From April 20–22, Reel Q brings back the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival (PUFF) for a weekend of thought-provoking works about the LGBTQIA+ experience. The event includes a diverse array of feature-length and short documentaries addressing various aspects of LGBTQIA+ history and culture, including the HIV/AIDS crisis and the LGBTQIA+ influence on punk music. See schedule and details below:
Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ
PUFF opens with a special presentation of Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ at the Regent Square Theater. The show is an intimate, revelatory, and heartfelt happening that takes the form of a chat/variety show starring living legend and cult film icon Mink Stole, and is hosted by drag impresario and filmmaker Peaches Christ. The dynamic duo have been close friends for almost two decades and would like to invite you to join them for this special happening. With interviews, stories, film clips, anecdotes and live song this is a wildly entertaining, and uncensored exposé that aspires to be as hilarious as it is revealing.
Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 a the door. VIP tickets are available for $40 in advance, $45 at the door. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ, an exclusive Q&A, early venue access, and reserved seats.
In Full Bloom (2015)
1 p.m. (Doors 12:30 p.m.)
The feature-length documentary by Michael D. Brewer chronicles the lives of 15 actors (13 transgender and 2 gay) whose paths cross during the production of Lovely Bouquet of Flowers, the unprecedented stage play created and written by Jazzmun Nichcala and director David Hays Gaddas. Fiction becomes reality, when behind-the-scenes footage of the rehearsal process and vignettes from the climactic performance are interwoven with expert testimonies and compelling personal interviews from the cast, that deal with family, inner conflicts, coming out, surgery, hormones, and the complexities of sexual identity and orientation. By sharing their own journeys and speaking to issues, such as relationships, spirituality, and careers, the film challenges the viewer to move past stereotypes and to see the commonalities we all share as human beings.
Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS (2017)
4 p.m. (Doors 3:30 p.m.)
Directed by Harriet Hirshorn, Nothing Without Us tells the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, the film reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S. but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV while introducing the remarkable women who have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic.
Nothing Without Us screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets cost $10.
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (2017)
7 p.m. (Doors 6:30 p.m.)
Director Yony Leyser presents the story of Queercore, the cultural and social movement that began in the mid-1980s as an offshoot of punk and was distinguished by its discontent with society’s disapproval of the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities. Underscoring interviews from figures such as Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Kim Gordon, and many more are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY, and give-no-fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community—and art—so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed.
Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front
1 p.m. (Lunch 12:30 p.m.)
This short film program includes four documentaries that explore the varied identities of trans and gender-expansive youth and young adults. Selected works include Tomgirl, A Place in the Middle, Monica’s Story, and Passing.
Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
Tongues Untied (1989)
3 p.m. (Doors 2:30 p.m.)
Directed by Marlon Riggs, Tongues Untied blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of Black gay identity. Besides detailing North American black gay culture, Riggs recounts his own experiences as a gay man, including the realization of his sexual identity and of coping with the deaths of many of his friends to AIDS. Other elements include footage of the Civil Rights Movement and clips of Eddie Murphy performing a homophobic stand-up routine. The film is a part of a body of recently released films and videos that examine central issues in the lives of lesbian and gay Black people. Riggs’ work challenged television’s generic boundaries of conformity during the late 80s and early 90s. The television documentary during this time was the conventional talking head, expert interviews, and personal testimonials commonly on public affair issues.
Tongues Untied screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
For the first time, area LGBTQ+ filmmakers have the chance to screen their short movies in a local film festival created for and by them with the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival (PUFF). Launched by Reel Q, PUFF celebrates “diverse LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of overlooked and out-of-the-box films, workshops, lectures, and panels.” See below for event dates and details:
Ovarian Psychos (dir. Kate Trumbull LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski, 2012)
The event opens with Ovarian Psychos. The documentary follows The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade, a raucous group in Eastside Los Angeles that uses their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color, yet she struggles to strike a balance between motherhood and activism. Evie, a bright-eyed recruit, joins the crew despite poverty and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother. Meanwhile, Andi Xoch, a founding member and street artist, journeys to become a new leader within the crew.
