18 Sep 2014
September 18, 2014

Portland Queer Film Festival: October 3-9 at Cinema 21

September 18, 2014

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Portland Queer Film Festival 2014
October 3 – 9, 2014 • Cinema 21 • 616 NW 21st Avenue


Now in it’s 18th year, the Portland Queer Film Festival (formerly Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Fest) is an annual celebration of queer filmmaking and Portland’s premiere queer arts event. Hosted by Portland’s historic Cinema 21, the festival showcases challenging, provocative and entertaining features, documentaries and short films from all over the world. The festival begins this year on October 3 at 7:30 at Cinema 21with a riveting documentary about four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis, Back on Board: Greg Louganis with Greg Louganis and director Cheryl Furjanic in attendance.  

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Back on Board is an intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of trailblazing, openly gay athlete Louganis. The film reveals the complicated life of an athlete whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving. The screening is followed by an Opening Night Celebration at Cafe Nell with Louganis and Furjanic in attendance.

The festival ends on October 9 with a special screening of the uplifting drama Pride, based on the real-life story of a group of pioneering lesbian and gay activists who banded together to support a miners’ strike in the United Kingdom in 1980’s. Sure to be on critics’ year-end top ten lists, Pride was the closing night film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious film festival.

Other highlights include the North American Premiere of The Wife Master, a wholly unique and creative new mockumentary merging fact and fiction to tell the story of Bora, a selfish, misogynistic, 40 year-old, gay, Cambodian-American who still lives at home, on October 6 at 7:00pm.

Director Charlie Vaughn and screenwriter/star Brandon Alexander will be in attendance at the screening of their film First Period on Saturday, October 4 at 9:00 pmFirst Period is an homage to 80s high school comedies. If John Waters had directed a John Hughes movie using the cast of “Strangers With Candy,” you’d have First Period.

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Other films playing include:Born to Fly – Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. This doc traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, to the sky.Appropriate Behavior – In this hilarious comedy, Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite. But she’s not quite Persian enough, not quite gay enough, not quite anything enough.Out in the Night – This doc tells the story of four young, African-American lesbians who on a summer night in 2006 in New York City, are are sexually and physically threatened by an older man. After defending themselves from his advances, they are charged and convicted of assault and attempted murder and vilified in the press.

The Way He Looks – Brazilian drama about a blind, teenage boy falling in love for the first time.

One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy and BayBjane – This visually dazzling hybrid of documentary, fantasy and performance footage, is the true-life fairly tale of  Antoine Timmermans and Mourad Zerhouni who overcome disabilities with their triumphant drag alter egos, Cybersissy and BayBjane.

Such Good People – A contemporary screwball comedy, about a young gay couple Richard and Alex–Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) and Randy Harrison (“Queer As Folk”)–who find 1 million dollars cash while housesitting.

The Foxy Merkins – This comedy is an hilariously deadpan lesbian homage and riff on the iconic male hustler films.

Lilting – In this British drama, the sudden death of Kai, a young London man, leaves his Chinese Cambodian mother Junn (Pei-pei Cheng, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) and his boyfriend Richard (Ben Whishaw, SKYFALL) profoundly grieving.

Tru Love
 – A widow, recovering from the death of her husband, comes to the big city to spend time with her too busy professional daughter. Instead, she forges an unlikely relationship with a commitment phobic lesbian who has had a past with her daughter.

Boys
 – Two teen track stars discover first love as they train for the relay race championships in this Dutch drama.

FESTIVAL DETAILS

All screenings take place at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Avenue, Portland.
Admission is $10 for all programs except opening night which is $15 for the film and $30 for film and post screening party