The 20th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) is proud to announce the complete lineup for its 20th anniversary festival, taking place October 8-18. The festival will be held at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, AMC Pacific Place and Northwest Film Forum. The festival is known for its glamorous parties and provocative collection of films from around the world that bring new and exciting stories of LGBTQ life to the big screen.
This 2015 festival will include 54 features and 99 shorts representing 24 countries, including 8 U.S. feature premieres, 12 Seattle feature premieres, 30 Northwest feature premieres, and a world premiere (Capitol Hill 2). In addition there will be two live performances, a special edition of Cineoke!, and a panel discussion on the subject Emerging as an LGBTQ Filmmaker.
The program starts off with an Opening Night presentation of one of the most anticipated films of the year, Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. Centerpiece screenings include Beautiful Something, an edgy and absorbing feature following four diverse Gay men who navigate art, sex and love over the course of one night; the smart romantic comedy Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, starring comedian Diane Flaks and Sabrina Jalees (a writer on NBCs Crowded); and Nasty Baby, starring Kristen Wiig. Closing Night will feature the powerful documentary Out to Win, that profiles several athletes as they seek to stay true to themselves despite the pressure of their team and the public. Special guest (and former NFL running back and former UW Husky) Dave Kopay will attend. These special screenings will all be followed by Gala Celebrations.
Theres so much to be proud of in the last 20 years of programming at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. says Kathleen Mullen, SLGFF Festival Director, Im so thrilled to add to that legacy with this years lineup, opening with a Lesbian activist love story based on a true story, Freeheld, followed by a diverse array of films for the 11 days of the Festival. This year Im especially excited about the many countries that are represented. We have a movie from Kenya (Stories of our Lives), India (Margarita with a Straw), South Africa (While You Werent Looking), and Germany (Where Are You Going, Habibi?).
Films with local connections include Drag Becomes Him, a documentary about Seattles own Jinkx Monsoon, an internationally acclaimed performer; Winning Dad, a drama/comedy about a young man who attempts to win over his partners homophobic father on a camping trip; Ravens Touch, which stars Dreya Weber, known for her performances with Teatro Zinzanni; Sylvia OStayformores Night with Jacqueline, a burlesque retelling of Valley of the Dolls with the beloved performer; Capitol Hill 2, the second season of the hilarious web series made into a feature by local Wes Hurley; and The Glamour & The Squalor, the unflinching profile of famed Seattle disc jockey Marco Collins.
On its 20th anniversary the festival is taking a strong look back at LGBTQ history: Upstairs Inferno is a documentary about a New Orleans Gay bar that was deliberately set on fire in 1973, resulting in the death of 28 people. (Seattle historian Johnny Townsend is interviewed in the film.) Hustler White is a classic in the queer film canon and has been newly remastered for its 20th anniversary. Made in 1996 by Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro, the film is a satirical black comedy about Gay hustlers and their customers in California. It was the closing night film at the first Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 documentary that explores the historical contexts that Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders have occupied in cinema history.
The popular Thrive @ Five series will continue this year with the theme Know Your History. All screenings are at 5 p.m. for just $5. Titles include We Came to Sweat, the story of the oldest black-owned Gay bar in New York; Packed in a Trunk, a celebration of the long-buried talent of the painter Edith Lake Wilkinson; Desert Migration, a profile of long term HIV/AIDS survivors rebuilding their lives in Southern California's Coachella Valley; Reel in the Closet, a look at the personal home movies of LGBTQ communities; and Welcome to this House, a film by experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer about the secret life and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop.
Other highlights include Addicted to Fresno, a highly anticipated film starring Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne, the second collaboration between Lyonne and director Jamie Babbit after the 1999 cult hit But Im a Cheerleader. The documentary A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Project is a surprising award-winning CATFISH-esque saga about a mysterious Gay Syrian-American blogger. The lineup will also include a special festival edition of the long-running CINEOKE!, a monthly sing along event.
