Docus and dramas: Outer Cape winter screenings keep you warm and informed

A variety of different topics screening in Eastham, Wellfleet and Provincetown this winter
Four film series, each with a very different focus, will be held on the Outer Cape this winter. Movies include (L-R clockwise): "Dances with Wolves", "Shark Riddle", "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?".

While most movie going folks have already taken in the Oscar buzz and seen the 2013 contenders, there are still plenty of interesting films and documentaries to see on the Outer Cape. Several venues are hosting film festivals and series this winter. From sharks and wolves to food and the '50s, you'll find something of interest to enrich and entertain on a cold winter's day.

The Cape Cod National Seashore will host a Winter Film Festival entitled "Into the Wild: Exploring How People Interact with Landscapes and Nature-Both Real and Imagined" beginning on January 19. Films focusing on how people interact with the world around them will be shown on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. over six weeks. "Dances with Wolves" will be show first, followed by "Never Cry Wolf", "An Inconvenient Truth", "Into the Wild", "Avatar" and "Wild America".

The films will be show at the Salt Pond Vistor Center off Route 6 in Eastham. Admission is free thanks to funding by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Refreshments will be provided a half hour before the screening.

Down the road, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and WHAT have joined forces to present an ocean conservation film series entitled "Sea Change". The "Sea Change" series begins on January 18 and includes three adult screenings ("Shark Science", "Whales Untangled", "Chasing Ice") and two family screenings ("The Shark Riddle", Otter 501").

"Our partnership with WHAT allows us to explore nature through the art of film in a state-of-the-art theater," said Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Education Director Amy Fleischer.

Each screening at WHAT (2357 Route 6, Wellfleet) will be followed by a panel discuss featuring local experts. Tickets for the screenings are available through the WHAT box office, online or by calling 508-349-9428. Tickets for the adult screenings are $12 and tickets for the family screenings are $9 for adults and $7 for children.

Head deeper into Wellfleet and you'll be at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall at 335 Main Street where the Food on Film Series begins on January 16. In addition to a cinematic masterpiece, you'll enjoy a delicious small plate offering. The first film in the series is "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". At 6 p.m., watch the movie critics called "a work of art" and nosh on a Bento plate featuring Miso soup and Maki surprised, prepared by chef and co-presenter Kim Shkapich and the hall's Tracy Plaut.

The Food on Film Series features six movies at 6 p.m. ("Jiro Dreams of Sushi", "The Egg & I", "Waitress", "Volver", "Dinner Rush" and "Eat Drink Man Woman") through May each paired with a tasty treat.

Tickets, available online, are $12 per screening or $100 for a "film foodie" pass which includes all six shows and two complimentary beverages per evening.

Even further down the Cape, the PAAM Film Art Series: "Sex, Families and Art" is already in full swing. The series consists of fifteen films, shown in three parts.  Part One: Women Auteurs, has already come to a close, but Part Two: The Subversive '50s, will begin on Tuesday, January 14.

Part Two: Subversive '50s movies include "Tokyo Story", "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?", "Ashes and Diamonds", "Bigger Than Life", The Earrings of Madame de...".

Part Three: Art & Artists begins on March 18 with "Beauty is Embarrising" followed by "Renoir", "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow", "Poetry", and "Laurence Anyways".

All PAAM (Provincetown Art Association and Museum) movies are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial Street, Provincetown. Single screening tickets are available for sale at Waters Edge for $9.50 per show.

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