Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jobriath A.D.

Jobriath A.D., dir. Kieran Turner, 2011, USA, 102 min.  [trailer]
Tuesday 6/19, 9:30 @ Victoria, JOBR19V

The true fairy of rock’n’roll
“Asking me if I’m homosexual is like asking James Brown if he’s black.” In the 1970’s, glam rock stars like David Bowie flirted with innuendoes that they might be bisexual, but Jobriath openly identified himself as “the true fairy of rock’n’roll.” He signed up with promoter Jerry Brandt, who spent lavishly to promote Jobriath, but the pair seemed unable to translate the saturation publicity into success. Jobriath’s picture was plastered on 2,000 buses in New York, Paris, and London, but there was no chart-topping single, no triumphant world tour, and not even enough record sales to cover the pre-release promotion costs. Jobriath rocketed from Broadway star to has-been in the blink of an eye. Sadly, Jobriath was ahead of his time in another respect: he was among the earliest AIDS fatalities, dead in 1983 at the age of 36. This documentary tells his story, pulling no punches in laying a large share of the blame at the feet of Jerry Brandt, and goes on to show some of the artists who were influenced by Jobriath’s two albums (which are now available on iTunes, a testament to their artistic staying power). It’s a fascinating story of what might have been, a cautionary tale about how not to do music promotion, an homage to the music itself as well as the artist, and a period piece. Audience reaction to the animated interludes was decidedly mixed, but on the whole the film was easily better than your average “behind the music” retrospective. Worth seeing, recommended.

Facing Mirrors • Aynehaye Rooberoo • آینه های روبرو

Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo • آینه های روبرو), dir. Negar Azarbayjani, 2011, Iran, 102 min., in Farsi with English subtitles,  [trailer]
Monday 6/18, 6:30 @ Castro, MIRR18C
Adineh/Eddie (Shayesteh Irani • شایسته ایرانی)
and Rana (Qazal Shakeri) in Facing Mirrors
(Aynehaye Rooberoo • آینه های روبرو)
Tuesday 6/19, 9:30 @ Elmwood (Berkeley), MIRR19E

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a study in contradictions. On the one hand, it is among the most barbarically repressive nations in modern history in regard to homosexuality, sentencing men to horrific torture executions for nothing more than the “crime” of loving another human being. At the same time, Iran is in some ways among the most progressive nations in its treatment of transsexuals. Shortly after the 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a ruling that changing one’s sex was acceptable under Islamic law, and the government now offers financial assistance for the transition. (Sadly, many gay men have been coerced to pretend to be heterosexual transwomen in order to escape persecution.)

It is against this backdrop that we meet a woman named Adineh who is in his heart a man named Eddie. Adineh is trying to get a passport to travel to Germany for gender reassignment surgery, not because it’s impossible to get the surgery in Tehran, but because his father is trying to marry him off to put an end to what he views as shame brought upon the family. Fleeing from a pack of goons his father sent to kidnap him, Eddie flags down a gypsy cab driven by Rana, a woman whose husband’s imprisonment has forced her to provide for herself and her son. In keeping with social and religious customs, Rana accepts only female passengers, so Adineh dons her chador and they head off. After an awkward incident involving the restrooms at a roadside rest stop, Eddie tries to explain that he is really trans, but Rana is overwhelmed; in a panic, she drives into the path of a bus. Eddie stays to help Rana return home to recuperate, in the process hiding where his father would least expect, right back in Tehran. To their own surprise, Eddie and Rana find a real bond between them, as each tries to navigate the narrow path their society allows them.

Shayesteh Irani, who was in the banned 2006 film Offside as a female fan of men’s soccer, brings Eddie and Adineh both to life, interweaving the two aspects of the character with sure-footed grace. Qazal Shakeri came to the project as a costume designer, but found her true calling playing Rana, a woman who is rooted in conservative religious values but who has a core of inner strength and conviction equal to a bra-burning feminist. Above all, Eddie and Rana never lose sight of their humanity. Facing Mirrors is the first Iranian film ever with a transgender protagonist, but even apart from that worthy achievement, it is a fine film in its own right, with skillfully drawn characters and an engaging story. Unquestionably a Must-See film for all audiences.

