2014 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival Showcases LGBT Movies
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The last date listed for 2014 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival was Sunday June 8, 2014 / 9:45pm (Such Good People).
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June 4, 2014 at 5:20pm: American Vagabond
American Vegabond is a coming of age story of a gay boy growing up in small town America. It’s a story about a family coming to grips with what it fears the most.
June 4, 2014 at 9:10pm: The Little House That Could
Emmy Award-winning stylist, Patricia Field, has done a lot more than Sex and the City. She has spent several decades saving lives and giving hope to lost outsiders who society frowned upon—transsexuals, club kids, drag queens, gay teenagers, butch-dykes, people who needed to escape from their hometowns because they were never understood. This is the story of a close-knit unconventional family in New York City—the House of Field—who have single-handedly changed music and fashion for the world several times over. Their story is one of courage, hope and dreams. In making this movie, Toronto filmmaker Mars Roberge becomes part of that family, returning to his homeland over a decade later with an uplifting story to tell of the little house that could. Made solely with the help of his friend, Bob Lesser the one-man crew and a couple friends here and there from 2006-2012.
June 5, 2014 at 5:00pm: Boy Meets Girl
Eric Schaeffer’s new film, Boy Meets Girl is a poignant, sexy, romantic coming of age comedy about three twenty year-olds living in Kentucky: Robby, (Michael Welch, Twilight) and his best friend since childhood, Ricky, a gorgeous transgender girl, have never dated. Lamenting the lack of eligible bachelors, Ricky considers dating a girl. In walks Francesca, a beautiful young debutante waiting for her Marine fiance to return from the war. Ricky and Francesca strike up a friendship, and maybe a little more, which forces Robby to face his true feelings for Ricky. This is a sex/human positive modern fable and identification with it’s story crosses all gender and sexual orientation lines.
June 5, 2014 at 7:45pm: Drunktown’s Finest
Drunktown’s Finest is Sydney Freeland’s feature film debut and her response to a news story that characterized her hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, as “Drunktown, USA.” Nizhoni was adopted and raised as a Christian by a white family, transsexual Felixxia dreams of becoming a model, and Sickboy is headed to basic training so he can take care of his soon-to-be-born child. We observe the Navajo Nation from the inside out through the eyes of these three unlikely characters. At first our preconceptions are reinforced, but slowly, as each of their lives unfolds, we confront the reality of living in this community, and we see these three aspiring to leave their town behind.
June 5, 2014 at 10:05pm: Kuma Hina
Kumu Hina is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern day Hawai’i. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
June 6, 2014: Provocateur Section
June 7, 2014 at 11:00am: The New Black
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
June 7, 2014 at 12:35pm: Saturday Shorts
A Last Farewell
Directed by Casper Andreas (Sweden) RT: 12 min. (Subtitles)
Dinner at 40
Directed by Carl Byrd (USA) RT: 18 min.
Directed by Christophe Predari (Belgium) RT: 11 min. (Subtitles)
The Best Friend (O Melhor Amigo)
Directed by Allan Deberton (Brazil) RT: 17 min. (Subtitles)
The Falceto Jazz Club
Directed by Daniel Luke Rogers (Australia) RT: 14 min.
Directed by Eric Shahinian (USA) RT: 6 min. 25 sec.
June 7, 2014 at 2:10pm: Of Girls and Horses
Alex is a 16-year old misfit, a school drop out, who’s been using drugs and cutting herself. Her adoptive mother has signed her up for an internship at a farm to work with horses, as a last chance to find balance in her life. There Alex meets Nina, her teacher, a 30-something lesbian and horse lover who needs a break from her partner Christine and their city life. Although Alex initially hates being stuck in this remote farm, she gradually connects with the horses. Then, an upper-class girl, Kathy, arrives at the farm for a vacation with her own beautiful horse. Alex dislikes privileged Kathy, but slowly the girls form a friendship. One weekend, they’re alone at the farm and things get out of control…
June 7, 2014 at 3:50pm: Five Dances
The classic tale of finding success and romance in the big city is given a contemporary, and unconventional, spin in Alan Brown‘s new film, Five Dances. Collaborating with internationally renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, writer-director Brown has taken five gifted New York dancers, and fashioned a story about Chip (Ryan Steele in his first film role), an extraordinarily talented 18 year-old recently arrived from Kansas who joins a small downtown modern dance company. In his first weeks of rehearsal, Chip is initiated into the rites of passage of a New York dancer’s life, where discipline and endless hard work, camaraderie and competitiveness, the fear of not being good enough, and the joy of getting it just right, inform every minute of every day. Shooting in and around a Soho dance studio, Brown and his longtime cinematographer Derek McKane capture the exhilaration and emotional turmoil of a small dance company, and all of Chip’s poignant firsts—the forging of friendships, being chosen for the important solo, his first ever love affair—with the intimacy and immediacy of a documentary. The result is Brown’s most dynamic film.
