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posted Friday, September 26 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 39
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THE 19TH SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL (SLGFF) WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 9-19

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, has announced the complete schedule of films and events that will make up the 19th annual festival.
            This year SLGFF will screen the following films: 51 features and 112 shorts representing 32 countries, including 30 Northwest premieres, 5 West Coast premieres, and a world premiere. The festival will open with the Seattle premiere of Cheryl Furjanic's BACK ON BOARD with film subject and groundbreaking Olympic diver Greg Louganis in attendance, and close with Susanna Fogel's LIFE PARTNERS starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs. The lineup also includes the World Premiere of IN THE TURN, a new documentary directed by Erica Tremblay.
            'It's my first year as the SLGFF Festival Director overseeing the programming of the festival, and I'm really excited to share this slate of incredible films with people,' says Kathleen Mullen. 'We're really proud of the diversity of stories and the local and international filmmakers and guests that will attend to introduce their films. I'm ready to celebrate with Seattle film fans!'
            This year's films feature a star-studded lineup including, Patrick Stewart (STAR TREK) and Matthew Lillard (FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, THE DESCENDANTS) in MATCH; Mo'Nique in BLACKBIRD (in her first major role since PRECIOUS); Leighton Meester (GOSSIP GIRL) and Gillian Jacobs (COMMUNITY) in LIFE PARTNERS; Gaby Hoffman (GIRLS) in Tacoma-native Steward Thorndyke's LYLE; and Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams in NEVER with Zachary Booth (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON).
            "The films this year are outstanding," says Three Dollar Bill Cinema Director Jason Plourde, "with much of our strongest work from female and Queer directors. There are films that represent a wide variety of the LGBT community and will be entertaining for all."
            Films will be screened at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Northwest Film Forum, AMC Pacific Place, and The Harvard Exit.
            In advance of the festival, on October 2, SLGFF will also host a benefit screening of the Pacific Northwest premiere of PRIDE, winner of the Queer Palm prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. All ticket sale proceeds will go towards Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

            The Festival Box Office is now open at http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/SLGFF
            The full program can be downloaded at:
            https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bnz6f0k7r0xmrrk/AACvH5pQHoI_4tWBZP3CJMZ7a?dl=0
            The 2014 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

 

            G A L A S

            Opening Night Gala presented by BECU
            BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS (Director: Cheryl Furjanic)
            Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM at SIFF CINEMA Egyptian
            With preternatural talent and grace, Greg Louganis became a legendary Olympic diver, even as homophobic teammates refused to bunk with him and sponsors denied him lucrative endorsements. And while his victory after being injured at the 1988 Olympics is cemented in public consciousness and his name is now a household word, few know the real, remarkable behind-the-scenes story. BACK ON BOARD won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Outfest 2014.

            Centerpiece Gala
            BLACKBIRD (Director: Patrik-Ian Polk)
            Sunday, October 12 at 7:30 PM at SIFF CINEMA Egyptian
            Director Patrik-Ian Polk, who has thrilled packed houses at our festival with premieres of NOAH'S ARC (SLGFF 2004) and NOAH'S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM (SLGFF 2008), returns with a heartfelt and hopeful drama that boasts a vibrant soundtrack and a gifted cast, including newcomer Julian Walker and Academy Award-winner Mo'nique. Randy (Walker) is a model high school student and a dutiful son who prays, behaves, and sings in the choir. But he's unable to abate his frequent and increasingly sexy fantasies about other boys.

            Centerpiece Gala
            APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Director: Desiree Akhavan)
            Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
            Attractive twentysomething Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) is seriously on the rebound after her difficult breakup with Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), whom she is still pining after. In an attempt to forget her and move on, Shirin dives into the world of casual sex in NYC. Between a threesome, one-night stands, and the limitless OkCupid dating pool, she's got a lot of options for distraction. But it's going to be difficult hiding her pansexual adventures from her Persian parents, who are accustomed to Shirin being their straight, rule-abiding daughter. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR won the Emerging Female Filmmaker Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenwriting at the 2014 Outfest. Desiree Akhavan will be appearing in the series GIRLS in 2015.

