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All of us here at the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival would like to thank all of our volunteers, and audience members, for all their support and help this year! To show our gratitude, our last day is packed with two shorts programs, and two features, including a star-studded closing film!

 

cuki

FOREIGN BODIES SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
This program includes:

                - HOMOPHOBIA

                - CUKI COLORINCHI EVOLUTION

                - THE PACKAGE

                - BERLIN ANGELS

                - SUMMER VACATION

                - KISS ME SOFTLY

 

beyoutiful

GENDER FABULOUS SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 93 MINUTES
This program includes:

                - LOVE BANG!

                - CHANGE OVER TIME

                - DATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE

                - BEYOUTIFUL

                - MY MOTHER

                - INK DEEP

                - DOS ALMAS

                - TRANSPASS

                - THE BREAK

                - SUPA NATURAL

 

tellnoone

TELL NO ONE (NOT A WORD)
ITALY, 2013
97 MINUTES
IVAN SILVESTRINI
ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
5:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Mattia’s got it all going right: a new life in Madrid, a new job, and most importantly, a perfect new boyfriend.

Unfortunately Mattia has yet to come out to his dysfunctional family consisting of his womanizing father, meek mother, and feisty sister; a fact his boyfriend Eduard is completely oblivious to. So when Eduard shows up unannounced at Mattia’s going away dinner, Mattia’s plans are derailed.

With the help of some doting friends and some happy accidents, Mattia must choose whether to finally come clean to his family or confess to being a formidable liar to his companion. TELL NO ONE (NOT A WORD) is a quirky comedy of errors set against the backdrop of luminous Italy.

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G.B.F. – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING
USA, 2013
94 MINUTES
DARREN STEIN
7:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

What’s the hottest accessory a teen girl can have in today’s social scene? A GBF! Yes, a gay best friend: a cute boy who’s not sexually threatening and can dish the dirt with the girls.

When Brent’s plan to be North Gateway High’s First Out Kid is inadvertently usurped by a technical mishap, the all-straight GSA outs his BFF Tanner instead, making Tanner the most wanted G.B.F. of a competing trio of queen bees and shooting him—and not Brent—to the top of the school’s social scene. Under the protection and guidance of golden-haired trendsetter Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Mormon firecracker ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), and showbiz prima donna Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, THE MINDY PROJECT), Tanner learns how to dress, how to talk, and how to be the most popular boy in school, much to the chagrin of his former friends.

Not-newcomers but not-yet stars Michael J. Willett (UNITED STATES OF TARA) and super ducky Paul Iacono, play Tanner and Brent, the best friends undone by a disastrous series of events. Under the direction of Darren Stein (JAWBREAKER), G.B.F. hits all the absurd high notes of southern California high school splendor and couples that with the beating heart of a delightful teen romance. Boasting outstanding supporting turns by Megan Mullally as Brent’s fiercely loyal mom, Natasha Lyonne (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER) as the GSA’s faculty advisor, and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood of the HARRY POTTER series) as rabid homophobe McKenzie, G.B.F. is an endearing film of rapid fire one-liners and eye-popping color, sugary sweet with enough bitterness to make you remember why you couldn’t wait to get out of high school.

 

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

 

We’re winding down the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival with a jam-packed day of features that will have you rushing to the theater!

 

bigjoy 

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
USA, 2013
82 MINUTES
STEPHEN SILHA, ERIC SLADE & DAWN LOGSDON
12:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

It’s James Broughton’s 100th birthday and you’re invited to join the celebration!

Broughton, a leader of the pre-Beat San Francisco Renaissance and an award winning avant-garde filmmaker, was an early member of many important queer movements, including the Radical Faeries and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His short film, THE BED (1967), distills the sexual revolution of the late 1960s onto one mattress. His favorite catchphrases were ‘Follow your own weird!’ and ‘When in doubt, twirl!’

And Broughton often twirled. From poetry to film and from man to woman. His personal freedoms sometimes made life more complicated for others.

But joy is the true spirit of this award-winning film. It manages to be buoyant and funny and sweeps one along into a spirit of anarchy and activism. It revives the artistic spirit of hope and revolution and shows that one man can embrace and alter so many.

