Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
More awards for the early Oscar frontrunners from the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.
Best Film Up in the Air
Best Actor George Clooney, Up in the Air
Best Actress Carey Mulligan, An Education
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Adapted Up in the Air
Best Screenplay, Original Inglourious Basterds
Best Breakthrough Performance Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Ensemble The Hurt Locker
Best Animated Film Up
Best Foreign Film Sin Nombre
Best Art Direction Nine
Best Documentary Food, Inc.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Click here for a complete list of winners.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Anyway, the good thing is there are jobs available in Rochester! So if you are looking for one, definitely check them out.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So what would be a clever subtitle for this one? Discuss!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Though what I am most excited about from this weekend's new films is Ninja Assassin! I know, I know. Who would have thought that a gentle soul like me would prefer a bloody and violent martial arts film for Thanksgiving, no? But I grew up watching Kung Fu movies on Sunday mornings. Haha. The trailer for this film looks amazing! Plus I cannot wait to see Asian heartthrob and Korean pop sensation and matinee idol, Rain, on the big screen. Oh, but no sticky rice tendencies just yet.
Any film plans for the long weekend?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Click here for the full story. Thanks Paul for the link!
Monday, November 23, 2009
My best bet to see this film will probably be in Berlin. But I'm emailing my friend Davide right now just in case (he's a programmer for the festival).
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I feel that Precious has been talked about and recommended by many folks already so I don't think I need to convince anyone to go see it. I do have to say though that it was in my list of films to look out for ImageOut at the end of 2008, since one of the key supporting players is a lesbian character. The film was known then as Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. That was before it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. After that, I knew that the film would just take off and probably won't be playing the LGBT film festival circuit.
An Education stars GLBT-friendly Peter Sarsgaard and the sensational Carey Mulligan, already considered to be a strong contender for the Best Actress award this season. It's a coming-out story about a 16-year old girl who falls for a man nearly twice her age and their ensuing romance. This film is a good alternative while everyone is lining up for either The Twilight Saga: New Moon or Precious.
Don't forget that the Dryden at George Eastman House is also screening two note-worthy films this weekend: Austria's entry to Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film Award, Revanche, and The Yes Men Fix the World.
Hope to bump into you at the movies this weekend!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Then there's Miss Gay Rochester on Sunday. It's going to be a busy weekend!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Basically, some cataclysmic phenomenon is brewing beneath us and the core of the earth is destined to melt away by 2012. The world as we know it would end -- with land masses shifting by thousands of miles, if not sinking at all. Water will once again cover most of the earth. But a chosen group of people will survive in order to preserve humanity ... along with some animals and arts and cultural artifacts and treasures. It's like the story of Noah's Ark but with super cool ships.
You won't have to burn too much brain cells watching this one. It's a disaster movie, people ... the mother of all disaster movies! So just be prepared to take it for what it is -- lots of destructions, lots of deaths, lots of overblown dramatic moments. But it truly is a showcase of amazing CGI effects. So just sit back and enjoy it.
It's just very tiring.
As I've mentioned many times before, programming for the next ImageOut lineup begins as soon as the program guide for the current year goes to the printer in August. Yes, it's that early, as crazy as that sounds. So I'm all about noting down any films that I should be on the look out for. But this may very well be a title that could be picked up for mainstream distribution, or definitely end up in arthouse and indie cinemas. If not, then I hope it is something we can consider for ImageOut 18.
But wait ... it's from Denmark! Notice that we rarely have Danish movies in our film offerings? Festival participation of most films from Denmark is usually arranged through the Danish Film Institute and they are a snob when it comes to screening their films at "smaller" film festivals including ImageOut. For a few years now, the DFI claims that they go by a short exclusive (read prestigious ... in their minds, at least) list of film festivals that they are willing to work with. I could not even get screeners from those folks! So I've always been very resourceful when it comes to seeing Danish films just so I know whether I should be upset about missing a great title or what. Anyway, here's hoping that whatever happens, Brotherhood gets picked up by a US distributor for ImageOut to even stand a chance.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Do you know that ImageOut gets a small commission when you buy your DVDs from the Wolfe website? Through Wolfe's festival affiliation program, ImageOut gets a percentage of sale when the buyer connects to Wolfe via the link provided on our website. Click here for more information.
A few of the titles from our 2009 Festival lineup are already available for DVD pre-order. Both Eating Out 3 and Make the Yuletide Gay are being released on DVD on 11/10.
Expand your DVD collection and help ImageOut at the same time! Make your DVD purchases from Wolfe through ImageOut.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
ImageOut is Seeking Applicants for Office Manager PositionImageOut is looking for a new office manager to join our team on or about December 14th. As you know, ImageOut is a volunteer run organization but we do employ one part-time (25 hours per week) office manager who is essential to the daily operations of the Festival. If you or someone you know would be interested in exploring this opportunity please submit your resume and letter of interest to the ImageOut Board of Directors Co-Chairs, Deanna Baker and Jim Biebel at the ImageOut office, 274 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607.
