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(Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 2013)

The 21st annual Lesbian Looks film series opens Wednesday February 12th at the Loft Cinema with REACHING FOR THE MOON (Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 2013), winner of the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at both Outfest and Frameline.

Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares. Frustrated poet Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop's relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.

"Beautiful and lush … Miranda Otto has the screen presence of Meryl Streep and the style and command of Katherine Hepburn." – Rachel Kolb, Just Press Play

"Passionate and vivid … an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention … features saucy, full-bodied performances by leads Gloria Pires and Miranda Otto." – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Exploded View Microcinema
197 E. Toole, TUCSON
(Su Friedrich, 2013)

In 1989, together with a group of female friends, Su Friedrich rented and renovated an old loft in Williamsburg, an unassuming working-class district of Brooklyn. In 2005 this former industrial zone was designated a residential area and the factories, manufacturers and artists' lofts were priced out by property speculators lured by tax breaks. Friedrich spent five years documenting with her camera the changes in the area between East River and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. She shows the demolition of industrial buildings and the construction of trendy new apartments for wealthy clients, watching old tenants leave and new inhabitants arrive. As she keeps meticulous record of developments, the extent and speed of the upheaval becomes clear. Her own tenancy agreement expires too and so her documentary images and trenchant commentary become the tools of her growing anger.

"Su Friedrich…has made the most salient and personal film about Brooklyn’s ever-changing face since Hal Ashby’s The Landlord appeared in theaters some 43 years ago. GUT RENOVATION is bound to polarize audiences. It’s a polemical howl in the night, a desperately angry and sidesplittingly funny look at one oh-so-mythologized neighborhood’s transformation…[It’s] a film essay that is of a piece with the work of heady French names like Godard and Varda." - Brandon Harris, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

(Roberto Fiesco, Mexico, 2013)


*Best LGBT Film, Guadalajara International Film Festival, 2013*
*Guerrero Press Award, Morelia International Film Festival, 2013*
Coral Bonelli in Disrupted

Coral Bonelli was first known as "Pinolito," a child actor in the 1970s Mexican film industry. The son of a mariachi and an actress, he grew up poor but a natural performer and was steered by his passionate stage mother, Lilia. After working in movies, "Pinolito" performed on the demanding cabaret circuit and then announced that he would become a woman. With her devoted, aging mother by his side, Coral deals with social prejudice and struggles to piece a living together.

"Director Roberto Fiesco’s quietly expansive documentary feature debut (gorgeously lensed by Mario Guerrero) is a steadily evolving, revelatory portrait of gender identity, showbiz, and family set against the endemic homophobia—as well as diverse springs of acceptance—in Mexican society. Disrupted evokes a delicate balance in which the wearying task of survival and an indomitable romantic imagination live side‐by‐side in an often cruel but also unexpectedly generous life." –Robert Avila, Frameline

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, Noon-1:30pm
C/HSA, Chavez Building, Room 205 (UA)
Sin Vergüenza:
A Dialogue with a Queer Chicana Filmmaker about Love, Life and Identity
Dulce Garcia

Lunchtime screening and discussion with sexual health educator and filmmaker Dulce Garcia, whose film WITH CONVICTION, features femme lesbians of color including poet Jewelle Gomez.

Dulce is a fierce Queer Xicana Femme born in Mexico City and raised in East Los Angeles, where she evolved from a high-risk youth to an outspoken community activist. She received her Master's in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Blending book smarts with street smarts, Dulce's passion and commitment to serving underrepresented and underserved communities is evident through her years of work in cross-cultural and multi-gendered organizations, especially those serving queer youth of color. Her short film WITH CONVICTION won the 2011 Queer Women of Color Film Festival's first ever Audience Award.

WED, APRIL 9, 7pm
Fluxx Gallery and Studio/ 414 E. 9th St., Tucson, AZ
Co-sponsored by the UA McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Familes, and the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences
Presented by Why Marriage Matters AZ
(Lisa Fingleton, Ireland, 2013)

An intimate diary tracing two women’s five-year journey towards motherhood on a small farm in Ireland.

(Hanna Teachy, Kelly McKenna and Rhonda Chan-Soo, 2013)

How second-parent adoption laws in North Carolina harm children and parents in same-sex families.

(Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill, 2013)

For over 40 years, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin have shared a passion for social justice and for each other. Now, their love inspires the fight for marriage equality in North Carolina.