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Hey Seattle: Over 150 LGBT Films Are Heading Your Way Starting Tomorrow

Hey Seattle: Over 150 LGBT Films Are Heading Your Way Starting Tomorrow

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, kicks off its 19th annual event tomorrow, and if you’re in town — there’s a whole lot you should be excited about.


This year SLGFF will screen  films: 51 features and 112 shorts representing 32 countries, including 30 Northwest premieres, 5 West Coast premieres, and a world premiere. 

“It’s my first year as the SLGFF Festival Director overseeing the programming of the festival, and I’m really excited to share this slate of incredible films with people,” says Kathleen Mullen. “We’re really proud of the diversity of stories and the local and international filmmakers and guests that will attend to introduce their films. I’m ready to celebrate with Seattle film fans!”  

“This films this year are outstanding,” says Three Dollar Bill Cinema Director Jason Plourde, “with much of our strongest work from female and queer directors. There’s films that represent a wide variety of the LGBT community and will be entertaining for all.”

All the films are listed below. More info here.

GALAS 

Opening Night Gala presented by BECU

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS (Director: Cheryl Furjanic)

Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM at SIFF CINEMA Egyptian

With preternatural talent and grace, Greg Louganis became a legendary Olympic diver, even as homophobic teammates refused to bunk with him and sponsors denied him lucrative endorsements. And while his victory after being injured at the 1988 Olympics is cemented in public consciousness and his name is now a household word, few know the real, remarkable behind-the-scenes story. BACK ON BOARD won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Outfest 2014.

 

Closing Night Gala sponsored by Union Bank

LIFE PARTNERS (Director: Susanna Fogel)

Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM at AMC Pacific Place

Sasha (Leighton Meester) and her straight friend Paige (Gillian Jacobs) share everything. Both date now and then, with little luck-until Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody) and starts to fall for him. That’s when the trouble begins: Sasha goes for late-night snacks at the local drive-through and starts dating a collection of girls, including the quirky Trace (Kate McKinnon).

 

Centerpiece Gala

BLACKBIRD (Director: Patrik-Ian Polk)

Sunday, October 12 at 7:30 PM at SIFF CINEMA Egyptian

Director Patrik-Ian Polk, who has thrilled packed houses at our festival with premieres of NOAH’S ARC (SLGFF 2004) and NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM (SLGFF 2008), returns with a heartfelt and hopeful drama that boasts a vibrant soundtrack and a gifted cast, including newcomer Julian Walker and Academy Award-winner Mo’nique. Randy (Walker) is a model high school student and a dutiful son who prays, behaves, and sings in the choir. But he’s unable to abate his frequent and increasingly sexy fantasies about other boys.

 

Centerpiece Gala

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Director: Desiree Akhavan)

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Attractive twentysomething Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) is seriously on the rebound after her difficult breakup with Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), whom she is still pining after. In an attempt to forget her and move on, Shirin dives into the world of casual sex in NYC. Between a threesome, one-night stands, and the limitless OkCupid dating pool, she’s got a lot of options for distraction. But it’s going to be difficult hiding her pansexual adventures from her Persian parents, who are accustomed to Shirin being their straight, rule-abiding daughter. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR won the Emerging Female Filmmaker Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenwriting at the 2014 Outfest. Desiree Akhavan will be appearing in the series GIRLS in 2015.

 

Centerpiece Gala

MATCH (Director: Stephen Belber)

Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM at AMC Pacific Place

Tobi (Patrick Stewart) has always been a dancer. Now a ballet instructor, he lives his life as a gay man in his cozy apartment in NYC. He is single and likes it that way. Tobi’s solitary world is suddenly disrupted when a young Seattle-based couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home with the pretense of interviewing him about his life in the dance world during the ’60s. Brilliantly acted (with a true star turn for Patrick Stewart) and based on the Tony-nominated play, MATCH is a thought-provoking, intense, and brilliant conversation about art, family, and life’s divergent paths.

FILMS WITH PARTIES

PRIDE

Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Poppy 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Get to see this year’s Cannes Queer Palm prize winner Pride before its theatrical release! Join us for a special benefit screening.

52 TUESDAYS

Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Wildrose 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

While young Billie watches her mum transition into James, she decides to film her own sexual awakening with her pals Jasmine and Josh.  

 

CLUB KING

Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM

Party to follow at Rebar 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM. Ticket or Pass required.

Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who’s behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the queer nightlife circuit!

BROKEN GARDENIAS

Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM

Free reception at Pony 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni’s hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what’s happened to Jenni’s father.