Ovarian Psychos screens at 7 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cast members from the film will make an appearance.
Only In Pittsburgh!
Presented in cooperation with the Melwood Screening Room’s Film Kitchen series and the Indie Oaks Festival, Only In Pittsburgh! serves as a showcase for LGBTQ+ short films made by the local burgeoning film community. The featured works include the educational film parody How to Find a Man, the Dusty Springfield-inspired Mama Said, and The Toothmans, a documentary about a rural Pennsylvania family and their transgender daughter.
Only In Pittsburgh! begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Lives of Their Own: Pittsburgh Queer History Project Screening
Join archivist Harrison Apple as she presents video content from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and media archive aimed at preserving a record of LGBTQ nightlife from 1960-1990. The lecture includes a full screening of the 1989 Ms. Pittsburgh Pageant. This event is free and open to the public.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (dir. David France, 2017)
When Marsha P. Johnson, the beloved self-described “street queen” of Christopher Street, was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide. Protests erupted but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. Now, 25 years later, Oscar-nominated director and journalist David France (How To Survive a Plague) examines the death and extraordinary life of a trans icon.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 3 p.m.
The Revival: Women and the Word (dir. Sekiya Dorsett, 2016)
Jade Foster recruits a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country. The documentary follows their international female-led, salon-styled tour.
The Revival: Women and the Word screens at 6 p.m. the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event includes a post-screening poetry performance.
Breakfast with Queer PGH
Join Queer PGH for an early lecture about their mission to promote LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives. Created in 2016, the volunteer-run online magazine “made by and for queer folks in Pittsburgh” has become a platform for artists, writers, photographers, and “general queer enthusiasts.”
Toonseum sponsors a selection of short films from LGBTQ+ animators. The program includes the 1930s-style cartoon musical Happy and Gay, the animated documentary webseries Dating Sucks, A Genderqueer Misadventure, and a look at the work of Jeffrey Krell, an openly gay American cartoonist known for the syndicated comic strip Jayson.
Get Animated! starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Spiritual sanctuary, sex, sisterhood and a gathering of faeries. A bearded nun. Through an intimate lens, this feature documentary takes us on a journey with Sister Missionary P. Delight, one of the founders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In 1979, Mish, as he is affectionately known by his friends, created an Order of gay male nuns to promote a philosophy of promulgating universal joy and expiating guilt. Both he and the Order have come a long way since then. Today, the Sisters are spread out across the globe, and Mish lives in the middle of the woods of the Deep South, in a community of Radical Faeries. JOY! follows Mish and his community over a seven year period, chronicling the history of the movement and the highs and lows of his own personal journey.
JOY! Portrait of a Nun screens at 2:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 2 p.m.
All PUFF events take place at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets to all screenings cost $10. Lectures and workshops are free.
The Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Society (PLGFS) celebrates the experiences of the LGBTQ community with the 31st annual Reel Q film festival. From October 6th through October 15th, the annual event screens 17 full-length films, among them documentaries, comedies and dramas, and three short programs, all from the US and around the world. The lineup will also feature Pittsburgh premieres, works from the 1990s, and parties. All screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. See a full schedule and details below:
Strike A Pose
In 1990, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour.
Reel Q will also kick off the festival with a Strike A Pose afterparty at Bricolage.
Writer/director Cheryl Dunye‘s 1996 debut depicts the struggles of a young, black lesbian (played by Dunye) who works as a video store clerk while trying to make a documentary about a black actress known for playing racist “mammy” roles in the 1930s. Considered the first feature ever directed by a black gay woman.
A lonely middle-aged man hires a young male escort to help him relive a road trip from his past in director Nick Corporon‘s feature debut.
Based on the play by Jonathan Harvey (who also adapted the screenplay), director Hettie Macdonald‘s 1996 British drama follows two teen boys who fall in love in a rough London suburb.
