Date Time Film
November 12th - Wed 7:30 p.m. Girls Will Be Girls
November 13th - Thurs 7:30 p.m. Stranger Inside
November 14th - Fri 7:30 p.m. Camp
November 14th - Fri 10:00 p.m. The Hunger
November 15th - Sat 2:30 p.m. Brother Outsider
November 15th - Sat 7:30 p.m. Do I Love You?
November 15th - Sat 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Bloody Sunday
November 16th - Sun 1:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
The Laramie Project

Girls will be Girls
Wednesday November 12th
7:30 PM

(2003) Dir. Richard Day / With Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp, Jeffery Roberson

79 mins.

In this hilarious drag extravaganza Evie (Jack Plotnick), an aging actress in the twi-dark of her career, drinks her way through the day, longing to jump-start her career and any man in the vicinity. Her roommate and verbal punching bag, Coco (Clinton Leupp), only yearns for one thing: to have a child with the doctor that performed her abortion.

When Varla Jean Merman (Jeffery Roberson), a country girl with a bit of an eating disorder and her own dreams of making it as an actress, joins the household, their aspirations and sordid pasts come to an unforgettable boiling point.

After the screening Jeffery Roberson (Varla Jean Merman) will join us from rehearsal at the Hartford Stage, where he will be performing in “The Mystery of Irma Vep.”

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Stranger Inside
Thursday November 13th
7:30 PM

(2002) Dir. Cheryl Dunye / With Yolanda Ross, Davenia McFadden, Medusa, Alma Dixon, Patrice, Rain Phoenix

97 mins.

An unflinching portrait of Treasure Lee (Yolanda Ross), a young African American lesbian who has been in and out of jail for as long as she can remember. Treasure has learned that Margaret “Brownie” Lee (Davenia McFadden), the mother she has never known and whom she had long taken for dead, is actually serving a life sentence in the maximum security State Facility for Women, to which Treasure gets herself transferred.

From her first glimpse of Brownie bullying her way through a rough game of prison-yard basketball, Treasure’s longing for her mother is breathtakingly visceral. However, for Treasure, even in moments of release – hot soup smuggled into a cell, covert sex with another woman in the prison chapel – the stark cruelty of incarceration looms large. Beautifully photographed and set to a soundtrack of hip-hop, a capella and the blues, Stranger Inside touches the raw nerves of race, sex and family in unforgettable ways.

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Friday November 14
7:30 PM

(2003) Dir. Todd Graff / With Daniel Letterle, Brittany Pollack, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus,

114 mins.

This joyful film wears its heart on its sleeve and every other available surface. Camp is a fresh-air “Fame” about a summer camp for talented teenagers who are hooked on musical theater. Ignored or shunned in their high schools, they can relax and be accepted as themselves somewhere where Stephen Sondheim is worshipped the way Michael Jordan is everywhere else.

As the summer draws on the various subplots converge at the big end-of-season benefit. Is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will one-hit-wonder musical playwright and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? You’ll have to come to Camp to find out!

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The Hunger
Friday November 14
10:00 PM

(1983) Dir Tony Scott / With Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

100 mins.

Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie are rich, beautiful, and oh-so chic as denizens of the night in this sexy vampire 1980s classic. Dressed in sleek outfits and stylish sunglasses, they haunt rock and roll clubs on the prowl for young blood. Being a vampire never looked more appealing. But when Bowie ages dramatically Deneuve seeks a new mate in Sarandon and seduces her in a sunlight-bathed afternoon of smooth, silky sex. The Hunger is the perfect film for a dark autumn night…

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Saturday November 15
2:00 PM

(2003) Dir. Nancy D. Kates and Bennett Singer

83 mins.

A beautiful and charismatic man, Bayard Rustin found his career blighted by his arrest on a charge of sexual perversion in the early 1950s. In fact he had been openly gay long before it was socially acceptable and was a fearless and adept campaigner. He was a key adviser to Martin Luther King, and played a major part in organizing the March on Washington in 1963.

His story is inspiring and the film is rich with the testimony of those who knew and worked with him, including two of his former lovers. Bayard Rustin changed history and paved the way for many other struggles.

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Do I Love You?
Saturday November 15
7:30 PM

(UK, 2002) Dir. Lisa Gornick / With Raquel Cassidy, Lisa Gornick, Sarah Patterson

75 mins.

Do I Love You? is a refreshing and witty comedy set in modern-day London in which thirty-something Marina (Gornick) conducts a humorous investigation into lesbian love and identity. Although her relationship to girlfriend Romy seems to be going well, Marina can't help but feel that something’s wrong. So, of course, things start going badly, leading her to question her sexuality.

Meanwhile Marina’s circle of friends is also having trouble navigating the rough waters of lesbian relationships. Smartly written and wonderfully acted by the ensemble cast, Do I Love You? received its world premiere at this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Please join us for our closing night dessert reception after the film.

Sunday Bloody Sunday
Saturday November 15
10:00 PM

(1972) Dir. John Schlesinger / With Peter Finch, Murray Head, Glenda Jackson

110 mins.

Openly gay director John Schlesinger passed away in July. We remember him with a queer landmark film, Sunday Bloody Sunday, from 1972. It includes one of the most famous screen kisses in history which prompted Peter Finch to say he “just closed his eyes and thought of England” when he locked lips with his bi amour Murray Head.

Pretty boy Bob (Murray Head) is shared by Dr. Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch) and divorced girl about town Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson). It’s a moody, sensitive work with universally excellent performances. Look out for Daniel Day Lewis in his screen debut as one of the dope-smoking children. The characters are intensely modern and their dilemmas are as relevant today as they have ever been.

The Laramie Project
Sunday November 16th
1:00 PM AND 4:00 PM

(Two Screenings - Free Admission)

(2001) Dir. Moises Kaufman / With Peter Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Clea Duvall

95 mins.

The Laramie Project recreates the efforts of a New York theatre troupe to shed light on a western town’s loss of innocence following a hate crime perpetrated on University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard.

Moises Kaufman constructed the script of The Laramie Project using hundreds of hours of actual testimonies from people involved in the story of that murder – from Matthew’s family and friends, to the policewoman who found the 21-year-old’s battered body, and the two young men found guilty of beating him to death.

With a stellar and first-rate cast that includes Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Janeane Garofalo, Laura Linney and Peter Fonda, The Laramie Project is a harrowing, moving and hugely important monument to a dark day in recent history that we should never forget.

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All films are at Cinestudio and cost:  $8 general - $6 students/seniors

This Festival Is Made Possible By:

 EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexualities)

Sponsors: ($1,000+)
     • Trinity College Office of the President
     • Trinity College Student Government Association
     • Trinity College Office of Multicultural Affairs
     • Sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the City of Hartford
Patrons: ($500 - $999)
     • CSIdeaWorks Design
     • Metroline
Sponsors: ($100 - $499)
     • Trinity College Vice President of Student Services
     • Trinity College Women, Gender and Sexuality Department
     • Trinity College English Department
     • Luce Professor of Health and Human Rights
     • Trinity College Human Rights Department
     • Trinity College Sociology Department
     • Trinity College Public Policy Department