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FRIDAY June 3, 7:30 p.m.

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Transit

Kerry Weldon USA 2004 4 min.
On a late night subway ride two young women exchange glances…

Far West
Pascal-Alex Vincent France 2003 18 min.
A young man uncovers secrets when forced to spend his holidays in the French countryside at his grandfather's farm in this delightful yarn. 

PROM-troversy
Leanna Creel USA 2004 12 min.
This hilarious mockumentary centers around Cassie Stephenson, the local high school's only known lesbian student, who will be attending the prom -- and wants to run for prom king.

Charisma
David Planell Spain 2003 10 min.
News junkies blissfully share headlines until a new girl with CNN enters the picture. [In Spanish with English subtitles]

I Like Mike
Mark Herrier USA 2003 3 min.
A baseball team sings and dances on the field, in the locker room, and in the showers. www.jayspears.com

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My Summer of Love
Pawel Pawlikowski UK 2004 83 min.
Winner of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for Best British Film of 2004. Set in Yorkshire, this tale of lesbian desire and born-again Christianity casts an intense and seductive spell that's hard to resist. Mona lives with her increasingly evangelistic brother Phil, with whom she runs a local pub. Increasingly alienated, Mona meets the ethereal and willowy Tamsin, who has just been expelled from boarding school. The two exiles join forces and retreat into an increasingly romantic and sexualized place of comfort. But as the summer draws to a close it becomes clear that their passion will take a different and darker path in this startling rite of passage drama. www.mysummeroflove.co.uk

Opening Night Party to Follow

Transit

Far West

PROM-troversy

Charisma

I Like Mike

My Summer of Love

 

SATURDAY June 4, 2:00 p.m.  -  Marriage Matinee

 

Breaking Up Really Sucks

Jam


Breaking Up Really Sucks

Jennifer McGlone USA 2001 10 min.
Starring Alexandra Paul of "Baywatch" fame, Breaking Up Really Sucks is a romantic comedy about the pitfalls of love at first sight.

JAM
Craig Serling USA 2003 15 min.
Five unlikely travel companions must deliver a baby in a 1974 Winnebago.  www.jammovie.com

Saying “I Do” 
Jennifer Uihlein & Carol Stanger USA 2004 34 min. 
The award-winning story behind the Massachusetts’ Supreme Court Ruling in the Goodrich V. Dept of Public Health that lead to the ruling allowing same-sex couples the right to marry in MA. www.sayingidofilm.com   Filmmakers will be in attendance.

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Late Wedding (Heren Aan de Gracht)
Jehoshua Rozenman The Netherlands 2004 57 min. 
Ale van Dijk and Oscar Janssen have been together for 48 years. Never hiding the truth about their lives, they managed to exist openly as a couple even in repressive times. This pair exhibits a wonderful chemistry as they reminisce about their childhoods, their first time sharing a bed, their relationships with each other’s mothers, and their wide network of friends. This film delves into the depth of love between two men, and the joy of their final triumphant wedding day – even when it comes almost a half-century late. Delightful and inspiring! [In Dutch with English subtitles]

Saying I Do

Late Wedding

 

SATURDAY June 4, 7:30 p.m.

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John & Michael 

Shira Avni Canada 2004 10min.
A gentle tale of love told in halting words. A film about healing after profound loss.

The Virile Man
Nathan Zellner USA 2004 8 min.
In desperation a man makes a heated call literally from inside his closet. 

The Night Life
Gregory Duke Canada 2004 8 min.
A queer rewrite of old detective tales complete with a blonde ingénue, a tough-as-nails detective and dancing zombies. www.greekchorus.com/night

Cairo Calling
Xiaodan He Canada 2005 8 min.
Ahmed’s tranquil life is thrown into a talespin when his meddling mother comes over from Egypt for a visit.

Groomed
Joseph Raso Canada 2004 19 min.
On the eve of his best friend's engagement, Henry proposes the perfect cure to bachelorhood loneliness: a heterosexual male marriage to his best friend, Charles.  www.scorchedfilms.com

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Eating Out
Q. Allan Brocka USA 2004 90 min.
No need to dine in tonight. Get ready to feast on a buffet of ripe one-liners, meaty innuendo and oh-so-sweet eye candy. This sexy comedy was recently featured on the cover of The Advocate and stars hottie Ryan Carnes of Desperate Housewives. The first feature film from the director of Rick & Steve, the Happiest Gay Couple in all the World, Eating Out is guaranteed to be one of the most popular films at the Festival.  www.ariztical.com

The Virile Man

The Night Life

Cairo Calling

Groomed

Eating Out

John & Michael

 

SUNDAY June 5, 2:00 p.m.  -  "Coming Out" in the Afternoon

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Saul Searching

Running without Sound


Saul Searching

Lala Endara USA 2004 6 min.
A cinema-verité portrait of a transgendered Latino youth, in which he explains how and why he became "Saul".

