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Port Townsend Film Festival Part 2
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Deirdre Timmons (A Wink and A Smile) (Director) 

     The headmistress of Seattle’s Academy of burlesque, Miss Indigo Blue, guides ten women through six intense weeks as they study the artful striptease of burlesque. As the women learn to shed their inhibitions along with their clothes, their journey shifts from the glamour of feathers and rhinestones and takes a sharp look at how they feel about their bodies and their sexuality. They are aided in this process by such renowned Northwest burle-y divas as The Shanghai Pear, Lily Verlaine, and The Swedish Housewife and many others who perform throughout the film to illustrate Miss Indigo’s lectures. A romping collection of bump-and-grind musicians accompany the film in this toe-tapping musical documentary. (Yes, it’s the real thing.) 


Bryan Skinner (Tumbling After) (Director) 

     An improvised mockumentary about a burlesque dance troupe that begins to self-destruct with the addition of a fading neo-burlesque star.

Dennis Hauck (AL's Beef) (Writer and Director)

     Bloodied, barefoot, and branded like cattle, a mysterious woman comes to town with an aim to kill the man that done her wrong.  

Marc Turtletaub (Sunshine Cleaning) (Producer) 

     The makers of the 2006 sleeper hit, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, have borrowed a word and the Academy Award-winning actor, Alan Arkin from that film, but that’s about the only similarity between the two. SUNSHINE CLEANING is a much darker comedy. 

     Rose Lorkowski, a former high school cheerleader and now a thirty-something maid, is trying to create a better life for herself and her eccentric eight-year-old son Oscar. Her burnt-out younger sister Norah still lives at home with their father, who's on the latest of a life-long string of get-rich-quick schemes. When Rose learns of the big money to be made in the crime scene cleaning and bio-hazard removal business, she and Norah partner to create their own company, Sunshine Cleaning. The venture proves useful in helping the girls clean up their own lives as well as what's left of the lives of others. 

     “A better film than Little Miss Sunshine, in which it may be inevitably compared because of its name, the same producers … and the appearance of Arkin, Sunshine Cleaning … is best when low-key--a conversation in a local supermarket, or, Amy Adams, crouching down in long shot to comfort another grieving soul.”
— Anthony Kaufman, IndieWire





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