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Daily Highlights: Day Seven of the Fest! Featured

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Today at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, we're so excited about sharing these two amazing films with you, one of which was a last minute surprise! Come on down to the Guild Cinema and take in these two moving and star-studded films!


DATE: Oct 16, 2014
RUN TIME: 86 Minutes

In Daniel Armando's multilayered film WHAT IT WAS, Adina, a successful Latina actress, returns to New York in the aftermath of her sister's death and her marriage's collapse. Unable to face her mother, she finds herself in a fog, drifting through the days. Memories dissolve into the present as she tumbles through a series of intense, complex connections with a sexy, butch body artist, a young college student, and a former girlfriend.

In describing WHAT IT WAS, Daniel Armando points out that "proclaiming you are queer is proclaiming your truth, and the truth isn't always sunshine and lollipops...the process of figuring out what your 'truth' is can be a very lonely experience." Adina's struggles to find herself sexually leads her to different identities, and different versions of her own personal truth that could save her, or destroy her.

With confident directing, assured performances, and intuitive editing and cinematography, WHAT IT WAS masterfully conveys the complicated emotional textures of Adina's waking dream of a life.

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DATE: Oct 16, 2014
RUN TIME: 120 Minutes

There is so much "inspired by a true story" crap churned out in Hollywood that when the genuine article appears, it's a shock. Such a movie is Pride, a Brit dramedy that is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word. Even when it's tugging hard at your heartstrings, you believe the damn thing.

The facts are these: In 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike over pit closures, as well as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's hard-line policies. The film, vibrantly directed by stage maestro Matthew Warchus (Matilda) from a script by Stephen Beresford, concerns the unlikely help the miners are offered by London gay and lesbian activists. It's Mark (the excellent Ben Schnetzer) who rallies the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) to back the striking families by pointing out the parallels between the disenfranchised miners and the oppression felt by gays and lesbians under the heel of conservatism. Any resemblance between these groundbreakers and the battle for sexual civil rights still being fought today is purely intentional. Pride is not subtle about making its points, but sadly these are points that still need to be made.

When the miners union turns down the offer from LGSM, the group goes rogue to make an in-person plea to the strikers in Dulais, a small mining village in South Wales. If you're imagining Welsh homophobia melting against the generous spirits of their gay champions, you're not far from wrong. Heads are bashed, and some bigots stay bigots.

You'll want to cheer the actors, notably Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine among the locals and Dominic West, Fay Marsay and George MacKay on Team LGSM. Pride naively thinks it can change the world with a single movie. Talk about fighting spirit.


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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