TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival 2018
Thu, Oct 11 at 12am
Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.
Thu, Oct 18 at 7pm
Vlada Knowlton; 2018; USA; 90 min.
Did you know that The Advocate proclaimed 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans? That year, anti-transgender laws known as “bathroom bills” were on the ballot in our very own state, throwing the safety of the transgender community—and public ignorance surrounding their identities—into the spotlight and into the voting booth. Seattle-based filmmaker Vlada Knowlton, whose youngest daughter is trans, teamed up with Gender Diversity, a community organization supporting families with trans kids, to document this present-day civil rights movement in our own backyard.
Fri, Oct 19 at 5pm
Whether you’re in the city or the country, whether you’re rich or poor, we all share the experience of growing up queer.
Barna Szász & Ellie Wen; 2018; USA; 13 min.
Tim, an 18-year-old Instagram influencer with thousands of followers, still struggles to come out to his family.
Nate Trinrud; 2017; USA; 14 min.
On the night that Jesse is going to reveal her crush to her best friend Roxanne, a new girl crashes their party.
SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX (Anders)
Reinout Hellenthal; 2017; Netherlands; 19 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles
On the surface, Alex is just another surly, mopey teenager. Inside, his true identity is primed to explode.
KICK THE CAN (Tarro)
Andrés E. Losada; 2017; Colombia; 5 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles
In this nostalgic short about the brink of manhood, summer games satiate forbidden desires.
Christina Willings; 2018; Canada; 24 min.
Trans youth and parents talk about their real-life experiences in this bubbly documentary.
Kat Cole; 2018; USA; 10 min.;
Lauren, a young Filipino-American in Honolulu, is fascinated by the queer group of friends she sees on a walk along the seawall.
Emma Weinstein; 2017; USA; 9 min.
At the end of high school, best friends Candace and Charlie find it hard to say goodbye before they go off to college.
Total running time: 94 min.
Non-explicit sexual situations, drug use & discussion of suicide
Fri, Oct 19 at 7:15pm
Daryl Wein; 2018; USA; 71 min.
Vivian Bang (YES MAN, Sullivan & Sons) delivers an extraordinary performance as Sophia, a Korean-American performance artist living in LA and struggling with her recent breakup. When she meets free-spirited photographer Victoria (Nana Ghana), she discovers a strong connection developing. The only problem is…are her feelings reciprocated? This quirky dramedy based on Bang’s own performance work burrows into the rabbit hole of love and self-expression.
Elisa Oh; 2018; USA; 12 min.
Ana and her Filipino mother are cleaning out a hoarder’s house when her girlfriend shows up to help.
Two in the Bush: A Love Story
Fri, Oct 19 at 9:30pm
Laura Madalinski; 2018; USA; 97 min.
After a painful breakup and sudden unemployment, bisexual Emily is looking for a new life. She moves in with her best friend Rosa and finds a job working for a local dominatrix, the very hot Nikki. Not only is Nikki a curiosity but so is her boyfriend Ben, and it dawns on Emily that she wants to date both of them. As Emily starts to pursue her dreams of becoming a documentarian, her possibilities begin to open up. With TWO IN THE BUSH, director Laura Madalinski has created an entertaining and fun-loving view of sex work, polyamory, and bisexuality.
Anne Hu; 2016; USA; 9 min.
In this biting satire, a female sex robot turns out to be more than Eliza and her husband can handle.
Sat, Oct 20 at 12pm
Julie Perini; 2017; USA; 46 min.
Imprisoned for petty theft, rita “bo” brown was radicalized in prison. Once released, she robbed banks in Seattle as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a Pacific Northwest underground revolutionary group, evading capture by being continually misidentified as a man. Chronicling her life and work as a political and prison reform activist, this captivating portrait of a charming queer ideologue draws attention to the little-known history of militant direct action.
Michelle Citron; 2017; USA; 35 min.
2,000 long-hidden snapshots reveal pre-Stonewall butch/fem life in Chicago.
Sat, Oct 20 at 12:15pm
Get your jammies on and pour yourself some Froot Loops for this adult-oriented collection of animated shorts that will entertain and inspire.
Kathleen Mullen; 2018; Canada; 4 min.
The history of the LGBT movement, as told by activists.
