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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.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:20

Daily Highlights: Day Two of the Fest!

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The second day of the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is going to be jam-packed with two shorts programs, and several amazing movies that we are so excited to share! So come on down to the Guild Cinema, and help us keep this party going!

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GENDER FABULOUS
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
TIME: 1:00PM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

This shorts program includes: 
- BLACK IS BLUE
- BRACE
- BUTTERFLY
- GENDER GAMES
- WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
- YOU'RE DEAD TO ME

Community Partner: Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

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FOLSOM FOREVER
RUN TIME: 72 minutes
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
SHOWTIME: 3:00PM

Before leather and fetish went mainstream, San Francisco's beloved Folsom Street Fair was already an international tourist draw. As the bacchanal turns 30, leatherman documentarian Mike Skiff (KINK CRUSADERS) reveals Folsom's story, capturing both rare historical moments and glorious festival footage from today.

Smartly positioning leather lifestyles as a "safe way to play," Folsom Street Fair began in 1984 as a small neighborhood event, and it grew as a response to the assault on gay spaces at the height of the AIDS crisis. By its second year, it was already one of the city's wildest events, with leathermen of all stripes flooding from SOMA bars into the streets. The festival's success is apparent today in Folsom's increasingly open (and less clothed) iteration—a much larger but still locally grown event that annually donates more than $300,000 dollars to nonprofits, draws more than 400,000 people, celebrates self-expression and sexual freedom, and reigns supreme as "the grand daddy of all leather events."

Co-presented by: basementfilms

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QUEER YOUTH UNITED
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
TIME: 5:00PM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

This shorts program includes:
- ALONE WITH PEOPLE
- A WORLD FOR RAUL
- BOMBSHELL
- SCAREMONGER
- WHITEWASH

Community Partner: New Mexico GSA Network and Common Bond

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EAT WITH ME
RUN TIME: 92 minutes
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
SHOWTIME: 7:00PM

Words may fail at times, but food will always be a common language in this auspicious directorial debut from David Au.

She's had enough of her quiet, subdued life in the suburbs! Feeling invisible in her bland marriage, Emma moves in with her son, Elliot, who lives in a downtown L.A. loft. Elliot, a young chef, is facing foreclosure on his lackluster Chinese restaurant--and he's gay. Emma's disapproval has made strangers of mother and son, but the two need each other now more than ever, as Emma explores her newfound freedom--with the encouragement of a saucy new friend named Maureen--and Elliot confronts his fears of intimacy. Through cooking and eating--especially the classic Chinese dumpling--the two relatives find a new way to say what needs to be said, while fueling their own appetites for life.

EAT WITH ME, is a deliciously emotional and redemptive story that offers a fresh take on life, love and food in the heart of Los Angeles.

Sponsored by: filmabq

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FUTURO BEACH
RUN TIME: 106 minutes
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
SHOWTIME: 9:15PM

The first-ever film co-production between Brazil and Germany breaks onto screen with as much energy and power as the motorcycles and ocean tides whose forces fuel the film. Konrad, a German motorcyclist, is touring Brazil with his friend; reaching the Fortaleza coast, the pair decide to swim at Futuro Beach. Their casual dip turns into a deadly ordeal, when they both get trapped in a vicious undertow. Brazilian lifeguard, Donato, attempts to rescue the swimmers but can only save Konrad. The harrowing event ignites a powerfully physical relationship between them that ends up changing the course of their lives. Donato relocates with Konrad to Germany, leaving behind his ailing mother and young brother. The film's director — himself a Brazilian expatriate living in Berlin — suggests Donato's dislocation with a muted, fog-shrouded depiction of the city's streets and a dreamy soundscape crafted by modern composer, Hauschka. It is an intriguing inversion, mirroring the loss of one life with Donato's loss of identity. Both the sea and the city may swallow men.

Visceral, physical and artfully poetic, Futuro Beach evokes works from Antonioni (L'Avventura) and Claire Denis (Beau Travail). It is a gorgeous mix of masculinity and mood, featuring graphic sex sequences and a terrific glam-punk soundtrack.

Sponsored by: strandreleasing

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THE DARK PLACE
RUN TIME: 91 minutes
DATE: Oct 11, 2014
SHOWTIME: 11:30PM

THE DARK PLACE follows a flawed hero with an incredible gift, a witty and sexy sidekick, and a deadly mystery. This new feature film from the creators of the award-winning JUDAS KISS is sure to sneak up on, grab hold of and propel viewers along an action-packed ride of mayhem, madness, mommy issues, and murder.

Keegan Dark, is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes — just add gay. Keegan returns home to make peace with his long-estranged family in the heart of California's winery valleys, but what he finds instead is a harrowing mystery, with himself at the center — and his very life at stake.

A thrill ride with handsome men and mysterious circumstances that unfold step by perilous step, THE DARK PLACE digs deep into what love and family means to us all. If there's a bit of blood and carnage along the way, so be it!

Sponsored by: breakingglasspictures

 

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, 10 October 2014 07:33

Daily Highlights: Opening Night at the Fest!

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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!

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THE WAY HE LOOKS
RUN TIME: 95 Minutes
DATE: Oct 10, 2014
SHOWTIME: 7:00 PM

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

 

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GERONTOPHILIA
RUN TIME: 82 Minutes
DATE: Oct 10, 2014
SHOWTIME: 9:30 PM

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 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, 08 October 2014 07:44

Countdown to the Fest: Pride Joins Our Lineup!

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THE FILM PRIDE JOINS OUR LINEUP!

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As one film door closes, a fabulous new door opens and we couldn't be happier! Pride joins our lineup and replaces the previously programmed film Drown on Thursday, October 16th at 8:30PM.

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

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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, 06 October 2014 18:05

COUNTDOWN TO THE FEST!

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TICKETS ARE NOW SALE! 

Don't miss out on this year's fabulous line up. You can purchase tickets, punch cards and full festival passes a variety of ways. Click HERE to find out how.

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We could not keep bringing GLBT cinema to New Mexico without the devoted support of our friends. Being a member of The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival means you have a stake in the continued presentation of queer cinema in New Mexico, and that you support the G/L/B/T community.

We offer the following benefits for our friends at the following levels.
All Members Receive

  • Name recognition in our festival program
  • 10% off all festival merchandise (t-shirts, posters, etc.)
  • $2 off regularly priced tickets for any screening throughout the year
  • Members’ priority entrance... 

To check out membership levels plus their benefits please go HERE!

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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.

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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, 27 September 2014 20:40

Film Festival Website Is Live

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The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns for its 12th year, programming some of the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) films. Running October 10-19, this year’s film festival offers audiences a wide cinematic range including everything from feature length comedies and dramas to documentaries and short films. Many award-winning international films will be showcased.


Tickets and passes can now be purchased online at www.swglff.com

Starting Wednesday, October 1st you can also purchase tickets at our venue box office located at Self Serve ─ 3904b Central Ave SE

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP PARTY

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 28 - 5:00- 7:00PM

AMORE NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

We couldn't put on 10 days and nights of amazing queer films without a LOT of help from people like you. It's easy, fun, and rewarding to be a Volunteer, so come join us this year at Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, sign up for shifts and enjoy a complimentary buffet of delicious food and of course the exclusive look at the schedule for this year!

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/292928567571150/
ADDRESS: 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

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.

 

All of us here at the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival would like to thank all of our volunteers, and audience members, for all their support and help this year! To show our gratitude, our last day is packed with two shorts programs, and two features, including a star-studded closing film!

 

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FOREIGN BODIES SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
This program includes:

                - HOMOPHOBIA

                - CUKI COLORINCHI EVOLUTION

                - THE PACKAGE

                - BERLIN ANGELS

                - SUMMER VACATION

                - KISS ME SOFTLY

 

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GENDER FABULOUS SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 93 MINUTES
This program includes:

                - LOVE BANG!

                - CHANGE OVER TIME

                - DATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE

                - BEYOUTIFUL

                - MY MOTHER

                - INK DEEP

                - DOS ALMAS

                - TRANSPASS

                - THE BREAK

                - SUPA NATURAL

 

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TELL NO ONE (NOT A WORD)
ITALY, 2013
97 MINUTES
IVAN SILVESTRINI
ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
5:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Mattia’s got it all going right: a new life in Madrid, a new job, and most importantly, a perfect new boyfriend.

Unfortunately Mattia has yet to come out to his dysfunctional family consisting of his womanizing father, meek mother, and feisty sister; a fact his boyfriend Eduard is completely oblivious to. So when Eduard shows up unannounced at Mattia’s going away dinner, Mattia’s plans are derailed.

With the help of some doting friends and some happy accidents, Mattia must choose whether to finally come clean to his family or confess to being a formidable liar to his companion. TELL NO ONE (NOT A WORD) is a quirky comedy of errors set against the backdrop of luminous Italy.

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G.B.F. – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING
USA, 2013
94 MINUTES
DARREN STEIN
7:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

What’s the hottest accessory a teen girl can have in today’s social scene? A GBF! Yes, a gay best friend: a cute boy who’s not sexually threatening and can dish the dirt with the girls.

When Brent’s plan to be North Gateway High’s First Out Kid is inadvertently usurped by a technical mishap, the all-straight GSA outs his BFF Tanner instead, making Tanner the most wanted G.B.F. of a competing trio of queen bees and shooting him—and not Brent—to the top of the school’s social scene. Under the protection and guidance of golden-haired trendsetter Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Mormon firecracker ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), and showbiz prima donna Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, THE MINDY PROJECT), Tanner learns how to dress, how to talk, and how to be the most popular boy in school, much to the chagrin of his former friends.

Not-newcomers but not-yet stars Michael J. Willett (UNITED STATES OF TARA) and super ducky Paul Iacono, play Tanner and Brent, the best friends undone by a disastrous series of events. Under the direction of Darren Stein (JAWBREAKER), G.B.F. hits all the absurd high notes of southern California high school splendor and couples that with the beating heart of a delightful teen romance. Boasting outstanding supporting turns by Megan Mullally as Brent’s fiercely loyal mom, Natasha Lyonne (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER) as the GSA’s faculty advisor, and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood of the HARRY POTTER series) as rabid homophobe McKenzie, G.B.F. is an endearing film of rapid fire one-liners and eye-popping color, sugary sweet with enough bitterness to make you remember why you couldn’t wait to get out of high school.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

 

We’re winding down the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival with a jam-packed day of features that will have you rushing to the theater!

