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NewFest Kicks Off Gay Pride Celebrations In New York

Friday, May 25-----June is the traditional month for celebration of Gay Pride in New York (and around the country, for that matter). It was on a hot and steamy night in June of 1969 that gay men and women, and several decorous drag queens, openly rioted against police harassment during a periodic police raid of the Stonewall, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Riots became the touchstone for the modern gay rights movement that continues to battle for expanded privileges...

High School Drag and Cannibals - just another day at Cinequest

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There's nothing better than being able to attend screenings of films so diverse in their outlooks that it almost borders on the surreal. Now that Cinequest has concluded, and with this in mind, I would like to reflect upon couple more favorites of mine, Russell P. Marleau's The Curiosity of Chance, and Chris Power and Nathan Hynes' Long Pigs.The Curiosity of Chance is a hugely entertaining high school musical romp that is everything the John Hughes collection should have been. Russ M...

Berlinale Speck on the TEDDY Award and the current Queer Cinema

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The Berlinale is still the only major international film festival offering official awards for the best films on gay, lesbian or transgender themes. The legendary famed Teddy awards have been offered since 1987, and following the political orientation of the Berlinale, the awards were created with the goal of enlightenment, thus breaking taboos and challenging the stereotypes dominating official and popular views of the queer and transgender communities. The daring and innovative nature of the...

"Trained In The Way of Men" Sylvia Guerrero and Director Shelly Provost

"Trained In The Way Of Men"Left: Participant Sylvia Guerrero, mother of Gwen Araujo.  Right: Director Shelly Provost This powerful documentary explores the controversial events surrounding the violent murder of Gwen Araujo in Newark California - a murder that shocked the country when it made national headlines.

Nominations Announced for 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Tuesday, January 23---The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) used the high profile media attention of the Sundance Film Festival to announce its nominees for the 18th GLAAD Media Awards, which honor film and television programs that have reinforced a position image of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Hosting one of the liveliest events of the week at the Side Car Bar, the crowded festivities was the place to see and be seen for the many gay and gay-frie...

A day in Sundance blogging' life: party fever

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Despite my earlier declaration to "F*** The Parties", I fell victim to party fever as much as the next guy yesterday, but all were very pleasant affairs that were great networking opportunities and a chance to see old friends and colleagues. Things began at 11am at the Cafe Brilliant on Main Street, where the International Film Festival Summit held an informal get-together to introduce Sundance attendees to the plans to hold the first International Film Festival Summit in London on April 18, 200...

Queer Lounge Panel: Online & Original

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Sunday, January 21-- This afternoon the Queer Lounge hosted a panel called Online & Original- Filmed Content on the Web. The panal discussed how the explosion of online social networking platforms such as YouTube and MySpace has created new opportunities for LGBT filmmakers to find wide audiences. Although self-distribution and producing creative content for the web can help bring LGBT content to the masses, the major concern is, can you make any money? With the Internet becoming saturated...

Interview With Mike Cahill, Director of KING OF CALIFORNIA

Sunday, January 21----One of the more anticipated big-name films that has its world premiere later this week is KING OF CALIFORNIA, a comedy drama about the often flinty relationship between a father and a daughter. The film stars Michael Douglas in one of the quirkiest performances of his long career, and Evan Rachel Wood, a fast rising star who made her mark a few years ago with the Sundance sleeper THIREEN (directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who is serving as a juror this year). KING OF C...

The Gay Edge At Sundance

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Tuesday, January 16-----As one of the world’s most cutting-edge film festivals, Sundance has been a welcoming environment for gay and lesbian filmmakers and their unique perspectives. Whether immersed in gay subject matter, or adding a particular gay spin to a genre film (hard to describe, but you know it when you see it), there is a definite gay edge at Sundance, evidenced by films with GLBT interest (that’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender for you sexual innocents) and a slew of in...

Viral ecards for Shortbus link to credits on DVD! Take a ride

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Take a moment to check out this e-card, where users who sign up, and email 5 friends, will get their full name added to the credits page of the Shortbus DVD. Please let your readers know about this exciting opportunity, which ends January 19th!! Ecard John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex in and around a modern-day underground salon. A sex therapist who has n...

Film In Focus: KING OF CALIFORNIA

Tuesday, January 9----Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas takes on one of the quirkiest roles of his long career in the highly anticipated KING OF CALIFORNIA, which screens in the Sundance Film Festival's prestigious Premieres Section. The film is the directorial debut of writer/director Mike Cahill. Joining Douglas (who won a Best Actor Oscar for his 1980s "greed is good" zeitgeist performance as an amoral stock trader in Oliver Stone's WALL STREET) is rising star Evan Rachel Wood. The accla...

