9 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
There’s something almost reassuring about the fact that in 2013, a movie sex scene could still be controversial. This time, however, the controversy isn’t coming from the forces of conservatism — from a clampdown by the ratings board or from family newspapers that don’t want to advertise a film they deem indecent. This time, the clampdown comes from the forces of the liberal-left. (That’s very 2013.) When Blue Is the Warmest Color played last month at the Cannes Film Festival, the three-hour French lesbian drama, with its lengthy and explicit scenes of bedroom intimacy, received a mostly rapturous response. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Feature Juliette Harrisson 16 Apr 2013 - 07:00
In the first of a new series, Juliette makes the case for Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season being the best of a good bunch...
This feature contains Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoilers.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven wonderful years and many viewers thoroughly enjoyed them all. But no show, no matter how great, can keep hitting the same heights over and over again – every show has its highest points, and its lowest.
In Buffy’s case, although seasons one, four, five, and even six and seven have their fans, the competition for which season was the high point of the show is pretty much a straight fight between season two and season three.
The arguments in favour ofseason three are not to be dismissed lightly. Fighting in season three’s corner are two of Buffy’s best antagonists; Faith and the Mayor. »
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 »
L’enfant terrible Jennifer Lynch, whose previous flick Hissss is yet to see the light of day in many territories (at least legally), is back with Chained, a serial-killer flick that looks like something that has stepped off 70s Us television, yet plays like the the more sleazier side of the decade as seen in the grindhouse cinema of 42nd Street and movies such as Taxi Driver – with shades of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer thrown in for good measure!
Chained tells the story of Tim, a young boy who following an outing to the cinema with his mother, is abducted by Bob, an unlicensed taxi driver whose cab they hail. Driven out to the wilds of Saskatchewan and to the isolated home in which Bob lives, »
RADiUS-twc has picked up its second film of the Sundance Film Festival, grabbing North American rights to Stacie Passon’s dramatic competition film “Concussion” in a seven-figure deal. The company plans an early fall release. RADiUS picked up the opening-night documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Friday. “Concussion” stars Robin Weigert as a married lesbian housewife who after a blow to the head begins a second life as an escort in Manhattan. Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney and Laila Robins co-star. “Go Fish” writer-director Rose Troche produced. Anthony Cupo and Cliff Chenfeld are executive producers. "We were mesmerized by ‘Concussion’ and the job Stacie did in creating such rich, relatable characters,” said RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego. “This film made an indelible impression anchored by Robin's exceptional performance »
- Jay A. Fernandez and Anne Thompson
Who: Having begun her ascension via her work as a commercials director/producer, 2012/2013 has turned out to be fairly kick ass in terms of receiving support. From the guidance of producer Rose Troche (helmer of Go Fish), being chosen by Independent Feature Project’s narrative lab to grabbing grants in the shape of the Adrienne Shelly Director’s Grant and Gothams Award’s Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers Live the Dream Grant.
Where: You can find more info on the facebook page and the official website should start getting into gear shortly.
When: The Rose Troche produced drama was shot in New York City in March of last year.
Why: Premise alone for »
- Eric Lavallee
Quick, easy answer: Very. Despite its location smack dab in the middle of one of the most conservative, homophobic states in America, the Sundance Film Festival has always been an extraordinary friend of Dorothy, and this year will prove no exception. Since the festival's inception nearly 30 years ago, the vast majority of the best American independent films by and/or about queer people have screened at Sundance, including "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Longtime Companion," "Poison," "The Living End," "Swoon," "Paris is Burning," "Go Fish," "High Art," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "The Kids Are All Right," "Pariah" and -- last year -- both "How To Survive a Plague" and "Keep The Lights On" (and I could truly go on and on and on). On the phone last week, the festival's Director, John Cooper (who happens to be queer himself), mused about why »
- Peter Knegt
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