 

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BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
USA, 2013
82 MINUTES
STEPHEN SILHA, ERIC SLADE & DAWN LOGSDON
12:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

It’s James Broughton’s 100th birthday and you’re invited to join the celebration!

Broughton, a leader of the pre-Beat San Francisco Renaissance and an award winning avant-garde filmmaker, was an early member of many important queer movements, including the Radical Faeries and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His short film, THE BED (1967), distills the sexual revolution of the late 1960s onto one mattress. His favorite catchphrases were ‘Follow your own weird!’ and ‘When in doubt, twirl!’

And Broughton often twirled. From poetry to film and from man to woman. His personal freedoms sometimes made life more complicated for others.

But joy is the true spirit of this award-winning film. It manages to be buoyant and funny and sweeps one along into a spirit of anarchy and activism. It revives the artistic spirit of hope and revolution and shows that one man can embrace and alter so many.

 

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TWO MOTHERS
GERMANY, 2013
75 MINUTES
ANNE ZOHRA BERACHED
IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
2:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Based on true-life experiences, writer/director Anne Zohra Berrached has created an honest and poignant portrayal that same-sex couples go through to become pregnant.

Katja (Sabine Wolf) and Isabella (Karina Plachetka) are deeply in love and enjoy their lifestyle to the fullest, but Isabella’s biological clock is ticking loudly. Since both women are in their late 30’s and ready to move their impassioned relationship to another level, the duo embarks on a complex and financially draining journey to find the right sperm. As months pass by and they face a dwindled bank account, Katja presses to stop and Isa refuses. Then they meet a donor who has fathered 20 children in three years, causing everything to come to a dramatic conclusion.

Packed with thought-provoking writing, Berrached’s proficient direction of the nonprofessional cast, and the mesmerizing chemistry between the two protagonists, TWO MOTHERS is truly a stand out.

 

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MR. ANGEL
USA, 2013
69 MINUTES
DAN HUNT
4:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Admired by some, confusing to many, and unapologetically his own person, Buck Angel is the ultimate self-made man; redefining masculinity and gender and having a rollicking good time doing it. If you only know Buck as a porn star, get ready to know a whole lot more! From his family, from celebrity fans like Tristan Taormino and Dan Savage, and from Buck’s own mouth, find out why Buck Angel is going to change the world.

Buck Angel is the hardest working, self-described “man with a vagina” in adult entertainment and consequently, has become the most recognizable transgender porn star in the world. Not content to make money the hard way, he uses his celebrity to educate about trans* issues and acts as a mentor to young trans-men; a model of self-determination. Shot over six years, Mr. Angel is an intimate look at an activist, pornographer, self-promoting celebrity, husband, and son.

 

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PEYOTE
MEXICO, 2013
70 MINUTES
OMAR FLORES SARABIA
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

17-year-old Pablo lives an insulated, antiseptic life in a white, empty apartment devoid of life and parents. Bored, he takes out a camcorder and wanders to a park, where the quirky and free-spirited Marco catches his eye. When Marco sees that he is being videotaped, he performs for the camera and then offers to take Pablo down to Real de Catorce to get some peyote.

Marco’s abrasiveness contrasts with Pablo’s introversion, and the trip quickly becomes more than just a search for a short high as the two boys spend more and more time together and end up striking up a muted romance.

Passions boil just under the surface as the boys deal with mutual attraction, conflict, and inner angst against the backdrop of photogenic Real de Catorce, a symbol to the barely contained, brooding edge of two boys at childhood’s end.

 

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BIRTHDAY CAKE
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
CHAD DARNELL
8:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Fresh from the success of their award-winning short, GROOM’S CAKE, Steven and Daniel return, and they’re throwing their daughter, Sam, the daddy of all birthday parties!

Sam, as it turns out, is not a boy and is turning one, and with the help of some friends, Steven (Rib Hillis) and Daniel (writer-director Chad Darnell) are going for the full pretty, pretty princess shebang: bouncy house, clown, petting zoo, and unrestrained family drama. With the best of intentions, Steven invites Daniel’s Pentecostal mother and sister, and his own family for the weekend, setting the stage for their related family to clash with their chosen family.

With humor, pathos, and a hefty mocking of the Hollywood lifestyle, the wonderfully collaborative cast—including a scene-stealing Jane Badler (the original mini-series, V) and Lee Meriwether as Steven’s nana—have great fun with Darnell’s script. Join the party and grab a big slice of BIRTHDAY CAKE!

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The 8th day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian film festival will have audiences fanning themselves, with a sizzling showcase film co-directed by James Franco, and an unconventional rom-com co-starring Nicholas Brendan!

 

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BIG GAY LOVE
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
RINGO LE
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

A successful but insecure party planner, Bob desperately searches for love on his own terms in body image–obsessed Los Angeles. He has a steady job, plenty of friends, a kooky bewigged mom, and enough money saved up to plunk down for his first house. But he’s not toned or ripped, and he suspects that’s the reason he doesn’t have a dreamy boyfriend with whom to share life’s precious moments and adopt a couple of Lhasa apsos.

Enter Andy (Nicholas Brendon of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER fame), a successful chef/restaurateur he meets at a catered party for Bob’s quirky gal pal. Their romance blossoms, but Bob’s insecurities run amok when their relationship gets physical. In an attempt to fit in with his vapid gym-rat friends, Bob makes an appointment with the plastic surgeon to become “perfect” and finally fit in.

Wacky hijinks and heartwarming moments ensue, with some unexpected twists. With BIG GAY LOVE, writer-director Ringo Le cleverly crafts a love letter to everyone who’s ever wanted to be accepted as themselves regardless of their color, shape, or size. Amen, girl.

 

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INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. -  SHOWCASE SCREENING
USA, 2013
60 MINUTES
TRAVIS MATTHEWS & JAMES FRANCO
9:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In 1980, William Friedkin released CRUISING starring Al Pacino, already a bankable film star thanks to THE GODFATHER:PART 1 & 2 and DOG DAY AFTERNOON.

Reactions upon release were overwhelmingly negative, and it was no secret that Friedkin had to cut 40 minutes of footage—all shot in NYC leather and S&M bars—to expunge the MPAA’s original X-rating. Friedkin has admitted that the footage contained graphic sexuality, and United Artists has asserted the footage is no longer in their possession.

Cut to 2012.

Exterior. San Francisco. James Franco contacts Travis Mathews in regards to a project related to Friedkin’s CRUISING. That project becomes INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR., and the two men ostensibly set out to recreate the lost 40 minutes. What follows is less about graphic sexuality than it is about questioning the normalization of gay intimacy and sexual activity. Part behind the scenes, part documentary about the process of filmmaking, and part sexually explicit art film, INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. offers no simple answers.

The Franco-Mathews co-directed film-within-a-film stars longtime Franco friend, Val Lauren in the role of Pacino’s character from CRUISING Initially unsure what the project is about but fiercely loyal to his friend, Lauren gradually comes to a sort of understanding, even defending the project to others. Whether or not the audience will understand the directors’ vision is uniquely suited to the audience members. Regardless, the film is a fascinating meditation on gay male sexuality and the freedom of sexual expression.

THIS FILM WILL BE PRECEDED BY THE SHORT IN THEIR ROOM: LONDON.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

To mark 7 days of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, we’re putting our best foot forward to bring you into the home stretch of the festival!

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EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME (SHOWCASE SCREENING)
MEXICO, 2012
95 MINUTES
RAUL FUENTES
SPANISH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In his first feature film, Raúl Fuentes dares to explore the psyche of a woman caught in a vicious self-sabotaging cycle that incapacitates her ability to love.

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMEBODY...NOT ME details the story of Alejandra, a condescending intellectual with many emotional problems, who lacks the capacity to connect with anyone around her. When Alejandra meets Maria, an evolving and curious private school teen, the two start a passionate love affair that makes their generation gap seem trivial. Before long, the couple realizes their differences when Alejandra obsessively tries to control Maria's activities, interests and decisions. Alejandra's oppression becomes worse than a parent's and Maria must decide whether or not she wants this intense relationship with such an apprehensive person to continue. Shot in black and white, Raúl Fuentes' innovative filmmaking approach and his unconventional narrative unquestionably marks him as a new and exciting voice in contemporary Mexican cinema.

 

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THE HAPPY SAD
USA, 2013
87 MINUTES
RODNEY EVANS
8:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In the age of polyamory and blurred lines of sexuality, what really makes for a happy relationship?

Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy.

Filmmaker Rodney Evans masterfully helms a talented multicultural ensemble cast including Charlie Barnett (CHICAGO FIRE), and singer-songwriter Cameron Scoggins. THE HAPPY SAD explores the art of happiness, sexual identity, honesty, and monogamy. It’s a cliché to say that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, but sometimes you still don’t really know what you’ve got once you get it back again.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The 6th day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will bring some excitement into your Wednesday with two stunning films that explore queer realities!

 

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PIT STOP
USA, 2013
80 MINUTES
YEN TAN
6:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Described as “low key but ultimately satisfying” by Variety’s Dennis Harvey, Director Yen Tan’s PIT STOP tells the story of Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) and Gabe (Bill Heck), who are both entangled in messy relationships.

In a small Texas town, Ernesto is avoiding his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending as much of his spare time as possible in the hospital with an ailing past love. On the other side of town, Gabe is recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, and taking solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. Both men make the best of their blue-collar situations, and maintain an unwavering yearning for romance, even while feeling emotionally isolated. Ernesto and Gabe’s stories are told from an observer’s perspective, enabling the viewer to know, just for a short while, what it is like to be an outsider. Neither character ever tries to run away from his monotonous surroundings, but instead fill their lives’ deepest voids with tireless persistence and confidence in the knowledge that they will find love.

Subtle, optimistic, and poetic while still avoiding melodrama, Yen Tan’s PIT STOP is a refreshingly quiet film that explores the complex and often overlooked lives of gay men in small-town America; a movie that will charm the audience with its calming strength.

