Hump day brings out foreign, political and bisexual love at Frameline’s LGBT Film Festival on Wednesday, June 26.
One of the most talked about films of the festival, “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” is as smart a documentary as the man himself. Vidal, an outspoken early advocate for gay rights, was never afraid to fight for equality. And with his acid tongue and intelligent ammunition, Vidal often won the war on words.
This is very much a comprehensive tale of Vidal, showing us more to the man this his satires and screenplays ever could. In fact, a lot of the documentary shows the early days of Vidal in which he hob-knobbed with society’s elite.
Learning more about Vidal through the film, one might grow a greater appreciation for his work. It can be seen Wednesday at 2pm at the Castro Theatre.
Lightening things up in the early evening, “Bi Candy” promises to be the short film collection with something for everyone. Most shorts focus on gay men or lesbians, but “Bi” is a well mixed collection of people either experimenting with same sex relations or those who really are just “people persons” who can fall for someone regardless of their gender.
A collection of six shorts totally 78 minutes (and mostly American made), the series is (mostly) a comedic looks at bi life.
Standouts include “Housebroken” (which also plays Saturday in “Fun in Boys Shorts” collection) and “Cologne” which is a sexy drag music video.
Bisexuality, or more like repression, is demonstrated well in the Chinese film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” This sweet film follows a timid eye glass store manager who seems continented with his married life until he is reminded of his interest in men thanks to his sister’s flamboyant wedding photographer and a sexy flight attendant who comes in for glasses.
While Weichung (beautifully played by Richie Jen) is dedicated to family responsibilities, his natural tendencies rear their head causing conflict within himself. The movie, verging on a light-hearted soap opera, also focuses on the his nagging mother-in-law, never satisfied sister and the attention his wife is getting from a co-worker. But director Arvin Chen, a Bay Area native, keeps it light including a karaoke break to sing the movie’s title song.
This fun night at the movies is at 9:30pm at the Castro Theatre.
“Big Words” played the other day in San Francisco and I didn’t see it. There is so much buzz around this, that I must seek it out. As a writer, I am able to get most movies screened in advance so that I can tell you all about it. Well, “Big Words” seems so big I can never get my hands on a copy.
The story of a 1990s hip hop band that fell apart and ruined their friendship seems to have a long life ahead as a film thanks to all the buzz its getting. Maybe a theatrical run is in its near future. But if I don’t get to see it in advance, I guess I just have to go to Berkeley’s Elmwood Theatre Wednesday night at 9:30pm and see it with everyone else.
To learn more about these movies and to get tickets, go to www.frameline.org.