Full lineup announced for the 25th Annual Seattle Queer Film Festival

Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the full lineup of film screenings and special programs for the 25th Seattle Queer Film Festival (SQFF) taking place October 15-25. Tickets and passes are on sale now. The largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest will be completely virtual. For the first time in the film festival’s history, audiences outside of the greater Seattle region can easily be a part of the film festival community. The virtual festival’s viewing footprint extends to all of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The Seattle Queer Film Festival features the latest slate of queer cinema from across the globe. The lineup of 43 programs is comprised of narrative features, documentaries, short film programs, panel discussions, workshops, and companion question & answer sessions with filmmakers, producers, and film subjects. Audiences in the Pacific Northwest will have a 72-hour viewing window to watch each film program. The window begins once viewing starts. All films will be available to screen on Thursday, October 15. Specific watch times will be suggested to coordinate with live Q&As.

“25 Years of queer film exhibition and LGBTQIA+ visibility is a significant and exciting milestone for Three Dollar Bill Cinema,” said Kathleen Mullen, Interim Executive Director. “I want to thank the founders of this organization and the scores of people who have brought our mission to life year after year. For the staff and board of directors, it was integral to find a way to take the festival online and ensure our community could come together virtually, celebrate our 25th year, and view some entertaining and enlightening films. The expanded geographic footprint, including all of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, allows Three Dollar Bill Cinema to reach smaller, rural communities that might not otherwise have access to independent queer cinema and the Seattle Queer Film Festival experience.”
It was paramount for the festival programming staff to center stories by, for, and about those in the LGBTQ2IA+ community often relegated to the margins of the screen. Cooper Sealy, SQFF programmer, assembled a QTBIPOC (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color) committee to curate a series of films and programs titled Many Rivers to Cross: Diaspora Stories.

“In 1992, Ruby Rich coined the term New Queer Cinema attempting to reckon with a newly emerging body of work, by members of the queer community, that brazenly, relentlessly, and audaciously told the stories of queer lives,” said Cooper Sealy, programmer and QTBIPOC committee lead. “Within three years, the Seattle Queer Film Festival (then the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) was born. I’m honored to be a programmer in the 25th year of its life; SQFF is still doing the work of making space to feature the lives of LGBTQ2IA+ people from around the world without apology. Happy Bornday, Seattle Queer Film Festival! 25 and going strong.”

The festival takes place from October 15-25. All-access passes to view all of the programs included in this year’s film festival are $125 for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members, $150 for non-members, and $199 for a household all-access pass. Individual tickets range from $5-$20, and four programs are free. For the film lineup, film descriptions, tickets and passes, and more visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org.

You can watch Seattle Queer Film Festival programming from anywhere in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Once you buy a pass or tickets, starting October 15 you can start watching on the CineSend portal, which is watch.threedollarbillcinema.org. All films will be available for viewing October 15-25, 2020.

Once you start watching a film, i.e., click on the link, you have 72 hours to watch it or finish watching it. (NOTE: Even if you click play on your link on the last day (October 25), you still have 72 hours from that moment to watch the film.)
All of the films have suggested viewing times to give structure to the festival and for people to come together to participate in the live chat on Facebook and youtube live. These suggested viewing times coincide with Q&As with filmmakers and other special guests, so if you want to interact through chat and make it more like a real festival experience, join us at those times!

In celebration of Seattle Queer Film Festival’s 25th Anniversary, a live conversation with director Jeffrey Schwarz, moderated by former Three Dollar Bill Cinema executive director, Jason Plourde, will be held following the film on Friday, October 16, at 6:00 pm.
In conjunction with the screening of EQUAL, Cheyenne Jackson, director Stephen Kijak, and Jai Rodriguez will be doing a live Q&A on Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. And GOSSAMER FOLDS will have a live Q&A at 8:00 pm. on Thursday, October 22 with director Lisa Donato (an alumn of SQFF), Alexandra Grey, and Yeardly Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson).

Just as with in-person screenings, there are capacity limits, established by film distributors and producers, that the Seattle Queer Film Festival is obliged to adhere to. So getting your tickets, ticket package and/or pass as soon as possible is recommended.


Featured Screenings

Dir. Mike Mosallam; 2020; USA; 92 min.; in English and Arabic with English subtitles
Mo (Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor, Nurse Jackie), a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, has just endured a painful breakup, so he decides to be especially observant during Ramadan this year – and this includes no romantic encounters. Enter Kal (Michael Cassidy), a handsome, charming all-American who surprises Mo by offering to break the daily fast with him. As the month-long holiday progresses, their nightly ritual feeds a growing bond between them across the cultural divide. But is it just friendship, or something more?

