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2012: The Year in Lesbian/Bi Film

26 December 2012 7:22 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: 2012moviesYoung & WildMosquito Y MariJack and DianeFarewell My QueenIMDb

In the past few years there’s been an influx of increasingly mainstream films with lesbian themes (The Runaways, The Kids Are All Right) but unfortunately that was not the case in 2012, which didn’t have much to offer in terms of films depicting ladies who love ladies. Sundace brought us the pick of the litter: Young & Wild, My Best Day and Mosquito Y Mari. Overall I saw more films depicting gay men than women and if we’re going to be represented at all in the Oscars this year, it’ll most likely be with a film that happens to feature lesbian characters (like Your Sister's Sister) as oppose to films that focus on lesbian narratives.

France brought the biggest let-down I faced all year: Farewell My Queen, which should have been called Hello Blue Balls. It's a look at »

- Desiree Akhavan

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aGLIFF Polari 2012 Dispatch: 'Cloudburst' and 'Zombadings'

7 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The newly-rebranded aGLIFF Polari film festival kicked off Wednesday evening at the Stateside Theatre with an introduction from Film Programming Director Curran Nault, who explained his philosophy of diversity and inclusiveness in the programming selections this year. He then presented Queer Youth Media Project student Valentina Weatherspoon, who showed two short films she made: Not My Type and Sick Kids, both of which were under 2 minutes and showed great potential for a first-time filmmaker. A third short, an experimental piece called A Place for Us, left the audience bemused before the opening-night feature, Cloudburst (pictured above).

Cloudburst, directed by Thom Fitzgerald, stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, a lesbian couple in their seventies who have been together for over 30 years. A health scare prompts Dot's granddaughter to trick the blind old woman into signing a power of attorney, and then forcibly removes her to be placed in a nursing home. »

- Mike Saulters

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A Guide to Austin’s Fall Film Festivals

3 September 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

I have been anxiously awaiting Fantastic Fest 2012 (September 20-27) ever since the carnivalesque tomfoolery of the Fantastic Fest 2011 closing party. Year after year, Tim League and the Fantastic Fest programmers have totally blown me away with their impeccable curating of genre films. And the parties… Oh, the parties! If my liver could talk, the stories it would tell… If history serves, Fantastic Fest 2012 will continue to expand upon its awesomeness, so this year will probably be ten times more amazing than last year’s festival. The announcements that Fantastic Fest has made so far with the first wave and second wave of programming have already solidified the fact that this will be the best damn Fantastic Fest of them all. First off, Tim Burton will be in attendance at the world premiere of Frankenweenie on the opening night of Fantastic Fest 2012. Sure, I have not been a fan of most of his recent work, but »

- Don Simpson

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21st Chichester International Film Festival

17 August 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With the Edinburgh International Film Festival a sadly distant memory and a little while to go until the London Film Festival starts in October, Festival goers have a rather dry spell while waiting for their next Premiere fix.

But if you travel south to the charming Roman city of Chichester in West Sussex, you will find a 120 seater cinema that is ready to boast 13 European, 6 UK and 7 Us Premieres alongside talent including Derek Jacobi, Ol Parker, Amanda Waring, Sarah Miles and Maximilian Befort.

Open Air screenings of Guys And Dolls and Brave opened the Festival, with Artistic Director Roger Gibson securing Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee JonesHope Springs as the Closing Gala on September 2. There are also retrospectives of Lewis Gilbert, Theo Angelopoulus and Chichester favourite, the late Ken Russell’s work, as well as a focus on Sir Laurence Olivier, his films and the world-renowned theatre he became »

- Emma Thrower

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A Glance At Newfest 2012

28 July 2012 3:51 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

NewFest, New York’s Lgbt film festival, returns this year with bicoastal fortification, its programming taken over by the folks at L.A.’s Outfest, whose motive for the merge is to foster a national queer arts entity. But is the alliance holy? With Outfest having just wrapped its 30th anniversary, an 11-day event that boasted nearly 150 titles (including Ira Sachs’s Keep the Lights On, Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby, and David France’s riveting Act Up doc, How to Survive a Plague), NewFest has the not-so-faint whiff of an afterthought, its 18-feature lineup looking more like the subpar cache of a scavenger than a carefully curated medley. The only films that seem to leap out as hot tickets are Yossi, Eytan Fox’s tender sequel to Yossi and Jagger; Cloudburst, a geriatric lesbian dramedy with Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis; I Want Your Love, Travis Matthews’s arthouse-porno expansion of his 2010 short; and Four, »

