New LGBT Film Fest
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, in partnership with CAMP Rehoboth, is pleased to announce the line-up for the first Delaware CINE-brations LGBT Film Festival.
Thanks to the commitment and thorough efforts of volunteers Sharon Miken and John Pitchford working with Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Education/Outreach Coordinator Denise Hoban, below is a selection of wonderful films that are entertaining, informative, inspiring, and for the LGBT community. Tickets can be purchased online at rehobothfilm.com.
Three Short Films - 7 p.m., Thursday Sept. 22
The 7 p.m. screening on Thursday (Sept. 22) is a grouping of three short films, one of which takes us back in time, one which celebrates a milestone in history, and one that explores the path of a current LGBT issue. Total runtime: 80 min
The Trans List - The Trans List is a riveting group portrait featuring interviews with today and yesterday’s trans rights activists. Eleven trans luminaries including Laverne Cox, Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Bamby Salcedo, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and Caitlyn Jenner look pointedly into the camera to tell their stories. The filmmaker gives his magnetic subjects center stage as they discuss their lives preand post-transition. Their accounts extend beyond surface explanations of identity to acknowledge deeper realities of love, struggle, and accomplishment. [2016,USA, Runtime: 57 min.]
A Wig & A Prayer: The Peaches Christ Story - A Wig & A Prayer chronicles the story of Peaches Christ, the legendary San Francisco drag queen, from her early beginnings in raucous variety shows to the lauded success of her Midnight Mass pre-movie experience. [2016, USA, Runtime: 19 min.]
Equal Justice Under Law - Equal Justice Under Law is a short documentary about the U.S. Supreme Court's historic marriage equality decision on June 26, 2015. Filmmaker Dan Goldes provides us with an up close and personal view of the day-long celebration that took place in San Francisco. Interspersed with news clips and interviews, Mr. Goldes showcases how the causes of racial justice and LGBT equality are social justice issues that affect everyone. [2015, USA, Runtime: 4 min.]
Summertime (La Belle Saison) - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23
Set against the backdrop of France’s emerging feminist movement of the 1970s, Summertime is a thought provoking tale of star-crossed lovers. Carole lives happily with her partner, Manuel, handing out political tracks and causing havoc at public meetings. Delphine leaves the family farm to start a life for herself in Paris. They meet and are immediately drawn to each other. When Delphine’s father falls ill and she’s called home to run the family farm, both women are forced to make important decisions about their life together. Sensuous and elegant, Summertime is an uninhibited look about the infatuation of first love. This romantic drama won the Lumiere Award for Best Film and Best Director. [2015, France, Runtime: 105 min. in French with English subtitles.]
Being 17 (Quand On A 17 Ans) - 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23
Being 17 is a coming-of-age story of the erotic awakening between two French teens. Damien and Thomas attend the same high school but have nothing in common and truly dislike each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires. Being 17 is an exploration of emerging sexuality and an intimate portrayal of loss and discovery. It won a Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2016. [2016, France, Runtime:166 min. in French with English subtitles.]
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four is the “true crime” tale of four Latina lesbians wrongly convicted of abusing two young girls. It begins inside a Texas prison with the filmmaker and attorneys from the Innocence Project searching for the truth. The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to indictments and culminates with the women’s pursuit of justice. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four won a Grand Jury Award at Outfest 2016 and a Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2016. [2016, USA, Runtime: 91 min.]
Other People - 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
A struggling 29-year-old gay writer, David (Jesse Plemons), fresh off a breakup, returns to Sacramento to help care for his dying mother (Molly Shannon). Rebounding from one of the worst years of his life, he attempts to maintain a steady front while struggling with his own heavy baggage. With funny laugh-out-loud bits and wonderful private one-on-ones, Other People successfully combines grief, love and hilarity to show us that this family really matters to each other. This drama was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize for Best Drama at Sundance Film Festival 2016 and won an Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Nantucket Film Festival 2016. [2016, USA, Runtime: 97 min.]
Retake - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
Retake is a searing thriller about two broken souls who meet while at a crossroads in their lives. Handsome middle-aged Jonathan wants to relive a road trip he had with a former lover and hires a young male prostitute to accompany him. When Jonathan insists that the young man take on the persona of his former lover, a sense of menace enters the agreement. Soon the role-play boundaries are breached and the duo are forced to reveal their wounded selves. [2016, USA, Runtime: 98 min.]
An Act of Love - 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25
An Act of Love is a documentary about the trial that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his son. The film tells the story of Rev. Frank Schaefer whose credentials are revoked after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. Will Rev. Schaefer’s trial be the final breaking point for the Church? Or will his story be the final chapter in the long struggle for LGBTQ equality within the UMC? An Act of Love won an Audience Award for Best In The Fest at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 2016. [2015, USA, Runtime: 86 min.]
Stuff - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25
Stuff is a drama about Deb and Trish, a lesbian couple together for 14 years and parents to two young girls. Deb is a stay-at-home mom and the family caretaker. Trish is a dentist and the household’s breadwinner. They seemingly have the perfect life together but after a death in the family which leads to relationship neglect, the couple find themselves in a crisis that threatens their domestic nucleus. As both women find distraction outside of their relationship, they struggle to come to terms with the status of their marriage and their life together. [2015, USA, Runtime: 98 min.]
Tickets for CINE-abrations are available on the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at rehobothfilm.com. Call RBFS at 302-645-9095.