. Tickets are on sale through

“Each month we will select a film from one of our PTFF alumni directors, perhaps one that we have already screened or new work,” Drive stated.

“The films will stream for one week, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the filmmaker, one of the rare gifts that our online streaming has made possible.”

The Port Townsend Movie Pageant web site additionally presents passes to Girls & Movie 2021, which is able to stream on-line April 23 by Could 2.

“We’ll feature 16 films and hear from insightful female filmmakers,” stated Drive, who will likely be interviewing a lot of these girls.


Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz may be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected].

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