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posted Friday, May 29, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 22
Three Dollar Bill Cinema & Northwest Film Forum present Queer Vision 20/20
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Three Dollar Bill Cinema & Northwest Film Forum present Queer Vision 20/20

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate Queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversaries of Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema! Each film has been handpicked by a well-known local personality in the LGBTQ community. All shows will be held at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) with Happy Hours at 7 p.m., followed by screenings at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door: $11 general / $8 youth & senior / $6 members.

THE FILMS:

June 4
Different From the Others
Presented and scored by Jess Wamre
(Richard Oswald, 1919, Germany, 50 min)
Live accompaniment!


Touring cinemas through the 1920s, Different From the Others contained one of the earliest depictions of homosexuality on film, and the first to take a stand for Gay rights. Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) stars as a closeted violinist, living in a world where each potential lover is a potential blackmailer. His stirring performance provides a haunting portrait of the suffering inherent to a repressive society. In a time where openness means ruin, he is ostracized and condemned, even subjected to 'reorientation therapy.'

Though ultimately tragic, courageous voices in the film speak out against discrimination and promote acceptance in tones far ahead of their time. These voices were silenced when the film was destroyed by the Nazis during their rise to power, however a single copy survived, and the film endures as a testament to sufferings of the past.

'A distressing reminder that sometimes things change a lot, but they also often change only a little.' - Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You

'This film celebrates the brief opening of that door, before it slammed shut for another fifty years.' - Jan Christopher Horak, UCLA

June 11
Now, Voyager
Presented by Mark Mitchell
(Irving Rapper, 1942, United States, 35mm, 117 min)


'Queer icon Bette Davis sparkles in this Warner Brothers weeper about transformation and forbidden love. Davis' frumpy Aunt Charlotte has a wee nervous collapse (and a unibrow) due to her mother's constant nagging and belittling. Luckily, hearty psychologist Claude Rains is visiting their Boston Back Bay mansion. He fixes her up at his woodsy retreat (weaving as therapy!) for WASPS so she further avoids aforementioned mother hag by setting out on a South American cruise. Conveniently, Aunt Charlotte has lost a magical 20 pounds, plucked her brows and borrowed a friend's wicked elegant Orry Kelly wardrobe. Miss Davis gives it to us hard on the gangplank in one of golden age Hollywood's greatest reveals. Later, she gives it more gently, one assumes, to the new forbidden love of her life, the unhappily but permanently married Paul Henreid. He has a daughter with a unibrow. Things get complicated. A classic must see. I cry every time. 'Don't let's ask for the moon, Jerry. We have the stars.' -Mark Mitchell

June 18
Black Lizard
Presented by Ro Yoon
(Fukasaku Kinji, 1968, Japan, 86 min)


'How does one describe Fukasaku Kinji's rare 1968 film Black Lizard? What happens when Mishima Yukio, the Bisexual writer who was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and descendant of a shogun, adapts a play based on a 1934 novel by Edogawa Rampo (bilingual pun for Edgar Allan Poe) into a stylish detective film noir about Black Lizard, a criminal genius who handpicks the most beautiful boys and girls to be abducted, murdered and immortalized as statues? Did I mention that Black Lizard is portrayed by Mishima's lover, Maruyama Akihiro, Japan's celebrated female impersonator? You won't believe it until you see this truly bizarre film that belongs in the canon of Queer cinema.' -Ro Yoon

June 25
Born in Flames
Presented by C. Davida Ingram
(Lizzie Borden, 1983, United States, 80 min)


A shocking and powerful work of radical cinema, Lizzie Borden's feminist sci-fi treatise imagines a post-revolutionary world where women battle for their rights through the microphones of pirate radio. Produced in 1983 and set ten years in the future, the film mixes documentary footage with a sci-fi setting to tell the story of two feminist groups running separate radio shows, while a nefarious FBI agent chases down the Women's Army. When their underground stations are destroyed, the women band together on a mission to take over mainstream media. Prescient depictions of issues around race, police brutality, violence against women, and media saturation still resonate today. The cast is dotted with Civil Rights activists, a basketball player and bodybuilder, a singer, plus, Kathryn Bigelow takes her first and only acting turn, as an intern at a socialist newspaper. Born in Flames won a special jury prize when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema

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Three Dollar Bill Cinema & Northwest Film Forum present Queer Vision 20/20
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THE MUSIC LOUNGE: Rob Thomas interview happening in late June
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Aloha true to its characters, indifferent to its plot
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2015 Summer Preview - May & June
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