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Daily Highlights: Opening Night at the Fest! Featured

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We here at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival are excited to be back with yet another 10 days of amazing films from all around the world! Opening the festival are two exciting and poignant films that are sure to please any audience!


RUN TIME: 95 Minutes
DATE: Oct 10, 2014

Leonardo is a blind teenager feeling overprotected by all of those around him. Struggling towards a more independent life, he has to overcome the vulnerability of his condition, and realize that not every love happens at first sight.

At home, his mother won't let him do things by himself, or even be alone. At school, his best friend, Giovana, leaves no room for him to stand up for himself when he is bullied. Besides, he's never been kissed and is pretty confident that no one would consider dating the blind kid.

Seeing no way out, Leonardo considers going on an exchange program, hoping he could start fresh. Things take an unexpected turn when Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at school, becoming friends with him and Giovana. Leonardo gravitates towards Gabriel, excited to be friends with someone who acts differently from everyone else. Meanwhile, Giovana has to balance her infatuation with the new kid and the jealousy she feels for sharing her old pal. Glimpsing a possible way to independence in this unfamiliar and yet comforting new friendship, Leonardo changes the way he looks at himself and experiences the blossoming of new and intense feelings towards Gabriel, which may or may not be reciprocated.

Based on the popular short film I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a powerful coming of age story, brought to life with powerful performances by the young leads, beautiful cinematography, and an evocative soundtrack.

SPONSORED BY: bernco-home



RUN TIME: 82 Minutes
DATE: Oct 10, 2014

If you know the baffling thrill of getting groped by an octogenarian at a RainbowVision dance night, and the strangely reassuring invitation to come back for a cup of tea and massage in the senior's condo — Sí, se puede! —, well, this is the film for you! Lake (played by handsome Pier-Gabriel Lajoie), has a girlfriend who name-checks Ulrike Meinhof during their make-out sessions — (a moan-out to director Bruce LaBruce's Raspberry Reich.) But Lake finds himself truly attracted to Far Over 50 Shades of Grey — as realized when he springs (and not off the diving board) while giving mouth-to-mouth to a gorgeous senior at the local pool. Fortunately for his fetishism, his mother hires him on as an orderly at the nursing home she manages. During his rounds, he meets an old theater queen named Mr. Peabody. When Lake discovers that the center's scripts are only incapacitating the residents, he seeks to resuscitate Mr.Peabody — first weaning him from his meds (and back onto the best kind of cocktails: martinis) and then stealing him away for a fugitive road trip to California.

Film provacateur Bruce LaBruce retains his comic agit-prop sensibilities here while exploring a subtler side of transgression. LaBruce's recent fascination with zombies sheds its metaphorical weight, and we're left with a clearer — and more radical — exploration of the allure to be found in people left for dead.

SPONSORED BY: marccoancabinets2


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See the full film schedule at 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 12th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, UNM Truman Health Services, ABQ Film Office and Comcast Xfinity.

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