I Want Your Love

I Want Your Love (feature film), dir. Travis Mathews, 2012, USA, 71 min.  [trailer]
Sunday 6/17, 9:30pm @ Castro, WANT17C

I Want Your Love
I Want Your Love was a short film in 2010 [Frameline 35; trailer] that has blossomed into a feature film, making its world première at Frameline 36. Jesse is a performance artist in San Francisco, being forced by economic pressures to move back to Ohio, not sure he wants to attend the going away party thrown by his best friend. Along the way, various people hook up with new friends — or with exes they’re not yet really over — and have deep conversations.

This is the way my friends talk (about their sex lives and in general), which isn’t terribly surprising since some of the players are acquaintances of mine and we run in similar circles. Although most of the film is scripted, the actors had significant input to ensure that their lines would ring true. It’s real sex (nothing simulated), but with a real story and mostly realistic situations. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill “grunt and thrust” porno film. Highly recommended.

Note: I Want Your Love contains explicit scenes of actual fucking and sucking and S.E.X.


Funkytown, dir. Daniel Roby, 2011, Canada, 132 min., in English (without subtitles) and French with English subtitles; also available in French (without subtitles) and English with French subtitles 
Monday 6/18, 3:30 @ Castro, FUNK18C

Catching a little disco fever
at the Starlight in Funkytown
Funkytown is a period piece, set in the late 1970’s and early 80’s in Montréal. It’s loosely based on several true stories, revolving around the Starlight, a fictional disco. Bastien Lavallée is a radio DJ who also hosts the local TV show Disco Dance Party. Bastien is married with a daughter, but finds it impossible to resist the allure of fame, with all its accoutrements. His TV co-host is flamboyant trendsetter Jonathan, who holds court in his salon for the chosen few. Justin Chatwin (of Showtime’s US version of Shameless) is Tino, who shows up with his girlfriend (*cough* beard *cough*) Tina to show off their moves on the dance floor, as they both become friends with Jonathan. The dialogue shifts seamlessly between French and English, as conversation in Montréal is wont to do.

The music is fabulous and fun, with several fun characters, but this nice period piece is far too long at  2h12m, painfully predictable in several places, with a disappointing lack of character development, especially given its length. Good fun, but not a great film. Recommended.

Note: the official website is listed as, although as of this writing it is not operational. There is also a Facebook page.

Stud Life

Stud Life, dir. CampbellX, 2012, UK, 80 min. 
Sunday 6/17, 7:00 @ Castro, STUD17C
Monday, 6/18, 9:30 @ Elmwood (Berkeley), STUD18E

Seb (Kyle Treslove) and
JJ (T’Nia Miller) in Stud Life
JJ is a black lesbian with so much “mad swagger and stone butch tendencies” that she sometimes almost comes across as macho. She lives with her best friend Seb, a slightly fem twink with a yen for rough trade. JJ’s day job is photographing weddings, gay and straight, with Seb assisting; by night, they go clubbing together, the complete lack of overlap in their sexual tastes enabling an easy camaraderie. But then JJ meets Elle, a sexy femme who immediately rubs Seb the wrong way, Seb tries to warn JJ that Elle is trouble, but JJ is resolute. Meanwhile, Seb has been brushing off the advances of “Smack Jack,” a low-level drug dealer who clearly hails from more privileged circumstances, as he pursues an online connection.

Stud Life breaks some new ground in terms of its setting, in multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-gender London, in the east of the city rather than the more well-worn West End. As Campbell X put it, it breaks out of the mainstream attitude that “Oh, we’re all in one lovely bubble of assimilation and acceptance.” Unfortunately, it also falls into a number of clichés and predictable plot points in other respects, sending the characters into broadly telegraphed situations that are entirely too familiar, with a mishmash of rom-com tropes and episodic scenes with little to connect one to the next. Still, T’Nia Miller (a high femme in real life!) and Kyle Treslove have a fabulous chemistry together that saves the effort. One caution for American audiences, though: the East London slang and accents are occasionally a bit thick, so I’m guessing that the DVD release will have English subtitles for the benefit of non-Brits. Fun, worth seeing, Recommended.

