Bay Area Filmmakers at SF International LGBT Film Festival

Susan Gerhard June 23, 2006

A minimum of 16 filmmakers from the Bay Area are finding at least 15 minutes of fame, if not more, in the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival this year. Their projects range from shorts to features — and one, apparently, includes some speaking parts for … genitals?

1. Bañales: The “Performative Queers” program features Michael Larocca’s short on Bay Area Slam Poetry champion Meliza Bañales. (Sat/24, 1:15 p.m., Roxie)

2. Beauties Without a Cause: David Weissman’s 1986 seven-minute escapade featured Lulu, and a few other beauties, and opened the show for Marc Huestis’s “Lulu Gets a Facelift” last Friday.

3. Colma: The Musical: Richard Wong and H.P. Mendoza bring a dead city to life. (Sat/24, 10:30 p.m., Roxie)

4. ¡El Presidente!: Jeremy Solterbeck throws down with a movie about El Homo Loco’s run for the Presidency of Boy’s Town. It played last week with Scott Boswell’s Peaches Christ short, Spin the Bottle.

5. FtF: Female to Femme: Kami Chisholm and Elizabeth Stark’s documentary probed the politics of femme identity last Wednesday at the Victoria.

6. I Just Wanted to Be Somebody: Jay Rosenblatt’s short on the famed and infamed Anita Bryant played with “small town gay bar” last Wednesday at the Castro.

7. Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Rd: Eric Williams short doc on a “hag fag’s” admiration for an older woman played last Monday at the Victoria.

8. Love is Blind: Peter Pizzi puts Michelle Tea up to a crime spree in this short, which played last Sunday at the Castro in “Dyke Delights.”

9. Lulu Gets a Facelift: Marc Huestis, co-founder of the SF LGBT Festival some 30 years ago, finds a friend nipping and tucking, and coming to terms with age in a program that helped kick off the festival last Friday.

10. On My Skin: Amy Andre’s short on a gender-transitioning man’s trip back to Mexico played in the “Trans Fransicso” program.

11. Queer Youth Speak: In and Out at the Library: Jennifer Gilomen’s short hits the queer archives, and played last Wednesday at the Roxie in the “Do It Yourself — New Youth Films” program.

12. Someday God: Valentin Aguirre’s short looked at the loss of a brother last Tuesday in the “Emerging Voices” program.

13. Trannymal: Chrys Curtis-Fawley and Dylan Vade’s short featured what the catalogue calls “a friendly and opinionated genital,” and played the Trans Francisco program last week.

14. Ugly Ducklings: Fawn Yacker’s documents the staging and issues behind “Ugly Ducklings” play on youth suicide and played last Sunday at the Roxie.

15. Where Have We Been All This Time?: Ericka Sokolowershain finds fascination on BART in this “Do It Yourself” program short that played last week.

16. Why We Sing!: Lawrence Dillon visits the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) event and gets behind the music. (Sat/24, 11 .am., Castro)

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