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Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
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MFA GLBT film fest (2008)

The 24th Annual Boston Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival, May 7-18, 2008
For the seventeenth consecutive year, the MFA presents a dynamic, international roster of films exploring gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience and culture. This year's festival comprises 24 programs. Highlights include:

May 7: Men's Opening Night: A Four Letter Word, a romantic comedy with director Casper Andreas present.
May 8: Women's Opening Night: The World Unseen, BU alum Shamim Sarif's adaptation of her own novel.
May 10: Director Raul Marchand and star Marisol Calero present with their farce Manuela y Manuel.
May 17: A discussion with director Tiona M follows a screening of her new documentary black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent
May 18: She's A Boy I Knew, Gwen Haworth's autobiographical transgender documentary.
May 18: Closing Night Film: The Curiosity of Chance. Director Russel Marleau will be present with his John Hughes-styled high school comedy.

Other director appearances and discussions:
May 9: Amber Sharp with her new film Don't Go.
May 10: Director Pilar Prassass leads a discussion after her documentary In Sickness and in Health.
May 10: Sebastian Cordoba appears with his documentary Through Thick and Thin.
May 15: Peter Pizzi (Sucker) and Dennis Shinners (Area X) will be present for the Men's Shorts Program.
May 18: A discussion on Islam and homosexuality follows Parvez Sharma's documentary A Jihad for Love.
May 18: Derek will be introduced by James Nadeau, Co-Director, CineMental; filmmaker; independent curator; and Technical Instructor in Film at MIT.
Due to longstanding commitments, I can't make Thursdays or Sundays, but I'm posting a full list of the festival films (plus any other queer themed films or films with queer content I noticed while looking through the May/June film calendar), because clearly I live to be AcaMedia or something. Lemme know if you wanna come with me to any of these.
  • Friday, May 2, 2008, 7:40 pm Film
    Before Night Falls
    "Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp star in this journey into the life and writing of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas..."

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 8 pm Film
    MEN'S OPENING NIGHT: A Four Letter Word
    "In this clever and sexy romantic comedy about gay New York life, Luke flits from guy to guy-until he meets his match in the gorgeous Stephen."

  • Thursday, May 8, 2008, 8 pm Film
    WOMEN'S OPENING NIGHT: The World Unseen
    "Equal parts charming romance and political social commentary set in 1950s South Africa. Amina is independent, irrepressible, and proudly single, running a café with a black business partner. Miriam is a dutiful, traditional British Indian housewife. Their attraction is palpable, dripping with longing looks, and eventually comes to a head when Amina risks her own safety to help Miriam's family"

  • Friday, May 9, 2008, 6:30 pm Film
    Don't Go
    "Melrose Place meets The L Word meets 227 in this intimate story of the lives and loves of a group of LA friends...."

  • Friday, May 9, 2008, 8:20 pm Film
    Butch Jamie
    "A quirky gender-bending comedy about an out-of-work lesbian actor willing to try almost anything for a role...."

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 12 pm Film
    In Sickness and in Health
    "A moving view of a community supporting an activist, a partner's heartbreak at never being able to marry her lover, and the quest of five children to help their mother live with dignity."

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 2:15 pm Film
    Through Thick and Thin
    "The extraordinary stories of seven bi-national gay and lesbian couples whose lives are dramatically affected by current immigration laws...."

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 4:15 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 6 pm Film
    Red Without Blue
    "A groundbreaking portrayal of gender, identity, and the bond of twinship, this film follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female."

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 7:45 pm Film
    Manuela y Manuel
    "Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. While coping with her own lost love, Manuela agrees to play Manuel, the fiancé of her best friend Coca-who is pregnant and must face her conservative family. Hidden identities and misunderstandings abound in this hilarious high-camp farce with tremendous heart."

  • Sunday, May 11, 2008, 6 pm Film
    Jerusalem Is Proud to Present
    "In 2006, plans by Jerusalem Open House to host the World Pride march were met with resistance from the government and police, as well as threats of violence from the city's Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. A timely documentary chronicling a community's fight to declare their pride and humanity in the face of resistance and intolerance."

  • Sunday, May 11, 2008, 8 pm Film
    Water Lilies
    "The aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of fifteen and sixteen-year-old girls is on full display in this rich coming-of-age tale...."

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 6:30 pm Film
    Love My Life
    "An upbeat, indie-rock-infused tale true to the youth culture of Japan...."

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 8:30 pm Film
    The Godfather of Disco
    "Featuring a who's who of the dance-music community, this film explores the life of Revere native and West End Records founder Mel Cheren to explore the early 1970s musical and cultural currents that gave birth to disco, as well as Mel's activism, using the power of music to fight AIDS through his charity work for Gay Men's Health Crisis and 24hrs for Life/LifeBEAT."

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008, 4:30 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6:15 pm Film
    MEN'S SHORT FILMS
    "A series of shorts...."

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008, 8 pm Film
    Saturn in Opposition
    "A sensitive exploration of the theme of friendship in the face of death" (Deborah Young, Variety)....

  • Friday, May 16, 2008, 6:30 pm Film
    WOMEN'S SHORT FILMS
    "A series of shorts...."