 

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TWO MOTHERS
GERMANY, 2013
75 MINUTES
ANNE ZOHRA BERACHED
IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
2:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Based on true-life experiences, writer/director Anne Zohra Berrached has created an honest and poignant portrayal that same-sex couples go through to become pregnant.

Katja (Sabine Wolf) and Isabella (Karina Plachetka) are deeply in love and enjoy their lifestyle to the fullest, but Isabella’s biological clock is ticking loudly. Since both women are in their late 30’s and ready to move their impassioned relationship to another level, the duo embarks on a complex and financially draining journey to find the right sperm. As months pass by and they face a dwindled bank account, Katja presses to stop and Isa refuses. Then they meet a donor who has fathered 20 children in three years, causing everything to come to a dramatic conclusion.

Packed with thought-provoking writing, Berrached’s proficient direction of the nonprofessional cast, and the mesmerizing chemistry between the two protagonists, TWO MOTHERS is truly a stand out.

 

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MR. ANGEL
USA, 2013
69 MINUTES
DAN HUNT
4:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Admired by some, confusing to many, and unapologetically his own person, Buck Angel is the ultimate self-made man; redefining masculinity and gender and having a rollicking good time doing it. If you only know Buck as a porn star, get ready to know a whole lot more! From his family, from celebrity fans like Tristan Taormino and Dan Savage, and from Buck’s own mouth, find out why Buck Angel is going to change the world.

Buck Angel is the hardest working, self-described “man with a vagina” in adult entertainment and consequently, has become the most recognizable transgender porn star in the world. Not content to make money the hard way, he uses his celebrity to educate about trans* issues and acts as a mentor to young trans-men; a model of self-determination. Shot over six years, Mr. Angel is an intimate look at an activist, pornographer, self-promoting celebrity, husband, and son.

 

peyote

PEYOTE
MEXICO, 2013
70 MINUTES
OMAR FLORES SARABIA
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

17-year-old Pablo lives an insulated, antiseptic life in a white, empty apartment devoid of life and parents. Bored, he takes out a camcorder and wanders to a park, where the quirky and free-spirited Marco catches his eye. When Marco sees that he is being videotaped, he performs for the camera and then offers to take Pablo down to Real de Catorce to get some peyote.

Marco’s abrasiveness contrasts with Pablo’s introversion, and the trip quickly becomes more than just a search for a short high as the two boys spend more and more time together and end up striking up a muted romance.

Passions boil just under the surface as the boys deal with mutual attraction, conflict, and inner angst against the backdrop of photogenic Real de Catorce, a symbol to the barely contained, brooding edge of two boys at childhood’s end.

 

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BIRTHDAY CAKE
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
CHAD DARNELL
8:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Fresh from the success of their award-winning short, GROOM’S CAKE, Steven and Daniel return, and they’re throwing their daughter, Sam, the daddy of all birthday parties!

Sam, as it turns out, is not a boy and is turning one, and with the help of some friends, Steven (Rib Hillis) and Daniel (writer-director Chad Darnell) are going for the full pretty, pretty princess shebang: bouncy house, clown, petting zoo, and unrestrained family drama. With the best of intentions, Steven invites Daniel’s Pentecostal mother and sister, and his own family for the weekend, setting the stage for their related family to clash with their chosen family.

With humor, pathos, and a hefty mocking of the Hollywood lifestyle, the wonderfully collaborative cast—including a scene-stealing Jane Badler (the original mini-series, V) and Lee Meriwether as Steven’s nana—have great fun with Darnell’s script. Join the party and grab a big slice of BIRTHDAY CAKE!

 

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The 8th day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian film festival will have audiences fanning themselves, with a sizzling showcase film co-directed by James Franco, and an unconventional rom-com co-starring Nicholas Brendan!

 

biggaylove 

BIG GAY LOVE
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
RINGO LE
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

A successful but insecure party planner, Bob desperately searches for love on his own terms in body image–obsessed Los Angeles. He has a steady job, plenty of friends, a kooky bewigged mom, and enough money saved up to plunk down for his first house. But he’s not toned or ripped, and he suspects that’s the reason he doesn’t have a dreamy boyfriend with whom to share life’s precious moments and adopt a couple of Lhasa apsos.