Morir de pie (To Die Standing Up)

Morir de pie (Die Standing Up), dir. Jacaranda Correa, 2011, Mexico, 90 min., in Spanish with English subtitles 
Sunday 6/17, 2:00 @ Roxie, DIES17R

Nelida Reyes and Irina Layevska in
Morir de pie (Die Standing Up)
From early childhood, Irina Layevska has had a degenerative medical condition, requiring multiple hospital stays, often for many months at a time. The child of two prominent socialist political figures, Irina idolized Che Guevara, consciously imitating his look when she was a young man. She married fellow activist Nelida Reyes in Havana as part of a rally expressing Mexican solidarity with Cuba against the continued US embargo in the face of the collapse of Cuba’s primary benefactor, the USSR. Faced with losing her eyesight on top of progressive loss of the use of her hands and legs, Irina despaired, but when Nelida encouraged her to get in touch with her feminine side, she went farther in that direction than either of them ever imagined. Doctors told Irina’s parents that she wouldn’t live past age 20, but her steely determination has kept her going through all the hardships. Mexican journalist and anchorwoman Jacaranda Correa (Twitter @jacarandilla) produced this moving documentary about a remarkable activist. Highly recommended.


Petunia, dir. Ash Christian, 2011, USA, 104 min. 
Sunday 6/17, 1:30 @ Castro, PETU17C

In a nutshell (which is, after all, very nearly to say in a nut’s hell), the Petunia family is the Grand Central Station of emotional train wrecks. Charlie Petunia (Tobias Segal) is a blogger, supposedly celibate but in love with a man who lives in the apartment downstairs (who turns out to have a few twists to his own story). His brother Michael (Eddie Kay Thomas) is a newlywed with an emotionally distant wife, Vivian (Thora Birch), who is pregnant with a baby that may or may not be Michael’s: she’s been sneaking around with the third brother, Adrian, a sex addict who paints larger-than-life portraits of the yonis of his paramours. The parents, of course, are psychoanalysts, played by Christine Lahti and David Rasche, who can barely stand to speak directly to one another. Charlie finally hooks up with the guy downstairs (Michael Urie from Ugly Betty), who turns out to be Vivian’s cousin but also married to a woman (with a few screws loose herself, of course). It’s a rich tapestry of neurosis and family dysfunction that could easily devolve into audience disaffection and alienation, but the script is remarkably incisive without belittling the humanity deeply buried somewhere underneath this parade of misfits. It boasts numerous laugh-out-loud moments, including a few spots where the setup of the next joke was stepped on by the audience’s reaction to the previous punchline. Filmmaker Ash Christian brought us last year’s funny but flawed Mangus! but has an unqualified success with Petunia. Definitely a must-see!

Mystery Date (2012 shorts program)

Mystery Date (shorts program)
Saturday 6/16, 9:15pm @ Roxie, MYST16R
Silver Stiletto, dir. Luke Mayze, 2011, Australia, 15 min.  [trailer]
Sólo un detalle (Just One Detail), dir. Giovanni Maccelli, 2010, Spain, 3 min., in Spanish with English subtitles  [watch (w/o subtitles)]
Regrets, dir. Michelle Pollino, 2011, USA, 11 min.  [trailer]
The Rookie and the Runner, dir. Augie Robles, 2012, USA, 11 min. 
My Night with Andrew Cunanan, dir. Devin Kordt-Thomas, 2011, USA, 11 min.  [trailer]
Turno de Noche (Night Shift), dir. Carlos Ruano, 2011, Spain, 17 min., in Spanish with English subtitles 
La Victoria de Úrsula (Ursula’s Victory), dirs. Julio Martí & Nacho Ruipérez, 2011, Spain, 17 min., in Spanish with English subtitles  [trailer]