  • Friday, May 16, 2008, 8:15 pm Film
    Finn's Girl
    "With the intrigue of a thriller and the insight of a family drama, Finn's Girl portrays the lives of Dr. Finn Jeffries and her eleven-year-old daughter, Zelly. Finn's partner Nancy has passed away leaving Finn to raise Zelly while also working long hours at the abortion clinic that Nancy founded. The clinic is threatened daily, her own life is in jeopardy, and defiant adolescent Zelly raises the stakes."

  • Saturday, May 17, 2008, 12 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Saturday, May 17, 2008, 1:30 pm Film
    black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent
    "Candid interviews with nearly fifty out, Black lesbians about what it means to call oneself a Black lesbian today...."

  • Saturday, May 17, 2008, 4:30 pm Film
    Blueprint
    "Two African American college students pursue a romance. An achingly observant, slow burn that is equal parts urban valentine and pastoral romance...."

  • Saturday, May 17, 2008, 8:45 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 10:30 am Film [multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 12 pm Film
    She's A Boy I Knew
    "A comical, heartbreaking, and uplifting autobiographical look at a family whose bonds are strengthened when they face their preconceptions about gender and sexuality."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2 pm Film
    Derek
    "Painter, gay militant, AIDS activist, and filmmaker, Derek Jarman's life was a party to which all were invited. Here, Tilda Swinton, his closest collaborator, and Isaac Julien, his artistic heir, bring Jarman's life and art to the screen."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 3:45 pm Film
    A Jihad for Love
    "A daring documentary and the world's first to explore the lives of devout gay and lesbian Muslims."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 6 pm Film
    Spinnin'
    "Garate and Omar want to raise a child. They meet Raquel—pregnant, lost, and searching for a father for her baby. The three form a family in this delightful film with endearing sub-plots, quirky characters, and a total of 101 queer kisses."

  • Sunday, May 18, 2008, 8:15 pm Film
    The Curiosity of Chance
    "It's the 1980s: new wave music and gender-bending fashion are in, and Chance Marquis is out—with a flair. Chance is the new kid at an international high school and target of the school bully. With a military father and scary-strict principal, he is left to seek help from his sweet, geeky friends and a motherly drag queen, who also mentors him as a performer. Chance's object of affection is a handsome varsity jock who keeps Chance guessing until the end."

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:30 pm Film [also showing: Saturday, May 24, 10:30 am]
    Je tu il elle
    "A film that slowly and quietly observes one woman in three parts, film critic B. Ruby Rich describes Je tu il elle as a 'cinematic Rosetta Stone of female sexuality.' "

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 8:15pm Film
    XXY
    "Alex is a fifteen-year-old struggling to keep a dark secret. Soon after her birth, her parents decide to leave Buenos Aires to settle in isolation in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. When friends from Buenos Aires visit with their sixteen-year-old son, Álvaro, the inevitable attraction between the teenagers forces them all to face their worst fears. As rumors spread around town, people's fascination with Alex may become dangerous."

  • Thursday, May 22, 2008, 12:30 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Thursday, May 22, 2008, 8:20 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:45 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Saturday, May 24, 2008, 10:30 am Film [also shown: Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 pm]
    Je tu il elle
    "A film that slowly and quietly observes one woman in three parts, film critic B. Ruby Rich describes Je tu il elle as a 'cinematic Rosetta Stone of female sexuality.' "

  • Saturday, May 24, 2008, 1:45 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Sunday, May 25, 2008, 2:15 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Thursday, May 29, 2008, 5:45 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Saturday, May 31, 2008, 5:45 pm Film [multiple showings]
    Love Songs
    "A modern-day musical about the fragility of life and love told through unforgettable songs...."

  • Saturday, June 21, 2008, 10:30 am Film [last of multiple showings]
    Black,White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
    "An exploration of the relationship between innovative museum curator, Sam Wagstaff and controversial artist, Robert Mapplethorpe...."

  • Thursday, June 26, 2008, 8 pm Film [also showing: Sunday, June 29, 5 pm]
    Pudor
    "Based on the novel by Santiago Roncagliolo, Pudor presents a compelling tale of a contemporary urban family in crisis: a father is told by his doctor that he has six months in live, he finds erotic notes in his wife’s purse, his teenage daughter is attracted to her best girlfriend, and his young son sees ghosts. A story about our most private thoughts, desires, and fears and the secrets we keep to protect ourselves from being hurt— all the feelings we do not dare confess even to those closest to us."

  • Sunday, June 29, 2008, 5 pm Film [also shown: Thursday, June 26, 8 pm]
    Pudor
    "Based on the novel by Santiago Roncagliolo, Pudor presents a compelling tale of a contemporary urban family in crisis: a father is told by his doctor that he has six months in live, he finds erotic notes in his wife’s purse, his teenage daughter is attracted to her best girlfriend, and his young son sees ghosts. A story about our most private thoughts, desires, and fears and the secrets we keep to protect ourselves from being hurt— all the feelings we do not dare confess even to those closest to us."

Tags: film festivals: mfa: glbt, planning ahead
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