Saturday, September 19, 2015

SATURDAY @Reel Pride


What's happening on Saturday at the Reel Pride Film Festival...
TRANSCENDENT - TRANS SHORTS
TOWER THEATER 11:30AM

MINDTEASE
Director: Iris Moore; 2013; Canada; 4 mins.
[Contains animated nudity.]
The accidental reveal of a burlesque dancer’s “true” identity leads to a moment of self-questioning for the audience, and for one voyeur in particular, some deeper self-exploration.

MINI SUPREME
Director: Michael Phillis; 2015; USA; 10 mins.
When Jeremie’s childish behavior gets him fired from his stuffy corporate job, he hatches a plan to enter a children’s beauty pageant by transforming himself into “Jennie Jo,” a seven-year-old pageant princess with a (fictional) growth disorder.

I BELIEVE IN ME
Director: Leslie Von Pless; 2015; USA; 7 mins.
On the day of her release from state custody, Donisha McShan tells her story of finding her voice and standing up for her right to be treated as a woman.

BOY
Director: Lucas Helgh Postma; 2014; Denmark; 16 mins.
In Dutch with English subtitles
16-year-old Emilie has never felt like a real girl. Emilie just wants to be a boy, but it’s difficult for Emilie to be accepted. The film is a social realistic teen drama about a transsexual girl/boy, and the problems she is facing.

DRAG MAMA
Director: Benjamin Strum; 2015; USA; 7 mins.
Drag Mama is a fantasy film about a young boy who wants to wear a dress to school but isn't allowed, so his Very Drag Mother turns him into a queen until midnight.

UNDER THE LAST ROOF (Bajo El Último Techo)
Director: Edgar A. Romero; 2013; Mexico; 12 mins.
A lonely young boy, living in a cramped apartment with his grandparents, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a neighbor who inspires him to see a bigger world.

THE PEARL OF AFRICA (Pictured)
Director: Jonny von Wallström; 2015; Africa; 30 mins.
THE PEARL OF AFRICA captures an intimate struggle for the right to love. Following a Ugandan transgender girl, forced to leave her country, it’s an emotional journey of love, hate and being transgender, in one of the world's most transphobic places.

YOUTH & STUDENT PIZZA & FRO YO PARTY
CINDY'S FROZEN YOGURT AND DESSERTS

#REELPRIDE26: Youth/Student Pizza and Fro-Yo Party
Sponsored by Richie’s Pizza & Dogs + Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt & Desserts

Sat. Sept. 19th
12:00 PM
Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt & Desserts

• FREE ADMISSION to all Fresno State, Fresno City, Willow International and high school students with valid student ID card.
• ATTEND #REELPRIDE26: Discoveries – Youth/Student Shorts” at The Voice Shop immediately following this event.
• ONLINE: www.reelpride.com

Please note: This is a FRESNO REEL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT; not a USP event. Details are provided here for informational purposes only.

DISCOVERIES - YOUTH SHORTS
VOICE SHOP 1PM

#REELPRIDE26: Discoveries – Youth/Student Shorts – “Charlotte,” “Out Again,” “Stealth” and “The Year We Thought About Love.”

Sponsored by the Bulldog Pride Fund • www.bulldogpride.org
Sat. Sept. 19th
1:00 PM
The Voice Shop

• FREE ADMISSION to all Fresno State, Fresno City, Willow International and high school students with valid student ID card.
• ATTEND #REELPRIDE26: Youth/Student Pizza and Fro-Yo Party at Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt & Desserts one-hour before this screening. Again, FREE ADMISSION.
• ONLINE: www.reelpride.com

Please note: This is a FRESNO REEL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT; not a USP event. Details are provided here for informational purposes only.

FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS
TOWER THEATER 1:30PM

"Fun in Girls Shorts" Shorts Program showcases an assortment of short films from around the world.

"11 Life Lessons from an Old Dyke" - Through the lens of 11 life lessons, tough-as-nails Dorothy gives an abridged account of LGBT history, teaches the importance of standing your ground, and offers up a perspective only possible with a PH.D from the “School of LIfe”.

"The First Session" - Two women attempt to repair their relationship with the help of an unconventional therapist and the healing power of the mango.

"First Crush" - Directed by #ReelPride26's own Haley White, "First Crush" highlights a group of friends discussing their crushes at a 1989 slumber party.

"Maddy" - A year after her wife’s death, Skylar decides to carry their child using one of her wife’s fertilized embryos and begin the family they've always dreamed of.

"Clown Service" - Tig is heartbroken and desperate for a brighter mood. In bursts Giggles the Clown through the front door and the two find they have more in common than they imagined.

"Sugarhiccup" - A neurotic journalist searches through digital clues trying to decipher a mysterious message left by her fiancé right before she disappears for the next 48 sleepless hours.

"The Letter (La Carta)" - Lupe and Rosalía, two indigenous Mexican women fall in love during their childhood. Now, as adults, they will have to face their own feelings.

"Code Academy" - In the future, the gender disparity gap was addressed with a radical idea: to keep boys and girls separate until the age of eighteen.

FUN IN BOYS SHORTS
TOWER THEATER 3:30PM

"Fun in Boys Shorts" Shorts Program showcases an assortment of short films from around the world.

"One Year Lease" - Told almost entirely through voice mail messages, "One Year Lease" documents the travails of Brian, Thomas and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita the cat-loving landlady.

"Carpe Jugular" - The dance floor is a battlefield.

"Bedding Andrew" - On the eve of his 30th birthday, Andrew Morrison-Gurza reflected on his life as an LGBTQ man with Cerebral Palsy, and the event that helped shape his identity as a gay man.

"Gold Star" - Two basketball players confront their strained relationship in a game of one-on-one.

"Relación Abierta (Open Relationship)" -Oscar and Sergio have been in a relationship for five years. A random afternoon of a random day, one decides to ask the other if he would be interested in starting an open relationship.

"El Canto del Colibri" - Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard in addressing LGBTQ issues

THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE
VOICE SHOP 3:30PM
Director: Alanté Kavaïté; 2015; Lithuania, France, Netherlands; 84 mins
In Lithuanian with English subtitles

17 year-old Sangaïlé, is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parent's lakeside villa, she meets Austé, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaïlé, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaïlé allows Austé to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.

DEEP RUN
VOICE SHOP 5:30PM

RAVENS TOUCH
TOWER THEATER 5:30PM

DROWN
VOICE SHOP 7:30PM
Director: Dean Francis; 2014; Australia; 93 mins

Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion, a legend in the cloistered surf club just like his father. But when the younger, faster, fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil arriving in the company of another man; a man Phil gives a farewell kiss too. Phil is gay.

Over the summer season, Len starts to form unexpected, confusing feelings for Phil. It’s something Len cannot accept and after the annual awards dinner, Len explodes. He finds Phil in the Club House locker room and violently attacks him.

But to Len’s surprise, Phil remains loyal to the mateship pack and refuses to rat on Len about the beating in the Club House locker Room. Len stays in the Club and is free to compete in the annual Surf Lifesaving completion; a competition Len has won five times but Phil wins and Len’s defeat is final.

Broken, Len refuses to die and with his best mate Meat he takes Phil on a victory bender through the seedy city in an attempt to secure an intoxicated oblivion.

Arriving back at the beach where Phil won his victory the day before, Len sets upon Phil. And in a series of humiliating acts, Len finally comes face to face with a fundamental question, can he accept the truth about his sexuality and identity or will he succumb to complete oblivion.

S&M SALLY
TOWER THEATER 7:30PM
Director: Michelle Ehlen; 2015; USA; 80 mins

When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym Sally so she can stay anonymous but still look like she's using her real name, which apparently she thinks makes her look cool. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, "Sally" assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own.

Meanwhile, their friends Lola and David start dating the polyamorous bisexual Sebastian, who proposes to have a threesome. They quickly agree without planning to follow through, expecting the other one to back out first so they can save face with their new boyfriend. A provocative and hilarious ride, S&M Sally details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone, leading you down a path for which there is no going back.

GUIDANCE
VOICE SHOP 9:30PM
Director: Pat Mills; 2015; Canada 80 mins

David Gold, 36, a pathologically immature former child actor, has never been able to get over high school. Recently diagnosed with skin cancer, unemployed and with nothing left to lose, he fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. Quickly winning over the students at Grusin High with his laidback attitude and similar interests, he befriends Jabrielle, a teenaged outcast and soon learns that sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.

SEED MONEY
TOWER THEATER 9:30PM
Director: Michael Stabile; 2015; USA; 72 mins

With Falcon Studios, gay porn mogul Chuck Holmes built an empire on flesh and fantasy — the gay Hugh Hefner. From 1972 to 2000, Chuck fought the FBI, vice squads and an epidemic to document the emerging gay culture, and provide gay men across the country with a vision of life that was unashamed and celebratory.

Chuck’s business brings him fortune beyond imagining, and powerful friends, but when he attempts to channel his millions into a gay rights movement of the 90s, he finds that his money is sometimes more welcome than he is. "Seed Money" is the story of Chuck Holmes, one of the gay rights movement’s most unlikely pioneers.

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