Gayby, dir. Jonathan Lisecki, 2012, USA, 89 min.  [trailer: IMDBYouTube]
Saturday 6/16, 7:00pm @ Castro, GAYB16C

Makin’ a Gayby the old-fashioned way
First, there was the short film Gayby [trailer], which played at Frameline 34 in 2010 to rave reviews, although regrettably this Film Queen missed the screening. The premise is simple enough: Jenn, a single straight woman, wants to have a baby, so she asks her gay best friend Matt to help out. Rather than going through an expensive fertility clinic, or even playing the turkey baster game, though, Jenn and Matt decide to actually have sex — with one another! — to produce an offspring. Throw in various friends, coworkers (including Nelson, played by filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki), and potential love interests, and a comedy is born.

The situation has obvious comedic potential, enhanced by several funny subplots and sharp dialogue. The characters mostly have just enough “edge” for comedy without crossing the line into dehumanized one-dimensionality. Some of the material around the yoga studio where Jenn works gets a bit over the top, but not enough to derail the fun. Several laugh-out-loud moments make this a must-see film. Strongly recommended.

Look at Me Again (Olhe Pra Mim de Novo)

Look at Me Again (Olhe pra Mim de Novo), dirs. Kiko Golfman & Claudia Priscilla, 2011, Brazil, 72 min., in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles 
Saturday 6/16, 4:30 @ Roxie, LOOK16R

Olhe pra Mim de Novo
The title of this documentary, Olhe pra Mim de Novo, translates literally as Look at Me Anew. It is the personal story of a Brazilian transman (female-to-male transexual) named Syllvio Luccio, on a road trip around northeastern Brazil, talking to LGBTs, doctors, family, and others, telling his history. His parents and his daughter are evangelical Christians who are having a difficult time with his transition. More broadly, the region of Brazil where Syllvio lives boasts an arid, almost desert, climate, with a strong sense of machismo and rigid religious views but much less in the way of social graces. Syllvio himself describes the culture as “tacky and rude,” as an excuse for some of his own crass comments.

I found it difficult to remain engaged with Syllvio and his story, although in all fairness that was partly because the screening was in the stifling heat of the un-air-conditioned Roxie in the late afternoon on the hottest day of this year’s festival. Good but not great. Recommended.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Wise Kids

The Wise Kids, dir. Stephen Cone, 2011, USA, 91 min.  [trailer: YouTube, Vimeo]
Saturday 6/16, 4:00pm @ Castro, WISE16C

Tyler Ross, Alison Torem, and
Molly Kunz in The Wise Kids

Three kids in Charleston, South Carolina, are nearing the end of high school and heading off to college. As they make the transition, they come to terms with questioning their religious faith (raised Southern Baptist) and their sexuality. Tim (Tyler Ross, on the left in the photo) is beginning to come out as gay and decides to leave the Deep South for the Big Apple. Brea (Molly Kunz, on the right) is the preacher’s daughter, but she has doubts about her faith: in particular, would she believe the same things if her parents didn’t? Laura (Alison Torem, center) clings to her Christianity as the center of her life, even as it begins to alienate her from her friends.

I’ve seen a number of films at Frameline that try (and mostly fail) to reconcile being both Christian and gay. David Lewis’ film Redwoods (Frameline 33) was so bad I walked out, unfortunately having failed to notice it was by the same director who made Rock Haven (Frameline 31; a film bogged down in part by music from Jack Curtis Dubowsky, who made and scored the worst film I saw this year). I thus came into The Wise Kids with a bit of a jaundiced eye, but the treatment of the kids’ efforts at balancing Christian faith with the rest of their lives is remarkably balanced and authentic. The kids are sweet and sympathetic, but not saccharine, allowing those of us lucky enough not to have grown up Southern Baptist to relate to them more than you might expect. Highly recommended.

