2014 Festival Schedule

Thursday, October 16, 2014

7:30 Blackbird


Opening Night!
Showing at Oriental Theatre


(Patrik-Ian Polk, US, 99min., 2014)

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Opening Nighnt Sponsors: Bronze Optical; Cream City Foundation; Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Relators
Community Co-Sponsors: Diverse & Resilient; PFLAG; Milwaukee, Outwords Books
Community Co-Presenters: Project Q; Milwaukee Film Youth Services
Campus Partner: UWM Inclusive Excellence Center;

Randy is a good kid, a choirboy in the church chorus, for example. A devoted son in a fatherless home, he helps his lost-in-sadness mother circulate flyers beseeching any information on his missing younger sister. And Randy is a dedicated student, a rising thespian in fact, a shoo-in to be in the drama club's non-traditionally cast Romeo and Juliet. Among his gifts, he also, it appears, has second sight. And Randy has a solid group of friends, young women and men, who are all with it, present, loyal. Yet, Randy still remains closeted, his sexuality only unfurling itself - rambunctiously - in his active dream life. The dictates of - and the sorrows within - his Baptist home hold sway, any declaration feeling impossible.

Like the narrator of Larry Duplechan's novel from which the film springs, director Patrik-Ian Polk is enamored of all that movies can contain, and his film is narratively quite lively, careening with incident. In addition to coming out drama, broken families, and evangelical tyranny, the film also interweaves all sorts of secretive sexuality; unwanted pregnancy; tragic death; addling madness and voices from the beyond. Yet Polk, embracing the novel's geniality, never succumbs to the melodrama he enjoys, opting instead to make felt the kindness of loving suitors and the tenderness of the bonds between friends, between parents and children. Fortified by a stellar cast, including newcomer Julian Walker and an again powerful Mo'Nique in her first performance since winning an Oscar, Blackbird flies as a tribute to the healing and reconciliation possible through the consolation one finds in others.


Director Patrik-Ian Polk invited to attend.

Please join us afterwards at Beans & Barley for a reception.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5:00 Fifi Howls from Happiness

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Mitra Farahani, Iran, in Farsi with English subtitles, 97min., 2013)
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Community Co-Presenters: SAGE/Milwaukee
Campus Partners: UWM Center for International Education; INOVA

"I will tell you my life story myself. So that no idiot can write a biography on my behalf." Bahman Mohasses, one of the great Iranian visual artists of the 20th century, was heralded as the "Persian Picasso," his acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominating pre-revolutionary Iran. Later, he would meet censorship, oppression. From his perch in exile in Rome, this irreverent and uncompromising gay artist regales documentary filmmaker Mitra Farahani with stories and laments about his life, just as a new commission promises a final and grand opportunity.

7:00 Appropriate Behavior

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Desiree Akhavan, US/UK, 82min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsors: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Community Co-Presenters: Classic Slice; Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: UWM Inclusive Excellence Center; UWM Women's Resource Center; UWM Union Art Gallery

Shirin isn't out to her Persian-American family - they don't know she's bisexual - and her girlfriend has had enough. Maybe it is because Shirin fronts such a bravada that she exasperates those closest to her with her flailing? And flail she does as she tries to rebound from her crushing, inevitable break-up and from familial skirmishes; as she careens through a series of sexual escapades - with women, men, both - and stabs at daily life. Director and writer and star Desiree Akhavan has a hilarious deadpan, an approximated posture of self-possession and appropriateness that is the film's funniest prop. So catch this emerging comic powerhouse now, and you can say you knew her and this, one of the funniest films of the year, from the beginning.

Reception to follow with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in the UWM Union Art Gallery.

9:00 Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Ester Martin Bergsmark, Sweden, in Swedish with subtitles, 81min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsors: FORGE
Community Co-Presenters: Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP); Genderqueer Milwaukee; Tall Lady Productions
Campus Partners: UWM Center for International Education

Genderqueer Sebastian may be the most commandingly upfront character we meet this Festival: a young trans person working to transition more fully to being Ellie but, whatever her personal stumbles, defies the world, and her suitors, to meet her on her own terms. Not hesitating to smash a bottle over a 'phobe's head, she's a badass, or just sensibly direct in her desires. She gets through the days, passing the time at a who-cares job, afterwards cruising for sex. But when she meets Andreas, she thinks she may have met something serious. (After they first hook-up, the immediately retreating Andreas backpedals with "Look, I'm not gay." Sebastian replies, "I'm not either.") Award-winning filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark has, once again, made a film both dreamily beautiful and rousingly raw.

WinnerTiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014; Jury Award, International Dramatic Feature, Outfest 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

1:00 What Now? Remind Me (E Agora? Lembra-me)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Joaquim Pinto, Portugal, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 164min., 2013)
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Community Co-Sponsor: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Community Co-Presenters: Sixteenth Street Community Health Center/HIV Department
Campus Partners: UWM Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health; UWM Center for International Education; UWM Center for 21st Century Studies

A beautiful, epic video diary of a year spent undergoing an experimental treatment for HIV, What Now? Remind Me is an enthralling personal essay both expansive and intimate from celebrated Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto. Undergoing a series of clinical trials, he ruminates, in voiceover and through his imagery, on the ravages of his body and his psyche, and on the scarcities (economic, environmental) of a depleted planet. He finds sanctuary in his relationship with his beloved husband Nuno, with whom he works the land in the company of their pride of big, goofy-with-amiabil-ity dogs. Alert, smart, meditative, warm with feeling, and lovely to behold What Now? Remind Me "conveys more than anything the joy of being alive." -New York Times

4:00 An Afternoon of Forbidden Love: Fashion Show + Screening

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

Free Screening
Community Co-Sponsor: BMO Harris Lion's Pride
Community Partners: Women's Out to Brunch; Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: LGBT Collection at UWM Libraries
Media Partner: Queer Program

First: The 2014 Forbidden Love Fashion Show a celebratory response to looks butch and femme in the style of, and tribute to, the glamor of the film Forbidden Love. Thanks to Cheryl Kader and her friends for instigating and realizing this efflorescence of voguish sophistication!

Second: Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, Canada, 85min. 1992) is a landmark work of lesbian cinema, now digitally re-mastered on the occasion of its 20th anniversary and as richly enjoyable as ever. Compelling, often hilarious, always rebellious, the women herein recount stories about their first loves and their search for the places where openly lesbian women gathered in the mid-20th century - all shared against a backdrop of pulp novel covers, archival footage, and tabloid headlines.

7:00 The Circle (Der Kreis)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Stefan Haupt, Switzerland, in Swiss German and German with English subtitles, 102min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsor: Bronze Optical
Community Co-Presenters: SAGE/Milwaukee; Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)
Campus Partners: LGBT Collection of UWM Libraries; UWM Center for International Education

In the 1940's, a cadre of gay Swiss writers unveiled Der Kreis, a magazine that offered news, physique pictorials, and, in its network of writers and subscribers, a sense of gay male community. The only European gay organization to survive Nazism, Der Kreis flourished after the war, its "underground" balls establishing Zurich as the gay capital of Europe. This narrative/documentary hybrid recounts the story of school teacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp who met at one such ball - in the twilight of this flowering of liberation.

WinnerTeddy Award, Best Documentary, 2014 Berlin Film Festival; Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary, OUTFEST 2014

9:00 Party Crashers and Other Re-Orderings: An Evening of Women's Shorts

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre
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Community Co-Sponsor: PrideFest; The Tool Shed; Art-Bar Riverwest
Community Co-Presenters: Lesbian Alliance; Fair Wisconsin
Campus Partners: UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter

Femmes fatales, cat burglars, and trespassers (literally) stuck in the closet, tonight's program includes a roster of women in situations somewhat compromising. Party on girls! Titles include Bombshell (Erin Sanger, US, 14min., 2013); Social Butterfly (Lauren Wolkstein, France/US, 14min., 2013); Jellyfish (Rosie Haber, Malaysia, in Tagalog with English subtitles, 11min., 2013); What Keeps Me Here (Danielle Wright, US, 6.5min., 2014) and Dykes on Bycycles (Bettie Allen & Andi Woodward, US, 2014) and more!