- R. Kurt Osenlund

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Morning Brew: "Cinderfella" is the Katy Perry/Disney mash-up you've been waiting for, NewFest promises diverse lesbian films

26 July 2012 6:53 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: Todrick HallNewFestPretty Little LiarsMarilyn MonroeJoCasta ZamarripaIMDb

Good morning, Brewbies. When you woke up this morning, I know you were like, "Man, I wish I could see a gaye-ed up fairy tale music video that mashes-up Disney soundtracks with Katy Perry. A lesbian Alice in Wonderland dancing with some drag queens would be just the thing to get my day going." Well, you're in luck! Todrick Hall, the best thing to get voted off American Idol since Jennifer Hudson, has released a follow-up to his "Beauty and the Beast" music video, and this time it's "Cinderfella."

Photo courtesy of Toddrick Hall

Click here to watch the video; you won't be sorry. It's actually a really lovely plea for same-sex marriage.

Photo courtesy of NewFest

Ok, now let me help you plan your weekend. This Friday, New York's top Lgbt film festival, NewFest, kicks off its 24th annual season. There are »

- stuntdouble

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The 13 Films You Must See at Outfest

11 July 2012 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Outfest -- the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival -- is kicking off its 30th anniversary celebrations tomorrow night with a screening of Jeffrey Schwarz's "Vito" and a tribute to the one-and-only John Waters.  What will follow is 10 days showcasing the best Lgbt cinema of the past year, which -- in something of a rare occasion -- isn't simply one or two great films and then countless filler.  It's been a pretty exceptional year for Lgbt films, and if you're in Los Angeles over the next little bit, Outfest is a pretty great opportunity to see why. Indiewire offers 13 best bets below, though there's also quite a bit more where that came from, so check out the festival's full program here. "Cloudburst," written and directed by Thom FitzgeraldCloudburst” comes nearly fifteen years after writer-director Thom Fitzgerald made his directorial debut with “The Hanging Garden.” But unlike »

- Peter Knegt and Bryce J. Renninger

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'Cloudburst,' 'Kuchu' Tops Winners at 36th Frameline Film Festival

27 June 2012 8:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thom Fitzgerald’s "Cloudburst" and Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's "Call Me Kuchu" topped the winners of the audience awards at Frameline36 the San Francisco International Lgbt Film Festival, which came to a close this Sunday. The Festival drew together an audience of 57,000 over 11 days of screenings, culminating with a screening of the forementioned "Cloudburst," which stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as aging New England lesbians that go on a road trip to Canada to get married. Other major honors at the fest included the juried First Feature Award, which went to Negar Azarbayjani’s "Facing Mirrors," the first Iranian narrative film with a transgender protagonist.  Honorable mention went to director Sally El Hosaini's story of two Egyptian brothers living in inner London, "My Brother The Devil." Taking home the Outstanding Documentary Feature Award was Yariv »

- Peter Knegt

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Seattle International Film Festival Announces Winners

10 June 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The 38th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind in the United States concluded today with the announcement of the Siff 2012 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. The 25-day Festival, which began May 17, featured over 460 films from more than 70 countries, including 65 feature premieres (24 World, 25 North American, 16 U.S.) and over 700 screenings. Additionally, Siff brought in more than 300 directors, actors and industry professionals.

“A festival’s success is dependent on two basic principles: providing a platform for filmmakers to be celebrated and connecting them to audience members that would not otherwise be aware of their remarkable stories,” said Siff Artistic Director Carl Spence. “This year a record number of filmmakers participated in person and online with virtual Q&A’s successfully expanding the conversation around the best in cinema with passionate audiences, illuminating guests and distinguished industry in attendance.”

