by Keith Bacon, Lead Programmer & Marketing Manager at Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Some of the most anticipated films to be screened at the 17th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, October 11-21, are also among the most important. On October 16, the festival’s “Take Action Tuesday” will devote an entire evening of programming exclusively to eye-opening, issue-oriented films. Representative from local LGBT community groups will be present at the screenings, providing opportunities for audience members to get informed and get involved. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers… and anyone undecided on Refendum-74!
5:45 p.m., Northwest Film Forum
With the vote on Referendum 74 coming up, take a look back at how far we’ve come in the fight for Washington marriage equality with this award-winning documentary on the tragic yet inspiring story of Charlene Strong and Kate Fleming. Seattle resident Strong, a Washington State Human Rights Commissioner, will be a special guest at the screening, along with the documentary’s filmmakers.
7:15 p.m., Egyptian Theatre
Join two men who celebrate their 25 years together by traveling the country in a wild road trip to get married in every state that they can. Narrated by George Takei.
INSPIRATION: ACTIVATE (Shorts program)
7:15 p.m., Northwest Film Forum
Out lesbian Ellen Ratner, an impassioned crusader for free speech and social justice, is profiled by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple (HARLAN COUNTY, USA) in A FORCE OF NATURE, while MISSISSIPPI: I AM examines the relatively new battle, led by primarily young LGBT people, to bring gay civil rights and visibility out in the open in one of our country’s most conservative states.
UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP
9:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre
This moving documentary focuses on the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement, from the unique perspective of the people of the people who have fought long and hard in the trenches against the epidemic.
UNFIT: WARD VS WARD
9:30 p.m., Northwest Film Forum
This award-winning documentary examines a question tried in court almost too shocking to believe: who is more fit to raise a child, a convicted killer or a lesbian?
Jury Award, Best Documentary, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature Award Nominee, Boston LGBT Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature, CNKY Scene LGBT Film Festival.
Visit the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival’s website for more information on Take Action Tuesday.