Molly Shannon and Chloë Grace Moretz To Be Celebrated at the Magically Queer Provincetown Film Fest

The fest on Cape Cod's LGBTQ oasis will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

So many wonderful things were birthed 20 years ago! Rufus Wainwright’s self-titled debut was released, as was Madonna’s Ray of Light; Rent stormed Broadway; the first iMac and Dawson’s Creek both debuted; Chumbawumba was a thing, as was “the Rachel.”

And the Provincetown International Film Festival was founded.

Some, but not all of these things, have survived the test of time. But only one of these things is a fabulous queer-adjacent film fest at the last lick of land on dune-strewn Cape Cod, in the fantastical burg of Provincetown, a place where you’re as likely to see John Waters in a a bold suit racing down Commercial Street on a bicycle as you are to see a drag queen dispensing flyers from a pogo stick. (Both are very likely sights.)

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There are several news items coming out of the pre-fest, and they’re all super queer this year. The Closing Night film will be Mapplethorpe, directed by Ondi Timoner and starring Matt Smith as the provocative photographer. Molly Shannon (pictured below left) will be presented with the “Excellence in Acting” award, and the film in which she stars, Wild Nights with Emily (written and directed by Madeleine Olnek), a dramatic comedy about the secret queer life of Emily Dickinson, will open the fest. Acclaimed Tangerine director Sean Baker will receive the “Filmmaker on the Edge” Award in conversation with John Waters. And actress Chloë Grace Moretz (pictured above, right) will receive the festival’s Next Wave Award; her latest film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, is a PFF Spotlight selection.

A selection of LGBTQ-interest festival highlights is here:

Spotlight films

Wild Nights With Emily, directed By Madeleine Olnek (Opening Night)

Mapplethorpe, directed By Ondi Timoner (Closing Night)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan

And Breathe Normally, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

1985, directed by Yen Tan

The Cakemaker, directed by Ofir Raul Graizer

Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, directed by Gus Van Sant

Hearts Beat Loud, directed by Brett Haley

A Kid Like Jake, directed by Silas Howard

Mario, directed by Marcel Gisler

Night Comes On, directed by Jordana Spiro

We the Animals, directed by Jeremiah Zagar


Every Act of Life, directed by Jeff Kaufman

The Gospel of Eureka, directed by Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, directed by Julien Faraut

Life in the Doghouse, directed by Ron Davis

McQueen, directed by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Studio 54, directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Special Screenings

John Waters Presents: I, Olga, directed by Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb

Midnight Cowboy, directed by John Schlesinger

Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 13–17, 2018 in Provincetown, Mass. Festival passes are now on sale.

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