Siff Managing Director Deborah Person said, »

- Josh Abraham

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'Vito' to Open Frameline36: San Francisco International Lgbt Film Festival

23 May 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lgbt nonprofit media arts organization Frameline has announced the 36th edition of its annual film festival: Frameline36. The festival will run in San Francisco from June 14-22 and feature 217 films from more than 30 countries. Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "Vito," which chronicles the life of gay activist Vito Russo, will open the festival. Other films screening at the festival include Jonathan Lisecki's "Gayby," Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On," and Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s "Call Me Kuchu." Frameline36 also will feature a retrospective on 1990s New Queer Cinema with Gregg Araki's "The Living Dead," Cheryl Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" and Alex Sichel's "All Over Me." The festival will close with Thom Fitzgerald’s "Cloudburst," which follows a lesbian couple who breaks out of a nursing home to get married in Canada. »

- Devin Lee Fuller

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Inside Out 2012: ‘Cloudburst’ epitomizes its name by being a film of fleeting and short-lived qualities

16 May 2012 10:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cloudburst

Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald

Canada, 2011

The story of a gay couple battling against social stigma has become an old, tired genre, so it’s only appropriate that in Thom Fitzgerald’s lesbian road trip film, Cloudburst, the two leading ladies share a combined age of about 140. Although it’s initially humorous and deeply affecting, this road trip runs out of gas half way, and instead, relies on artificial melodrama to take it to its final destination.

Starring acting heavyweights Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, the story is about two lesbian women, Stella and Dot, who have been living together in Maine for 31 years. However, when Dot (Fricker) is hospitalized after a fall at their home, her granddaughter (Kristin Booth from Below Zero) sends her to a nursing home to be properly looked after.

Not wanting to lose her, Stella (Dukakis), breaks Dot out of the home and, »

- Justin Li

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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

27 April 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see. »

- Brad Brevet

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QFest – Day One: Cloudburst, August, and More

22 April 2012 7:39 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

QFest opens today (Sunday April 21st) in St. Louis. QFest, the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating it’s fifth year with a terrific line-up of films spotlighting Gay and Lesbian filmmakers and themes. QFest is a Cinema St. Louis event and this year is presented by Tla Releasing, a Us film distribution company whose primary output is Lgbt-related films from all over the world. All films will be shown at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd. in the University City Loop district). Individual tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current photo IDs. Advance tickets are available through the Tivoli Theatre box office or online at Landmark Theatres’ web site

Here’s the line-up for the QFest films playing today and tonight:

Sunday, April 22nd at 1:30pm.

Cloudburst- (Canada, 2011, 93 min.) Directed Thom Fitzgerald

In this moving comedy, Oscar-winning »

- Tom Stockman

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QFest Begins Sunday in St. Louis – Spotlights Gay Cinema

18 April 2012 9:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

QFest, the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating it’s fifth year with a terrific line-up of films spotlighting Gay and Lesbian filmmakers and themes. QFest is a Cinema St. Louis event and this year is presented by Tla Releasing, a Us film distribution company whose primary output is Lgbt-related films from all over the world.

QFest begins this Sunday, April 22nd and runs through Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd. in the University City Loop district). QFest uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the diversity and inherent complexities of living an alternative lifestyle in today’s society. This year’s event features an eclectic slate of contemporary Lgbtq-themed feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

Here’s the line-up for this year’s QFest:

Sunday, April 22nd at 1:30pm.

Cloudburst- (Canada, 2011, 93 min.) Directed Thom Fitzgerald

In this moving comedy, Oscar®-winning actresses »

- Tom Stockman

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The Canadian Film Festival: ‘Cloudburst’ relies on artificial melodrama to take it to its final destination

28 March 2012 11:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cloudburst

Directed by Thom Fitzgerald

Written by Thom Fitzgerald

Canada, 2911

The story of two gay lovers battling against social stigma has become an old, tired genre, so it’s only appropriate that in Thom Fitzgerald’s lesbian road trip film, Cloudburst, the two leading ladies share a combined age of about 140. Initially humorous and deeply affecting, this road trip runs out of gas half way, and instead, relies on artificial melodrama to take it to its final destination.

