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Saddle Up and See a Movie

2006 Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Schedule

Friday, Sept. 29

Guild Cinema:

Queens7 p.m.

Set in Spain, Queens takes a comedic look at the nature of the relationships of three couples about to get marriednot without bumps in the road, of course.

Another Gay Movie9:30 p.m.

In the spirit of college-age comedies, four friends set out to lose their virginities and become men.

Scab11:30 p.m.

After killing numerous people in the hopes of quenching his bloodlust, Ajay and his friends travel to Las Vegas and meet up with two girls as the body count rises. A classic vampire movie with a queer twist.

Opening Night Party9 p.m.

Tickets are $6 general public, $5 Closet Cinema members and free for film festival pass holders and Queens ticket stub holders. Call Closet Cinema at 243-1870 for location details.

Saturday, Sept. 30

The Film Center at Cinema Café:

A Very Serious Person12:30 p.m.

Gil, an orphaned 13-year-old boy living with his dying grandmother, forms an unexpected friendship with her new nurse, Jan.

Zero Degrees of Separation2:45 p.m.

One lesbian and one gay couple face hardships living among the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Where The Boys Are: Boy Shorts4:30 p.m.

A series of eight short films.

Another Gay Movie6:30 p.m.

See 9/29 listing.

Three Needles8:30 p.m.

This powerful film tells the stories of three different people living with HIV/AIDS.

Southwest Film Center:

Panel: Meth: Hitting Rock Bottom1:30 p.m.

A panel discussion about the rising use of meth within the gay community and the continuation of unsafe sexual practices. Free.

Meth2:30 p.m.

Ten meth users are interviewed in a documentary that takes a closer look at a drug that is devastating the gay community.

Camp Out4:15 p.m.

This documentary follows 10 teenagers as they go to the first gay and lesbian Christian youth camp.

Mom6:15 p.m.

A reporter and her camerawoman travel across the country interviewing random people in this comedy of misadventures.

Loving Annabelle7:45 p.m.

Annabelle transfers to an all-girls Catholic boarding school where tensions between her and her teacher rise when they find out they are attracted to one another.

Innocent9:30 p.m.

Eric finds it difficult to reach a balance with his sexuality after he and his family move from Hong Kong to Toronto.

Guild Cinema:

Why We Sing1 p.m.

This documentary follows some of the most prominent gay voices in music, mainly in numerous choirs across the country.

Follow My Voice: With The Music of Hedwig2:45 p.m.

This film documents the making of a tribute album for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, while at the same time telling the stories of four teenagers living in an unaccepting society.

Strait-Jacket5:15 p.m.

Lucy is having trouble readjusting to public life after spending 20 years in prison for killing her husband and his mistress with an axe, but finds solace in seducing younger men.

20 Centimeters7:15 p.m.

Adolfo, a pre-operation transsexual, is working the streets as Marieta in order to save money to make the switch. He ends up falling in love with a man who accepts him the way he is.

Boy Culture9:45 p.m.

X thinks he has everything under control when it comes to his relationships, but runs into complications concerning who he loves and who loves him.

The AppleMidnight

A recent cult favorite, The Apple takes a look into the then-futuristic year of 1994 and the quest of two young folk singers trying to make it big.

Sunday, Oct. 1

The Film Center at Cinema Café:

What's Up Scarlet?Noon

After Scarlet offers Sabrina a place to stay for the night, she realizes she got herself way in over her head.

Girls' Shorts2 p.m

A series of seven short films.

Love Sick4 p.m.

The developing relationship between Alexandra and Kiki is only made worse when Alexandra suspects something is going on between Kiki and her brother.

Red Doors6 p.m.

This is the story of the Wong family and their struggles throughout liferom the youngest daughter at war with a classmate to the oldest who begins to re-examine her life.

El Calentito8 p.m.

Sara goes to a nightclub where, by sheer luck, she finds herself as the replacement member for an all-girl punk band.

Southwest Film Center:

Almost Myself1 p.m.

Transversing the subject of gender identity, director Tom Murray interviews in detail 10 different transgendered women in his new documentary.

Fabulous: Story of Queer Cinema2:45 p.m.

This documentary describes the evolution of queer cinema from being strictly taboo to where it is today.

Whole New Thing4:30 p.m.

Emerson is a 13-year-old boy who is on the borderline between adolescence and adulthood. When he finally gets sent off to a local school, he develops a crush on his teacher, who may or may not be receptive.

Go West6:30 p.m.

Kenan and Milan must escape their home in Eastern Europe to find happiness in a place more accepting.

East Side Story8:30 p.m.

In a primarily Latino neighborhood, Diego struggles with the complexity of relationships and breakups.

Guild Cinema:

Desert Bloom: New Mexico Showcase1 p.m.

A series of shorts that contain nine home-made films from New Mexico's most talented artists.

Coffee Date3 p.m.

Todd, a straight man, is set up on a coffee date with Kelly, a gay man. As their friendship begins to grow, Todd starts to question his sexuality.

Time To Leave5 p.m.

