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posted Friday, July 16, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 29
Summer film series comes to Cal Anderson Park
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Summer film series comes to Cal Anderson Park

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Three Dollar Bill Cinema Summer Film Series
July 16-August 27
Cal Anderson Park


The fourth annual Summer Film Series produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema (TDB) kicks off Friday, July 16 in Cal Anderson Park with Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953), the musical comedy masterpiece featuring Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Russell. "Blonde, But Not Forgotten" is the theme of this year's series. The Summer Film Series is free.

'This is the fourth year we've done it at Cal Anderson,' TDB programming director Jason Plourde told SGN.

TDB used to coordinate an outdoor film in Volunteer Park every year, usually around PRIDE weekend, which is where Summer Film Series originated. Last year's theme was "I Want My 1980," which featured an eclectic mix of three films from 1980. The year prior, TDB put on an eco-friendly "Go Green" theme. Their first was "Features from the Black Lagoon."

"We try to be really unique and fun with our film series," said Plourde. "I feel like it sets us apart from other outdoor film series."

The goal is to pick films that people will love that they can't see anywhere else.

In addition to Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), a very '80s cult classic youth rebellion film, is scheduled for July 30. On August 13, Desperately Seeking Susan is scheduled. The 1985 cult classic Madonna film also stars Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn.

This year, TDB has added a fourth film, whereas the previous three Summer Film Series were all three-film runs. The series will end on August 27 with the Disney live-action family classic Candleshoe, starring Jodie Foster.

The Legend of Billie Jean was the film TDB wanted to program around when they conceived of the theme. According to Plourde, there's a huge Lesbian following of the film, and it's something a lot of Gay men typically enjoy, too.

"We are really mindful to pick family-friendly movies," said Plourde. All films are PG-13, PG, or G.

"The audience has been building around the event," Plourde told SGN.

Last year drew out crowds of upwards of 800 people. TDB is expecting to have similar or more this year. "I would encourage people to get there early to get a good seat," Plourde told SGN.

So grab a picnic basket and a friend or partner, and head for the small hill with all the trees at Cal Anderson Park. All films are absolutely free and begin at sunset (approximately 8:30-9 p.m.).

Concessions will be sold, and lawn chairs are available for rent. The proceeds of each benefit TDB Cinema and their efforts to promote LGBT film and visibility.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is Seattle's premier LGBT film organization. TDB brings Seattle other LGBT film events such as the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema strives to provide access to films by, for, and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families, and a forum for LGBT filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences.

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