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posted Friday, September 7, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 36
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Gala films announced for the 23rd annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival
Early-bird tickets and passes on sale now

Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the four gala screenings for the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival to be held October 11-21. Early-bird discounted tickets and passes are on sale now.

For the first time in more than 15 years, all four festival gala screenings will take place on Capitol Hill. Opening Night, Closing Night and both Centerpiece screenings will be held at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theatre (805 E Pine St). 'We are very excited to return to Capitol Hill for Opening Night and to experience these premier screenings and parties in Seattle's historically queer neighborhood,' said Ben McCarthy, Three Dollar Bill Cinema's new executive director. 'I have been a fan of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and avid TWIST attendee since I moved to Seattle, and I look forward to meeting the many supporters of this fabulous organization at this year's festival.'

This year's gala screenings are THE HAPPY PRINCE, written, directed and starring Rupert Everett; RAFIKI, a Kenyan film banned in its home country; TRANSMILITARY, the 2018 SXSW audience award winner for best documentary; and RIOT, an Australian film from multi award-winning director Jeffrey Walker.

'I am eager to share this lineup of diverse, powerful gala films with our audience,' said Kathleen Mullen, TWIST Festival Director. 'There is so much talent represented in these films both in front of and behind the camera.' Mullen was previously TWIST Festival Director in 2015 and 2016.

Early-bird discounted tickets and pass sales are on sale now. Full Festival Passes, Ultimate Party Passes and Opening Night and Closing Night tickets will all be discounted through September 19th. Early-bird pass prices range from $72.00 to $195.00, Gala ticket prices range from $15.00 to $28.00. Prices will increase on September 20. threedollarbillcinema.org/twist/

The full festival program launches online September 20 at threedollarbillcinema.org/twist/.

Opening Night: THE HAPPY PRINCE
Rupert Everett; UK/USA; 2018; 105 min.

'To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life,' wrote Oscar Wilde from his prison cell, after being convicted of sodomy and 'gross indecency' and falling from grace in London's haughty literary circles. THE HAPPY PRINCE focuses on the last years of the life of the infamous poet, author, and playwright (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest). Now suffering from the effects of two years of hard labor, poverty stricken, and alienated from his wife Constance (Emma Watson) and children, Wilde (Rupert Everett, who also directed) finds his way back to his playboy love Lord Alfred Douglas, better known as Bosie (Colin Morgan); his devoted former lover Robbie (Edwin Thomas); and loyal friend Reggie (Colin Firth). Traveling from Dieppe to Naples to Paris, Wilde survives thanks to his wit and a bohemian, streetwise underground he entertains with panache. Still getting into trouble in his final days, Wilde is depicted with the affection and dark tragedy fitting of the gay king of nineteenth-century English literature.

THE HAPPY PRINCE, a labor of love for openly gay actor and first-time director Rupert Everett (MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, AN IDEAL HUSBAND), took over ten years to come to fruition. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim, Everett's directorial debut is both a humorous and moving biopic of Wilde's genius and eccentric later life, during which he lived and loved unabashedly.

Closing Night: RAFIKI
Wanuri Kahui; Kenya; 2018; 82 min.

On a sunny afternoon in Nairobi, Kena is hanging out with her friends in a local café when she spots Ziki - and is instantly smitten with her vibrant, free-spirited energy. Turns out, though, that Ziki's father is running against her own father in a local political campaign. Despite their families' rivalry, the two young women start to meet up and get closer. Keeping their attraction secret, they spend time discussing their dreams and ambitions, soon finding intimacy in a little camper away from prying eyes in the gossipy neighborhood.

As their relationship develops, family pressure and danger lurk for the two lovers. In a place that does not want to admit that queerness exists and love is love, Kena and Ziki are destined to be wives and mothers. Both must choose how to survive in this coming-of-age story where the stakes are high.

This remarkable achievement by director Wanuri Kahiu - the first LGBTQ Kenyan film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section) - received a 10-minute standing ovation but has been banned in Kenya for its 'clear intent to promote lesbianism.'

Closing The Seattle Queer Film Festival with a moving, sexy, and unapologetically queer film about fighting for love is a reminder that our work continues. Through Kena and Ziki's strength, we find the hope we need so much today.

Centerpiece: TRANSMILITARY
Fiona Dawson & Gabriel Silverman; 2018; USA; 93 min.

'I served in the Middle East. I served in Korea. And yet, none of it was as harrowing, as perilous, as wearying, as the fight every day to push down and keep inside the person that I knew that I was. The person that I knew in my heart of hearts that I was and that I knew I needed to become.'

