Friday, October 22, 2010
After the first weekend of ImageOut 18, the conversations among Festival pass holders and many audience members were dominated by one discussion: Which film is better, Undertow or A Frozen Flower? But as more wonderful films were presented during the Festival's 10-day run, several other favorites were thrown in the mix: Children Of God, A Marine Story, and even our Closing Night film, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Yet no one could quite surpass the emotional hold of the heart-wrenching magical and tender love story between Santiago and Miguel. Congratulations to filmmaker Javier Fuentes-León for bagging the 2010 Audience Award for Best Independent Narrative Feature at ImageOut 18 for his debut feature film, Undertow. He receives a Certificate of Recognition and $750 worth of Kodak film stock. We wish him luck in his quest for an Oscar nomination!
The rankings of the films aren't so important, it seems. Because almost all the films were rated highly by the audiences -- beyond "Good." It's even a little too crowded at the top. But here they are anyway.
(1) 4.86 Undertow (Contracorriente)
(2) 4.81 A Marine Story
(3) 4.77 Children of God
(3) 4.77 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
(5) 4.73 The Last Summer of La Boyita
(5) 4.73 We Have To Stop Now
(5) 4.73 FIT
(8) 4.72 Wild About Harry
(9) 4.68 Elena Undone
(10) 4.67 You Should Meet My Son!
(11) 4.65 A Frozen Flower
(11) 4.65 Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!
(13) 4.61 BearCity
(14) 4.55 The People I've Slept With
(15) 4.53 Purple Sea
(16) 4.52 Is It Just Me?
(17) 4.50 The Four-Faced Liar
(18) 4.48 Leading Ladies
(18) 4.48 I Killed My Mother
(20) 4.47 Howl
(21) 4.42 Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives
(22) 4.38 Violet Tendencies
(23) 4.34 From Beginning to End
(24) 4,32 The String
(25) 4.24 Room in Rome
(26) 4.16 He's Such A Girl
(27) 4.09 To Faro
(28) 4.05 Eloise's Lover
(28) 4.05 Plan B
(30) 2.37 The Owls
Congratulations to all the filmmakers who shared their films with us. And HUGE thanks to those who joined us here in Rochester during the festival. You have all made our event even more special. Your generosity and amazing energy were all appreciated!
Wow! This category was a nail biter. From my conversations with the audiences during the Festival, two documentary titles were being mentioned the most: Making the Boys and Holding Hands. So imagine my surprise when out of nowhere, Lost in the Crowd came within a hundredth of a point of winning the coveted title of Best Independent Documentary Feature at ImageOut 18. That screening went well and the Q&A with filmmaker Susi Graf was enlightening and inspiring. But in the end, Making the Boys captured the audience's hearts. Congratulations to filmmaker Crayton Robey for winning $750 worth of Kodak film stock and a special Certificate of Recognition from ImageOut. It took me 1.5 years to finally bring this movie to Rochester, but it was worth the wait. Here's how you voted for the documentary films.
(1) 4.83 Making the Boys (Documentary Centerpiece)
(2) 4.82 Lost in the Crowd
(3) 4.78 Holding Hands
(4) 4.70 Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender and the Murder of Fred Martinez
(5) 4.68 Word Is Out (Archive Night)
(6) 4.60 Out of Annapolis
(7) 4.51 Sex in an Epidemic
(8) 4.24 Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance
(9) 4.18 The Adonis Factor
As you can see, all of the films rated beyond "Good." It was a great year for documentary films at ImageOut 18.
In an incredible display of how much our selections for the Flower City Flicks shorts program have improved over the years, You Belong With Me and Hens & Chicks tied for the Best Short Film Audience Award at ImageOut 18. It's the first time that a local film won this award, and it's even more amazing that two of them actually shared that honor. Separated by mere thousandths of a point, their final scores tied after rounding off the numbers. Boarding Pass, a film that made everyone cry, from the Safe Space youth shorts program was the favorite until the surprising numbers turned up for the local shorts. Here are the Top 30 short films from ImageOut 18.
