G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) (photo: courtesy Boston LGBT Film Festival)
NOTE: STORY UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE LATEST SCHEDULING AND IS ADAPTED FROM THE MARCH/APRIL 2013 ISSUE OF BOSTON SPIRIT MAGAZINE.
The 29th Annual Boston LGBT Film Festival holds its annual launch party this coming Sunday, April 28, at Post 360 (406 Stuart Street, Boston). The event is free and open to the public. Those interested can RSVP through the festival web site at www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.net.
By Loren King
That Boston marches to its own drummer is hardly news in the political or LGBT arenas. That this is also true in rarified atmosphere of film festivals, particularly in the niche world of LGBT film festivals, is one more reason to wear the badge of Bostonian with pride.
The Boston LGBT Film Festival, which runs May 2 through 12, has, at 29 years, earned the distinction as one of the oldest LGBT film fests in the nation. Through many changes in both the film and the LGBT scene, Boston has managed to annually deliver a celebration of international queer cinema that’s as diverse as the city itself.
“We’ve learned what works here. Our audience doesn’t mind subtitles; one of the biggest hits of recent years was the Tom Twyker film 3. Gay Hollywood movies don’t work for us. We program rom-coms for a date night film, but what sells out in Phoenix doesn’t do well in Boston. Women’s films do well here, sometimes better than men’s,” says James Nadeau, the festival’s executive director.
Among the more than 100 fiction features, documentaries and shorts that will screen at six local venues — the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Brattle Theatre, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel and the Paramount Center — are several films that deal with LGBT history and others that offer transgender characters. Notable among these is Laurence Anyways (5/5, 7 p.m., MFA), from Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan who directed Heartbeats (2010) and I Killed My Mother (2009).
“[Laurence Anyways] is a dramatic feature about a man who reveals his desire to become a woman and the consequences of revealing this to his loved ones,” says Patrick Faloon, programmer for the Boston LGBT festival. The film was awarded with the Queer Palm Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
This women’s opening film is Bye Bye Blondie (5/2, 8:15 p.m., ICA), Virginie Despentes’ drama about two middle-aged women struggling to rekindle their teenage romance which took place in the punk era of the late 70's. The men’s opener, on May 3 at the MFA, is G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), Darren Stein’s comedy about a group of popular high school girls who compete for the ultimate trendy accessory: the school’s first openly gay male student.
The festival’s featured guest is Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black who’ll be on hand to receive the Director's Award for his contributions to LGBT Cinema on 5/5, 6 p.m. at the ICA.
Also attending the fest is director Travis Matthews who has two films in this year’s lineup. Interior Leather Bar, which Matthews directed with actor James Franco, is a 60-minute film-within-a-film about S&M footage that was rumored to have been cut from the notorious 1980 Al Pacino film Cruising. Also screening is Matthews’ third installment, shot in London and running 32 minutes, of his intimate In Their Room series of portraits of men in their personal spaces. Both films screen on 5/10, 9 p.m., Brattle.
More information: www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.net
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