In 1971, Delphine, a 23-year-old farmer’s daughter, comes to Paris and dreams of running her own business, something unthinkable for a woman to do at this time. There she meets Carole, a 35-year-old Parisian woman actively involved with burgeoning feminist movement. When Delphine and Carole meet, their love affair turns their lives upside down.
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting true crime documentary.
Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo
Two men spend the night together in the hospital after they have unprotected sex .
In Shaleece Haas‘s documentary, transgender teenager Bennett Wallace embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.
Burn, Burn, Burn
Following the death of their friend, Seph and Alex, two women in their late twenties, go on a road trip to spread his ashes.
A New York teacher is fired from a small Texas school for being gay and returns disguised as Bianca to wreak revenge on the town. Stars RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio.
Passions reignite and hidden secrets revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) reconnects with an ex-lover (Aaron Costa Ganis) he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. Over the course of a weekend at a vacation house in the desert, they must determine whether or not they have a future together.
Trans Shorts program
The Trans Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from the US, Canada and the UK. Selections include Closing, Dawn, Handsome & Majestic, Mezzo, Say U Will and Tear Jerker.
Women’s Shorts program
The Women’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from all over the world. The selections include B, Charlotte, Dance Card, Little Doll, Spunkle and Tits on a Bull.
Men’s Shorts program
The Men’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from around the globe. Selections include Alzheimer’s: A Love Story, Bittersweet, Crazy House, Folsom Street, The Glory Hole, Noam, Thanks for Dancing and The Weigh In.
Grieving the death of her partner, a heartbroken Oklahoma artist returns to her childhood home and exposes cracks in her family’s complacent suburban routine when she falls for her brother’s girlfriend. Directed by Maura Anderson.
A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (Connor Jessup) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants.
Joey (Lola Kirke) is a young woman in search of direction in her small town. A visit to an army recruiting office appears to provide a path, but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna (Breeda Wool) that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipates. Building on the award-winning short of the same name, director Deb Shoval crafts a clear-eyed love story, and an impressive feature film debut.
Women Who Kill
Morgan and Jean work well together as true crime podcasters because they didn’t work well, at all, as a couple. When Morgan strikes up a new relationship with the mysterious Simone, their shared interest turns into suspicion, paranoia and fear. Ingrid Jungermann’s whip-smart feature debut is an adept and wry comedy on modern romance’s hollow results, set in an LGBTQ Brooklyn.
Polish-German writer-director Piotr Lewandowski‘s coming-of-age story follows Jonathan (Jannis Niewöhner), a German teen who discovers his dying father’s sexuality while working on a remote farm.
It’s 2006, YouTube is in its infancy, and internet porn is still behind a paywall. Taking the stage name Brent Corrigan, a fresh-faced, wannabe adult video performer (Garrett Clayton) is molded into a star by Stephen (Christian Slater), a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. But as Brent’s rise and demands for more money put him at odds with his boss, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer (James Franco) and his unstable lover (Keegan Allen) who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.
To close the festival, Reel Q will host a King Cobra afterparty at Pierce Studio in the lower level of the Harris Theater.
Admission for both the opening and closing afterparties is $15 for the entire evening, $10 with student ID. Both parties are included with the Diva and Festival passes. All tickets are available for purchase online at Showclix.
Does the mention of wire hangers trigger your Faye Dunaway impression? Is Valley of the Dolls one of your favorite films? Do you know what happened to Baby Jane? On September 17th, Bricolage will present a night devoted to camp cinema with Brian Edward In Person & On Film.
Edward, a local performer best known as the creator of the musical comedy Amish Burlesque and host of ‘Burgh Vivant, will use outrageous clips, personal anecdotes and wit to roast an array of classic camp films, including Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Auntie Mame, Sunset Boulevard and Mommie Dearest.