 

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LAURENCE ANYWAYS – SHOWCASE SCREENING
CANADA, 2012
168 MINUTES
XAVIER DOLAN
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
8:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan comes the powerful story of Laurence Emmanuel James Alia and the ten years in which she transitions into the woman she was born to be.

Melvil Poupaud is stunning as Laurence, a respected high school literature teacher and celebrated author. Laurence tells her girlfriend, Frédérique, that she has been living a lie and she wants to begin her transition to a woman. Over the next ten years, their relationship struggles mirror the challenges Laurence faces as she transitions. Initially angered by the decision and encouraged by her sister Stéfie (Monia Chokri, Dolan’s HEARTBEATS) to leave Laurence, Fred returns to give her support, but despite her clear love for Laurence as a man, can she continue to love Laurence as a woman? Suzanne Clément gives a bravura performance as Fred: emotionally volatile and fierce in her defense of Laurence, bruised and vulnerable in her inability to maintain it. Nathalie Baye (the superb French thriller, TELL NO ONE) rounds out the main cast as Laurence’s mother, unsympathetic to the trials her child is facing but never abandoning her.

With a deft touch, Xavier Dolan keeps the extraordinary actors, exquisite cinematography, and vibrant soundtrack from overshadowing the emotional core of Laurence’s saga. LAURENCE ANYWAYS earns every moment of its story, by turns heartbreaking and brimming with joie-de-vivre. Winner of the Queer Palm at the 2012 Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and best actress for Suzanne Clément’s turn as Fred, as well as nominated for best foreign film at the 2013 Cesar Awards, LAURENCE ANYWAYS is a cinematic triumph. The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is proud to showcase Dolan’s magnum opus.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

Day five of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has two powerful films that are sure to please!

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REACHING FOR THE MOON – SHOWCASE SCREENING
BRAZIL, 2013
118 MINUTES
BRUNO BARRETO
6:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Director Bruno Barreto crafts sensuous and mature movies about complicated trysts and threesomes (DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS; CARRIED AWAY ). REACHING FOR THE MOON, the winner of Best Feature/Audience Awards at both San Francisco International LGBT and Toronto Inside Out Film Festivals, is one of his most accomplished pieces.

It tells the true story of a three-way relationship begun In 1951, when American poet Elizabeth Browning traveled to the verdant Brazilian estate of Mary Morse and the architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Ms. Browning was in a creatively fallow period, struggling to find inspiration. This film depicts the tempestuous affair that sparked between Lota and Elizabeth, inspiring them to some of their greatest achievements. The love of these two women, as distinct from one another as the id and the super-ego, traversed a tumultuous period (1951 to 1967) filled with personal coups and political coups d’etat. While they were together, Ms. Browning won the Nobel Prize and Ms. Soares designed Rio de Janeiro’s Parque do Flamengo. But struggles with jealousy, depression and addiction eroded their relationship.

Glória Pires commands the screen with her portrayal of Lota, a woman who demanded the right to possess everything and everyone she wanted. Miranda Otto’s performance retains a pointed awareness that deepens the impact of her profound transformation. Bruno Barreto masterfully captures the period and Brazil’s exquisite landscapes. The sensuous vistas of Samambaia radiate from the screen, enhanced by passages of Elizabeth Browning’s evocative poetry and a warm soundtrack featuring classical music, samba and jazz. This is one of the year’s delights, both bitter and sweet.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY WOLFE.

 

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IN THE NAME OF- CENTERPIECE SCREENING
POLAND, 2013
96 MINUTES
MALGOSKA SZUMOWSKA
IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
9:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Respected and idolized, Father Adam has an unconventional approach to being confessor and confidant to teenage boys who live in the reformatory he heads; he runs and he likes rock music. He struggles to maintain appearances as a local woman seduces him, driving him to drink. However, as he develops a growing mutual intimacy with introverted Lukasz, a handsome long-haired youth placed under his supervision due to an accusation of arson, he begins to struggle with a spiritual crisis and his sexual feelings.

Initially, Father Adam’s commitment to celibacy prevents him from acting on his urges, but as he vacillates between repulsion, desire, and vice, rumors begin to spread through the conservative community and his future in the school is threatened.

In lieu of a predictable damning criticism of modern day Catholicism in light of recent scandal, director Malgoska Szumowska approaches a very taboo subject with empathy, compassion and even humor. This is a particularly unusual, complex look into a struggling inner world from Poland, a country not renowned for queer cinema, but which provides a stunning pictorial backdrop to an individual crisis of faith and desire. It questions, "A very up-to-date commentary about the present situation in Church" as said by the director of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick, during the world premiere.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY XFINITY.

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 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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

We’re starting the week off right, on the fourth day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, with a fun and poignant mens' shorts program, and one beautiful feature to round off the night!

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WHERE THE BOYS ARE SHORTS PROGRAM

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 92 MINUTES
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- HOUSEBROKEN
- BAKERSFIELD, EARTH
- DIK
- CHASER
- SOMETHING REAL
- GORILLA
- P.D.A.
- SPOONERS

 

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TEST
USA, 2013
86 MINUTES
CHRIS MASON JOHNSON
9:15PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From the very first scene of a young man lying on his bed -- leg stretched and toes extended -- Chris Mason Johnson’s TEST brings a dancer’s graceful and observant perspective to the AIDS epidemic as experienced in San Francisco during 1985.

Frankie is a new company member who’s ordered by his choreographer to “dance like a man.” Outside of work, he finds himself in a city panicked about the emergent AIDS virus. He finds a more devil-may-care friend in Todd, another dancer. The two of them navigate San Francisco’s isolated days and party-filled nights, working toward a new definition of themselves and their sexuality, under the ever-present threat of disease.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY CENTURY 21 UNICA REAL ESTATE. THIS FEATURE WILL BE PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM HI(E)R.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

The third day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian film festival is sure to please, with two shorts programs and three very fun & sexy features!

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DE COLORES SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 113 MINUTES
SCREENING: 12:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- ALASKA IS A DRAG

- NATIVES

- LOVING THE BONY LADY

- KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS

- FIGHTING FOR AIR

- OBAMA E(S)T MOI

- GROTTO

- PERFORMING GIRL

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ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE
CANADA, 2012
114 MINUTES
HEATHER TOBIN
2:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Do you believe in fate? ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE appears to be about fatalism, but as the film plays out, we are shown that the choices we make are simply rolls of the dice.

Ryan Stark is an opinionated, young, out and proud lesbian who likes to spew queer jargon. An aspiring screenwriter who has just been accepted to three universities, Ryan must now make what feels like the most important decision of her life. As she wrestles with her options, the film takes viewers on a journey into three possible—and very different—futures. In each alternative reality, Ryan is confronted with all that life has to offer: love, loss, sex, heartbreak, family conflict, career, and marriage.

What will she choose in the end, and will her choices bring her the happiness she desires?

OFFICIAL SELECTION – PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – TORONTO INSIDE OUT LESBIAN & GAY FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

 

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FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 86 MINUTES
5:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- THE FIRST DATE

- MISS FINKNAGLE SUCCUMBS TO CHAOS

- NEIGHBORS

- F TO 7TH: TWEENER

- SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

- THE MERMAIDS

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EASY ABBY: EVERY DAY MAKING LOVE MORE DIFFICULT
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
WENDY JO CARLTON
7:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

With sly humor and steamy sexuality, EASY ABBY is the woman you’re bound to fall for. Just don’t expect her to fall for you.

Easy Abby keeps it uncomplicated by keeping aloof. Bedding sexy ladies is Abby’s favorite pastime, and she is well versed at her pursuits, leaving a trail of ex-lovers throughout Chicago. With her heavily-coupled friend Sara and Amazonian bicycle mechanic Eileen, Abby tries to understand why she’s allergic to commitment. Before she can find out the answer, Abby meets another willing bedmate! But when she meets Danielle, it’s Abby who gets a touch of the sparks and butterflies. Can Abby open her heart for something more meaningful this time?

In the now complete first season of this hot new web series, director Wendy Jo Carlton, like her titular character, keeps the laughs, the tenderness, and the beautiful ladies coming.

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HETEROSEXUAL JILL
USA, 2013
80 MINUTES
MICHELLE EHLEN
9:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Sexy butch Jamie is back! So is her ex-girlfriend Jill, except that Jill is trying to convince everyone—herself included—that she is heterosexual. Jill figures the best way to get over her relationship with Male Jamie…is to date Butch Jamie. Because as, uh, an ex-lesbian, she’ll obviously not be attracted to Butch Jamie, right? Riiiight.

In this sequel to BUTCH JAMIE, director Michelle Ehlen once again plays Jamie who, still trying to make it as an actor, has a supporting role opposite Howard the cat in what is to be the best mockumentary about cat actors the world has ever seen. Thankfully, this is an excuse to see Jamie in a wide variety of oddball costuming.

Ehlen is all manic energy and befuddled nervousness as Jamie, and Jen McPherson clearly has a blast with the role of is-she-or-isn’t-she-heterosexual Jill. Fluid sexuality has never been more fun!

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

It's the second day of the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and we have a day packed full of screenings lined up for you!

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QUEER YOUTH UNITED SHORTS PROGRAM

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 MINUTES
SCREENING: 1:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

- YEAH, KOWALSKI!
- FOR DORIAN
- THE INFAMOUS T
- TEENAGE DANCE
- KISS ME SOFTLY 
- WINI + GEORGE

THIS SHORTS BLOCK IS SPONSORED BY COMMON BOND

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VALENTINE ROAD
USA, 2013
89 MINUTES
MARTA CUNNINGHAM
3:00PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

An extraordinarry documentary about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King, that will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It was a horrific school shooting that riveted the country--especially LGBT communities. On February 12, 2008, in an Oxnard, California classroom, 12-year-old Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King twice; King died of his wounds two days later. King, a gender variant youth of color, had liked to wear makeup and high heels to school, and he had publicly announced a crush on McInerney. For this reason, some of McInerney's defenders say the victim had "embarrassed" the shooter-- and was therefore at least partly to blame for his own murder. 

VALENTINE ROAD is about an outrageous crime and an even more outrageous defense of it, but the film goes much deeper than mere outrage. In the end, it's the story of two victims of homophobia.

