Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 Q&A with Reel Pride - Kathleen Arambula-Reyna


Kathleen Arambula-Reyna - Reel Pride President & Festival Director
Check out the Reel Pride Website HERE

What’s your favorite film of 2016?

This year’s festival has some wonderful films that run the spectrum of entertainment to information. We have a horror shorts series that should be campy and fun, and some documentaries that will inspire. Personally, I have one that I have championed, “Political Animals”. I knew the moment I screened this film that I wanted to bring this message to Fresno. So much so, that we made it the President’s Spotlight Film. Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women - a group often left out of gay histories until now. The film follows four ground-breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government. They had the courage and foresight to start the work of legal rights of the LGBT community, ultimately paving the way for other states across the nation. Bills they authored included the first domestic partnership registry enacted by a legislature, the first anti-bullying bill protecting gay students and many more.

We are also pleased to say that former Assembly Member Christine Kehoe is planning on attending, as well as current Assembly Member from our district, Dr. Joaquin Arambula. 

What film would you like to see remade as an LGBT film?

I would say Hunger Games, but I think RuPaul’s Drag All Stars may be as close as I get. In all seriousness, I think if I could see an animated movies like Cinderella, Snow White or Aladdin be re-made to reflect a lgbtq+ inclusive theme for our youth, I would be very happy. 

What’s the last series you binge watched?

‘Stranger Things’ with Wynona Rider. So addictive and a great mix of sci fi meets the 80’s. 

Who is your dream celebrity date?

I used to think Jody Foster, I have sooo moved on. Sorry Jody. I would now love to sit and have a great conversation and drinks with the likes of Bette Midler or Cyndi Lauper and you can throw in Margaret Cho since I’m dreaming, I think that would be one hell of a dinner date conversation!

Who would play you in a movie?

I think Leslie Jones would be awesome, she wouldn’t be afraid to say the things that run through my mind, but she’s actually make them sound funny as all get out but then give that “I’m serious tho” look.

What film are you embarrassed to say you’ve never seen?

Insert name of almost evey iconic Lesbian film made. Yep, I should lose my card. In my defense, if I had seen them my memory is so bad I would have forgot them years ago. In fact, I just may have seen them all and forgotten.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Reel Pride Film Festival?

I’m looking forward to opening night. That’s when things are moving so fast that most of the time you just need to stand out of the way. The Films, the friendships that meet and mingle, the great food by the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Painted Table, the Comedy show on Saturday night in the Tower Theater and the After Hours Parties in the old Pinot Lounge. There is so much that will go into full gear come Wednesday, the 21st! for Opening Night! Hope to see everyone there!

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