Alli MacKay; 2017; Canada; 6 min.
Thoughts on the transgender experience—from those who know it firsthand.
Chintis Lundgren; 2017; Estonia/Canada; 13 min.
A fox finds a new family.
Anne T. Hanson & Wendy Jo Carlton; 2018; USA; 3 min.
A young voter is forced to consider the discriminatory political agenda behind making America GREAT!
I LIKE GIRLS
Diane Obomsawin; 2016; Canada; 8 min.
The origins of love.
Calí dos Anjos; 2017; Brazil; 10 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
Trans and genderqueer people rise to the challenges they encounter in society.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JACKIE SHANE?
Sonya Reynolds & Lauren Hortie; 2014; Canada; 9 min.
The story of a gender revolutionary in 1960s Toronto nightlife.
STEPS TO BALANCE 1-5
Molly Garrett; 2017; USA; 3 min.
A “Take On Me” take on bodies and motion.
Shwenn Shunya Chang; 2017; USA; 5 min.
Love seen through a refracted lens.
THE PHANTASMAGORIA OF OFFENSE: THE MALE VERSION
Jess Irish; 2018; USA; 7 min.
A brief history of the queer art movement.
Amy Jingyi Xu; 2016; USA/Canada; 3 min.
First love on the playground.
Aharonit Elior; 2017; USA; 6 min.
A spark ignites a new flame and a new relationship.
REACH THE SKY
Daniel Sterlin-Altman; 2018; USA; 6 min.
Finally, a gay fantasia that we can all “be-weave” in.
Total running time: 83 min.
Sat, Oct 20 at 2:15pm
Sridhar Rangayan; 2018; India; 102 min.; in Hindi with English subtitles
A mother’s love for her son is the glue that holds this moving family drama together, despite strict social mores and a bigoted father that threaten to tear them apart after Kartik is pressured into coming out. Old traditions still thrive in small-town southern India, and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code made homosexual acts punishable by law until very recently. Careful direction by award-winner Sridhar Rangayan, an emotionally anchoring performance by Mona Ambegaonkar, and haunting songs by renowned singer Shubha Mudgal are the heart of this story about coming to terms with emotional truths from both the parents’ and child’s perspectives.
Sat, Oct 20 at 2:30pm
Ben Dobyns & L. Gabriel Gonda; 2018; USA; 40 min.
In this open-source series filmed in Seattle, magic is real—and it’s getting stronger. Some fear it; others risk their lives for it. Our heroine Whit enlists the help of “strowlers” (who want to keep magic free) to protect a charmed young girl. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Amanda is developing a magic-hunting device for the government! Can true love survive such unlikely circumstances? Filmmakers and fans worldwide have contributed to this unique cinematic universe, told from the point of view of people on the fringes—artists, revolutionaries, immigrants, dreamers—resisting the powerful forces that want to limit free self-expression. After the screening, see clips from spin-offs and learn how you can become a strowler yourself with director Ben Dobyns and producer Lindy Boustedt, both of Seattle.
With panel discussion
Sat, Oct 20 at 4:30pm
Matt Alber & Jon Garcia; 2017; USA; 88 min.
ROOM TO GROW is a refreshingly positive documentary about LGBTQ youth during some of the most formative years of their lives. Being a teenager can be exciting, awkward, and stressful, but even so, these queer teens are undaunted, surviving, and thriving. With the support of their families and allies, they display incredible resilience given today’s political climate, expressing and exploring their identity. Portland-based directors Matt Alber (best known as a singer-songwriter) and Jon Garcia (THE FALLS, SLGFF 2012; THE FALLS: TESTAMENT OF LOVE, SLGFF 2013; THE FALLS: COVENANT OF GRACE, SLGFF 2016) bring us this poignant and hopeful portrait of teenage empowerment.
Sat, Oct 20 at 4:45pm
Jules Rosskam; 2018; USA; 82 min.
Part road movie, part experimental animation, part found-footage collage, PATERNAL RITES takes its inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and filmmakers such as Jenni Olson and Marlon Riggs to deeply explore the American family and its false dreams of normalcy. By painting a portrait in fragments, filmmaker Jules Rosskam creates an extraordinarily intimate examination of the relationship between trauma and memory, the structuring power of absence, the development of his own trans masculinity and Jewish identity, and the healing power of being present. Criterion refers to this beautifully rendered film as “gorgeously crafted and breathtaking…unlike any you’ve ever seen before.”
