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SWGLFF IS LOOKING STILL FOR A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS!
The film festival is a place you will get to meet fun and interesting people while helping out with  a worthwhile and fun community event!
So what are you waiting for? Saddle up and volunteer for one of the largest film festivals in the state!
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE INCLUDE..

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
VENUE MANAGER(S)
BOX OFFICE AND MANY MORE!

A few more days to go before our film festival website goes live and the printed programs start hitting the Albuquerque streets! In the meantime check out the amazing cover art by Jeff Drew!

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SWGLFF PRESENTS: THE DOG & DOG DAY AFTERNOON DOUBLE FEATURE!

Come by the Guild Cinema for a very special double feature sponsored by the fest! 

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The Dog - double featured with DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

Nov 17 to Nov 18
MondayTuesday & Thursday 4:008:45

Dir. Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren - 2013 - 100m - No matinees - double featured with DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

CO-SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL!

THE REAL STORY BEHIND DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

ALSO PLAYING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20!

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014!

CRITIC'S PICK – New York Times

Four Out Of Four Stars – RogerEbert.com

"As raw as a Charles Bukowski sonnet...an absorbing, rollicking documentary." - Manohla Dargis, NY Times

 

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The Dog - double featured with DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

Nov 17 to Nov 18
MondayTuesday & Thursday 4:008:45

Dir. Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren - 2013 - 100m - No matinees - double featured with DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

CO-SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL!

THE REAL STORY BEHIND DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

ALSO PLAYING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20!

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014!

CRITIC'S PICK – New York Times

Four Out Of Four Stars – RogerEbert.com

"As raw as a Charles Bukowski sonnet...an absorbing, rollicking documentary." - Manohla Dargis, NY Times

 

Sunday, 19 October 2014 06:23

Daily Highlights: Closing Night at the Fest!

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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. 

 

ENCORE SCREENING ADDED 
TO BE TAKEI

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TO BE TAKEI - ENCORE SCREENING
DATE: Oct 19, 2014
SHOWTIME: 1:00PM
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.

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HAPPY END?!
DATE: Oct 19, 2014
SHOWTIME: 3:30 PM
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
SHOWTIME: 5:30PM
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

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CUPCAKES - CLOSING NIGHT FILM
DATE: Oct 19, 2014
SHOWTIME: 7:45PM
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 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.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 06:22

Daily Highlights: Day Nine of the Fest!

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The second to last day at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is packed full of bravery, dance, foreign bodies, first love, and sexy humor! So much to see at the Guild Cinema, so come on down!

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LADY VALOR
DATE: Oct 18, 2014
SHOWTIME: 1:00 PM
RUN TIME: 84 Minutes

In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. The American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite Special Forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group – what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work, but Kristin hid her true identity throughout, knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. However, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly.

After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Sponsored by: xfinity-home

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BORN TO FLY
DATE: Oct 18, 2014
SHOWTIME: 3:00 PM
RUN TIME: 82 Minutes

Q: What happens when you cross a post-modern dancer with Evel Knievel?

The answer is found in Catherine Gund's exuberant documentary portrait of NYC's Extreme Action Company, led by choreographer Elizabeth Streb. EAC cross-breeds art, action, circus and stunts to craft daring contemporary dance works. The company's "PopAction" aesthetic demands Herculean efforts from its hyper-fit and fearless young dancers, who candidly relate the exhilaration, exasperation, matchless highs, and desperate lows of the extreme dance lifestyle.

Streb reflects on her childhood and her role models (like dance doyenne Trisha Brown.) Archival footage blends with intimate coverage of her home life with partner, journalist and author Laura Flanders.

Gund's film highlights Streb's astonishing explorations of art and motion, while contemplating both the physical and social potentials of the body in action. It culminates in an extraordinary dance sequence you can't miss!

Sponsored by: creativeabq

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FOREIGN BODIES
DATE: Oct 18, 2014
TIME: 5:00 PM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 90 Minutes

This shorts program includes:
- A LAST FAREWELL
- BURGER
- DAS PHALLOMETER
- METUBE: AUGUST SINGS CARMEN HABANERA
- NOMANSLAND
- SCAFFOLDING
- THREE IN A BED

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FOUR MOONS
DATE: Oct 18, 2014
SHOWTIME: 7:00 PM
RUN TIME: 110 Minutes

Director Sergio Tovar Velarde has combined seemingly disparate threads, weaving them into a deeply empathetic film that will resonate with all audiences, in FOUR MOONS.

Mauricio is still just a boy, but he's begun to experience his first crush. As he slowly discovers his sexuality, he must navigate the fear and consequences that come with his desires. Fito and Leo are childhood friends who meet again as adults and find that there's an instant spark between them. Hugo and Andrés have been a couple for ten years, but in that time they've grown apart, and although there's still love between them, their relationship is about to encounter its hardest test. Joaquín is an aging literary professor questioning whether his existence has meant anything, and experiencing a need to still feel desirable.

FOUR MOONS ultimately shows it is all but impossible to love someone else if we haven't yet learned to love ourselves.

