Voted Top 5 Coolest GLBT Film Fest
America's Most Unwanted
Directed by Shani Heckman • U.S.A. • 2012 • 22 mins
Showtime: Thursday, May 31st, 2012 -- 7:30pm
Panel discussion with GLBT Host Home Program to follow screening.
A tale of endearment, America's Most Unwanted provides a candid glimpse into the lives of LGBT foster youth filtered through a lens of hope.
Directed by Jenni Olson • U.S.A. • 1956-1976 • 63 mins
Showtime: Thursday, May 31st, 2012 -- 9pm
Dean Otto, Walker Art Center Film/Video Associate Curator, to present film
This fast-paced overview offers a crash course in gay and lesbian movie history and a colorful look at the best (and worst) Hollywood pitches of gay and lesbian "subject matter." There's something for everyone in this fun-filled blast with a cast of thousands! Nearly every major mainstream gay or lesbian-themed film produced between 1956 and 1976 is represented here, and then some! Homo Promo is an archival project that gathers together the "coming attractions" preview trailers which promoted the original theatrical releases of homosexual-themed films.
Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8
Directed by Charlie Gage • U.S.A. • 2011 • 89 mins
Showtime: Thursday, May 31st 2012 -- 5:30pm
Director Charlie Gage attending. Q&A to follow screening.
On November 4, 2008 the voters of California passed Proposition 8 revoking marriage rights for same sex couples. The next day a movement was born. INSPIRED is a documentary film chronicling several people’s lives in the wake of the passage of Prop 8. Arresting live footage follows people from all walks of life, inspired to action in ways they never dreamed.
Love Free or Die
Directed by Macky Alston • U.S.A. • 2011 • 88 mins
Showtime: Friday, June 1st, 2012 -- 5pm
Director Macky Alston attending. Q &A to follow screening.
Since the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson (To which he wore a bullet proof vest), he has been under scrutiny by the public and certainly by many of his peers within the religious ideologies and traditionalists of the church. He has received death threats and has lived under this fear of being murdered for years, all because he stands for equality, In the church and in the United State's law!
Gene Robinson's defining passions are in direct conflict: His love of God and the love of his partner Mark. Director Macky Alston offers the viewer a beautifully crafted cinematic presentation and a voyeuristic interaction with Bishop Gene Robinson and his life as an activist, his work in the church and at home with his partner Mark and their family.
Winner of Special Jury Prize and nominee for Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) at 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Freaked OUT! Shorts (83 mins total)
Showtime: Friday, June 1st, 2012 -- 9:45pm
This collection of shorts prides itself on fears and desires, thrills and gore, love lust and blood lust. ZombieVampire-Hidroponies reveals some South African freakiness in the form of an Afrikaans music video . . . Checking the bag of that one-night stand stranger can lead to some frightening realities in With This Ring . . . The man in the dark alley might be a fantasy come true -- except when fangs are involved in Little Death . . . Regrets awakens with the horrifying reality that some people are not who they seem to be, especially those wearing business suits . . . That blistering sore you think might be something? This time it really is in Bug Chaser . . . On the Way Down shows how one questioning husband and one crazy psychologist take the saying, 'help me, help you," to a whole new (and disturbing) level.
ZombieVampire-Hidroponies Directed by DuPreez Strauss • South Africa • 2012 • 3 mins
With This Ring Directed by Mike Jacoby • U.S.A. • 2011 • 13 mins
Little Death Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen • U.S.A. • 2012 • 18 mins
Regrets Directed by Michelle Pollino • U.S.A. • 2011 • 12 mins
Bug Chaser Directed by Ian Wolfley • U.S.A. • 2012 • 19 mins
On the Way Down Directed by Cory Krueger & James Vogel • U.S.A. [mn made] • 2011 • 18 mins
Gun Hill Road
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green • U.S.A. • 2011 • 86 mins
Showtime: June 1st, 2012 -- 7:30pm
Panel discussion with RECLAIM to follow screening.
After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. Can a father's fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green's first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.