Teddy Awards Ceremony for the Queer Film Award 2007 in Hangar2, Tempelhof Airport

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Awards Ceremony for the Queer Film Award 2007 in Hangar2, Tempelhof Airport on the 16th of February Normally bears like to hibernate over the winter months, but as we know the TEDDY is no ordinary bear! Still the only queer film prize which is part of a major international film festival will be celebrating its 21st birthday at the Berlinale 2007. Under the heading “TEDDY TAKES OFF” the 21st TEDDY Awards take place on Friday 16th February in the impressive surroundings of Hangar2 at Tempelh...

Stockholm opening with Shortbus

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Thursday, Nov 16, marks the beginning of the 17th Stockholm International Film Festival. The first days of the festival offer an opening gala with Todd Field’s Little Children, John Cameron Mitchell and his competition entry Shortbus, party and glamour for festival visitors at Spy Bar, countless Face2Face-meetings, and of course – loads of film. The Stockholm International Film Festival of 2006 is here. Below are some tips on what’s on during the first few days of the festival. Nov 16 – ...

Charles Busch: From Drag Artist To Film Director

Thursday, November 2------Film directors always have a colorful history. Some come from film school. Some come from advertising. Some come from other industries entirely. But there are not too many that can claim that they first found fame as a drag artist. Well, that is how Charles Busch became a household name (at least in my household) for his campy portrayals of glamourous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (to borrow a title from another queen of camp melodrama). Busch is, in the...

Sandra Bernhard and Charles Busch honored at Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce Sandra Bernhard and Charles Busch as the recipients of the 12th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s Artistic Achievement Award. Bernhard and Busch truly exemplify what it means to be a Renaissance artist, all the while standing proud as openly gay.Actress, musician, author, activist… Bernhard has cemented her reputation as Hollywood’s most versatile artist and has done so while remaining unapologetically forthright wit...

American Politics With A French Twist

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It is should be news to no one that the Americans and the French are still locked in their love/hate relationship. We Americans do love the French culture and its emphasis on beauty, refinement and good taste. The French do love our the American can-do attitude and our pioneering spirit. But since 9/11, our different geopolitics has driven a wedge into that relationship that has pushed us both into separate corners. Perhaps that is the reason why so many American films that are openly critical ...

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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The 19th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalJune 2 - 10 at Cinestudio in Hartford, CTInfo: www.ctglff.org P: (860)586-1136The crowds will be milling, tongues will be wagging and cameras flashing. It can only mean one thing: the 19th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is happening! For 9 fabulous days, Cinestudio in Hartford, CT will be showcasing the latest and best in LGBT film. Every year people from all over New England come to this celebration of Pride on film. Enjoy LGBT films, doc...

Shortbus Premier fell anywhere but short of people's expectations

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Sunday night at 12:30am was the premier of the controversial independent film, "Shortbus," directed by John Cameron Mitchell. While many films these days seem to have a lot of sexual content, this one most likely takes the cake. "Shortbus" starts out going back and forth between seeing an animated, almost claymation-like, scenery of New York, zooming in on several different people's appartments, giving the audience a sneak peak into the private lives of very different New Yorkers, each trying t...

Indian treats at Florence River to River Fest

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Feature filmsHari Om by BharatbalaThe directorBharatbala, a filmmaker with a distinctive visual style, has produced innovating images of India throughout his entire career. Crossing the whole length and breadth of India and its rich cultural heritage, his films seem to capture the essence of the land, resulting in some of the most dynamic works to be rewarded at the Cannes and New York Film Festivals. Hari Om is the first of a series of stories from India that Bharatbala has envisioned to tell a...

Private awarded at The Eline Award Ceremony for Tera

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Attention Filmfestivals.com reader this is the first article ever on adult film industry.Private Media Group received the award for best international film at The Eline Award Ceremony, which took place in Berlin during the 9th Annual Venus Berlin Erotic Trade Fair. Porn’s superstar actress, Silvia Saint and celebrated director Alessandro Del Mar were there to receive the award. Tera Patrick, mega porn star, ex Ford model, Maxim cover girl and Penthouse Pet of The Year 2000 was the main attract...

Outfest LA gay and lesbian film fest presents Fusion

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THE WORLD’S ONLY MULTICULTURAL LESBIAN/GAY/BISEXUAL/TRANSGENDERPEOPLE OF COLOR FILM FESTIVALTO TAKE PLACE IN LOS ANGELES NOVEMBER 11-13Outfest, one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festivals, will present Fusion, the only multicultural gender-inclusive LGBT People of Color Film Festival for the third consecutive year. To be held in Los Angeles November 11-13, 2005, Fusion is a celebration of extraordinary films, music, spoken-word, workshops and panels. Every program of Fusion is...

image+nation International lgbt film festival in Montreal

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image+nation International lgbt film festival Celebrates its 18th anniversary November 3-13IMAGE + NATION, International gay and lesbian film festival is pleased to present its 18th edition November 3-13 at Cinéma Parisien (480 St-Catherine St. W.). Including feature-length fiction, documentaries and short films from first-time filmmakers and established director the spectacular selection of the festival will offer film buffs a panorama of queer cinema from around the world.Opening and Closing ...
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