From Oct. 11th to Oct. 19th, the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society (PLGFS) brings a new batch of feature films, shorts, videos, and sponsored social events to the 28th Annual Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival. See the complete schedule below:
Join in the festival’s opening night with Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon at 7 p.m. followed by the documentary I Am Divine at 9:30 p.m. Admission will be a flat $25 for one film and the party (which runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) or $30 for both films and the party. Opening night films and party are included in the Diva Pass and Festival Pass.
Reaching For The Moon
Brazilian helmer Bruno Barreto brings to life 1950s Rio in this beautifully drawn tale of poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and her love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), the designer of Rio’s famed Flamengo Park. Based on the bestselling Brazilian novel Rare and Commonplace Flowers, the film follows Bishop as a creative block prompts her to accept the invitation of a college friend to stay with her and her partner, Lota, on a sprawling country estate. Quintessentially American Bishop is a fish out of water in her new lush and bohemian setting, until the instant chemistry between her and Lota boils over.
I Am Divine
I Am Divine is a story about a man who fought against what society considers conventionally beautiful. It’s about addiction. It’s about fame. It’s about the quest for the spotlight and artistic respect. Divine’s complete commitment to being and expressing himself perhaps did more to promote notions of freedom and acceptance than he knew. He certainly paved the way for legions of misfits to come.
Director Michelle Ehlen‘s pseudo-romantic comedy follows Jill as she tracks down her butch ex-girlfriend Jamie to prove to herself that she is no longer attracted to her. Meanwhile, David and Lola compete for the affections of José , a sexually ambiguous and seductive man from Brazil, and they compare notes on their differing opinions of his sexuality. As complications arise with Jill and Jamie’s relationship, Jill starts to see José as her ticket out. However, when the love triangles shift and realign, Jamie has her own identity crisis that she is ill-equipped to handle.
The Happy Sad
Filmmaker Ken Urban uses a multi-cultural ensemble to explore the questions that alternative twenty- and thirty-year olds face in a culture where there appears to be endless possibilities for sex but also a resistance to any definitive model for a “proper” relationship. The film juxtaposes the storylines of the two main couples of different races (Marcus and Aaron, Stan and Annie) to highlight the ethical dilemmas facing men and women who are trying to create new ways to be in a loving relationship, while recognizing that monogamy might not be for them.
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
The day after her 40th birthday, a filmmaker who’s sacrificed her love life for her career realizes she has neither and decides to embark on adapting an all-female version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Interior. Leather Bar. / In Their Room: London
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, Cruising. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborated on Interior. Leather Bar. to imagine their own lost footage. Shown in conjunction is Matthews’ documentary In Their Room: London, which features a number of candid interviews with guys of all ages, shapes, and sizes talking about sex, dating and intimacy in London. A post-screening party at There Ultra Lounge will follow.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Straitlaced optometrist Weichung is finding the typical married life difficult, as his wife, Feng, unfulfilled by her white-walled office job and spurred on by her mother, pushes him for a second child. Then he bumps into an old friend from his gay past, setting off an unexpected array of dormant emotions. Meanwhile, his sister Mandy flees her sad sack fiancé San-San, coping via comfort food and the fantastical appearance of a soap opera star on her couch.
Snails In The Rain
Tel Aviv 1989. Boaz, a 25 years old beautiful student, receives anonymous, male written, obsessive love letters that undermines his sexual identity and interfere his peaceful life with his beloved girlfriend. PLFGS is proud to present the US premiere of Israeli-based director Yariv Mozer‘s Snails in the Rain.
A collection of short films featuring LBT women. Includes Cherry Waves, Devotion Project: Foremost In My Mind, Empty Sky, F to the 7th: Tweener, First Date, Remember To Breathe, Shopping, and Through The Window.
A collection of short films featuring GBT characters. Includes Alaska Is A Drag, Dirty Talk, Kiss Me Softly, P.D.A., Something Real, Spooners, and Summer Vacation.
Southern Baptist Sissies
Based on the play by Del Shores, Southern Baptist Sissies is the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church and how they each deal differently with the conflict between the teachings of the church and their sexuality.
A collection of short films featuring LGBT characters. Includes By The Way, Change Over Time, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, For Dorian, Housebroken, Matt Alber With Strings Attached, and Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight.
Hot Guys with Guns
In Hot Guys with Guns, Danny Lohman is an actor who takes his homework a little too seriously. Pip Armstong is his ex with a trust fund and a knack for finding trouble. Together they enlist the help of a jaded PI named Jimmy Peppicelli to break up a crime spree sending shockwaves through Hollywoood’s Velvet Mafia. Reputations, careers, and lives are all above the line and in deep, deep danger. A post-screening party at 5801 Video Lounge will follow.
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century.
Marc, an expectant father and police officer, loses control of his seemingly perfect life when he develops romantic feelings for Kay, another man in his police unit. When Kay suddenly disappears, Marc’s world capsizes.
Ian Harvie Superhero
After six years in Los Angeles, transgender comedian Ian Harvie returns to his hometown of Portland to perform his first live concert film.
Route of Acceptance
Route of Acceptance is a concept film that plays with the idea of the possible existence of destiny. Aspiring screenwriter Ryan Stark is having a hard time deciding what university to go to and is fearful to leave the comforts and predictability of high school and her life thus far. The film explores three realities of this young lesbian’s life and shows how a decision can change your entire future. Each life path evokes intense emotions as Ryan is torn between her love for career, family and marriage.
The bitter fight for supremacy between a school’s most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J. Willett) becomes its first openly gay student. As they race to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture, including memorable cameos by Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne. After the screening, meet G.B.F. writer and Pittsburgh native George Northy during a closing night party at the Toonseum.
All screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. Individual tickets are $9 (excluding opening and closing night) and are available for purchase at the theater, at Banner Coin Exchange, or at Showclix. Student tickets are $6 with ID and are available at the theater only. Tickets packages include the $125 Diva Pass (all films), the $70 Screen Queen pass (10 tickets), and the $45 Cheap Thrills pass (6 tickets). Admission to G.B.F., with closing night party, is $15.