June 7, 2014 at 5:30pm: Meth Head
Kyle Peoples never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30s, an accountant stuck in a dead end job, with a lover who is more successful than he and a family that doesn’t get him at all. So when a night of partying leads to a new family of friends and fun, Kyle sees an opportunity for escape from reality. But Kyle’s new friendship with Maia and Dusty and the trio’s love of crystal meth eventually cost Kyle his job, his companion, his home and his family. Kyle’s escape becomes his trap, the party is an illusion and the crystal is slowly killing him, physically and psychologically. When he finally bottoms out and is no longer the young man his father once boasted about with pride, Kyle must choose: life or meth.
June 7, 2014 at 8:05pm: To Be Takei
George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.
June 7, 2014 at 9:50pm: The 10 Year Plan
Two best friends who are complete opposites when it comes to their taste in men, make a pact to be a couple if neither one has found the right guy in ten years. But when their arrangement is almost due, both friends try to do whatever it takes to avoid becoming the other’s last resort.
June 8, 2014 at 11:00am: Silent Youth
Silent Youth is a film for misfits, dreamers and lovers. It’s the classic story of a coming out, but it focuses on the moments one tends to quickly forget: the first approach, the creaking of the chair while sitting across from each other, not knowing what to say. And it’s about the silence. The film tells of the encounter and slow approximation of two young men in Berlin. Marlo, who claims to be visiting his girlfriend, wanders the streets of Berlin where he meets Kirill. He begins to follow him, which seems to impress Kirill. A strange relationship begins to develop between the two of them. The more Kirill exposes about himself, the more confusing it gets for Marlo. They float next to one another, not knowing what the next step could be. Is there really someone to talk to in this strange world? Someone who is just as bewildered by it? And isn’t it inevitable for this person to be just as strange? Silent Youth is a film about feeling locked into yourself, but most of all it is a film about love.
June 8, 2014 at 12:30pm: Kidnapped for Christ
Kidnapped for Christ tells the shocking stories of American teenagers who were taken from their homes and shipped to Escuela Caribe, an American-run Christian behavior modification program in the Dominican Republic. When a young evangelical filmmaker is granted unprecedented access to film behind the gates of this controversial school, she discovers shocking secrets and young students that change her life.
June 8, 2014 at 2:40pm: Family Programming
Queer Media Project
Presented by Minneapolis Television Network (Youth Programming)
Directed by Nick Corporon (USA) RT: 13 min.
Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine
Directed by Michele Josue (USA) RT: 90 min. (Doc)
Q&A with John Sullivan, board member with the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.
June 8, 2014 at 5:30pm: Sunday Shorts Program
Directed by Jonothan McLeod (Scotland) RT: 10 min.
Gay Goth Scene
Directed by Kai Stanicke (Germany) RT: 5 min.
Directed by Reid Waterer (USA/Greece) RT: 25 min.
In Defense of Traditional Marriage
Directed by Thom Newell (USA) RT: 7 min.
Goodnight My Love
Directed by Kellee Terrell (USA) RT: 10 min.
Directed by Liam Engle (France) RT: 14 min. (Subtitles)
Luigi e Vincenzo
Directed by Giuseppe Bucci (Italy) RT: 5 min. (Subtitles)
Q&A with Reid Waterer
Q&A with Kellee Terrell
June 8, 2014 at 7:30pm: John Apple Jack
As kids, John and Jack were best friends. Twenty years later, they’ve grown apart and now barely recognize each other. A handsome gay man and heir to a restaurant empire, John lives with extravagance — champagne, fast cars and fast men — bedding nearly every hot guy in town. But witnessing his sister Vivienne about to marry his childhood crush Jack… a light bulb flicks on, passions ignite and the wedding must immediately be stopped!
June 8, 2014 at 9:45pm: Such Good People
Such Good People is a contemporary screwball comed, about a couple, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) & Randy Harrison (Queer As Folk), who find a million dollars while housesitting. Our characters want what everyone wants: success, family and a fabulous house in L.A. But first they’ve got to work through a couple issues: greed, jealousy, real estate, sibling rivalry, greyhounds, labradoodles, porpoises, a million dollars and the orphans of Bhutan.