Today is the second day of the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival...
Here's what's happening on Thursday September 17th...
A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS
VOICE SHOP 5:30PM
Director: Sophie Deraspe; 2014; Canada 84 minutes
In English, French, and Arabic with English subtitles.
When well-known Syrian blogger Amina Arraf – purportedly kidnapped by local authorities during the Arab Spring – was revealed to be an elaborate hoax persona, an entire international community realized it had been catfished. Told from the perspective of Sandra Bagaria, a Canadian activist who had been in an online relationship with Amina, "A Gay Girl In Damascus: The Amina Profile" is an astounding tale of global deceit and betrayal.
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
TOWER THEATER 5:30PM
Director: François Ozon; 2014; France; 107 mins
In French with English subtitles
After the death of her best friend, Claire falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend’s husband gives her a new taste for life.
ALL ABOUT E
VOICE SHOP 7:30PM
Director: Louise Wadley; 2014; Australia; 93 mins
Beautiful, sexy E seems to have it all. A popular DJ at the top Sydney gay nightclubs, E has her pick of the girls. Matt, her flamboyant manager and best friend, makes her stunning outfits and creates a stylish home for them both. Life is sweet.
But looks can be deceiving – E is living a double life. Too scared to come out to her traditional migrant parents, E married Matt, a gay Irish dress designer, to give him a visa and provide cover for her sexuality. It didn’t work. Her mother is heartbroken: E shamed the family by not inviting them to her wedding. Even worse, she dropped out of a prestigious music college for life in the clubs.
One day E and Matt stumble across a suitcase of cash and fantasize about opening their own club. Too late they realize the money belongs to dangerous sociopath Johnny Rock, a powerful underworld figure and owner of the club where e spins her grooves.
E and Matt go on the run pursued by Johnny and his thugs. To avoid certain death there is only one safe place to go: outback Australia and into the arms of e’s ex, Trish. But E is scared. Trish turned her back on E, the drugs, and the city life. Down to earth and straightforward, Trish left because of E’s inability to be to true to herself or tell her parents the truth about their relationship. Devastated, E vowed to never let another woman into her heart.
In order to stay alive, E has to learn to face up to her past. She has to give her family the chance to accept who she really is and find the courage to live her dreams.
IN THE GRAYSCALE
TOWER THEATER 7:30PM
Director: Claudio Marcone; 2015; Chile; 101 mins
In Spanish with English subtitles
Pain, changes and reconstruction of being during an overwhelming present.
Bruno is an architect who has the perfect life - he is married, he has a son, a nice house, a nice car, and an architectural firm, not famous for its best designs but it pays the bills. Bruno has a deep sense of unease. He decides to leave his wife to be alone and have time to find himself. A businessman offers him to build an iconic landmark in the city of Santiago. Motivated by this professional challenge, Bruno feels he can find a twist in his life by a vocational route. He starts working with a young history teacher named Fer who is agile, energetic, captivating and gay. It is the beginning of an unexpected, intense and passionate romance, leaving Bruno full of contradictions. At this point he must make decisions for his future. The biggest learning experience being that innocence and simplicity are perhaps the best way to get up again.
VOICE SHOP 9:30PM
Director: Sebastián Silva; 2015; USA; 100 mins
An award-winning festival favorite by Sebastian Silva ("The Maid"), "Nasty Baby" centers on Freddy (Silva), a Brooklyn-based artist who, with his boyfriend, Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), and their best friend, Polly (Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig), is trying to have a baby. As this trio deals with the complications of conception and creating the "new normal" family, their bliss is clouded by a series of confrontations with an annoying neighbor who just might be a madman.
OUT TO WIN
TOWER THEATER 9:30PM
Director: Malcolm Ingram; 2015; USA, Canada; 99 mins
OUT TO WIN is a documentary film from award-winning Sundance alumni Malcolm Ingram that serves as an overview and examination of lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within a historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. This film is told through the voices of pioneers, present day heroes, tomorrow's superstars and the people who've helped them get to where they are including agents, managers, fans, teammates, coaches, organizations and members of the media.