LGBT Film Fest Highlights
This year’s Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov 4-12) offers nine days of screenings for film enthusiasts to see a wonderful selection of films including ones that are of interest to the LGBTQ audience.
This year the films will be presented at the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s new Cinema Art Theater, the beautiful Cape Henlopen High School Theater, and MCC Rehoboth.
Making up this years LGBT offerings are the following films:
Andrew Martin gives a stellar performance as Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister’s suicide. Shane was supposed to move to the city to attend University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend to come with him, but now everything is uncertain. Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. When circumstances take a turn for the worse and Shane has to choose between his family and his future, what will he do? [Dir. Adam Garnet Jones, 2015, Canada, 96 minutes.]
Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy's wedding. [Dir. So Yong Kim, 2016, USA, 84 minutes.]
Inspired by a true story, high-school senior Miles Walton (Tim Boardman), whose mother (Molly Shannon) is left broke after his father passes away, causes an uproar in his small Illinois town when he discovers an unusual college scholarship opportunity through a loophole that allows him to join the girls' volleyball team. [Dir. Nathan Adloff, 2016, USA, 87 minutes.]
In 1984, a group of women innkeepers in Provincetown, MA gathered to determine how they could entice summer guests back during the offseason. Pre-social media and email, they invited all past guests to come enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery—with a clambake and local entertainment thrown in. They called it “Women's Weekend,” and over the next three decades, it expanded from its modest beginnings to become one of the most popular lesbian events in the world. Archival film and photos, interviews with celebrities and founders offer an historical—and hysterical—look at what a handful of innovative women can accomplish. [Dir. Andrea Meyerson, 2015, USA, 95 minutes.]
For all audiences, this year’s Festival Headliner is the brand new drama:
Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern portray three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. As their stories intersect, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves. [Dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2016, USA, 107 minutes, Rated: R]
For more information about the Festival including film descriptions, trailers, and screening times, visit rehobothfilm.com. Ticket purchasing can easily be done online or if you enjoy taking risks, try the Rush Ticket Sales option. If you want to see great films, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 4-12) is the place to be.