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It's the final day of the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! Our last day is chock full of cinematic goodies, just waiting to be viewed, so come spend closing night with us at the Guild Cinema! We here at the festival would just like to thank all of you, our audience, supporters, sponsors, the Guild Cinema, volunteers, and everyone else who has helped to make this amazing year possible. We're so grateful for all that you do, and we're proud to be able to bring exciting queer film to the Southwest. 




DATE: Oct 19, 2014
RUN TIME: 90 minutes

Some of you missed it, so we're bringing it back! An encore screening of TO BE TAKEI will replace XENIA on the final day of the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! We'd hate for you to miss this fantastic documentary, so come on down to the Guild Cinema and take advantage of this surprise encore!

Star Trek legend and Facebook sensation George Takei, is thoroughly examined in this hilarious and entertaining documentary, examining the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist.


DATE: Oct 19, 2014
RUN TIME: 86 Minutes

HAPPY END?! revolves around the powerful themes of love, friendship, discovering who we are as opposed to who others would like us to be, and retaining dignity at the end of our lives. Writer-director Petra Clever's debut feature length film tells the story of Lucca (SINHA GIERKE), an aspiring law student who, after a night of bad choices, is sentenced to community service at a hospice facility. While there, Lucca meets Valerie (VERENA WUSTKAMP), a singer whose lust for life and flirtatious nature simultaneously attracts and scares Lucca.

When Valerie's friend Herma dies at the hospice, the two young women find themselves on the road with a stolen urn, determined to fulfill Herma's last wishes and deliver her to her final resting place. As Lucca and Valerie make their way across the country, Lucca finds herself increasingly drawn to Valerie, and drifting away from the future that had been so carefully planned for her.

Sponsored by: wolfe

such-good-people SUCH GOOD PEOPLE
DATE: Oct 19, 2014
RUN TIME: 98 minutes

A contemporary screwball comedy, SUCH GOOD PEOPLE is about a young gay couple, Richard (Michael Urie) and Alex (Randy Harrison), who discover a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for wealthy friends who die while out of the country doing missionary work with the children of Bhutan.

Our characters want what everyone else wants: success, family, and a fabulous house in LA. But first they've got a ton of issues to work through: greed, jealousy, real estate, sibling rivalry, greyhounds, labradoodles, porpoises, a million dollars, and the aforementioned orphans of Bhutan.

SUCH GOOD PEOPLE is sure to entertain, with a star-studded cast that includes Lance Bass, Scott Wolf, Ana Ortiz, James Urbaniak, Carrie Wiita, Tom Lenk, and Rick Overton, and hilarious situations that will have audiences rolling their eyes and chuckling along.

Sponsored by: filmcollaborative


DATE: Oct 19, 2014
RUN TIME: 92 minutes

Have you ever watched a talent competition and thought to yourself, "I can do better,"? In this colorful comic confection, six neighbors living in a Tel Aviv apartment complex gather to watch a multi-national TV tournament, 'UniverSong.' Unimpressed with Israel's official entry, the motley group records their own song with a smartphone and uploads the impromptu music video — unexpectedly earning themselves the chance to represent Israel in next year's contest. The unlikely pop stars don't exactly crave the spotlight. Anat's friends created the musical trifle as a means to cheer her up after her husband left her; she worries people will think of her as a desperate (ex)-housewife. Lesbian singer-songwriter, Efrat, disdains the pop aura of the whole enterprise — even though her career could use a boost. Yael, a former beauty queen turned corporate lawyer, thinks the venture will undermine her respectability. Only Ofer, a kindergarten teacher who loves performing sequin-studded routines for his students, looks forward to the event. His boyfriend, a powerful humus magnate, prefers to keep Ofer's antics — and their relationship — a secret.

Of course, all of them overcome their anxieties and band together, applying lots of spit, polish, and lip gloss to their routine. The over-the-top finale finds them battling Russia with chutzpah. Eytan Fox (Yossi & Jagger) directed this delightfully kitschy pop musical. It's gleefully over-the-top, filled with eye-catching production design, clever costumes and catchy tunes. Cupcakes is the sweetest ending to our SWGLFF feast.

Sponsored by: unmtrumanhealthservices


Again, thank you all so very much for being a part of the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! See you next year!

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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