CO-PRESENTED BY EQUALITY NEW MEXICO. A BRIEF Q&A WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS WORKING WITH ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS IN NEW MEXICO WILL FOLLOW THIS SCREENING.

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MONSTER PIES
AUSTRALIA, 2013
85 MINUTES
LEE GALEA
5:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA


Two high school outsiders meet and fall in love in this sweetly innocent, heartfelt and ultimately shocking melodrama from Down Under. Geeky, alienated 17-year-old Mike attends a suburban Melbourne high school, teased by the jocks for his looks and refusal to fight back. Life changes for him after he meets and befriends the very handsome Wil, the new kid in school. Wil seems to be out of Mike's league, but with a nearly catatonic mother in a psychiatric hospital and a violently abusive father at home, he is a lonely outsider who is quick to respond to Mike's advances. The two young men now need to navigate their nascent love amidst the social pressures of school and the tensions of an unsupportive home life.

With an emotional intensity rarely found in gay films, MONSTER PIES will tug at your emotions and possibly bring back memories of your own excitingly agonizing first love.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY TLA RELEASING.

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I AM DIVINE - SHOWCASE FILM
USA, 2013
85 MINUTES
JEFFREY SCHWARZ
7:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

From anarcho-punk to underground celebrity to certifiable star, Divine was like no one before him. Best known as John Waters' biggest star and inspiration, Divine forever lived up to his name: larger than life and twice as beautiful.

Stopped only by his untimely death, Divine's effervescent rise is the stuff of legend, and I AM DIVINE treats its subject like the tasteful and refined lady she wasn't.

I AM DIVINE chronicles with loving respect the story of the boy who became a man dressed like a woman, but always a man. Told through archival photos and footage--including interviews with Divine himself--and extensive new interviews with family, friends, co-stars, and admirers, director Jeffrey Schwarz has fashioned a loving portrait of a generous and sensitive man whose passion for performance was known around the world, and who, as Waters says, stood for anybody that didn't fit in.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY LOCAL IQ.

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THE LAST MATCH (LA PARTIDA)
SPAIN, 2013
90 MINUTES

ANTONIO HENS
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
9:45PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

LA PARTIDA refers to the makeshift soccer young men play in a neighborhood in Havana. The game is the meeting place of Reinier and Yosvani, two men struggling with poverty in their own way. 
Reinier is a gay prostitute who picks up foreign men along the Malecon promenade, but his money goes to clothing and gambling instead of to his infant son and family. Yosvani holds off having to move away to rural background he escaped from by living with his employer (a brutal loan shark) and promising to marry his daughter. The two characters stave off loneliness, desperation and loveless heterosexual relationships, and financial issues with a playful friendship, until an ecstasy-laced party one night that results in a kiss. 

In the machismo saturated, homophobic culture of Cuba, this forbidden love could be fatal. When Reinier's gambling puts him in danger, Yosvani tries to convince Reinier to run away with him. 

THE LAST MATCH is an unbridled romance with unexpected turns that will captivate audiences.

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY ARTSPLOITATION FILMS.

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CHASTITY BITES - MIDNIGHT SCREENING
USA, 2013
93 MINUTES
JOHN V. KNOWLES
MIDNIGHT AT THE GUILD CINEMA


17th century Countess Elizabeth Bathory lives on into the modern day in this campy throwback to 50's horror and 90's teen films.

Maintaining her youth off the blood of young virginal girls, Bathory has become Liz Bathos and found a steady supply of "botox" as an abstinence educator at San Grientos High in conservative small town America. Her reign of terror is not to go unchallenged as spunky feminist blogger and lesbian-attired high school newspaper reporter Leah Ratcliff and her docile friend Katherine investigate into the streak of suspiciously missing girls in the quiet, unassuming community. But as Bathos seduces Katherine to join the chastity club, Leah must race against time to save her best friend while the virgins line up for a horrifying and humorous end.

Gorgeous scream queen Louise Griffiths heads director John V. Knowles' instant cult classic that asks, "Who says the virgin always lives to the end?"

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL.

 

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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 11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s, New Mexico Tourism and Comcast Xfinity.

 

 

 

It’s Opening Night of the 11th annual SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL and we have two sizzling German films that will start the festival off right!

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LOSE YOUR HEAD
GERMANY, 2013
105 MINUTES
PATRICK SCHUCKMANN/STEFAN WESTERWELLE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 9:30PM

LOSE YOUR HEAD follows the story of Luis, a desultory and naïve Spanish tourist who throws himself headlong into the hedonistic and psychedelic sleaze of the Berlin nightlife.
He jumps from group to group, enjoying any offers of drugs, sex and partying that come his way, until he hooks up with a shady and domineering Ukrainian named Viktor, who dresses him up as a dead ringer for a missing Greek student.

As his relationship with Viktor advances, he finds that he is willing to cast caution aside, even as reality begins to crumble around him.

 

FREEFALL

FREE FALL
GERMANY, 2013
100 MINUTES
STEPHEN LACANT
GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 7:00PM

Marc is a handsome police cadet with a very pregnant girlfriend and everything is lining up as expected: marriage, child, career, and promotion. But while attending a police training course, he finds himself drawn to his roommate Kay, an athletic Adonis. The games of sport and sex Marc begins with Kay become an all-consuming passion when Kay is transferred to his unit. As their relationship deepens, conflict grows in Marc’s workplace and at home. And, when Kay, the catalyst for Marc’s many changes, suddenly disappears, Marc must make his own path through the damaged landscape of his life.

BEST FEATURE – JURY AWARD AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – FRAMELINE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

 

So come on down to The Guild Cinema, grab some popcorn and join us for this year’s premier LGBTQ event in the Southwest!

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Hey there Cinephiles!

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We know you're just as excited as we are about the 11th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival! So here's our EVES trailer, on the eve of our first fantastic day at The Guild Cinema! Or are ADAMS more your style? See that trailer HERE!

Come celebrate amazing queer film at the Southwest's premier gay and lesbian event!

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Saturday, 28 September 2013 05:59

11TH ANNUAL SWGLFF IS NOW LIVE!

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Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Brings Internationally Recognized Films to Albuquerque

Film fest showcases the best in LGBTQ films from around the world

 

The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns for its 11th year, programming some of the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) films. Running October 11-20, this year’s film festival offers audiences a wide cinematic range including everything from feature length comedies and dramas to documentaries and short films. Many award-winning international films will be showcased.

 

With an expected attendance of over 4,000 film goers, the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in New Mexico featuring over 70 films and 30 programs. Bringing together film lovers, artists and LGBTQ communities around the Southwest, SWGLFF showcases some of the best films from around the globe to Albuquerque, NM.

 

Film Highlights from the 2013 SWGLFF Program:

Opening Night – SWGLFF opens with a bang Friday, October 11th at 7 p.m. with the award-winning German film FREE FALL. Starring Hanno Koffler and Max Riemelt, German critics unanimously praised the film, some terming it their country’s ‘answer to Brokeback Mountain. Winner of Best Feature at the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and an Official Selection at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, director Stephan Lecant captures the sun and sweat of a sultry German summer, as well as the chemistry between his handsome leads.

Documentary Highlight- I AM DIVINE tells the story of Divine, the drag celebrity who went from anarcho-punk to underground celebrity to certifiable movie star. Best known as director John Waters’ biggest star and inspiration, director Jeffrey Schwarz has fashioned a loving portrait of a generous and sensitive man whose passion for performance was known around the world and who, as Waters says, stood for anybody that didn’t fit in. I AM DIVINE screens Saturday, October 12th at 7:45 p.m.

Centerpiece Highlights- IN THE NAME OF (Polish with English subtitles) Respected and idolized, Father Adam has an unconventional approach to being confessor and confidant to teenage boys who live in the reformatory he heads. As he develops a growing mutual intimacy with introverted Lukasz, he begins to struggle with a spiritual crisis and his sexual feelings.This is a particularly unusual, complex look into a struggling inner world from Poland, which provides a stunning pictorial backdrop to an individual crisis of faith and desire. Winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, IN THE NAME OF screens Tuesday, October 17th at 9 p.m.

LAURENCE ANYWAYS is the powerful story of Laurence Emmanuel James Alia and the ten years in which she transitions into the woman she was born to be. Winner of the Queer Palm at the 2012 Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and best actress for Suzanne Clément’s turn as Fred, as well as nominated for best foreign film at the 2013 Cesar Awards, LAURENCE ANYWAYS is a cinematic triumph that screens Wednesday, October 16th at 8 p.m.

Closing Night: G.B.F. What’s the hottest accessory a teen girl can have in today’s social scene? A GBF! Yes, a gay best friend; a cute boy who’s not sexually threatening and can dish the dirt with the girls. Starring Sasha Pieterse, (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Andrea Bowen, (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), Xosha Roquemore, (THE MINDY PROJECT) G.B.F. is an endearing film of rapid fire one-liners and eye-popping color, sugary sweet with enough bitterness to make you remember why you couldn’t wait to get out of high school. G.B.F. was an Official Selection at the Frameline Film Festival.

See the full film schedule at www.swglff.com. All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Advance tickets, punch-cards and passes will be available at our website starting September 28th, and our ticket outlet beginning October 1st at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE.

The 2013 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, Macy’s and Comcast Xfinity. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

With the 10th Annual SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL wrapping up for the year, we're pleased to announce the winners of 2012's AUDIENCE AWARDS! A very special thanks to all our movie-goers for casting their votes, and giving us their opinions on all our films!

 

Our first winner was for BEST SHORT:

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TSUYAKO
RUNNING TIME: 25 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MITSUYO MIYAZAKI
IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

In postwar Japan, a factory worker and mother must decide between duty and love, her family and her freedom.

 

Our second award was for BEST DOCUMENTARY:

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TRANSGENDER TUESDAYS
RUNNING TIME: 50 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MARK FREEMAN

Transgender Tuesdays tells the story of the Tom Waddell Health Center, the first low-cost public health clinic opened specifically for transgender clients.

Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, people came for the hormones and stayed for the health care. The film addresses the dire need for and specific needs of transgender health care through in-depth interviews with patients who have long been marginalized.

