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FILM. Romantic Comedy ‘Front Cover’ Screening In SF.

Front CoverRyan is a handsome fashion stylist living in New York City who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing in favor of enjoying his life as openly gay. However that all changes when Ryan is assigned to style Ning, a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot for his firm.

Despite a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, leading Ryan to re-examine his roots and consider an enticing new path for his career. ‘Front Cover’ is a tender, entertaining look at clashing cultures and love.

In our very Black & White obsessed America, we tend to ignore that there are so many more cultures inhabiting and contributing to American culture. Also a large portion of Asian gay themed films tend focus on interracial white/Asian pairings, how Asian-Americans fit into the western world, or the struggle to find acceptance from conservative parents. The romantic comedy ‘Front Cover’ takes a refreshing and funny departure from these themes. From Strand Releasing, ‘Front Cover’ makes its San Francisco debut August 19-25. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!

4 Star Theatre
2200 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
frontcoverthemovie.com

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FILM. Executive Producer Brad Pitt + Janelle Monaé Stars In ‘Moonlight’.

Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film ‘Moonlight’ already had in impressive team behind it. The ensemble cast includes Naomie Harris (‘Spectre’), André Holland (‘The Knick’), Mahershala Ali (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), Edson Jean (‘War Dogs’), R&B singer Janelle Monaé in her film debut and Brad Pitt as Executive Producer.

‘Moonlight,’ set in the 1980’s Miami, follows Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life via three defining chapters of his life. The film is set to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Enjoy the trailer below.

FILM. Free Encore Screening Of ‘Check It’ Documentary.

Thursday, August 25, Frameline is hosting a free encore screening of the documentary ‘Check It,’ at the historic Piedmont Theatre in Oakland California.

Desperate to survive in a city where being true to who you are can get you killed, a group of black gay and trans teens form a gang in Washington, D.C., to protect one another. Check It, the first documented gang of its kind, is dedicated to keeping black gay and trans youth safe when no one else will. After starting off with just a few people in 2009, thCheck_Ite group has grown so large that no one can keep an accurate count of its members. In a country where black bodies are seen as criminal from birth, Check It functions as a radical act of resistance.

This intimate portrayal follows Check It members, using what few resources they have, as they navigate the world—including Tray, a gay teen determined to make sure that other young people don’t have to go through the same hardships he did; Alton, a trans woman who has been taking care of herself and her friends since she fled her home at the age of 14; and Skittles, a talented amateur boxer who refuses to sacrifice his femme aesthetic when he steps into the ring. This crew of teens does their best to defend one another from state, police, and interpersonal violence, determined to be seen as the brilliant beings they are.                      — Taylor Hodges

Expected to be in attendance is Co-Director Dana Flor and one of the subjects of the doc Tray Warren. All Frameline Encore Screenings are free and open to the public. Enjoy the trailer below.

Thursday, August 25.

Piedmont Theatre, Oakland California

4186 Piedmont Avenue

FILM. Desperado Film Fest Hosts Free Screening Of Sports Doc ‘Out To Win’.

Now in its 7th year, the Desperado LGBT Film Festival is an event hosted by a PVCC student organizaDesperado FFtion. Like previous years, its art gallery and musical performances are free and open to the public. One such free event will be the screening of director Malcolm Ingram’s documentary ‘Out To Win.’

‘Out To Win’ chronicles the history of LGBT participationin sports, and those individuals careers, lives, and struggles coming out. The film features out athletes Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Wade Davis, Brittany Griner, and Billy Bean.

Desperado LGBT Film Festival. (January 29-31). Phoenix, Arizona.desperadofilmfestival.com

FILM. ‘Tangerine’ Is This Summer’s Must See Movie.

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Fuck Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ or Warner Bros. ‘Batman v Superman’, Tangerine is my must-see summer movie. The trailer itself is so captivating. Regardless of your opinion on marriage equality or the trans-community, the trailer along will silence your thoughts as the characters jump off the screen, just for you to sit back and enjoy the ride. This is the stuff that movies are made of. Tangerine is destined to be a cult classic. Watch the trailer for Magnolia PicturesTangerine’ below. Enjoy!

FILM. CMG Short Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries.

I am excited to be working with and announce the CMG Short Film Festival is now taking submissions for the 2015 season.

The CMG Short Film festival, now in its fourth year, is an LGBT themed festival seeking submissions under 30 minutes in length. Submissions can also include web series, trailers and music videos. The festival will be held October 11, 2015 at the Council Chambers Screening Room in West Hollywood, California. All proceeds raised from the CMG Film Festival will be donated to AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Deadline: July 1. 2015.

Early Bird Deadline (Half Price): May 1. 2015.

For Submission & Release Forms or more information visit cmgfilmfest.net or cmgfilmfest@outlook.com

FILM. Pride Of The Ocean Film Festival.

If you’re in need of a getaway and still want to enjoy your LGBT film festival fix, Pride of the Ocean is for you. Pride of the Ocean is a film festival cruise traveling through Miami, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Haiti, offering a handful of films either made by or featuring people of color and women.

Passage’ Directed by Kareem Mortimer about A group of Haitian refugees are smuggled on a Bahamian fishing vessel from the Bahamas into North America. ‘Signing Funny,’ a feel good documentary by Carlease Burke, which highlights seven years of Laugh-A-Latte, the only stand-up comedy showcase with a sign language interpreter. And the Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson short documentary ‘Kumu Hina,’ which has been making the film festival rounds since last year, about a little boy who grew up to be the woman of his dreams set to the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii.

If you’re unable to schedule a vacation for the March cruise, fear not, for Pride of the Ocean isn’t an annual cruise. Its next scheduled voyage is August 7-14 traveling from Seattle to Alaska. Enjoy the trailer for Kumu Hina below.

Pride of the Ocean. (March 14-21). The Western Caribbean. www.prideoftheocean.com