EROS Film Festival
17 - 21, 2004
Admission: $8 general, $6
students get in free to all shows with a valid student ID.
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Wed, Nov. 17
Dir. Rodney Evans, USA, 2004, 90 min.
With its hot jazz score, and stunning depiction of the hey-day of the
Harlem Renaissance, which includes luminaries such as Langston Hughes and
Zora Neale Hurston, director Rodney Evans transports the viewer from
certain trappings of contemporary gay culture to an era rife with art,
possibility and hope. Perry,
who is battling racism and homophobia at home and in the classroom, meets
Harlem Renaissance painter and poet Bruce Nugent whose recollections of
that groundbreaking era transport Perry out of his own, complicated life,
and back to the 30’s when artistic and personal expression flourished.
Through his juxtaposition of present and past, Evan’s illustrates
the profound influence of culture, art and history not just in Perry’s
life, but in the communal struggle for self-acceptance that is the
enduring legacy of the Harlem Renaissance innovators. www.brothertobrotherthemovie.com
Thur, Nov. 18
Dir. Shahar Rozen, Israel, 2003, 95 min.
Shahar Rozen presents a moving portrait of two women who forsake
convention and acceptance to share a deep love and friendship.
Round Trip is a story
that depicts a blossoming relationship amidst the stark outskirts of Tel
Aviv, between Nurit a mother of two separated from her husband who drives
a bus for a living, and Mushedi, her live-in nanny from
. Soon, Nurit’s husband
infers that the two women are engaged in an un-orthodox relationship, and
challenges their committed and abiding love.
This thoughtfully created narrative serves as a gentle reminder
that throughout the world, people continue to struggle for love, but that
the journey of self-discovery makes the trip worthwhile.
Fri, Nov. 19
Dir. Tennyson Bardwell, USA, 2004, 88 min.
Imagine a coming of age, coming out, comedic and touching tale with a
domestic spin, in which a handsome, sensitive gay teen battles family,
religious guilt, therapy and generalized teen angst, yet manages to find
himself. In Dorian
Blues, director Tennyson Bardwell
proves that he has his finger on the pulse of contemporary teen comedies,
while illustrating the exasperating life of young, misunderstood Dorian
(Michael McMillian). The film
chronicles several years of growth in Dorian’s life, beginning with
Dorian’s moment of epiphany, when he first decides to disagree with his
hyper conservative dad, to his subsequent tutelage with a gay therapist,
to the sweet but misguided attempts of his straight, jock brother, through
to Dorian’s ultimate moment of enlightenment when he meets a
stripper/impersonator with a heart. Dorian
leaves behind his small town in upstate
, the lone seat in the high school cafeteria where he ate day after day
ostracized from the popular kids, and the homophobic Neanderthal high
school bullies and heads for the arch of
. Although Dorian is
completely himself at his newfound, progressive, safe haven at NYU, he
cannot escape the harsh realities of city life and dating.
Dorian Blues is a witty
and thoughtful portrait of a search to find oneself, while juggling family
obligations, college and men.
Nov 18 9:30pm
and the Angry Inch
Dir. John Cameron Mitchell, USA, 2001, 95 min.
John Cameron Mitchell has created a cult phenomenon with Hedwig and the Angry Inch,
which began as a sly, subversive off-Broadway fave and morphed into a
smash film. By now it is a
familiar tale. An East-German
girly-boy –glam-rocker goes in for a sex-change operation in order to
marry the man of his eastern bloc dreams, and when the docs botch the job,
leaving only and inch of a reminder, she puts her pain to music and takes
it on the road. Through
wickedly scathing dialogue and a scintillating score that boasts homage to
bubble-gum pop and punk rock, Mitchell regales the viewer with Hedwig’s
search for fame, and a manner in which to come to terms with that
bothersome inch. Complicating
Hedwig’s life further is his erstwhile lover, band mate and whipping
post Yitzak, and his uber-successful musical protégé and true love,
Tommy Gnossis. Mitchell’s at
once heart-rending and exuberant Hedwig is a gender-blending celluloid
icon to rival the alternative legacy of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and
The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Dr. Frank-n-Furter. www.finelinefeatures.com/sites/hedwig
Nov 20 2:30pm
Holsten, USA, 2004, 30 min.