            Centerpiece Gala
            MATCH (Director: Stephen Belber)
            Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM at AMC Pacific Place
            Tobi (Patrick Stewart) has always been a dancer. Now a ballet instructor, he lives his life as a Gay man in his cozy apartment in NYC. He is single and likes it that way. Tobi's solitary world is suddenly disrupted when a young Seattle-based couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home with the pretense of interviewing him about his life in the dance world during the '60s. Brilliantly acted (with a true star turn for Patrick Stewart) and based on the Tony-nominated play, MATCH is a thought-provoking, intense, and brilliant conversation about art, family, and life's divergent paths.

            Closing Night Gala sponsored by Union Bank
            LIFE PARTNERS (Director: Susanna Fogel)
            Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM at AMC Pacific Place
            Sasha (Leighton Meester) and her straight friend Paige (Gillian Jacobs) share everything. Both date now and then, with little luck, until Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody) and starts to fall for him. That's when the trouble begins: Sasha goes for late-night snacks at the local drive-through and starts dating a collection of girls, including the quirky Trace (Kate McKinnon).

 

            F I L M S   W I T H   P A R T I E S

            PRIDE
            Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Poppy 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Get to see this year's Cannes Queer Palm prize-winner PRIDE before its theatrical release! Join us for a special benefit screening.

            GERONTOPHILIA
            Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at True Love Art Gallery and Tattoo 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Handsome 18-year-old Lake and nursing home resident Melvin Peabody escape on a romantic seaside adventure. Love and sexuality have no bounds in Bruce LaBruce's touching and sensitive award-winning film.

            TRU LOVE
            Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at True Love Art Gallery and Tattoo 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Winner of numerous audience awards from LGBT film festivals in Toronto, India, and New Zealand, TRU LOVE is a passionate story of love and redemption.

            CLUB KING
            Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM
            Party to follow at Rebar 10:30 PM - 2:00 AM. Ticket or Pass required.
            Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who's behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the Queer nightlife circuit!

            ROSIE
            Monday, October 13 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Pony 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Lorenz is a Gay writer in Berlin. When Rosie, his independent firecracker of a mother, suddenly collapses, he moves back to his Swiss hometown.

            BROKEN GARDENIAS
            Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM
            Free reception at Pony 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni's hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what's happened to Jenni's father.

            I FEEL LIKE DISCO
            Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Diesel 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            As a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality, Flori's overbearing dad just doesn't get him at all. When Flori's mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar coming-of-age dramatic comedy.

            TRANSCENDANT: TRANS SHORTS
            Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Diesel 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Living stealth as a person of color, parenting, taking on the legal system, and dealing with Asperger's syndrome are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the diverse experiences of those in the Transgender community.

            TOUGH LOVE
            Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Purr 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Certain truths can seem impossible to accept, even if acceptance is the only way toward healing. These films explore the hard truths of love and loss.

            52 TUESDAYS
            Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Wildrose 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            While young Billie watches her mum transition into James, she decides to film her own sexual awakening with her pals Jasmine and Josh.

            CHANCE ENCOUNTERS
            Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Wildrose 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            One-night stands, love (and lust) at first sight, cruising in the park, and that moment when you realize you've finally met The One are what happens when you have a chance encounter.

            IN THE TURN
            Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM
            Free reception at Gordon Biersch 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

            XENIA
            Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
            Free reception at Gordon Biersch 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
            Danny and his older brother Odysseus go on a surreal cross-country road trip in Greece to reunite with their supposedly wealthy father.

 

            S P E C I A L   G U E S T S

            BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
            Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM
            Director Cheryl Furjanic and Greg Louganis in attendance
            A richly textured, and poignant journey through Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis' life with personal interviews of the story behind the scenes and thrilling footage of his breathtaking dives.

.           STATES OF GRACE
            Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM
            Directors Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman in attendance
            This moving documentary follows Dalai Lama honoured Dr. Grace Dammann after a terrible accident on the Golden Gate Bridge as she regains her life.

            GIRLS SHORTS
            Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 PM
            Local director Calvin Gimpelevich and Tarnish in attendance
            Funny ha-ha or funny Queer? These ladies are both! From a road trip to a hotel bar smile, giggle, and maybe even howl with laughter.

            INFRARED V: NEW VISIONS FROM THE QUEER AVANT-GARDE
            Saturday, October 11 at 4:45 PM
            Malic Amaya curator/ filmmaker in attendance
            From the depths of the underground come new works that defy standards of narrative cinema and normative desire-embracing Queer culture.

            TIGER ORANGE
            Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 PM
            Director Wade Gasque and actor Mark Strano in attendance
            TIGER ORANGE is a drama about the ties that bind. When Todd shows up at his estranged brother Chet's door disruption ensues!

