Small independent movies have been getting a bit of attention lately thanks to the Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Two movies that won me over from GLBT film festivals this year were nominated and I couldn’t be more proud of “Appropriate Behavior” and “Test.”
Sometimes great, independent movies come and go and really don’t capture the audience they deserve. Pity as oftentimes some of the best movies reach thousands when they should reach millions.
Two exceptional movies that fared well at film festivals are making return engagements to the Bay Area, just after Thanksgiving.
“Out in the Night” is a powerful documentary that the timing of its release couldn’t be more relevant. While it was planned this way, but screening the film in the wake of the verdict from Ferguson, MO couldn’t be more timely. This is another example of how we are reminded of legal injustices.
Complete details of the movie are included in a link below, but in a nutshell, “Night” is the story of seven lesbians who were out for an evening of friendship but ended up getting into a tussle with a man who wouldn’t leave them alone as he offered to “f” them straight. Three of the women were intimated to plead out and the other four fought the law and didn’t win, all the while their case was played out in the media.
This movie pierces your heart as the information provided in the film paints quite a different picture than the “gang of lesbian killers” as described in the media. When I interviewed them, they showed to be kind, gentle young women with a whole life ahead of them. (Click on link below to see my interview.)
Catch the movie on on Monday, Dec. 1 in Oakland and Wednesday Dec. 3 in San Francisco.
Both screenings will have filmmaker Blair Doroshwalther and one of the subjects, Renata Hill, on hand.
Get tickets and more information at www.spectrumqueermedia.com.
On Thursday, Dec. 4, another Frameline gem is screening in San Francisco – “Eat With Me.” If you’re broke from holiday shopping, don’t worry as this 7pm screening at the Roxie Theater is free.
This wonderful, funny and touching film was well received at the Frameline Film Festival and the buzz has not stopped.
“Eat With Me” follows a trend of films in 2014 with food being one of the main focuses. Like “Chef” and “The Hundred Foot Journey,” this movie embraces food and should appeal to everyone who is a foodie.
It’s the story of a man whose Chinese restaurant isn’t doing very well and then his mother comes to stay with him and ignites a passion in him to make better food, which inspires him to think outside the box.
Oh, and he’s gay. Didn’t mention it earlier as it’s so refreshing that a “gay” movie doesn’t make the entire film about being gay. Being gay doesn’t completely define any of us – and it doesn’t define this movie either.
Even fans of quality films that perhaps aren’t keen on a gay subplot might make an exception with this well-told story.
Learn more about the movie at www.eatwithmemovie.com.
Likely to “sell out” not just because it’s free and good, but it’s getting a lot of press from Frameline and CAAM.
Additional theatre information is at www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/frameline-encore-eat/?instance_id=4583