Enter Andy (Nicholas Brendon of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER fame), a successful chef/restaurateur he meets at a catered party for Bob’s quirky gal pal. Their romance blossoms, but Bob’s insecurities run amok when their relationship gets physical. In an attempt to fit in with his vapid gym-rat friends, Bob makes an appointment with the plastic surgeon to become “perfect” and finally fit in.

Wacky hijinks and heartwarming moments ensue, with some unexpected twists. With BIG GAY LOVE, writer-director Ringo Le cleverly crafts a love letter to everyone who’s ever wanted to be accepted as themselves regardless of their color, shape, or size. Amen, girl.

 

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INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. -  SHOWCASE SCREENING
USA, 2013
60 MINUTES
TRAVIS MATTHEWS & JAMES FRANCO
9:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In 1980, William Friedkin released CRUISING starring Al Pacino, already a bankable film star thanks to THE GODFATHER:PART 1 & 2 and DOG DAY AFTERNOON.

Reactions upon release were overwhelmingly negative, and it was no secret that Friedkin had to cut 40 minutes of footage—all shot in NYC leather and S&M bars—to expunge the MPAA’s original X-rating. Friedkin has admitted that the footage contained graphic sexuality, and United Artists has asserted the footage is no longer in their possession.

Cut to 2012.

Exterior. San Francisco. James Franco contacts Travis Mathews in regards to a project related to Friedkin’s CRUISING. That project becomes INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR., and the two men ostensibly set out to recreate the lost 40 minutes. What follows is less about graphic sexuality than it is about questioning the normalization of gay intimacy and sexual activity. Part behind the scenes, part documentary about the process of filmmaking, and part sexually explicit art film, INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. offers no simple answers.

The Franco-Mathews co-directed film-within-a-film stars longtime Franco friend, Val Lauren in the role of Pacino’s character from CRUISING Initially unsure what the project is about but fiercely loyal to his friend, Lauren gradually comes to a sort of understanding, even defending the project to others. Whether or not the audience will understand the directors’ vision is uniquely suited to the audience members. Regardless, the film is a fascinating meditation on gay male sexuality and the freedom of sexual expression.

THIS FILM WILL BE PRECEDED BY THE SHORT IN THEIR ROOM: LONDON.

 

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

To mark 7 days of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, we’re putting our best foot forward to bring you into the home stretch of the festival!

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EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME (SHOWCASE SCREENING)
MEXICO, 2012
95 MINUTES
RAUL FUENTES
SPANISH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In his first feature film, Raúl Fuentes dares to explore the psyche of a woman caught in a vicious self-sabotaging cycle that incapacitates her ability to love.

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMEBODY...NOT ME details the story of Alejandra, a condescending intellectual with many emotional problems, who lacks the capacity to connect with anyone around her. When Alejandra meets Maria, an evolving and curious private school teen, the two start a passionate love affair that makes their generation gap seem trivial. Before long, the couple realizes their differences when Alejandra obsessively tries to control Maria's activities, interests and decisions. Alejandra's oppression becomes worse than a parent's and Maria must decide whether or not she wants this intense relationship with such an apprehensive person to continue. Shot in black and white, Raúl Fuentes' innovative filmmaking approach and his unconventional narrative unquestionably marks him as a new and exciting voice in contemporary Mexican cinema.

 

happysad

THE HAPPY SAD
USA, 2013
87 MINUTES
RODNEY EVANS
8:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In the age of polyamory and blurred lines of sexuality, what really makes for a happy relationship?

Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy.

Filmmaker Rodney Evans masterfully helms a talented multicultural ensemble cast including Charlie Barnett (CHICAGO FIRE), and singer-songwriter Cameron Scoggins. THE HAPPY SAD explores the art of happiness, sexual identity, honesty, and monogamy. It’s a cliché to say that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, but sometimes you still don’t really know what you’ve got once you get it back again.

 

TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // MERCHANDISE

See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The 6th day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will bring some excitement into your Wednesday with two stunning films that explore queer realities!

 

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PIT STOP
USA, 2013
80 MINUTES
YEN TAN
6:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Described as “low key but ultimately satisfying” by Variety’s Dennis Harvey, Director Yen Tan’s PIT STOP tells the story of Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) and Gabe (Bill Heck), who are both entangled in messy relationships.

