Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Everything about the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) filled us with pure inspiration. From the women driving the festival, Christine Walker (CEO/Executive Director) and Lisa Viola (Artistic Director), to the fabulous women honoree’s, Chloë Grace Moretz and Molly Shannon. Each woman who stood before us during the festival, gave the most rousing speeches, talks and conversations. Audiences were left nothing less than enthusiastic, moved and motivated.

Lisa Viola, Artistic Director, Chloë Grace Moretz, PIFF Honoree, Christine Walker, CEO Executive Director - Photo Credit - theLexperience

Opening night kicked off with one of our favorites, Wild Nights With Emily, starring Molly Shannon as poet Emily Dickinson. The line for this film wrapped around the Town Hall and down the street. We were given a wonderful welcome, when we arrived, by a couple of volunteers, who cheerfully helped organize the waiting patrons.


Photo Credit - theLexperience

Inspiring women - Photo Credit - theLexperience

Madeleine Olnek, director of Wild Nights With Emily, gave us a totally different view on the secret life of Emily Dickinson. Molly Shannon’s performance was ingenious, she brought us a character that was alive with every kind of emotion, from passion to humor, in a perfect balance. The supporting cast of Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan and Brett Gelmen all gave blissful performance’s that took us back to the time of Emily Dickinson.

Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan , Molly Shannon - Photo Credit - theLexperience

Chloë Grace Moretz is an incredible young woman, she is someone to be reckoned with. Chloë is not afraid to take on roles that push the boundaries if she believes in them and she wholeheartedly believed in her role, as Cameron Post, in The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan. Her performance was remarkable. Cameron is sent to a camp for conversion therapy,


Chloë’s portrayal gave us a clear belief that Cameron was not struggling with her attraction for the same sex, it was the people around her who were struggling with it. When Chloë talked of the importance of this film, she made us feel really encouraged that she will help so many people, by bringing this role to life. Her involvement is truly instrumental to the success of the film. Chloë received the much-deserved accolade of being PIFF2018 Next Wave Honoree.

Chloë Grace Moretz - Photo Credit - theLexperience

“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post is such an important film with a strong message and it couldn’t have happened without Chloë’s involvement.” Said Ashley Connor, Director of Photography, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post.

We caught as many films as we could, from shorts including She Is Juiced: Slice One – Jo Hay, a female contemporary artist, directed by Lois Norman and Keeper, which captures the essence of time, through the openings and closings of a drawbridge, directed by Marnie Crawford Samuelson and Shane Hofeldt. The Children Act, a narrative feature. directed by Richard Eyre and starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci, was another poignant film that PIFF2018 had to offer us. Emma Thompson gave a gripping performance as High Court judge Fiona Maye, who must rule on whether, or not, a teenager receives a life saving blood transfusion against his wishes. Her decision leads to a complicated relationship.

she is juiced


The Children Act - Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci

As well as all the wonderful films, there were fascinating and informative talks. Christine Vachon, producer of groundbreaking films which include Carol, Boys Don’t Cry and Still Alice, gave us great insight into the world of independent filmmaking. From what makes her choose a script, the MeToo movement and diversity in film to the impact of VOD.

PIFF TALKS - Mark Harris and Christine Vachon - Photo credit - theLexperience

Madeleine Olnek, Susan Ziegler and Jackie Monahan gave an in-depth talk - All About Emily: Reimagining A Life. Madeleine has an incredible wealth of knowledge about Emily Dickinson and she took us through the process of bringing Wild Nights With Emily to the big screen. Leaving us with a whole new way of appreciating the poet’s life. Particularly compelling is the erasure of Emily’s love, Susan, from her letters, this is a heartbreaking revelation.

PIFF TALKS - Jackie Monahan, Susan Ziegler and Madeleine Olnek - Photo Credit- theLexperience

Another highlight of PIFF2018 was the conversation with Molly Shannon, as she received her Excellence In Acting Award. Molly delighted the entire audience with an energetic talk filled with stories from her youth, which included sneaking onto a flight with a friend at the age of 12, wearing a Tootoo. Regaling her love for her infamous character, Mary Katherine Gallagher to, more recently, her portrayal of Emily Dickinson and Tish, one half of Tish and Cord (Will Ferrell). The audience erupted and got to their feet when, after receiving her award. she dropped to the floor and gave us “SUPERSTAR”!!!