Sunday, September 21, 2014

SUNDAY At The Reel Pride Film Festival

Director's Club Brunch


Fresno Reel Pride's 25th Annual Film Festival 
DIRECTORS' CLUB BRUNCH  Must be a 2014 Festival Pass Holder at DIRECTORS' CLUB LEVEL + ABOVE or a 2014 SPONSOR to attend.


20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG

1:00pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Hanro Smitsman
2013; The Netherlands; 81 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles
At their wits’ end, Emma and Ilse don’t know what to do with their rebellious teenage son Dylan. Through a series of circumstances, Emma decides to contact Dylan’s biological father Sjors, who hasn’t seen him in 12 years. Soon Dylan is living with Sjors and his partner Bert (who Sjors hadn’t told he had a son) in their very gay art-filled apartment. Dylan is rocking out, smoking pot in the house, and the two men have no idea how to parent. Some very interesting secrets are revealed in this humorous, engaging film that looks at queer parenting today and the travails of raising a teenager.20

TED PARTNERSHIP


1:00pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Thomas G. Miller
2014; US; 77 min.
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP is a 40-year love story of one of the first same-sex marriages in the world, still trying to find its “happy ending.” In 1975, Filipino-American Richard Adams married his partner, Australian-born Tony Sullivan, in Boulder, CO. Even their lawsuit, the first ever to seek equal treatment for a same-sex marriage, couldn’t secure a green card for Tony, who has lived his life as an undocumented immigrant for four decades. Their heartbreaking tale has been documented publicly for years in newspaper articles and talk shows, and these pioneers for marriage equality fight to this day to gain Tony his citizenship in light of last year’s historic Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage.

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG



2:30pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Nancy Kates
2014 | USA | 100 min.
REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson.
From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world.
REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG has been made in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast Fall 2014.
FESTIVAL AWARDS:
2014: TRIBECA (WINNER SPECIAL JURY PRIZE), SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL, SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST, FRAMELINE (HONORABLE MENTION FOR JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY)

52 TUESDAYS



3:00pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Sophie Hyde
2014; Australia; 109 min.
Every Tuesday afternoon, 16-year-old Billie gets to see her mother, who is transitioning from female to a male named James. Needing space to become himself, James has sent Billie to live with her father. Feeling adrift, Billie begins to keep a video diary with new friends Josh and Jasmine, exploring her own bisexual identity as they play, film, and play some more. Shot over a year, every Tuesday, this beautifully made, nuanced drama won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. 

BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY



4:30pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Catherine Gund
2014; US; 82 min.
Driven, passionate, and fully engaged, STREB Extreme Action Company founder Elizabeth Streb takes us on a wild ride from her home base in Brooklyn, where she lives with her partner Laura, to her daily work making her dancers “fly.” As one of her devoted company members explains, their performances have “more force, more velocity, more risk.” With strong bodies and a fierce determination to defy age and gender expectations, STREB members, trained in ballet, modern dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and circus skills, perform their art, including “One Extraordinary Day” at the Millennium Bridge, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, and other landmarks during the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Centerpiece Screening: BLACKBIRD



5:00pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Director: 
Patrik-Ian Polk
2014; US; 99 min.
Director Patrik-Ian Polk, who has thrilled packed houses at festivals with premieres of NOAH’S ARC and NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM, returns with a heartfelt and hopeful drama that boasts a vibrant soundtrack and a gifted cast, including newcomer Julian Walker and Academy Award–winner Mo’nique. 
Randy (Walker) is a model high school student and a dutiful son who prays, behaves, and sings in the choir. But he’s unable to abate his frequent and increasingly sexy fantasies about other boys. However, he soon realizes he isn’t the only one of his friends struggling against the restrictive norms of their Southern Baptist community. Through various means, he becomes intimately aware of the pressures and challenges they each face around love, sex, and coming of age.
On top of his personal crisis, Randy also deals with a trying family situation that obliges him to take care of his distressed and devout mother (the incomparable Mo’nique) and reconnect with his estranged father (Isaiah Washington). Sparks fly when he meets hunky Marshall, but will this new relationship provide a welcome escape…or make matters worse?
Based on the book by Larry Duplechan and adapted by Polk and Rikki Beadle-Blair (FIT, Reel Pride 2011), BLACKBIRD sings with emotional lows and infectiously joyful highs, creating an exquisite and beautiful cinematic experience.

TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS


6:00pm :: Sunday, September 21
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$10.00 - 
Living stealth as a person of color, parenting, taking on the legal system, and dealing with Asperger’s syndrome are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the diverse experiences of those in the transgender community.
Curated by Sam Berliner of Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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