‘Daughters of the Dust’ gets 25th anniversary release

By : Brian T. Carney of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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Timing is everything. Just ask Tim Lanza, vice president and archivist of the Cohen Film Collection. Last spring, he and his team were working on the restoration of Julie Dash’s ground-breaking 1991 film “Daughters of the Dust” for its 25th anniversary.

Then Beyoncé suddenly dropped her visual album “Lemonade,” which included many visual references to Dash’s groundbreaking film, and interest in the restoration project soared. The anticipated home video release grew into a limited theatrical release, the first since the film premiered in theaters in 1992.

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The Wiz

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An urban take on the iconic movie, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz is a fun, up-beat musical for everyone to enjoy. This show is being performed by our education students ages 12 – 18.

Film Submissions Open for This Year

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Every year much of our favorite work comes from submissions. I sincerely hope you will submit your film to the festival committee and mark your calendar to attend this year’s Film Festival, September 30th – October 8th.

As in years past, TIGLFF is using the services of withoutabox.com for film submissions and this year we are also using Film Freeway. Theses sites will have all the details you need to submit a movie for consideration.

We look forward to seeing our CommUNITY’s creativity.

Grease Sing-Along

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Summer Nights #atTheAbbey would not be complete without a Grease Sing-Along! Embrace your inner Pink Lady or T-Bird (prizes for best costume!) and sing along to the most successful movie musical of all time. Advance VIP tickets include a themed bag filled with props to be used throughout the movie. General admission patrons can also join in the interactive fun and purchase prop bags for $5 at the door.

James Franco says upcoming film challenges typical gay narrative

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James Franco says his upcoming movie, I Am Michael, is different than other LGBT films but that it is certainly not anti-gay.

Franco and I Am Michael writer/director, Justin Kelly, spoke with Benoit Denizet-Lewis, the writer of the New York Times Magazine article on which the film is based, about the complexities of doing a film so controversial for a new interview for BlackBook.

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Screened Out – Dallas Buyers Club

By : Stephen Miller
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Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

For those of us who lived through our friends and family dying of AIDS, especially early in the crisis, when loved ones seemed to go so quickly, Dallas Buyers Club is a particularly painful and inspiring movie. Unapologetically gritty and unadorned, it may be difficult to sit through. However, gut-wrenching performances make this a vital piece of filmmaking.

It reminds us all what we were fighting for and what we still are fighting for.

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Screened Out – Thor: The Dark World

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo

In the olden days, we used to tell ourselves stories of gods and other super-humans for good reasons. We either used these legendary characters to express human heroics or foibles, or we cast gods in stories that explained things we didn’t understand, like where thunder came from and where our souls went we died.

Nowadays, it seems the only things gods and demigods are good for are a few jokes and lots of eye candy. At least, that’s all Hollywood can manage with Thor: The Dark World.

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Screened Out – About Time

By : Stephen Miller
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Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Lydia Wilson

The instant do-over: it’s one of the great fantasies of anyone who’s lost a huge opportunity, screwed up a vital life decision, or stumbled through a serious social gaffe.

About Time shows us an English father and son who have this remarkable power, they can keep going back in time until they get the right girl, until they remember to tell the people around them they love them, and until they have the perfect day. With fun characters and intelligent writing, it’s an experience that’s not only fascinating, it’s also sweet, lively, and quite emotionally overwhelming.

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Screened Out – Ender’s Game

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Asa Butterfield, Hailie Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin

Should you see Ender’s Game? It offers some spectacular visuals; that alone wins over many moviegoers. The 1980 novel is well written enough (despite Orson Scott Card’s nasty comments about LGBT rights, and I’ll delve into that later).

However, this film is only average. So much emotional punch depends on teenaged actors who fail to deliver. The filmmakers never strike a balance between entertainment and exploration of difficult themes. The impressive effects have to carry this film, because the more dramatic, troubling moments are left seriously wanting.

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Screened Out – Last Vegas

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Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen

Last Vegas is being pitched as The Hangover for the AARP set. I’d sure like to say this film is better than that reductive description. It’s chock full of great actors, but the story they’re trapped in swings wildly between being emotionally engaging and embarrassingly infantile.

I imagine the Hollywood conversation went something like this:

“Hey, I have an idea! Let’s make a film with five Oscar-winning older actors. We’ll set it in someplace fun,  like Vegas! And have the characters say and do lots of entertaining, sexist and slightly humiliating things! Audiences will love it!”

“OK, but to attract that kind of talent, you realize we’ll also have to write one or two scenes with real emotion and complexity.”

“Yeah, yeah, but just one or two moments, don’t kill the fun!”

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Screened Out – Free Birds

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, Amy Poehler

Ready to talk turkey? There are very few successful animated flicks about Thanksgiving, ones that can find their way to be played ad nauseum on some basement DVD while the adults upstairs watch the parade and football. Free Birds attempts to change all that with a light, breezy, time-travel ‘toon that actually works for the entire family.

That’s not to say this dish is very deep. It’s fun, airy, and “in the vein of many newer cartoons” stuffed full of pop culture references and absurdity. This tale warns us right at the beginning that this isn’t historically accurate; except for the talking turkeys.

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Screened Out – The Counselor

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Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz

Cormac McCarthy, the brilliant 80-year-old novelist of No Country for Old Men and The Road, writes great books. What he cannot seem to do in this, his first movie script, (despite all the talent helping him) is create a film that isn’t overly verbose, punctuated by extreme violence and cruelty just to give the illusion of movement.

Great novelists, like Mario Puzo (the Godfather trilogy) and William Goldman (The Princess Bride, All the President’s Men), have also been successful as screenwriters. Most, though, including McCarthy, haven’t successfully made the transition.

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