Tag Archives: Sundance

FILM. See The New Generation Of Ballroom In New Doc ‘Kiki’.

The documentary ‘Kiki’ dives back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, grants exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us.” Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Watch the Trailer for Kiki, and then watch the Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jordenö Sundance Interview with Ondi Timoner where they discuss the Kiki Scene, ‘Paris Is Burning’ and the history of Ball culture. Jordenö and Garçon also address the issues and growing political movement within the LGBTQ community. Enjoy!

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FILM: ‘How To Win At Checkers’ Is On Everyone’s Must Watch List.

 

The Thai language coming-of-age drama ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ has been playing all the major festivals this year, including Sundance and Frameline, and has been on my 2015 must-see list.

In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service.

On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood — when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.

Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is director Josh Kim’s debut feature film.

Enjoy the trailer and check out the list below to see where ‘How To Win At Checkers (Everytime)’ is screening in September.

Polari Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Austin, Texas. agliff.org

Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 17 – 24). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org