"Loggerheads" to Open 17th Annual NewFest in NYC Tonight, "Summer Storm" to Close Event
by Vanessa Romo
The selections in this year's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, NewFest 2005, take on the worlds of sports, retro-sex, parenting and activism. From tonight through June 12, the festival held in New York City, will screen nearly 250 films representing 35 countries. Features include 14 world premieres, 20 U.S. premieres, and 41 New York City premieres and six NewFest Filmmakers Forum discussions addressing issues facing gay cinema.
Kicking off the 17th annual festival on June 2, 2005, "Loggerheads" directed by Tim Kirkman, is inspired by the true story of a twenty-something drifter on a quest to save the endangered Loggerhead turtles of Wilmington, North Carolina. Starring Kip Pardue as the soft-spoken Mark, the cast also includes Bonnie Hunt, Michael Learned, Tess Harper, and Chris Sarandon.
The closing night film, "Summer Storm," is Marco Kruezpaintner's coming-of-age story about four Bavarian teenagers involved in a love-quadrangle. The foursome, on their way to a national rowing regatta, find ample opportunity to mix it up and a last minute change in the competition lineup substitutes the leading Berlin girls rowing squad with an all-gay male team.
The centerpiece films of the festival share similar themes of complicated, romantic entanglements and are both New York premieres. Pawel Pawlikowski's "My Summer of Love" is set in Yorkshire and is the story of two 16-year-old girls falling in love. "Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family," directed by Susan Kaplan, delves into the relationship dynamics of three people in love with one another attempting to build a family together.
A two-day series of panels and discussions has been scheduled at the New Yorker Hotel on June 5 and June 12, 2005. This year's forum topics are: Out in Sports, Female Masculinity, Starting Small: Shorts Filmmaking, Queer Parenting, The Golden Age of Gay Sex and AIDS Films.
[ For the full lineup and more festival details, please visit http://www.newfest.org. ]