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This Wednesday kicks off the Provincetown International Film Festival. It is an event not to be missed. I had my very first festival screening there back in 2000 to great acclaim! Screening on a bed sheet in the back room of the Crown and Anchor is something I suggest all budding filmmakers experience. It cannot be beat. It gives you so much perspective. You think crits in art school are tough try showing your film to people who actually paid money to see it! I must say that the first time is always stressful but this screening was extra special. The festival is great fun and it is only a ferry ride away.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the film fest. They are giving several awards away: "QUENTIN TARANTINO (do I really need to list his films?) will be awarded the Filmmaker on The Edge Award sponsored by The Boston Phoenix (he appears courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Visiting Artists Program). Another highlight of the week will be a program honoring all ten of the previous Filmmaker on the Edge Award recipients; JOHN WATERS, CHRISTINE VACHON, TED HOPE, MARY HARRON and GREGG ARAKI will all participate in the 10th Anniversary celebration. As part of the Festival’s celebration of independent careers in film, the following awards will be given: GAEL GARCIA BERNAL (The Science of Sleep, Babel) will receive The Excellence In Acting Award sponsored by Werc Werk Works, and JANE LYNCH (The L Word and Best in Show) will receive the Faith Hubley Memorial Award, sponsored by the Ritchie-Davis Foundation."

I will be there blogging live as of Saturday AM. I am going to try and interview and harrass as many people as I can. So, come out to P-town and watch films, party and hobnob.

Friday the 20th brings the opening of the State Street doors of the MFA. These are the doors overlooking the Fenway that have been closed for years. Thanks to a donation (substantial, or course, to the tune of $10MM) from the State Street Corporation this entrance has been restored to its old glory. Festivities begin on Friday with an official opening and a fancy reception on Saturday night. It will open to the public on the 22nd of June.

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James Nadeau is an independent curator, video artist and writer based in Boston. He is editor of Our Daily RED, the blog of arts journal Big RED & Shiny. He is a graduate of the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His video work has been screened internationally and he has presented papers on media and film at conferences nationally. He has programmed film and video in several festivals throughout New England and he is currently a technical instructor on film in the Literature Department at MIT. He is currently working on a manuscript on reality television under consideration by Lexington Books.

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