26.10.11

Pittsburgh's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

For those of you who missed it but still want to watch them on DVD...this was the lineup.


PLGFS - FEATURED FILMS - 2011       
Tomboy (France; 2011; 84 Minutes)
Director: Celine Sciamma
Date: Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
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Description:
A shy little girl finds a new life --- as a boy --- in this award winning film.

Ten-year-old Laure (played magnificently by child actress Zoe Heran) has recently moved to a new neighborhood with her family but finds her summer a lonely time because she doesn't know any of the local kids. What is more, her short hair and manners have them mistaking her for a boy --- which she embraces, by taking the name Mikael. Soon Mikael is making friends, playing games and becoming popular. But at the same time "he" becomes increasingly close to a girl named Lisa, who develops a crush without knowing the truth.

The film was given the Teddy Award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, a juried award for films with LGBT themes.




eCupid (USA; 2011; 113 Minutes)
Director: JC Calciano
Date: Friday, October 21, 9:00 p.m.
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Description:
Online romance takes a whole new meaning in this bright, delightful comedy filled with fun characters and clever dialog.

Approaching his 30th birthday, Marshall (Mike C. Manning) finds his life in a rut: same boring job, same boring apartment and a boring boyfriend who has lost all interest in sex. While surfing the web, Marshall discovers a new app called eCupid that promises true love --- but soon takes over his life, turning him into a crazy party boy throwing himself at all the sexy guys that come his way.

The terrific cast includes TV icon Morgan Fairchild.




Wish Me Away (USA; 2011; 95 Minutes)
Directors: Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf
Date: Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
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Description:
This engaging documentary explores what happened after award winning country music star Chely Wright did the unthinkable: coming out as lesbian on NBC-TV's "Today Show".

Richelle "Chely" Wright was named the Top New Female Vocalist in 1995 by the Academy of Country Music. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Wright's first eight albums have sold over one million copies.

Through powerful and revealing interviews and conversations, video diary entries, music videos, and several of her songs, this touching portrait follows Wright from growing up in a Bible Belt town to making it big in Nashville's homophobic country music industry right up to her full-court media press, from TV's "Oprah" to People magazine, as she discovers the transformational power of living an authentic life.




Three (Germany; 2010; 119 Minutes)
Director: Tom Tykwer
Date: Saturday, October 22, 9:00 p.m.
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Description:
Three very modern people in cosmopolitan Berlin find falling in love is more complicated than anyone can imagine in this atmospheric film.

The appealingly disheveled Adam (Sebastian Schipper) and the slyly humorous Hanna (Sophie Rois) have been together for twenty years when they each meet the magnetic and impish Adam (Devid Striesow) and begin smoldering affairs with him --- without knowing about the other's infidelity leading into a sexy, chaotic mosaic.

In German with English subtitles. Director Tom Tykwer also helmed the 1998 film "Run Lola Run," which became an international hit.




Leave It On The Floor (USA; 2011; 109 Minutes)
Director: Sheldon Larry
Date: Sunday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
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Description:
A fierce cast and remarkable choreography dominate this supersized musical about the world of voguing, a highly stylized, modern house dance that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene in the 1960s with formal competitions held by collectives called "houses".

The story centers on a talented but directionless young man named Brad, who is kicked out by his homophobic mother. Looking for a place to stay, he stumbles across an improvised family calling themselves the House of Eminence and decides to join. But the "mother" in charge is suspicious and soon Brad finds himself in a complicated triangle involving two sexy house members.

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