Cinema Q kicks off a weekend of queer films tonight at Denver FilmCenter
Now in its fourth year, the Cinema Q Festival at the Denver FilmCenter showcases the many sides of GLBTQ film, with movies that capture everything from social-justice issues to stunningly accurate portrayals of everyday queer life. More than a dozen films, handpicked by programming director Keith Garcia, will be shown between tonight and the end of the day Sunday, July 22; special guests involved with some of the projects will also be on hand. Keep reading for a look at just a few of the films featured this weekend.
Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas in Gayby.
Thursday, July, 7 p.m.
The inaugural film of this year's Cinema Q, Gayby is a humorous but real look at pregnancy, friendships and social milestones. Two best friends, Jenn and Matt, decide to have a baby together -- but their mismatched orientations seem to have everyone around them concerned. A raw and honest dialogue carries Gayby, which attempts to answer the modern question of what it actually takes to be a parent.
Friday, July 20, 7 p.m.
One of a handful of documentaries woven through Cinema Q's programming, Vito is a look at the life of GLBTQ activist Vito Russo. Present during the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City, Russo went on to be a driving force behind some of the most influential gay rights groups of the last four decades, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) among them. The film traces Russo's rise from film student to globally recognized voice of the movement, as well as author of the seminal exposé on Hollywood's homophobic agenda, The Celluloid Closet. He died from AIDS in 1990.
Friday, July 20 10 p.m.
As Christeene Vale, Paul Soileau can be as nasty as he wants to be -- the singer-songwriter/audience terrorizer finds that the more raw he gets on stage, the more his fans want. Tonight, Vale will be at the FilmCenter to show her music videos on the big screen, and perform some of those hits live. The anti-queen's two main collaborators -- videographer PJ Raval and music producer and touring DJ JJ Booya -- will also be on hand for a Q&A with the audience. For more, check out Westword's interview with the performance artist.