Running without Sound
Dir. Judd King, 2003, USA, video, 13 min.
Sean, a deaf high school student, discovers camaraderie and attraction to one of his cross-country teammates. As they open themselves up to feelings that they don’t quite understand, both struggle to define their friendship and sexuality.

The Silent Landscape
Rahman Milani Norway 2003 8 min.
An Iranian teenager is confronted by his traditional Muslim family.

Saint Henry
Abigail Severance USA 2004 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. 

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Clara’s Summer (Clara Cet Éte-la)
Patrick Grandperret France 2001 86 min.
Set amidst the splendor of an oceanside French summer camp, this poignant coming-of-age tale deftly captures the curiosity, bravado, and often unkind dynamics of teens and their cliques. Clara, jilted by best friend Zoe, finds comfort in glamorous Sonia, a confident girl who is not afraid of her sexuality. This film takes us on an unforgettable journey through teenage torment to incredible bliss. [In French with English subtitles] www.picturethisent.com

The Silent Landscape

Saint Henry

Clara's Summer

 

SUNDAY June 5, 7:30 p.m.

 


Toilet Training: Law & Order in the Bathroom 

Tara Mateik USA 2003 26 min.
If only all bathrooms were gender neutral like Ally McBeal's…From a trans filmmaker comes this film which examines the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms in public spaces. 

Alice
Sylvie Ballyot France 2002 48 min.
This striking, startling short feature examines the complicated relationship between sisters Alice and Manon. For twenty-year-old Alice, Manon’s wedding brings destructive and buried emotions to the surface that challenge Alice’s peace of mind, as well as her relationships with her family and her girlfriend Elsa. A provocative examination of the origins of desire. [French with English subtitles] http://bertrand2000.free.fr/Alice.html

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Lesbian Centennial Project 
Kathryn L. Beranich USA 2003 68 min.
A stream-of-consciousness history lesson from an amazing range of 100 lesbians of all sizes, classes, colors and ages, all telling their part of our collective herstory. From the early 1900s when women gained the right to vote, to our modern fight for marriage equality rights, this is a relevant and riveting story of the struggle for equal rights for women and lesbians. Deftly weaving the testimonies from a 92-year-old “gentleman”, to an ordained minister, to a young riot grrrl, this film transforms the idea of what it means to look or act like a lesbian. As much an inspiration of where we are going as it is a document of how far we’ve come.

Toilet Training

Alice

Lesbian Centennial Project

 

MONDAY June 6, 7:30 p.m.

 

Flowers from the Heartland


Flowers from the Heartland
Peter Daulton USA 2004 25 min.
When couples in San Francisco were getting married at City Hall, this video bouquet helped to make the day extra special. www.flowersfromtheheartland.com

Spokane
Larry Kennar USA 2003 28 min.
Bored gay brother of the bride meets up with hunky straight man at the reception…a cat and mouse game exploration and seduction ensues. 

Credit Role
Shawn Postoff Canada 2004 8 min.
You’re sure to look at movie credits in a whole new light after watching this short. www.resolutepictures.com

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The Reception
John G. Young USA 2004 75 min.
The bucolic setting in the Catskills of The Reception only belies the roiling emotions about to erupt from the people living there. After a long time apart, a daughter travels with her new husband to meet her mother and her mother's gay companion at their house in upstate New York. Through a series of passionate evenings and daytime squabbles it becomes apparent that no one involved is what they seem in this triumphant psychological drama laced with sexual, racial and political undertones.

Credit Role

The Reception

 

TUESDAY June 7, 7:30 p.m.

 


You Fake 
Maureen Bradley Canada 2005 6 min.
After a bad one-night stand a friendly disagreement results in a high-stakes bet to find out how many dykes fake it. 

Small Town Secrets
Katherine Leggett USA 2004 8 min.
Growing up with closeted gay parents in a small, Midwestern town, the filmmaker weaves together a potent collection of memories and conversations. (www.smalltownsecrets.com)

The Drive North
Tess Ernst USA 2003 13 min.
Animation and Super-8 combine to tell the tumultuous coming-of-age tale of two dykes moving to the big city, putting their friendship to the test.

Me Myself & I
Kelly Spivey USA 2003 3 min.
A fascinating exploration of gender through imagery.

