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posted Friday, October 21, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 42
SLGFF 2011 Preview (Week Two)
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SLGFF 2011 Preview (Week Two)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

As the 17th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) reaches its climax, there are still numerous delights and experiences to be had during this final weekend of screenings. The documentary offerings, most notably Vito and the sensational Out for the Long Run, lead the way in quality, but there's also plenty of enjoyment in the narrative efforts (most notably Three, Romeos, and the weirdly enchanting Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same).

For a full calendar of this year's SLGFF screenings and events, as well as ticket information, go to www.threedollarbillcinema.org. Here are my thoughts on a few of the titles being showcased this weekend:

Boy Cheerleaders (2.5 stars out of 4)
Entertaining if not entirely groundbreaking documentary about the DAZL Diamonds, an all-boy (ages 8 to 13) cheerleading group competing in the U.K. National Cheerleading Finals and the effect they have on their working-class hometown of Leeds. Not as inspiring as you might think, the movie still showcases enough flashy moves and has more than enough energy to make it at least somewhat worthwhile. (Oct. 22, Pacific Place, 4:30 p.m.)

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (3/4)
Silly, yet shockingly inspiring, Woody-Allen-meets-Ed-Wood New York relationship comedy involving a lonely Lesbian, the bald-headed alien she falls for, a pair of inept federal agents, and another alien duo all trying to navigate the bewilderingly complex waters of love. Campy, yes, but director Madeleine Olnek's witty script has much more on its mind than you'd think. A quirky gem, this is a movie that's grown on me and one I'd go see again if I had the time. Originally premiered during this year's Seattle International Film Festival. (Oct. 22, Pacific Place, 9:30 p.m.)

Out for the Long Run (3/4)
Solid and invigorating documentary concerning high-school and college athletes and their stories as they've come out of the closet. These personal triumphs, sometimes in the face of repugnant homophobia, are emotionally affecting and movingly inspiring, and for the most part a dynamic lesson in courage everyone could learn from. (Oct. 23, Pacific Place, 2:30 p.m.)

Romeos (3/4)
Writer/director Sabine Bernardi's charming drama with refreshingly honest comedic overtones about a female-to-male Transgender college student (Rick Okon) in Cologne who finds his friendship with the smolderingly sexy Fabio (Maximilian Befort) quickly developing into something more but has no clue how to deal with it. The movie is a bouncy, energetic cocktail that never panders to audience expectations and always stays focused on its central character's journey. Originally premiered during this year's Seattle International Film Festival. (Oct. 21, Admiral Theater, 9:45 p.m.)

The Sisterhood (2.5/4)
Solid documentary import about Pietie, Hope, and Rollie, South African Western Cape winery workers who moonlight as three of the area's most renowned drag queens. While the movie isn't particularly inspired, the trio at its center are such fun to be around that a lot of the film's shortcomings are easy to forgive. Honest, emotional, and, in the end, rather uplifting, this is a story of resilience and acceptance that's hard to dislike. (Oct. 21, Admiral Theater, 6 p.m.)

Three (3.5/4)
In many ways, Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) latest drama is a modern-day Sunday, Bloody Sunday set in Berlin and revolving around a seemingly happy couple who both simultaneously fall in love with the same man. In reality, it is actually far, far more than that. Bracing, full of adrenaline, never quite going where you expect it to, this sometimes crushing melodrama is as poignant as it is debilitating, everything building to the type of climax that mixes playfulness, sensitivity, and tragedy in a way that feels fresh and new. Originally premiered during this year's Seattle International Film Festival. (Oct. 22, Admiral Theater, 7 p.m.)

Vito (3.5/4)
Wonderful documentary chronicling the life and times of The Celluloid Closet author and celebrated Gay activist Vito Russo as told by those who knew him best. Essentially a Ken Burns-style talking-heads piece, filled with images and video pieces mostly featuring the man himself. Director Jeffrey Schwarz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story) does a fine job of celebrating his subject while also making him a three-dimensional figure not without flaws. An excellent closing night attraction, this wonderful picture is a richly rewarding treatise giving new voice to a heroic figure whose life was taken from him far too soon. (Oct. 23, Cinerama, 6:30 p.m.)

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