            LETTER TO ANITA
            Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 PM
            Director Andrea Meyerson, Subject Ronni Sanlo in attendance
            A moving and intimate portrait of a mother who lost custody of her children thanks to Anita Bryant's infamous anti-Gay campaign.

            CLUB KING
            Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM
            Director, Jon Bush, Subject, Mario Diaz in attendance
            Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who's behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the Queer nightlife circuit!

            LYLE
            Saturday, October 11 at 11:30 PM
            Director Stewart Thorndike in attendance
            A sharp and scary Lesbian homage to ROSEMARY'S BABY starring Gaby Hoffman and Ingrid Jungermann.

            BOYS SHORTS
            Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 PM
            Glenn Gaylord, director of IF I TOOK A HOLIDAY; Scott Membry, director of WORD OF THE DAY; Wes Hurley local director of ZOLUSHKA in attendance
            Sometimes funny things happen, like dinner interrupted by an ex, singing Madonna impersonators, and Queer fairy tales filmed at Pony.

            OUT
            Sunday, October 12 at 5:00 PM
            Leandro Tadashi, director of TOMORROW, in attendance
            Young love, first heartbreaks, taking chances, coming out: these films take you inside the stories of young people as they navigate growing up Queer.

            BLACKBIRD
            Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 PM
            Director, Patrik-Ian Polk and actor, Julian Walker in attendance
            Randy's a model Southern boy, a dutiful son who prays and sings in the choir, but he's unable to abate his fantasies about other boys.

            BROKEN GARDENIAS
            Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM
            Director Kai Alexander and writer and actor Alma S. Grey in attendance
            Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni's hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what's happened to Jenni's father.

            TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS
            Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM
            Sam Berliner, Curator in attendance
            Living stealth as a person of color, parenting, taking on the legal system, and dealing with Asperger's syndrome are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the diverse experiences of those in the Transgender community.

            APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
            Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
            Special guest in attendance
            Breaking up is hard. One-night stands and the endless pool of online dates can keep Shirin busy, but what about real connections?

            ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
            Thursday, October 16 at 5:00 PM
            Director Andrea James, Subject Alec Mapa in attendance
            Alec Mapa shines in this biographical documentary focusing on his one-man show and featuring his husband and adopted son.

            A REUNION
            Thursday, October 16 at 9:30 PM
            Director Hernando Bansuelo and main actors Michael Lovan and Josh Watson in attendance
            A REUNION sees Michael returns to LA, where he reconnects with Josh for a road trip to their ten-year college reunion.

            MATCH
            Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM
            Director Stephen Belber and actor Matthew Lillard in attendance
            Retired dancer Tobi's (Patrick Stewart) life is suddenly disrupted when a young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home.

            HAPPY END?!
            Friday, October 17 at 9:30 PM
            Lindy Boustedt and Kris Boustedt, directors of short TOGETHER FOREVER, in attendance
            A future lawyer, a secretive singer-songwriter and a road trip. A celebration of life, love and all the quirks in between.

            REEL QUEER YOUTH
            Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 PM
            Special guests in attendance
            Young people are telling their stories. Four short Reel Queer Youth films with other youth-made short films.

            DYNAMIC LIVES: QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR
            Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 PM
            Gregorio Davila, director of NANCY FROM EASTSIDE CLOVER, in attendance
            This collection of documentary shorts presents the histories, achievements, struggles, and everyday lives of several Queer women of color.

            IN THE TURN
            Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM
            Director, Erica Tremblay and Producer, Brandon Delgado in attendance
            Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

            THE DARK PLACE
            Saturday, October 18 at 9:45 PM
            Producer Carlos Pedraza in attendance
            A young man finds himself going back to live with his estranged mother and having to deal with his sinister stepbrother.

            LIFE PARTNERS
            Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM
            Director Susanna Fogel in attendance
            Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are BFFs. When Paige falls for Tim, Sasha starts dating a array of girls to fill the void.

 

            S P E C I A L   P R E S E N T A T I O N S
 
            THE MUPPET MOVIE
            Saturday, October 18 at 12:15 PM
            Experience the ultimate "Rainbow Connection" at our family screening of THE MUPPET MOVIE! It's been 35 years since Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and the gang first leapt onto the big screen. "Never Before, Never Again" has there been such an eclectic and colorful menagerie of animals and monsters in one adventure. The muppets will have you "Movin' Right Along" from the swamps of Florida to the bright lights of Hollywood, with hilarious cameos along the way by Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Carol Kane, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, and more. Comedy, charming music, and fun for folks of all ages..."Can You Picture That?"

