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14th Annual LGBT Film Festival Kicks Off Wednesday

FilmOut 2012 Also Pays Tribute To Filmmaker Del Shores

Above: Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star in "Cloudburst," this year's opening night film at FilmOut SanDiego on Wednesday May 30.

Aired 5/28/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Michael McQuiggan, Programmer, FilmOut San Diego

James Valdez, Filmmaker, "Fallen Comrade"

Transcript

The 14th Annual FilmOut San Diego -- San Diego's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival -- kicks off Wednesday and runs through June 3 at the Birch Theater in North Park.

Since last year's festival, the Don't ask, Don't tell policy in the miltary has been repealed; a federal appeals court struck down Prop 8; and President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage. So it has been a momentous year for the gay community and some of those issues will be reflected in the films playing at this year's festival.

It has been less than a year since the 13th Annual FilmOut San Diego. Last year, the festival moved its usual spring date to the summer month of August because of financial challenges. But the festival is back this year at its regular spring time dates. The festival kicks off Wednesday night with "Cloudburst," a romantic road movie written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, and starring Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married.

On Thursday, there will be a screening of the 2000 film "Sordid Lives" -- described as a "black comedy about white trash" -- with special guest Dixie Longate and a tribute to the film's director Del Shores.

There will also be films with San Diego ties. Carrie Preston's "That's What She Said" screened at Sundance in January and was produced by the San Diego-based company, Daisy 3 Pictures. On opening night, James Valdez' short "Fallen Comrade" will accompany "Cloudburst." The film is a story about the bond between two soldiers in the U.S. Army and the impact after one is lost in combat.  The film stars Javier Lezama ("No Me Hallo") as Julian Reyes, the lead role. "Fallen Comrade" is San Diego-born Valdez' thesis film at UCLA. The film won 2 awards at the Miami LGBT Film Festival earlier this month: Best Short Film Audience Award and Jury Selection Award.

Here is the Indiegogo trailer for the film:

Video

Trailer: "Fallen Comrade"

Above: Trailer for the short film, "Fallen Comrade."

The festival continues through June 3 with a selection of features, shorts, documentaries, comedies, and dramas. Plenty to choose from.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Dothscribble'

Dothscribble | May 28, 2012 at 1:47 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

KPBS is irresponsible when referring to the acronym nouns XYZ-LGBT as opposed to the verb which homosexuality is. Childish usage of acronyms denoting exact gender with which other, positioning and animal usage in their religious ceremonies is entirely inappropriate. SANE people don't want it shoved in their face, to better understand.
They're insane, not news.
Your usage of 'straight' is pure Slander.
Obsessive aural delivery of their follicle count is close behind. 'Homosexual' has sufficed for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 28, 2012 at 3:10 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Dothscribble, you talking about sanity is rich considering your posts.

You are homophobic and any article that talks about LGBT culture or rights infuriates you.

We all get that.

But please don't blame the media for a problem that is your own bigotry.

And it's completely absurd that you call this being "shoved in your face".

This is one of many articles on the KPBS website and it's placed appropriately in the Arts and Culture section.

Furthermore, the title makes it clear this is an LGBT-related story allowing anyone not interested to simply pass it by.

The fact that you sought it out and clicked on it knowing what it was just to post a complaint that it's being "thrown in your face" is both hilarious and disturbing at the same time.

You are not simply "stumbling" upon these stories unwittingly, you are purposefully seeking them out like a truffle hog so you can make your loony and hateful comments in hopes of getting a rise out of someone.

In fact, my reponse to you most likely gave you the attention you desire, but you needed to be called out on your absurdity.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | May 28, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you both for the comments.

Dothscrible: I think the use of LGBT is both appropriate and accurate here because it is part of the FilmOut festival title. To not use it would be like not using the acronym NRA or NAACP in a story about those organizations. I think your comment is less about accuracy and more about personal taste and opinion. FilmOut is San Diego's "LGBT Film Festival" and therefore that is how it needs to be referred to.

Peking_Duck_SD: Thanks for the thoughtful response.

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Missionaccomplished | May 29, 2012 at 9:27 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

On Thursday, there will be a screening of the 2000 film "Sordid Lives" -- described as a "black comedy about white trash" -- with special guest Dixie Longate and a tribute to the film's director Del Shores."