The intriguing stories of these courageous patients at times horrify and other times inspire. Alarming statistics of bullying, violence, abuse, homelessness, addiction and suicide roll on screen—all resulting from the daily discrimination trans folks face from all sides. While the "Bad Old Days" are not yet over, narrator Veronica Klaus beams about the most significant change: transgender people are helping each other navigate the system and avoid its pitfalls—and taking control of their right to medical care.

 

Our final award was for BEST FEATURE:

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CLOUDBURST
RUNNING TIME: 87 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: THOM FITZGERALD

Adapted from Thom Fitzgerald’s successful theatrical play of the same name, Cloudburst is a humorous, romantic and moving film that proves that love really can endure the most amazing obstacles.

Veteran actresses and Academy Award winners, Olympia Dukakis (MOONSTRUCK) and Brenda Fricker (MY LEFT FOOT), shine in their respective roles as Stella and Dot, a lesbian couple who have lived and loved together for over 30 years.

When the mostly blind Dot (who had years ago been married with children)has a minor accident, her intrusive granddaughter Molly (not getting that Stella isn’t merely Dot’s *best friend*) shows up with the intention of putting her grandmother in a retirement home. Stella, at the best of times a raucous, drinking, swearing, cowboy-hat wearing curmudgeon, visibly objects, but Molly returns with a police escort and takes Dot away from her bucolic seaside home.

Determined to keep her house and family, Stella breaks Dot out of the retirement facility and the two embark on a road trip to Canada to get legally married. Along the way, they encounter a young hitchhiker named Prentice (Ryan Doucette) trying to get to Nova Scotia to deal with a dysfunctional family and a dying mother. He decides to come along for the ride and these three unlikely companions forge an interesting kinship.

CLOUDBURST is an important film, not only because it deals with issues that are currently relevant, but because it delivers a strong message without being didactic or trite. It’s simply a sometimes poignant, often funny, story of a couple whose love and commitment defy the odds.

 

Thanks so much for making our 10th year our best yet, and congratulations to all the Audience Award Winners!

We're bringing our 10th Annual SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL to a close with four amazing movies, and the best party we've had yet, at Effex!

 

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GAYBY
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 89 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN LISECKI
SCREENING: 7:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

What happens when a straight girl and her best gay male friend’s biological clocks both kick into overdrive, but there’s no romantic partner on the horizon for either of them? Jenn, self described 'hag since birth' and her gay BFF Matt find themselves in their thirties, single and dealing with a frustrating dating scene in New York City.

Jenn’s career teaching hot yoga is ready to blossom like a lotus flower while Matt’s comic book store serves as the meeting ground for the superhero set. Remembering a pact they made in college, they decide to jumpstart adulthood by having a child together. Distrustful of doctors and fertility treatments, they agree to approach things 'the old fashioned way.' Matt’s desperate attempts to get over his ex-boyfriend, Jenn’s herbally enhanced sex drive, and their own awkward attempts to conceive lead to some of the most hilarious sex scenes since BRIDESMAIDS. Faced with the challenges of creating their family, Jenn and Matt resort to the help of their newly turned bear friend, Nelson and his dead cat. But gay or straight, those embarking on the journey to parenthood are in for a few surprises.

Based on the award-winning short by the same name, director Jonathan Lisecki brings his unique brand of irreverent humor to offer a delightfully contemporary twist on the romantic comedy. 

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY EFFEX NIGHTCLUB

 

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LET MY PEOPLE GO!
FRANCE, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 88 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MIKAEL BUCH
IN FRENCH & FINNISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 5:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

LET MY PEOPLE GO! Is a delightful romp through Finland and France that celebrates and upends gay and Jewish stereotypes at every turn.

Reuben (Nicolas Maury) is a French- Jewish gay postman in small town Finland living with his particularly handsome boyfriend Teemu (Jarkko Niemi). One day Reuben *finds* a bag full of Euros, and argues with Teemu about what to do with it, resulting in Reuben fleeing back to Paris, and his dysfunctional but devout Jewish family, including his parents, played by Carmen Maura, and Jean-Francois Stevenin.

During his time in Paris, Reuben must fend off the advances of an older attorney, deal with his quick-tempered brother, coddling mother, and unhappily married sister, all while Teemu tries to win him back, and Reuben decides what to do with the money.

LET MY PEOPLE GO! is a larger than life fairytale about the sometimes hilariously ill-advised mixing of family, lovers, culture, and religion.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY PRIDE GUIDE NEW MEXICO

 

MOLLY'S GIRL
USA, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 125 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: SCOTT R. THOMPSON
SCREENING: 12:00 PM, SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH AT THE GUILD CINEMA

MOLLY'S GIRL is a sweet and funny look at how two women's lives collide and how they realize they have more in common than they think.

Molly is an emotional train wreck, the awkward daughter of an influential state senator. Convinced that she has found the love of her life after a drunken one-night stand with gay marriage activist Mercedes, Mercedes soon regrets their rendezvous when she experiences how clingy and need Molly is. Mercedes quickly changes her tune when she realizes who Molly's father is and convinces Molly to pretend they're engaged to change the senator's stance on gay marriage.

MOLLY'S GIRL is the story of two very different people's lives entwining, and the situations and heartbreak that they get themselves into trying to untangle them. Written and directed by Scott R. Thompson and produced by Kimberly Busbee, this film is a comedy with sweety and poignant moments that will draw audiences in completely.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY PRIDE & EQUALITY

 

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SEVENTH GAY ADVENTISTS
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
SCREENING: 2:30 PM, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Faith, identity, and sexuality collide as three diverse gay and lesbian Seventh- Day Adventists struggle to follow both their church and their hearts.

His five-year-long "ex-gay" experience behind him, David seeks to fit his new boyfriend into his family and community. Marcos, a deposed Brazilian pastor, fights to reconnect with his calling and win back his job. Sherri wants to give her own kids the same upbringing she had despite her church’s response to her love for another woman. Each is working to find a sense of place and belonging in the fastest growing Christian denomination in the United States.

SEVENTH-GAY ADVENTISTS follows their raw and moving spiritual journeys as they wrestle with deep questions of identity and belonging.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
9:00PM TO MIDNIGHT
Following the screening of GAYBY, join us for our Closing Night Party at Effex Nightclub! The evening will feature grooves by Albuquerque's hottest DJS as well as provide scrumptious cuisine courtesy of Tenth Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sponsors. Dining, dancing and the announcement of this year's audience award winners will bring our milestone year to an unforgettable finish!

Free Shuttle Service between Guild Cinema and Effex!

EFFEX NIGHTCLUB
420 CENTRAL AVENUE NE
This is a FREE event!

 

 

 

We here at the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival would like to thank all of our sponsors, venues, and volunteers for helping us to put on our best event yet! A very special thank you to all the filmmakers, directors, and writers who joined us this year, and made our screenings even better! We would also like to thank YOU, our movie-goers, for supporting us & our sponsors, and allowing us to continue bringing the finest in queer film to the Southwest! THANK YOU ALL! 

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Our second to last day is jam-packed with films that range from hilarious to dark, here at the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL! 

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BEARCITY 2: THE PROPOSAL
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 101 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS LANGWAY
SCREENING: 7:00 PM AT THE GUIILD CINEMA

The bears are back - and they’re heading for Provincetown!

Roger and Tyler are getting married, but as the gang gathers at the B&B owned by Brent’s sharp-tongued mom Rose, the altarbound couple faces temptation from all the woofy daddies and exes surrounding them at every turn.
As the drama ensues, clothes come off, feelings get hurt and the couple faces jealousy – Roger from all the attention and woofs Ty receives, and Ty when Roger’s superhunky ex-lover shows up.
As the time for the wedding approaches, can Roger and Ty overcome all their emotions to tie the knot?

Featuring cameo appearances by Kevin Smith and other bear-lebrities, this latest BEARCITY adventure brings all the fur and fun that fans expect.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY BUD LIGHT

 

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BEAUTY
SOUTH AFRICA/FRANCE, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: OLIVER HERMANUS
IN ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 9:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

A South African man with a family is a tangle of contradictions, in Oliver Hermanus’s film, BEAUTY.

Francois (Deon Lotz) is a racist and outwardly homophobic South African business man who appears to have the perfect life. But underneath his conservative façade, he takes part in orgies with other white, married men, and seethes with resentment against the blacks who have risen to political power in post-apartheid South Africa.

At a wedding, Francois sees Christian (Charlie Keegan), a handsome and much younger son of a friend, and starts to spiral downward into a dangerous obsession over him. At first the draw is a sexual attraction, but Francois’ lust soon turns into hatred for the comfort Christian has with himself and the world he inhabits.

Winner of the Queer Palm at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival & official entry for best foreign film at this year’s Academy Awards, BEAUTY examines the toll self-hatred can take on you, and everyone around you.

 

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MY BEST DAY
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 75 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: ERIN GREENWELL
SCREENING: 5:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

At Hank’s Refrigeration on the 4th of July, cute receptionist Karen unexpectedly gets a call from what could be her long-lost father.

She hasn’t seen him or her sister since her parents divorced, so with her dykey friend Megan (Ashlie Atkinson aka "Muffler" from ANOTHER GAY MOVIE) in tow, she rides out on a motorcycle to his trailer park hoping for an all-American family reunion. Instead she finds her sister with a wicked gambling problem, her dad’s closeted down-and-out live-in boyfriend, and a pre-teen stepbrother who rolls around in his wrestling outfit while not out romancing the town vegetarian.

Writer/director Erin Greenwell takes us on an unexpected journey of mishaps, fireworks, and poignant realizations alongside an ensemble of outsiders in her latest feature that had its world premiere at Sundance. Nailing the deadpan dialogue of its quirky small town inhabitants, MY BEST DAY is a funny and reflective romp—the kind of sweet indie film that makes you want to put your arm out the car window, feel the sticky summer breeze, and hope for a day that just might be your best.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY ST. CLAIR WINERY AND BISTRO

 

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QUEER YOUTH UNITED: SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 85 MINUTES
SCREENING: 12:30 PM  AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes:

  • JACKPOT
  • THE ART OF WALKING THROUGH THE STREETS
  • THE BLESSED
  • THE BRIDGE
  • THE DUCKS MIGRATION
  • GENDERFREAK

THIS SHORTS BLOCK IS CO-PRESENTED BY THE NEW MEXICO GSA NETWORK, AND SPONSORED BY COMMON BOND

 

GENDER FABULOUS: SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 91 MINUTES
SCREENING: 2:45 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

What is gender? An identity, experience, or expression? Perhaps a journey, or is it a destination? These nine provocative short films will show you a fabulous time exploring these questions.

