Sunday, September 20, 2015
SUNDAY @Reel Pride
Here's what's happening on the final day of the Reel Pride Film Festival...
IN THE TURN
VOICE SHOP 1PM (FREE)
A documentary about a 10-year-old transgender girl who finds acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective. www.intheturn.com
VOICE SHOP 1PM
Director: Joey Kuhn; 2015; USA; 89 mins
On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie (Jonathan Gordon), finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe, Tim (Haaz Sleiman). If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian (Jason Ralph), who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.
THE GLAMOUR & THE SQUALOR
TOWER THEATER 3PM
Director: Marq Evans; 2015; USA; 80 mins
Marco Collins is one of the last great rock radio DJ's.
Not many outside of Seattle may know Marco’s story, but the role he played in the 1990’s is what made Seattle synonymous with grunge music. He championed little known bands, often being the one to break them into the mainstream. The bands that Marco broke went on to international stardom, which helped establish him as one of music's most influential tastemakers.
He was instrumental in bringing electronic music to the masses in the U.S. and is still plucking bands from obscurity and giving them a platform. So although Marco’s story is about MUSIC, it’s really about the passionate, relentless and uncompromised support of artists. Marco has never been content to let talent fly under the radar. Where would any artist be without those that championed them?
Marco’s story is complicated and interesting. He has endured a decade long battle of being handcuffed by addiction and he went from a closeted gay man to become one of the leaders of Music for Marriage Equality. When Washington State passed Referendum 74 legalizing same-sex marriage Marco was once again in the center of a cultural revolution.
Marco presented the music that shaped not only our childhoods, but that of an entire generation of people.
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL
VOICE SHOP 3PM
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz; 2015; USA; 90 mins
In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s boy next door. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. Nothing, it seems, can damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing, that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay.
Now, Tab Hunter’s secret is out. In "Tab Hunter Confidential" we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood’s roller coaster.
DO I SOUND GAY?
TOWER THEATER 5PM
Starring: Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, George Takei, & Dan Savage
After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay." Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people — both gay and straight — often wish for a different voice. In Thorpe's feature-length documentary debut DO I SOUND GAY?, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.
THAT'S NOT US
VOICE SHOP 5PM
Director: William Sullivan; 2015; USA; 98 mins
"That’s Not Us" is an intimate portrait of three twenty-something couples as they travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer. But what should be a fun and carefree weekend becomes an exploration of what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship and make love last in what is now being called the “gayest generation.”
Through each of the three couples - one gay, one lesbian, and one straight - That’s Not Us explores sex and relationships with a fresh perspective, finding that while sexuality and gender may vary, the struggles to keep love alive do not.
Filmed in just eight days with a skeleton cast and crew, "That’s Not Us" captures both the humor and drama in relationships. Despite having a story outline, the entire film was shot without a script, using dialogue improvised by a talented group of actors after months of rehearsals.
TOWER THEATER 7:30PM
Director: Sean Baker; 2015; USA; 87 mins.
It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, "Starlet", "Generation Kill") hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.
Director Sean Baker’s prior films ("Starlet", "Prince of Broadway") brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. "Tangerine" follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., "Tangerine" defies expectation at every turn.
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
@THE PAINTED TABLE