The festival which first launched with a sold-out presentation of short films and a flyer that said Queer as a Three Dollar Bill Cinema aspired to bring the worldwide boom in queer filmmaking to Seattles LGBT community, and help the community see itself on screen, says Three Dollar Bill Cinema Executive Director Jason Plourde. Our mission today is the same: to showcase extraordinary and award-winning work relevant to the LGBT community, and to encourage members of this community from around the world to express their creativity and tell their stories through film and video.
SLGFF supporters are also invited to a Special Pre-Festival event at 12th Avenue Arts Pike/Pine Room (1620 12th Ave.) on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 7 p.m. Three Dollar Bill Cinema will screen the 1995 film Big Eden in honor of its 15th anniversary, and the festivals 20th. SLGFF Festival Director Kathleen Mullen and Three Dollar Bill Cinemas Executive Director Jason Plourde will be in attendance and will introduce the film.
The Festival Box Office with full program is now open at http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/2015. A printed program and schedule for the festival will also be available. See the program online or in print for a complete description of all the films, along with information about additional parties and special guests and make plans for an exciting 11 days of LGBTQ cinema.
Opening Night Gala
FREEHELD (Director: Peter Sollett)
Thursday, October 8 at 7:15 PM @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Closeted, decorated detective Laurel Hester (Oscar®-winning actress Julianne Moore, Still Alice) and young, out mechanic Stacie Andree (out-and-proud Ellen Page, Juno) meet each other at a volleyball game and instantly click. When Laurel is diagnosed with cancer, she wants to make sure that Stacie will have her pension if the worst happens to her. This should be easy, but New Jersey county officials called freeholders stand in her way, doing everything in their power to prevent this. Never before activists, Laurel and Stacie suddenly find themselves on the front lines of the fight for equality by demanding survivor benefits for same-sex couples. A moving and inspiring true-life story, Freeheld (based on the Oscar®- winning short documentary of the same name and with a screenplay by Ron Nyswaner, Philadelphia) is not only a tender love story but also a pivotal case in the fight for justice and equality under the law.
Closing Night Gala
OUT TO WIN (Director: Malcolm Ingram)
Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 PM @ AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St., 4th Floor)
This startling, unguarded statement opens Out to Win by Malcolm Ingram (Continental, SLGFF 2014; Small Town Gay Bar). For generations, LGBT athletes have achieved extraordinary feats, but homophobic fans, agents, leagues, and sports media created a culture of fear. Out of fear of rejection and sometimes the economics of losing endorsements Gay athletes were reluctant to come out. Out to Win traces modern LGBT history in sports through archival footage of events, sports media, and interviews of pioneers who have changed the landscape through their courage.
Centerpiece Gala presented by Gay City
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING (Director: Joseph Graham)
Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 PM @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Loosely based on writer-director Joseph Grahams experiences in the 90s, Beautiful Something weaves through the lives of four creative men during one night in the City of Brotherly Love. Brian, a poet with writers block and a penchant for being unlucky in love, manages to have a steamy sexual encounter with Jim, a hot young aspiring actor and dramatic muse for Drew (Colman Domingo, Lee Daniels The Butler, Lincoln), a sculpted sculptor. Jims jealousy of Drews talent precipitates dangerous choices, which both inspire and infuriate Drew. Meanwhile, talent agent Bob cruises the streets in his big white limo playing both sugar daddy and knight in shining armor in a quest for his next stripling man-ingénue. They soon discover that their hollow, quick, dirty romps cant mask their insecurities and failures.
Centerpiece Gala presented by BECU
PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST (Directors: Christina Zeidler & John Mitchell)
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
No sooner has serial monogamist Elsie (brilliantly played by comedian Diane Flacks) coolly broken up with her performance-artist girlfriend Robyn then she is back on the prowl for her next relationship. However, her new love interest, Lolli (Vanessa Dunn, lead singer of Vag Halen) an adventurous and sexy DJ by night and photographer and barista by day does not seem too eager for commitment, and Elsie starts to wonder if she broke up with the love of her life. Featuring a catchy pop-punk soundtrack and an unforgettable cat funeral, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is a clever and fresh comedy offering thoughtful insight into romance, friendships, and growing up.