Centerpiece Film: GOSSAMER FOLDS
Dir. Lisa Donato; 2019; USA; 95 min.
In 1986, the parents of ten-year-old Tate (It star Jackson Robert Scott) uproot their urban family and move to the suburbs. When their familial bonds start to break down, Tate escapes next door. There, he finds solace in his neighbors: a retired college professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer (Alexandra Grey, Empire), a seamstress who longs to escape to New York and become a fashion designer. GOSSAMER FOLDS, featuring an original song performed by Sarah McLachlan, is rich with multilayered characters and a heartwarming tribute to the power of friendship.

Dir. Jen Rainin; 2020; USA; 95 min.
With a fistful of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine of all time. Groundbreaking from its start in 1990, it was a visionary celebration of lesbian life. In this documentary, with the future of Curve uncertain, Stevens and director Jen Rainin explore lesbian visibility, community, legacy, and the need to evolve, through the use of archival footage and interviews with LGBTQ+ leaders, artists, and “celesbians,” including Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez, Denise Frohman, Kate Kendell, and Lea DeLaria. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at aGLIFF 2020 (the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival.)

25th Anniversary Special Presentation: VITO
Dir. Jeffrey Schwarz; 2011; USA; 93 min.
Few films connect to the impetus and ideals that encapsulate Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s 25 years more than VITO. As a young film student, Vito Russo was present at the Stonewall riots, after which he would become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists for LGBTQ equal rights. Russo is most known for writing The Celluloid Closet, a groundbreaking book that explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film, and how these negative images were at the root of society’s homophobia. He continued writing, lecturing, speaking out, and acting up until his death from AIDS in 1990. A live conversation with director Jeffrey Schwarz, moderated by former Three Dollar Bill Cinema executive director, Jason Plourde, will be held following the film on Friday, October 16, at 6:00 pm.

Narrative Features
ALICE JÚNIOR directed by Gil Baroni | CICADA directed by Matt Fifer & Kieran Mulcar | COCOON directed by Leoni Krippendorff | DEATH DROP GORGEOUS directed by Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, & Brandon Perras-Sanchez | ELLIE & ABBIE (AND ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT) directed by Monica Zanetti | FORGOTTEN ROADS directed by Nicol Ruiz Benavides | GODDESS OF FORTUNE directed by Ferzan Ozpetek | LOLA directed by Laurent Micheli | LUZ directed by Jon Garcia | MILKWATER directed by Morgan Ingari | MONSOON directed by Hong Khaou | SUBLET directed by Eyton Fox | THE STRONG ONES (LOS FUERTES directed by Omar Zúñiga | TWO OF US (DEUX) directed by Filippo Meneghetti

Documentary Features
THE CAPOTE TAPES directed by Ebs Burnough | CURED directed by Bennett Singer | THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE directed by Maria Finitzo | DISRUPTOR CONDUCTOR directed by Sharon Lewis | EQUAL EPISODE 3 directed by Stephen Kijak (SID & JUDY, Opening Night SQFF 2019) | KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY directed by Posy Dixon | THE MILLENNIAL EXPERIENCE directed by Alex Crozier | OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION directed by Phillip Pike | SURVIVING THE SILENCE directed by Cindy L. Abel | UFERFRAUEN – LESBIAN LIFE AND LOVE IN THE GDR directed by Barbara Wallbraun (US Premiere) | THE WHISTLE directed by StormMiguel Florez

Short Film Programs

Films with Seattle Connections
2 DOLLARS directed by Robin Cloud | A HEADLAMP OR TWO directed by Beth Terwilleger | A HEADLAMP OR TWO: CREATING DANCE DURING A PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN directed by Bruno Roque | AJE IJO SERIES (4th INSTALLMENT FINALE): IMMORTAL | BLUE SUIT directed by Kevin J. Nguyen | CURED directed by Patrick Sammon | DISSONANCE directed by Kim Garcia | FLOURISH directed by Heather María Ács | LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW directed by Brian Imakura | MES CHÉRIS directed by Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell | MILKWATER directed by Morgan Ingari | SECOND PARENT directed by Penny Pin-jung Chen | SURVIVING THE SILENCE directed by Cindy L. Abel | THE MILLENNIAL EXPERIENCE directed by Alex Crozier | WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL? directed by Niki Ang

Many Rivers to Cross: Diaspora Stories (BIPOC Focus)

Free Programs

Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Annual Premier Sponsor is BECU. The Official Presenting Sponsors of the Seattle Queer Film Festival are the Jack Daniels Family of Brands, Tequila Herradura, Chambord Liquor, and Korbel Champagne. Additional sponsors include Seattle Pride, Kontent Partners, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Arts Fund, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, KCTS9, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ste. Michelle Winery, Quisenberry & Associates, Goethe Pop Up, GSBA, and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle.

About the Seattle Queer Film Festival
Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, the Seattle Queer Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the Greater Seattle region’s LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org/sqff

About Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include the Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit threedollarbillcinema.org/

Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema

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