Christine wins a check for $500, courtesy of the ImageOut Board of Directors, and a Certificate of Recognition. Best of luck in your next projects and I hope we'll see you at ImageOut soon!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Many thanks to Andrea Krauss and our Marquee Sponsor, here! Films, for sharing Patrik, Age 1.5 to our audiences.
This category, yet again, shows a very strong competition among our 27 narrative features. The top films rated so close to each other that I am posting the points with three decimal positions. Here are your Top 15 Narrative Feature Films from our amazing lineup this year.
4.826 Patrik, Age 1.5
4.824 Hannah Free
4.821 I Can't Think Straight
4.812 Chef's Special
4.753 Just Say Love
4.740 Eating Out: All You Can Eat
4.701 An Englishman in New York
4.673 Baby Love
4.608 The Big Gay Musical
4.553 Night Fliers
4.516 ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction
4.475 Make the Yuletide Gay
4.450 The Baby Formula
Our documentary lineup this year has been the strongest and most diverse we've had -- with discussions covering gender issues, same-sex marriage, homophobia in sports, masculinity within the GLBT culture, a legendary lesbian folk singer, a cult drag show, GLBT senior housing, teen bullying in schools, sexuality within the African-American community, and even homoeroticism in wrestling, to name a few. And our audiences agree! This has been the highest scoring documentary lineup I've seen since we started handing out Audience Awards. The competition was so tight I have to post the ratings with three decimal positions. Here's how you ranked all our documentary feature films.
4.885 Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
4.879 Ferron: Girl on A Road
4.867 Swimming With Lesbians (Flower City Flicks)
4.824 Training Rules
4.817 A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square
4.750 Standing-N-Truth: Breaking the Silence
4.738 Diagnosing Difference
4.661 Out in the Silence
4.607 "Showgirls" Provincetown, MA
4.579 The Butch Factor
4.524 for my wife ...
4.500 Amancio: Two Faces on a Tombstone
4.456 Prodigal Sons
4.176 STRONGHOLD: In the Grip of Wrestling
3.661 College Boys Live
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Curious how some of your favorite short films fared? Here's a list of the Top 20 Short Films (together with the program they were part of), out of the 52 we screened at ImageOut 17.
4.66 Falling for Caroline (Quick Licks)
4.65 Second Guessing Grandma (Edie & Thea)
4.62 Thirteen or So Minutes (I Like Men)
4.61 Claiming the Title: The Gay Olympics on Trial (Training Rules)
4.59 Get Happy (Diagnosing Difference)
4.58 Zombie Prom (Zombie Prom)
4.50 Girl Talk (Zombie Prom)
4.46 I've Got U (Edie & Thea)
4.45 Raw Love (Zombie Prom)
4.44 The Window (Oh, Hell No!)
4.41 Mother Knows Best (I Like Men)
4.37 James (I Like Men)
4.33 I Am Gay (An Englishman in NY)
4.33 U-Haul Rap (Quick Licks/Hannah Free)
4.24 The Yellow Tent (Zombie Prom)
4.22 Kristy (Night Fliers)
4.22 Steam (I Like Men)
4.18 At Home [Or Love as Well] (Girl Seeks Girl)
4.10 Chased (Just Say Love)
4.09 Boy Meets Boy (I Like Men)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Even the "strange" episode at last night's final film just made this year's festival even more special, in a way.
As we tally the paper ballots in the next few days, I will post some of the more interesting and colorful commentaries (anonymously, of course!) I read to share with the blog visitors. Of course, you can continue adding comments to any of the posts here as I am sure the filmmakers will continue to check how their films did here in Rochester.
On behalf of all the ImageOut Board and our volunteers, thanks again. You are all fabulous!
Just a reminder that our ImageArt! exhibition is still open to the public until Oct. 25. Have a look if you haven't yet.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
NOTE: The short film Chased screened in this program.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
NOTE: Three short films were screened in this program: Make A Mate, I've Got U, and Second Guessing Grandma.
Friday, October 16, 2009
NOTE: The short films included in this program are:
A Day at the Beach
Thirteen Or So Minutes
Boy Meets Boy
Mother Knows Best
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
NOTE: the short film Claiming the Title:Gay Olympics on Trial screened as part of this program.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
photos by Billijo Wolf
Added 10/14: What a great turnout for the film last night! Everyone seemed to have a really entertaining and laugh-filled evening. Glad that we were able to include this one at the last minute due to a delay in its DVD release. =)
NOTE: the short films The Saint and Lot's Wife screened as part of this program.
NOTE: The short film Self Service from Israel was screened in this program.