GERONTOPHILIA

Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at True Love Art Gallery and Tattoo 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Handsome 18-year-old Lake and nursing home resident Melvin Peabody escape on a romantic seaside adventure. Love and sexuality have no bounds in Bruce LaBruce’s touching and sensitive award-winning film.

I FEEL LIKE DISCO

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Diesel 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

As a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality, Flori’s overbearing dad just doesn’t get him at all. When Flori’s mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar coming-of-age dramatic comedy.

IN THE TURN

Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM

Free reception at Gordon Biersch 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM 

Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

ROSIE

Monday, October 13 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Pony 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Lorenz is a gay writer in Berlin. When Rosie, his independent firecracker of a mother,

suddenly collapses, and he moves back to his Swiss hometown.

TRU LOVE

Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at True Love Art Gallery and Tattoo 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Winner of numerous audience awards from LGBT film festivals in Toronto, India, and New Zealand, TRU LOVE is a passionate story of love and redemption.

XENIA

Saturday, October 18  at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Gordon Biersch 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Dany and his older brother Ody go on a surreal cross-country road trip in Greece to reunite with their supposedly wealthy father.

CHANCE ENCOUNTERS

Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Wildrose 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

One-night stands, love (and lust) at first sight, cruising in the park, and that moment when you realize you’ve finally met The One are what happens when you have a chance encounter.

TOUGH LOVE

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Purr 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Certain truths can seem impossible to accept, even if acceptance is the only way toward healing. These films explore the hard truths of love and loss.

TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM

Free reception at Diesel 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Living stealth as a person of color, parenting, taking on the legal system, and dealing with Asperger’s syndrome are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the diverse experiences of those in the transgender community.

SPECIAL GUESTS

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS

Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM

Director Cheryl Furjanic and Greg Louganis in attendance

A richly textured, and poignant journey through Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis’ life with personal interviews of the story behind the scenes and thrilling footage of his breathtaking dives.

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM

Special guest in attendance

Breaking up is hard. One-night stands and the endless pool of online dates can keep Shirin busy but what about real connections?

BLACKBIRD

Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 PM

Director, Patrik-Ian Polk and actor, Julian Walker in attendance

Randy’s a model Southern boy, a dutiful son who prays and sings in the choir, but he’s unable to abate his fantasies about other boys.

CLUB KING

Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM

Director, Jon Bush, Subject, Mario Diaz in attendance

Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who’s behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the queer

nightlife circuit!

IN THE TURN

Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM

Director, Erica Tremblay and Producer, Brandon Delgado in attendance 

Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

LIFE PARTNERS

Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM

Director Susanna Fogel in attendance

Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are BFFs. When Paige falls for Tim, Sasha starts dating a array of girls to fill the void.

MATCH

Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM

Director Stephen Belber and actor Matthew Lillard in attendance

Retired dancer Tobi’s (Patrick Stewart) life is suddenly disrupted when a young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home.

LYLE

Saturday, October 11 at 11:30 PM

Director Stewart Thorndike in attendance

A sharp and scary lesbian homage to ROSEMARY’S BABY starring Gaby Hoffman and Ingrid Jungermann.

BROKEN GARDENIAS

Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM

Director Kai Alexander and writer and actor Alma S. Grey

Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni’s hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what’s happened to Jenni’s father.

TIGER ORANGE

Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 PM

Director Wade Gasque and actor Mark Strano in attendance

TIGER ORANGE is a drama about the ties that bind. When Todd shows up at his estranged brother Chet’s door disruption ensues!

STATES OF GRACE

Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM

Directors Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman in attendance

This moving documentary follows Dalai Lama honoured Dr. Grace Dammann after a terrible accident on the Golden Gate Bridge as she regains her life.

A REUNION

Thursday, October 16 at 9:30PM

Director Hernando Bansuelo and main actors Michael Lovan and Josh Watson in attendance

A REUNION sees Michael returns to LA, where he reconnects with Josh for a road trip to their ten-year college reunion.

LETTER TO ANITA

Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 PM

Director Andrea Meyerson, Subject Ronni Sanlo in attendance

A moving and intimate portrait of a mother who lost custody of her children thanks to Anita Bryant’s infamous anti-gay campaign.

THE DARK PLACE

Saturday, October 18 at 9:45 PM

Producer Carlos Pedraza in attendance

A young man finds himself going back to live with his estranged mother and having to deal with his sinister stepbrother.

ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY

Thursday, October 16  at 5:00 PM

Director Andrea James, Subject Alec Mapa in attendance

Alec Mapa shines in this biographical documentary focusing on his one-man show and featuring his husband and adopted son.

TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM

Sam Berliner, Curator

Living stealth as a person of color, parenting, taking on the legal system, and dealing with Asperger’s syndrome are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the diverse experiences of those in the transgender community.