In a small Texas town, Ernesto is avoiding his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending as much of his spare time as possible in the hospital with an ailing past love. On the other side of town, Gabe is recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, and taking solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. Both men make the best of their blue-collar situations, and maintain an unwavering yearning for romance, even while feeling emotionally isolated. Ernesto and Gabe’s stories are told from an observer’s perspective, enabling the viewer to know, just for a short while, what it is like to be an outsider. Neither character ever tries to run away from his monotonous surroundings, but instead fill their lives’ deepest voids with tireless persistence and confidence in the knowledge that they will find love.

Subtle, optimistic, and poetic while still avoiding melodrama, Yen Tan’s PIT STOP is a refreshingly quiet film that explores the complex and often overlooked lives of gay men in small-town America; a movie that will charm the audience with its calming strength.

 

laurence

LAURENCE ANYWAYS – SHOWCASE SCREENING
CANADA, 2012
168 MINUTES
XAVIER DOLAN
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
8:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan comes the powerful story of Laurence Emmanuel James Alia and the ten years in which she transitions into the woman she was born to be.

Melvil Poupaud is stunning as Laurence, a respected high school literature teacher and celebrated author. Laurence tells her girlfriend, Frédérique, that she has been living a lie and she wants to begin her transition to a woman. Over the next ten years, their relationship struggles mirror the challenges Laurence faces as she transitions. Initially angered by the decision and encouraged by her sister Stéfie (Monia Chokri, Dolan’s HEARTBEATS) to leave Laurence, Fred returns to give her support, but despite her clear love for Laurence as a man, can she continue to love Laurence as a woman? Suzanne Clément gives a bravura performance as Fred: emotionally volatile and fierce in her defense of Laurence, bruised and vulnerable in her inability to maintain it. Nathalie Baye (the superb French thriller, TELL NO ONE) rounds out the main cast as Laurence’s mother, unsympathetic to the trials her child is facing but never abandoning her.

With a deft touch, Xavier Dolan keeps the extraordinary actors, exquisite cinematography, and vibrant soundtrack from overshadowing the emotional core of Laurence’s saga. LAURENCE ANYWAYS earns every moment of its story, by turns heartbreaking and brimming with joie-de-vivre. Winner of the Queer Palm at the 2012 Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and best actress for Suzanne Clément’s turn as Fred, as well as nominated for best foreign film at the 2013 Cesar Awards, LAURENCE ANYWAYS is a cinematic triumph. The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is proud to showcase Dolan’s magnum opus.

 

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

Day five of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has two powerful films that are sure to please!

rftm 

REACHING FOR THE MOON – SHOWCASE SCREENING
BRAZIL, 2013
118 MINUTES
BRUNO BARRETO
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Director Bruno Barreto crafts sensuous and mature movies about complicated trysts and threesomes (DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS; CARRIED AWAY ). REACHING FOR THE MOON, the winner of Best Feature/Audience Awards at both San Francisco International LGBT and Toronto Inside Out Film Festivals, is one of his most accomplished pieces.

It tells the true story of a three-way relationship begun In 1951, when American poet Elizabeth Browning traveled to the verdant Brazilian estate of Mary Morse and the architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Ms. Browning was in a creatively fallow period, struggling to find inspiration. This film depicts the tempestuous affair that sparked between Lota and Elizabeth, inspiring them to some of their greatest achievements. The love of these two women, as distinct from one another as the id and the super-ego, traversed a tumultuous period (1951 to 1967) filled with personal coups and political coups d’etat. While they were together, Ms. Browning won the Nobel Prize and Ms. Soares designed Rio de Janeiro’s Parque do Flamengo. But struggles with jealousy, depression and addiction eroded their relationship.

Glória Pires commands the screen with her portrayal of Lota, a woman who demanded the right to possess everything and everyone she wanted. Miranda Otto’s performance retains a pointed awareness that deepens the impact of her profound transformation. Bruno Barreto masterfully captures the period and Brazil’s exquisite landscapes. The sensuous vistas of Samambaia radiate from the screen, enhanced by passages of Elizabeth Browning’s evocative poetry and a warm soundtrack featuring classical music, samba and jazz. This is one of the year’s delights, both bitter and sweet.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY WOLFE.

