The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York has announced the lineup for its the sixth annual Out at the Movies film series, running from May 21-June 3, 2009.
The series opens on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm, with the Westchester premiere of “Outrage,” the controversial new doc from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick. A Q&A with a special guest from the film, and Basil Tsiokos – former Artistic Director for NewFest, and first-time curator of this series – will follow. Other films in the series included Pascal-Alex Vincent’s “Give Me Your Hand,” Kimberley Reed’s “Prodigal Sons,” Tom Gustafson’s “Were The World Mind,” Stewart Wade’s “Antarctica,” and Gabriel Fleming’s “The Lost Coast.” The series’ schedule is list below (with descriptions provided by Jacob Burns):
May 21: 7:30*, May 24: 9:20, May 25: 2:30 & 5:00 Opening Night with Reception
A searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community of which they are covert members. The film reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation’s policymakers as it details the harm they have inflicted on millions of Americans. Kirby Dick. 2009. 87 m. NR. US. *Q&A series curator Basil Tsiokos and a special guest.
Give Me Your Hand
May 22: 9:15, May 23: 5:00, June 3: 5:15
This beautifully shot lyrical road movie follows 18-year old twin brothers Quentin and Antoine as they hitchhike from their French village to their Mother’s funeral in Spain. Their brotherly bond is tested when Quentin discovers his sexuality, bringing their differences to the fore. Pascal-Alex Vincent. 2009. 80 m. NR. France/Germany, in French/Spanish/English with subtitles.
May 22: 7:00, May 24: 5:00, June 2: 9:00
In a small town in 1985, an ostracized gay teen is savagely beaten and turns to Karen, a martial arts expert for training in self-defiance. They forge a friendship that helps them battle prejudice and violence but Karen, harbors her own secrets that could rock the close-minded community. D. Lee Inosanto. 2007. 103m. NR. US.
City of Borders
May 22: 5:00, May 30: 2:30
In Jerusalem, queerness is not welcome but LGBT residents find Shushan, the only bar catering to the burgeoning community. This documentary follows the bar’s owner, the only openly gay member of the city council and his Jewish and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion, and discrimination to live and love openly. Yun Suh. 2009. 66m. NR. US, in English/Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles. Shown With TOMMY A portrait of an HIV-positive former dancer who runs a guesthouse in Havana. Tora Martens. 2007. 18 m. NR. Sweden, in Spanish with subtitles.
May 23: 2:30, May 24: 2:30, May 29: 7:15
Filmmaker Taylor Greeson revisits the summer he turned 12, when he embraced Mormonism, began a secret sexual relationship with an older man, and was forced to cope with his older brother’s murder. Faith, sexuality and loss form the roadmap for this film. Taylor Greeson. 2007. 77m. NR. US.
May 23: 7:00, May 29: 9:15, May 31: 5:00
New in town, Tru lives with her two moms. She agrees to help the closeted star quarterback Lo by pretending to be his girlfriend, but when she meets Trevor through the Gay-Straight Alliance, Lo’s secret is threatened. Stewart Wade. 2008. 99m. R. US.
May 23: 9:15, May 30: 9:00, June 1: 9:15
A sexy romantic comedy-drama about contemporary LGBT life in Tel Aviv. The film focuses on interconnected groups of young people including bookish Omer and free-spirited Mickey, best friends who are inadvertently dating the same handsome journalist. They along with a lesbian bar owner and her lover/employee and other assorted lovers seek proof that love is still out there. Yair Hochner. 2007. 108 m. R. Israel, in Hebrew with subtitles.
May 25: 7:30*
The modern LGBT movement began 40 years ago with the Stonewall riots. The film recounts the decades leading up to these historic protests with interviews including Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, Harry Hay, and Barbara Gittings. Greta Schiller. 1984. 87m. NR. US. *Q&A director/producer Greta Schiller & executive producer/producer John Scagliotti
Were The World Mine
May 24: 7:15, May 27: 5:00
Fantasy and reality collide in this song and dance spectacle in which Timothy a cute gay outcast at an all-boys prep school develops a serious crush on a handsome jock who fuels his musical-theater daydreams. Tom Gustafson. 2008. 96m. NR. US.
The Lost Coast
May 26: 5:15, May 31: 7:15; June 3: 7:15*
Soon to be married, Jasper (Ian Scott McGregor) awkwardly joins his old high school friends Mark, a gay man and Lily, Marks surly ex-girlfriend on Halloween. As the trio explores San Francisco on a quest for drugs, they are forced to confront the past. Gabriel Fleming. 2008, 74m. NR. US. *Q&A actor Ian Scott McGregor
May 27: 7:15*, May 29: 5:15, May 30: 5:00
Filmmaker Kimberly Reed attempts to reconcile with her estranged brother Marc, with whom she’s been a rival since childhood. Their paths diverged long ago-Marc was permanently debilitated in a car accident, while Kim left their small-town roots on a journey of self-discovery. The film examines family bonds and questions if we can ever truly reinvent ourselves. Kimberley Reed. 2008. 86 m. NR. US. *Q&A director Kimberly Reed
May 28: 7:15*, May 30: 7:00
Steam follows three women linked only by their regular sessions in a gym’s steam room, where they go to escape their everyday lives. Starring Ally Sheedy, Ruby Dee and newcomer Kate Siegel. A new relationship for each woman opens up unanticipated opportunities for change. Kyle Schickner. 2008.117m. NR. US, *Q&A director Kyle Schickner and actor Kate Siegel.
Word Is Out
June 1: 6:00*
In 1977 this film provided a platform for 26 LGBT documentary subjects to tell their own stories, shattering stereotypes about our lives. Today this fully restored watershed film is a testament to the power of its words and its impact on our history. Mariposa Film Group. 1977. 124. NR. US. Q&A David Gillon, one of the film’s subjects.
May 28: 5:00, May 31: 2:30, June 2: 7:00
In this refreshing comedy, a stressed-out single mom must juggle work, her directionless twin brother, and especially her precocious-and likely gay- 10 year-old-son, whose obsession with dresses, dolls, and cheerleading is leading to problems at his Catholic school. James Vasquez. 2008. 93m. NR US.
Tickets are available online at this website.