Centerpiece Gala presented by Vulcan & Cinerama
NASTY BABY (Director: Sebastien Silva)
Friday, October 16 at 7:00 PM @ AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St., 4th Floor)
From Chilean director Sebastián Silva comes this dark dramedy that not only stunned audiences at this years Sundance Film Festival but also took home the distinguished Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and the Best U.S. Dramatic Feature award at Outfest 2015. Freddy (played by Silva himself) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), a genial Gay couple in Brooklyn, have been attempting to get pregnant with their best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig) who eagerly wants to have a baby. Each member of this modern family approaches the world in a different manner: Freddy has a silly sensibility that leads him to create a project in which he acts like a baby, Mo provides balance in the relationship and fills their apartment with plants, and lighthearted Polly becomes earnest when it matters most. Problems arise when a troubled neighbor known only as The Bishop puts them all at wits end and events soon spiral out of control.
FILMS WITH PARTIES
DRAG BECOMES HIM (Director: Alex Berry)
Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
In this frank, affectionate, and often-uproarious exposé, renowned Seattle drag performer Jinkx Monsoon tells all. It is the story of working-class boy Jerick Hoffer, who moved from small stages in Portland to Seattle to international acclaim. Influenced by his charming grandmother and encouraged by friends and family who saw a star in the making, Jinkx Monsoon was born. Jinkx takes her unique mix of Southern gentility and appreciation for tarnished glamour straight to the top of RuPauls Drag Race. Known locally for star turns in Hedwig and the gender-bending The Vaudevillians, Seattles hometown heroine now a worldwide success gives insight into what makes her a queen worthy of the crown.
Party to follow at St. Johns (719 E. Pike St).
GIRLS SHORTS (Various directors)
Saturday, October 10 at 2:15 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Settle in for laughs, tears, and everything in between. Travel to space, remember your first crush, sort out relationship issues, and take some pithy advice in this program of snappy shorts sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Party to follow at Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St).
CAPITOL HILL 2 (Director: Wes Hurley)
Saturday, October 10 at 9:15 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
From Wes Hurley The Advocates 2015 Person to Watch comes this big-screen, feature-length sequel to the acclaimed webseries Capitol Hill. Jinkx Monsoon gives an unforgettable performance as Celeste Dahl, a rich and powerful socialite bent on unraveling Roses Smells (Waxie Moon) happy new life in Seattle. Meanwhile, Dottie (Robbie Turner) dabbles in exorcism, Tanya (Alexandra Tavares) learns to embrace her dark side, George (Mark Siano) runs to unseat the mayor, and Dinky Pie (Jackie Hell) comes back to Seattle to wreak havoc. Guinevere Turner (The L Word, Go Fish), Jason Carter (RuPauls Drag Race), and Sarah Rudinoff (Fallen Jewel) join the cast, which also features other popular Seattle performers.
Party to follow at Pettirosso (1101 E. Pike St.).
DYKE HARD (Director: Bitte Andersson)
Saturday, October 10 at 11:45 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Queer, Queer, QUEER! Bikers, Gay sex, Lesbian cyborgs you name it, youve got it in the super fun Dyke Hard! Hit the road with a Swedish queer rock group, who are off in a Volvo to the big city to compete in a battle of the bands. But the misfit one-hit wonders must contend with a wild array of obstacles along the way, including ninjas, cyborgs, biker gangs, a Sapphic zombie, and an enigmatic billionaire hell-bent on keeping our girls from their destiny. Set in the 1980s, this colorful comedy owes a debt to John Waters and the B-movie spirit, blending laughs with sci-fi, horror, music, and just plain trashy fun. Just get on the bike, dyke!
Party to follow at Lost Lake (1505 10th Ave.) with a Late Night Pancake Feed!
YOURE KILLING ME (Director: Jim Hansen)
Sunday, October 11 at 9:30pm @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Aspiring viral video star George (co-writer and YouTube star Jeffrey Self) is so narcissistic that he misses all the glaring signs that his gorgeous new boyfriend is a serial killer. Only when his comically shallow friends start disappearing one by one does George finally start realizing that Gretchen might not be coming back with crushed ice for his party. In this campy, shocking comedy-horror hybrid (mumblegore!), director Jim Hansen reveals the perils of incessant chatter. The supporting cast includes Drew Droege (of the Chloe webseries), Jack Plotnick, and a cameo by Mindy Cohn (TVs Facts of Life).
