Safe Word was one of seven short films in an Audience Favorite LGBT program on June 23. Though I missed that screening, I attended the festival for a few days the week prior, and really had a terrific time. I met talented filmmakers from all over the world, attended a few workshops and panels, and watched some of the best shorts I’d ever seen. Some were super simple, others were mind-bogglingly ambitious, but it was easy to see why each had been chosen. It was like getting fat on plates of hors d’oeuvres at a huge party, and I left feeling spoiled and zooming on the best sugar rush ever.
Head west young man! Two of the most prestigious festivals in the country are willing to risk their stalwart reputations by showing our trashy little picture, and we love them for it! Palm Springs ShortFest will show Safe Word on June 18, and Frameline will be showing June 21 and 29 at the glorious Castro Theater. I will be attending both in-person and promise to do my part in dragging highbrow art house cinema down to the lowest common denominator. Please say hello and wish me luck.