Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday at the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

Friday, September 19th at the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
Visit the Concessions Stand, operated by Gay Central Valley

5:30pm :: Friday, September 19
Tower Theatre $10.00 -
Director: David Au  95 minutes

Tired of being invisible in a bland marriage, Emma impulsively decides to move in with her son Elliot in his downtown Los Angles loft. Elliot is a chef at a lackluster Chinese restaurant facing foreclosure. Also, he happens to be gay – and Emma’s distaste and denial over her son's homosexuality has made strangers of both mother and son. But the two need each other now more than ever. As Emma indulges herself with the encouragement of a saucy new friend, and Elliot confronts his fears of intimacy, the pair find different ways to communicate -- with  food where words fail.
This auspicious directorial debut from David Au offers a fresh take on life, love, and food in the heart of Los Angeles through a deliciously emotional and redemptive story.  EAT WITH ME  features an earnest cast led by Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver, Nicole Sullivan (MADtv), and offers a surprise cameo by George Takei.

5:30pm :: Friday, September 19

$10.00  Director: Kai Devani 2013; US; 89 min.

Jenni, orphaned since age six, struggles to be the guide to her own life. She’s having a hard time fitting in with her coworkers at the local garden center, and isolation from her roommates sends her into a deep depression. Just as the world couldn’t seem any bleaker, a cute young street hustler named Sam takes her hand, and they embark on a road trip to LA to find out what’s happened to Jenni’s father. Written by Alma S. Grey, who plays Jenni, BROKEN GARDENIAS uses playful dark humor to explore family, sexuality, and finding love in the most unexpected places.

7:30pm :: Friday, September 19

$10.00 -
Director: Kate Johnston & Shauna MacDonald  2013; Canada; 88 min.

Charismatic thirty-something Tru has serious relationship issues: love ’em, neglect ’em, and wait for ’em to leave. Asked to “babysit” Alice, her friend Suzanne’s recently widowed mother, Tru is drawn to her lively spirit, and an unexpected affection emerges. As Suzanne discovers their developing romance, she responds with jealousy and suspicion, causing Tru to retreat. Alice soon finds her at an island oasis, sparking a series of events that the three will have to come to terms with. 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.





7:30pm :: Friday, September 19

$10.00 -

Director: Wade Gasque

2014; US; 76 min.

Contains strong language, sexual situations, and nudity.
In this drama about the ties that bind, two distant brothers part ways after their father’s death. Chet (Mark Strano, Outfest’s 2014 Grand Jury award winner for Best Actor), the dutiful semi-closeted son stays home and carries on the family hardware business while his wild brother, Todd, runs off to become an actor in LA. But when Todd gets kicked out of his “throuple,” he has nowhere left to go. Todd’s return disrupts Chet’s tranquil life, not to mention his romantic chances with Brandon. Frankie Valenti is mesmerizing as Todd, “the loudest thing on the block,” just like his wildly popular porn star persona, “Johnny Hazzard.”

9:30pm :: Friday, September 19

$10.00 -

Director: JC Calciano

2014; US; 92 min


JC Calciano (writer-director of eCUPID and IS IT JUST ME?) delivers another fun-filled romantic comedy about two twenty-something best friends who are unhappy with their current love lives. Myles, a successful lawyer and hopeless romantic, can’t seem to land the man of his dreams. Brody is an attractive policeman who sleeps his way through all the men on Grindr to avoid feeling unloved. Even though they have entirely opposite tastes in men, they make a pact: if they haven’t found love after 10 years, they’ll settle for each other. Fast forward: with that deadline just a month away, they will do anything—or anyone—to keep from being each other’s last resort.

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