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Going Down in Chi-Town

Landmark MarqueeI’m super excited for a couple reasons.

1. Safe Word will be playing in Love Is A Monster: Gay Comedy Shorts program in Reeling: the Chicago LGBT Film Festival on Saturday, September 20.
2. It’s playing in a Landmark Theater. I love Landmark. I’ve seen countless indie, foreign, and art films in their fat cushy seats while drinking beer smuggled in from the corner store.
3. I’m a former employee of Chicago Filmmakers, the organization that runs Reeling. I have no relationship to the programmer, but I commend her very bad taste in programming  the film. Continue reading

Palm Springs ShortFest Love

ShortFest_Laurels_BestOfFestSelectionSafe 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.

New England Charm

provincetown_film_festival_While SAFE WORD plays at two festivals in California this weekend, it will receive three screenings at the Provincetown International Film Festival, which is celebrated for a mix of LGBT films as well as mainstream art house fare. If only I could be in two places at once! Celebrity guests will include Patricia Clarkson, Debra Winger, and David Cronenberg, and the doc and feature programming is simply stellar. Still, I’d say even a film festival of that magnitude has stiff competition from its coastal scenery — the wharfs, dunes, and people watching are second to none. Let me know if you go.

California Dreaming

FramelineFBLogoHead 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.

Hello Out Twin Cities Film Festival!

Out Twin Cities Film FestivalWe are super psyched to be screening at the Out Twin Cities Film Festival, voted one of the 5 Coolest LGBT Film Festivals In The World by MovieMaker Magazine. Safe Word will be screening in the Provocateur section on Friday evening at the Mall of America (can you say Snoopy Roller Coaster? Hooray!). Check out the entire festival here

Going to Toronto!

LGBT_torontoI’m super thrilled to announce that Safe Word will be having its world premiere at InsideOut, Toronto’s renowned LGBT film festival. See it in the Gay Shorts program “Secrets and Guys” on Saturday, May 24 at 4pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Visit their website here.