Like the colors of the rainbow, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people are diverse in almost every way throughout the world. However, one thing rings true. Issues that affect the LGBT community are similar and can be deeply understood by everyone, no matter the country or the language the message comes from.
In their 21st year of presenting films that touch the hearts and minds of our local community, the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF) opens Thursday, October 11, 2012 and runs through Saturday, October 13th at the Crest Theater.
This year SGLIFF is proud to be able to offer a rich program of full-length and film-shorts that everyone will enjoy.
Opening night, Thursday, October 11th begins with quiet de luxe, a science fiction film short of two girls who communicate with each other across time on an antique typewriter.
Cloudburst is a film by American-Canadian writer and director Thom Fitzgerald, is a must-see by everyone. The film stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dotty, a lesbian couple from Maine who embark on a Thelma and Louise-style road trip to Nova Scotia to get married after Dotty is moved into a nursing home by her granddaughter. The film also includes hot newcomer, Ryan Doucette as a hitchhiker the two women pick up along the way.
Friday, October 12th begins with a Jewish theme, though situated in the USA, Shabbat Dinner is a short film of two boys who meet at a family dinner. This coming out story is about finding acceptance and truth as a teenager.
The main course Friday is a compelling drama from Turkey. Zenne Dancer is drawn from the true stories of Zenne Can. Consider three unlikely friends, a hyper-masculine gay bear, a German photo-journalist, and Can (Zanne) a male belly-dancer. The three friends face together intolerance in Istanbul. This is an honest and unflinching look of living openly gay in an oppressive country.
Saturday, closing night is the most popular night as it is “shorts” night. From five countries, including the USA, thirteen film shorts will be shown. Many issues are touched on including bullying, personal relationships, learning how to kiss, a lesson in gender bending, and a young spy gets more than he expected.
Closing the evening is a special showing of Prowler. This 7 min. film short is from local filmmaker, Dawn D. Deason. Prowler is a nail-biter when a stalker is after beautiful Sedona Venegas (Natalie West) in a Sacramento neighborhood. As the stalker follows her movements through the house, Sedona notices a few odd movements and noises outside. Is it her imagination?
The Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival awarded Dawn D. Deason with their 2012 Competition Grant for her debut short film. Writer/Director Deason will be available for a question and answer session the night of the showing.
VIP Tickets are $40 and allow pass-holders entry to all three spectacular nights, 6:00pm early entry with complementary hors d’ oeuvres and wine, and choice of seating. $10 General seating each day. Tickets are available at the Crest Theater, The Beat music store, and tickets.com.