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Judith Light To Receive Excellence In Acting Award From Provincetown International Film Festival

Thursday May 30, 2019
Judith Light in "Before You Know It"
Judith Light in "Before You Know It"  

The Provincetown International Film Festival announced today that actress Judith Light will receive the festival's Excellence in Acting Award. The two-time Tony Award winner will attend the festival to accept the award on Saturday, June 15 in conversation at Provincetown Town Hall.

Light is known for her extensive body of television, film, and stage work. In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in "Other Desert Cities" and "The Assembled Parties"; these two performances made her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tonys. Last year, her role in Ryan Murphy's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" garnered her an Emmy nomination and a Critics Choice nomination.

This fall she stars with Bette Midler and Ben Platt in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series "The Politician" and in the musical finale of "Transparent," Amazon Prime's Golden Globe-winning series, created by Jill Soloway, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy and Critics' Choice nominations.


Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock in "Before You Know It"  

Light stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in "Before You Know It," which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by distributor 1091. The film will close this year's festival, with director Hannah Pearl Utt in attendance for Q&A. The Excellence in Acting Award is sponsored by The Mallrd Foundation, the Palette Fund, and Celebrity Page.

"It's a thrill to welcome Judith Light to the Festival and honor her with our Excellence in Acting award," said Andrew Peterson, PIFF's Director of Programming. "Not only does she have an unparalleled body of work - she just keeps getting better. With each new project, as with our closing night selection 'Before You Know it,' she surprises and delights us with her command of craft."

In celebration of the 100-year history of cinema in Provincetown, the Film Society has partnered with Twenty Summers to present the 1919 film "Different From The Others" at the historic Hawthorne Barn. Arguably the earliest surviving cinematic work about LGBTQ people, the film was directed by Richard Oswald and co-written by Magnus Hirschfield, the famed psychologist who founded the German homosexual emancipation movement in 1897. "Different From The Others" is believed to be the only film of a group of gay-friendly movies during Germany's Weimar Era that escaped destruction by the Nazis.

The festival has also expanded its Next Wave Award program to recognize all of its young emerging filmmakers and artists who've participated in festival programs and demonstrate promise and ambition in the media arts. Next Wave filmmakers include young filmmakers with short or feature films in the festival; filmmakers exploring other disciplines as a means to enhance their artistic prowess (books, visual arts, installation pieces); and youth mentorship award recipients.


For more information and a full schedule of events at the Provincetown Film Festival, visit www.ptownfilmfest.org


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