The second film in a trilogy about life and death, Time to Leave follows Romainwho only has three months left to liveacross the country as he travels to visit his grandmother.

Fat Girls7 p.m.

High school is tough, but for Rodney it's worsehis mother is crazy religious, he’s overweight and fatherless, and his prom date isn't particularly into him.

Eleven Men Out9 p.m.

Ottar gets kicked off his pro-soccer team when he announces he is gay and has to find a new way to play the game he loves.

Monday, Oct. 2

The Film Center at Cinema Café:

When I'm 644 p.m.

Almost-retired Jim finds love with a taxi driver named Ray, but first both men have to acknowledge the suppressed feelings they have for each other.

20 Centimeters6 p.m.

See 9/30 listing.

Soap8:30 p.m.

Veronika, a transsexual, and Charlotte, her neighbor, are too apprehensive to admit they are attracted to each other. When Veronika's sex-change operation is approved, the chances of them being together dwindle even further.

Guild Cinema:

Love Sick5 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Girls' Shorts6:45 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Where The Boys Are: Boy Shorts8:45 p.m.

See 9/30 listing

Tuesday, Oct. 3

The Film Center at Cinema Café:

Go West4:30 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Loving Annabelle6:30 p.m.

See 9/30 listing

Boy Culture8:30 p.m.

See 9/30 listing

Guild Cinema:

East Side Story5 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Foreign Bodies: International Boy Shorts6:45 p.m.

A series of eight short films from across the globe.

George Michael: A Different Story8:45 p.m.

This documentary takes you deeper into the life of the very private pop star.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

The Film Center at Cinema Café:

Follow My Voice: With The Music of Hedwig4 p.m.

See 9/30 listing

Backstage6:15 p.m.

Lucie is taken under the wing of her pop-star idol, Lauren, and they develop a volatile, yet close relationship.

Fat Girls8:45 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Guild Cinema:

When I'm 645 p.m.

See 10/2 listing

Red Doors7 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Whole New Thing8:45 p.m.

See 10/1 listing

Thursday, Oct. 5

Guild Cinema:

Three Needles5 p.m.

See 9/30 listing

Puccini for Beginners7:30 p.m.

This film tells the story of Allegra and her comedic search for love.

Closing Night Party9 p.m.

At Martini Grille (4200 Central SE). Tickets are $6 general public, $5 for Closet Cinema members and free for film festival pass holders and Puccini For Beginners ticket stub holders.

Feature

The Venues

The Film Center at Cinema Café

1616 St. Michael's Drive

Santa Fe

(505) 988-7414

Southwest Film Center

University of New Mexico

Student Union Building

277-5608

Guild Cinema

3405 Central NE

255-1848

Tickets

Tickets are $9 for general admission, $8 for Closet Cinema members, $50 for an eight-movie punch card or $100 for a Full Film Festival Pass for all events and screenings. For more information, call 243-1870 or visit www.closetcinema.org.

Meth

There are many problems facing the gay community, and the use and abuse of methamphetamine is one of them. Director Todd Ahlberg documents the story of 10 meth users who've fallen prey to this devastating drug. The film is screening at the Southwest Film Center at 2:30 p.m. after a free panel discussion focusing on the rise of HIV diagnosis due to meth use and unsafe sex, and the challenges of coming clean. Both events are free.

Scab

Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness hooks up with the SWG&LFF to present this horror thriller with a gay twist. After a one-night stand, a young gay man is “infected” and turns into a vampire. Naturally, he takes his friends to Las Vegas and tries to recruit them to the bloodsucking lifestyle. After all, misery loves company.

The Apple

Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness again hooks up with the SWG&LFF to present this outrageous cult classic from 1980. In the near future (1994), a devilish despot has taken over America and is controlling the population through the power of disco! Who can save us? A couple of well-scrubbed teens from Canada. It’s George Orwell’s 1984 mixed with Xanadu. Before the film, there will be a special introduction/performance by Albuquerque’s premier drag troupe, The Dolls.

Desert Bloom: New Mexico Showcase

By Marisa Demarco

When Roberto Appicciafoco and Nina Knapp were making the final decisions on the nine films that would be entered into Closet Cinema's local showcase, they were on the lookout for what Knapp calls a "queer sensibility." “Vet Your Life,” for instance, doesn't have gay characters in it but deals with breast cancer, an issue that's important to much of the festival's lesbian audience, Knapp says. The local lineup falls under the heading of Desert Bloom, a series of short films that will be shown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Guild Cinema.

The showcase is a hodgepodge of topics and styles, from “Allison,” a tale of a man and his Barbie by the Alibi's own Jeff Drew, to Jeremy Zondlo's “What It Means to Lose,” about a man who hides from his feelings by joining the Air Force, to “Bertha Alyce,” an award-winning nonfiction short from Santa Fe photographer Gay Block.

It's the first year a local component was added to the festival. Because of its newness "people weren't sure whether their films would relate or not," says Knapp. The hope is that next year local filmmakers will be more aware of the showcase. Check closetcinema.org for deadlines, which are usually around April.

 
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