And I’m not referring to yet another direct-to-video sequel to guilty pleasure/”flask” movie, cheerleader-riffic BRING IT ON (2000), starring the dark and dangerous Eliza Dushku as “Missy” and the blond and perky Kirsten Dunst as her rival in pom-poms, “Torrance.” Was the original that good a formula that it demanded the trilogy treatment? I had no idea.
No, the number “4” in this case refers to this weekend’s 4th annual Gay Orlando Film Festival, a co-production of Enzian Theater and GayOrlando.com. And what a lineup we have in store, including (as always) a champagne reception one hour prior to each film. The festivities begin on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Todd Stephens’ sweetly satirical raunchfest, ANOTHER GAY MOVIE. In the tradition of a way-over-the-top gay American Pie or Porky’s, this is the perfect festival opener which will either have people rolling in the aisles or covering their eyes. One critic even compared it to Pink Flamingos–you be the judge! Next up at 1:30 is our award-winning doc feature, Kirk Marcolina and Larry Grimaldi’s CAMP OUT, about the first overnight Bible Camp for gay, Christian youths, that is both moving and entertaining, not to mention timely. It will be preceded by David Dean Bottrell’s clever and hilarious short, AVAILABLE MEN, about a case of mistaken identity in a bar. Co-starring the under appreciated Jack Plotnick, the film has won both gay (Outfest, Newfest) and straight (Nantucket) festivals in recent months–if everybody likes it, it must be good!
Sunday opens at 11AM with the New Zealand charmer, Stewart Main’s 50 WAYS OF SAYING FABULOUS, a beguiling coming-of-age tale about a chubby 12-year-old “poofer,” his best friend who’s a tomboy, and life on the farm, complete with flights of fancy and stunning vistas. At 1:30 PM the festival concludes with Katherine Brooks’ award-winning tale of a forbidden student-teacher relationship at an all-girl Catholic boarding school, LOVING ANNABELLE. Florida Film Festival veteran Diane Gaidry [Jacques Thelemaque’s The Dogwalker (2003) and Transaction (2006)] stars as the teacher, and the festival is honored to have both filmmaker Katherine Brooks and co-star Erin Kelly in attendance for Q&A after the screening.
So it’s another fun-filled special event at Enzian this weekend that you won’t want to miss.