Join us for drinks, good talk, and other spirits afterwards at Art Bar-Riverwest - 722 E Burleigh

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1:00 Regarding Susan Sontag

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Nancy Kates, US, 100min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsor: Boswell Books
Campus Partners: Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM; UWM Center for 21st Century Studies

An intimate, nuanced documentary on the life and work - if such territories can here be separated - of one of the most influential, provocative, and well-known intellectuals of the 20th Century. Ardent - protean even - in her intellectual pursuits and advocacy, Susan Sontag (1939-2007) unfurled and sustained an impressive and public career as a cultural critic. She was as well as a playwright, novelist, filmmaker, saloniste, more. Director Kates, whose last documentary was Brother Outsider about Bayard Rustin, shares a richly detailed, formally nimble film that also feels tonally astute, a consideration more than a marshaling of facts. Reflections and testimony, archival footage, and passages of her own writing (given voice by actress Patricia Clarkson) shape the film as it weighs the Sontags we know and are still just meeting: the aspirant intellect, the lesbian, the public figure, the icon.

Talkback to follow screening.

WinnerSpecial Jury Prize, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival; Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, Frameline 2014

5:00 Drunktown's Finest

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Sydney Freeland, US, 95min., 2014)
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Community Co-Presenter: Sixteenth Street Community Health Center/HIV Department
Campus Partners: UWM Inclusive Excellence Center; UWM Native American Film Festival

Three young people grasp after any opportunity that will allow a route to an elsewhere they can't specify, maybe even away from the Navajo reservation that they ambiva- lently regard as home. Nizhoni takes on a volunteer stint on the reservation, in search of her biological Native American parents. Bound for the Army, Sick Boy is going to be a father soon, yet he keeps cultivating some sort of trouble in acts plainly resistant to definitions of responsibility. And transwoman Felixia is sure her audition for the "Women of the Navajo" calendar will be a step towards a modeling career. No trajectory here proves easy as these three, mirrors for each others' restlessness, cross paths, discovering who they are, who - and where - they can be.

WinnerGrand Jury Award: US Drama-tic Feature; Audience Award: First US Dramatic Feature, 2014 OUTFEST

7:00 Lilting

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Hong Khaou, UK, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles, 86min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsor: PFLAG Milwaukee; BMO Harris Lion’s Pride
Community Co-Presenter: Camerata, Florentine Opera
Campus Partners: UWM Center for International Education; UWM Inclusive Excellence Center

Lilting chronicles the attempts hazarded by Richard (Ben Whishaw) to connect with Junn (Cheng Pei Pei), the Cambodian-Chinese mother of Kai, his longtime lover. Kai's unexpected death has sent them both into isolating grief, but separated by culture, generation, and language (Junn knows no English), the two are wary, even resentful of the other. Kai never disclosed his relationship with Richard to his mother, and the possessiveness each feels towards their beloved stymies the other’s understanding. Hong Khaou's film of mourning and reconciliation is exquisite in its tenderness, unfolding with such assurance and delicacy. And the performances from Cheng Pei Pei (Junn) and Ben Whishaw (Richard) are extraordinary, with Whishaw, as a widow fissured by longing, offering one of the most beautiful experiences of the Festival.

WinnerGrand Jury Award, International Feature Special Recognition, 2014 OUTFEST

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:00 One Day Pina Asked + Shoulder

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Chantal Akerman, France, in German and French with English subtitles, 57min., 1983)

Free Screening
Community Co-Sponsor: Lynden Sculpture Garden
Community Co-Presenters: Alverno Presents; Milwaukee Film
Campus Partners: UWM Department of Dance

One great artist considers another in this meditative immersion into the methods and achievements of revered choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009) by the celebrated filmmaker Chantal Akerman. This portrait-through-process generously shares quite beautiful passages from Bausch's mesmerizing tableaus, while pausing for dancers' testimony and tributes - all entrancingly enunciated through Akerman's characteristic compositional guile and long-take eloquence.

Shoulder

(Andy Warhol, US, 16mm, 4min., 1964)

A silent portrait of Lucinda Childs, or that is, her shoulder; or, that is a dance piece of characteristic minimalism (Child's; Warhol's).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7:00 San Diego Surf

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, 16mm, 90 min., 1968/1995)

Free Screening
Festival Sponsor: Joseph R. Pabst
Community Co-Presenters: Milwaukee Art Museum; Green Gallery; Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)
Campus Partners: Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre

A movie both outrageous and louche, San Diego Surf is the film Andy Warhol & Co. made after completing Lonesome Cowboys, all involved repairing to La Jolla, CA to fashion this sequel of sorts, a movie as much about surfing as the previous was a Western. Warhol stars Viva and Taylor Mead play a married couple, unhappy yet also recent parents. They open their beach house to a bunch of surfers and desires crest. The film, which remained without a final edit until 1996, would be the last on which Warhol was directly involved, the artist shot by Valerie Solanas one month after filming was completed. The film, however, ends with a christening of sorts, a newly anointed Mead proclaiming, "I'm a real surfer now, a real surfer."

