Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Reel Pride Film Festival THURSDAY Day 2

 










Reel Pride Film Festival 2016
Thursday, September 22nd


5:30 PM Two Hard Things, Two Soft Things Tower Theatre 

Director: Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa
2016 Canada 71 min. In English and Inukitut with English subtitles
 
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their post. Watch a preview HERE

5:45 PM Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride ViSTA Theater 


Director: Robyn Symon
2016 USA 76 min.

During a nasty divorce, Butch, the 67 year-old Jewish macho and homophobic owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company hides from the law, as a woman, setting off a twisting tale of discovery. Naming herself after her two idols - Gloria Estefan and Gloria Steinem - she decides to remodel herself in much the same way Butch once lovingly restored his old cars. As a senior citizen, she undergoes a risky sex change operation, becomes a dominatrix then a transgender activist, finds, love all while trying to reconcile with her dysfunctional family. While it has a twisting plot and lots of humor, Uncle Gloria is an important film about letting go of labels and accepting people for who they are regardless of their gender expression. With the cultural spotlight on gender rights and specifically transgendered people, this film couldn’t be timelier. Watch the trailer HERE

7:15 PM BearCity 3 Tower Theatre 

Writer & Director: Doug Langway
2016 USA 108 min.
 
It’s three years later. Brent and Fred have settled into married life. They’ve convinced Fred’s sister, Susan, to carry their baby. And while Brent is baby-proofing everything in the house, Fred is preoccupied with finishing his long-developed documentary, Beartopia. Brent and Fred engage in the classic avoidance of responsibilities vs. over-protective dance, one daddy distracted while the other is hyper-vigilant, delivering hilarious results! Big “Mama Bear” Michael lost his soulmate when Carlos was mugged for his cash-drop bag while leaving the bar he owned with Michael and Roger. Now in a relationship with Dalton, a handsome African-American business man, Michael struggles to let go of the past and engage with this new loving, adoring man. Hope seems lost for Michael, until Dalton’s 16-year old daughter is thrust into their lives, forcing Michael to choose between holding onto the past or embracing the future. BearCity 3 is the closing chapter to the BearCity triology and brings together a funny and lovable cast including Joe Conti (BearCity), Gerald McCullouch (CSI), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brian Keane (Gotham), and funny lady Kathy Najimy (Sister Act). Watch the trailer HERE


8:00 PM Girl Gets Girl ViSTA Theater 

Director: Sonia Sebastián
2016 Spain 98 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles
 
Inés, a lesbian lothario, has lived the American dream in Miami for nine years. When she’s caught cheating on her girlfriend, her world tumbles down. For the first time in years Inés asks herself what she wants in life, and she knows the answer. It’s time to get back to Madrid - even if it means she will have to face the huge mess she left behind. What Inés really wants is to finally succeed in seducing Lola, the hot straight best friend of Verónica Psyco, the woman Inés left nine years ago - pregnant and on their wedding day! And as usual, Inés has chosen the worst time ever arriving in the middle of a party at Lola and Verónica’s shared home. There she meets Candela, Verónica´s daughter (and almost hers) and all the women and friends she once left. Will she runaway again or is it finally time to settle down? Much hilarity and chaos ensues as Inés finds her way back to her heart..


10:00 PM Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo Tower Theatre 

Directors: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau
2016 France 97 min. In French with English subtitles.
Explicit sexual content. No one under 18 admitted.

Théo and Hugo encounter each other’s bodies in a sex club. They talk, things blur into the haziness of unbridled desire, then take shape for a moment as their gaze meets before they resume their exploration and lose themselves anew. A few moments later the two men feel the need to go outside. Together they drift down the deserted streets of nocturnal Paris. Suddenly they find themselves confronted by a sense of reality that wipes out their freedom and aimlessness and lends each step an existential helplessness. Do they want to know more about each other? Will their trust be rewarded? What are their expectations? Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau display consummate sensitivity in bringing us closer to two men as they strive for intimacy in spite of being stalled by their insecurity. Their two leading actors delight us with their remarkably intuitive performances and their incredible charm. (Description courtesy of the Berlin International Film Festival) Watch the trailer HERE


10:05 PM Kiss Me, Kill Me ViSTA Theater

Director: Casper Andreas
2016 USA 100 min.

After Dusty (Emmy nominee Van Hansis of As The World Turns) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend, Stephen (Gale Harold, Queer as Folk), he awakes only to find his boyfriend murdered and himself as the prime suspect. With plot twists and turns to keep you guessing, Kiss Me, Kill Me also stars a colorful collection of characters, many of whom might have their own reasons for wanting Stephen dead. Kiss Me, Kill Me is contemporary film noir and murder mystery in the great tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. The film also stars Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Matthew Ludwinski (Going Down in LA-LA Land), and D.J. “Shangela” Pierce (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Watch the trailer HERE




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