Thursday kicks off the 15th Annual SF Indie Film Festival.
Looks like a great program. But alas, there is very little GLBT oriented programming.
The one movie that is listed as a GLBT option is 'Inside Lara Roxx," which is a heartbreaking documentary about a young Montreal woman who contracts the AIDS viruses shortly after starting a career in porn.
Roxx also has been diagnosed bipolar and the movie follows her through five years of her troubled life.
Listing this as a GLBT option is an oddity though. Lara's porn work is straight (well, there's always lesbian scenes in straight porn).
The movie screens Feb. 10 in Berkeley and Feb. 17 and 18 in San Francisco.
Musicals are well represented with the one entry, "Ghastly Love of Johnny X," a great combination of style, parody and excellent pacing in a world of aliens set to a black & white backdrop of diners. Movie screens Feb. 15 and 18.
Other movies of note:
"Funeral Kings" has a lot of buzz about alter boys playing hooky between mass and funerals. They're free time involves sex, drugs and drinking. Films plays Feb. 8 in Berkeley and Feb. 17 and 19 in San Francisco.
"Blue Dream" is a world premiere and tells of a film critic who deals with life, sex and drinking during the last days of print journalism in Los Angeles. Great time to catch a movie a la early preview as it's not schedule to be released until April. It plays the festival Feb. 16 and 20.
"Born Innocent" is a melodramatic made-for-TV movie with post "Exorcist" Linda Blair in a juvenile center for troubled girls. While a TV movie, some of the drama proved to be so intense and created copycat crimes so the TV movie actually had been edited before additional airings. Until now. The uncut version plays Feb. 8.
Finally, the biggest event with the SF Indie Film Festival is "The Big Lebowski." Not only because this is the 10th screening of the film in conjunction with the festival. And, it's not because the film is from the famed Oscar winning Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. But this movie also is preceeded by the annual Big Lebowski party which includes a costume contest, interactive games and White Russians. You can get the party (starting at 8pm) and the movie or just a ticket for the Feb. 9 screening of the film.
To get complete listings, show times and venues, go to www.sfindie.com.