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REVIEW: FILMOUTSD 2011 OPENING..8/20 … more films 8/26-8/28

What a GREAT NIGHT!! 

Starting off with the location of  the event

The Birch North Park Theater.

                                                                                                                     

A San Diego historic landmark, and right in the neighborhood!

There were two films featured first the short film…….

REJECT GO-GO BOY, about a  frozen yogurt worker who is a bit geeky and wants to be a dancer, but does not have the typical dancer “look”.

A cute story with a message of being proud of who you are and beleiving in yourself.          

Following the short film was the feature film

GOING DOWN IN LA-LA LAND…………

I already had preconceived notions about the film before it started. “Another midwest lost boy goes to Hollywood to become a star.”  WOW, how many times has that been done!?!?!…seen them all ….male, female gay,straight  …almost all of them….but, NEVER this one…….

I WAS MISTAKEN AND STAND CORRECTED

Dealing with many poingant topics like dreams of success and what you’ll do , or won’t do,  to achieve that success………

the expectations, betrayals , addictions you deal with along the way 

and yes, love………the one that betrays….OR ……the one who stays………….how to deal with it all….

                            

   

it may sound corny  BUT….the way Casper Andreas has written the screen play makes the difference. He takes all of the normal ingridients of a bad “B” gay movie, including the  flash of nudity, and weaves the storyline into a much deeper, thought provoking plot.

Not be taken too seriously, there are cameos by Bruce Vallanch,as a porn director….

Judy Tenuta, Alec Mapa, and even Perez Hilton!

Following the movie was Q &A with the 2 directors and some of the cast….which was then followed by a 2 hour reception at the top of the Inn at The Park.

Hosted drinks and food were served. I say food because there was food. Not “cocktail munchies” but Prime Rib, Burritos,Mac & Cheese, ECLIPSE CHOCOLATE, and of course the hosted bar.

…being out on the rooftop with my other half

 enjoying the night view of downtown , watching the planes coming in

 was really a “moment” , a moment when life feels  just about perfect…….

It was really quite an enjyable evening. I recommend looking through the schedule for the next weekend as well as this weekend of the Filmout Festival as there are many good films,

including the 15th anniversary of “It’s My Party”

 with a Q&A with the director following the screening.

FilmOut Spotlight Gun Hill Road, Starring Esai MoralesGun-hill-road-072711

This first feature-length film by Rashaad Ernesto Green is part tough street film and part sensitive gay character study. After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns to the Bronx to find the world he once knew has turned upside down. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (newcomer Harmony Santana), is undergoing a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael.

The Green *Closing Night*

The Green (2011), Director: Steven Williford, 90min, United States.
Having left behind life in New York City for the charm of shoreline Connecticut, Michael Gavin (Jason Butler Harner), an English teacher at a private high school, thinks he can live a simple domestic existence with his partner Daniel (Cheyenne Jackson), adhering to an unspoken survival code: don’t speak up, don’t make trouble. But his world is turned upside down when he’s accused of engaging in ‘inappropriate behavior’ with a male student, who runs away from home leaving behind his mother and her mercenary boyfriend to capitalize on the school’s culpability in the alleged affair. With everything in jeopardy, Michael must confront the suspicions of his co-workers, the latent homophobia of his friends and neighbors, and Daniel’s doubts about his innocence after the investigation reveals a secret from his past. With Julia Ormond, Bill Sage, Karen Young & Illeana Douglas.

The festival will wrap up with a closing night party at

URBN Wood Fired Pizza in North Park

 immediately following the screening of the final film, “The Green.” The closing night party will be catered by North Park restaurants only and will be held from 10 pm to midnight. Closing night tickets cost $20.

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