            REEL QUEER YOUTH
            Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 PM
            Young people are telling their stories through filmmaking in powerful ways. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, in partnership with Reel Grrls, supports these voices every summer by producing Reel Queer Youth, a weeklong filmmaking and media literacy training program for LGBTQ youth and allies aged 13-20. Four short films made during the 2014 Reel Queer Youth program will be shown before a collection of other youth-made short films. Stay tuned afterward for a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

 

            F E A T U R E   F I L M   P R E M I E R E S
 
            W O R L D   P R E M I E R E:
 
            IN THE TURN
            Saturday, October 18 at 7:15 PM
            Bring your pack and your tissues. Get ready for the raw excitement of roller derby as seen through the eyes of the Vagine Regime!

 

            W E S T   C O A S T   P R E M I E R E S:
 
            SILENT YOUTH
            Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 PM
            A poetic coming-out story that unfolds when two boys bump into each other on the streets of Berlin.

            NEVER
            Tuesday, October 14 at 9:15 PM
            Set in the music scene in Seattle, twentysomethings Nikki (Zelda Williams) and Denim (Zachary Booth) begin a complicated, unlikely friendship.

            A REUNION
            Thursday, October 16 at 9:30 PM
            A REUNION sees Michael returns to LA, where he reconnects with Josh for a road trip to their ten-year college reunion.

            XENIA
            Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
            Dany and his older brother Odysseus go on a surreal cross-country road trip in Greece to reunite with their supposedly wealthy father.

 

            N O R T H W E S T   P R E M I E R E S:

            TRU LOVE
            Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM
            Winner of numerous audience awards from LGBT film festivals in Toronto, India, and New Zealand, TRU LOVE is a passionate story of love and redemption.

            THE THIRD ONE
            Friday, October 10 at 9:15 PM
            THE THIRD ONE is a story of random encounters and surprising connections. It's an exploration of the intersection of intimacy, raw sexuality and the human experience.

            LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
            Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM
            A documentary following a 40-year love story about the pioneer couple for marriage equality in the U.S. who started their fight in 1975.

            STATES OF GRACE
            Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 PM
            This moving documentary follows Dalai Lama honoured Dr. Grace Dammann after a terrible accident on the Golden Gate Bridge as she regains her life.

            TIGER ORANGE
            Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 PM
            TIGER ORANGE is a drama about the ties that bind. When Todd shows up at his estranged brother Chet's door disruption ensues!

            LETTER TO ANITA
            Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 PM
            A moving and intimate portrait of a mother who lost custody of her children thanks to Anita Bryant's infamous anti-Gay campaign.

            CLUB KING
            Saturday, October 11 at 9:15 PM
            Meet Mario Diaz, the Seattle native who's behind the hottest, sexiest, most outrageous parties on the Queer nightlife circuit!

            WHAT IT WAS
            Saturday, October 11 at 9:30 PM
            This lush montage of a Latina's life unfolds poetically through dreamy cinematography and sensual performances. Adina's nonlinear story bends and sways toward a grand jeté.

            LYLE
            Saturday, October 11 at 11:30 PM
            A sharp and scary Lesbian homage to ROSEMARY'S BABY starring Gaby Hoffman and Ingrid Jungermann.

            CHILDREN 404
            Sunday, October 12 at 12:30 PM
            Russia's a dangerous place for the LGBT community. This gripping documentary follows the youth who try and defy the homophobic laws.

            DUAL
            Sunday, October 12 at 4:45 PM
            Can love at first sight through a rearview mirror stand a chance in this Lesbian cousin to BEFORE SUNRISE.

            BLACKBIRD
            Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 PM
            Randy's a model Southern boy, a dutiful son who prays and sings in the choir, but he's unable to abate his fantasies about other boys.

            20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG
            Sunday, October 12 at 12:30 PM
            At their wits' end, Emma and Ilse don't know what to do with their rebellious teenage son Dylan so they ship him off to his Gay father, Sjors.

            THE 10 YEAR PLAN
            Sunday, October 12 at 9:30 PM
            After making a pact 10 years ago, Myles and Brody will do anything, or anyone, to keep from being each other's last resort.