Party to follow at Pony (1221 E. Madison St).
SEED MONEY: THE CHUCK HOLMES STORY (Director: Michael Stabile)
Monday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco videographer who created Falcon Studios, single-handedly transformed the porn industry from back alley to mainstream, shaping how Gay men saw themselves. He was also a founder of the Human Rights Campaign and a Democratic Party fundraiser but while his money was welcome, he often was not. This revealing documentary also features interviews with stars Jeff Stryker, Tom Chase, and Jim Bentley; Falcon directors Steven Scarborough, Chi Chi LaRue, and John Rutherford; and fans of the films, including John Waters and Scissor Sisters Jake Shears.
Party to follow at Purr (1518 11th Ave.).
WINNING DAD (Director: Arthur Allen)
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Colby and Rusty are two handsome men in love. The only hitch: his conservative family thinks Rusty is a straight potential business partner in need of funding. Having convinced Rusty to go on a weekend camping trip in the mountains of Washington state with his homophobic father, Colby backs out at the last minute. Things go awry in the wilderness when Rusty decides to tell all, revealing a bit more than either of them can handle. Each man must redefine his idea of family in this locally led drama that gets right to the heart of matters.
Party to follow at Diesel (1413 14th Ave.).
SYLVIA OSTAYFORMORES NIGHT WITH JACQUELINE (Directors: Sylvia OStayformore, Michael Anderson & Shane Wahlund)
Thursday, October 15 at 9:15 p.m. @ Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.)
Sylvia OStayformore has joined her effervescent drag performance with the brilliance of Collide-O-Scope Video. Her first sold-out project, Come Fly with Me, was a huge success in Seattle earlier this year. Now Sylvia does it again with a full evening of Jackie Susanns films Valley of the Dolls, Love Machine, and Once is Not Enough all mashed into one debaucherous event! Sylvia will be your love therapist as she guides you through these high-camp movies brimming with pill popping, booze drinking, and drag song-and-dance fun. Come in your best Pucci attire and sign up for prizes!
Party at Retail Therapy (905 E. Pike St.) before screening.
STUFF (Director: Suzanne Guacci)
Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. @ AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St., 4th Floor)
Together for 14 years, stay-at-home Deb and doctor Trisha have built a beautiful family but have drifted apart in the wake of Trishas crushing grief over her fathers death. After little Samantha gets in a tussle with a boy in daycare, enter his mom Jamie: edgy, tattooed, and key-ring-on-belt sexy (Traci Dinwiddie, Elena Undone). As Deb and Jamie find friendship in the shadow of broken relationships, a new desire emerges that shakes both their worlds. Stuffs strong cast includes Phyllis Somerville (The Big C), who provides startling moments of poignancy and clarity in this story about love, loss, and the stuff of life that makes us stronger.
Party to follow at Gordon Biersch (600 Pine St, 4th Floor).
Please check website for additional guests as they are announced.
" Dave Kopay (attending Closing Night film OUT TO WIN on October 18)
Dave Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he became the first NFL player and one of the first professional athletes to come out. His autobiography, The David Kopay Story (co-authored with Perry Deane Young), now in its fifth printing, was a New York Times best seller. He attended the University of Washington and as team co-captain led the Huskies to the PAC-10 conference title. He played for five NFL teams in his nine-year career, including the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.
" Colman Domingo (attending Centerpiece Gala film BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING on October 11)
Colman Domingo is an Olivier and Tony Award nominated actor, and GLAAD and Lucille Lortel Award winning playwright. He has worked with notable artists such as Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Salman Rushdie, Lee Daniels, Spike Lee, Nathan Lane, Megan Mulally, Common and Clarke Peters among others. He is known for his work in The Butler, Selma, and Lincoln.
" Joseph Graham (attending Centerpiece Gala film BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING on October 11)
Joe Graham is a writer and director, known for Strapped (2010), Vanilla (2004) and The Horror Network Vol. 1 (2013).
