While Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival moves into young adulthood, just south of the border the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is turning a sweet sixteen.
While traditionally a draw for a more local crowd, with the Loonie’s buying power the call of Seattle’s pink screens has just become more affordable for true queer cinephiles. And with the Festival happening over two weekends, there is no better time to visit Seattle than during the Festival’s ten day run from October 14 – 23, 2011.
Billed as the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) features everything from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent.
Of course, all film and no play can make Jack and Jill a dull boy or girl. With a variety of parties, plus the four galas, the SLGFF is also the perfect opportunity to get out and explore Seattle outside the cinemas.
Between screenings, you’ll definitely want to visit Seattle’s Capital Hill district, the Emerald City’s gay district. Broadway Avenue boasts a collection of boutiques and other retailers and the surrounding area the majority of Seattle’sgay nightlife.
Among the dozens of films on screens around the city are the Festival’s four gala films:
Opening Night Gala: Dirty Girl
Friday, October 14, 7:30pm
When the local bad girl gets paired with a frumpy gay boy, sparks fly, wheels spin, and the good times roll in this wild and rockin’ road trip comedy.
Centerpiece Gala: Leave It On The Floor
Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm
Strike a pose for this high-energy, modern mix of PARIS IS BURNING and Rent, set in the underground drag ball scene of L.A. and featuring fierce dance sequences that will leave you floored.
Centerpiece Gala: Wish Me Away
Friday, October 21, 7:15pm
Winner of the Outstanding Documentary Feature Award at Frameline 35: The 2011 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, WISH ME AWAY chronicles the arduous and very public coming out story of acclaimed country music star, Chely Wright.
Closing Night Gala: Vito
Sunday, October 23, 6:30pm
An emotional and inspiring tribute to the legendary Vito Russo, groundbreaking author of The Celluloid Closet, founding father of the gay liberation movement, and outspoken AIDS activist in the 1980s.
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
October 14 – 23, 2011