We have 2 pairs of tickets for the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival beginning Friday & running through October 9. The tickets will get the winners into any movie at Cinema 21 and Hollywood Theatre during the festival. To Win Tickets, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn & emailed Friday, October 1 @ 3PM.
From Press Release:
Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Festival begins with HOWL starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg on October 1, 2010
The 14th Annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival begins October 1 with a screening of HOWL, the debut narrative feature from acclaimed documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, starring James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels and Treat Williams at Cinema 21 in Portland, Oregon.
The festival continues through October 9 with screenings at Cinema 21, The Hollywood Theatre and Living Room Theaters. The festival closes with a screening of the fact-based British period drama THE SECRET DIARIES OF ANNE LISTER at the Hollywood Theatre.
In HOWL, James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem “Howl.” The film is directed by the filmmakers behind THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HAVERY MILK and THE CELLULOID CLOSET.
Following the screening is our big Opening Night Gala Celebration at Art Department, 1315 SE 9th Ave.. There, you can have all the food and drink you like, without charge, provided by New Deal Vodka, Wild Abandon, Feastworks, and Crush. Music will be provided by DJ Jason Wann of Starry Saints. Decorations provided by Balloons on Broadway. The Gala is open to those 21 and older. No minors will be admitted. $10 at the door.
THE SECRET DIARIES OF ANNE LISTER is a bold and passionate drama telling the story of the real life Anne Lister, 1791-1840, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover. Anne kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating journal. A sizeable portion was written in code, and the recent deciphering of the diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian.
Other festival highlights include:
- BROTHERHOOD – Powerful Danish drama about two neo-Nazis who fall in love.
- A MARINE STORY – Poignant American drama that reveals the high cost of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the US military service. The film’s star, Dreya Weber will attend the festival.
- HIDEAWAY – From France’s Francois Ozon. Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love. But drugs have invaded their lives. One day, they overdose and Louis dies. Mousse survives, but soon learns she’s pregnant. Feeling lost, Mousse runs away to a house far from Paris. Several months later, Louis’ gay brother joins her in her refuge.
- BLOOMINGTON – American drama about a former child TV star who goes to college and quick begins a romance with one of her professors.
- GEN SILENT – American documentary about the struggles of the aging LGBT community.
- BEAR NATION – Documentary by Malcolm Ingram about Bears, a burly group of gay men who celebrate being hairy and large. Ingram will be in attendance.
- I KILLED MY MOTHER – French Canadian drama that explores the turbulent relationship between a mother and a son.
- TRAINING RULES – American documentary that examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.
- VIOLET TENDENCIES – American screwball comedy starring Mindy Cohn (Natalie from “The Facts of Life”) as a woman trying to distance herself from her gay friends in an effort to land a straight boyfriend.
- UNDERTOW – Romantic Peruvian ghost story about a married fisherman struggling to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions. UNDERTOW is the official Peruvian submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar consideration.
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