Friday, February 9, 2018

Oxford Film Festival - LGBTQ section (yes...this is a rehash, I'm busy, y'all!!)

I'll get back to writing about the Oscars tomorrow. So many exciting things happening at the film festival today. "Boys For Sale" is screening at 1:00PM, "Alaska is a Drag" will be at 4:15 and the LGBTQ shorts will be screening for the one and only time tonight at 6:45PM. If you are in Oxford and are either LGBTQ or one of our allies, please come out!!!

So, here's a bit of a rehash from a piece I wrote a few days ago.

I have the immense pleasure of programming the LGBTQ section of the fest, which includes "Between the Shades," directed by Jill Salvino, "Boys For Sale," directed by Itako and "Alaska is a Drag" written and directed by Shaz Bennett. There is also a great selection of shorts. Descriptions and trailers are below.

If you are in the Oxford area, please take advantage of the discount code, "OutOxford" for discounted tickets. $6! Let's fill the theater and show Oxford and Mississippi that we're here, we're queer, we' know what I'm saying....

Check out the info on the LGBTQ films at Oxford Film Festival here:

Between the Shades
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 8:00 PM
Sun, Feb 11, 2018 5:00 PM

Between the Shades seeks to put faces to the letters that make up LGBTQI and how those letters have evolved. The film examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love. Director Jill Salvino invited fifty people, each with a connection to the LGBTQI community to begin a conversation by sharing their stories for this film that Premiered at The Soho Film Festival and became an audience favorite and finalist for best documentary. Between the Shades features many voices, among them: Beth Malone (of Broadway’s Fun Home), actress Kathy Najimy and Democratic National Committee Treasurer Andrew Tobias. No film can ever capture the immense diversity of the LGBTQI community, but it didn’t stop us from trying. At the end of the day, everyone just wants to be loved.

Between the Shades - Final Trailer for 2017 SoHo FF from Jill Salvino on Vimeo.

Boys for Sale
Fri, Feb 9, 2018 1:00 PM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 12:45 PM

Boys are selling sex in Japan. Who is buying?
In the Tokyo district of Shinjuku 2-chome there are bars that specialize in “Urisen”, young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews and interspersed with animation detailing the awkward, sweet, and sometimes horrific situations these young sex workers experience, the boys for sale boldly tell their stories of life in the Tokyo underground. This documentary is an illuminating look into a rarely seen world that tantalizingly shows the humanity of sex work.

Sununu: The Revolution of Live (playing with Boys for Sale)

Transgender Dad, Fernando Machado, became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador - this is the love story of that family. Directed by Olivia Crellin

Alaska is a Drag
Fri, Feb 9, 2018 4:15 PM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 5:45 PM

ALASKA IS A DRAG is a Fish out of water story – literally. Our hero Leo is an aspiring superstar (Martin L. Washington Jr.) stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. Leo sees disco balls in the scales of the fish he slices. Everyone who slices fish all day, daydreams – Leo’s are glamtastic. 
Most of the time, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) are left to fend for themselves. To escape the monotony of fist fights and fish guts, they create their own magic – the Northern Lights follow them.
They hang out at the one gay bar in a hundred miles, owned by their surly surrogate mom – Jan (Margaret Cho). Their real mom (Nia Peeples) left years ago and their dad George (Kevin Daniels) preaches on the side of the road. 

After years of getting beat up by his former best friend, Kyle (Christopher O'Shea), Leo has learned to fight back – his skills catch the eye of his cannery boss, an amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee) who offers to train him to be a fighter. And when the new kid in town, Declan (Matt Dallas), wants to be his sparring partner – Leo’s world turns upside down.
When Tristen enters Leo in a drag competition – he's never performed for anyone but her – his worlds collide – the drag audition falls on the same day as the qualifying round for boxing and Leo has to face the real reason, he's afraid to leave Alaska.


Fishy is a short animated film about a man stranded in the middle of the ocean who is saved in more ways than one by a mystical sea creature. This animation brings attention to the complicated process a parent goes through while accepting that their child may not fit into the dreams their parents once held for them. Directed by Joseph Sulsenti.

Lady Eva

An intrepid young transgender woman in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga sets off to become her true self - with a little help from Tina Turner along the way. Directed by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson & Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu.

LGBTQ Shorts 
Friday, February 9th 6:45PM

The Cleanse (OFF Alum)
Director: Lucas Omar

The Queer Clique loves fresh meat. Newbie Kayden must complete the sacred initiation: The Cleanse. No food. No sex. Just juice. Let the cravings begin. Regional Premiere

Dusk (OFF Alum)
Director: Jake Graf

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. Mississippi Premiere

Haygood Eats!

Director: Hazart

Tim & Joy Haygood are the reigning almost "celebrities" of their small southern town. In a series of leaked outtakes from Magic City Productions, the curtain is lifted on the disastrous attempt at a commercial from Joy & Tim Haygood's catering company. Mississippi Premiere.

How to Make a Pearl

Director: Jason Hanasik

For the last ten years, John Kapellas has lived in complete darkness. Allergic to the entire spectrum of light, Kapellas' doctors have tried a myriad of drugs to give him more time in the light. When one of the drugs' side effects made him “go nuts,” Kapellas found a creative way to calm his mind. Regional Premiere

Director: Aharonit Elior

A girl finds someone to spark her flame. World Premiere

Sununú: The Revolution of Love
Director: Olivia Crellin

Transgender dad, Fernando Machado, became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador. This is the love story of that family. Mississippi Premiere.

The Third Movement
Director: Josephine Anderson

World-renowned transgender classical pianist, Sara Davis Buechner lost a flourishing New York career after transitioning from male to female. The Third Movement is an intimate documentary portrait that explores Sara’s yearning to earn back her spot on the world stage. As Sara dreams about a comeback, she helps guide the next generation of piano greats on their rise to the top. The film is a creative and nuanced depiction of an artist who demonstrates unrelenting determination in the face of trans-targeted discrimination. United States Premiere

3 Friends

Director: Michael Moody Culpepper

Based on a Colm Tóibín short story, Fergus, a pensive, young Irishman, is propelled on a powerful journey. At his mother’s funeral and wake, Fergus confronts how his family shapes and defines him. He continues this journey at a beach rave, becoming aware of ways his friends define him. Ultimately, through death, grief, joy, and sex, Fergus defines himself. Regional Premiere

Director: Foster Wilson

A young, gay millennial discovers she's slept with the enemy and has to choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles. Mississippi Premiere.

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