The film stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, two women who have been clandestinely living together in Maine for 31 years. When Dot is hospitalized following a fall at her home, her granddaughter resolves to place her in a nursing home where she can be properly looked after. Stella, not wanting to lose her, breaks Dot out of the home and, together, they head for Nova Scotia, where gay and lesbian marriage is legal. »

- Justin Li

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Daily Briefing. Maya Deren, Dario Argento and Cinemadness!

23 March 2012 12:12 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jason Sperb's new book, Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South, will be out soon from the University of Texas Press.

In other news. "Barbara, a slow-burning drama set in communist East Germany from director Christian Petzold, is the front runner for this year's Lolas, Germany's equivalent of the Oscar, with eight nominations, including best film." Scott Roxborough has more in the Hollywood Reporter; the Süddeutsche Zeitung has the full list. The awards will be presented in Berlin on April 27.

Los Angeles. "Maya Deren's best-known achievement, her remarkable 1943 dream-poem Meshes of the Afternoon, was just the beginning of a too-brief career," writes Tom von Logue Newth in the Weekly. "Her output would extend from experiments in psychodrama, like Meshes and Witch's Cradle, a fascinating, barely edited collaboration with Marcel Duchamp made during Deren's short period in Hollywood; to highly personal dance »

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26th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens

23 March 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

BFI tells viewers "explode your expectations".

The 26th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens in style today with the English premiere of Olympia Dukakis comedy Cloudburst and a party at the Riverfront Bar expected to last late into the night. Following last year's low-budget, somewhat muted event, this one brings back all the glitz and glamour that regular attendees had come to expect.

With its theme of 'Explode your Expectations', this year's line-up features some genuinely challenging films, from disturbing and »

- Jennie Kermode

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Lesbian and Gay film festival: when will Lgbt film-making go mainstream?

23 March 2012 10:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

BFI London's 26th Lesbian and Gay film festival opens tonight with a lineup that boasts at least a dozen feature films that could be marketed as mainstream. So why is it still a niche event?

Tonight sees the opening of the 26th Lesbian and Gay film festival at the BFI in London, making it one of the longest-running gay-focused events in the UK. I recall being there in 1988. As a young lesbian from the sticks I was bowled over by its sophistication, but could not for the life of me understand much of what appeared on the screen. All I can remember is being surprised at glimpses of sex and genitalia and confused about the artsy focus. Today it is more mainstream, and definitely more accessible with its feature-length dramas and political (rather than avant garde) documentaries about serious issues around the world, but it remains a niche interest within the film festival circuit. »

- Julie Bindel

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Olympia Dukakis

22 March 2012 5:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor talks about her latest role, the importance of her Greek ancestry and having a sideline as a gay icon

That was a long phone number. Where on earth are you?

I'm in Cyprus. I came here to do a play called Mama Pou Pas? with Mimi Denisi but unfortunately she had a car accident and the play got cancelled, so I'm doing a concert reading of Rose (1) instead, ahead of taking the production to Israel. So yeah, I'm in a hotel in Greek Cyprus.

How important is your Greek ancestry (2)?

It's important in that it's who I am. But it's also made me feel like I was an outsider and that I never quite fit in – both in relation to Greek culture and mainstream Us culture. Growing up, I was always kind of torn between those two worlds, never quite according enough respect to either one. But that's Ok. »

- Xan Brooks

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Close up: Is Hunger Games the new Twilight?

22 March 2012 10:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

Read our 4-star Hunger Games review

The big story

With the John Carter fiasco rumbling on Hollywood was desperate for some good news, and it duly came in the slinky form of Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games. The set of novels by Suzanne Collins have been touted as the new Twilight and – to all astonishment – have been turned into a rather good film, if you believe Xan Brooks, our man at the first press preview. As the week wore on, it became clear that The Hunger Games was looking at a serious pile of cash when it would finally be released – perhaps even beating the first Twilight film's opening weekend mark of $69m in 2008. Fortunately, as is their way, the Guide had got in quickly and interviewed Lawrence last weekend – and she had little truck with the Twilight »

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