LGBT REP­RE­SEN­TA­TION

GA Voice - - Spring Arts Preview -

By JIM FARMER

Af­ter a fall sea­son that saw a slew of LGBT films – “Carol,” “The Dan­ish Girl” (both of which com­peted for Academy Awards), “Leg­end,” “Free­held” and “Stonewall,” the spring is a lit­tle qui­eter. Yet there’s some LGBT rep­re­sen­ta­tion amongst the tra­di­tional Hol­ly­wood fare.

The At­lanta Film Fes­ti­val, the city’s se­cond largest film fes­ti­val, opens April 1 for a two-week­end run and hosts a Pink Peach se­ries of LGBT of­fer­ings. Among the fea­tures this year is which was short­listed for this year’s Best For­eign Film Academy Award but un­for­tu­nately didn’t make the fi­nal five. Di­rected by Paddy Breath­nach, this made-in-Ire­land fea­ture fol­lows Jesús, a young man who does make-up for a group of drag per­form­ers in Ha­vana. He se­cretly longs to be a per­former – and one day, he finds his op­por­tu­nity. As fate would have it, he also re-con­nects with his boxer father An­gel, who he has not seen in 15 years. It’s a fairly pre­dictable film but one that has plenty of heart. “Viva” opens later this spring at the Mid­town Art Cinema for a one week run.

Also in the Pink Peach mix are Jorge Tor­res-Tor­res’ a hor­ror film about a young woman, a haunted house tour guide in New Or­leans, whose mother has passed re­cently – and is warned about im­pend­ing ter­ror from a medium, while Julio Hernán­dez Cordón’s

“Viva,”

“Te Prometo Anar­quía (I Prom­ise You An­ar­chy)”

finds two young men dab­bling in the black mar­ket blood work at night while jug­gling their re­la­tion­ship be­tween each other dur­ing the day. It’s sex­u­ally frank and kind of po­etic. Two other LGBT-themed films deal with the life of a per­former. Michael Cur­tis John­son’s

fol­lows a glam rock artist and his re­al­iza­tion that it is time to grow up, while Ido Haar’s

finds a singer-song­writer deal­ing with her se­cret ad­mirer. Al­though the fes­ti­val is known pri­mar­ily for mu­sic, Big Free­dia, known for her work in bounce mu­sic, will be part of the SOUNDS+VI­SION event at the Ponce City Mar­ket.

Open­ing the­atri­cally in April is Matt So­bel’s a weird but

“Hunky Dory”

Shaw”

“Sis­ters of the Plague,”

“Pre­sent­ing Princess

“Take Me to the River,”

ul­ti­mately en­gross­ing tale re­volv­ing around a gay Cal­i­for­nia teenager (played by Lo­gan Miller) and what hap­pens when he goes to a fam­ily re­union in Ne­braska with his par­ents and plans to come out to his en­tire fam­ily. An ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a young cousin de­rails that. The film also stars Emmy win­ner Rich- ard Schiff and new­comer Robin Weigert from the les­bian film “Con­cus­sion.”

This spring, Strand Re­leas­ing is set to re­lease a ro­man­tic com­edy about six friends – a straight cou­ple, a gay cou­ple and a les­bian cou­ple – on a week­end out­ing. Win­ner of the Best En­sem­ble Jury Award at last year’s Out On Film, it’s pro­duced by for­mer At­lantan Derek Dodge and di­rected by his part­ner/ hus­band, Will Sul­li­van.

HBO is the home of a pair of gay-themed projects. In early April, the net­work presents

an ex­am­i­na­tion of out pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Map­plethorpe, di­rected by Fen­ton Bai­ley and ac­claimed at Sun­dance this year. The fea­ture cap­tures Map­plethorpe’s pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life; among those ap­pear­ing as them­selves in the film are Deb­bie Harry, Fran Le­bowitz and Brooke Shields. Also in April, HBO de­buts “Noth­ing Left Un­said: Glo­ria Van­der­bilt and An­der­son Cooper,” a can­did doc­u­men­tary about the out tele­vi­sion an­chor and his tight bond with

“That’s Not Us,”

“Map­plethorpe: Look at the Pic­tures,”

his equally fa­mous mother. It’s di­rected by Academy Award and Emmy Award nom­i­nee Liz Gar­bus, hot off of her

tri­umph. Though not dated yet, HBO will also air the two hour movie some­time in the sum­mer or fall, an­swer­ing lots of ques­tions that the can­celed se­ries left hang­ing.

A few higher pro­file Hol­ly­wood films could ap­peal to the LGBT com­mu­nity. Though not gay in na­ture, gay di­rec­tor Bryan Singer presents the new­est in the mu­tant chap­ter. It’s an un­of­fi­cial kick­off to the sum­mer sea­son with a cast that in­cludes Michael Fass­ben­der, James McAvoy, Os­car Isaac and Evan Pe­ters. As well, gay ac­tor Matt Bomer ap­pears in May’s co-star­ring Ryan Gosling and Rus­sell Crowe, about a pri­vate eye in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of a porn star in Los An­ge­les.

pened, Miss Si­mone?”

“Look­ing”

“The Nice Guys,”

March 18, 2016

“What Hap-

“X-Men: Apoc­a­lypse,”

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