FEATURE FILM • TRANS/GENDER QUEER FILMS October 14 • 3:00pm Guild Cinema
Handsome older brother Vartan collects his transmasculine brother, Aram, at the airport. Although Aram emigrated to the United States as a young child and fell in love with an Armenian woman in Los Angeles, he and Vartan must spend a day navigating the traditions of Armenian society so Aram may obtain approval from his intended’s father to propose marriage. Aram experiences discomfort in a culture foreign to him, but Vartan carefully guides his brother through the only country he knows as home.
When assimilation isn’t your goal, the only solution is to create the community you need! Featuring queer luminaries John Waters, Beth Ditto, Bruce La Bruce, Peaches and countless others, this comprehensive documentary traces the roots of Queercore, a political, cultural and social movement for marginalized sexual identities. Drawing on the DIY, no-fucks-given hardcore punk scene blossoming in California and around the western world, Toronto’s Bruce La Bruce and G.B. Jones faked it ‘til they made it, creating zines and films that convinced the world they were at the epicenter of a new movement: Queercore!
FEATURE FILM • LESBIAN FILM October 14 • 7:00pm Guild Cinema
Fans of writer-director Stephen Cone’s HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY will enjoy his latest character-driven film, PRINCESS CYD. Cyd, now 16, lost her mother as a youngster and lives with her depressed father. Anxious to escape him for the summer, she visits her novelist aunt in Chicago. Miranda, who still lives in her childhood home and leads a quiet life centered around her spirituality, her work and hosting writers’ salons, is challenged by her free-spirited niece.
Having successfully sued a bed and breakfast owner for discrimination, newlyweds Marc and Fred celebrate by booking a weekend at the offending B&B. The owner, Josh (Paul McGann of the cult classic, WITHNAIL & I), complies with the ruling in the strictest terms possible: the couple can stay, but he has removed all double beds so they can’t sleep together. Complicating their stay is the eager attention of Josh’s closeted son, Paul (fresh-faced newcomer Callum Woodhouse), toward a dangerously sexy – and possibly dangerous in general – Russian, Alexie.
Close encounters get even closer in Amat Escalante’s (HELI) THE UNTAMED. A mysterious, tentacled, alien mass just crash landed in a barn in rural Guanajuato, Mexico. The remote and foreboding landscape lends to the subtle horror of the film, as its gloomy protagonists quickly discover the tentacular, orgasmic pleasures — and gruesome pains — of the mysterious creature.