 

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IN THE NAME OF- CENTERPIECE SCREENING
POLAND, 2013
96 MINUTES
MALGOSKA SZUMOWSKA
IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
9:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Respected and idolized, Father Adam has an unconventional approach to being confessor and confidant to teenage boys who live in the reformatory he heads; he runs and he likes rock music. He struggles to maintain appearances as a local woman seduces him, driving him to drink. However, as he develops a growing mutual intimacy with introverted Lukasz, a handsome long-haired youth placed under his supervision due to an accusation of arson, he begins to struggle with a spiritual crisis and his sexual feelings.

Initially, Father Adam’s commitment to celibacy prevents him from acting on his urges, but as he vacillates between repulsion, desire, and vice, rumors begin to spread through the conservative community and his future in the school is threatened.

In lieu of a predictable damning criticism of modern day Catholicism in light of recent scandal, director Malgoska Szumowska approaches a very taboo subject with empathy, compassion and even humor. This is a particularly unusual, complex look into a struggling inner world from Poland, a country not renowned for queer cinema, but which provides a stunning pictorial backdrop to an individual crisis of faith and desire. It questions, "A very up-to-date commentary about the present situation in Church" as said by the director of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick, during the world premiere.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY XFINITY.

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 See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

We’re starting the week off right, on the fourth day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, with a fun and poignant mens' shorts program, and one beautiful feature to round off the night!

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WHERE THE BOYS ARE SHORTS PROGRAM

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 92 MINUTES
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- HOUSEBROKEN
- BAKERSFIELD, EARTH
- DIK
- CHASER
- SOMETHING REAL
- GORILLA
- P.D.A.
- SPOONERS

 

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TEST
USA, 2013
86 MINUTES
CHRIS MASON JOHNSON
9:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From the very first scene of a young man lying on his bed -- leg stretched and toes extended -- Chris Mason Johnson’s TEST brings a dancer’s graceful and observant perspective to the AIDS epidemic as experienced in San Francisco during 1985.

Frankie is a new company member who’s ordered by his choreographer to “dance like a man.” Outside of work, he finds himself in a city panicked about the emergent AIDS virus. He finds a more devil-may-care friend in Todd, another dancer. The two of them navigate San Francisco’s isolated days and party-filled nights, working toward a new definition of themselves and their sexuality, under the ever-present threat of disease.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY CENTURY 21 UNICA REAL ESTATE. THIS FEATURE WILL BE PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM HI(E)R.

 

TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // MERCHANDISE

See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The third day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian film festival is sure to please, with two shorts programs and three very fun & sexy features!

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DE COLORES SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 113 MINUTES
SCREENING: 12:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- ALASKA IS A DRAG

- NATIVES

- LOVING THE BONY LADY

- KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS

- FIGHTING FOR AIR

- OBAMA E(S)T MOI

- GROTTO

- PERFORMING GIRL

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ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE
CANADA, 2012
114 MINUTES
HEATHER TOBIN
2:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Do you believe in fate? ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE appears to be about fatalism, but as the film plays out, we are shown that the choices we make are simply rolls of the dice.

Ryan Stark is an opinionated, young, out and proud lesbian who likes to spew queer jargon. An aspiring screenwriter who has just been accepted to three universities, Ryan must now make what feels like the most important decision of her life. As she wrestles with her options, the film takes viewers on a journey into three possible—and very different—futures. In each alternative reality, Ryan is confronted with all that life has to offer: love, loss, sex, heartbreak, family conflict, career, and marriage.

What will she choose in the end, and will her choices bring her the happiness she desires?

OFFICIAL SELECTION – PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – TORONTO INSIDE OUT LESBIAN & GAY FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

 

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FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 86 MINUTES
5:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- THE FIRST DATE

- MISS FINKNAGLE SUCCUMBS TO CHAOS

- NEIGHBORS

- F TO 7TH: TWEENER

- SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

- THE MERMAIDS

easyabby

EASY ABBY: EVERY DAY MAKING LOVE MORE DIFFICULT
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
WENDY JO CARLTON
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

With sly humor and steamy sexuality, EASY ABBY is the woman you’re bound to fall for. Just don’t expect her to fall for you.