©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Films still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:00 Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Beth Stephens, with Annie Sprinkle, US, 70min., 2013)

Free Screening
Community Co-Presenters: Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: UWM Center for 21st Century Studies; Share the Earth Environmental Film Series

Art professor Beth Stephens and her partner, feminist porn star Annie Sprinkle, join forces with environmental activists to save the Appalachian Mountains from the coal industry's devastating ecological disregard. Beth was born and raised in West Virginia, in the bosom of Gauley Mountain, which is under siege by mountain top removal (MTR) coal mining. This eco-documentary chronicles these activists' fight for environmental justice, a struggle whose tactics include queer art making practices, sexy fun, and other surprising (and most serious) strategies. Goodbye Gauley Mountain raises awareness about the devastation of MTR while celebrating the Earth in all its sensuous, ecosexual glory.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:00 Salvation Army (L'armée du Salut)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Abdellah Taïa, France/Morocco, In Arabic and French with English subtitles, 84min., 2013)
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Community Co-Sponsor: Woodland Pattern Book Center
Community Co-Presenters: Alliance Francçaise de Milwaukee
Campus Partners: UWM Center for International Education; Festival of Films in French; UWM LGBT Studies Program; UWM Center for 21st Century Studies

The most poetically realized film of this year's Festival is this beautifully observed succession of vignettes depicting the coming of age of one Moroccan gay man, a story of one boy's emergence into self and, therefore, into exile. Directed by Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa, who here translates his own memoiristic novel to the screen, Salvation Army recounts two formative chapters (more like stanzas, really) of Abdellah's life: his boyhood in a Moroccan village where he sustains his first lessons in sexuality and power; and his arrival in the Western world - on scholarship to Switzerland - where he must meet instruction of a different sort. With the consider- able assistance of renowned cinematographer Agnès Godard, Taïa's film is strikingly quiet yet, graced with the time of observation, compelling with an earned sense of how language, race, and sexuality work in negotiating a hostile world.

9:00 Score

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Radley Metzger, 35mm on Blu ray, USA/Yugoslavia, 90min., 1974)
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Festival Sponsor: Joseph R. Pabst
Campus Partners: UWM Art History Department

The sexploitation genre of the late 1960's and early '70s had its auteur in Radley Metzger, whose filmic softcore roundelays stirred a following among the then new movie-going class of porn-curious swingers, heterosexual couples, mostly, whose pursuit of faddish liberation included sampling new cinematic positions. Romanticized for its unfettered bisexuality, Score is perhaps Metzger's most polymorphously amorous film. The worldly, been-there duo of Elvira and Jack are engaging in bets over who can seduce whom. Up next: newlyweds Betsy and Eddie. Elvira hopes to seduce Betsy by midnight, while Jack plays downstairs with Eddie (played here by gay porn star Casey Donovan). The Film Society of Lincoln Center, who recently enjoyed a retrospective of Metzger's bountiful oeuvre, claims this film as "a kinky, sex-romp reworking of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" but there's no screaming or dark-night-of the-soul stuff here. Everyone finds satisfaction at this uninhibitedly randy party, and at this often quite funny, from another planet, film. And please note, this celebrated cult film merits the cautionary if not explanatory provison of "adult content."

Screening to be introduced by Dr. Elena Gorfinkel, Assistant Professor, UWM Art History Department, and sexploitation historian.

Friday, October 24, 2014

5:00 Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Sam Feder, US, 72min., 2014)

Free Screening
Community Co-Sponsor: FORGE
Community Co-Presenters: Genderqueer Milwaukee; Fair Wisconsin
Campus Partners: UWM LGBT Resource Center

Artist/theorist Kate Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender - and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw. Sam Feder's playful, meditative documen-tary joins Bornstein on her latest tour, capturing rollicking public performances and personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor. We unfurled this so great, really lovely film last February and we bring it back at audience insistence and also in hopeful anticipation of Bornstein's possible visit to the UWM campus on October 30, to be hosted by the UWM LGBT Resource Center.

