13 items from 2013
Actress-writer-director Guinevere Turner was at the forefront of the "new queer cinema" movement of the 90s with "Go Fish," the low-budget indie which she co-wrote with the film's director Rose Troche. Since then, she's had a recurring part on "The L Word" and in indies such as "Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?" and "Itty Bitty Titty Committee." Her list of writing credits includes "The Notorious Betty Page," "The L Word," and "American Psycho." Now Turner is turning to Indiegogo to raise funds for her latest project, "Creeps," which follows best friends Mona and Freddy as they muddle through their messy lives. The feature length comedy, which Turner will write and direct, "chronicles the highs and lows of Mona and Freddy, two best friends who decide to quit drinking and doing drugs for a week so they can have great skin for a party. By the end of this week-long struggle for sobriety, »
- Paula Bernstein
Cinema and Lgbt love: so often a mismatch. Two French films at this year's London film festival – Blue is the Warmest Colour and Stranger by the Lake – get me hot under the collar in different ways
Blue might be the warmest colour, but Abdellatif Kechiche's new film is more like the Black and White Minstrel Show of lesbian films. This is lesbian life painted so that straight people can understand it: the traumatic coming-out scenes at school, the nervous sortie into the provincial lesbian bar (I have travelled the dyke world, by the way, and this Sapphic Studio 54 only exists in a horny chick's dreams).
I was hoping things might improve when we got to the sex scenes, but although they are, as the press has excitedly reported, long and relentless, they are also muted and unsweaty. No deranged cries of "Bouffe ma chatte, putain!" No damp, desperate skin. »
- Stephanie Theobald
Outfest announced its 2013 competition winners on Sunday, wrapping up the Lgbt film festival's 31st year in Los Angeles. Two grand jury prizes deservedly went to Chris Mason Johnson's period film "Test," an HIV/AIDS-panic drama set in the modern dance world of 1980s San Francisco. The film received the award for Outstanding Screenwriting, sponsored by SXSW, and the grand jury's RADiUS-twc-sponsored award for Outstanding Us Dramatic Feature. Funded via Kickstarter, Johnson's superb film premiered earlier this year at Frameline. Smartly scripted and visually atmospheric, "Test" features a winsome performance by promising newcomer Scott Marlowe as an antisocial dancer who begins to feel pressure and paranoia within the company as HIV makes its way around the gay community. A dual best actor award went to both Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, the male leads in Yen Tan's gay drama "Pit Stop." A prominent actress in lesbian film, Guinevere Turner »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Story, set in San Francisco in the early days of the AIDS crisis, centers on a young dancer. It’s the second feature for Johnson, who directed and produced 2009′s “The New Twenty.”
The grand jury’s best actress award went to Guinevere Turner for “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” in which a filmmaker sacrifices her love life for her career.
- Dave McNary
Nanouk Leopold’s It’s All So Quiet won the Outfest 2013’s grand jury award for outstanding international dramatic feature on Sunday .
Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman’s Born This Way took the outstanding documentary feature prize while Guinevere Turner was named outstanding actress for Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf? [Turner pictured, right] and Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda took the actor award for Pit Stop.
Outfest ran from Jul 11-21 and closed on Sunday night with a screening of G.B.F. For full results visit the official website. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Yesterday we posted our red carpet chats from last night’s Outfest Lgbt Film Festival Opening Night event in Los Angeles with Jonathan Groff and Director Kimberly Peirce but we have more from the star-studded event.
Besides Groff and Peirce, we chatted with newly married/Prop 8 Plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo, Happy Endings star Casey Wilson (Ass Backwards), Groff’s co-star in C.O.G., Corey Stoll, as well as cast and crew from Outfest films Southern Baptist Sissies, Gbf and the documentary on the life of a film legend, I Am Divine.