The Right to Love: An American Family

The Right to Love: An American Family, dir. Cassie Jaye, 2012, USA, 88 min. 
screened with Hold On Tight, dir. Anna Rodgers, 2011, Ireland, 12 min. [not reviewed]
Saturday 6/16, 11:00am @ Roxie, RIGH16R

The Right to Love: An American Family
Jay and Bryan Leffew and their children Daniel and Selena are in most respects a normal American family, except for the little detail that Jay and Bryan are two men. They’re legally married in California, having caught the window between the state supreme court’s decision in May 2008 and the passage of Proposition 8 less than 6 months later, and they’ve legally adopted two kids. In the aftermath of the Prop 8 defeat, the Leffews started a blog called “Gay Family Values,” with YouTube videos to boot, to show the world that a family headed by a same-sex couple is nothing to fear.

The documentary The Right to Love introduces us to the Leffews, with bits of their activism intermingled with their everyday lives. Of course, if you’re reading a blog about an LGBT film festival, you probably don’t need much convincing that same-sex couples aren’t monsters out to destroy the moral fabric of America, but you might use the Leffews to work on that homophobic relative, friend, or coworker. It’s a nicely done film, worth seeing. Recommended.

[The short film Hold On Tight that screened with Right to Love was not available for review.]

Submerged Queer Spaces

Submerged Queer Spaces, dir. Jack Curtis Dubowsky, 2012, USA, 100 min. 
Saturday 6/16, 1:45pm @ Roxie, SUBM16R

Submerged Queer Spaces
I’ll start with the good: Submerged Queer Spaces is an impeccably researched documentary about gay bars, clubs, and other venues that are gone and almost forgotten. It has some good interviews with long-time residents. Unfortunately, those good points were submerged beneath the film’s crippling flaws. The music track was an unrelentingly intrusive, annoying, eclectic mishmash of tuneless awfulness. I was truly shocked to see “(BMI)” in the music credits; I can’t imagine anyone choosing those sounds over the blissful silence overlaid on some of the interviews. The on-site interviews were very poorly mic’ed, picking up abundant street noise and other distractions, and the camera work was shaky. This was clearly a very low-budget production, but sound-cancelling mics and image-stabilizing cameras are cheap enough that there’s no excuse for making a serious film without them. The narration segments with the filmmaker himself were unengaging and emotionally flat. Lastly, although the research was exhaustive — repeatedly noting such minutiae as the original electrical conduits that remain on some of these buildings! — I found one surprising glaring error, a typo in the name of one of the subsequent incarnations of a venue on Market Street, misidentified as Laetia’s when it should be Letitia’s. Certainly not the worst film I’ve ever seen at Frameline, but easily the worst I saw this year. If you get the chance to see this movie, by all means, find something else to do. Must-miss.

Noordzee, Texas (North Sea, Texas)

Noordzee Texas (North Sea Texas), dir. Bavo Defurne, 2011, Belgium, 96 min., in Dutch with English subtitles, 
Friday 6/15, 9:30pm @ Castro, NORT15C

Pim (Jelle Florizoone) and
Gino (Mathias Vergels) in
North Sea Texas
North Sea Texas is a bit of an odd film, in large part because it’s about a bit of an odd boy. Pim likes putting on a fancy dress and a tiara, has a mad crush on his slightly older neighbor Gino (whose younger sister has an equally mad crush on Pim), and keeps a box of unusual mementoes of people in his life. What makes Pim most unusual, though, is that he feels no shame whatever about his sexuality or any of the rest of it, even in a small Belgian seaside town in the 1960’s and 70’s. Pim has a variety of problems and challenges in life, but being queer is conspicuously absent from that list.

We follow Pim through his teens, but on a somewhat impressionistic episodic basis rather than through a more traditional narrative structure. The ending gets a bit bogged down and probably could’ve been trimmed a bit, but overall we get a sweet look into the smoldering intensity of the coming of age of a remarkable boy. Highly recommended, a must-see.