Drive Thru
Jed Bell USA 2004 4 min.
This short finds a young FTM perusing a fast-food menu serving up an array of hormone and surgical choices, featuring “crappy options at crippling prices.”

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Beautiful Boxer 
Ekachai Uekrongtham 2003 Thailand 116 min.
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. [In Thai with English subtitles]  www.beautifulboxer-themovie.com

You Fake

Small Town Secrets

The Drive North

Drive Thru

Beautiful Boxer

Me Myself & I

 

WEDNESDAY June 8, 7:30 p.m.

 

Listen

Listen
Susan Justin Canada 2004 3min.
A woman comes out to her mother in this award-winning animated short.

Women In Love
Karen Everett USA 2005 53 min.
Sex doesn't have to be complicated... just processed… Inspired by her mentor, Marlon Riggs, Karen Everett turns the camera on her love life and her remarkable community. This personal drama unfolds in scenes that are intimate and public, among women who play with gender roles, dress up and dress down, explore monogamy and polyamory, commiserate and celebrate. Exploring ways of loving that range from friendship to marriage to brief encounters of the passionate kind. Don’t miss this daring video autobiography that bares all.  www.outcast-films.com

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Hearts Cracked Open: Tantra for Women Who Love Women
Betsy Kalin USA 2004 57 min. 
Intimacy. Ecstasy. Bliss. Sex and spiritual connection: Can one really enhance the other? This film answers with a resounding Yes! For eons heterosexual couples have benefited from the ancient practice called Tantra, this film strives to bring it to the women's community worldwide. Visit with three tantra workshop leaders who explore various aspects of lovemaking such as breathing, focusing, touching, and meditation. Some of the more explicit scenes might make you blush, but you just might leave the theater eager to try out these new tricks! Featuring out favorite former-prostitute-turned-lesbian-sex-goddess, Annie Sprinkle. www.heartscrackedopen.com  Filmmaker will be in attendance.
Women In Love
Hearts Cracked Open
 

THURSDAY June 9, 7:30 p.m.

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A Wonderful Day
Robbie Baldwin Australia 2003 13 min.
Racing to the side of his dying mother, a young drag queen must deal with many obstacles on a wonderful day.

Love Never Dies
Frank Aron Gardso & Eirik Tyrihjel Norway 2003 3 min.
An anxious senior citizen awaits his surprise visitor.

Bigger
Alberto Ferreras USA 2003 13 min.
How far would you go to have the biggest equipment on the block? 

The Last Night (L’Ultima Notte)
Mathieu Guez Canada 2003 19 min.
A couple on the verge of a difficult breakup hires an attractive male prostitute as a means to an end. 

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Cote D’Azur (Crustaces et Coquillages)
O. Ducastel & J. Martineau France 2004 91 min.
For summer vacation, Marc takes his wife Béatrix and their two children to the seaside house of his youth. The Mediterranean wind blows, the sea churns, and the heat of summer stokes their desires. Their son Charly, 17, roams with his best friend Martin, who is in love with him. Béatrix is sensitive to the undisclosed, erotically charged atmosphere that exists between the boys, and imagines that her son is gay. When Béatrix’s lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc’s old flame appears, complications escalate and the vacation spirals into sexual confusion. [In French with English subtitles] www.crustaces-lefilm.com

A Wonderful Day

Love Never Dies

Bigger

The Last Night

Cote d'Azur

 

FRIDAY June 10, 7:30 p.m.

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Booty Dance

Booty Dance

Paula Durette USA 2003 4 min.
Gays and lesbians duke it out on the dance floor.

Harold’s Home Movies 
Jason Plourde and Sean David West USA 2004 64 min. 
Harold "Hal" O’Neal started making 8 & 16mm movies at an early age. Footage gleaned from hundreds of Hal’s short films provides an unprecedented and epic look at gay American life throughout the 20th Century. Explore San Francisco circa 1940, gaze upon beautiful sailors, witness grim images of Japanese-American internment camp trains, revel in gay garden parties and private soirees, and relive 1970s gay pride. Don’t miss this fascinating and unobstructed look into queer cinematic history, presenting images rarely seen and stories seldom told.  Filmmakers will be in attendance.

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The D Word 
Cherien Dabis, Noelle Brower & Maggie Burkle USA 2005 50 min.
L-Word fans and non-fans alike will get a kick out of this hilarious spoof from New York in which a bunch of Ds (Dot, Dina, Daynisha, etc.) don't live, laugh and love, but definitely degenerate, diss each other and do the wild thing (especially the latter). The D Word boasts great gags, comedienne Marga Gómez (as the head of WACT, the Womyn's Anarchist Collective Theatre) and of course there is NO truth to the rumor that it was put together by all the disgruntled lesbian actors and crew so far unable to get a gig on the real show.  www.thedword.com
Harold's Home Movies
The D Word
 

SATURDAY June 11, 2:00 p.m.

