Welcome to the 20th ANNUAL LESBIAN LOOKS!
***Premiered at Sundance and has won numerous festival awards***
This exquisitely-crafted coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who gradually fall in love against the backdrop of East LA. Studious, sweet-natured 15-year-old Yolanda feels the pressure to succeed under the eyes of her hard-working immigrant parents. When she meets her new neighbor, the feisty and alluring, BMX-riding Mari, Yolanda's humdrum high school routine gets a jolt. The two girls don't have much in common on the surface, but they become fast friends and their deep bond develops into a tension that neither one expected nor quite knows how to handle. Director Aurora Guerrero's impressive feature film debut (which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) features two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso, who perfectly embody the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love and desire for the first time.
"a robust work of self-discovery for two girls at the most awkward and confusing years of their young lives, and a testament to Aurora Guerrero's storytelling prowess" —Hollywood Reporter
"First-time writer-director Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-okd girls." —Variety
In celebration of our 20th anniversary season, Lesbian Looks is delighted to welcome filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss to present a special screening of this groundbreaking, classic documentary. In 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village decided to fight back, transforming a routine police raid into three nights of rioting which marked the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement.
Before Stonewall examines the historical background to this sudden burst of political energy -- from the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, to the discovery of the true size of this hidden society during World War II, to the scapegoating of homosexuals during the McCarthy era, to the development of the early homophile rights movement -- providing an informative and engaging portrait of the history of homosexual experience in America. Using filmed recollections and a wealth of archival material Before Stonewall traces the social, political, and cultural development of the gay and lesbian community. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown.
"You owe it to yourself to see it. Laced with humor and irony... of vital interest to everyone." —Judith Crist, TV Guide
"An absorbing, shocking, revealing, humorous and thoroughly compassionate documentary." —San Francisco Examiner
"I can't praise "Before Stonewall" too highly. It's a fascinating document. It's worth watching over and over again." —Stage and Screen (London)
"Funny, sad, courageous and touching!" —Seattle Times
"Entertaining and enlightening!" —Los Angeles Times
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IN PERSON: DIRECTOR JACARANDA CORREA
Co-Presented by Cine Mexico and in association with Ambulante, Mexico. This screening is made possible with support from the UA Gender & Women's Studies Department Anti-Racism Task Force.
Where most saw defeat, socialist activist Irina Layevska saw a call to action; it was now or never, and her body is her first site of revolution. Morir de Pie is the inspiring story of this tireless fighter in the war for personal freedoms, who continues to work for progressive causes from her wheelchair despite a severe disability. Born into a male body, Irina grew up idolizing Che Guevara and spent much of her young life fighting in the Cuban solidarity movement. It's also the love story of Irina and her partner Nelida, whom she married as a man. Nelida has committed herself to understanding her feelings towards her partner's disability and massive life changes.
Jacaranda Correa, the renowned Mexican journalist and anchorwoman, skillfully intercuts home movies and archival material with sensitive, intimate footage of Irina and Nelida's present-day lives. They bravely open a window on their most personal moments, as they live to the fullest a life that neither of them could have ever imagined.
Winner: Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara Film Festival
Karen can't believe that she has to work her receptionist gig on a gorgeous Fourth of July. Then a call comes from her long-lost father. Enlisting her janitor friend Meagan to help, Karen investigates her father's trailer park home. She stumbles across a half-sister addicted to betting, a half-brother tortured by grade school bullies, a sketchy but charming buddy "just sleeping on the couch" and a potential lover in jail. Meanwhile, Meagan must decide between the stability of her longtime girlfriend and the thrill of a new love. With a small town like this, Karen's own journey sets in motion a crazy chain of events that will change not just her but this one small town forever.
"Writer/director Erin Greenwell confidently juggles the multiple plots, serving up a charming, up-to-the-minute slice of Americana. This is Mayberry 2012, where Opie waxes existential and Aunt Bea has finally come out of the closet. Greenwell's quirky script and great ensemble performances ensure that My Best Day is both subversive and sunny. Cue the fireworks!" —Sundance Film Festival 2012
"My Best Day is a funny film relatable to all types of audiences that retains the integrity of its lesbian roots from out lesbian writer/director Erin Greenwell. Greenwell's vision of small town life is right-on, her comedic timing perfect and her depiction of both lesbian and straight characters charmingly -- and in a few cases, alarmingly -- off-kilter." —Stephanie Schroeder Curve Magazine
"My Best Day coins different kinds of unlikely heroes in a small Pennsylvania town. In Greenwell's skilled hands, queer culture alluringly morphs into a bemused acceptation of personal foibles and idiosyncrasies, gay or straight, an eradication of the boundaries between "normal" and "unconventional" relationships." —Bérénice Reynaud Senses of Cinema