The 13th Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
June 2-10, 2000
6/2/00 Opening Night
Saturday 6/3/00 - Evening
Matinee/Eve 'Queer as Folk'
Saturday 6/10/00 – Matinee
Saturday 6/10/00 – Evening
Friday 6/2- Opening Night Gala- 7:30pm
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in
All the World
(Allan Brocka, USA 1999, 8 min, 16mm )
Enter an animated, Lego-land world for a hilarious and biting look at
two gay couples experiencing the ups and downs of contemporary coupling.
(Sonali Gulati, USA 1999, 5 min, VHS)
Using photography, poetry, and music, an Indian woman "recomputes"
her cultural identity to "account" for her lesbian identity.
Verbal Sex: The Art of Nyna
(Alberto Ferreras, USA 1999, 8 min, 16mm)
Beginning with some general statements about her
performance art, this short continues to feature
Nyna's erotic poetry, complemented with music and
video clips, about a sexual encounter with a straight
The Trey Billings Show
(David Briggs, USA 1999, 35 min, Beta)
Created and produced by David Briggs, Carl Capotorto, and David Drake,
The Trey Billings Show is a sophisticated satire of late night, low-rent,
public access television. In this episode, our host has managed to bring
Miss Dodie Day (a TV icon who is now selling a new line of skin care
products) on his show. David Drake provides a riotous performance as he
fills both the loafers of Trey Billings and the pumps of Miss Dodie
Day. Filmmaker will be present.
Why Not Me? (Pourquoi Pas Moi?)
(Stephane Giusti, France 1999, 94 min)
Twenty-somethings Eva (the ladies’ woman), Ariane (the
intellectual), and Nico (the hunky soccer player) live it up in Paris, far
from the heterosexual presumptions of their parents. An afternoon with
Camille (the PFLAG poster child) and her mom is enough to convince the
trio that it’s time to tell all. With support from Camille’s mom
and straight colleague, Lili, they resolve to do just that. To their
surprise, they learn that parents may have closets too! French with English subtitles
6/3/00- Matinee- 2:00pm
Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100
Welbon, USA 1999, 60 min, Beta)
Director Yvonne Welbon leads us on a journey through Ruth Ellis’
life, an African-American centurion is recognized as the oldest, out
lesbian in the United States. Beginning with the Springfield race
riots in 1908 through her involvement in the lesbian community of the
1990s, Ellis has been at the center of it all, making her home the heart
of the gay and lesbian community in Detroit before a proper one existed in
Let It Come Down
(Jennifer Baichwal, USA 1998, 75 min, 16mm)
as "the conversation with Bowles you always wanted to have"
(David Cronenberg), Let it Come Down is a film which
invites its audience to experience
Paul Bowles' writing and music in a way they never
have before--through the perspective of the writer and
those who were closest to him. During this
documentary, Bowles, who passed away last year, speaks
out on his life, his work, his friends, and his
unconventional marriage to Jane Bowles, while inviting
us into the freedom he knew in Morocco. His renown
book, The Sheltering Sky, is discussed, in length,
both William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Additional
appearances are also made by Jane Bowles and Cherifa,
Jane's lover of twenty years who is rumored to have
poisoned her to death, as well as others who were
close to Bowles during his life. This broad yet penetrating perspective
into Bowles' life and work
provides the audience with a final insight into his
accomplishments and contributions, both to the world
of literature and the greater society.
Saturday 6/3/00 -
(Meema Spadola, USA 2000, 57 min, Beta)
This documentary explores the experiences of 5 diverse gay and
lesbian families with children. The kids speak honestly and frankly about
their home lives and their school lives, and how the two intersect.
With courage and compassion, these kids, together with their gay and
lesbian parents, are writing new histories as they struggle to redefine
out culture's traditional of family.
Could Be Worse
(Zack Stratis, USA 2000, 90 min, Beta)
This musical will have you rolling with laughter as director Zack
Stratis introduces the audience to his Greek-American family. Exploring
his relationships with his siblings and his parents as they plan the
celebration of his parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, Zack’s
recurring question is "What should I say in my film?" Not only
is he talking about the intricacies of his family’s "personal"
life, but also about being gay in this traditionally closed family. Filmmaker
will be present.
(Tickets for the Entire Day will be only $12)
Queer as Folk
(Chris McDougall and Sarah Harding, UK 1998, 480 min Beta)
"The best TV series you'll probably never see" (Entertainment
Weekly), Queer as Folk has hit festivals around the country,
bringing to Americans this fabulous series from across the Atlantic. A far
cry from Will and Grace, Queer as Folk features three gay
men, a lesbian couple, and a host of minor characters, presenting
"real" people, not role models. The series looks at many issues
within the gay community, including teen sex, drugs, promiscuity, and
unrequited love. The original series (the first eight episodes shown) was
such a hit that viewers at home were left panting for more . . . and they
got it. Queer as Folk 2 is two one-hour episodes that continue the
program which created more heated newsprint that any show in years. While
rumor has it that Joel Schumacher is out to make an Americanized version
of Queer as Folk for Showtime, we all know that there’s nothing
quite like the original.