Sponsored by: breakingglasspictures

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YOU AND THE NIGHT
DATE: Oct 18, 2014
SHOWTIME: 9:30 PM
RUN TIME: 92 Minutes
THIS FILM CONTAINS SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL

A daring pansexual fantasy, YOU AND THE NIGHT functions as both a surreal and strangely comedic sexual drama.

Ensconced in a futuristic mansion in the French countryside, a mysterious couple and their transvestite maid invite four strange figures over for an orgy. One by one the guests arrive, with each one assigned a stereotypical sexual identity: The Stud, The Slut, The Teen and The Star. The foreplay progresses as a series of spellbinding monologues, each achingly romantic yet laced with campy wit. As the guests reveal themselves psychologically and anatomically, the film begins to resemble an Almodovarian take on THE BREAKFAST CLUB.

With assistance from a lush score by French electro group M83, YOU AND THE NIGHT sublimely flouts every convention of naturalism, and operates on a heightened plane of artifice, conjuring a deadpan hallucination where ironic comedy and sensuous emotion coexist in a single line reading, and where a simple question of how two lovers met can instigate a flashback to medieval times.

Sponsored by: selfserve

 

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.

Friday, 17 October 2014 18:43

Daily Highlights: Day Eight of the Fest!

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It's Star Trek day at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! We've got two fantastic showcase films with two former Trek cast members (including one who will be in attendance!), so beam on up to the Guild Cinema this evening!

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TO BE TAKEI -SHOWCASE
DATE: Oct 17, 2014
SHOWTIME: 7:00 PM
RUN TIME: 90 Minutes

TO BE TAKEI is a crowd-pleasing peek into the public and private lives of equal rights activist and gay icon George Takei and his husband, Brad. Over seven decades, George Takei has boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans, and hasn't shied away from sharing the details of those events in Jennifer Kroot's delightful documentary film.

Kroot traces Takei's rich and complicated past, from spending time in a WWII internment camp to breaking stereotypes as one of STAR TREK's most beloved characters. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. But Kroot's documentary is also a funny and moving look at how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, George and Brad Takei have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits that have gone viral and caught the attention of nearly everyone on the internet. Whether sharing a kitten joke or sci-fi meme, gossiping about William Shatner, or skewering homophobic public figures, George Takei constantly reminds us why he is so adored, and his public presence is so necessary in TO BE TAKEI.

Sponsored by: localiq-home

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CRAZY BITCHES - SHOWCASE
DATE: Oct 17, 2014
SHOWTIME: 9:15 PM
RUN TIME: 100 Minutes
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY CATHY DUBUONO, THERE WILL BE A Q&A SESSION AFTER THE SCREENING.

With its remote setting in the mountains, the Benton Estate is known for being the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway—as long as you don't mind the possibility that it's haunted by the souls of murdered teenage girls. When seven former sorority sisters rent the property and invite their best gay, BJ, to join them for a vacation, true-crime fanboy BJ tells them the vacation rental's history of horror upfront. Undeterred, the women settle in, excited for wine, a little nookie with the locals, and gossip with old gal pals.

And they have a lot to gossip about! New mom Alice is shocked to find out how many of her friends know about her cheating husband. Dorri, the most grounded of the bunch, is hiding a life-changing secret. Taylor, a redheaded virgin, is being chased by the lithe and sporty Cassie, who is being secretly chased by Minnie. And Princess and Belinda are just there to be, well, crazy bitches. When someone starts picking them off one by one, with methods that play on each person's vanity, accusations start flying and the darkness in the house changes all of them.

Featuring a cast of well-known audience faves including Guinevere Turner (WHO'S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?) playing the mean-spirited Belinda, Candis Cayne (DIRTY SEXY MONEY) as the buxom mistress Vivianna, and Cathy DeBuono (AND THEN CAME LOLA) playing the tough and slightly oversexed Cassie, CRAZY BITCHES is a sexy, unpredictable scream of a slasher film.

Sponsored by: effex2-home

 

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.

 

CATHY IS COMING! FOR CRAZY BITCHES

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE: CATHY DEBUONO


Cathy DeBuono has appeared in several films, including the award-winning Out at the Wedding (2007), and the romantic comedy And Then Came Lola (2008). DeBuono also appeared as a background regular in several episodes of the television seriesChicago Hope as a paramedic. DeBuono was involved in the comedy series Jenny,The PretenderPacific BlueMartial LawBecker and Exes and Oh's. She now hosts her own radio program to give out advice on LA Talk radio. There will be a Q&A after the screening of Crazy Bitches.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 17
SHOWCASE FILM: CRAZY BITCHES │9:15PM THE GUILD CINEMA

For seven sorority sisters (and one queen), a weekend ranch retreat turns into a nightmare when, one by one, their vanity kills them.  This campy fright-fest features LGBT faves Cathy DeBuono and Guinevere Turner. 