            FOLSOM FOREVER
            Sunday, October 12 at 9:30 PM
            A documentary about San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair, recounting the evolution from its creation in the HIV panic of the 1980s.

            BROKEN GARDENIAS
            Monday, October 13 at 7:15 PM
            Street hustler Sam takes awkward Jenni's hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what's happened to Jenni's father.

            ROSIE
            Monday, October 13 at 7:00 PM
            Lorenz is a Gay writer in Berlin. When Rosie, his independent firecracker of a mother, suddenly collapses, and he moves back to his Swiss hometown.

            OFF ROAD
            Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00 PM
            A love story in Rome, features Pino, a mechanic and champion rally driver, who is transitioning to Beatrice, getting married to Marianna.

            I FEEL LIKE DISCO
            Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM
            As a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality, Flori's overbearing dad just doesn't get him at all. When Flori's mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar coming-of-age dramatic comedy.

            QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO
            Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
            Stetsons, chaps, Tony Lamas-it's all there. This delightfully unruly documentary showcases the rodeo circuit and its rural American LGBT community.

            ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
            Thursday, October 16 at 5:00 PM
            Alec Mapa shines in this biographical documentary focusing on his one-man show and featuring his husband and adopted son.

            52 TUESDAYS
            Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
            While young Billie watches her mum transition into James, she decides to film her own sexual awakening with her pals Jasmine and Josh.

            ANITA'S LAST CHA CHA
            Friday, October 17 at 7:00 PM
            In a small village in the Philippines twelve-year-old tomboy Anita develops a first crush on the mysterious beauty Pilar.

            MATCH
            Friday, October 17 at 7:15 PM
            Retired dancer Tobi's (Patrick Stewart) life is suddenly disrupted when a young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home.

            EAT WITH ME
            Friday, October 17 at 9:45 PM
            A man struggling with love and business, a mother who's left her husband and a cameo from George Takei equals a recipe for success!

            OF GIRLS AND HORSES
            Saturday, October 18 at 9:30 PM
            A languid coming-of-age snapshot of Alex, a troubled Lesbian teen given a last-chance remedial residency on a rural horse farm.

            THE DARK PLACE
            Saturday, October 18 at 9:45 PM
            A young man finds himself going back to live with his estranged mother and having to deal with his sinister stepbrother.

            AN HONEST LIAR
            Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 PM
            Meet James "The Amazing" Randi, a spellbinding illusionist out to debunk the trickery and deception associated with the trade.

            LIFE PARTNERS
            Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 PM
            Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are BFFs. When Paige falls for Tim, Sasha starts dating a array of girls to fill the void.

 

            S E A T T L E   P R E M I E R E S:
 
            PRIDE
            Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
            Get to see this year's Cannes Queer Palm prize winner PRIDE before its theatrical release! Join us for a special benefit screening.

            BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
            Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM
            A richly-textured, and poignant journey through Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis' life with personal interviews of the story behind the scenes and thrilling footage of his breathtaking dives.

            OUT IN THE NIGHT
            Saturday, October 11 at 4:45 PM
            One fateful August eve in 2006, the lives of a group of African-American Lesbians were changed forever when they acted in self defense.

            APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
            Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
            Breaking up is hard. One-night stands and the endless pool of online dates can keep Shirin busy but what about real connections?

            DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST
            Thursday, October 16 at 9:15 PM
            Set in a Navajo reservation, the stories of curious Nizhoni, aspiring Transgender model Felixia, and father-to-be Luther are intertwined.

            KUMU HINA
            Saturday, October 18 at 2:30 PM
            A powerful portrait of Hawaiian Hina, a "mahu," a person who embraces both the male and the female inside, and her personal life and work.

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            About SLGFF
            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



Chilly Tombstones a walk into noir grittiness
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES
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The first thing one should know going into a screening of A Walk Among the Tombstones is that it is the anti-Taken, an old school noir procedural where Liam Neeson is more interested in using his brain to solve a crime than he is in firing off a never-ending supply of bullets in lieu of actual detective work. The second thing to know is that the film, based on the book by Lawrence Block, is written and directed by Scott Frank, the guy who's had a hand in a litany of superb thrillers including Dead Again, Get Shorty, Minority Report and The Lookout.