7:00 The Foxy Merkins

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Madeleine Olnek, US. 82min., 2013)
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Community Co-Sponsor: The Tool Shed
Community Co-Presenters: Classic Slice; Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: UWM Union Art Gallery

A lively, unstoppingly funny and triumphantly absurdist comedy about the travails of two lesbian hookers, The Foxy Merkins smartly skewers conventional cinematic depictions of sex work while also, warmly, being a buddy film about hooker-in-train-ing Margaret (co-screenwriter Lisa Haas) and her mentor, the savvy street veteran Jo (co-screenwriter Jackie Monahan). The two negotiate Port Authority sleeping quarters, closeted conservative women, customers conditioned by retail to expect bargains, and their own feelings for each other. Please know, filmmaker Madeleine Olnek, is, hands down, the funniest filmmaker currently working. And also know that the humor of this film is not directed against sex workers. Or, that is to say, that this film is no more derisive of lesbian hookers than Waiting for Godot is of clowns.

Lead actor and co-screenwriter Lisa Haas to be in attendance.

Reception to follow in celebration of Lisa Haas and of the 10th Anniversary of The Tool Shed in the UWM Union Art Gallery.

9:00 Not, Like, a Lifetime Movie Moment: An Evening of Men's Shorts

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Madeleine Olnek, US. 82min., 2013)
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Community Co-Sponsor: BESTD Clinic; PrideFest; The Tool Shed; Art Bar-Riverwest
Community Co-Presenters: Fair Wisconsin
Campus Partners: UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter

The stuff of gay romance! Rachet poets; cinephilic go-betweens; fan fiction writers; Horror movie fans coated in fake blood; one particularly annoying elephant, and more. This isn't your average after school special. Titles include: A Day For Cakes and Accidents (Steve Reinke & Jessie Mott, US, 4min., 2013); Trunk (Jack Taylor Cox, Australia, 12min., 2013); Monster Mash (Mark Pariselli, Canada, 21min., 2014); Cakes Da Killa: No Homo (Ja'Tovia Gary, US, 13min., 2013); S/ash (Clay Liford, US, 9min., 2012); BTW (Brennan Johnston, US, 10min., 2014), and more!

Join us for drinks, good talk, and other spirits afterwards at Art Bar-Riverwest - 722 E Burleigh

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1:00 Out in the Night

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(blair dorosh-walther, US, 75min., 2013)
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Community Co-Presenters: ACLU of Wisconsin; Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: UWM Inclusive Excellence Center
Media Sponsor: Queer Program

One night in August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends are harassed in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They defend themselves; a fight ensues. Charged with gang assault and sensationalized as a "Lesbian Wolfpack" in the mainstream media, four of the women begin an emotional and psychological battle as they claim self-defense. This powerful documentary about the "New Jersey Four" is an impressively thorough bulletin of advocacy, laying bare the blindly preju-dicial reflexes of the structures of power and making clear the struggles for agency - the struggles of just walking down the street that continue to challenge women and people of color. Angela Davis testifies here. "You either assent to the homophobia of everyday culture or you figure out a way to speak out, to resist."

Panel discussion/presentation from the ACLU of Wisconsin to follow.

5:00 Categorial Refutation: An Evening of Trans* Shorts

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre
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Community Co-Sponsors: PrideFest; The Tool Shed; FORGE
Community Co-Presenters: Genderqueer Milwaukee
Campus Partner: UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter

Definitions claimed and ignored in this energetic conflation of characters engaging with disclosure, athletics, postmodernism, robots (possibly), mothers, and a bling bedecked walker as vehicles for getting where and who you need to be. To screen: Bradley Manning Had Secrets (Adam Butcher, UK, 5min., 2011); Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (Sam Berliner, US, 12:40, 2013); Gender Games (Meg Smaker and Veronica Lopez, US, 9min., 2013); Black is Blue (Cheryl Dunye, US, 21min., 2014); MyMy (Anna Helme, Australia, 15min., 2014); two from Zackary Druckart: Fish (US, 2min., 2008) and She Gone Rogue (with Rhys Ernst, US, 22min., 2012), and more!

