Sunday, September 22, 2013

SUNDAY at the Reel Pride Film Festival (Final Day)

Visit Reel Pride's Official Website for more festival information and to view trailers of these screenings…
 

VALENTINE ROAD

12:30pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Marta Cunningham
89 minutes; USA, 2013
At the height of the bullying scandal that rocked the U.S. in 2008, a 15-year-old boy named Larry King asked another boy to be his valentine in a suburban schoolyard in California. The next day Larry was dead, shot in cold blood by his 14-year-old crush Brandon McInerney. At turns shocking, devastating, and outrageous, VALENTINE ROAD bores deeply into the homophobia, sexism, racism, and class-struggle that inform everyday American life—and reveals an American justice system that is utterly unprepared to deal with the realities of teenage crime and punishment. World premiered at Sundance 2013, this film will both break your heart and fire you up into action.

COME NON DETTO (TELL NO ONE/NOT A WORD)

2:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Ivan Silvestrini
2012; Italy; 97 mins. in Italian with English subtitles
Mattia’s new life in Madrid revolves around a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend. But before he goes off to this new chapter of his life, he must wrap up the old: coming out to his family in Italy. Divorced, bickering parents and a feisty, fertile sister don’t afford much time or safe space, so Mattia puts it off until his going-away dinner. But a surprise visit from Mr. Perfect (oblivious to Mattia’s closeted status) may derail either the dinner or the trip. Maybe with the help of his doting best friends and a few happy accidents, all will go well? The backdrop of beautiful Italy accents this genuine and heartwarming rom-com with some pleasant surprises.



SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

2:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Del Shores
138 minutes; USA, 2013
Cast: Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker, Emerson Collins, Mathew Scott Montgomery, Luke Stratte-McClure, and Willam Belli
A live filming of the GLAAD Award-winning theatrical production by Del Shores (Sordid Lives), Southern Baptist Sissies is a emotive journey following four gay childhood friends as they come of age in a church that condemns their identity. Including performances from Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Dale Dickey (True Blood, Winter’s Bone), and Willam Belli (RuPaul’s Drag Race), the story explores complicated emotions from different perspectives: childhood confusion, the teenage struggle to accept or deny being gay, and the angry or damaged adult. Beautifully capturing the intimacy of a live performance, Southern Baptist Sissies confronts hypocrisy and exposes emotional damage while ultimately offering hope to those who’ve lived a similar story.

REACHING FOR THE MOON

3:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Bruno Barreto
2013; Brazil; 118 min.
Cast: Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Treat Williams
This sumptuous English-language ‘50s period piece recounts the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (played by MirandaOtto, Lord of the Rings) when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero — where she would also fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares (butched up to the hilt by beautifully handsome Brazilian TV star GlóriaPires). Initial hostilities between the pair make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. From renowned Brazilian director Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Audience Award for Best Feature: Frameline, Outfest

TRANSCENDENT: SHORTS PROGRAM

4:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 - 
Gay Central Valley is proud to sponsor this screening
Program Run Time: 82 min
From adventures in the Australian outback to local stories originating from right here at home, these revealing short films present a wide and wonderful world of trans and genderqueer people and experiences.

PIT STOP

5:30pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Yen Tan
80 minutes; USA, 2013; English & Spanish with English subtitles
Adult language and situations
Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus Deanda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan, Bailey Bass, Heather Kafka, Richard C. Jones, Jonny Mars, Yesenia Garcia
In a world outside the urban gay experience, director Yen Tan thoughtfully explores the complex and challenging lives of gay men living in the remote reaches of small-town America. Construction contractor Gabe is recuperating from an affair with a married man, while on the other side of town, Ernesto is dealing the departure of his younger lover by focusing on an ailing ex. Both men have nearly given up on looking for love, but with time and heartfelt nuance they make intriguing discoveries about themselves and each other, and begin to build something neither expected to find in their own backyard.

SUBMERGE

6:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Sophie O’Connor
90 minutes; Australia, 2013
Adult language and situations
Cast: Lily Hall, Christina Hallett, Kevin Dee
For athletic college student Jordan, life on campus brings the promise of new experiences and a chance to break away from the pressure to pursue a career as an elite swimmer. Through newly discovered passions, including her sexy academic tutor, Angie, Jordan opens her eyes to the possibility of a new path, one that she herself controls. And while her bi best friend Lucas accuses her of being an over-achiever, not even Jordan can control everything. A surprise rejection and chance encounter soon leads her into a spiral of dangerous behavior within a subculture of fetish and anonymous sex. To resurface and survive, she must reclaim control by freeing herself from fear of failure.
Winner – Best Performance By An Actress – L.A. Downtown Film Festival



BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS

6:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Simon Savory
94 minutes; USA, 2013
Cast: Miles Szanto, Ashleigh Sumner, Barrett Crake
Running away from her life, Earlene is swigging booze out of a paper bag on Venice Beach when she encounters Bruno, an androgynous street kid from Australia. They instantly feel like lifelong buddies. Earlene quickly stumbles onto a couple of Bruno’s secrets and forcibly rescues him from making a bad youthful decision via a zany road trip. This modern Western makes an intentional and loving tribute to Thelma & Louise with an entertaining stopover at Bagdad Cafe. Gingerly peppered with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert campiness, it all makes for an irresistibly fun and ultimately meaningful journey.

THE HAPPY SAD

8:00pm :: Sunday, September 22
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$10.00 -
Director: 
Rodney Evans
87 minutes; USA, 2013
Adult language and situations
Cast: Leroy McClain, Sorel Carradine, Charlie Barnett, Cameron Scoggins, Maria Dizzia, Sue Jean Kim, Jamie Harrold, Michael Nathanson
Two parallel New York City hipster couples experiment with seeing other people. Marcus and Aaron decide to have an open relationship in an effort to make their six-year long commitment stronger. Meanwhile, flighty Annie experiences her routine six-month itch and drives away young, sensitive musician Stan. To alienate him, she claims to be having a lesbian affair with her friend and fellow elementary school teacher, Mandy (bravely bared into exquisite vulnerability by Tony-nominated Maria Dizzia of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and HBO’s The Newsroom). While both couples fumble and eventually stumble into each other, rules are decreed, reevaluated, and broken. Twenty years later, Kurt Cobain’s observation still rings true: “Everyone is gay,” and ultimately self-centered. As polyamory in the new millennium explores its rhythms, these characters can only love to the beat of their own hearts, creating a genre in progress.  

The CLOSING NIGHT GALA takes place after the final film, at THE PAINTED TABLE.



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