Friday, June 4 - 7:30pm
evening will benefit the Connecticut Coalition of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights.
DRAGTIME (Patti Kaplan, USA 1997, 75 min.)
Finally a film that revels in the sheer delightful
fabulousness of drag! A joyful look into the lives of
some of the most famous drag queens of today: Varla Jean
Merman, Candis Cayne, Lady Bunny, Charles Busch and
Lypsinka. These frocked out femmes of fashion light up
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (David Moreton, USA 1998, 100
min.) The year is 1984. The music is Bronski Beat and Boy
George. Eric and his best friend Maggie have summer jobs
at an amusement park in small-town Ohio. To cover up his
growing attraction to handsome co-worker Rod, Eric
pretends a relationship with Maggie, unaware that she is
falling in love with him. An honest film that truly
captures the conflicts and confusions of teenage
sexuality. Lea DeLaria shines as the Eric's friend and
Saturday, June 5 - 2:00 pm matinee
ANYTHING ONCE (Dan Aeberhard, USA 1998, 25 min.)
Will Joey break the habit of a lifetime and have sex with
a woman? Will super-straight Mike have sex with a man?
Will they try Anything Once?
FAIRY TALE (David Kittredge, USA 1998, 30
min.) "Once upon a time...." Todd and Eric have
been together for three and a half years. Now, for the
first time, Todd is bringing Eric home to meet his
parents. And neither is prepared for what follows.
will be present.
HONEY, I SENT THE MEN TO
THE MOON (Marta
Balletbo-Coll & Ana Simon Carezo,Spain 1998, 75 min.)
This wacky farce follows Rosa, a bungling employee who is
hired as CEO of a sanitary napkin Company. After it is
discovered that stress, brought on by men, is decreasing
women's menstruation cycles, Rosa, with the aid of an
ever-so-cute scientist develops a plan to rid the world
of stress, bring world peace and provide plenty of job
opportunities (even the Pope's position is available). A
wildly rebellious comedy about female empowerment, a
world without men and sanitary napkin sales!
June 5 - 7:30 pm
I LOVE YOU (Gordon Thomas, USA 1997, 6 min.) A
humorous animated tale of one guy's communication to
himself, his therapist, and if he could, what he'd say to
GLOVES (Tom E. Brown, USA 1998, 7 min.) A
twisted take on the social, physical and psychological
consequences of living with AIDS.
FROM OUTERSPACE (David Fourier, France
1997, 6 min.) French extraterrestrial cheerleaders. Need
we say more?
ONE TIME (Lane Janger, USA 1997, 8 min.) A
straight man's ultimate fantasy - we all know what it is.
So after the boyfriend pleads with his resistant
girlfriend to try it "Just One Time," she gives
in... adding some ideas of her own.
GROUND TO STAND ON (Joyce Warshaw & Janet
Bans, USA 1998, 35 min) Blue Lunden is a working class
lesbian activist whose odyssey of personal transformation
parallels lesbian women's changing roles over the past 40
years. A touching, inspiring look at a generation's
struggle for a lesbian identity and consciousness.
will be present.
WILL BE FINE (Angelina Maccarone,
Germany 1997, 90 min.) This incredibly sexy German comedy
of errors features imaginative visuals, a devilishly
funny script and two gorgeous Afro-German heroines.
Jilted lover Nabou is a slacker obsessed with her
ex-girlfriend. In order to spy on her, she takes a job as
a maid for Kim, the cool ad exec who lives downstairs.
The two seemingly opposite women, who share only the
petty racism inflicted on them, begin to fall for each
other much to everyone else's alarm..
Sunday, June 6 - 2:00pm
GOLDEN THREADS (Lucy Winer & Karen Easton, USA
1998, 60 min.) A profile of Christine Burton, an 80 year
old activist who started what has become a major
organization for older lesbians - Golden Threads. These
women are a revelation: refusing to be described as
feisty; everlooking for love; and full of hilarious
FINDING NORTH (Tanya Wexler, USA 1997, 95 min.)
A chance encounter produces the greatest rewards in this
bittersweet film. Rhonda, a big-haired bank teller from
Brooklyn, first spots Travis as he's about to jump from a
bridge. In Travis she sees a golden opportunity to rescue
a lost soul and fall in love in the process. But there's
one major obstacle: he's a distraught gay man grieving
the loss of his lover, Bobby. Through her selfish
persistence, Rhonda wiggles her way into his life, and
the unlikely pair head to a small Texas town to fulfil
Bobbyís last wish. A 90ís romantic comedy of sorts,
Finding North is an allegory for that elusive destination
we're all looking for ñ we don't know how to find it,
but we know when we get there.