" Traci Dinwiddie (attending RAVENS TOUCH on October 16 and STUFF on October 17)
Alaska native Traci Dinwiddie is known for her work on The Notebook (2004), Mr. Brooks (2007) and Open Your Eyes (2008). A dynamic force on and off screen, she is also accomplished in West African drumming, Anusara Yoga, Trapeze/Aerialist training, and participates in myriad forms of community improv theater.
" Dreya Weber (attending RAVENS TOUCH on October 16)
Actress, producer, and aerialist Dreya Weber is known for her work on The Gymnast (2006), A Marine Story (2010) and Water for Elephants (2011). She is a regular performer with Seattles Teatro Zinzanni.
" Jim Hansen (attending YOURE KILLING ME on October 11)
Seattle native Jim Hansen is a film director, who has worked in many aspects of the film industry, including projects such as Kill Bill (Vols. 1 and 2) and Scary Movie 2.
" Jeffrey Self (attending YOURE KILLING ME on October 11)
Jeffery Self is an actor and writer, known for Jeffrey & Cole Casserole (2009) and Gay of Thrones (2013).
" Christina Zeidler (attending PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST on October 14)
Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over thirty short film and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web.
" Stephen Cone (attending HENRY GAMBLES BIRTHDAY PARTY on October 11)
Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker and actor. His film The Wise Kids has screened at more than 50 festivals including SLGFF 2011.
" Barney Cheng (attending BABY STEPS on October 17)
Barney Cheng is an actor (Mission Impossible III), director, writer and producer. His award-winning films have collectively screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide.
" Robert L. Camina (attending UPSTAIRS INFERNO on October 17)
Robert L. Camina is a director of multiple films including Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, SLGFF 2013.
HUSTLER WHITE (Directors: Bruce LaBruce & Rick Castro)
Friday, October 9 at 11:45 p.m. @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.)
Sleaze-obsessed writer-photographer-filmmaker Bruce LaBruces most ambitious film (newly re-mastered) follows thrill-seeking Monti (Tony Ward, former underwear model and Madonna video star), a Santa Monica street hustler out for a day of adventure like few of us have experienced. Hustler White (SLGFF 1996) is a gritty exploration of the intertwined sex-work and porn industries, intended as homage to classic Hollywood filmmaking, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. LaBruce (Raspberry Reich, Gerontophilia, SLGFF 2014) co-stars as Jurgen Anger, a German writer, who pays Monti to play LA tour guide and gets more than he bargained for. This fetish-fueled tale offers the truth, the whole truth, and nothing up your butt.
THE CELLULOID CLOSET (Directors: Robert Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman)
Saturday, October 10 at 4:30 p.m. @ 12th Ave Arts, Pike/Pine Room (1620 12th Ave.)
For our 20th festival we are proud to present a landmark contribution to queer cinema about queer cinema on its 20th anniversary. Swishy stereotypes and surprisingly sophisticated Gay characters were not uncommon in silent films and early talkies. Later, self-imposed industry censorship turned us into villains and jesters. Based on Vito Russos groundbreaking 1981 book and narrated by Lily Tomlin, this eye-opening documentary dazzles with hundreds of clips and revealing, star-studded interviews that examine nearly a century of LGBT representation on the silver screen.
THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE plus REEL QUEER YOUTH shorts
Saturday, October 17 at 12:30 p.m. @ Pacific Place (600 Pine St., 4th Floor)
While many young people face pressure to fit in, the brave and charismatic youth of True Colors, a queer theater group in Boston, shine a spotlight on their dramatic lives and are applauded by their peers. Theyve addressed gun violence, coming out, first dates, parental rejections, college applications, taking hormones, and an act of terrorism that shook their world but the most shocking may have been when they decided to talk about love. Onstage and off, we see our cast come of age through the power of performance.
Plays with REEL QUEER YOUTH shorts. Reel Queer Youth is a video production and media literacy training for LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 13-20.
The Festival Box Office with full program is now open at http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/2015.
A printed program and schedule for the festival will also be available. See the program online or in print for a complete description of all the films, along with information about additional parties and special guests and make plans for an exciting 11 days of LGBTQ cinema.
The 2015 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.
Held annually in October since 1996, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene and the social event of the season the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.
Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema