Tag Archives: Women Directors

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. 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. Frameline Film Fest Announces Its Completion Fund Award Winners.  

The Frameline Film Festival announced on January 29, 2015 the recipients of its annual Frameline Completion Fund grants. The 2014 funding cycle awarded $25,000 in grants to six independent film projects. This year also marked the first time Frameline has extended a grant for a webseries, ‘Dyke Central’.

“It is an honor for our organization to support yet another brilliant group of artists — veteran filmmakers as well as fresh new voices — during this funding cycle. We are especially pleased that this year’s Completion grants support films by and about those who are underrepresented in media: women, people of color, and gender nonconforming individuals.” -Des Buford (Frameline’s Director of Exhibition and PrograFrameline Completion Fundmming).

Pictured above clockwise (top right).

‘From This Day Forward’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Sharon Shattuck / USA.

When filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s artist dad came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. The changes to Trisha’s appearance were difficult for her straight-identified physician wife to accept, but they stayed together. As the Shattuck’s regroup in 2013 to plan Sharon’s wedding, the filmmaker asks her parents, who are now going on 33 years of marriage, for advice. From This Day Forward is a conversation about love in a very modern family.

Untitled Transgender Youth Documentary’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Eric Juhola / USA

A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they decide to fight for the rights of their 6 year-old transgender daughter. The film asks the universal question that every parent can relate to: “How far would you be willing to go to win equal rights for your child, and how far is too far?”

‘Blue ID’ (Documentary Feature). Directors: Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan / Turkey.

A transgender man struggles with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey. Constrained by identification cards color-coded for gender, will he finally be considered for a Blue ID?

‘The Royal Road’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Jenni Olson / USA.

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity and Hitchcock’s Vertigo, against a contemplative backdrop of California urban landscapes.

‘How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)’ (Narrative Feature). Director: Josh Kim / Thailand, Indonesia, USA.

In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When his older brother Ek faces this possibility of being drafted, 11-year old Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself

‘Dyke Central’ (Webseries). Director: Florencia Manovil / USA.

Oakland-based dramedy webseries Dyke Central centers on 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.

FILM. Indiegogo + Vimeo Team Up To Fund And Distribute Films.

 

Deadline reports…

Indiegogo and Vimeo are joining forces with the latter to serve as the preferred distribution platform for the film funding site. In addition, Vimeo has also committed to a film fund for select Indiegogo feature campaigns in exchange for exclusive distribution on Vimeo On Demand.

This is great news for independent filmmakers as it will immediately allow for wide exhibition and promotion of their films on Vimeo, which reaches over 170 million global users a month.

For the full Deadline article click on the link below. www.deadline.com/2015/01/indiegogo-vimeo-partnership-distribution-film-fund-1201357352/

REVIEW THAT: 2014 Annual Report.

Having only started blogging again in August, this is not a bad start. I definitely want to connect with more of you in 2015!  Here’s the 2014 annual report for Color.TV. blog.

Excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 870 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

FILM. February LBGT Film Festivals.

Reel It Out LGBT Film Festival. (February 3-7). Hampton Roads, Virginia. reelitout.org

CineKink NYC. (February 25 – March 1). New York City, New York. cinekink.com

OUTsider Film & Arts Festival. (February 18-23). Austin, Texas. outsiderfest.org

WATCH THAT. Valentine Road.

 

Valentine Road

Nominated for two News and Documentary Emmys this year, the pro-tolerance documentary Valentine Road, by Director and Producer Marta Cunningham, recounts the story that shocked the nation in 2008, when 8th grader Brandon McInerney shot his classmate in Lawrence “Larry” King twice in the back of the head.

Valentine Road chronicles the story of the two victims, the deceased and the murderer. Cunningham takes a compelling object view presenting both Larry and Brandon’s troubled lives; both from broken homes, both physically abused.

Valentine Road is available on HBO GO, iTunes and Amazon.