7:00 The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 95min., 2014)
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Community Co-Sponsor: PrideFest; PFLAG Milwaukee
Community Co-Presenters: Sixteenth Street Community Health Center/HIV Department
Campus Partners: UWM Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; UWM Inclusive Excellence Center

A beguilingly sweet story of high school romance swirling around the resourcefully sturdy teenager Leonardo, who already has to endure bullies - and also overprotec-tive parents, understandably worried about how their blind son negotiates the world. While the limits placed on him can frustrate, Leonardo has being blind down. It is his crush on new student Gabriel that confounds him. That and the fact that his best friend Giovanna has a crush on Gabriel too. What makes this award-winning feature so uncommon is that Leonardo's coming out is part of his in-general desire for the chance to be the author of his own world. And like the Belle and Sebastian tunes that adorn soundtrack, this pitch perfect film takes the foibles it portrays seriously but also delights in - and roots for - the pleasures these young people can find in each other's company.

9:00 Dual (Dvojina)

Showing at the UWM Union Theatre

(Nejc Gazvoda, In Danish, English, and Slo-venian with English subtitles, 102min., 2013)
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Community Co-Sponsor: Lesbian Alliance
Campus Partners: UWM Center for International Education

Iben is bound for Greece, her travel a way of denying a secret that's a part of her baggage. Tina is at her last night of her summer hotel job, shuttling guests here and there. But, unexpectedly stranded in Ljubljana, Iben asks the helpful driver for a tour of the city, and Iben and Tina light out on a nighttime frolic that feels like a prolonged dare, in its impromptu itinerary, in the discovery of desire. Dual bypasses its screwball comedy set-up and moves towards a sobering morning after, the film weaving gravity within its whimsy, mapping a more general portrait of the twenty-somethings emerging from today's economically embattled Europe, a generation lost, maybe, or perhaps defiantly adrift.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

1:00 Cupcakes (Bananot)

Closing Night!
Showing at the UWM Union Theatre


(Eytan Fox, Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 90min., 2013)
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Community Co-Presenters: Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival; Milwaukee Jewish Meat Club
Campus Partner: Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM

How do a motley group of neighbors end up representing Israel in a Eurovison-style song contest? Well, the six friends - a lesbian folksinger; a political aide to a con-servative politician; a beauty queen-turned-corporate lawyer; a blogger who prefers the remoteness the ether allows; a successful bakery owner (you know, she makes cupcakes); and a nursery school teacher whose classroom is also a platform for his drag flamboyance - turn to song one night to console one of their own. Their singing is generously buoyant but the forwarded phone video of their impromptu performance earns them, get this, the chance to represent their nation in global competition. Unabashed in its giddy adherence to a let's-put-on-a-show pop recipe, Cupcakes is a tuneful confection decorated with pastel production design and infused with lessons-learned-on-the-way, with various modes of coupledom as, of course, the only resolutions possible.

Talkback to follow screening.

First 100 patrons get a complementary kosher cupcake!

7:00 52 Tuesdays

Closing Night!
Showing at the UWM Union Theatre


(Sophie Hyde, Australia, 109 min., 2013)

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Community Co-Sponsors: FORGE; PFLAG Milwaukee; BMO Harris Lion’s Pride
Community Co-Presenters: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center; Genderqueer Milwaukee
Campus Partner: UWM LGBT Resource Center; UWM LGBT Studies Program

52 Tuesdays is, truly, 52 consecutive Tuesdays in the relationship between a gender-transitioning mother and her daughter, the year that the mother starts to transition and reluctantly asks her teenager to live with her father. Tuesdays will be the day that they reserve for each other, to hang out. The year brings changes for both of them: James, the transitioning parent, working to declare his identity while maintain-ing a sense to the relationship with the daughter he loves, and the 16 year-old Billie, unmoored, and defiant a bit, beginning to explore her own sexuality and making clumsy stabs at adulthood in the process. Both stumble towards new declarations of identity, and the balance the two work to sustain between their own relationship and their emerging sense of self makes for a compelling, quite moving dance. It's a beautiful film. And the filmmaking itself worked to meet the dictates of James and Billie's relationship. Filmmaker Sophie Hyde shot this drama over the course of a single year also, in chronological order - and only on Tuesdays. The non-professional cast got their scripts, and only their own lines, one week in advance. No gimmick this: with the aches and triumphs here genuinely felt, 52 Tuesdays accumulates powerfully.