Newlyweds Jeff Zarillo & Paul Katami
I Am Divine director Jeffrey Schwartz
Gbf’s stars Molly Tarlov & Michael J Willett with
writer George Northy & producer Steven Israel
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- Jim Halterman
Watch the trailer, see the second poster and check out photos from Breaking the Girls starring Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima, Shawn Ashmore, John Stockwell, Kate Levering and Shanna Collins. Mark Distefano, Guinevere Turner wrote the screenplay for the film which opens in theaters on July 26th, 2013 via IFC Films. In a thriller reminiscent of the best of Alfred Hitchcock, Madeline Zima and Agnes Bruckner star as best friends who share everything until one of them reveals a twisted sense of loyalty. Sara is an ambitious, beautiful twenty-something working her way through law school. Her hard work and stellar academic record has paid off with a coveted scholarship. »
What a Dump! – Albelo’s Feature Witty Debut Anything But a Flop
Already amassing an impressive reputation with her short films and a pair of documentaries about gay life in Havana, you can add the adjective ‘charming’ to a long list of descriptors for Cuban-American director Anna Margarita Albelo with her feature film debut, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? Basically, a film about filmmaking, Albelo deftly transcends the possibly pretentious trappings of that behemoth Edward Albee/Mike Nichols production it’s so seriously in conversation with and blossoms into a witty, if sometimes formulaic narrative all its own. Apparently utilizing some autobiographical elements for inspiration, Albelo is clearly an exciting, endearing, and comic talent, and her delightful homage would make Eve Ensler and Virginia Woolf proud.
Opening with a Woolf quote, “For beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself,” we meet Anna »
- Nicholas Bell
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Forbes has released its 2013 "World’s Most Powerful Women" list. Who ranked where? Spanx founder Sara Blakely came in at # 90 (she’s #1 on my list), Ellen DeGeneres placed at #51, Lady Gaga took #45, Angelina Jolie claimed the #37 spot and Hillary ‘My Dream Girl’ Clinton ranked at # 5.
Congratulations to DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi for making Forbes' 2013 "World’s Most Powerful Couples" list!
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Speaking of Forbes, J Crew’s Creative Director Jenna Lyons and out New York politician Christine Quinn were featured in the magazine’s "10 Power Women In-The-Making: Women To Watch."
- Bridget McManus
Everybody enjoys a slice of kinkiness now and then (apart from puritans and killjoys). It adds a slice of je ne sais quoi to a film and when tastefully handled, it can be quite erotic.
There are a lot of pretenders to the throne when it comes to tastefully, or at least interestingly kinky, films. Sure, you could just cut the crap and watch an all out porno movie if you want a masturbation fest, but if you want candy for the brain and to explore themes of sexuality, you are better off sticking to the high class kinky films that the cinematic mainstream has produced.
Lots of interesting themes are explored in this list such as the issue of power and control in relationships, the right of consenting adults to do whatever the heck they want in their private lives, the importance of the freedom of speech and endorsement of alternative lifestyles. »
- Clare Simpson
Tags: The Watermelon WomanCheryl DunyeGuinevere TurnerIMDb
When Cheryl Dunye made The Watermelon Woman in the mid-'90s, it was the only feature-length film about lesbian women of color — ever. Other films might have had Sapphic subtext or touch on lesbianish themes, but Dunye wrote, directed and starred in the mockumentary about a black lesbian (named Cheryl, played by Cheryl) who worked at a movie store by day and on her own films by night. Specifically she was working on a film about a black actress and singer named Fae Richards who she finds out had a sexual relationship with a white female director named Martha Page.
While delving into the secret life of Fae, Cheryl interviews a film expert, a lesbian archivist (played by Sarah Schulman, who would go on to write The Owls with Dunye) and her own mother, who was alive at the time that Fae was part »
IFC Films have unveiled a new sexy poster for the Jamie Babbit helmed horror thriller 'Breaking the Girls'. It features the bikini clad duo of Madeline Zima ('Heroes') and Agnes Bruckner ('Blood and Chocoloate') taking a dip and getting up close and personal together. The film revolves around the two main leads who become lesbian lovers with more morbid benefits. These benefits being a pact to kill each others enemies. This theme seems to be swarming the genre at the moment, is it feminism gone too far? Shawn Ashmore ('Mother's Day'), John Stockwell, Shanna Collins, Steve Crest, Tiya Sircar and Kate Levering all co-star in the feature co-penned by Guinevere Turner ('BloodRayne') and Mark Distefano. Check out the new image below. »
Directed by Mary Harron
Upon release in 1991 and in the intervening years, many words have been spoken of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestselling novel American Psycho; gruesome, disgusting, misogynistic, ultimately un-filmable. Mainly because of its stream of consciousness narrative, hideous sexual violence and highly sexist sinister underscore, Ellis’ offbeat psychological character study of a madman was material apparently inaccessible to the machinations of filmmaking. Much like, it should be noted, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. As was touched upon by Ellen Barkin in a retrospectively amusing twitter war regarding Ellis’s comments on Kathryn Bigelow, an argument could be made that Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation represented a suitable improvement on his best known work. What initially seemed impossible to bring to the screen, »
- Scott Patterson
13 items from 2013
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