Out in the Silence
Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson (USA, 2009)
The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy and a quest for change in the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes viewers on an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. Also showing, Voices of Witness Africa (Cynthia Black, USA, 2009): Religious authorities in Africa have claimed that there are no gay or
lesbian people in their country. This film features the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons who strive to be faithful to their church and their sexuality. Total: 87 min.
Nancy Kissam (USA, 2009, 85 min.)
Poor Anora Fleece has got it rotten! Her husband abuses her, her kids disrespect her, and she lives in the middle of nowhere. Anora just about gives up hope until a peppy, extroverted African American woman, Imogene, moves in next door. A "Kathy K." cosmetics saleswoman, Imogene sets out to give Anora a complete makeover--in more ways than one! As their friendship grows and becomes more than friendship, Anora's husband catches them and a fight ensues that ends in a "Goodbye Earl" moment. With a body in the trunk of her purple Kathy K. car, Imogene, Anora, and the kids take off on a hilarious "family" road trip to bury daddy.
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction
Kevin Hamedani (USA, 2009, 87 min.)
Pair biting satire with biting zombies, and the result is a hilarious and terrifying movie that will satisfy horror fans that like laughter mixed in with their guts and gore. ZMD:
Zombies of Mass Destruction is absolutely full of gorgeously grisly effects. When Tom, boyfriend in tow, returns home to come out to his mother, he finds himself in the middle of a zombie invasion. Local zealots blame the plague on the heathen sinners, leaving Tom and his boyfriend to fight off zombies, as well as the other survivors. ZMD is a fresh, funny and frightening take on one of the most popular genres in horror.
These shorts feature a range of tales on gender bending, from flirty and fun, to provocative and empowering. The films are as varied as the gender identities of their characters, all of whom refuse to accept the norm in their self-expression. From a small town gay teen who dreams of singing like Judy, to a London trans woman who idolizes Princess Diana, the joys and hardships of gender complexity are exposed in this program of short films. Martini the Movie (Robert L. Camina, USA, 2009), The Single Mother (Ryan Logan, USA, 2009), Yolanda (Jo Horn, South Africa, 2009), Diana (Aleem Khan, UK, 2008), Missing the Target (Fuori Target) (Werther Germondari & Maria Laura Spagnoli, Italy, 2008), Dean Johnson "Do the Drag" (Joe E. Jeffreys, USA, 2008), We're in a Thunderstorm (Rose Bianchini, Canada, 2009), Midnight Star (Atif Siddiqi & Khaldoon Ahmed, Canada, 2008), The Bathroom Project (Chris Dupuis, USA, 2008), Wilted Flower (Fred Guerrier, USA, 2008), Judgment Day (Dan Hoerner, USA, 2009), Girl Problems (Eric Weber with Sean Devaney, USA, 2009), Play With Me (Lez Kinky, USA, 2008). Total: 90 min.