Since when is someone "tributed" for poor filmmaking--let alone poor playwrighting? Or maybe they're just trying to fill up time. Reminds of when they "tributed" Randal Kleiser! LOL What that at last year's fest? Well at least he's a peg up above Shores.

As the Sig Weaver charcter said in CABIN IN THE WOODS, "We work with what we have." lol

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JeanMarc | May 29, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Though I probably share the same moral convictions as Dothscribble, the thought of the "Homosexual Film Festival" makes me laugh. It sounds pretty silly.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 29, 2012 at 5:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Interesting discussion on the usage of LGBT. What exactly is preferred by that community and why? Is "homosexual" now inappropriate? What happened to "gay" being the catch-all phrase?

Dothscribble, doth protest too much, methinks.

Duck, right on.

Beth, there is a difference as the NRA and NAACP are organizations while LGBT is not. Then again, it is part of the festival title, so I see no issue with using it.

JeanMarc, the "Morally Convicted Film Festival" is much more funny.

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Missionaccomplished | May 30, 2012 at 9:16 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

WOW! I agree with Offender. NRA, NAACP, NOW, etc, are POLITICAL organizations. And in the case of NAACP, one that has survived for well over a century.

The LGBT designation may work superficially, but as the poster says, it is NOT an organization. I see it as a politically expedient attempt to make monolithic (lump together, for those of you who want things literally) that which is not and never has been monolithic, Beth.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | May 30, 2012 at 11:10 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

They are political organizations but their acronyms are also their chosen name just as the festival's chosen name and brand is "FilmOut San Diego: LGBT Film Festival." Just because it is not a political organization doesn't mean you can simply change its name as you please. You wouldn't start calling the NAACP the NAAAA just because you think "Colored People" is the wrong term to use and you prefer "African Americans"? And if you did, no one would know what you were talking about. In addition, calling FilmOut "The Homosexual Film Festival" is inaccurate. The whole reason for "LGBT" in the title is that it includes more than just homosexual films, it also includes the bisexual and transgender community and specifically lesbian films (which often like to be considered as a separate genre from specifically male homosexual themed films). If you went to the festival you would understand this.

But yes if you are looking out a narrow window, you are correct that the NRA and the NAACP are political organization's acronyms and FilmOut is just a non profit arts organization that employs a widely used acronym as part of its title and as a shorthand for what would otherwise be far too long a title to fit on letterhead and press releases.

Now I hope some of you will go out to see some of these films and discuss the actual movies. Only Missionaccomplished referenced any of the films. And yes, there is a certain "work with what we have" when it comes to giving out the tribute awards -- the person has to be alive, willing to come, and lives close enough so that the expense of bringing him/her out doesn't break the bank.

Thanks for all the comments.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 30, 2012 at 6:37 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Beth, thanks for specifying this point because I think it's very important:

*"......."LGBT" in the title is that it includes more than just homosexual films, it also includes the bisexual and transgender community and specifically lesbian films (which often like to be considered as a separate genre from specifically male homosexual themed films). If you went to the festival you would understand this."*

Some people seem to be implying that the gay community chose the LGBT acronym because we don't like the term homosexual or because it somehow sounds better than something else.

I personally have no problem with the term gay or homosexual, but, as Beth accurately pointed out, LGBT is used to encapsulate a wider group of people.

This idiculous semantics argument would be like if I wanted to buy some citrus fruit including lemons, grapefruits and limes and someone said to me, "you're going to buy lemons. Why are you saying "citrus fruit", are you ashamed of saying the word *"lemon"*?

It really is **that** ridiculous!!

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 30, 2012 at 6:40 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

I like black comedy about white trash and am keen on seeing *Sorid Lives*, however I am skeptical it can top the movies produced by the KING of white trash and one of my personal favorites - - Mr. John Waters.

But I'm open and will give it a fair shot ;)

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | May 31, 2012 at 2:25 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Well nobody can top Mr. John Waters. At least not in his particular brand of filmmaking.

Thanks.

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Missionaccomplished | June 4, 2012 at 10:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

By default (in our present universe) this film article becomes a political discussion.

As for Duck you are being your usual contradictory self again. Funny you should accuse me of splitting hairs which is a charge usually from the Right agains the Left. i guess it's just a matter of expediency with you.

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