Queer as Folk -Episodes 1, 2, & 3
Queer as Folk -Episodes 4, 5, & 6
Queer as Folk - Episodes 7 & 8
Queer as Folk 2 – Episodes 1 & 2
(Irene Sosa, 1999, 32 min, Beta)
Gay and lesbian immigrants from several countries discuss the reasons
behind their decisions to leave their friends and families and move to the
United States. Here they can openly express their sexuality without the
fear of socially condoned abuses or death they would experience in their
Kiss My Cleats
(Beth Pielert, USA 1999, 18 min, Beta)
This documentary of the gay games explores the energy and excitement
the players on the soccer team bring to it, as well as the secret life of
one team member.
(Various Directors, France, 1998, 68 min)
Can two best friends become lovers? When do you think
about using a condom during sex? How do you come out
to your parents? Will someone's HIV status keep you
from becoming involved with him/her? What would you
sacrifice for your lover? Can fantasy be as good as
questions and more are explored in this charming collections
of shorts from France. Originally a ten film
collection sponsored by the French government to explore
gay, lesbian, and HIV related issues, this feature
has had two films (Close To and Cherish) added to
complete the package. French with English
Crash Skid Love
(Chris Chong, Canada 1998, 2 min, Beta)
A Claymation skater-boy love story that swings.
(Glenn Gaylord, USA 2000, 7 min, 35mm)
A comical look at the present state of social-service bureaucracies
ensues when a young man who’s having trouble with his medication
attempts to receive some help by phoning his local AIDS center.
Laugh in the Dark
(Justine Pimlott, Canada 1999, 48 min, 3/4" video)
This documentary explores the experiences in the local community of a
group of gay men and lesbians from Toronto who open a bed and breakfast in
the dying town of Crystal Beach, Ontario.
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me
(Tim Kirkman, USA 2000, 85 min)
David Drake is the gay "Everyman" in this one-man recreation
of the off-Broadway play. He shifts from persona to persona, documenting
such experiences as buying that first Village People album, a young boy’s
first kiss, working out in the gym, losing friends to AIDS, and a look at
a brighter, more hopeful future. David Drake will be present.
Straight down the Aisle
(Chris Russo and Kelly Hankin, USA 2000, 23 min, Beta)
This documentary goes behind the scenes of traditional weddings to talk
to lesbian bridesmaids and their various experiences. Topics include struggles over bringing their girlfriends/partners and
standing up for their ex-gay lovers.
Maid of Honor
(Jennifer Arnold, USA 1998, 24 min, 35mm)
Two lovers learn that a progressive, open relationship is no insurance
against heartache in an era when no relationship seems to last.
(Sheryl Lee Ralph, USA 1998, 13 min, 35mm)
A wedding shower turns sour when six childhood friends must figure out
which two of their men are sleeping together.
(Ana Kokkinos, Australia 1998, 104 min, 35mm)
Nineteen. For many it's an age that brings with it many torments and
many adventures. It's the time of struggle between conforming to familial
and social expectations and allowing your independeny self to come
forth. For Ari, our protagonist, it's also a time of conflict between his
traditional Greek-Australian values and his realization that he's gay.
film highlights a day in his life as he travels on his path towards
self-discovery. As a denial of self, Ari throws himself into a hedonistic
binge of drug taking, club hopping, and casual anonymous sex. However, his
hidden sexual exploits finally come to a "head on" clash with
world when he meets a cute blond named Shawn. Is this what Ari needs in
order to come to terms with himself?
(Scott Berry, USA 1998, 9 min, Beta)
Much in the spirit of those who spoke out against the Millennium March
On Washington, this group of radical queers talks about their politics and
the shame they feel towards traditional "pride politics."
Strain of You
(Sibyl O’Malley, USA 1999, 13 min, 16mm)
When Jonathan dies of AIDS, his mother attempts to find some
understanding by seeking out a young, gay man in her neighborhood.
Aimee & Jaguar
(Max Farberbock, Germany 1998, 126 min, 35mm)
A re-enactment of the tale that inspired the documentary Love Story,
Aimee and Jaguar is based on the true story of a love affair between
two women from different sides of the war that ripped Europe apart in the
1940s. Felice, a Jewish lesbian who is an active member of an underground
organization, and Lily, wife of a Nazi soldier and mother of four, come
together in the days of the Battle of Berlin to take comfort in each
other, help each other stay alive, and lose themselves in the passion that
glows between them. (A) German with English subtitles.
(Andy Abrahms Wilson, USA 1999, 5 min, Beta)
Filmed entirely underwater, this short portrays how beautiful the end
of a relationship can be.
