Riot

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018

3405 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
US

Phone: 255-1848
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

$9-$11


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An eye-opening and thrilling dramatization of historic events based largely on the true-life experiences of political provocateur Lance Gowland.

The Stonewall riots of 1969—when LGBTQ people fought back against an early morning police raid in Greenwich Village—are considered to be among the most important events in the struggle for gay rights in the U.S. But a similarly dramatic and pivotal activist movement took place in 1970s Australia, where homosexuality was still criminalized and persecution was commonplace.

RIOT—an eye-opening and thrilling dramatization of historic events—is based largely on the true-life experiences of political provocateur Lance Gowland. The film vividly recounts his efforts, alongside Marg McMann, to bring together the diverse views of competing gay activist groups in Sydney: those who wished to combat the system at all costs, and those who preferred mainstream dialogue. Their fractious collaboration culminated in the first Sydney Mardi Gras street celebration in 1978, which, despite police brutality and arrests, planted the seeds of lasting civil rights change and equality.

With sharp, witty dialogue and sensitive direction by Jeffrey Walker (MODERN FAMILY, DIFFICULT PEOPLE), RIOT gleefully re-creates the look (and hair and clothes) of its ’70s Aussie activist ensemble, with a cast including Xavier Samuel (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE) and Jessica De Gouw (ARROW). Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original Mardi Gras and the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, RIOT is an epic, uplifting film experience that highlights a historic event in the LGBTQ liberation movement.

TICKET PRICES:   $11.00 General Admission     $9.00 for WOW Members
Tickets purchased online will be held at will call of the venue of your first screening. Punch-cards and passes purchased online will have to be picked up starting September 29th at Self Serve Toys located at 3904B Central Ave SE (505-265-5815). You will NOT receive your pass or punch-card in the mail or at the venues. To pick up your online order, we ask that you bring along a picture ID to redeem your purchases. Simply showing up with a printout or a confirmation number isn't enough.

See also: Reel World

Watch OUT West

The Way OUT West Film Festival returns to Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 18. Formerly known as the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, this international showcase for features, documentaries and shorts has been running since 2003. The opening night Showcase Film (playing Oct. 12 at 7pm) is Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Studio 54, which charts the rise and fall of New York’s legendarily hedonistic disco hotspot Studio 54. That’s followed (at 9:30pm) by a screening of John Waters’ 1981 cult film Polyester, starring Divine and Tab Hunter. The closing night film (Oct. 18 at 8:45pm) is Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethrope, starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In between you can choose international dramas like Eva + Candela (Cómo te Llamas?) from Colombia, documentaries like the feminist filmmaker chronicle Dykes, Camera, Action! and queer comedies such as the French rom-com Kiss Me! The popular shorts compilations “Fun in Girl’s Shorts” and “Where the Boys Are” also make a return appearance. Tickets are $11 per film or $9 for Way OUT West members. Four-film punchcards run $40, eight-film punchcards are $75, and $125 gets you a full festival pass. All screenings take place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). For a complete schedule of films and times, go to wayoutwestfilmfest.com.

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