Doors for Brian Edward In Person & On Film at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. The event includes an opening performance by the all-gay improv troupe LGBTQ-Bert. Cocktails and silent auction will follow. Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit the Reel-Q Film Festival.
On March 26th, the Ace Hotel and Reel Q will welcome filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell for an event dedicated to his beloved rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.The evening will include a screening of the 2001 cult hit, followed by a taste of Mitchell’s monthly NYC dance party Mattachine.
With writer/director Mitchell in the starring role, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows a transsexual East Berlin rock diva struggling to achieve fame in the US. Her life story unfolds through a string of powerful musical numbers that recount her botched sex change, her failed marriage to an American G.I., her lagging music career, and the ultimate betrayal by her song writing partner and lover, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). The film features an excellent soundtrack by celebrated film composer Stephen Trask, ingenious set design and art direction, and lyrical animated sequences from Emily Hubley.
The Hedwig and the Angry Inch screening and dance party will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ace Hotel. VIP tickets guarantee early entry at 6:30 p.m. for a meet-n-greet with Mitchell. Mattachine will take place in the hotel gymnasium, and will feature appearances by Mitchell, performer Amber Martin, Shortbus star Paul Dawson and Hedwig actor PJ Deboy. Tickets cost between $10 and $40 and are available for purchase at Showclix. In case you’re wondering, yes, costumes are encouraged.
The My People film series returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater for another round of screenings exploring the life experiences of queer people of color. The event kicks off on November 10th with a mixer featuring an open-format conversation—including the organizers of Pittsburgh’s first-ever Roots Pride—and sneak previews of this year’s films. See below for film schedule and details:
This 45-minute experimental documentary from Philadelphia-based artist Shikeith creates a virtual “safe space” through hashtagging, enabling black males to pull apart emotional restrictions often denied through crossroads of race and gender. Shot in black and white, the film features nine male subjects from diverse backgrounds with their backs turned away from the camera. They openly discuss the obstacles they have faced as young black men, such as depression, parental neglect and racial discrimination. It is intimate, sometimes uncomfortably so, exploring topics that are often taboo for young black men to discuss. The evening will include an appearance by the director. All are welcome to join the screening and discussion via Google Hangout.
My People Short Films
Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!
Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo – who identifies as a queer, gender non-conforming Nigerian – explores the Òrìṣà tradition and the powerful legacy of their great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. Through poetry and storytelling, the 30-minute film pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, exploring the complex interplay of mythology, gender dynamism, history and psychology in contemporary Nigeria. Cinema verite and traditional interviewing techniques provide insight to the sensuous, rarely-seen world of the Yorùbáland ritual practice.
Vow of Silence
Filmmaker and composer Be Steadwell‘s 28-minute fictional short tells the story of Jade, a heartbroken composer who takes a vow of silence to win back the heart of Isis, her true love. In her struggle to reconnect with Isis, she meets Jaxson, an outgoing musician. Utilizing music, magic and silence, Jade finds her voice in the place she least expects it. The film is a music-driven story placing queer women of color at the center of the narrative.
The evening will include appearances by special guests Adebanjo and Steadwell.
Tickets for the My People film series are pay what you can, and are available at the Kelly Strayhorn website or at the door. Both screening events include a mixer at 6 p.m.
In 1985, the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Society (PLGFS) created their first film festival, which would go on to become Reel Q in 2012. From October 8th through October 17th, the annual event will celebrate 30 years of serving the LGBTQ community with a lineup of short, documentary, and narrative films from the US and around the world. See schedule and details below:
All About Evil
Reel Q will kick off with a pre-festval fundraiser featuring the horror comedy All About Evil. Hosted by the film’s director, Peaches Christ, the event will include special performances from Vinsantos, Janet Granite, and Bambi Deerest. An after party at THERE Ultra Lounge will follow.
Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne plays a mousy librarian who inherits her father’s failing old movie house. In order to save the family business, she discovers her inner serial killer, and starts turning out a series of grisly short films. The directorial debut of Joshua Grannell (better known as Peaches Christ) also features performances by cult icon Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson (AKA Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).