One thing you might miss in the closing credits: “Dedicated to all the kids whose parents would not allow them the chance to take part in this film. It gets better.” Amen.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

365 without 377

365 without 377, dir. Adele Tulli, 2011, Italy, 53 min. 
Friday 6/15, 7:15 @ Roxie, 365W15R, in Hindi and English with English subtitles
screened with Queen of my Dreams (short; see “Fun in Girls’ Shorts 2012” for review)

(Mostly) Celebrating the
end of India’s Section 377
Traditional Hindu society had no particular taboo against homosexuality, but the British colonial rulers introduced it into the penal code in 1862. (Indeed, British colonies across Asia including Hong Kong, Malaya, Brunei, Burma, and Singapore adopted similar bans against “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” often under the same section number.) However, on 2009-07-02, the High Court of Delhi struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, saying that it violated the constitutional guarantees of life, liberty, and equality. Although it is theoretically possible that the Supreme Court of India could take up the issue and even reinstate Section 377, that possibility becomes ever more remote as we approach the third anniversary of the ruling. (The situation is roughly analogous to a decision in the U.S. by the D.C. Court of Appeals, with the Supreme Court declining to review it.)

In 2010, on the one-year anniversary of the landmark court ruling, a massive celebration was launched in Mumbai, and that celebration is the subject of this documentary. It’s the story of a monumental achievement, told with abundant grace, humor, and fire in the belly, primarily focused on the personal stories of a lesbian, a gay man, and a hijra (transgender person), with footage from the festivities. Strongly recommended, a must-see.

My Brother the Devil

My Brother the Devil, dir. Sally El Hosaini, 2012, UK, 111 min. 
Friday 6/15, 4:00 @ Castro, MYBR15C

Mo (Fady Elsayed, left) and Rash
(James Floyd) in My Brother the Devil
Being a teenager is never easy, but all the more so for a teen straddling two worlds that do not so much mesh as coexist in uneasy juxtaposition. Mohammed (age 14, played by Fady Elsayed) and Rashid (age 19, James Floyd) are the sons of Egyptian immigrants living in council houses (tenements) in the Northeast London borough of Hackney. Rashid is in a gang, working as a low-level delivery boy, dropping off “food” (marijuana), but he hopes for Mo to find a better path. Mo gets drawn into the gang just as Rash finds a connection with a photographer named Sayyid (Saïd Taghmaoui), but Mo freaks out when he discovers that Rash and Sayyid are more than just coworkers. The gang finds out and immediately tries to kill Rash to protect their sense of honour, leaving Mo caught in the middle.

First, a couple of cautions. The dialogue is in English with a little bit of Arabic, with no subtitles. American audiences may find the heavy accent challenging in a few scenes, although fans of British television should be able to muddle through, or hopefully have the option to turn on subtitles on the DVD. Second, there is some graphic violence, although less than you might expect from a story involving gangs. With that said, though, My Brother the Devil is an engaging coming-of-age tale, well told, with fine performances by all the principal cast. It’s also a very different side of London from the usual West End fare. Highly recommended.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Best Frameline Ever

Frameline36 has wrapped, the curtain has closed, and it has now been almost 24 hours since I set foot in a movie theatre! I am badly backlogged on reviews, but they will be trickling out over the next several days. I saw fewer films this year than in recent years, with only 31 in-theatre screenings, but either I picked extraordinarily well or this was a new high-water mark for quality LGBT films. I saw at least two films that I would consider “life-changing” (Call Me Kuchu and Facing Mirrors), and only one that I thought was really bad (Submerged Queer Spaces). I saw the films that received audience awards for best feature, best documentary, and best short, and I saw the film that got the jury prize for outstanding first feature, plus the runner up. Unfortunately, I missed the winner and runner up in the jury prize for outstanding documentaries, but still, it’s quite an improvement from some years where I saw almost none of the award winners.

I’ll try to get my handwritten notes from the festival transcribed here on the blog soon, but for this evening, I’m going to go revel in this curious thing called “sunshine” that is sometimes observed in the “outdoors.”

