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posted Friday, October 2, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 40
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary October 8-18
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Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary October 8-18

by Jason Plourde
Executive Director
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Special to the SGN


It was October 1996. Movie audiences were enjoying Bette Midler in THE FIRST WIVES CLUB and Whoopi Goldberg in THE ASSOCIATE in theaters. DVD was fighting off VHS for home viewing superiority, where families were watching rentals of Tom Cruise's first MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE or possibly Wes Anderson's BOTTLE ROCKET.

And in Seattle, at the Harvard Exit, the very first Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival was held over five days, kicking off with BEAUTIFUL THING, Hettie Macdonald's story of young Gay love, and followed by EVERYTHING RELATIVE, described as 'the Lesbian BIG CHILL.'

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 Seattle's LGBT community and help the community see itself on screen. The city was immediately supportive: In his welcome letter, festival founder Skylar Fein thanked a long list of local people and companies who made it all possible, many of whom remain allies today.

Since 1996, the list of the incredible, groundbreaking, funny, heartbreaking, and crucial works of LGBT cinema that have been screened at the festival is just too long to name, but some highlights include the sold out premiere of the Northwest-set BIG EDEN in 2000; the archival screening of Dorothy Arzner's WORKING GIRLS in 2003; the 2002 U.S. Premiere of TIPPING THE VELVET, with Sarah Waters in attendance; and 2013's Opening Night Gala for I AM DIVINE.

And the purpose of the festival, now presented by the prolific year-round organization, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, remains 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.

The 20th anniversary of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will take place October 8-18, 2015 with a lineup as impressive as ever, including a glitzy opening night gala, star-studded centerpiece presentations, and a closing night party that's the must-attend event of the season.

The full program and ticketing options are available online at threedollarbillcinema.org. Get ready to #QueerItUp for this spectacular 20th birthday!

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SLGFF OPENING NIGHT FILM: An interview with Freeheld co-star Ellen Page
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Seattle Women's Chorus presents
'Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising'
with Guest Star Rebekah Del Rio (10/23 & 24 ONLY)

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Pacific Northwest Ballet: 'See the Music'
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Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary October 8-18
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An interview with Audra McDonald
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The Art of Bad Men an unusual story brought to life with verve
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Glyndebourne La Traviata with Michael Fabiano
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'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' recreates the Queen sensation
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October 2015 brings another month of exciting theater openings
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Philadelphia lives op to its name: City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love
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Horror Fest 2015 showcases radio thrillers
Puget Sound FM celebrates Halloween with a free collection and a month of programming specials.

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Reflections on the county clerk in Kentucky
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Visually thrilling Walk an emotional coup
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Roth's Inferno a horrific descent into inhuman madness
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Mercilessly tense Sicario a descent into drug-fueled darkness
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Emotion and nature walk hand-in-hand in Wildlike
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