This program includes: 

  • THE THING
  • SO POMO
  • MILA CAOS
  • BUTCH TITS
  • AKIN
  • SILVER STILETTO
  • TABOO
  • URSULA'S VICTORY

Come by the Guild Cinema, and help us celebrate queer film!

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The SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is honored to welcome several filmmakers to Albuquerque, and to our screenings of their movies!

 

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STEPHEN EYER & DANEEN AKERS
DIRECTORS - SEVENTH GAY ADVENTISTS

Daneen and Stephen have been working together on projects since they met in college 15 years ago. Their first feature-length documentary, Living With Fibromyalgia: A Journey of Hope and Understanding, examines the challenges of living with debilitating chronic pain in a culture that values achievement and physical perfection. That film has been screened on every continent except Antarctica and received the 2008 Communicator Award of Excellence, the Platinum Remi Award at the Houston Worldfest International Film Festival, and the National Health Information Gold Award.

Even though raising a toddler and "birthing" a film are all-encompassing tasks, Daneen tries to find time to play, dance, and just be a mom.

Stephen has worked on numerous film productions in a variety of roles (producer, sound designer, editor, production office coordinator, camera operator), and he finds all aspects of filmmaking both artistically and technically rewarding. Stephen recently taught film at Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley for several years, but is currently focusing on producing independent films along with Daneen that foster an awareness of our shared humanity and reinforce our connections to each other. In addition to documentary filmmaking, Stephen enjoys working on short films and recently won the Best of Fest award in the San Francisco-based Scary Cow Film Co-op for Echo’s Wonder, a short film he co-produced. Along with Daneen, he co-directed and produced the 2006 feature-length documentary, Living With Fibromyalgia.

Daneen and Stephen helped organize the 2008 Adventists Against Prop 8 activism campaign in response to the fear tactics being used within churches to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. This film is the outgrowth of that project and the stories they encountered.

 

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USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
SCREENING: 2:30 PM, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Faith, identity, and sexuality collide as three diverse gay and lesbian Seventh- Day Adventists struggle to follow both their church and their hearts.

His five-year-long "ex-gay" experience behind him, David seeks to fit his new boyfriend into his family and community. Marcos, a deposed Brazilian pastor, fights to reconnect with his calling and win back his job. Sherri wants to give her own kids the same upbringing she had despite her church’s response to her love for another woman. Each is working to find a sense of place and belonging in the fastest growing Christian denomination in the United States.

SEVENTH-GAY ADVENTISTS follows their raw and moving spiritual journeys as they wrestle with deep questions of identity and belonging.

 

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REBECCA LOUISELL
WRITER/DIRECTOR - GENDERFREAK

Rebecca Louisell is a filmmaker with a mission to make media that matters. She writes, directs and occasionally produces fiction and non-fiction film, tv and new media projects dealing with social issues of our times. A Studio Art major in undergrad, she later worked with youth as an outdoor education and political advocacy program director before returning to graduate school to earn her M.F.A. in film production with a focus on directing at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Rebecca was the recipient of the Troutner Award, the USC Lambda Alumni Association's Don Thompson Scholarship for Cinematic Arts, and the Mary Pickford Scholarship. In 2012, with fellow student producer Ian Ward, she was awarded a College Television Award in the Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality Category presented by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media. Rebecca also loves collaborating with composers to write songs and produce music. 

  

 

 

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USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 19 MINUTES
THIS FILM WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE QUEER YOUTH UNITED SHORTS BLOCK AT 12:30 PM ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Rachel, a straight teenager, befriends Sammy, the new kid who is genderqueer. They both soon learn about acceptance and friendship.

 

   

 

 

THE SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR GUESTS FOR BEING A PART OF OUR TENTH YEAR!

We're in the homestretch this weekend here at the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL, and we're keeping the heat on with two scintillating & sexy films that will have audiences fanning themselves!

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I WANT YOUR LOVE
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 71 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS MATTHEWS
SCREENING: 9:15 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA
THIS FILM CONTAINS SCENES OF EXPLICIT SEX. NO ONE UNDER 18 WILL BE ADMITTED, SO PLEASE BRING ID. 

Expanded to feature length from an award-winning 2010 short film of the same name, I WANT YOUR LOVE tells the story of Jesse, a scruffy, thirty-ish performance artist living in San Francisco.

After a decade surviving hand-to-mouth in the gay mecca, he is forced to move back to bland but affordable Ohio, a bittersweet decision made via much unfinished soul-searching. Faced with fears of an uncertain future and career, Jesse shows ambivalence about the going-away party being thrown by his BFF/roommate, who has his own issues to sort out with a passive-aggressive boyfriend who’s moving into the apartment. A visit from Jesse’s "comfort food" ex only adds to the overall angst quotient.

Writer-director Travis Mathews (creator of the gay video web series IN THEIR ROOM) is a refreshingly new talent. If you took the raw, unsimulated sex of SHORTBUS and the naked, unflinching honesty of WEEKEND, then tailored it to the BUTT generation, you’d have something akin to the charmingly low-key yet in-your-face I WANT YOUR LOVE.

To call this hairy indie animal "sexually explicit" is to sell the film short. Yes, a lot is on camera, but there’s an emotional maturity to the story and naturalistic performances that subverts and transcends your run-of-the-mill adult film flick. The sex scenes are explicit, erotic, sloppy, funny, awkward, spontaneous and relatable—just like real life.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY SELF SERVE SEXUALITY RESOURCE CENTER

 

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MEN TO KISS
GERMANY, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 83 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: ROBERT HASFOGEL
IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 7:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This wonderful German comedy features an uptight young banker who meets a flamboyant artist. It’s a fast paced romp about a not exactly perfect couple.

Earnest, the banker, quickly falls in love with Tobi, the unpredictable artist who loves gay Berlin’s wild nightlife. Tobi throws Earnest’s serious-minded life upside down with his high energy performance art and extravagant antics. But they love each other, and want to try to make their romance work. So with the help of some of Tobi’s quirky friends, they go about the business of forming their lives together.

Then Uta, a secret agent friend of Earnest, appears in Berlin. She believes Tobi is not good enough for Earnest, but maybe she is. She does everything she can to break them up, leading to a "Diva-off" with Tobi.

This high-energy, rapid fire comedy will warm your heart while you laugh your butt off.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE

 

Come on by and enjoy a sexy night of film with us!
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Day seven of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is bringing a sequel and a debut feature to the Guild Cinema!

 

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MOSQUITA Y MARI
USA, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 85 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: AURORA GUERRERO
SCREENING: 6:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Fifteen year old Yolanda is a straight A student. The only child of two hard-working parents, Yolanda is set on a path to college and success. Mari, also fifteen, is the girl everyone expects to fail—including herself. A tough, street-wise older sister, Mari looks for ways to help her single mother support the family. They couldn’t be more different.
Yolanda first notices Mari as her new neighbor and is intrigued. After an initial troubling incident in the school bathroom, her desire to know Mari is fulfilled when they are paired up in math class and Yolanda takes the opportunity to offer tutoring assistance. Despite their seeming opposite natures, a friendship blossoms, but along with that comes feelings new to Yolanda. As their friendship deepens and these feelings become stronger, Yolanda and Mari face challenges to their relationship from friends and their parents.
Set in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood of Huntington Park, MOSQUITA Y MARI takes a realistic look at teenage pressures from parents and peers. The backdrop of school, home, and various hangout spots, and the choices made in those places, highlight the impending but not yet fully realized adulthood of the two young women.

Writer-director Aurora Guerrero’s debut feature is a remarkable film full of the tenderness and awkwardness of first love. After a well-received premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and several notable festivals thereafter, the 10th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is proud to showcase this sweet and honest story.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY VERIZON

 

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YOSSI
ISRAEL, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 84 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: EYTAN FOX
IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 8:45 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

The sequel to 2002’s YOSSI & JAGGER follows Yossi a decade after losing Jagger. Recapturing the same spirit, honesty, and tenderness that made YOSSI & JAGGER so poignant, director Eytan Fox once again captures Yossi’s dissonant world in a gentle, compassionate way.

This exploration of making peace with the past to ensure a path to the future depicts universal truths about the power of second chances.

Still closeted, Yossi is now a successful cardiologist whose entire life revolves around his work at a Tel Aviv hospital. His sexuality is not the only thing hidden – his entire life is in lockdown mode. His solitude and anguished existence leaves him secretly exploring online dating sites in his limited free time, and warding off advances from a female colleague at work. When a woman from the past resurfaces, his internal turmoil is aroused and intense memories flood his mind. This encounter unnerves him to the point that he must suddenly leave town. Headed to Sinai, his physical journey from the city of Tel Aviv to the open roads of Israel is perfectly attuned to his emotional experience. His travels on the deserted roads of Southern Israel grant him a chance encounter with a group of stranded soldiers, and for the first time, he finds himself craving an end to his emotional hibernation.

Reprising his role as Yossi, Ohad Knoller’s performance is outstandingly cautious as it reveals the gradation of Yossi’s change from an emotional shut-in to a man learning to live again.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF NEW MEXICO

 

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Day six of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is getting hot and heavy with two exquisite films at the Guild Cinema!

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KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 102 MINUTES
DIRECTOR IRA SACHS
SCREENING: 9:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Ira Sach's  ambitious and intense depiction of the fraught relationship between a literary lawyer with substance abuse issues, and a documentary filmmaker is one of the most honest and moving films in years. Taking the couple through nine years involving rehab, infidelity and break-ups, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is deeply personal, drawn from Sachs own experiences.

Through this autobiographical prism, the film refracts powerfully to convey a larger and revelatory lesson about the secrets people keep. After Paul (our literary lawyer) heads to counseling, Eric (the filmmaker) is asked by a friend why she was never informed of the problem. He confesses: "I've been hiding crucial events in my life since I was 13." This film's remarkable frankness is a potent rejoinder to this statement, a plea to all marginalized communities to speak up and tell their stories, no matter how painful. 

THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY SOUTHWEST CARE CENTER

 

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KISS ME (KYSS MIG)
SWEDEN, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRA-THERESE KEINING
IN SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 6:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Mia is anxious about going to her father's birthday/engagement party for numerous reasons: her relationship with him is strained due to her parents' divorce, she will be meeting her future stepmother and stepsister for the first tme, and she also has to share the news that she's engaged to her live-in boyfriend. Once in the presence of her father, and observing how different he is with his fiancee, Elisabeth (played by THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Lena Endre), Mia finds herself more closed off than ever and resentful like a petulant child...especially when her father leaves her stranded on an island with her new "family".

Stuck and wanting to be polite, Mia is forced to spend time with Frida, Elisabeth's daughter. Light and easygoing, Frida can't help but tease cold and uptight Mia to get her out of her shell. This very quickly ends up getting Mia out of her clothes after a chemistry-filled moment in the forest, and a magical midnight swim. As the two women begin a heavy and passionate love affair, they must both figure out how this surprising turn of events will fit into their current lives and their new family dynamic. Do they bravely take a chance on love at the risk of turning the lives of everyone around them upside down? Or are long buried secrets easier to ignore?

THIS SCREENING IS SPONSORED BY FILM!ABQ

 


Hope to see you all there!

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We're taking a trip around the globe on day five of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL! With our Latin American Showcase at the Bank of America Theater, and our International Centerpiece at the Guild Cinema, it's sure to be an amazing evening!

 

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SEXUAL TENSION
ARGENTINA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 102 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MARCO BERGER & MARCELO MONACO
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 7:30 PM AT THE BANK OF AMERICA THEATER (NHCC)

As promised by the title, desire and longing create sizzling sexual tension in this collection of short films. From casual encounters to close friendships and meaningful touch, to unexpressed intentions, the men in these films experience a range of exhilarating emotions. Told in six short tales of furtive glances and racing pulses, the stories here tease and torment the audience as much as the characters!

Directors Marco Berger (of last year's hit, ABSENT [AUSENTE]) and Marcelo Monaco alternate sensuous tales of unspoken lust and accidental arousals. With a deft touch, each director gets nuanced performances from his actors, while their characters fail to get the sexual satisfaction they want. Breathtaking in its scenery and in the frequent state of undress by the male characters, SEXUAL TENSION will stimulate conversation...and more.

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY THE INSTITUTO CERVANTES

 

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FACING MIRRORS
IRAN, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 102 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: NEGAR AZARBAYJANI
IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCREENING: 8:45 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In a compelling film by Iranian female director Negar Azarbayjani, we are introduced to two very different women; one, a naive traditionalist forced into an unlikely job because of circumstance, and the other, a wealthy and rebellious pre-op transsexual, desperately trying to escape her unchosen fate. 

Rana is a dutiful wife who has been covertly driving a cab since her husband went to jail for a debt incurred by a corrupt partner. Already operating outside her comfort zone, Rana is unsure when she is approached by Adineh, or "Eddie" to travel miles beyond the city limits. Eddie offers her more than triple the fare, and Rana, out of overwhelming need, accepts.

The first Iranian film with a transgender protagonist, FACING MIRRORS is a fascinating dual character study that explores the rare solidarity that is sometimes achieved through mutual oppression.

THIS SCREENING IS SPONSORED BY BERNALILLO COUNTY 

 

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 MARGARITA
CANADA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: DOMINIQUE CARDONA & LAURIE COLBERT
SCREENING: 6:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Margarita the nanny is muse to all: she's a whipsmart bookkeeper, can fix everything from a hot tub to a smoothie, and could put Martha Stewart to shame with her effortless domestic engineering. Not to mention she's sexy, sweet, and regularly piques everyone's interest...in more ways than one.

She's everything her employers could ask for in a live-in, but when finances shrink and they can no longer afford her, Margarita's livelihood and the household stability are suddenly on shaky ground. Filmed in a quaint Toronto suburb against a steamy Latin soundtrack, this Canadian dramedy is sure to please!

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY HERITAGE HOTELS & RESORTS

 

Add some international flavor to your Tuesday with our screenings!

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MOLLY'S GIRL has been rescheduled for 12 PM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH


We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause for movie-goers!

 

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MOLLY'S GIRL
USA, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 125 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: SCOTT R. THOMPSON
SCREENING: 12:00 PM, SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH AT THE GUILD CINEMA


MOLLY'S GIRL is a sweet and funny look at how two women's lives collide and how they realize they have more in common than they think.

Molly is an emotional train wreck, the awkward daughter of an influential state senator. Convinced that she has found the love of her life after a drunken one-night stand with gay marriage activist Mercedes, Mercedes soon regrets their rendezvous when she experiences how clingy and need Molly is. Mercedes quickly changes her tune when she realizes who Molly's father is and convinces Molly to pretend they're engaged to change the senator's stance on gay marriage.

MOLLY'S GIRL is the story of two very different people's lives entwining, and the situations and heartbreak that they get themselves into trying to untangle them. Written and directed by Scott R. Thompson and produced by Kimberly Busbee, this film is a comedy with sweety and poignant moments that will draw audiences in completely.

 

 

 

Let day four of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ease you into your week with two shorts programs, and a feature film at the Guild Cinema, conveniently scheduled so you can pop by after work!

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NAKED AS WE CAME
USA, 2011
RUNNING TIME; 84 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: RICHARD LEMAY
SCREENING: 9:15 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA


A lifetime of dysfunction bubbles to the serene surface of this mesmerizing family drama! After an unsettling phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family's country estate, where they discover their mother is dying, and living with a strapping young groundskeeper, Ted. Together for the first time in years, the small family launches into intense conversations about past mistakes and forgotten promises as they debate plans for the future. Despite the material riches surrounding them, the wound-up relatives must deal with an unspoken family darkness anchored by an old scandal.

This focused and absorbing exploration of complex relationships rises above simple melodrama thanks to believable dialogue, stellar performances, and a beautifully photographed tranquil setting filled with the wonders of nature. Filmmaker Richard LeMay creates a quietly forceful portrayal of one family's struggle to connect as he raises questions about lost love, lifetime regrets, and the meaning of following your passion.

 

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FOREIGN BODIES: SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 78 MINUTES
SCREENING: 5:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This men's shorts program will titillate and provoke as we travel the globe in search of FOREIGN BODIES. 

This program includes:  

- YOUR WARMTH 
- IT'S CONSUMING ME
- BATTLEFIELD
- 7 DEADLY KISSES
- TWO GUYS IN A BACKYARD
- UNANIMATED
- A BED TO LIE IN
- PRORA

 

  

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WHERE THE BOYS ARE: SHORTS PROGRAM
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 97 MINUTES
SCREENING: 7:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

This program includes: 

- 4 POUNDS
- SABBATICAL
- LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH
- KISS ME
- SHABBAT DINNER
- THE ROOKIE AND THE RUNNER
- CRUSH
- THE EYES AND THE ICE
- COUPLES THERAPY

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY HOTEL ANDALUZ

 

 

 Come relax and unwind with us, and some fantastic films!

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Day three of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is celebrating our QUEER BRUNCH, our saucy MUCHAS MUCHACHAS block at the Guild Cinema, and other fantastic films & shorts programs at the Southwest Film Center!

 

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CLOUDBURST
CANADA, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 87 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: THOM FITZGERALD
SCREENING: 6:30 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Veteran actresses and Academy Award winners, Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, shine in their respective roles as Stella and Dot, a lesbian couple who have lived and loved together for over 30 years.

When the mostly blind Dot (who years ago had been married with children) has a minor accident, her intrusive granddaughter Molly (not getting that Stella isn't merely Dot's "best friend") shows up with the intention of putting her grandmother in a retirement home. Stella, at the best of times a raucous, drinking, swearing, cowboy-hat wearing curmudgeon, visibly objects, but Molly returns with a police escort and takes Dot away from her bucolic seaside home. 

CLOUDBURST is an important film, not only because it deals with issues that are currently relevant, but because it delivers a strong message without being didactic or trite. It's simply a sometimes poignant, often funny, story of a couple whose love and commitment defy the odds. 

 

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MUCHAS MUCHACHAS
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN QUEER FILM AT THE GUILD CINEMA!

Films & shorts programs in this block include: 

  • WOMEN OF COLOR: SHORTS PROGRAM @ 12:30 PM
  • STUD LIFE @ 2:30 PM
  • FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS: SHORTS PROGRAM @ 4:30 PM
  • CLOUDBURST @ 6:30 PM
  • MOLLY'S GIRL @ 8:30 PM

 

 

AT THE SOUTHWEST FILM CENTER, we will also be presenting:

  • THE SKIN I'M IN @ 1:00 PM
  • ELLIOT LOVES @ 3:00 PM
  • FOREIGN BODIES: SHORTS PROGRAM @ 5:00 PM
  • MIXED KEBAB @ 7:00 PM

 

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3009 CENTRAL AVENUE NE
BRUNCH: $22 GENERAL PUBLIC / $20 SWGLFF MEMBERS

Welcome to SWGLFF's popular QUEER BRUNCH, held at Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro. Try some of the best food in town with a complimentary refreshing mimosa! Afterwards, race over to the Guild Cinema, or the Southwest Film Center for the screening of this year's best in queer cinema, showing throughout the day!

 

 

 

 

 

See you there!

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After two great screenings, and a fantastic party last night, day two of the SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is keeping the momentum up, and providing something for everyone!

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TRANSGENDER TUESDAYS, + PANEL
USA, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 50 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MARK FREEMAN
SCREENING: 2:30 PM AT THE SOUTHWEST FILM CENTER (FREE)

Transgender Tuesdays tells the story of the Tom Waddell Health Center, the first low-cost public health clinic opened specifically for transgender clients. The film addresses the dire need for, and specific needs of transgender health care through in-depth interviews with patients who have long been marginalized. The intriguing stories of these courageous patients at times horrify and at other times inspire. While the "bad old days" are not yet over, narrator Veronica Klaus beams about the most significant change: transgender people are helping each other navigate the system and avoid its pitfalls - and taking control of their right to medical care.