Easy Abby keeps it uncomplicated by keeping aloof. Bedding sexy ladies is Abby’s favorite pastime, and she is well versed at her pursuits, leaving a trail of ex-lovers throughout Chicago. With her heavily-coupled friend Sara and Amazonian bicycle mechanic Eileen, Abby tries to understand why she’s allergic to commitment. Before she can find out the answer, Abby meets another willing bedmate! But when she meets Danielle, it’s Abby who gets a touch of the sparks and butterflies. Can Abby open her heart for something more meaningful this time?

In the now complete first season of this hot new web series, director Wendy Jo Carlton, like her titular character, keeps the laughs, the tenderness, and the beautiful ladies coming.

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HETEROSEXUAL JILL
USA, 2013
80 MINUTES
MICHELLE EHLEN
9:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Sexy butch Jamie is back! So is her ex-girlfriend Jill, except that Jill is trying to convince everyone—herself included—that she is heterosexual. Jill figures the best way to get over her relationship with Male Jamie…is to date Butch Jamie. Because as, uh, an ex-lesbian, she’ll obviously not be attracted to Butch Jamie, right? Riiiight.

In this sequel to BUTCH JAMIE, director Michelle Ehlen once again plays Jamie who, still trying to make it as an actor, has a supporting role opposite Howard the cat in what is to be the best mockumentary about cat actors the world has ever seen. Thankfully, this is an excuse to see Jamie in a wide variety of oddball costuming.

Ehlen is all manic energy and befuddled nervousness as Jamie, and Jen McPherson clearly has a blast with the role of is-she-or-isn’t-she-heterosexual Jill. Fluid sexuality has never been more fun!

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

 The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

It's the second day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and we have a day packed full of screenings lined up for you!

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QUEER YOUTH UNITED SHORTS PROGRAM

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 MINUTES
SCREENING: 1:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- YEAH, KOWALSKI!
- FOR DORIAN
- THE INFAMOUS T
- TEENAGE DANCE
- KISS ME SOFTLY 
- WINI + GEORGE

THIS SHORTS BLOCK IS SPONSORED BY COMMON BOND

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VALENTINE ROAD
USA, 2013
89 MINUTES
MARTA CUNNINGHAM
3:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

An extraordinarry documentary about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King, that will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It was a horrific school shooting that riveted the country--especially LGBT communities. On February 12, 2008, in an Oxnard, California classroom, 12-year-old Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King twice; King died of his wounds two days later. King, a gender variant youth of color, had liked to wear makeup and high heels to school, and he had publicly announced a crush on McInerney. For this reason, some of McInerney's defenders say the victim had "embarrassed" the shooter-- and was therefore at least partly to blame for his own murder. 

VALENTINE ROAD is about an outrageous crime and an even more outrageous defense of it, but the film goes much deeper than mere outrage. In the end, it's the story of two victims of homophobia.

CO-PRESENTED BY EQUALITY NEW MEXICO. A BRIEF Q&A WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS WORKING WITH ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS IN NEW MEXICO WILL FOLLOW THIS SCREENING.

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MONSTER PIES
AUSTRALIA, 2013
85 MINUTES
LEE GALEA
5:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA


Two high school outsiders meet and fall in love in this sweetly innocent, heartfelt and ultimately shocking melodrama from Down Under. Geeky, alienated 17-year-old Mike attends a suburban Melbourne high school, teased by the jocks for his looks and refusal to fight back. Life changes for him after he meets and befriends the very handsome Wil, the new kid in school. Wil seems to be out of Mike's league, but with a nearly catatonic mother in a psychiatric hospital and a violently abusive father at home, he is a lonely outsider who is quick to respond to Mike's advances. The two young men now need to navigate their nascent love amidst the social pressures of school and the tensions of an unsupportive home life.

With an emotional intensity rarely found in gay films, MONSTER PIES will tug at your emotions and possibly bring back memories of your own excitingly agonizing first love.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY TLA RELEASING.

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I AM DIVINE - SHOWCASE FILM
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
JEFFREY SCHWARZ
7:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From anarcho-punk to underground celebrity to certifiable star, Divine was like no one before him. Best known as John Waters' biggest star and inspiration, Divine forever lived up to his name: larger than life and twice as beautiful.

