Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Preview!

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by Kathleen Mullen

The 20th annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival launches this Thursday, October 8 and runs to October 18. There are so many new filmmakers and a host of veterans with work that you will want to know and love! And, of course, Scarecrow Video holds the treasure of many of our directors and actors previous works.

Come see the latest work from Dreya Weber, Ellen Page and more, then go rent their past movies at Scarecrow. Or, get up to speed with the other classics by filmmakers like Bruce LaBruce, whose seminal 1996 work HUSTLER WHITE is playing at the festival.

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We are opening the Festival with the social justice love story (based on a true story) FREEHELD, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore. Previous films of Page’s include JUNO and HARD CANDY, and if you want to see more of Julianne Moore you can check out one of her earlier roles in Todd Haynes’ SAFE and, of course, the one she won an Academy Award for last year–STILL ALICE.

Other highlights that you can check out include one of the late night films, the newly remastered HUSTLER WHITE directed by bad boy Bruce LaBruce. This 1996 film screened at closing night of the first Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival—it’s a dirty and wild ride through the streets of LA. Other Bruce LaBruce titles include THE RASPBERRY REICH and GERONTOPHILIA which played at SLGFF 2014.

Teatro Zinzani aerialist Dreya Weber, known for MARINE STORY and THE GYMNAST, is back for more adventure with RAVEN’S TOUCH, which also stars Traci Dinwiddie.

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ADDICTED TO FRESNO is directed by Jamie Babbit and stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne. It’s a hilarious, sarcastic romp through the titular California city. You can catch up with Natasha Lyonne and director Jamie Babbit in the quintessential lesbian flick BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER, available from Scarecrow.

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival shines the light on both emerging and established LGBTQ filmmakers. Come out and enjoy the bouquet of cinema that SLGFF has to offer, then head to Scarecrow for even more movies to fall in love with!

Kathleen Mullen has programmed films at festivals around the world for 20 years. She is also a filmmaker and story consultant that loves independent cinema. She is currently the Festival Director of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and a programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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