With these simple words, Allyson Robinson poignantly and eloquently puts a human face on the issue of transgender Americans serving in the armed forces. By coming out publicly as transgender, Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace, and First Lieutenant El Cook put their careers on the line to fight for their right to serve in the United States military, the nation's largest employer of transgender people. While the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military was lifted in 2016, given the current administration's stance, the futures of these warriors (as well as an estimated 15,500 others) remain uncertain. This timely, powerful documentary debut won the Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival and opened Frameline42: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Centerpiece: RIOT
Jeffrey Walker; 2018; Australia; 105 min.

The streetlights hum. Music wafts around those gathered like a gentle, rolling breeze. The sound of marching footsteps grows into a thunderous staccato. The faces of men, of women, of everyone in between and beyond, are expectant, poised for the important fight ahead. A bigoted police officer tells Lance Gowland (Damon Herriman), activist and lead organizer of the assembled group of protesters, that this night will end in suffering. Gowland snaps back: 'You'll get shamed out of beating us long before we stop being able to take it.' And so it begins.

Jeffrey Walker's RIOT shines a light on Australia's gay rights movement in the 1970s, chronicling the creation of Sydney's LGBT Mardi Gras - but more importantly, illustrating why it was needed and vividly bringing to life those passionate individuals who were unwavering in their fight for recognition and equality. The powerful camerawork and expert sound design puts you right there on Oxford Street, where, amidst the brutality of the police, brave people of all genders marched, people like Gowland, Marg McCann (Kate Box), Peter de Waal (Luke Mullins), and Robin Plaister (Jessica De Gouw). RIOT is the story of the birth of a revolution, and a celebration of a victory not yet won but - much like justice - inevitable.

About TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival
Beginning as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST 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, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the greater Seattle region's LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visitthreedollarbillcinema.org/twist.

About Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit threedollarbillcinema.org.

Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema


Tasveer reveals poster art and announces 13th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Sept. 28 - Oct. 7
Colorful kites fly up into a night sky sprinkled with diamonds, and delicate rolls of film buoy them to the ground. Every minute detail, every letter and every curved dome of the Lahore Fort that graces Tasveer's TSAFF 2018 poster has been meticulously hand cut by local South Asian artist Mita Mahato. Her work is a feat of patience, accuracy, and a keen eye that rethinks the use of handmade and recycled paper materials.

Mahato uses collage and multi layering techniques to create textured pieces where color and form interact in different ways. Instead of deciding on a specific image, she experiments, playing around with color, shape, and layering to see how the various elements interact. 'With cut paper, you don't have a concrete idea of what the final piece will look like; it's during the construction - when you're moving around elements and seeing how they relate to each other - that the image as a whole starts to come together,' she wrote in an e-mail.

This year's poster exudes warmth and color, with tones of saffron, pale rose and burnt orange that bring to mind the earth of Pakistan. Mahato spent almost six weeks crafting the piece, taking time to think through the specific connection each of the motifs featured on the poster have to Pakistan's art and culture. 'The kites (inspired by the Basant kite festival) became an obvious visual intersection in my mind - a canvas for typical truck art or mehndi design. And then making the kite strings resemble film strips that lead the eye down to the image of the Lahore Fort brought it all together,' wrote Mahato.

When she was approached to create the poster for Tasveer's 13h South Asian Film Festival, the first thing that captured Mahato's attention was the Tasveer logo, a girl holding a microphone. According to Mahato, 'I wanted to make [her] a central part of the action. I wanted to suggest that it's her vision that is bringing together and directing the kites, the architecture, and everything else (including the festival!).'

The final product is not only a poster that will be seen around the community, but also stands as its own frame-worthy masterpiece that showcases the spirit of Pakistani and the unique work of local South Asian artists who dare to experiment with form and method.

The 13th annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival will take place September 28th through October 7th, with a spotlight on Pakistan. This year's theme, #KnowMe, invites filmmakers and audiences to challenge stereotyped representations of Pakistan and the greater South Asian region.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Nineteen of the sixty-three films - about a third - are from this year's focus country Pakistan. The films were all thoughtfully chosen by Programming Director Laila Kazmi and Festival Director Rita Meher in collaboration with a selection committee.

'We are bringing you some of the best, most unique films to come out of South Asia in the last year, particularly from Pakistan,' said Kazmi. 'And you won't see them anywhere else in Seattle except at the Tasveer festival.'

This year's film list promises an exciting lineup, beginning with highly acclaimed Pakistani film Cake. Director Asim Abbasi along with many visiting filmmakers, including stars Sanam Saeed and Amina Sheikh, will walk the red carpet at the opening night gala, along with other filmmakers.

'I am extremely honored that Cake has been selected as the opening night film for Tasveer this year,' said Abbasi. 'During our general release in the US this year, we did not get a chance to open the film in the State of Washington, so I am really excited that people in Seattle will finally get a chance to see it now.'

