FOR THE MEDIA
Wendy Platt, Assistant Press Coordinator
Direct Line: 206-204-7401 firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries regarding press passes should be directed to a member
of our press department. Passholders must arrive twenty minutes
before the start of a film to ensure seating.
Images are available to download online in JPEG format from our
website www.seattlequeerfilm.com/press. Additional images are also
available; please contact our office.
All members of the press are welcome to preview films for the upcoming
festival. To request a tape, please contact a member of our press
department. Tapes will be made available as soon as possible, and
must be returned to Three Dollar Bill Cinema within 48 hours. Screener
tapes are available for the following titles:
DANGEROUS LIVING, DIARY OF A MALE PORN STAR, DIE MOMMIE DIE!, DO
I LOVE YOU?, DONT YOU WORRY, IT WILL PROBABLY PASS, EXPERIMENT:
GAY AND STRAIGHT, FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS, FLAG WARS, FLYING WITH
ONE WING, GHOSTLIGHT, GOLDFISH MEMORY, GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,
HOOKED, JIM IN BOLD, JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN, JUCHITAN QUEER PARADISE,
LAST DANCE AT THE TIMBERLINE, LAUGHING MATTERS, LEAVING METROPOLIS,
LETS GET FRANK, LOOK, NO SECRET ANYMORE, OF MEN AND GODS,
OLD TESTAMENT, PUT THE CAMERA ON ME, RISE ABOVE, ROBINS HOOD,
SINGIN IN THE RAIN, THIS OBEDIENCE
festival is honored to be hosting more than 50 visiting and local
filmmakers, actors, and VIPs. Throughout the festival, filmgoers
will have opportunities to meet and talk with festival guests at
post-film question-and-answer sessions and at receptions and parties.
The following people will be in Seattle for part or all of the festival.
Interviews can be arranged by contacting the press coordinators.
Bartell, Director, L.T.R., (Boys Shorts)
Philip Bartells short film CRUSH won an Audience Choice Award
(Favorite Boys Short) at the 2000 Seattle Lesbian and Gay
Film Festival. Since then he has worked with Steven Soderbergh,
George Clooney, and Joe and Anthony Russo on WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD.
L.T.R will be released theatrically in Winter 2003 as part of BOYS
Priestley, Actor, DIE MOMMIE DIE!
One of Hollywoods most versatile talents, Jason Priestley
is active in film and television as an actor, director, and producer.
Priestley was last seen in Finn Taylors CHERISH, which debuted
at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He was also seen in the critically
acclaimed LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND. If youve been a Jason
Priestley fan since BEVERLY HILLS 90210, you wont want to
miss his star turn in DIE MOMMIE DIE!
Rucker, Director, DIE MOMMIE DIE!
Mark Rucker makes his film directing debut with DIE MOMMIE DIE!
A veteran theater director, he has worked in theatres throughout
the United States, including two seasons at the Intiman Theatre
in Seattle. He is the winner of the 1998 Los Angeles Drama Critics
Award for his production of Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew.
Poitras, Director, FLAG WARS
Laura Poitras is the Co-Producer, Co-Director, and Cinematographer
of FLAG WARS (2003), a cinema verite documentary that follows the
conflicts that emerge in a black working-class neighborhood in Columbus,
Ohio when white gay professionals move into the area. FLAG WARS
has received numerous awards this year, including the Best Documentary
Grand Jury Award at SXSW.
Herrmann, Director, GHOSTLIGHT
First-time director Christopher Herrmann was Martha Grahams
friend, confidante, and biographer from 1987 until her death in
1991. He has gone to incredible lengths to bring to fruition this
tribute to the legendary performance artist and twentieth century
Akers, Director, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Freshman filmmaker Michael Akers debut, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,
was voted Festival Favorite in its world premiere at
Philadelphias International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
This digital feature epitomizes independent gay cinema: it was shot
in 18 days by a cast and crew of 12, for a budget that wouldnt
buy a car.
Ahlberg, Director, HOOKED
Producer/director Todd Ahlberg has worked in both traditional production
and interactive technologies since the beginning of his career,
and has focused his work on exploring the creative convergences
between the two mediums. In December 2002 he completed the documentary
film, HOOKED, an exploration of the online cruising phenomenon within
Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum JIM IN BOLD
Malcolm Lazin helped found Equality Forum, the premiere annual global
forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. He has
served as Executive Director since 1999. The forum produces documentaries
about the GLBT civil rights movement. JIM IN BOLD highlights the
impact of homophobia in our culture and specifically on GLBT youth.
Jay Cox, Director, LATTER DAYS
C. Jay Cox, screenwriter for SWEET HOME ALABAMA, makes his directorial
debut with LATTER DAYS. Winner of the Audience Award at both the
Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and OUTfest
Los Angeles, LATTER DAYS is a moving tale that leaves audiences
believing in the transformational power of love.
Meyerson, LAUGHING MATTERS
Andrea Meyerson founded All Out Film in June 2002 and completed
LAUGHING MATTERS in just one year, an impressive accomplishment
for a first-time independent filmmaker. She has been an event promoter
and tireless supporter of gay and lesbian causes in Los Angeles
for nearly a decade.
Williams, LAUGHING MATTERS
Featured in the award-winning comedy/documentary WERE FUNNY
THAT WAY, Karen Williams is shown regularly on HBO and was a nominee
for the 1999 GLAMA Award for her outrageously funny comedy CD, Human
Being: What a Concept. As a solo entertainer, Karen Williams delights
SRO audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney.