Out to Win
Director Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar. Bear Nation) provides an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within a historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. This film is told through the voices of pioneers, present day heroes, tomorrow’s superstars and the people who’ve helped them succeed. Featuring interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and more.
A Q&A session with Ingram will follow. Guests can also enjoy a after party at Bricolage. Food, alcoholic beverages, music and a photo booth will be provided. Sports themed costumes are encouraged.
Our Shorts program
The Our Shorts program will showcase LGBTQ films from the US, Canada, and Mexico. Selections include Float, Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination. Followers, Happy & Gay, Stealth, Still a Rose, and Under the Last Roof.
When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym Sally so she can stay anonymous but still look like she’s using her real name, which apparently she thinks makes her look cool. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, “Sally” assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own.
Margarita With a Straw
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy (Kalki Koechlin) leaves her home in India to study in New York,
unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.
On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.
Trish and Deb Murdoch are in a rut. After 14 years together and raising two daughters, they find themselves in a mid life crisis where grief and attraction threaten their domestic nucleus.
Two 4 One
When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.
While You Weren’t Looking
Twenty years into the New South Africa ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness? Asanda, their 18-year-old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
Kiss Me, Kill Me
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to his boyfriend is dead and he’s the prime suspect.
Tab Hunter Confidential
Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Tab was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now his life story has become an documentary feature directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.
Men’s Shorts program
The Men’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from around the globe. The selections include Heavenly Peace, Hole, I Do, Lady of the Night, Mini Supreme, Tremulo, and Wayne.
Women’s Shorts program
The Women’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from the US and Mexico. The selections include 11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke, Carina, Disaster Preparedness, The First Session, In the Hollow, MA/DDY, Stella Walsh, and V is the Warmest Color.
Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei.
Liz in September
Liz has known several things since she was a child: that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim. Determined to enjoy the time she still has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from her friends. Eva lost her son to cancer. The pain and guilt she feels has tarnished the relationship with her husband, sinking both into isolation. Heading alone on her vacation, Eva’s car breaks down leaving her stranded on the road. She ends up at Margot’s Inn where she meets Liz and her group of all gay friends. Liz makes a bet that she can seduce the straight newcomer. Against all odds, the encounter between these two opposite women changes their lives, setting new perspectives where love, life, and death, away from any morals, play as simple steps of nature.
David Gold, a pathologically immature former child actor, has never been able to get over high school. After being diagnosed with skin cancer, he gets fired from the last acting gig he could get. Desperate for money and with nothing else to lose, he fakes his resume, and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. The students of Grusin High love him – it might be because he drinks and smokes with them. But this is just the beginning of his downward spiral. When he meets Jabrielle, a teenaged outcast who’s just as screwed up as he is, he might learn that in the company of teenagers, sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.
This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA’s first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming out process, and sheds light on the obstacles LGBT sports players deal with throughout their career.
In the Grayscale
When architect Bruno (Francisco Celhay) finds himself passionately drawn to Santiago tour guide, Fernando (Emilio Edwards) he faces challenging decisions about his identity — and his relationship with his wife and young son. Hired to design a civic landmark for the Chilean capitol city, Bruno struggles with the commission. His uncertainty about how to proceed professionally is paralleled by his personal grappling.
Frankie (Diana DeGarmo) is head-strong and passionate about her rock band and her Italian-American heritage. She is engaged to a good Italian man, and everything in her life is in order until she discovers a murder victim in the trunk of her rental car. Heather, her sister, convinces Frankie to attend the funeral, where they meet Nicolette (Natalie Knepp), the daughter of the new Brooklyn mafia don. When Nicolette shows up at a gig, it triggers a cascade of events that take Frankie towards an unexpected romance.
Seventeen years after its original theatrical release, director Mark Christopher managed to add 44 minutes of never-before-seen footage to complete the version of 54 that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends — a busboy (Ryan Phillippe), a bartender (Breckin Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, all set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. When Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Jersey boy Shane (Phillippe) from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar – and a front-row seat at the most legendary party on the planet.