*Unless sold out before, advance on line sales for this screening will end on Thursday (10/16) at 10:00PM and remaining tickets will be available at the venue starting at 8:15PM day-of-show.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 16:47

Daily Highlights: Day Seven of the Fest!

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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!

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WHAT IT WAS
DATE: Oct 16, 2014
SHOWTIME: 6:30 PM
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.

Sponsored by: feliciadesigns

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PRIDE - SHOWCASE
DATE: Oct 16, 2014
SHOWTIME: 8:30 PM
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 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.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:43

Daily Highlights: Day Six of the Fest!

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We're just past the halfway mark of the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, but some of the best films are yet to come! Starting at 6:30, we've got two films that focus on the 'B' and 'T' in LGBT!

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
DATE: Oct 15, 2014
SHOWTIME: 6:30PM
RUN TIME: 86 minutes

Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) would like to think of herself as an unrepentant bisexual with bold creative ambitions. Except — she won't share anything about her love life with her traditional Persian-American family. This reticence ended up dissolving Shirin's relationship with her first love and long-time girlfriend, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson). While together, they were the 'It Couple' of Park Slope. Now, Shirin's slid from the heights of a Park Slope Life to a cramped flat in Bushwick and a dead-end job teaching film school to 6-year olds. After her brother announces his engagement to a parentally-approved Iranian girl, Shirin embarks on a passive-aggressive course of retaliatory pan-sexual conquests!

This debut feature is a tart-tongued, borough-set twist on Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," shuttling back-and-forth between Shirin's memories of her life with Maxine and her hilariously raw and misguided rebound attempts. Rolling Stone deemed the film's writer-director-star an "unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi." But Akhavan is her own talent. This film presents very personal and heartfelt moments facing a woman whose ethnic identity and sexuality straddle the borderlines. Shirin's attempts to evolve beyond her broken heart make for a drolly unique romantic comedy. This is a great opportunity to catch the start of Desiree Akhavan's sure-to-be brilliant career.

Sponsored by: filmcollaborative

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BOY MEETS GIRL
DATE: Oct 15, 2014
SHOWTIME: 8:30PM
RUN TIME: 95 minutes

Ricky, a 21-year old trans girl, wants to leave Kentucky for the NYC fashion life -- until she befriends Francesca, a married woman whose military husband (stationed overseas) knew Ricky pre-transition; he makes his dislike very clear. Ricky's best friend, Robby (Michael Welch), also grows jealous over the new arrival. The unlikely relationship that develops between Ricky and Francesca presents pressing questions that each must answer about identity and determination. Heat and heartache abound in this winning rom-com about complicated desires. Michelle Hendley is a trans actress selected to play Ricky after a nation-wide casting call. She worked with the director to ensure an honest portrayal of trans issues, and she has a wonderful way of delivering moments that combine humor, heartache, and hopefulness with great candor.

Writer/director Eric Schaeffer's forward-thinking story is meant for anyone who's felt misunderstood or trapped – whether by a small town, another person's expectations, or by the tales we tell ourselves. The Kentucky setting is a welcome change; it depicts a place both cozy and claustrophobic, where everyone knows your name — and your past, and more than likely, all of your sexual partners. The film focuses on a fluid representation of love and gender, and it stays refreshingly sex-positive — something rarely seen in the movies. As Ricky explains when asked about what these desires make someone: "It makes you human."

Sponsored by: prideguide

 

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.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:01

Daily Highlights: Day Five of the Fest!

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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.

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HELICOPTER MOM
DATE: Oct 14, 2014
SHOWTIME: 6:30PM
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

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LILTING
DATE: Oct 14, 2014
SHOWTIME: 8:30PM
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.

 

Monday, 13 October 2014 16:57

Daily Highlights: Day Four of the Fest!

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Today is all about the boys at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! Come on down to the Guild and find out where the boys are!

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WHERE THE BOYS ARE
DATE: Oct 13, 2014
TIME: 7:00PM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

This shorts program includes:
- BARRIO BOY
- CARPE JUGULAR
- CRUISING ELECTRIC (1980)
- DINNER AT 40
- GOOD MORNING
- SAFE WORD
- SEX DATE
- S/ASH
- THE DISGUSTINGS

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BOYS
DATE: Oct 13, 2014
SHOWTIME: 9:15PM
RUN TIME: 78 minutes

In this sensitively-staged Dutch drama, two teenage boys — Sieger and Marc — struggle with their romantic desires during summer training for a national track relay championship. Fifteen-year old Sieger tries to be a good son. His older brother already makes enough trouble for their widowed father. To escape from home, he spends summertime at the racetrack and ends up joining the relay team where he meets handsome Marc.

Love and sports combine to great effect; the racing sequences provide almost as many thrills as the romantic ones! The coming-of-age story may seem familiar, but that's the film's secret strength. There are no overt plot contrivances or dramatic conflicts; instead, the feelings of uncertainty, wonder, fear and abandon that accompany first love are so palpably rendered, this movie will quickly become a genre favorite. Fans of German coming-of-age film Summer Storm are highly encouraged to attend!

Sponsored by: Cent 21 Unica Color

 

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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