Both of these are very, very good things, the resulting adaptation of the Block best-seller an engrossing, intelligently constructed mystery of murder, forgiveness and redemption that is as cold and as bleak as a winter wind rampaging across a sand-swept plain. It is a dark journey into despair and abnormality that is both loathsome and hypnotic, the film traveling in pain, reveling in despair and finding joy in the suffering of the innocent. It's gruesome, nasty stuff, and while lightness and levity do exist, finding solace in either of them oftentimes comes at a tremendous price.

Matt Scudder (Neeson) is a former NYPD detective and recovering alcoholic who retired when an act of drunken heroism resulted in the death of an innocent. He works now as a freelance, nonprofessional investigator for hire, taking cases on a person-by-person basis based on his personal assessment of those asking for help as well as a gut reaction as to the importance of what it is they are asking for.

So when Peter Kristo (Boyd Holbrook), a war veteran and recovering addict Scudder knows from A.A., asks him to meet with his wealthy, blood-thirsty drug dealer older brother Kenny (Dan Stevens), the retired detective isn't initially interested. But after the revenge-seeking trafficker tells his story, things begin to change. Scudder's dander is raised upon hearing about how Kenny's wife was abducted, held for ransom and then chopped up into little bits, her remains stuffed into the trunk of a ratty abandoned car. It's not the money that leads him to take the case, it's the principle behind it, and if the detective can solve this mystery, then maybe his time kicking alcohol and trying to be a better man hasn't been all for naught.

Violence has weight in the movie. When a gun fires the chaos it causes is deafening. Scudder acts decisively, with intent, and it isn't so much that he is without fear, but instead that he has stopped caring about his own well-being. Frank depicts things with stark frankness, painting things in a sea of blacks, whites and deep, soul-penetrating grays, the ominous stench of doom layered over every clue and every revelation. The director calls upon the ghosts of Frankenheimer, Lumet, Lang and Tourneur (as well as paying deft homage to the still vibrant, and obviously very much alive, works of Fincher, Demme and Hill) as he navigates Block's literary terrain, every stone hiding a potential landmine and every door leading to prospective oblivion.

But, more to the point, the filmmaker allows Scudder to investigate. He follows clues. He takes his time. He puts two and two together and realizes four isn't necessarily the answer he's aiming for. He understands the men he is looking for are monsters, barely human, no longer doing what they are for monetary gain but because they are enjoying the carnage, reveling in their own bloodlust as if it is the only thing worth living for. Scudder knows what it will take to end this, but still holds that justice can be exacted without a lust for revenge fueling it.

It all works beautifully up until, of all places, the climax; and while everything is expertly staged and suitably thrilling (not to mention insidiously disturbing), Frank makes a curious thematic choice that's too on the nose to be entirely satisfactory. Juxtaposed against a dramatic, all-too-solemn reading of the A.A. 12 steps, Scudder goes up against those he's been tracking, pondering the moral consequences as he does so. Sometimes this works with fiercely amazing exactitude, others it feels more heavy-handed and didactic than it does anything close to resembling compelling. It's so hit-and-miss, it's impossible to know if I loved the movie or was frustrated by it, the great and the mediocre crashing against one another sometimes at the exact same time.

Be that as it may, overall A Walk Among the Tombstones earns high marks. While not quite up to the same level as Frank's last directorial effort, The Lookout, much like it this is a confident, intelligently constructed motion picture made with care, passion and understanding. It assumes the audience has a brain and won't be afraid to follow the protagonist into the darkest corners of the human condition. Superbly lensed by Mihai Malaimare, Jr. (The Master), eerily scored by Carlos Rafael Rivera, and featuring awesome production design work by David Brisbin (Sinister), everything is connected melodiously together in ways that are vital and vibrant.

The anchor, though, is Neeson. This is the actor fully involved, completely invested, not just picking up a paycheck and going through the motions. It is another reminder of just how spectacular he is when he wants to be, taking somewhat cliché and overly familiar dime store detective novel tropes and making something fresh and invigorating out of them. The actor soars, his pain and his euphoria mixing in equal measure throughout as he goes down a path he knows deep down inside can only lead to catastrophe.

Frank closes the movie on a haunting image that likely would have been unheard of just a handful of years ago. Triumph and tragedy collide head-on into one another, giving the film an unflinching ethereal elegance that makes up for many of the issues I had with the actual climax itself. Frank does Block's character right (this is a serious upgrade over 1986's 8 Million Ways to Die, let me tell you), and for my part, if he decided to follow up A Walk Among the Tombstones with another of Scudder's adventures, I'd be first in line to see how it would turn out.