A disco-themed party at Arthur Murray Dance Center will follow the screening. Guests can enjoy snacks, alcoholic beverages, disco music, and dance and costume contests.
All Reel Q screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. Tickets to the opening and closing night events ( including after parties) are $10 to $15. Individual screenings are $6 to $9. Tickets can be purchased at the theater, at the Banner Coin Exchange, or at Showclix. Ticket packages ranging in price from $45 to $125 are also available for purchase on the Reel Q website.
Tangerine – Harris Theater
It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Tangerine opens on August 14th at the Harris Theater.
The Boy – Hollywood Theater
It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mtn. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—becoming a living ghost, haunting the motel—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship – setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. The Boy will screen from August 18th through August 20th at the Hollywood Theater.
Turbo Kid – Hollywood Theater
In a post-apocalyptic parallel future of 1997, an orphaned teenager called The Kid (Munro Chambers) scavenges the Wasteland searching for relics from a better time. During one of his expeditions he meets Apple (Laurence Leboeuf), a mysterious girl with a rather large secret. As their relationship deepens, they accidentally run afoul of Zeus (Michael Ironside), the self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland. Zeus, a sadistically droll maniac who murdered The Kid’s parents, now controls the Wasteland’s most precious commodity: fresh water. When Zeus’ gang kidnaps Apple, The Kid joins forces with Frederick, the laconic leader of the legendary Arm-Wrestling Clan. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbo-charged weapon, The Kid must fulfill his ultimate destiny: destroy Zeus, avenge his parents’ death and get the girl of his dreams. Turbo Kid opens on August 28th at the Hollywood Theater.
Pittsburgh Black Pride, one of the country’s longest running pride celebrations for LGBTQ people of color, will celebrate 20 years this month with 11 days of festivities. On July 27th, the organization joins with Reel Q to present a film festival featuring 90 minutes of shorts focused on LGBTQ people of color. See the selected films below:
After ten years together, Kent and Jax can read each other like open books. Then Jax’s mother dies and he steals her wig three days before she is to be buried in it. And just when Kent believes the whole incident couldn’t get any hairier, Jax starts to wear it.
A story of love, loss, and finding oneself set against the world of underground street fighting.
Prom night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for the an evening of horror, hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to man up and kick it to his high school crush, or punk out and let him walk into the sunset.
Black is Blue
Black is a transman who works as a security guard in an apartment complex in Oakland. One night, Black notices an ex- girlfriend partying with some other women in one of the buildings. As none of the other security guards want to watch “the lezzie party,” Black volunteers, thinking he may resolve some inner conflicts from the past. However, things take a turn for the worse.
A gay couple leaving a midnight screening in a seedy area of town get gay bashed and then turn the tables on their attackers and fight back.
The Devotion Project: Foremost in my Mind
The final film in a series of short documentary portraits of LGBTQ couples and families features Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz, two women who met later in life.
Alaska Is A Drag
Leo dreams of becoming an international superstar, but these dreams are hard fought stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood. Pittsburgh Black Pride will take place from July 20th through July 31st.
Since its formation in 2004, New Voices Pittsburgh (NVP) has worked to build a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of black women and girls through leadership development, human rights, and reproductive justice. On June 10th, BOOM Concepts will host the the organization’s June Membership Meeting, which will celebrate Pride with a screening of four short films by NVP members.
The evening will include works from filmmakers Turntable Ruckus, Joy KMT, Bekezela Mguni, Ginger Brooks, Takahashi, Terri Denni and Da Velle Barns. The selections include Love. Danger. Heal. and This is Our Inheritance. The films were made in 2012 with the support of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP), and shown at the 2013 Queer Women of Color Film Festival.
The NVP June Membership Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Snacks, pizza, and beverages, as well as childcare, will be provided. Admission is free.