The 19th ANNUAL LESBIAN LOOKS will be screening films in both the fall and the spring:
Q&A with the director immediately following the film.
Institute for LGBT Studies
The Hanson Film Institute
Gender & Women's Studies
School of Theatre, Film & Television Visiting Artists Program
Lesbian Looks launches its 2011-12 season with an exclusive Tucson screening of Ghosted, the latest film by German director Monika Treut.
With Ghosted,, Treut (Female Misbehaviour, Gendernauts) returns to narrative filmmaking after a decade in documentary work with a mysterious love story about a Hamburg artist, Sophie, who is trying to come to terms with her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling's murder. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling’s death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens.
"Intriguing, oddly fascinating…touches of Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now." -Laura Kern, Film Comment
"Treut weaves the changing landscapes and shifting timelines gracefully …Ghosted will grab you." -Tony Phillips, Edge
"Romantic and lush… Ke delivers a natural and charismatic performance and cinematographer Bernd Meiners accentuates the romance." - Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
Monika Treut has written, directed and produced award-winning independent features and documentaries which have screened at numerous film festivals throughout the world and enjoy international distribution. Retrospectives have been held in Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Taipei, Toronto, Cambridge, Helsinki, Hamburg, Thessaloniki, Los Angeles and Lisbon. Treut's first feature, co-directed with Elfi Mikesch, was the controversial Seduction: The Cruel Woman in 1985, which since has become a cult classic. Other films include The Virgin Machine, My Father is Coming, Female Misbehavior, Didn’t Do It For Love and Gendernauts. The screening is made possible by major funding from the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, and co-sponsored by the Hanson Film Institute, the Departments of German Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies, and the School of Theatre, Film & Television.
Full press kit and photos available for download here: http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/ghosted_press.html
Queer Film Series
Institute for LGBT Studies
Women’s Resource Center
Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
This award winning documentary tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States — a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.
Screaming Queens introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Integrating the riot’s story into the broader fabric of American life, the documentary connects the event to urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights and sexual liberation. With enticing archival footage and period music, this unknown story is dramatically brought back to life.
Susan Stryker, one of the film’s directors, and the new Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at UA, will speak after the film.
The Queer Film Series is a monthly film series featuring documentaries about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Films take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in Gallagher Theatre, and each screening is followed by a guest speaker.
With "Circumstance," writer-director Maryam Keshavarz offers a taboo-busting snapshot of contemporary Tehran — a provocative psychodrama that's part Iranian "Girls Gone Wild," set just before the 2009 elections.
Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) and Atefeh (Nikohl Boosheri) are beautiful teenage schoolmates attracted to each other — and to a host of things considered subversive in their repressive, male-dominated homeland; at night, the young women boldly doff their head scarves, slip into revealing dresses and then party away in an underground dance club.
When Shireen and Atefeh help a gay director friend dub a print of Gus Van Sant's "Milk" into Persian, you can be sure their assistance won't go unnoticed — and not in a good way. Enter Atefeh's fresh-out-of-rehab brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai), now an informer for the Morality Police, whose new religious fervor masks a pitch-dark soul.
Though there's a certain contrivance to Mehran's stealthy manipulations (how exactly did he install surveillance cameras in his unknowing parents' house?), his presence ratchets up the tension and leads to an unexpected series of third-act events.
—Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sonali Gulati's lyrical and intensely personal documentary chronicles her journey as an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi after an eleven year absence, to re-open what was once her family home. There, she finally confronts the loss of her mother, to whom she never came out. As she meets and speaks to parents of other LGBT Indians, she pieces together the fabric of the true meaning of family, in a landscape where, until recently, her very identity was a criminal offense.
The film has been screened at dozens of festivals throughout the world, and won twelve awards for Best Documentary.
In TOMBOY, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s (Water Lilies) second feature, a family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new suburban neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids, and decides to pass herself off as “Mikael,” a boy different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten. At home with her parents and girlie younger sister, she is Laure: hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity. But as the end of her idyllic summer approaches, so too does the dilemma of revealing her potentially unsettling secret.
Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story (buoyed by a disarmingly natural and likeable performance by young actress Zoé Heran as Laure/Mikael), which is also about relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body.
"TOMBOY is tender and affectionate." - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"STARTLING! A beautiful, matter-of-fact French drama about a young girl who wants to be a boy." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"TOMBOY stands out as an especially affecting delicacy about the thrills and pitfalls of exploring who one is." - Robert Abele, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"TOMBOY has more depth and heart than perhaps any film in the last several years." - EXAMINER.COM
Feature-length documentary Wish Me Away is a personal and intimate look at Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay. After a lifetime of hiding, she shatters cultural and religious stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland family, and most importantly, herself.
Over a three-year period, award-winning filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf followed Chely’s struggle – some of which was recorded on private video diaries – and her unfolding plan to come out publicly. Using interviews with Chely, her family, key players in Nashville and her management team, the film goes deep into Chely’s back story as an established country music star and then forward in verite scenes as she prepares to step into the media glare to reveal that she is gay. Finally, the film chronicles the aftermath of that decision in Nashville, her hometown and within the LGBT community.
Wish Me Away shows both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia, which led to Chely putting a gun in her mouth, and the transformational power of living an authentic life. It shows the struggles of being a Christian who happens to be gay, even within her own family. And it reveals how “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has found its way into the culture of Nashville.
"A first-rate piece of documentary filmmaking" - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
"An alternately harrowing and triumphant documentary… lovely, raw and riveting." - Steve Pond, The Wrap
"Fascinating… inspirational." - Joe Leydon, Variety