(1) 4.83 You Belong With Me
(1) 4.83 Hens and Chicks
(3) 4.64 Boarding Pass (Pasaje)
(4) 4.63 Door Prize
(5) 4.60 The Queen
(6) 4.54 Go Go Reject
(7) 4.45 Gay Baby
(8) 4.43 Gayby
(9) 4.41 Curious Thing
(10) 4.35 Last Call
(11) 4.31 You Move Me
(11) 4.31 Non-Love Song
(13) 4.30 The Armoire
(14) 4.27 Public Relations
(15) 4.26 25 Things I Did During My Big Fat Lesbian Depression
(16) 4.24 Tech Support
(16) 4.24 Judgment Day
(18) 4.21 My Name is Love
(19) 4.15 Queer Pet Adventures #1: Salsa's Coming Out
(19) 4.15 Queer Pet Adventures #4: Doggie's Makeover
(21) 4.14 Waiting 4 Goliath
(22) 4.13 Ms. Thing
(23) 4.11 Queer Pet Adventures #2: BK's Adoption
(24) 4.10 After
(25) 4.09 Everyday To Stay
(26) 4.07 Gently
(27) 4.04 I Want Your Love
(28) 4.01 Professor Godoy
(29) 3.98 Cried Suicide
(30) 3.96 Queer Pet Adventures #5: Leather Night
Congratulations! And thanks to all the generous filmmakers who agreed to be a part of ImageOut this year.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This screening begins at 9pm at the Little Theater.
It was great to introduce a strong, feisty and interesting character in Miss Anne Lister to ImageOut.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Find out why this is one of the hottest and funniest romantic comedies in this year's LGBT film festival circuit.
Our Spotlight Feature begins at 3:30 at the Cinema Theater.
Friday, October 15, 2010
The very talented (and handsome!) filmmaker Keith Hartman joins us for a Q&A following the screening.
This film contains explicit sexual and adult content. No one under 18 will be admitted.
The New York State Premiere of Making the Boys begins at 6:30 at the Cinema Theater.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This film begins at 6:30 at the Ingle Auditorium at RIT and is FREE for anyone under 21.
Program 27 starts at 6:15 at the Little Theater.
Writer/Producer/Director Evgeny Afineevsky will be in attendance for Q&A after the film.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is the perfect film for a cold autumn evening. Join us at 7pm at the Little Theater.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Program 21 begins at 6:30 at the Little with You Move Me. Get there early because you won't want to miss this hilarious short!
How did everyone enjoy their first weekend of ImageOut 2010?
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lost in the Crowd is part of the Youth Project Film Series and admission is free for all guests under 21.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Holding Hands begins at 1:45 pm at the Little Theater.
We begin today's lineup with a very important and very engrossing documentary about the history and current state of HIV and AIDS activism in the United States. Sex in an Epidemic combines archival footage, news broadcasts, and contemporary interviews from the front lines of this battle.
Join us at 11:45 at the Dryden Theater to kick off day 2.
Friday, October 8, 2010
And don't forget about our opening night party at nearby Eros. See you all tonight!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Ticket pre-sales have ended. There will be a limited number of tickets for this program available at the Little Theater Box Ofiice the evening of the show, but get there early! Every opening-night in recent memory has been a sell-out!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the closing night party has been moved to The Strathallan at 550 East Avenue (from the Inn on Broadway). We are very excited to party the night away at The Strathallan, conveniently located just a few blocks from the Dryden Theatre. There will be valet service available as well as ample on and off street parking. This will be a special night, and will feature:
- a lavish array of complimentary hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.
- an assortment of desserts and sinfully decadent, hand-crafted chocolates from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- a full service cash bar.
- music to dance the night away provided by community favorite DJ Chuck Argento.
If you prefer, enjoy jazz music featured in The Grill at Strathallan. There will also be an area outside the ballroom where you can relax in a quieter setting and talk about all the great films you have seen during the festival. This is sure to be a memorable night and a great way to celebrate the 18th annual ImageOut Film Festival.
We do, however, understand that our patrons who have already purchased film and party or party only tickets were expecting a closing night party at the Inn on Broadway. Due to the venue change, we would like to offer you the option to exchange your ticket or receive a refund. Please click on this link for all the details.
Monday, October 4, 2010
OK, so you've read the program cover to cover, decided what to see, and purchased your tickets (you have purchased your tickets already right?). Now what to do with the four whole days between you and opening night?
Checkout the ImageOut Mobile site, that's what!
If you have a smartphone, you can make full use of the new tech offering. You can view program descriptions, and add screenings to your personal "my festival" page. Then each day you can easily see where you need to be and when. No more of that embarrassing "showing up at the wrong theater" stuff for you! This feature will be also be great for comparing schedules with the cutie you meet at the opening night party...
The ImageOut Mobile Experience was created just for us by our Premiere Sponsor, The Philipson Group. These folks have also hooked us up with the miraculous technology of the QR codes you see in the festival program. Thanks also goes to VictoryAlliance.com for sponsoring this endeavor. You can view their mobile site here.