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Friday, 17 October 2014 18:43

Daily Highlights: Day Eight of the Fest!

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!

to-be-takei

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.

 

Published in 2014 What's New
Thursday, 16 October 2014 16:47

Daily Highlights: Day Seven of the Fest!

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!

what-it-was

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

pride

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.

Published in 2014 What's New
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:01

Daily Highlights: Day Five of the Fest!

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.

helicopter-mom

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.

 

Published in 2014 What's New
Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:20

Daily Highlights: Day Two of the Fest!

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!

black-is-blue

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

folsom-fever

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

bombshell

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

the-dark-place

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.

Published in 2014 What's New

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.

Published in 2014 What's New

 

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!

 

cuki

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

 

beyoutiful

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

 

tellnoone

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.

 gbf

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.

 

Published in What's New

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!

 

bigjoy 

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.

 

mrangel

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.

 

peyote

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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