Men to Kiss (Männer zum Knutschen)
Directed by Robert Hasfogel • Germany • 2012 • 83 mins
Showtime: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 -- 3pm
Colorful balloon dresses, long party nights in Berlin’s trendy clubs with drag queen Nina Queer and erotic evenings on the dining table – this is the chaotic relationship of the unequal couple of Ernst and Tobias. Though opposites attract, respectable banker Ernst is often unsure, whether bubbly and always cheerful Tobias takes their relationship as seriously as he does. Soon they rise to their absolute challenge: The sudden appearance of Uta, Ernst’s eccentric school friend. Uta forges out a scheming plan, which Ernst completely falls for. Together with his friends, Tobias spares no efforts to checkmate the unwelcome guest as soon as possible – and sets events in motion that increasingly get out of control.
Global Shorts (95 mins total)
Showtime: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 -- 1pm
A collection of shorts that hops the globe (yes, we hop the U.S. more than once, but it's really big) finds a message of welcome of all colors from Iran in White Paper . . . In Norway, you'll discover how kissing bald men, musicals and Scandinavian design lead to greater understanding in BaldGuy . . . Queen tackles the issue of drag queens and adoption in heartfelt (and heartbreaking) American fashion . . . Bisexuals. Cats. Question marks. You'll find the answer in Do You Have a Cat? . . . The journey continues to the Isle of Wright where two young men discover the quiet power of love in We Once Were Tide . . . In Brazil, a blind teenager learns the true meaning of a lover's touch in I Don't Want to Go Back Alone . . . Fallen Comrade reveals how love and war are intricately connected for a U.S. soldier
White Paper (Kaghaz-e Sefid) Directed by Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib • Iran • 2010 • 3 mins
BaldGuy (Skallamann) Directed by Maria Bock • Norway • 2011 • 12 mins
Queen Directed by Adam Rose • U.S.A. • 2011 • 22 mins
Do You Have a Cat? Directed by Jason Sax • U.S.A. • 2012 • 11 mins
We Once Were Tide Directed by Jason Bradbury • U.K. • 2011 • 18 mins
I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho) Directed by Daniel Ribeiro • Brazil • 2011 • 17 mins
Fallen Comrade Directed by James Valdez • U.S.A. • 2012 • 11 mins
Queer Touch Documentary Shorts (87 mins total)
Showtime: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 -- 5pm
These three short documentaries examine the meaning of touch; whether it be getting in touch with one's true self, the intricacies of PDA, or setting a world record for longest continuous kiss.
Directed by Emma Crimmings • Australia • 2011 • 26 mins
From the innocent gestures of a tomboy to the irrevocable impact of changing from one gender to another, Mind charts award-winning writer Tom Cho's escalating desire for personal transformation and his use of writing as a means of escape. With stylized dramatizations from Tom’s book of short stories, Mind is an intimate documentary portrait exploring gender, identity, race and the power of self expression.
Hold On Tight
Directed by Anna Rodgers • Ireland • 2011 • 11 mins
Holding hands or kissing in public isn't for everyone. When it comes to same sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal choice. This short documentary moves between the public and private spaces in which lesbian and gay couples live, and explores small gestures of human connectedness. These gentle interactions not only carry a huge personal significance, but also the potent power to create social change. Yet, for most people, being affectionate beyond the hall door isn't intended as a political statement - it's an expression of love.
Our Lips Are Sealed
Directed by John Gallino • U.S.A. • 2011 • 50 mins
In 2010 two New Jersey college students Matty and Bobby set out to break the world record for Longest Continuous Kiss and to become the first gay record holders for doing such.
Hollywood to Dollywood
Directed by John Lavin • U.S.A. • 2011 • 79 mins
Showtime: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 -- 7pm
Stars Gary Lane & Larry Lane attending. Q&A to follow screening.
On the fumes of a dream, twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum roll for one of their idols, Dolly Parton. Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her. They set off from Dolly’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading East for Pigeon Forge, TN. Driving an RV they (named Jolene) is friend and partner Mike Bowen. All along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair salons our intrepid band of travelers meet everyday Americans, as the encounter everything from Floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma Tornado. The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the bigotry they’ve encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance and the joy of realizing their biggest dream handing their screenplay to Dolly Parton. Featuring appearances by Leslie Jordan, Chad Allen, Beth Grant, Dustin Lance Black, Ann Walker, and maybe even Dolly herself! Hollywood to Dollywood is a documentary of chasing dreams down the road of life.
