Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Movies of the Reel Pride Board Members

In this series of interviews, Gay Central Valley highlights the Board of Directors of the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival and the movies that move them...

The 26th Reel Pride Film Festival starts on Wednesday, September 16th and runs through Sunday, September 20th. 

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Board Member - Tiana Perez



This is Tiana's second year on the board of directors but she has been organizing a large amount of volunteers for Reel Pride since 2010.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FILM GENRE?

I’m a hopeless romantic with a goofy side, so I tend to gravitate to Romantic Comedies. Some of my all-time favorite movies include “Elena Undone” and “Imagine You and Me.”

WHAT IS THE FIRST FILM YOU REMEMBER SEEING AS A CHILD?

The first film I remember being obsessed with as a child was “The Little Mermaid.” Somewhere out there (thank goodness it was before social media) is a VHS of me singing along to the entire soundtrack. I was convinced I was not only a superstar singer, but I was also a red-headed mermaid. Turns out I’m neither one of those. I think I’m actually more like Skuttle, the tone deaf comic relief.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST FILM YOU SAW MORE THAN ONCE?

Besides my childhood obsession with “The Little Mermaid,” my other movie on constant repeat was “Now and Then.” I think this was one of the first empowered female films I ever saw. It’s about a group of 4 girls who make a promise to always be friends and it’s the story of their childhood friendship and all the shenanigans they have together. That was the theme movie to my childhood friendships. We all had a character we related to and we’d play it at every slumber party while reciting every line to the film. I used to claim the part of Roberta (played by Christina Ricci) who grows up to be Rosie O’Donnell. Kind of creepy how fitting that turned out to be.

WHAT MOVIES DO YOU WATCH WHEN YOU’RE NESTING AT HOME?

My guilty pleasures that I will watch whenever they play on tv (which always surprises me how frequently they are aired) are “House Bunny” and “Sharknado”. House Bunny is really a horrible movie but I’m a sucker for all those clever one-liners. Also, I’m pretty sure that movie is the reason why I have a celebrity crush on Emma Stone and Anna Farris. Those women are HILARIOUS! Sharknado, again, is another horrible movie, but it’s one of those movies that you can’t help but watch to see just how cheesy and horrible it can possibly get. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any cheesier, it does. Just thinking of that epic ending scene makes me giggle.

WHAT FILM DO YOU MOST OFTEN RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS?

“Imagine You and Me.” I have a soft spot for that film. Thinking back, I think that was the very first lesbian film I ever saw. One of my friends in college had rented it for me after I came out and was going through a heart break. I think it’s one of those encouraging hopeful movies that you watch and think, “I hope I find that someday.” After seeing it so many times, it makes it really hard for me NOT to want to yell, “YOU’RE A WANKER NUMBER NINE!!!” at any large public gathering. I apologize in advance if you are ever there to witness me inappropriately yelling, but if you are part of the crowd that turns around gives me a thumbs up and smiles because you know exactly what I’m talking about, you are the kind of person I want as my new best friend.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THIS YEAR’S REEL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL?

I’m definitely looking forward to “S&M Sally” because you really can’t go wrong with Michelle Ehlen and her wonderful cast. Plus, she will be joining us for the festival and she’s just as awesome in real life as she is on screen. I think the best way to have a good day is to spend at least part of it laughing, and when you have films like S&M Sally, you know it’s going to be a good day. I guarantee you will laugh just watching the trailer.

I’m also super excited about “Raven’s Touch” because I’m a big Traci Dinwiddie Fan ever since “Elena Undone” and when you partner her up with Dreya Weber (“The Gymnast”) in a film by Marina Rice Bader, how can you not create something amazing?

I’m also very excited for “In the Turn,” a documentary about a trans girl who finds acceptance and empowerment from a queer roller derby team. I think it will be an amazing documentary showing the power of love, acceptance, and friendship. I also think it’s wonderful that Reel Pride will be offering this screening FREE to anyone who wants to attend because I think the message is very powerful.

Honestly, the entire line up of films we have this year is amazing and it’s really hard to only pick a few to be excited about. I’m excited for all the films, the atmosphere, being surrounded by the wonderful people who attend, and working side by side with all those amazing people who give up their time to volunteer. The part I’m dreading the most is trying to decide between a film playing at The Voice Shop and a film playing at Tower Theater because either choice I make, there will still be one amazing film I’ll have to miss.

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