Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Beautiful Boxer

Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, this poignant action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2005 CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. [In Thai with English subtitles] 
Ekachai Uekrongtham, Thailand 2003, 116 min. www.beautifulboxer-themovie.com
     

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Both

Rebeca Duarte is a strong woman and resolute bisexual. Drawn to the risk and adrenaline-rush that her job provides, outsiders think Rebeca must have it all together. But Rebeca is still looking for something more. When she receives an unexpected package from an aunt, Rebeca’s neatly wrapped life begins to unravel. The package contains a photo album of her family in Peru, including pictures of her brother, who died before Rebeca could know him. The photos set off memories that cannot be silenced. As she follows the leads, Rebeca learns a truth about herself that shakes her to the core: the brother she was always told about was, in fact, herself. Rebeca learns of her childhood diagnosis as a hermaphrodite and the ensuing surgery that turned her “officially” into a girl. A compelling and skillful telling of a necessary story, BOTH is based on the experiences of the filmmaker as well as those of many other intersex adults.
Lisset Barcellos, USA 2005, 86 min. 
www.solaris-films.com

     
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Saving Face

Exuberant, sexy and utterly charming, SAVING FACE is an inspiring romantic comedy about living life honestly amidst the expectations of a traditional community. Wilhelmina is a successful young surgeon and a dutiful daughter, but also—to the chagrin of her 48-year-old widowed Ma—still single. During weekly socials in the tightly knit Chinese community of Flushing, Queens, Ma and her chatty cronies nudge eligible bachelors toward Wil, but her eyes are fixed instead on a gorgeous young woman, Vivian, who smiles back. One fortuitous encounter, some stammering and a few clumsily romantic (and steamy) moments later, Wil finds herself in love with Vivian, yet unable to come out to her own mother. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when it's Ma who suddenly shows up at Wil's doorstep pregnant, unwilling to name the father and disowned by her own parents. Now mother and daughter must both decide whether to continue "saving face," at the expense of their hearts. 
Alice Wu, USA 2004, 91 min.
  www.sonyclassics.com/savingface
     

Friday, Nov. 11, 9:30 p.m.

The Dying Gaul

Playwright Robert Sandrich (Peter Sarsgaard) is down on his luck. He is flat broke and bereft after losing his lover to AIDS. His future hinges on a deeply personal, autobiographical screenplay that has gotten the attention of egotistical married studio development honcho Jeffrey (Campbell Scott). When Jeffrey offers to purchase the screenplay for a million dollars, he gives Robert one clear demand in order to make the film more marketable: the "boyfriend" must be turned into a "girlfriend". Should Robert sell his soul to the devil and take the cash? While grappling with what to do, Robert gets increasingly close to Jeffrey and his unfulfilled and overly curious wife, Elaine (Patricia Clarkson). To divulge more would spoil all the fun. Let's just say that there's enough jealousy, plot twists and smutty cyber chat to satiate the purient imagination of all of our worldly festgoers. And then there's the finale: a jawdropper that is sure to end the night with a bang.  Craig Lucas, USA 2005, 101 min.  www.thedyinggaul.com

     
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m.

Fish Can't Fly

This timely documentary by the maker of last year’s Farm Family explores the lives of religious gay men and lesbians as they recall the often difficult journeys they have taken to unify their sexuality and spirituality. Focusing on their experiences with “ex-gay” ministries, the subjects relate how the “cure” these programs offered did not work, and how they learned to accept all aspects of their lives without turning their backs on their faith. At times poignant and humorous, Fish Can’t Fly is ultimately inspiring and enlightening. Featuring Hartford resident Peterson Toscano who will speak after the screening.  Tom Murray, USA, video, 83 min. fishcantfly.com

 
Please join us on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for a free reception at the theater!
 

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Storm

Tobi and Achim, who are best friends and stars of their local crew team, arrive for the big regatta in Germany convinced that nothing will break their friendship or their chances for a win. But when Achim gets wrapped up in his girlfriend, Tobi finds that he is growing jealous of the new woman in their lives. For the first time, Tobi questions the true background of their relationship. He becomes even more confused when the gay team from Berlin arrives and he starts to uncover truths about his sexuality he hadn't realized were there. Tensions grow with the same speed and ferocity as the summer storm that is approaching and threatening to spoil the competition. [In German with English subtitles.]
Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany 2004, 98 min. 
www.summerstorm-themovie.com

     
Saturday, November 12, 9:40 p.m.

The Aggressives

A warm portrayal of a secret subculture, The Aggressives offers insight into a private society and its impact on gender identity in the modern world. Shot in a vibrant NYC on digital video, it features intimate interviews with six lesbians who define themselves as “Aggressives.” The film shows their daily lives and also highlights their participation in the underground lesbian “ball” scene (the female counterpart to Paris is Burning). The Aggressives range in masculinity but do not aspire to be men. Nor are they “drag kings.” They have found an unexpected loophole in society’s gender tapestry and this film seeks to expose their world. Daniel Peddle, USA 2005, 75 min.  www.7thart.com/current/aggressives
     
Free Admission for This Screening      Sunday, November 13, 2:30 p.m.

The Laramie Project

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.
Moises Kaufman, USA 2002, 97 min.  www.hbo.com/films/laramie

 
 
Tickets available at the theater:

  t $8 general admission per film
  t $6 seniors/students per film with proper ID
  t FREE ADMISSION for all Trinity Students with ID

 

 

EROS 2005 artwork courtesy of Rich Nelson.

Our sincere thanks for your support:

Sponsors ($1000+):
Student Government Association
Office of the President
Office of Multicultural Affairs

Benefactors (up to $1000):
Dean Alford
Studio Arts Department
English Department
Laura Lockwood, Director, Women's Center
Professor William Church
Public Policy & Law Department
American Studies Department
Educational Studies Department