Get OUT—The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe is hosting its inaugural Way OUT West festival, which the center hopes will become Santa Fe's premier queer film festival. Progressive, exciting and—most of all—entertaining, the lineup of this year's festival looks like a great start.
The festival will run from Friday, June 4, through Thursday, June 10. Among the highlight films will be Charles (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) Busch's campy melodrama Die Mommy Die!, Elizabeth Gill's Dublin-based ensemble Goldfish Memory (winner of Best Narrative Feature at last year's Outfest), the outrageous Hindu drag queen comedy The Pink Mirror and the historical British lesbian drama Tipping the Velvet. In addition to the 15 feature films and eight short films, there will be a live performance by S.F. cabaret troupe Wise Fool, a poetry reading featuring four local writers, an ongoing art exhibit and several panel discussions.
Weekend events begin at noon, while weekday events begin around 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 for CCA members. A punch card good for eight films will run you $48 ($38 for CCA members). A VIP pass good for every screening, every event and every party is a mere $100. All screenings will take place at the CCA Cinematheque at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. For a complete schedule of events, log on to www.ccasantafe.org.
Gay Rights Review—Continuing with the theme of Gay Pride, the People Before Profit Film/Lecture series will present an evening focusing on gay rights in New Mexico on Thursday, June 3. Find out what the current issues are, what legislative actions are needed and how you can support our gay/lesbian/transgender community. Speakers from Basic Rights New Mexico will be on hand. The films will include Daddy and Papa, a documentary on the difficulties of gay couples wishing to adopt a child, and No Dumb Questions, focusing on three young children and their struggle to understand their Uncle Bill who is in the process of becoming a women. The event will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center (202 Harvard SE). For more info, call 268-9557.