Tomorrow is opening night for the 2011 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (WSB sponsor), and once again this year, the festival includes screenings in West Seattle, at the historic Admiral Theater. This morning, SLGFF has sent a news release with details of the 11 films you’ll be able to see at The Admiral, starting one week from tonight – read on!
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) returns October 14-23, 2011 for its “Sweet” 16th run. Produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema and presented by Xfinity, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, featuring cutting-edge Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film and video, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. Packed with parties, events and special guests, SLGFF is the most delectable and satisfying cultural event of the season. The festival’s final weekend is anchored by a return to the Admiral Theater October 20-22.
Jason Plourde is Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Programming Director. “The slate of films lined up for the Admiral includes second chances to see selections from the 2011 SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) and the Pacific Northwest debuts of fantastic films like SPORK, THE SISTERHOOD and STILL AROUND.”
“We’re excited to continue our presence in West Seattle and hope to see lots of our friends in the LGBT community come out in support of these great programs,” says Keith Bacon, SLGFF’s Lead Programmer. “There are 11 films in all this year at the Admiral.”
The line-up at the Admiral Theater includes:
MARRIED IN SPANDEX (October 20 at 6 p.m.)
This delightful documentary follows Amanda and Rachel, a hip, charming young couple from Philadelphia who decide to take a road trip to Iowa to be married. Mix equal parts romance, politics and family dynamics to get a new spin on marriage — after all, the brides wear spandex! — and a fantasy wedding in gold lamé.
SPORK (Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.)
Frizzy-haired and bespectacled Spork is a girl-identified but intersexed — the ultimate outcast. Junior high is her everyday nightmare, until she decides to shake things up and reach for the top by entering the school talent show.
GUN HILL ROAD (October 20 at 9:30 p.m.)
When Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home after a three-year prison sentence, he finds his family transformed. His wife is having an affair and his teenage son, Michael, has become Vanessa (poignantly played by Harmony Santana, who was undergoing her own gender transition during filming).
THE SISTERHOOD (October 21 at 6 p.m.)
THE SISTERHOOD is a fascinating documentary about Pietie, Hope and Rollie, three young friends working as farmhands in the vineyards of South Africa by day; drag divas at night. This slice of life offers a moving portrait of struggle and triumph.
THE GREEN (October 21 at 7:45 p.m.)
Having escaped New York for small-town Connecticut, prep-school teacher Michael takes a special interest in Jason, a troubled student, but avoids his own failing relationship with hunky Daniel (Cheyenne Jackson from Glee).
ROMEOS (October 21 at 9:45 p.m.)
Lukas is a young transgender man who moves to Cologne to study and work in the big city. At a wild party he meets Fabio. Lukas grapples with the desire to share himself fully with Fabio and the fear that his biology could cost him his relationship and the acceptance of his friends in this story of unconventional romance, friendship and courage.
STILL AROUND (October 22 at 12:30 p.m.)
To mark the 30th anniversary of the first documented case of HIV, the HIV Story Project brought together individuals with HIV/AIDS, nonprofit social service organizations and top filmmakers. The result is a compilation of 15 powerful, diverse short films about the struggles and triumphs of those surviving and thriving with HIV today and the communities where they live and love. Part of the HIV30 Film Series.
THIS IS WHAT LOVE IN ACTION LOOKS LIKE (October 22 at 2:30 p.m.)
The worst fear of many closeted teens came true for 16-year-old Zach Stark in 2005, when his parents sent him, against his will, to a camp run by the ex-gay Christian reform group “Love in Action.” This inspirational documentary recounts that events that resulted from a young man’s cry for help.
KAWA (October22 at 4:30 p.m.)
Kawa’s father wants him to return home from Auckland to assume a leadership role in their Maori community. But how can he be a leader when his own family is in crisis? KAWA is based on the semi-autobiographical novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain, by Witi Ihimaera, author of The Whale Rider.
THREE (October 22 at 7 p.m.)
Director Tom Tykwer (RUN LOLA RUN) creates a stylish, witty story of a married man and woman who fall in love with the same man.
HITS SO HARD (October 22 at 9:30 p.m.)
Patty Schemel, drummer for the influential rock band Hole, is an out lesbian who was at the center of the Seattle music scene in the 1990s. Filled with revealing looks behind the scenes of the cultural touchstone that was grunge, HITS SO HARD is an unflinching rock-doc in the finest tradition.
“West Seattle knows that downtown and Capitol Hill aren’t far away,” Bacon relates. “There’s no reason for anyone to miss any of the festival, with or without a Viaduct.”
Notes: Tickets for DIRTY GIRL: $35 for Opening Night film and Gala; $15 for film only. Three Dollar Bill Members get a discounted price. Festival passes range from $90 – $200; individual tickets range from $7 – $35. Please visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org/11 for additional information.