March 18, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 11

Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Screening of Not Straight Forward to benefit LGBT Community Center and Verbena
Screening of Not Straight Forward to benefit LGBT Community Center and Verbena

A successful documentary about Lesbian dating in Seattle entitled Not Straight Forward will be screened at The Showbox on Thursday, March 31, as a benefit for the LGBT Community Center and Verbena. Also featured: performances by The Bellejeans, a musical performance group that combines comedy with titillating music; and Camille Bloom, a dynamite performer who combines a mix of twisted acoustic funk rock with haunting melodies and soaring vocals.

Not Straight Forward recently premiered at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and is currently touring the film festival circuit with future screenings in Los Angeles, New York, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand. More than a primer for Lesbian dating, this compelling docu-drama provides an insider’s view of the Lesbian community. Unbiased and explicit, this film captures the conventional wisdom from inside the Lesbian community as well as the social pressures and prevalent beliefs from “outsiders,” including both the homo and heterosexual communities as well as religious leaders. Viewers are immediately provided with a bird’s eye view of what its like to be a Lesbian and are challenged to confront their own preconceived notions and misconceptions of the Lesbian community at large.

Director Jenny Ting follows executive producer and Lesbian Tan Vo on 10 blind dates – dates that are up close and personal with no holds barred. The backdrops are as intriguing as the persons from casual to intimate settings and capture the essence of butch virgins to the most feminine of Lesbians. Not Straight Forward reveals their most secret desires – their goals and dreams as well as sexual desires leaving the audience to discover how they truly feel about Lesbians and the community that surrounds them.

“Viewer response has proved that most everyone can relate to and appreciate Not Straight Forward,” said Ting. “This movie expresses what it means to be a Lesbian who’s part of a proud, diverse community of people who have so much to say and give to the world - even if at times it doesn’t appear the world is willing to accept them.”

Tickets to the March 31 Showbox event are $10 in advance at TicketsWest and all outlets located at all Rudy’s Barbershops and select QFCs, including QFC at 1401 Broadway. Or call (800) 325-SEAT or go to Tickets are $12 day of show at the door. You can stop by the Showbox box office (cash only with a $1.50 surcharge) at 1426 First Ave. between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Must be 21 or over.

Rex Wockner