Stonewall, a fearless group of gay and lesbian activists carved out the
trenches for what would lead to the Gay Rights Movement, and to
contemporary Pride celebrations. Director,
Glenn Holsten melds together archival footage of early gay rights
demonstrations with present day marches, honoring the early pioneers of
the movement, while illustrating that the movement toward equality is
linear, and far from over. The
film focuses on the handful of brave men and women who stood in solidarity
to picket for their rights amidst a hostile climate in front of
’s Independence Hall. Although
the early activists adopted a conservative dress code that bears little
resemblance to the glorious self-expression of today’s Pride activities,
the debt of thanks paid to these groundbreaking innovators by the
post-Stonewall generations is evident in the legacy of hope that pervades
the film. www.gaypioneers.com
Dir. Marie-Jo Ferron, Canada, 2003, 52 min.
Director Marie-Jo Ferron recaptures the flag in this documentary that
traces the roots of the rainbow flag and its subsequent impact as one of
the most widely recognizable symbols of queer pride.
Ferron’s film pays homage to the flag that was created more than
a quarter of a century ago by Gilbert Baker, and reintroduces the viewer
to the history and meaning that is often lost amidst the marketing frenzy
that the un-copyrighted, highly reproduced image has spawned.
In addition to interviews with Baker, the film explores the genesis
of the image and the solidarity it has helped to form through its presence
at Pride celebrations to bumper stickers and front yard flags.
The culminating moments of the film evoke a sense of community and
honor as a group of hundreds marches from the Atlantic to the
Gulf of Mexico
waving a two kilometer rainbow flag that was conceived by Key West Florida
Pride organizers and flag creator Baker.
Sat, Nov. 20
Gill, Ireland 2003, 88 min.
The comedy Goldfish Memory
thrives on the notion that a goldfish forgets everything it has just
learned, or rather faces life with a fresh palette, and creates new
memories hundreds of times in single day, which is a bit like dating.
After all, a fish has to forget how treacherous the dating pools
can be in order to get back in. Director
Liz Gill examines the intricacies, possibilities and twists of finding the
perfect girl, boy or both amongst a group of twenty-something fresh
catches in modern day
. Whether the characters of Goldfish
Memory are looking for the one, or maybe just a one-off, the film
offers a tasty mélange of gay, straight, lesbian and bi eye candy, while
exploring the deeper need for human interaction and true love. www.goldfishmemory.com
Please join us for our closing
night dessert reception after the screening of Goldfish Memory.
Dir. Brian Dannelly, USA, 2004,
American Eagle Christian High School in Brian Dannelly’s Saved! is a typical school, teeming with cliquey girls, hot jocks,
nerds and outcasts, but in this mildly sardonic study of teen angst, the
self-righteous rule the school. When
Mary’s boyfriend announces he is gay, she, as a devout martyr to the
cause of “saving” him from himself sacrifices her virginity to him.
In accordance to what the nuns in Catholic schools say about
becoming pregnant the first time, Mary becomes pregnant with her gay
boyfriend’s baby, which labels her a pariah with the Evangelical
“in-crowd”. Along with her
wheel-chair ridden brother, the school’s bad-girl, and the son of the
preacher man, Mary is determined to make it through her nine months of
pregnancy and to her graduation, while remaining unscathed by the
school’s resident do-gooder hypocrite, and her former Clique friend,
Hilary Faye. The film boasts a
stellar cast of up- and- comers including Jena Malone, Macauley Culkin,
Mandy Moore, Heather Matarazzo and Eva Amurri.
Not to mention, Saved!
provides the naughtiest scene of speaking- in –tongues this side of Pat
Robertson’s ministry. www.savedmovie.com
Dir. Moises Kaufman, USA 2001, 95 min. -- This
screening is free for everyone!
Moises Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theater Project traveled to
in 1998 to interview the members of the town who bore witness to the
aftermath of the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard by two of
’s own, and who endured the impact the ensuing media blitz had on the
community. The film relives
more than sixty interviews that Kaufman culled from the more than 200
interviews conducted by his theater company.
students, to the doctor who treated Matthew before he died, to the young
killers themselves, the town folk weigh in on the tragedy.
The Laramie Project is a
breath-taking film that paints a portrait of Matthew through those who
knew him, while examining the role of community in claiming responsibility
for its citizens. A group of
heavy-hitters, such as Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, Clea Duvall and
Christina Ricci comprise some of the ensemble cast who help to deliver a
range of emotions from searing indictment of the killers, to poignant
recollections of Matthew. www.hbo.com/films/laramie
2004 EROS Festival Sponsors
Office of President
Student Government Association
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Dean of Students