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Vito, dir. Jeffrey Schwarz, 2011, USA, 93 min. 
Thursday 6/14, 7:00pm @ Castro

Vito Russo at the Castro Theatre, 1981
photo from the collection of Sean Strub/HBO
Vito Russo was, first and foremost, the quintessential film queen. Working at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Vito scoured mountains of old films going back to the invention of the medium, looking for subtle and not-so-subtle portrayals of gay characters. He assembled them into a clip show that he presented to audiences around the world, and later compiled his work into the must-read The Celluloid Closet, a best-seller that almost didn’t get published, but that was made into a film by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman in 1995.

Although he lived and breathed queer film, there was also far more to Vito Russo’s passionate life. He was one of the founders of the Gay Activist Alliance, right after Stonewall. He campaigned against homophobic city officials, newspapers, and magazines. When the AIDS epidemic began devastating our community as our government and most of society stood disinterestedly silent, Vito Russo and 11 others started ACT-UP to force the media to pay attention and to force drug companies and government agencies to take our lives seriously.

Vito tells the story of this remarkable life, from childhood in New York City, to teenage exile in New Jersey, to bicoastal romance with somebody he met at the Castro Theatre, with the threads of queer film and queer activism woven throughout. For those of us who have been steeped in queer culture for most of our adult lives, Vito is already a familiar figure who led a very public life, and this documentary doesn’t have any “stop the presses!” moments, but it is an engaging story worth telling and re-telling, in a deeply moving way. For younger audiences, though, including some who may not have been born yet when Vito passed away in 1990, this documentary is essential viewing, to learn about a figure who deserves to be right up there alongside Harvey Milk in our pantheon of community leaders. Absolutely a must-see.

Vito will be presented on HBO, beginning July 23, 2012.

Fun in Boys Shorts (2012)

Fun in Boys Shorts
Saturday 6/16, 11:00am @ Castro, FUNB16C
Sunday 6/24, 2:00pm @ Castro, FUNB24C

Couples Therapy, dir. Mike Rose, 2012, USA, 10 min., S324 [not reviewed]
Two Guys in a Backyard, dir. Tez Frost, 2011, Australia, 5 min., S416 
4 Pounds, dirs. Josh Levy & Robi Levy, 2010, Canada, 8 min., S343 
CRUSH, dir. Gloria LaMorte, 2011, USA, 9 min., S325 
33 Teeth, dir. Evan Roberts, 2011, Canada, 8 min., S301 [trailer]
7 Deadly Kisses, dir. Sammaria Simanjuntak, 2011, Indonesia, 4 min., S303 
Shabbat Dinner, dir. Michael Morgenstern, 2012, USA, 15 min., S401 
Unanimated (Desanimado), dir. Emilio Martí López, 2011, Spain, 8 min., in Spanish with English subtitles, S418 
Alone with Mr. Carter, dir. Jean-Pierre Bergeron, 2011, Canada, 18 min., S306 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bay Area Buffet

Bay Area Buffet (shorts program),
Sunday, June 17, 11:00am, Victoria, BAYA17V

Disaster (a personal geography), dir. Laura Green, USA, 2011, 9 min., S330,
America’s Most Unwanted, dir. Shani Heckman, USA, 2012, 21 min., S307,
Love is Not Enough, dir. Bryan Darling, USA, 2011, 12 min., S367,
The Bears of San Francisco, dirs. Mike Agnew, Samantha André, Eunice Lai, Sabrina Tan Fen Yi, USA, 2012, 8 min., S311,
ub2, dir. Dan Goldes, USA, 2011, 5 min., S417,
Off Castro, dirs. Kay O. Anderson, Rudy Lona, Ashmita Nair, USA, 2012, 10 min., S381,
Queers on a Boat, dir. Dara Sklar, USA, 2011, 3 min., S392,
Dyke Central Pilot, dir. Florencia Manovil, USA, 2011, 22 min., S335,
Blood Flow, dir. Jimmy Defebaugh, USA, 2011, 6 min., S314, [not reviewed]