Center for Coastal Studies welcomes celebrity guests to upcoming benefit dinner
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is delighted to announce that Jenny Deller, writer and producer of the powerful film Future Weather is the keynote speaker at the Center’s upcoming Homeport Banquet. Acclaimed actress Lili Taylor, star of Future Weather, Six Feet Under, and many other stage and screen productions, is this year’s guest of honor.
Future Weather, which opens the Science-on-Film Mini-Festival at Waters Edge cinema on April 19, is an award-winning drama about finding the courage to survive change. Lili Taylor plays Ms Markovi, an environmentally-active science teacher whose student, Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine), is a 13-year-old loner, passionate about nature and obsessed with ecological disaster. Greta (Amy Madigan), Lauderee’s grandmother, is a fiery nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. When Lauduree is abruptly abandoned by her dreamer single mom she decides to take survival into her own hands, forcing her and Greta to rethink their futures.
Jenny Deller is a writer, director and producer living in Columbus, Ohio. Trained as an actor, Jenny studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and in New York at the Ward Studio Meisner Program and American Mime Theater. In 2011 Jenny was named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011” by The Independent. Future Weather, her debut feature, received the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting from the Nantucket Film Festival as well as three grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. A recipient of an NEH Young Scholars grant, Jenny has appeared on Law & Order and has been directing theater and film since attending high school at the Illinois Math & Science Academy.
Lili Taylor has been a long-time hero of Jenny Deller for playing interesting, intelligent women. When Jenny discovered Lili was on the jury that awarded Future Weather the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting, she decided that Lili would be ideal as Lauduree’s science teacher, Ms. Markovi. Lili has collaborated with a roster of talented directors, and her film credits include Say Anything, Born on the Fourth of July, Short Cuts, I Shot Andy Warhol, High Fidelity, Casa de los Babys, Dogfight, and Public Enemies. She won a Golden Globe for her performance in Short Cuts, and her work in HBO’s Six Feet Under earned her an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Lili’s latest film is the recently released adaptation of her husband Nick Flynn’s memoir, Being Flynn.
The Homeport Banquet, which takes place on April 18 at 6 pm at the Provincetown Inn, celebrates women in science. Proceeds benefit the Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship, which provides scholarships to outstanding women students of marine sciences. Ruth Hiebert was a long time supporter of the Center whose passion for science, the natural world, education and her community were well known on the Cape and beyond. For additional information or to purchase tickets please contact Cathrine Macort at 508-487-3622 x 103, or visit www.coastalstudies.org.