REEL QUEER YOUTH

Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 PM

Special guests in attendance

Young people are telling their stories. Four short Reel Queer Youth films with other youth-made short films.

OUT

Sunday, October 12 at 5:00 PM

Leandro Tadashi director of TOMORROW, in attendance

Young love, first heartbreaks, taking chances, coming out: these films take you inside the stories of young people as they navigate growing up queer.  

INFRARED V: NEW VISIONS FROM THE QUEER AVANT-GARDE

Saturday, October 11 at 4:45 PM

Malic Amaya curator/ filmmaker in attendance

From the depths of the underground come new works that defy standards of narrative cinema and normative desire-embracing queer culture.

GIRLS SHORTS

Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 PM

Local director Calvin Gimpelevich and Tarnish in attendance

Funny ha-ha or funny queer? These ladies are both! From a road trip to a hotel bar smile, giggle, and maybe even howl with laughter.

DYNAMIC LIVES: QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR

Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 PM

Gregorio Davila, director of NANCY FROM EASTSIDE CLOVER, in attendance

This collection of documentary shorts presents the histories, achievements, struggles, & everyday lives of several queer women of color.

BOYS SHORTS

Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 PM

Glenn Gaylord, director of IF I TOOK A HOLIDAY; Scott Membry, director of WORD OF THE DAY; Wes Hurley local director of ZOLUSHKA in attendance

Sometimes funny things happen, like dinner interrupted by an ex, singing Madonna impersonators, and queer fairy tales filmed at Pony.

HAPPY END?!

Friday, October 17 at 9:30 PM

Lindy Boustedt and Kris Boustedt, directors of short TOGETHER FOREVER, in attendance

A future lawyer, a secretive singer-songwriter and a road trip. A celebration of life, love and all the quirks in between.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 

THE MUPPET MOVIE

Saturday, October 18 at 12:15 PM

Experience the ultimate “Rainbow Connection” at our family screening of THE MUPPET MOVIE! It’s been 35 years since Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and the gang first leapt onto the big screen. “Never Before, Never Again” has there been such an eclectic and colorful menagerie of animals and monsters in one adventure. The muppets will have you “Movin’ Right Along” from the swamps of Florida to the bright lights of Hollywood, with hilarious cameos along the way by Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Carol Kane, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, and more. Comedy, charming music, and fun for folks of all ages…”Can You Picture That?”

REEL QUEER YOUTH

Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 PM

Young people are telling their stories through filmmaking in powerful ways. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, in partnership with Reel Grrls, supports these voices every summer by producing Reel Queer Youth, a weeklong filmmaking and media literacy training program for LGBTQ youth and allies aged 13-20. Four short films made during the 2014 Reel Queer Youth program will be shown before a collection of other youth-made short films. Stay tuned afterward for a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 

FEATURE FILM PREMIERES

 

World:

IN THE TURN

Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM

Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

West Coast:

NEVER

Tuesday, October 14 at 9:15 PM

Set in the music scene in Seattle twentysomethings Nikki (Zelda Williams) and Denim (Zachary Booth) begin a complicated, unlikely friendship.

XENIA

Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM

Dany and his older brother Ody go on a surreal cross-country road trip in Greece to reunite with their supposedly wealthy father.

A REUNION

Thursday, October 16 at 9:30 PM

A REUNION sees Michael returns to LA, where he reconnects with Josh for a road trip to their ten-year college reunion.

SILENT YOUTH

Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 PM

A poetic coming-out story that unfolds when two boys bump into each other on the streets of Berlin.

Northwest:

52 TUESDAYS

Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM

While young Billie watches her mum transition into James, she decides to film her own sexual awakening with her pals Jasmine and Josh.  

BLACKBIRD

Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 PM

Randy’s a model Southern boy, a dutiful son who prays and sings in the choir, but he’s unable to abate his fantasies about other boys.

BROKEN GARDENIAS

Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM

Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni’s hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what’s happened to Jenni’s father.

CLUB KING

Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM

Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who’s behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the queer nightlife circuit!

I FEEL LIKE DISCO

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM

As a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality, Flori’s overbearing dad just doesn’t get him at all. When Flori’s mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar coming-of-age dramatic comedy.

LIFE PARTNERS

Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM

Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are BFFs. When Paige falls for Tim, Sasha starts dating a array of girls to fill the void.

MATCH

Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM

Retired dancer Tobi’s (Patrick Stewart) life is suddenly disrupted when a young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home.

LYLE

Saturday, October 11 at 11:30 PM

A sharp and scary lesbian homage to ROSEMARY’S BABY starring Gaby Hoffman and Ingrid Jungermann.

LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM

A documentary following a 40-year love story about the pioneer couple for marriage equality in the US who started their fight in 1975.

QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM

Stetsons, chaps, Tony Lamas-it’s all there. This delightfully unruly documentary showcases the rodeo circuit and its rural American LGBT community.

ROSIE

Monday, October 13 at 7:00 PM

Lorenz is a gay writer in Berlin. When Rosie, his independent firecracker of a mother, suddenly collapses, and he moves back to his Swiss hometown.

TRU LOVE

Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM

Winner of numerous audience awards from LGBT film festivals in Toronto, India, and New Zealand, TRU LOVE is a passionate story of love and redemption.

TIGER ORANGE

Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 PM

TIGER ORANGE is a drama about the ties that bind. When Todd shows up at his estranged brother Chet’s door disruption ensues!

STATES OF GRACE

Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM

This moving documentary follows Dalai Lama honoured Dr. Grace Dammann after a terrible accident on the Golden Gate Bridge as she regains her life.

ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY

Thursday, October 16  at 5:00 PM

Alec Mapa shies in this biographical documentary focusing on his one-man show and featuring his husband and adopted son.

LETTER TO ANITA

Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 PM

In a small village in the Philippines Twelve-year-old tomboy Anita develops a first crush on the mysterious beauty Pilar.

THE DARK PLACE

Saturday, October 18 at 9:45 PM

A young man finds himself going back to live with his estranged mother and having to deal with his sinister stepbrother.

THE 10 YEAR PLAN

Sunday, October 12 at 9:30 PM

After making a pact 10 years ago, Myles and Brody will do anything, or anyone, to keep from being each other’s last resort.

20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG

Sunday, October 12 at 12:30 PM

At their wits’ end, Emma and Ilse don’t know what to do with their rebellious teenage son Dylan so ship him off to his gay father Sjors.

ANITA’S LAST CHA CHA

Friday, October 17 at 7:00 PM

In a small village in the Philippines Twelve-year-old tomboy Anita develops a first crush on the mysterious beauty Pilar.

CHILDREN 404

Sunday, October 12 at 12:30 PM

Russia’s a dangerous place for the LGBT community. This gripping documentary follows the youth who try and defy the homophobic laws.

DUAL

Sunday, October 12 at 4:45 PM

Can love at first sight through a rearview mirror stand a chance in this lesbian cousin to BEFORE SUNRISE.

EAT WITH ME

Friday, October 17 at 9:45 PM

A man struggling with love and business, a mother who’s left her husband and a cameo from George Takei equals a recipe for success!

FOLSOM FOREVER

Sunday, October 12 at 9:30 PM

A documentary about San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, recounting the evolution from its creation in the HIV panic of the 1980s.

AN HONEST LIAR

Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 PM

Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, a spellbinding illusionist out to debunk the trickery and deception associated with the trade.

OF GIRLS AND HORSES

Saturday, October 18 at 9:30 PM

A languid coming-of-age snapshot of Alex, a troubled lesbian teen given a last-chance remedial residency on a rural horse farm.

OFF ROAD

Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00 PM

A love story in Rome, features Pino, a mechanic and champion rally driver, who is transitioning to Beatrice, getting married to Marianna.

THE THIRD ONE

Friday, October 10 at 9:15 PM

THE THIRD ONE is a story of random encounters and surprising connections. It’s an exploration of the intersection of intimacy, raw sexuality and the human experience.

WHAT IT WAS

Saturday, October 11 at 9:30 PM

This lush montage of a Latina’s life unfolds poetically through dreamy cinematography and sensual performances. Adina’s nonlinear story bends and sways toward a grand jeté.

Seattle:

 

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM

Breaking up is hard. One-night stands and the endless pool of online dates can keep Shirin busy but what about real connections?

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS

Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM

A richly textured, and poignant journey through Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis’ life with personal interviews of the story behind the scenes and thrilling footage of his breathtaking dives.

PRIDE

Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM

Get to see this year’s Cannes Queer Palm prize winner Pride before its theatrical release! Join us for a special benefit screening.

 

DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

Thursday, October 16 at 9:15 PM

Set a Navajo reservation, the stories of curious Nizhoni, aspiring transgender model Felixia, and father-to-be Luther are intertwined.

KUMU HINA

Saturday, October 18 at 2:30 PM

A powerful portrait of Hawaiian Hina, a “mahu,” a person who embraces both the male and the female inside, and her personal life and work.

OUT IN THE NIGHT

Saturday, October 11 at 4:45 PM

One fateful August eve in 2006, the lives of a group of African-American lesbians were changed forever when they acted in self defense.

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