Sunday, June 6 - 7:30pm
DIRTY BABY DOES
(Todd Browning, USA 1997, 9 min.) A wide-eyed doll
explores the wild life on Fire Island.
WAVELENGTHS (Pratibha Parmar, England 1997, 15
min.) A lovesick lesbian finds super cybersex on the
wavelengths of the Internet.
IN GOD WE TRUST:
IN LEATHER WE LUST (Yves J. Menou, USA 1998, 26 min.) a
documentary which shows a different perspective on what
leather truly means to leather men.
REGULAR GUYS (Rolf Silber, Germany 1996, 100
min.) Christoph is a macho (i.e. homophobic) detective
who has been thrown out by his girlfriend. He wakes up
next morning with a bad hangover--and in the bed of the
very cute and very naked Edgar, a gay auto mechanic. The
seemingly straight, but homeless Christoph moves in with
Edgar and things grow more complicated: he discovers not
only is Edgar involved in shady dealings but that he has
fallen in love with Christoph! This witty comedy of
errors and sexual persuasions is fast paced and loads of
June 7 - 7:30pm
TAYLOR SOMETIMES (Deborah Strutt, Australia
1998, 8 min.) From the maker of last yearís festival hit
My Cunt, comes this in your face monologue. Liz only
wishes she was this salty and this thin.
LESBIAN TAPES (AFTER ILENE SEGALOVE) (Melissa
Levin, USA 1998, 1 min.) Two dykes whine about vanilla
LISA (Melissa Levin, USA 1998, 10 min.)
Have you ever dated a Lisa?
Hoolboom, Canada 1997, 10 min.) A visually arresting
rumination on one man's HIV status.
OR SWIM (John McCabe, USA 1997, 30 min.) A
comedy fantasy about a conservative gay man who has the
time of his life in a gay nightclub!
STONEWALL (John Scagliotti, Janet Baus &
Dan Hunt, USA 1999, 88 min.) The sequel to Before
Stonewall, chronicles the history of the lesbian and gay
movement from the riots at Stonewall to the end of our
century. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, it tells the
remarkable tale of the hard work, struggles, tragic
defeats and exciting victories of the LGBT community that
started with a rebellious few and has grown into a
Tuesday, June 8 - 7:30pm
OFF THE STRAIGHT AND
NARROW (Katherine E.
Sender, USA 1998, 63 min.) traces television images of
lesbians, gays and bisexuals since the late 1960s: from a
few sick or criminal characters to a much greater range
of sympathetic portrayals today. This exceptional piece
takes the point of view that even with Ellen's much
publicized coming out, there is still a long way to go
fully include a queer perspective on television.
will be present.
OUT OF SEASON (Jeanette Buck, USA 1998, 98 min.)
Commitment-shy Micki travels to Cape May, NJ to care for
her ailing Uncle Charlie. Charlieís best friend, the
aloof Roberta is the only other dyke in town. Micki
doggedly pursues her until a friendship is made and
romance is a possibility. With humor, compassion and
wonderful romantic electricity between the two leads, Out
of Season is guaranteed to entertain, amuse and just
might make a romantic out of the most hardened dyke.
Wednesday, June 9 - 7:30pm
ROE VS. ROE (Meghan OíHara and Ilene Findler,
USA 1997, 50 min.) Norma Rae McCorvey was an unloved and
abused child. She dropped out of school and married at
16, became a mother at 17, and came out as a lesbian at
18. And in 1973 she became Jane Roe, the anonymous
plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court ruling on
abortion. Roe vs. Roe deftly shows the enormity of
responsibility McCorvey has dealt with in her life of
immense contradictions and those faced by her lover of 28
years, Connie Gonzales.
will be present.
PASAJES (Daniel Calposoro, Spain 1996, 89
min.) Seething with grit and passion, Pasajes could be
described as a Spanish version of the sexy thriller
Bound. Ruthlessly brutal by profession, but childlike
within, professional thief Gabi forms the turbulent
center of this mysterious lesbian action feature.
Combining elements of a classic crime thriller with
intense psychodrama, the film paints a portrait of a
woman living in a dream world that will be complete only
when she finds the woman of her dreams ad retires from
her violent day job.
June 10 7:30pm
Calin, USA 1998, 22 min.) Two women stake out their
territory on a rooftop...
GOOD SON (Robert Little, USA 1998, 12 min.)
is set against the backdrop of a diving meet where a boy
has his first romantic encounter with another boy.
Victor, USA 1998, 15 min.) A full moon. A smoky bar. All
Ted wanted was a drink. What he got instead might change
his life forever.
BEAUTIES (Jamie Babbit, USA 1998, 15 min.)
High Art's Radha Mitchel as an ice-cold beauty sent to
try the patience of a mortuary cosmetician.
THE BOAT (Bobby Hudson, USA 1998, 89 min.)
