CT Filmmakers at the 18th CT Gay & Lesbian Film
The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is very pleased to be showcasing the works of three very talented filmmakers with roots in Connecticut. Their exceptional films will be among the highlights of our 18th Festival and all will be present in person to present their work. They would be pleased to speak with the press to discuss their work and their appearance at the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
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The works are:
Saint Henry – Shown on Sunday, June 5 @ 2:00pm
Dir: Abigail Severance, USA, 2004, 35mm, 20 min.
In a reckless search for her father, Henry and her best friend Twiggy set out on a nighttime odyssey from sin to redemption.
(Due to a scheduling conflict, Abigail Severance will not be present at the
screening). New Britain native raised in Wallingford, Ms. Severance’s mom and mom’s girlfriend live in New Haven. She received her MFA in directing from UCLA and now lives in LA. “Writer/ director Abigail Severance has a nice feel for the awkward pauses and hiccups of speech torn from life.” Bay Area Reporter
Hearts Cracked Open - Shown on Wednesday, June 8 @ 7:30pm
Dir: Betsy Kalin, USA, 2004, video, 57 min.
This is an empowering journey of sexual healing and self-discovery with women who are living in a daily orgasmic state of being. Weaving together the arts of romance, eroticism, spirituality, and self-connection, tantra is the ancient belief that enlightenment can be achieved through ecstasy. A true marriage of spirituality, sexuality, and sensuality, Hearts Cracked Open offers up a feast for the senses, mind, and spirit.
True to the independent spirit, Bloomfield native Betsy Kalin (director/co-producer/videographer) often wears the hats of producer, writer, director and editor on her film and video projects. She received a BA in Women's Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami.
Harold’s Home Movies – Shown on Friday, June 10 @ 7:30pm
Dir: Jason Plourde and Sean David West, USA, 2004, video, 64 min.
For more than 70 years, Harold O'Neal documented his life in San Francisco. Along with historic events, such as rubber and aluminum recycling drives during WWII, Japanese citizens being rounded up for internment. But he also captured the playful side of gay culture back when such gatherings were often considered anxious and fearful affairs. These personal archives are a revelation, an unprecedented and epic look at gay life in the 20th Century.
Bristol native Jason Plourde returns to the CTGLFF where he was director from 1994 to 1996. A sign language interpreter by profession, he has long been involved in the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival where he is currently the director of programming. Said Jason, “It was really an honor to be able to bring together (Harold’s) remarkable films, and stories.”