Sunday, May 31, 2015

Painting the Spectrum 11: SASOD's LGBT Film Festival 2015

Painting the Spectrum 11 : 
SASOD's LGBT Film Festival 2015 
Movie Schedule 

Tuesday, June 2
Out on the Tracks – Documentary
Origin: USA | Duration: 79 mins
Out on the Tracks portrays a gay Guyanese soul singer, Nhojj and documents his ground-breaking “Made to Love Him” sessions. Affirming the LGBTQ community through same-sex renditions of classic heterosexual love songs from Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" to Billy Joel's "She's Got a Way" ("He's Got a Way"), this gentle and human documentary touches upon the themes of love, hope and self-acceptance, and explores the recording process and the power of music.

Shank – Drama
Directors:  Simon Pearce, Christian Martin
Origin: UK | Duration: 94 mins
Worlds collide as the lives of Cal and Olivier intersect in SHANK, a gritty coming of age drama. Cal, an 18 year old Scally lad and gang member has nothing in his life except drugs, sex, random acts of violence and a secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. An online hook up for sex with a stranger, Scott (36), temporarily satisfies but fails to dampen his unspoken desires for his best mate, Jonno. Nessa, their twisted, foul-mouthed and controlling, de facto gang leader, suspects that there is something going on between them but she can't put her finger on it. Jonno, putty in Nessa's hands, can't express his own deep rooted and unrequited attachment to Cal. Manipulating situations that bring her closer to having her suspicions confirmed, Nessa sets out about dividing loyalties and encouraging conflict.

Thursday, June 4
Blue is the Warmest Colour – Drama, Romance
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Origin: France | Duration: 179 mins (Subtitled)
The sensation of the Cannes Film Festival and the most controversial film of the year, Blue is the Warmest Colour made cinema history as the first film ever awarded the Palme d’Or to both its director and its actresses. In a star-making role, Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a passionate young woman who has a yearning she doesn’t quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma ignites a flame and brings her to life. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) gives a fearless performance as Emma, the older woman who excites Adèle’s desire and becomes the love of her life. Abdellatif Kechiche’s (The Secret of the Grain) tenderness and passion chart their relationship over the course of several years, from the ecstasy of a first kiss to the agony of heartbreak. Pulsing with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.

Tuesday, June 9
No Easy Walk to Freedom – Documentary
Director: Nancy Nicol
Origin: India | Duration: 90 mins
A story of the struggle for decriminalization of homosexuality in contemporary India. Filmed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and rural India, No Easy Walk to Freedom, a documentary by Nancy Nicol, tells the story of the struggle to strike down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexuality. Told through the voices of lawyers, activists and community leaders, No Easy Walk to Freedom exposes human rights violations perpetrated under section 377 and documents the growth of queer organizing in India in the context of this historic legal battle to overturn a colonial-era law.

Thursday, June 11
Punks – Comedy, Music, Romance
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Origin: USA | Duration: 91 mins
Editorial Review: From the creator of TV's NOAH'S ARC, PUNKS tells the tale of 4 gay African-American friends in L.A. - shy, virginal photographer Marcus (Seth Gilliam), outgoing lethario Hill (Dwight Ewell), hot-to-trot rich kid newbie Dante (Renoly Santiago), and fabulous drag diva Crystal (Jazzmun). When the hunky Darby (Rockmond Dunbar) moves in next door to Marcus, the foursome wonder if the seemingly straight music producer might be bendable when Marcus strikes up a close friendship with the new neighbour. Meanwhile, Hill struggles in the aftermath of a breakup with his French husband (Rudolf Martin); young Dante struggles to find himself; and diva Crystal deals with the trials of having a high-profile, closeted celebrity boyfriend. Featuring fierce drag queen performances choreographed by Emmy-award winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks and costumed by renowned designer Linda Stokes (Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, etc.) all set to the tune of a vintage Sister Sledge disco soundtrack- PUNKS is an award-winning and ground-breaking romantic comedy. It was premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2000; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (2001) and a GLAAD Award (2001), and winner of the Outstanding Emerging Talent Award at LA's Outfest Film Festival (2000) & Best American Independent Feature Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival (2000).

Tuesday, June 16
Southern Comfort – Documentary
Director: Kate Davis
Origin: USA | Duration: 90 mins
Rarely has a film garnered such high levels of critical praise as SOUTHERN COMFORT, a breakout hit and winner at nearly 20 major film festivals including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. From Seattle to Florida from San Francisco to Berlin, SOUTHERN COMFORT has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with its rare blend of humour, tragedy and romance. At the heart of SOUTHERN COMFORT is a beautiful and remarkable love story more touching and captivating than anything fiction could ever create. With a masterful eye for emotional detail award-winning filmmaker Kate Davis takes us to the back hills of Georgia and into the world of Robert Eads, a 52-year-old wise-cracking cowboy warm and gregarious who was born female and later transitioned into living as a man after bearing two sons. The film finds Robert fifteen years later during the extraordinary last year of his life as he falls headlong into a passionate romance with Lola a vivacious and magnetic woman who was born male. One of the most remarkable documentaries of our time about gender, family and love relationships SOUTHERN COMFORT is an illuminating and deeply moving film- a world of contradictions where good old boys who drive pick-up trucks and shoot the breeze around the barbecue double as 21st century pioneers courageously forging a new world for themselves and for us.

Thursday, June 18
A Perfect Ending – Movie
Director: Nicole Conn
Origin: USA | Duration: 110 mins
Drop dead gorgeous Jessica Clark (True Blood’s Lilith) and TV icon Barbara Niven co-star in this glossy, sexy and fun romantic drama from writer-director Nicole Conn (Elena Undone, Claire of the Moon). When straight and married Rebecca (Niven) seeks out the sexual services of high-priced call girl Paris (Clark) she isn’t expecting to fall in love. A Perfect Ending is filled to the brink with aching desire and the sexual chemistry between Niven and Clark is off the charts. The cast also boasts Morgan Fairchild, John Heard, Rebecca Staab and a cameo from celesbian actress/therapist Cathy DeBuono. This opposites- attract, edge-of-your-seat lesbian romance is a glossy, sexy and fun romantic drama guaranteed to earn a fresh array of fans for veteran writer-director Nicole Conn.

Tuesday, June 23
Call Me Kuchu – Documentary
Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Origin: Uganda | Duration: 87 mins
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. 

Thursday, June 25
Muxes: authentic, intrepid danger-seekers – Documentary
Director: Alejandra Islas
Origin: Mexico | Duration: 105 mins (Subtitled)
This documentary is the living and surprising portrait of a gay men group who defend their sexual diversity while preserving their indigenous Zapoteca identity in the “gay paradise” of Juchitan, Mexico. MUXES examines the pressure on the borders within the indigenous culture which has historically embraced this “third gender”.  Muxes from Juchitan feel proud of their identity, enjoy their lives, laugh on themselves and on heterosexual society, and freely accept their own weaknesses. They call themselves “authentic, intrepid danger-seekers” and they have united to advance.

Painting the Spectrum: A Commemorative Documentary   
Origin: Guyana | Duration: 20 mins
An LGBT Film Festival? In the Caribbean? Being held for 10 years? Improbable? Maybe. Festival organizers from the Guyanese non-government organisation, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and audience members relate what the LGBT film festival ‘Painting the Spectrum’ means to the them, the LGBT community, and the Guyanese population as a whole.

The customary ... PAINTING THE SPECTRUM - Thursday, June 25.

Spectrum Night, Cabaret event - Saturday, June 27.  

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