Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sundance Film Festival

The movies and festivities start today at the popular winter indie filmfest, Sundance. There are a handful of LGBT titles in their lineup including some high-profile titles that I'm pretty sure will have a theatrical release soon.

HOWL, starring James Franco, centers around the young Allen Ginsberg but also touching on the obscenity trial the artist faced due to the publication of his poem, HOWL. This is the narrative feature debut of award-winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Word is Out, The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175).

The Kids are All Right stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as lesbian lovers whose two teenage kids try to find out who their biological father (played by Mark Ruffalo) is. Of course, familial complications ensue.

Based on the novel by Nick McDonell, Twelve is a chilling chronicle of privileged urban adolescence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If that isn't enough to remind you of TV's Gossip Girl, the film also stars Chace Crawford. Not sure how gay the film is but one of the characters definitely is. And very fashion forward at that.

There are also promising documentaries about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Joan "can we talk?" Rivers.

But the film I'm most excited to see is Undertow (Contracorriente). It looks very intriguing and definitely sexy. I can't wait to see it. Check out the trailer here.

It's also interesting to note that one of the short films in the lineup is Raw Love (Amor Crudo) which had it's East Coast Premiere at ImageOut 2009 last October.

Many people always ask me if I go to Sundance. The answer is no. It's too close to Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival in February) and I only have a very limited budget and can only spare so much of my precious vacation time from my actual day job. The GLBT selection has always been pretty limited at Sundance and whatever big titles they have end up either showing at Berlinale or being available at the European Film Market anyway. So it all works out. But maybe someday.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


This. Film. Is. Awesome. Just. Go. See. It.

A Single Man is about a day in the life of George Falconer (excellently played by Colin Firth) as he goes about his routine as a college professor while reminiscing about his happy life with his lover (the oh so sexy Matthew Goode) and realizing how empty it has been since his death. And the man has a plan.

Tom Ford's highly-stylized directorial debut may look very polished and almost too handsome. But make no mistake ... this film is quite heartfelt and dripping with honest and raw emotions. It's a touching film about love and coping with loss. Look for Julianne Moore's scene-stealing role as the resident fag hag.

You can still catch the film at the Little Theatre.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

ImageOut Goes to Berlin!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Programming Co-Chair Michael Gamilla for being invited to (and accepting) a seat on the Teddy Awards jury at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in February. The Teddy Awards are the GLBT awards for Germany's largest and most prestigious film festival.

Most of us here at home know how dedicated Michael is to ImageOut and the world’s LGBT film community, and this honor is a further testament to just how hard he works to bring the best in international films to Rochester each and every year. And as if the invitation alone weren’t enough, Michael has also learned that he will be the only American on the international jury!

Again, congratulations Michael, and thank you for bringing the world to ImageOut. Now go bring ImageOut to the world!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 16 FREE Screenings

On Saturday, January 16, ImageOut is proud to bring back the Audience Award winning films from 2009 that captured people's hearts and votes. We are hosting encore screenings of FALLING FOR CAROLINE, EDIE & THEA: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, and PATRIK, AGE 1.5 at the Cinema Theatre. These screenings are free and open to the public so bring your friends and family along to show them why ImageOut should be on their agenda for 2010.

Saturday, January 16

Cinema Theatre, 957 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester NY


Falling for Caroline - Audience Award Winner for Best Independent Short

Falling for Caroline

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement - Audience Award Winner for Best Independent Documentary

Edie & Thea


Patrik, Age 1.5 - Audience Award Winner for Best Independent Feature


Monday, January 4, 2010

Nat'l Society of Film Critics Awards

The Hurt Locker wins another award and has been dominating the awards given by top film critics groups in the country. This time around, the National Society of Film Critics honors the film with it's three top awards. Here's their list of winners.

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker
Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Best Actres
s Yolande Moreau, Seraphine
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds and Paul Schneider, Bright Star
Best Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Screenplay
Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Foreign-Language Film
Summer Hours
Non-fiction Film
The Beaches of Agnes
Christian Berger, The White Ribbon
Production Design
Nelson Lowry, Fantastic Mr. Fox