THIS IS A FREE SCREENING, and will be directly followed by a short discussion panel with director Mark Freeman. Come to the Southwest Film Center, located on the lower level of the UNM Student Union Building, and take part in the Q&A session we have planned!

THIS FILM CO-PRESENTED BY THE TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER

 

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BEYOND THE WALLS

BELGIUM/CANADA/FRANCE, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 98 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: DAVID LAMBERT
SCREENING: 7:00 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

In his first feature directing debut, Belgian screenwriter David Lambert brings us a carefully crafted film that beautifully portrays a complex and realistic relationship between two seemingly very different men.

While drinking heavily with friends, blond and delicate Paulo engages in some heavy eye contact with the heavyset bartender, Ilir. Eventually going home together, they end up in bed, and thus starts an intensive procession of hookups.

THIS FILM SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL iQ

 

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VARLA JEAN & THE MUSHROOMHEADS
USA, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 83 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL SCHIRALLI
SCREENING: MIDNIGHT AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Returning after her unforgettable role in the camp classic GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS, Varla Jean is definitely, and rather desperately, ready for her close-up! 

After years of performing in New Orleans's best dive bars to sagging audiences, semicelebrity and cabaret chanteuse Varla Jean Merman decides to go after a younger crowd. This mockumentary captures her comically ill-conceived, campy, and hilariously inappropriate effort to create a local children's television show. VARLA JEAN & THE MUSHROOMHEADS offers helpful education, entertainment, and most importantly, her own opportunity to become a big TV star.

 

AT THE SOUTHWEST FILM CENTER, we will also be presenting: 

  • WOMEN OF THE WORLD: SHORTS PROGRAM @ 4:30 PM
  • A MAP TO TALK @ 6:45 PM
  • SENORITA @ 8:45 PM

AT THE GUILD CINEMA, we will also be presenting:

  • GAY LATINO L.A. @ 1:00 PM
  • THE INVISIBLE MEN @ 3:00 PM
  • QUICKIES: EROTIC SHORTS PROGRAM @ 4:45 PM (please note no one under 18 will be admitted)
  • JOSHUA TREE, 1951 @ 9:30 PM

 

Come by our venues and join us for these exciting screenings! 

 

Want to see pictures from our screenings and parties? Go to our Flickr stream for new photos everyday! Also, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for even more event information!

The 10th Annual SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL is taking off with a bang tonight. With 2 amazing films and a blowout party, this is a night you won't want to miss!

 

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NORTH SEA TEXAS
BELGIUM, 2011
RUNNING TIME: 96 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: BAVO DEFURNE
SCREENING: 7 PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Kicking off our festival, NORTH SEA TEXAS is a charming coming of age story set in the 1960's about a boy and the longtime love he has for his neighbor. NORTH SEA TEXAS should delight audiences eager for romance, drama, and oddball humors.
Thanks to fearless and poignant performances by all the young actors -- especially Jelle Florizoone as the teenage protagonist -- director Bavo Defurne has crafted a sweet and tender portrait of love and family, and the joys and pains of both.
Winner of Rome Film Festival's Alice In The City Award and, Montreal Film Festival's Silver Zenith Award, you won't want to miss it!

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY MACY'S

 

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BAD BOY STREET
USA/FRANCE, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 80 MINUTES
DIRECTOR: TODD VEROW
SCREENING: 9:30PM AT THE GUILD CINEMA

Director Todd Verow heads to Paris for BAD BOY STREET, a sexy romantic drama of two men thrown together by fate. Claude, a 40-something French man, comes across a younger man, Brad, passed out in an alley. Claude decides to take Brad to his apartment to sleep it off -- which leads to a rather unconventional first date.

During the course of BAD BOY STREET, despite secrets and age/nationality differences, Brad and Claud explore the possibilities of love between them. Claude's stable life is upended but is it because of finding his true love, or simply a sex-filled drama?

THIS SCREENING SPONSORED BY TLA RELEASING

 

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT DESERT FISH
4214 CENTRAL AVE. SE
9 PM TO MIDNIGHT
FREE ADMISSION

Directly following the screening of NORTH SEA TEXAS, the Opening Night Party will be held at Desert Fish. Feast on the culinary delights they will have to offer, while listening to beats from our favorite local DJs! With convenient parking just off Central, Desert Fish is just a quick drive from The Guild Cinema! Bring your friends!

THE TENTH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO DELIVER THE BIGGEST AND BOLDEST LINEUP FOR 2012!

Film Lovers Will Enjoy Over 90 Great Films Highlighting Every Aspect of the GLBT Experience.

Albuquerque, NM (September 24, 2011)-- The 10TH Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, sponsored by Macy's, Xfinity, Hotel Andaluz, Bernallillo County, Verizon Wireless, Effex, New Mexico Tourism and the McCune Foundation kicks-off on Friday September, 28th with an exciting celebration of more than 90 entries, including short films, documentaries and feature-length films from the USA, Israel, Australia, Europe and South America. The Festival, which is produced by Closet Cinema has expanded from the usual seven days to a full line up that will span for ten days this year, and will run through October 7th. SWGLFF has become both the largest film festival in New Mexico and the most supported and fastest growing film happening in the state.

The excitement begins on September 28th with the award winning film NORTH SEA TEXAS, an utterly charming coming of age story set in the 1960's about a boy and the longtime love he has for his neighbor. NORTH SEA TEXAS should delight audiences eager for romance, drama and oddball humor. The 7p.m. screening will be followed by an opening night party at Desert Fish.

The international flair of the greatest little GLBT film festival in the Southwest continues with the U.S premiere of BEYOND THE WALLS, a film that has been making waves since it premiered in Cannes this past year. The film beautifully follows a complex and realistic relationship between two seemingly different men. The next day we move onto our women's showcase film, CLOUDBURST starring Olympia Dukakis. The film brings back one of the festival's favorite directors, Thom Fitzgerald whose film THE EVENT screened at SWGLFF's first year back in 2003. CLOUDBURST, who also stars Brenda Fricker (MY LEFT FOOT), follows two women who are determined to stay together no matter what the cost. This romantic and moving film is a must see of the festival!

Also headlining this year's festival is Travis Matthews' sexy indie flick I WANT YOUR LOVE, Sundance favorite MOSQUITA Y MARI, Sweden's rom-com entry, KISS ME, Argentina's slow burner SEXUAL TENSION, and director's Eytan Fox's YOSSI, which is the sequel of his 2002's film YOSSI & JAGGER.

This year the festival has not one, but two Centerpiece screenings, starting with the awarding winning first feature by Negar Azarbayjani's FACING MIRRORS. This is the first Iranian film with a transgender protagonist. FACING MIRRORS is a fascinating film that explores the rare solidarity that is sometimes achieved through mutual oppression. The second Centerpiece film is Ira Sach's KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, which won this year's Teddy Award at the Berlinale. This ambitious and intense film depicts the love story between a literary lawyer with substance abuse issues and a documentary filmmaker. Critics are hailing KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, as one of the most honest and moving films of the year.

Closing the festival this year is Jonathan Lisecki's hysterically funny GAYBY, a film for all audiences and in Lisecki's own words you should "Come for the sex and stay for the laughs". GAYBY offers a delightfully contemporary twist on the romantic comedy. Following the screening the Closing Night Party, will be at EFFEX. Shuttle service will be running between the theater and the night club's newly opened and amazing lounge!

In addition to all the great films, parties and special events, SWGLFF will once again feature the ever-popular Audience Awards, where attendees can vote for the best films of the festival. So come out and enjoy, socialize, and be part of one of the biggest GLBT events of the year!

This year's Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival venues include the Guild Cinema, the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Southwest Film Center at the University of New Mexico. Festival passes, punch cards and tickets are already available to purchase at: Self Serve in Nob Hill at 3904B Central Avenue SE, in Albuquerque and online at www.swglff.com.

Program guides with complete information, a schedule of films and events will be at the ticket outlet and other locations. For more information about the 10th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, visit www.swglff.com or call 505-243-1870.

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SWGLFF Volunteer Sign Up Party

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Sunday September 16th * 5:00PM – 7:00PM at St Clair Winery & Bistro

Now where would we be without our fabulous volunteers? So saddle up and volunteer for one of the largest film festivals in the state! Where you will get to meet fun and interesting people while helping out with a worthwhile and fun community event!

We will be meeting Sunday, September 16 from 5 to 7pm. at St Clair Winery & Bistro located at 901 Rio Grande NW. There will be a complimentary buffet and beverages available and of course the exclusive look at the schedule for this year!!

For Further information please contact our volunteer coordinator Shannon Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 24 August 2012 05:00

SWGLFF Launch Party and Benefit

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Saturday September 15th * 6:30PM – 9:00PM At IBIZA located at Hotel Andaluz (125 2nd Street NW)

Closet Cinema is excited to begin the 10th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival with its official Launch Party on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Ibiza located at the Hotel Andaluz!

There's no better place than Albuquerque's top hot spot for a party celebrating the tenth fantastic year of SWGLFF. Held from 6:30 to 9pm, this gathering is your chance to sample some of the finest food in town while getting to know other fabulous film fanatics and win the some amazing gift giveaways as well as participating in our first silent auction. Of course, a cash bar will also be available for those interested in buying that special film buff a drink (or two!).

The staff of SWGLFF will be on hand to distribute hot-off-the-press copies of the 2012 Program Guide, detailing the when and where of this year's films from around the world.

Tickets to the Launch party will be sold at the door for $25. All members of SWGLFF get a $5 discount. Those who become members at the party get in for free!

Event & Info: Eating OUT: SWGLFF Fundraising Nights

Visit these your participating restaurants at these dates and times and a percentage of your meal helps benefit the upcoming Tenth Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. So bring your friends and family and come OUT and enjoy a fab meal benefiting one of New Mexico annual premiere events. See you there!

Tuesday August 28th * 6:00PM-10:00PM at the Flying Star In Nob Hill (3416 Central Ave NE) *10% of proceeds go to SWGLFF

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Thursday September 6th * 11am-10pm at Q Burger Downtown (301 Central NW) * 10% of proceeds go to SWGLFF

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