 


Lynn & Harriet
Linda Fitzpatrick Canada 2004 16 min.
To eat or not eat the one you love…

Starcrossed 
James Burkhammer USA 2004 15 min.
Darren and Connor are two star-crossed lovers bound together by blood. Set in a suburban neighborhood, this is an atmospheric story of two brothers whose relationship develops into something more than society can handle. 

The Milkman 
Ken Takahashi Canada 2001 8 min.
What draws this handsome youth to a peculiar and sizeable stranger? Find out in this startling award-winning short. www.microwavefilms.com

Coming Out at Work Is Hard to Do 
Kylie Eddie Australia 2004 4 min.
Your worst nightmare is a gift in this funny true short. 

Getting to Know You
Liz Lachman USA 2004 20 min.
Successful cartoonist Tenny just can’t seem to find the right chemistry with the beautiful women she sleeps with until she meets the divine Samantha, who is new to lesbian dating…

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Paternal Instinct
Murray Nossel USA 2003 75 min.
In contrast to the recent spate of gay parent documentaries Paternal Instinct is a fascinating and absorbing insight into the breeding process. We follow two gay men in their search for a suitable surrogate mother, a Wiccan from Maine, and then the agonizing three year long process of trying to get her pregnant. There is the anguish as they discover the impotent link in the fathering chain, the comedy of the repetitive conception rituals and the ecstasy of the birth of their child. With unfettered access to the participants, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Murray Nossel charts every step, and the camera never flinches. Whether you're into the whole parenting thing or not, the sheer humanity of this piece makes it totally absorbing. 
Lynn & Harriet
Starcrossed
The Milkman
Coming Out at Work
Getting to Know You
Paternal Instinct
 

SATURDAY June 11, 7:30 p.m.

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Recruiting
Feltch Sanders
Recruiting
Bobby Poirier & James Noel Hoban USA 2005 9 min.
The interview you never thought you’d have. How would you handle it?  www.bobbyroger.com

Feltch Sanders
Abe Sylvia USA 2004 12 min. 
1970s private dicks Fletch and Blossom are searching for a rich man’s lost boy toy, and doing some personal re-evaluating of their own, in this comedic queer homage to Starsky & Hutch.

Something Else
Shannon Olliffe Canada 2004 3 min.
Fun things happen when you play with yourself. Change is one of them.

Olive
Neasa Hardiman Ireland 2003 11 min.
Shy high-schooler Dierdre is drawn out of her shell by bad girl Olive.

Hoi Maya
Claudia Lorenz Switzerland 2004 12min.
A chance meeting in a hair salon rekindles sexual desire for two spirited older women.  www.hoimaya.ch

Billy’s Dad is a Fudgepacker
Jamie Donohue USA 2004 10 min. 
Billy’s essay assignment causes him to ask: What will he be when he grows up? Will Billy turn out to be a fudge-packer like his father?

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Straight-Jacket
Richard Day USA 2004 96 min.
Hunky screen idol Guy Stone is the dreamboat of every woman in America and the secret lover of every hot stud in Hollywood. A rock-solid manly man without the slightest little wiggle in his walk, Guy is the top choice for the lead in Ben Hur. But when a few homo-criminating photos pop up, the studio arranges an instant marriage of convenience to starry-eyed secretary Sally. Guy's life snowballs into a side-splitting struggle to keep his pink streak from his clueless bride and stay on top of the Hollywood A-list. Enter eye-catching leftist-agitator Rick, a novelist turned screenwriter and, well... Ben Hur-Ben-shmur. For the first time ever, Guy actually falls in love with the guy.  www.straightjacket-themovie.com

Closing Night Party to Follow
 
Olive
Hoi Maya
Billy's Dad is a Fudgepacker

Straight-Jacket

 
Come early and enjoy the Cinema Café before the show! Local restaurants will be providing delicious food to enjoy before select shows and during the intermission.

Check out the wonderful prizes being offered at our silent auction throughout the Festival and our Gala Live Auction on Friday, June 10th.  Click here for more info>>
 

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  • Opening/Closing night - $15 regular / $12 senior/student (June 3 & 11)
  • Weekend nights - $9 regular / 7 senior/student (June 4, 5 and 10) 
  • Weeknights & matinees - $8 regular / 6 senior/student
  • Three day pass (excluding Opening & Closing Nights) - $23   
  • Festival Pass - $69     

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