Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival comes back with a bang
By Devin D. O’Leary
Speaking from his overburdened office less than a week before the start of the Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, festival director Roberto Appicciafoco sounds weary but enthusiastic. He admits that ticket sales for this year have “kind of blown up.” That’s an understatement. According to Appicciafoco, online sales have jumped some 500 percent from this time last year. That’s ample evidence to suspect many of the festival’s film screenings will sell out and the multitude of parties (including a brand-new opening night soiree at Bailey’s on the Beach) will be packed with happy celebrants.
The eighth annnual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival gets underway Oct. 8. But organizers are throwing an early launch party this Saturday, Sept. 18. This gives fans a chance to interact with organizers and fellow film lovers and to get a sneak peak at what films will be playing and what special guests will be arriving at this year’s week-long, multi-city event. SWG&LFF will be debuting its new schedule at the party and handing out hot-off-the-press copies of the 2010 Program Guide. The booze-and-food-filled event will take place at Scalo Northern Italian Grillin Nob Hill from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets to the Launch Party will be sold at the door for $25. All members of Closet Cinema get a $5 discount. And if you sign up to become a member of Closet Cinema at the party, you get in for free!
The seventh annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
By Devin D. O’Leary
With less than a week to go before opening night, festival director and programmer for the Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Roberto Appicciafoco admits it’s “a little nerve-wracking” waiting for the numerous film prints to arrive, scheduling travel for special guests and organizing a host of parties—one in a venue so new it has yet to get its flooring laid. Nonetheless, the 2009 SWGLFF is off to an impressive start.