Production Stories

zoom Q&A between PTFF Director Janette Force and film Director Lauralee Farrer

Walking the Cinematic Path Together

October 20, 2021

That’s how Janette Force put it, director of the Port Townsend Film Festival, on her last year running one of the most robust, innovative, and gleefully exuberant fests I’ve ever been part of: “So grateful for this walk on the cinematic path together, my dear.” PTFF graciously allowed us to…

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Not that Funny

Stories Need Time to Find Their Audiences

October 6, 2021

We’ve all had the experience of a story heard in childhood coming back to adult memory with a sudden “aha.” Sometimes stories need time to percolate, time to find the listeners who are looking for them, time to ripen. A film made by many in the Burning Heart Productions extended…

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Finding the Audience That’s Looking for “Praying the Hours” (pt. 2)

September 28, 2021

Months ago, just as we finished “final cut” of Praying the Hours, I wrote about anticipating the process of finding its audience. Right now, as this post is being written, Praying the Hours is part of the 2021 Port Townsend Film Festival’s virtual program. “Virtual” is a key word in…

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The Hour of Compline: The moon has risen. We enter the night rest.

September 14, 2021

This is the last in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Compline—the end of the day when we are ready for bed. This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack starts the post…

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The Hour of Vespers: Sundown. We gather together.

September 7, 2021

This is the seventh in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Vespers, the bookend “hinge Hour” to the sunrise of Lauds, when the sun sets. This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack…

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The Hour of None: Shadows grow. No one lives forever.

August 31, 2021

This is the sixth in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on None, the afternoon Hour when the shadows lengthen. This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack starts the post so that you…

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The Hour of Sext: The sun is overhead. The traveler reaches a crossroad.

August 24, 2021

This is the fifth in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Sext, the Hour in the middle of the day, when the sun is directly overhead. This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the…

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The Hour of Terce: The light climbs. The worker pauses.

August 17, 2021

This is the fourth in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Terce, the mid-morning Hour. This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack starts the post so that you can have her sonic…

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The Hour of Prime: The day is lit. Choose your course.

August 10, 2021

This is the third in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Prime, the start of work (for many around 8 a.m.). This series celebrates the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack starts the post so…

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The Hour of Lauds: The sun returns. The sleeper awakes.

August 3, 2021

This is the second in a series of eight reflections on the Hours of prayer, focusing on Lauds, the break of day. This series is to celebrate the release of the Praying the Hours soundtrack by Lolo Meares. An excerpt from the soundtrack starts the post so that you can…

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