2014 Fall Film Preview - Part I (September & October)
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

The calendar might tell you Summer doesn't officially end until September 23, but you can tell as far as Hollywood is concerned the warm-weather cinematic silly season ended a couple of weekends ago. Just look at the release schedule. Last week saw the debuts of two low budget enterprises, the Pierce Brosnan spy thriller The November Man and the found footage Parisian horror opus As Above So Below, while today brings forth no major wide releases save the independently produced faith-based drama The Identical.

For the major studios, school is back in session and the NFL has started its new season, thus making the turn towards more high-minded entertainments par for the course. They tend to look at the Fall movie season as the point audiences are inclined to see more intelligent fair and less big budget silliness. It's also the point where they unleash the majority of what they feel are their major Academy Award players for the year, chasing Oscar with a cavalcade of star-studded dramas and comedies typically directed by some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Not that what might be construed as summertime fair has been eschewed altogether. Just the opposite. High-profile sequels include the continuation of The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay - Part I, releasing November 21, A Dolphin Tale 2 (September 12), a The Conjuring spin-off entitled Annabelle (October 3) and the comedies Dumb and Dumber To (November 14), Horrible Bosses 2 (November 26) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (December 25). Rounding things out is the climactic installment in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, as well as more antics from Ben Stiller's bedraggled security guard Larry Daley in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which reunites the actor with Robin Williams sadly for the final time, both films releasing on December 19.

On the flip side, directors as varied as Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Scott Frank, David Fincher, Terry Gilliam, Jason Reitman, David Ayer, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tommy Lee Jones, Dan Gilroy, Alexandre Aja, Michael Mann, Jon Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Bennett Miller, Jean-Marc Vallee, Ridley Scott and Mike Leigh all have films scheduled to go into various stages of release, and while some of those films have been seen already, the majority are still waiting to be discovered by audiences eager to mull over the many nuances. Also finally seeing nationwide release are Sundance, Telluride and Cannes Film Festivals favorites like Whiplash (October 10) with Miles Teller, Lynn Shelton's Laggies (October 24), Camp X-Ray (tbd) with Kristen Stewart, the ingenious thriller The Guest (September 17) from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barret, the Australian Outback survival tale Tracks (September 26) and the star-studded ensemble comedy This Is Where I Leave You (September 19).



The following is just a small list of films and events scheduled for release in Seattle during September and October. As always, release dates are subject to change and not everything mentioned here will actually end up venturing into your local Cineplex. Make sure and check local listing to be sure.

September 5
Forrest Gump (IMAX Re-release), The Identical, Innocence, A Letter to Momo, Starred Up

September 12
A Dolphin Tale 2, The Drop, God Help the Girl, The Last of Robin Hood, Love is Strange, The Man on Her Mind, A Master Builder, No Good Deed, Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

September 17
The Guest

September 19
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Flamenco Flamenco, The Maze Runner, The Skeleton Twins, This Is Where I Leave You, Tusk, A Walk Amongst the Tombstones

September 26
The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector and the Search for Happiness, K2, Keep On Keepin' On, The Notebook, Take Me to the River, Tracks

October 3
Annabelle, Gone Girl, Kelley & Cal, Last Days in Vietnam, Men, Women & Children, Pride

October 3-5
SIFF Cinema Egyptian: Grand Opening Celebration - SIFF reopens the Capital Hill landmark with a series of free screenings including Seattle favorites like Amélie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kagemusha, My Neighbor Totoro, Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mama Tambien

October 9-19
The 19th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Three Dollar Bill Cinema unleashes their latest two-week orgy of LGBT films and filmmakers upon Seattle. Just-announced titles include Sundance Film Festival hit Appropriate Behaviour and Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird with a full lineup to be announced later this month.

October 10
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, The Interview, The Judge, Kill the Messenger, One Chance, The Two Faces of January

October 17
Best of Me, Birdman, The Book of Life, Fury, Kill the Messenger, Lilting

October 24
Dear White People, The Good Lie, Laggies, Ouija, St. Vincent, White Bird in a Blizzard

October 31
Art and Craft, Before I Go To Sleep, Horns, Nightcrawler, Saw (10th anniversary re-release), Whiplash, Why Don't You Play In Hell?






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