Biren, Director, NO SECRET ANYMORE
For over 30 years Joan Biren has been chronicling the lives of lesbian,
gay, and transgender people. NO SECRET ANYMORE tells the story of
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, partners in love and political struggle
for 50 years. They launched Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, and are
considered by many to be the founders of the modern lesbian civil
Shell, Co-Producer/Writer, PUT THE CAMERA ON ME
PUT THE CAMERA ON ME is Adam Shells first feature length documentary.
He has been involved in this project since childhood, when his friend
Darren Stein received his first video camera and began directing
Adam and the other kids in the neighborhood in some questionable
Stein, Writer/Director, PUT THE CAMERA ON ME
Darren Stein has been making films since he was seven years old
on his cul-de-sac in Encino, California. Darren went on to write
and direct JAWBREAKER, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film
Festival and is now a cult film phenomenon world. He is currently
writing LIKE A VIRGIN for Madonnas Maverick Pictures. He is
attached to direct.
Turner, Actress/Co-writer/Associate Producer, ROBINS HOOD
Turner is a gifted screenwriter and novelist. In addition to writing
and producing ROBINS HOOD, she makes her acting debut. She
previously appeared at the SLGFF in 2000 to discuss her script NUMB
and the roles and goals of lesbian filmmakers in the grand scheme
of the Industry.
Hensley, THE GONG SHOW
Dennis Hensley is the acclaimed author of SCREENING PARTY, a hilarious
narration of a group of friends who get together to watch and crack
wise about the movies that have affected our lives, from JAWS to
PRETTY WOMAN to FLASHDANCE to THE SOUND OF MUSIC. He recently finished
work on the feature script TESTOSTERONE. Co-written with director
David Moreton (EDGE OF SEVENTEEN) and based on the book by James
Robert Baker, the darkly comic suspense drama was recently screened
at the Toronto International Film Festival. Antonio Sabato Jr.,
David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Coolidge and Sonia Braga star.
Mikkelson, Jamie A. Lee, THIS OBEDIENCE
THIS OBEDIENCE is the second feature-length documentary by the filmmaking
team of Dawn Mikkelson and Jamie A. Lee. Their first, TREADING WATER:
A DOCUMENTARY, received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary
by an Emerging Director at the 2002 Minneapolis/St. Paul International
Film Festival, and a number of highly rated broadcasts on PBS affiliates
in Minnesota. Their work will be featured in an upcoming episode
of the national PBS GLBT newsmagazine In the Life.
there is an actor or director not listed whom youd like to
contact for a phone or email interview, please let us know. We will
make arrangements as necessary.
at the seams with the best in queer film from across the country
and around the world, this years festival features sixty programs
for your viewing pleasure, ranging from Sundance smash DIE MOMMIE
DIE! (with special guests director Mark Rucker and star Jason Priestley
no kidding!) to the Super8 Wonders of the World.
Centerpiece LATTER DAYS is fresh from a triumph at Outfest, where
it won the Outstanding First Narrative Feature Award. Mormon missionary
meets LA gay boy in this inspiring love story featuring Mary Kay
Place and Jacqueline Bisset. HAIRSPRAY meets VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
in our simmering Sneak Preview, and GOLDFISH MEMORY wraps it all
with a saucy tale of revolving-door romance in Dublin.
junkies, youre in luck! The same trend that produced CAPTURING
THE FRIEDMANS and SPELLBOUND this summer, brings us BROTHER OUTSIDER,
a profile of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and FLAG WARS,
a critical look at the politics of gentrification. THIS OBEDIENCE,
RISE ABOVE, and NO SECRET ANYMORE tell the stories of a diverse
selection of remarkable queer women.
are thrilled to screen WORKING GIRLS, courtesy of Directed
by Dorothy Arzner, a project of the UCLA Film and Television
Archive. The first major American woman (and lesbian) director,
Arzner was also one of the great starmakers of the 30s, launching
the careers of Rosalind Russell, Lucille Ball, and Katherine Hepburn.
And speaking of Hepburn, we tip our hats to that great lady with
a screening of the gender-bending SYLVIA SCARLETT.
you get tired of seeing movies (who gets tired of seeing movies?)
theres still lots to do. Back for a return engagement is party/performance
art extravaganza Paradise Hotel. This years sing-along is
SINGIN IN THE RAIN, screening at the Cinerama in glorious
Technicolor. And for all you crooners who cant get enough,
the film lovers version of karaoke returns in CINE-OKE: RELOADED.
Closet filmmakers: your neglected masterpieces down to the first
ever Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Gong Show! Hosted by
LA author and funnyman, Dennis Hensley.
year, bringing the best work from around the world was easier than
ever since some was made right here in Seattle. Our LOCAL SHORTS
program features the work of a talented batch of Northwest queer
filmmakers. THE LAST DANCE AT THE TIMBERLINE is a fond look back
at one of Seattles most famous and historic queer bars
or your friends might even be in it! And were proud to copresent
a screening of GORY GORY HALLELUJAH with the Warren Report on Tuesday,
October 21, 7pm at the Seattle Art Museum. This film by Sue Corcoran
is sure to make you a true believer in local filmmaking. For more
info on this screening, visit www.thewarrenreport.com.
also pleased to copresent two free programs with the Capitol Hill
Branch of the Seattle Public Library. You can bring the whole family
to JUST FOR KIDS, a collection of entertaining short films, or be
inspired and recharged by FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS: 15 YEARS OF ACT
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