Nine guys, one hurricane and 2000 miles of ocean. This
remarkable documentary takes us on a classic
misadventure, as a motley crew of HIV+ sailors gets in
over their heads as they sail the Trans-Pacific Yacht
Race from California to Hawaii yet mange to survive and
emerge as heroes. Equal parts adventure movie, black
comedy and intimate human drama Rock the Boat is unique
in the way it speaks to us all. Don't miss this funny,
inspiring, and unforgettable portrait of ordinary guys
and their will to survive.
Friday, June 11 - 7:30pm
(Pratibha Parmar, England 1998, 50 min.) The newest work
from the director of Jodi: An Icon focuses on the
intersection of feminism and popular music in the work of
female recording artists, from Ani Di Franco and Sinead
OíConnor to Madonna and Courtney Love. The righteous
rage of The Righteous Babes tears the cobwebs off
feminism: these fierce rock divas roll it out of the
libraries and into packed concert halls. A sexy
invigorating must see!
BOY NEXT DOOR (Carl Pfirman, USA 1998, 13 min.)
Sibling rivalry prevails when a teenage brother and
sister trade cruel pranks in a competition for the
attention of the hunky new Boy Next Door.
WE'RE FUNNY THAT
Adkin, Canada 1998, 86 min.) Leave your Prozac at home
and come roar at Canadaís (and the worldís) first queer
comedy roundup (produced by and featuring Hartford's own
Maggie Cassella). Hear Lea Delariaís impressions about
her visit to the National Right to Life Congress, Steve
Moore's sero-quips (ìAIDS! Hope I never get that
again!î), Kate Clinton's political savvy, Bob Smithís
gay math problems, John McGivern's bliss in Barbie's
dream house, and so much more. These comics discuss the
issues of the pressure to do closeted comedy and the
stresses and joys of coming out to straight audiences.
The truth has never been so funny!
Saturday, June 12 - 2:00 pm
Presented in cooperation
with the Connecticut Stonewall Foundation.
GENDERNAUTS (Monika Treut, USA 1999, 90 min.)
is a tour of San Francisco's Transgender community. San
Francisco is a city where the sun always shines and the
boundaries set by labels such as
male/female/straight/gay/lesbian and transgender dissolve
creating an environment in which people can discover
themselves. Familiar faces are on hand to lead us
throughóAnnie Sprinkle, Stafford, Jordy, and Max as we
meet the supportive 'family' that constantly challenges
convention. These are warm affectionate portraits and the
end result is a fascinating and stimulating picture of a
Panel discussion to
June 12 - 7:30pm
FOR MAYOR (Lucia Davis, USA 1997, 4 min,
video). Lesbian performer Betsey Gallagher takes to the
streets of New York City to campaign for mayor with an
agenda of diversity and acceptance that only a drag king
BELLY WHITE (Michael Burke, USA 1998, 25 min.)
Winner of the prize for Best Short at Sundance Film
Festival, this powerful vignette finds a young teenager
on the cusp of discovering his sexual identity through
his attraction to an older boy.
PRAYER (DeSales, USA 1998, 30min.) Based
on a true story, the film takes us inside the tortured
mind of a bright young lesbian model as she battles the
demons of her past and the crack addiction of her
present, regarding with dimming hope the redemptive power
will be present.
IT'S JUST SEX (PJ Castellaneta, USA
1998, 110 min.) An ensemble romantic comedy with a
difference, Relax... is a film about relationships,
friendships and, of course, sex. A tight knit group of
lesbian, gay, and straight friends, who struggle to live,
love, stay friends in modern day LA. Playwright Vincie
(Party of Fiveís Mitchell Anderson) canít find the
right guy, he complains to Tara (Bound's Jennifer Tilly)
the sexy resident den mother who is preoccupied with
trying to get pregnant with Gus who is not sure he is
ready to settle down. Meanwhile, long-time lesbian
couple, Surina and Meghan, are breaking up. And this is
only the beginningÖChanging tone effortlessly between
comedy and tragedy, Relax... is a story of friendship for
the millenium. Finally a comic film that the whole GLBT
family can enjoy!
Night Reception to follow
available at the door and
The Reader's Feast, The Metro Store and The Hartford Gay & Lesbian
Pride and Joy
$8 per show
$6 students and seniors
$10 Opening and closing nights (incl. Reception)
$8 Opening and closing nights for students and seniors
$20 for three day pass (not valid opening or closing nights)
$60 for a Festi-pass (all 12 shows!)
Festival info: 860-586-1136.
Thanks to our
Design, Alternatives,Inc., The Advocate Newspapers, CJ's Restaurant,
Cinestudio, Eros, Metroline, in newsweekly and The Reader's Feast.