Stopped only by his untimely death, Divine's effervescent rise is the stuff of legend, and I AM DIVINE treats its subject like the tasteful and refined lady she wasn't.

I AM DIVINE chronicles with loving respect the story of the boy who became a man dressed like a woman, but always a man. Told through archival photos and footage--including interviews with Divine himself--and extensive new interviews with family, friends, co-stars, and admirers, director Jeffrey Schwarz has fashioned a loving portrait of a generous and sensitive man whose passion for performance was known around the world, and who, as Waters says, stood for anybody that didn't fit in.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY LOCAL IQ.

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THE LAST MATCH (LA PARTIDA)
SPAIN, 2013
90 MINUTES

ANTONIO HENS
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
9:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

LA PARTIDA refers to the makeshift soccer young men play in a neighborhood in Havana. The game is the meeting place of Reinier and Yosvani, two men struggling with poverty in their own way. 
Reinier is a gay prostitute who picks up foreign men along the Malecon promenade, but his money goes to clothing and gambling instead of to his infant son and family. Yosvani holds off having to move away to rural background he escaped from by living with his employer (a brutal loan shark) and promising to marry his daughter. The two characters stave off loneliness, desperation and loveless heterosexual relationships, and financial issues with a playful friendship, until an ecstasy-laced party one night that results in a kiss. 

In the machismo saturated, homophobic culture of Cuba, this forbidden love could be fatal. When Reinier's gambling puts him in danger, Yosvani tries to convince Reinier to run away with him. 

THE LAST MATCH is an unbridled romance with unexpected turns that will captivate audiences.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY ARTSPLOITATION FILMS.

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CHASTITY BITES - MIDNIGHT SCREENING
USA, 2013
93 MINUTES
JOHN V. KNOWLES
MIDNIGHT AT THE GUILD CINEMA


17th century Countess Elizabeth Bathory lives on into the modern day in this campy throwback to 50's horror and 90's teen films.

Maintaining her youth off the blood of young virginal girls, Bathory has become Liz Bathos and found a steady supply of "botox" as an abstinence educator at San Grientos High in conservative small town America. Her reign of terror is not to go unchallenged as spunky feminist blogger and lesbian-attired high school newspaper reporter Leah Ratcliff and her docile friend Katherine investigate into the streak of suspiciously missing girls in the quiet, unassuming community. But as Bathos seduces Katherine to join the chastity club, Leah must race against time to save her best friend while the virgins line up for a horrifying and humorous end.

Gorgeous scream queen Louise Griffiths heads director John V. Knowles' instant cult classic that asks, "Who says the virgin always lives to the end?"

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL.

 

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See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

 

 

 

It’s Opening Night of the 11th annual SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL and we have two sizzling German films that will start the festival off right!

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LOSE YOUR HEAD
GERMANY, 2013
105 MINUTES
PATRICK SCHUCKMANN/STEFAN WESTERWELLE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 9:30PM

LOSE YOUR HEAD follows the story of Luis, a desultory and naïve Spanish tourist who throws himself headlong into the hedonistic and psychedelic sleaze of the Berlin nightlife.
He jumps from group to group, enjoying any offers of drugs, sex and partying that come his way, until he hooks up with a shady and domineering Ukrainian named Viktor, who dresses him up as a dead ringer for a missing Greek student.

As his relationship with Viktor advances, he finds that he is willing to cast caution aside, even as reality begins to crumble around him.

 

FREEFALL

FREE FALL
GERMANY, 2013
100 MINUTES
STEPHEN LACANT
GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 7:00PM

Marc is a handsome police cadet with a very pregnant girlfriend and everything is lining up as expected: marriage, child, career, and promotion. But while attending a police training course, he finds himself drawn to his roommate Kay, an athletic Adonis. The games of sport and sex Marc begins with Kay become an all-consuming passion when Kay is transferred to his unit. As their relationship deepens, conflict grows in Marc’s workplace and at home. And, when Kay, the catalyst for Marc’s many changes, suddenly disappears, Marc must make his own path through the damaged landscape of his life.

BEST FEATURE – JURY AWARD AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – FRAMELINE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

 

So come on down to The Guild Cinema, grab some popcorn and join us for this year’s premier LGBTQ event in the Southwest!

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