The following days are filled with meaningful films and panel discussions. The films in this lineup are strong and bold, exploring important political and social issues in South Asia and the diaspora. Some highlights:



In A Better Man, director director Atiya Khan goes back to confront an abusive ex and reveals a surprising healing process.

Do We Belong? explores the contested question of who is American, and whether South Asians belong here through the experience of Sunayana Duamala, whose husband was killed in a hate crime in Kansas in 2017.

Drawn Together, a film and panel discussion questions what a superhero looks like in order to explore representation in the media.

Honeygiver Among the Dogs from Bhutan, a country with a small film industry and an even smaller pool of women directors.

My Pure Land, UK's entry for the Oscars in the foreign language category.

Pataakha, the Seattle premiere of critically acclaimed director Vishal Bhardhwaj's upcoming film.

In addition to shorts and feature films, the program also includes Virtual Reality films, shown on multiple days during the festival as free screenings. For complete information on the 13th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, visit tasveer.org.

ABOUT TASVEER
Co-founders Rita Meher and Farah Nousheen formed Tasveer after witnessing the prejudice and hate that targeted Muslims and South Asians following 9/11. Since their first film screening in 2002, Tasveer has become a beacon, illuminating South Asian voices from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the diaspora. With its year-round programming, Tasveer harnesses the power of art through film and storytelling to engage in dialogue, debunk stereotypes, and to celebrate culture.

Courtesy of Tasveer


Romantically infectious Juliet sings a charmingly familiar tune
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

JULIET, NAKED
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Brits Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) and Annie (Rose Byrne) have been together for 15 years. He has slowly become the world's foremost authority on American musician Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), obsessively maintaining a website dedicated to the reclusive rocker. She is the curator of a small seaside museum who puts up with her partner's fixation on the celebrity even though it's becoming increasingly difficult to do so. Nonetheless, they're comfortable with one another, and it's hard to imagine anything, or anyone, that might possibly come between them.

Granted, neither of them ever could have dreamt that the thing that might throw their lives into turmoil would turn out to be Tucker Crowe himself. But that's exactly what happens after Duncan unearths a long-lost demo of the musician's most beloved album, hailing it as a masterpiece and driving Annie batty as he does so. In a fit of anger, she pens a scathing review that just so happens to catch Tucker's eyes who even more surprisingly agrees with her assessment. One thing leads to another and their secretive online conversations end up leading to an impromptu visit from the American which throws a gigantic crimp into Annie and Duncan's relationship, the resultant triangle its own sort of love song that both embraces and defies sappy clichés with each and every note it plays.

Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a charming romantic melodrama that's incredibly difficult to resist. Hawke and O'Dowd turn in a pair of funny, emotionally vibrant performances that fit the material nicely. Each actor has an energetic ebullience I connected with, and even if neither is stretching themselves all that much that doesn't make their portrayals of childish masculinity run amok any less lovely.

But this is Byrne's show, and she is the reason I ended up enjoying director Jesse Peretz's (Our Idiot Brother) latest nearly as much as I did. The veteran actress is wonderful, and much like she's done in films as disparate as Spy, Peter Rabbit, Bridesmaids, Get Him to the Greek and Neighbors she steals scenes left and right from her co-stars with a comedic grace that's divine. Additionally, Byrne adds a layer of withered humanity that's initially heartbreaking, all of which makes watching Annie reclaim her life an absolute joy as this surreal situation grows more and more bizarre. She has a way of making this story feel naturalistically authentic in a manner that caught me by surprise, and I imagine there's no way I'd have enjoyed this movie at all had she not been its star.

As great as all of that may be, I still found Juliet, Naked to be oddly forgettable at times, and as the film came to an end I discovered large swaths of it had vanished from my memory long before the credits had completed their crawl. I'm not sure why it took three screenwriters, Evgenia Peretz (Our Idiot Brother), Jim Taylor (Election, Sideways) and Tamara Jenkins (The Savages), to craft the adaptation as this is one of Hornby's more straightforward narratives. More importantly, it's ruminations on maleness and male-female relationships are hardly revelatory, and unlike High Fidelity, About a Boy or Fever Pitch this tale doesn't dig nearly as deeply into the psyches of its two primary male characters in any way that could ever be construed as being profound.

Still, the movie is nicely shot by Remi Adefarasin (Me Before You), and Peretz does a fine job keeping things moving. Even as overly familiar as most of this turns out to be there was never an instant I felt like the pace was starting to drag. The last third is especially appealing, the final section bouncing along with a joyful yet empathetic knowingness that grew in depth and in resonance as Annie began to figure out what it was she wanted from the two men vying for her affections. While I can't say Juliet, Naked will be a motion picture I'll be talking about all that vociferously come December, I still enjoyed it a fair amount, and for Byrne's multifaceted effervescence alone I think this musically infectious romantic endeavor is worthy of the purchase of a matinee ticket.






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