Tuesday, May 20, 2014

3RD ANNUAL CHARM CITY LGBT FILM FESTIVAL @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

3rd Annual Charm City LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
Presented in partnership with GLCCB, Gay Life, Equality Maryland, and Aids Action Baltimore.

WHEN: THU MAY 29 - SUN JUN 1
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: Per Film $12, $7 mbrs. Weekend Pass $60, $35 mbrs.
Opening Night is Thursday May 29th! Join us in the lovely Marquee Lounge for cocktails and LGBT themed stand-up comedy presented in collaboration with What Weekly.


Film Festival Trailer: http://youtu.be/3KAEYm6tiVw

Ian Harvie Superhero

IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO
(Liam K. Sullivan, USA, 2012, 75 mins.)
WHEN: THU MAY 29 | 7:30 PM
Transgender comedian Ian Harvie is the focus of this hilarious yet self-aware 2013 documentary. His facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence, makes his humor groundbreaking. It's these very qualities that attracted comedian Margaret Cho, who produced this film and has publicly raved about Ian's work, besides including him in her opening act for years. Filled with clips of Ian's stage shows (and his inclusive, relatable humor), he explores everything from acquiring male privilege to navigating gendered bathroom politics.

Film Sponsors: Christy Bergland & Shirley Parry

"Ian's comedy, and his story is one that is unique in standup, totally original and important - I know you will love it as much as I do." - Margaret Cho

Awards:

  • Cinema Diverse Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013, Festival Favorite
  • OutFest, Los Angeles, Official Selection
  • Tampa International Gay Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Boston Gay Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection

Trailer: http://youtu.be/7eipmY904ss


FRI MAY 30 | 5:30-7:30 PM
Join us for happy hour before the films in the Marquee Lounge hosted by the GLCCB & GayLife!

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
(Arven Chen, Taiwan, 2013, 106 mins.)
WHEN:
FRI MAY 30 | 7:30 PM
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng when she shares her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into his old friend Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life as a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire. (Mandarin w/ English subtitles)

"Poignant and heartening. Playfully channeling Woody Allen, Jacques Tati and Jacques Demy." - Maggie Lee, Variety

"Wry and whimsical!" - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Awards:

  • Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Frameline Film Festival, Official Selection

Trailer: http://youtu.be/9eMIEViDfd0


VALENCIA:The Movie/s

VALENCIA: THE MOVIE/S
(USA, 2013, 105 min)
WHEN: FRI MAY 30 | 9:45 PM
Valencia is a collaboration between a national community of  20 queer filmmakers to adapt the underground classic memoir into a kaleidoscopic vision of San Francisco's Mission District in the early '90s. A punk lesbian diaspora told through the experiences of Michelle, a single rootless twenty-something searching for sex and love, drugs, and adventure. Adult content.

Awards:

  • Frameline Film Festival 37, Official Selection
  • Chicago International LGBT Festival, Official Selection
  • Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/36807626


Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
(Nicholas Wrathall, USA, 2013, 89 mins.)
WHEN: SAT MAY 31 | 4 PM
No 20th century figure has had a more profound effect on literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.  Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, this film is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. This film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the 21st century, his overview of the current state of the Republic, and the health of US democracy.

"For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual." —Huffington Post

"Highly entertaining...a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America's most brilliant, original—and cranky—thinkers" —Variety

"Gore was 'an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur....the film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, should enjoy healthy specialized theatrical bookings before a long life in ancillary." —The Hollywood Reporter

Awards:

  • Tribeca Film Festival 2013, Official Selection
  • Philadelphia Q Fest 2013, Official Selection
  • OutFest, Official Selection
  • New Zealand International Film Festival 2013
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
  • Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection

Trailer: http://youtu.be/INW6i6K1NmQ


Free Fall

FREE FALL
(Stephan Lacant, Germany, 2013, 100 mins.)
WHEN: SAT MAY 31 | 7:30 PM
Marc's life seems to be right on track with a promising career in the police department and a baby on the way. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay, and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness, and what it means to fall in love with another man. Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and he realizes that try as he may, he can't make everyone happy - least of all, himself.

Film sponsors: Jeff G. Knox and Hector Manzano

"I saw this film as part of the Berlinale 2013 film festival, in the section named Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives of German film). The venue with 525 seats was fully booked. It was the 2nd screening after a world premiere the day before." - IMDB review

Awards:

  • Seattle International Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Official Selection
  • Outfest, 2013
  • Frameline 37, Official Selection
  • Ft. Lauderdale Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Official Selection

Trailer: http://youtu.be/1kjIRxfbWIQ


Fire In The Blood

FIRE IN THE BLOOD
(Dylan Mohan Grey, India, 2013, 87 mins.)
WHEN: SUN JUN 1 | 4 PM
An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," this film tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996—causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, this film is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Corporate Crime of the Century' and save millions of lives. As the film makes clear, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is really just beginning.

"An urgent and shameful topic: the millions of Africans with AIDS who have died because they couldn't afford the antiretroviral drugs that could have saved their lives"  —The New York Times

"Exquisite and unsparing... Fire in the Blood is artful in nearly every frame, perhaps so we don't avert our eyes." —Daphne Howland, The Village Voice and LA Weekly 

"PICK OF THE WEEK - A devastating new film explores the lies, greed and indifference that killed millions in Africa"  "Essential... shattering... eye-opening and often chilling" —Andrew O'Hehir, Salon 

"A shocking documentary about how big Western pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost anti-AIDS drugs, causing a holocaust of 10 million deaths. Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and many brave activists speak out... CRITIC'S CHOICE - 4 stars", Kate Muir, The Times

Awards:

  • World Documentary Sundance Film Festival, January 2013, Grand Jury Prize
  • One World Media Award (UK), Documentary February 2013
  • Justice Matters Award - 27th Washington DC International Film Festival, April 2013
  • DOXA Feature Documentary Award - 2013 DOXA Documentary Film Festival Vancouver, May 2013
  • Grierson British Documentary Awards, Best Cinema Documentary, July 2013
  • Winner - 2013 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Prize for Political Film, Filmfest Hamburg

Trailer: http://youtu.be/eVf2UUu_w4o