QFest Begins Sunday in St. Louis – Spotlights Gay Cinema
QFest, the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating it’s fifth year with a terrific line-up of films spotlighting Gay and Lesbian filmmakers and themes. QFest is a Cinema St. Louis event and this year is presented by TLA Releasing, a US film distribution company whose primary output is LGBT-related films from all over the world.
QFest begins this Sunday, April 22nd and runs through Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd. in the University City Loop district). QFest uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the diversity and inherent complexities of living an alternative lifestyle in today’s society. This year’s event features an eclectic slate of contemporary LGBTQ-themed feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
Here’s the line-up for this year’s QFest:
Sunday, April 22nd at 1:30pm.
CLOUDBURST- (Canada, 2011, 93 min.) Directed Thom Fitzgerald
In this moving comedy, Oscar®-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker play Stella and Dot, an aging couple together for 31 years. Now in their 70s, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dot’s prudish granddaughter decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home. In a last-gasp bid to stay together, Stella liberates Dot from the facility. They escape in a battered pickup truck and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married.
It will be shown with two Canadian shorts:
4 POUNDS – (Josh Levy, Canada, 2010, 8 min.) Scott Thompson (“Kids in the Hall”) stars in this hilarious story of an actor who, over the course of four life-changing weeks, focuses his considerable will on the goal of losing some weight.
52 – (Josh Levy, Canada, 2011, 4 min.) Scott Thompson also stars in this sly short that probes one man’s greatest nightmare: getting old.
Sponsored by: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders)
Sunday, April 22nd at 3:45pm
LOVE FREE OR DIE: HOW THE BISHOP OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IS CHANGING THE WORLD – (U.S., 2012, 83 min.) Directed by Macky Alston
LOVE FREE OR DIE, which premiered at Sundance, tells the story of a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and his love for his partner. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become an Anglican bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bulletproof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. The film follows Robinson’s personal story as both American churches and the nation debate whether or not LGBT people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God and the law.
Sponsored by: Gateway Men’s Chorus in honor of Al Fischer and Charlie Robin
Sunday, April 22nd at 6:00pm
JAMIE AND JESSIE ARE NOT TOGETHER – (U.S., 2011, 95 min.) Directed by Wendy Jo Carlton
Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Jamie (St. Louis native Jax Jackson) is moving from Chicago to New York with the hope of becoming a Broadway actress. Best friend Jessica is bummed because she’s not-so-secretly in love with Jamie. As moving day gets closer, Jessica tries to make Jamie jealous by dating other girls, but her plan backfires in a way she could never imagine. In this touching film, the two young women must figure out how to grow together or how to grow apart.
Director Carlton and actor Jackson will attend.
Shown with: THE FOX IN THE SNOW – (U.S., 2011, 10 min.) Directed by Richard Paro
In this romantic comedy, a women’s Bible-study meeting takes an unexpected turn when the members’ true motives are revealed.
Director Paro and co-star Cyra Polizzi will attend.
Sunday, April 22nd at 8:30pm
AUGUST – (U.S., 2011, 100 min.) Directed by Eldar Rapaport
After spending several years in Spain, Troy returns to Los Angeles and decides to phone former lover Jonathan and meet for coffee. A seemingly innocent rendezvous turns into an attempt to revive past passions. Jonathan, however, has a new beau and is trying to make the right decision the second time around.
Shown with: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED (TAPE 96) – (U.S., 2011, 11 min) Directed by Drew Stephens
The fragile romance between two men is threatened by addiction, obsession – and the secret of Tape 96.
Director Stephens will attend.
Sponsored by: Brad Morris & James Agnew
Monday, April 23rd at 5:00pm:
MARY MARIE – (U.S., 2010, 80 min.) Directed by Alexandra Roxo
In the wake of their mother’s death, sisters Mary and Marie decide to spend a final, idyllic summer in the home where they grew up. The pair is exceptionally close and content to be alone, swimming, exploring, reminiscing and re-creating the golden moments of their youth – their deeply intimate bond growing even stronger. Their insular world is soon disrupted when they meet Peter, a local handyman hired to fix the house before it is sold. Both sisters find themselves drawn to Peter, and over the course of the summer their love triangle escalates to a heartbreaking, near-fatal climax that forces the sisters to reconsider the intensity of their bond. ‘
Director Roxo will attend.
Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm
NORTH SEA, TEXAS – (Belgium, 2011, 96 min., Dutch with English subtitles)
Teenage boy Pim lives with his mother in a rundown house on a dead-end street on the Belgian coast. As a kid, Pim dreamt of a better life, imagining princesses and beauty queens, but when he turns 16, he dreams of Gino, the boy next door, instead. Ever since they were children, there has been a simmering sexual tension between them. The sensitive and lonely Pim often flees to his dream world to avoid the mockery, humiliations and tiny bits of hope that make up his life. But dreams never come true. Or do they?
Sponsored by: Brad Morris & James Agnew
Monday, April 23rd at 9:15pm
GOING DOWN IN LA-LA LAND (U.S., 2011, 104 min.) Directed by Casper Andreas
In this sexy and outrageously funny look at what an actor will do to succeed as an actor in Hollywood, young, handsome and ambitious Adam moves to LA from New York to pursue his dreams of making it big. He shares an apartment with zany friend Candy, who between auditions obsesses about shoe shopping and finding a wealthy man. After a rocky start as a talent-agency receptionist, Adam lands a promising new job at a production company but he’s soon led down a slippery path filled with washed-up starlets and meth-addled directors. To make ends meet, he almost loses himself in the seamy underworld of gay porn and prostitution.
REGRETS ( U.S., 2011, 11 min.) Directed by Michelle Pollino
In this short reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone,” creeping dread inexorably builds into horror on the morning after an unremembered one-night stand.
Tuesday, April 24th at 5:00pm