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Veteran Filmmakers Speak OUT (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, June 21, 2022

This week I talked with filmmakers, honorees & activists at the 24th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon that took place at Lands End Inn Provincetown, Massachusetts. First we spoke with actress Dale Dickey who was being honored with PIFF’s 2022 Excellence in Acting Award. Dale is a superbly talented veteran of film, television & the theater with over 60 film credits. Dale talked about her leading role in the feature film “A Love Song” that premiered at Sundance & won the John Schlesinger Narrative Award at PIFF. “A Love Song” is about two childhood sweethearts Faye (Dale Dickey) & Lito (Wes Studi) now both widowed who share a night by a lake in the mountains. Reuniting after 40 years the pair share childhood memories make small talk & shelter together from loneliness. Dale a fierce LGBTQ ally also addressed our LGBTQ issues & her own survival in the entertainment industry. Then we chatted with director Jean Carlomusto a filmmaker, activist & interactive media artist whose film “Esther Newton Made Me Gay” made its North American Premiere at the festival & won the Warner Bros. Discovery Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature at PIFF. She was joined by the subject of her film anthropologist & author Esther Newton who throughout her career has questioned & challenged the status quo on gender, sexuality & anthropological methods. Her work has inspired generations of scholars to pursue research in what would eventually become the field of LGBTQ & Gender Studies. Esther talked about her work & what she hopes the film will accomplish & then gave us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. We concluded our audio montage with Jay Critchley a visual, conceptual & performance artist whose work & environmental activism has traversed the globe. Jay was honored in 2017 for his commitment to PIFF & to Provincetown. Jay’s 2022 PIFF short film selection “Cheeky: Not For Tea Dance” edited by Vanessa Vartabedian can be viewed virtually at PIFF now through June 26th. LISTEN  

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