(Parris Patton, USA 1999, 65 min, 35mm)
This documentary provides a four year chronicle of the journey to
womanhood of Stacey "Hollywood" Dean, a courageous transgender
woman. From the family she left behind in North Carolina to the community
she joined in Hollywood, Creature explores her odyssey through interviews
with Stacey, as well as with her close friends and family, who are not
always supportive of the decisions she’s made.
(Stev’nn Hall, USA 1999, 6 min, Beta)
This collage of clips from adult and mainstream film reveals that S/M
images exist on a much broader scale in popular culture than we ever could
Just One Time
(Lane Janger, USA 1999, 93 min, 35mm)
If you enjoyed the short of the same name from last
year's festival, you'll love this full, feature-length
version of Just One Time. Set in New York's East
Village, we enter the scene shortly before Anthony and
Amy's wedding day. Anthony reiterates his
long-standing desire to engage in a three-way sexual
encounter with Amy and another woman. Amy finally
relents, but draws Anthony into a quid-pro-quo
agreement: she'll engage in a same-sex sexual
encounter only if he will too! As the couple goes
their separate ways in search of their partners of
choice, they find themselves forced to handle the
stress this new dimension of their relationship
creates. A mixed film for a mixed audience, your
straight friends will love this film every bit as much
as you will!
The Ambiguously Gay Duo #8
(J.J. Sedelmaier, USA 1999, 3 min, Beta)
Teenagers Ace and Gary rescue the school from an overzealous
Lesbian Teens in High School
(Norah Simon, USA 1999, 23 min, 3/4" video)
This film captures the sense of isolation that today's out teenagers
have inherited from the hidden lives of the past. The teenagers
present themselves as historical agents whose activism will create better
lives for future high school students.
(Lawrence Ferber, USA 1999, 19 min, 16mm)
Christopher is determined to get his first gay kiss by his eighteenth
birthday, which is only three days away! Filmmaker will be
Show Me Love
(Lukas Moodysson, Sweden 1998, 89 min)
High School is tough for everyone, but it’s especially difficult for
gay students. Agnes is an outcast who’s smitten with the very popular
Elin. Elin’s getting tired of the party scene and of living in Fucking
Amal (the original title), where news moves so slowly, things are
"out" elsewhere before they’re "in" in Amal. Elin
thought little of Agnes until one night when she kisses Agnes on a bet . .
. and realizes she enjoyed it. Will the two girls be able to overcome
their different places in the high school class system, or will they be
torn apart by the viciousness of that world? A film that swept native
Oscars and honors at the Berlin Film Festival, Show Me Love is one
show you won’t want to miss. Swedish with English subtitles.
The evening is a benefit for the Cinestudio Endowment Challenge
The Ambiguously Gay Duo #7
(J.J. Sedelmaier, USA 1998, 3 min, Beta)
Ace and Gary read us some of their exciting fan mail!
(Luc Feit, Germany 1998, 3 min, 35mm)
Two young men trying to make love are continually interrupted by the
nosy woman next door.
(J.J. Sedelmaier, USA 1998, 3 min, Beta)
A new "Superhero" who now crusades against his former
Shame No More
(John Krokidas, USA 1999, 12 min, 16mm)
What will Johnny do when he realizes he’s (gasp) heterosexual? For a
high school boy living in this homosexual world, nothing could be worse.
What will his dads do when they discover his disease?
Mmm...Smells Like Christmas
(Tyler Polhemus, USA 1999, 13 min, 16mm)
It's Christmas Eve and Gregory is stuck inside his Dittikin Faber City
apartment because the French have unleashed giant cockroaches upon the
Dittikin Faber Corporation with whom they are at war. When one breaks into
his apartment, Gregory is in a battle against time to find the pesticide
knows his mother has given him as a Chirstmas gift. Will he find it in
time? And just what will this pesticide do?
But I'm a Cheerleader
(Jamie Babbit, USA 1999, 81 min, 35mm)
Director Jamie Babbit describes But I'm a Cheerleader as being
"told from a femme point of view, one that has been ignored in the
cannon of lesbian movies which have primarily been from the vantage point
of a butch." To a genre that has brought us films such as The
Incredible True Adventures of Two Girls in Love and Go Fish, But I'm a
Cheerleader is a welcome addition. Looking at the merging sexuality of a
girl in high school, this film struggles with stereotypes of what is and
is not "lesbian." Megan is pretty, popular, dates the captain of
the football team, and has a secure position on the cheerleading squad.
How could she possibly be a lesbian? However, her parents are nervous
because she also happens to be a vegetarian and hasher walls covered in
Melissa Etheridge posters. Their response to their fears are to send her
off to True Directions, a homosexual rehabilitation camp full with a
twelve-step program. Megan, however, can't seem to get past the first
step--admitting she's a lesbian; she doesn't think she is. But then her
notions of herself are challenged further when she meets Graham, a rebel
tomboy, and the sparks fly.
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