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Daily Highlights: Day Five of the Fest! Featured

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We're gearing up here at the festival for our fifth night, and have a double feature of fantastic film planned for you! Come enjoy a heartwarming and comedic coming out & coming of age story, and then stick around for our beautiful Centerpiece film about finding family in unexpected places.


DATE: Oct 14, 2014
RUN TIME: 76 minutes

Director Salomé Breziner and writer Duke Tran have come together to create a film that is a far cry from traditional coming out and coming of age stories in HELICOPTER MOM, a lighthearted comedy about being yourself and not letting other people define you.

High school senior Lloyd (JASON DOLLEY) isn't sure about much of anything, but his pushy, if well-meaning mom, Maggie (NIA VARDALOS) decides to out him and sign him up for gay dating sites, all so she can submit his name for much needed LGBT financial aid. This all complicates Lloyd's already chaotic social life, and strains their relationship even further, leading everyone to wonder whether a parent can ever be too supportive.

Pushing aside the notion that all questions need an answer, HELICOPTER MOM is an outrageous comedy with a warm heart and a star-studded cast, including Lisa Loeb, Kate Flannery (THE OFFICE) and Mark Boone Junior (SONS OF ANARCHY).

Sponsored by: bernco-home


DATE: Oct 14, 2014
RUN TIME: 86 minutes

The sudden death of a young London man named Kai leaves his headstrong Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn (PEI-PEI CHENG), and his boyfriend, Richard (BEN WHISHAW), each in a personal and profound state of grief. Feeling a strong sense of responsibility toward Kai's only family member, Richard reaches out to Junn, who has been biding time in an assisted-living home. Though Junn speaks little English, her dislike of Richard is plain, and she meets him with stony resistance. Since they share no common language, Richard hires a translator to facilitate communication, and the two improbable relatives attempt to reach across a chasm of misunderstanding and distrust through their memories of Kai.

Writer/director Hong Khaou's intimate debut feature film dances between the real and imaginary to express the unspeakable loss that both characters experience. LILTING is an intimate and thoughtful film about what it is like to live in a world where you have no grasp of the language, forming relationships without a common language, and how difficult it can be, but how necessary it is, to overcome cultural and generational barriers. Quiet and spare, the film boasts delicate performances by the two leads, who sustain a palpable sense of discomfort when in each other's presence onscreen. LILTING is a perceptive meditation on memory and grief, difficulties in communication, the path to connection between two human souls, and ultimately reveals that what initially separates us can also end up binding us together.

Sponsored by: unmtrumanhealthservices


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 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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