Directed by Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr • France • 2011 • 110 mins
Showtime: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 -- 9:20pm
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful Aurore (Lizzie Brocherè) fall instantly and passionately in love but it’s not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris’s dark obsession with gay men. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction of young gay hustlers. Hard-hitting, intensely sexy and wildly controversial, American Translation is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation.
'The Queen's Deception' Script Reading
Written by Alvin Easter, Directed by Bill Cooper
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 1pm
"As World War II spreads across Europe, The Duchess of Windsor continues to host card parties at her residence in Monte Carlo. A frequent guest at these parties is young Adrian Woodbridge who's very good at playing cards and also at hustling those men seeking "entertainment" along the Riviera. What will the Duchess do when she discovers this fact?"
Alvin Easter is a long-time Minneapolis writer whose screenplays have been read at the Jungle and Guthrie Theaters and whose scripts have earned high rankings in several national competitions. "The Queen's Deception" placed fourth in last year's One in Ten Screenplay Contest.
The L Shorts (84 mins total)
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 3:15pm
In this lesbian collection of shorts there will be many discoveries, including of a message of welcome of all colors from Iran in White Paper . . . Uniformadas will lead us to Spain where the confines of an all-girls Catholic school prove to be most revealing . . . A lesbian club finds itself as a hotbed of political mischief and the mafia in St. Paul in the 70s in Fertile Ashes . . . Two Brazilian girls discover how music really can be the language of love in What It Could Be (Parede Branca do Que Poderia Ser) . . . In The Plan a musician struggling to get her big break must also find a way to deal with an ill girlfriend
White Paper (Kaghaz-e Sefid) Directed by Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib • Iran • 2010 • 3 mins
Uniformadas Directed by Irene Zoe Alameda • Spain • 2010 • 18 mins
Fertile Ashes Directed by Pam Colby • U.S.A. [mn made] • 2012 • 33 mins
What It Could Be (Parede Branca do Que Poderia Ser) Directed by Pedro Paulo de Andrade • Brazil • 2011 • 17 mins
The Plan Directed by Vivek Sharma • U.S.A. • 2012 • 13 min
Undone: A New Musical
Directed by Maxwell Freudenthal • U.S.A. [mn made] • 2012 • 90 mins
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 5pm
Undone: A New Musical is about nine people who live in a house and the relationships that they share. Undone is an original, feature-length, musical about making mistakes and learning from the people around you.
OUT Twin Cities Minnesota Contests
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 6:45pm
Free and open to the public
First place ($400) and second place ($200) will be awarded to the top 'Minnesota Made' films by audience choice. The three 'Minnesota Made' films are 'On The Way Down', 'Fertile Ashes', or 'Undone: A New Musical'.
This Is What Love In Action Looks Like
Directed by Morgan Jon Fox • U.S.A. • 2011 • 70 mins
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 8pm
When Zack Stark came out to his parents, he had no idea that his life was about to change forever. Stuck inside "Love In Action"–the ex-gay rehabilitation program–the quiet teenager blogged about their draconian practices, sparking an impassioned, nationwide protest to rescue the teen. In This is What Love in Action Looks Like, filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox captures the stirring, inspirational true-story of how religious intolerance's quest to bully queer teens, lead to one of the first examples of social media inspiring change...and hope, for a new generation of activism.
Harvest (Stadt Land Fluss)
Directed by Benjamin Cantu • Germany • 2011 • 88 mins
Showtime: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 -- 9:25pm
Breathtaking in its subtle beauty, Harvest is an achingly romantic tale of an innocent but ever increasingly passionate affair that develops between two simple farmhands. Life on a farm is all that sullen teen Marco knows- leading a perfunctory and quiet life of working, going to school and avoiding the advances of girls. However, his self-imposed solitude ends when curly-haired Jakob, rejecting the banking world for farming, arrives to train on the farm. Although initially cautious and tentative with each other, it is soon obvious that the unspoken sexual tension is becoming increasingly hard to resist - something a spontaneous trip to Berlin confirms. Proving that true love can blossom in even the most unlikely of places, Harvest is as rich and rewarding as it is heartwarming.
Winner of the Siegessäule Reader's Award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.