Jethro Patalinghug; USA; 2018; 82 min.
The Imperial Council, founded in San Francisco in 1965, is one of the oldest, most influential LGBTQ organizations in the world, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and shaping gay culture. Unfortunately, most LGBTQ people are unaware of these brave men and women, including Imperial Council founder, activist and performer José Sarria, who fought for the rights they enjoy today. In 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS, writer-director Jethro Patalinghug documents the historical evolution of the Imperial Council, from its mid-’60s inception to today’s struggle to find relevance amid social progress and a newly empowered political movement committed to curtailing a half century of civil rights achievements. Keep an eye out for some footage chronicling the Seattle chapter.
Jules of Light and Dark
with Pond Illusion
Daniel Laabs; 2018; USA; 85 min.
Stunning cinematography highlights the beauty of rural Texas, where college girlfriends Maya and Jules are trying to figure out where their lives are headed. After a rave and a devastating car accident, Maya meets Freddy, an older, closeted gay man, and an unlikely friendship forms through his simple act of kindness. Their chance meeting makes them rethink their lives and the choices they have made in this poetic story about coming of age—at any age—and finding your truth in a small town.
Ezell Polanco Hampton; 2018; Canada; 9 min.
Time’s passing is explored in Leah and Abigail’s relationship, from initial bliss to breakup and everything in between.
Implied violence & explicit sexual situations
Sat, Oct 20 at 9:15pm
Caroline Berler; 2018; USA; 60 min.
Living on a riverboat on London’s picturesque Regent’s Canal, a bohemian lesbian couple—boat remodeler Kat (Natalia Tena of the HARRY POTTER series) and part-time salsa instructor Eva (Oona Chaplin of Game of Thrones)—find themselves on a bittersweet journey of love when they decide to start a family. They ask Roger, an itinerant old college friend from Spain, to donate his sperm. One problem: no one is sure what role they want to play—or are capable of playing—in the baby’s life, and their confidence wanes to dire levels as the reality of a child looms large. One of the best lesbian dramas of the year, ANCHOR AND HOPE (written by Jules Nurrish) examines friendship, love, and getting everyone on board.
Sat, Oct 20 at 9:30pm
Mark Wilshin; 2017; UK; 94 min.
Two men stumble upon each other after dark in this intimate and sensual drama about courage and shame from different generational perspectives. Will, an aspiring soccer player young enough to have grown up in a time of tolerance, is handcuffed naked to a street lamp, whereupon fortysomething Michael, a strikingly handsome but damaged former pianist, rescues him. While unshackling Will’s hands—and inhibitions—at Michael’s loft, the older man’s demons from a wrecked relationship with a long-time partner are unleashed, compelling both men to keep looking back. Beautifully filmed, smartly written, and well acted, writer-director Mark Wilshin’s debut brims with chemistry and self-discovery.
Sun, Oct 21 at 12pm
Sue Thomson; 2018; Australia; 82 min.
Go down under in this grand tribute to LGBTQI seniors as they are invited to a celebratory ball in their honor during the contentious marriage equality debate in Australia. Often forced back into the closet in care facilities—or simply assumed to be heterosexual after they turn grey—this cast of wildly colorful characters share their fascinating life stories with insight and humor. Determined to come back out after decades of discrimination and isolation, these elders celebrate their gender and sexual identities with a vigorous newfound freedom. Filled with exuberant performances from the gala, this genuine and rare look at the struggles and joys of aging will have you standing and cheering.
Sun, Oct 21 at 2:15pm
Q. Allan Brocka; 2018; USA; 109 min.
There’s no business like show business in this extravagant sequel to WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL. Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE, EATING OUT) revives all the camp and whimsy of his prior films, showcasing starving actors (returning WAITING stars Jeffrey A. Johns (screen-writer), Adam Muss, and Lee Meriwether, as well as Joe Abraham) still trying to hit it big and make the leap from The Café Broadway Times Square to Broadway. This musical also features star-studded cameos by Cindy Williams, Bruce Vilanch, Chita Rivera, the Perry Twins, and perennial EATING OUT ally Rebekah Kochan.