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Closing Night! WHO WANTS CAKE?: An Evening of Community Shorts
October 23, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHO WANTS CAKE?
A CLOSING NIGHT PROGRAM OF COMMUNITY SHORTS
We are thrilled to offer as our Closing Night program this wonderfully rangy selection of tales — nonfictional and dreamy — about men and women and trans experiences.
A queer Country &Western singer and local Milwaukee artists; a lesbian in cowboy boots and a gender non-conforming child ready to share a song. These are among the luminaries you’ll meet on the screen in this program of shorts, true and fantastical, that closes this year’s Festival.
Meet us in the Union Art Gallery prior for cake and punch and celebration!
Titles to screen include:
2 SPIRIT INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL $19.99
(Thirza Cuthand, 4 min., 47 sec., 2015) Don’t worry if you are just coming out as a 2 Spirited person, we have just the introductory special for you!
(Akosua Adoma Owusu, 8min., 2016) This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.
ERICK ‘KEBA’ MOORE & SKULLY ‘SQUALI’ GUSTAFSON
(Mitch Mittelstedt, 11min., 2016) The debut episode from a new web portraiture series which “gives prominence to independent, emerging artists in Milwaukee.” Mittelstedt notes, “This episode follows partners Erik ‘Keba’ Moore and Skully ‘Squali’ Gustafson, photographer and painter, respectively.”
(Paige Gratland & Sam McWilliams, 11min., 2015) Deana McGuffin is a third generation New Mexico bootmaker, hand-crafting wearable pieces of art. When she is approached by a Canadian artist and a San Franciscan tattooer to create a gay themed cowboy boot, a story unravels of a unique collaboration that takes them to the heart of cowboy country in Northern Texas. Bootwmn is a heartwarming, intimate and at times funny portrait of the queering of a traditional art form.
FIRST NIGHT OUT
(Will Mayo, 2min., 22 sec., 2015) A woman takes herself to dinner for the very first time.
(Eric Rockey, 15min., 2015) An award-winning, intimate 15-minute portrait of a gender-creative boy growing up in conservative rural Florida. Butch lesbian BJ successfully avoided dresses her entire life until she and her partner Sherrie adopted Jeffrey, who to their shock, starts to dance in gowns and perform for his parents. As six-year-old Jeffrey increasingly wishes to dress up in public, BJ must navigate where it is safe for him, from school to a rodeo in Georgia to the ultimate holiday for a pink boy, Halloween. It is a story of love between a butch mother and her feminine son, in one sense opposites, but united by a determination to be who they truly are.
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS
(Dan Taberski, 16min., 2016) The voice behind the first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. In 1973, Patrick Haggerty, the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington State, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. Lavender Country became a lifeline of information to rural gays but with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth. Forty years later and much to Haggerty’s surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered, re-released, and is now being lauded by critics as “resonant and wonderful…a rare act of bravery and honesty.” These C*cksucking Tears revisits Haggerty — now in his 70s and performing “old-timer” music at senior living facilities — as he deals with the resurgence of a musical dream long since given up for dead. The documentary explores his unlikely personal journey, how he co-opted an American artform ready-made for storytelling to tell his own story, and his relationship to a music industry where, in Patrick’s words, “you can come out as gay but you still can’t get up and sing about it.”
(Puppett, 12min., 2015) A farcical comedy taking on the ridiculous laws governing gay divorce. Sydney & Cameron are a happily engaged couple who are looking forward to their big day. Only problem is, Sydney is still married to Lisa and their home state won’t recognize their marriage let alone their divorce.
JACK H. SMITH OF SHOREWEST REALTORS
SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
UWM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LGBT+ CHAPTER
UWM UNION PROGRAMMING
$8 Seniors and Union Cinema passholders
See everything with an All-Festival pass!
Or see film(s) at the Union Cinema with a friend of two:
secure a Sixer Pass!*
(* good for admissions at Union Cinema only)
Or via the Union Cinema Box Office (30 minutes before showtime) and Peck School of the Arts Box Office. Passes are available in advanced at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office and at the Festival table during the Festival.
Peck School of the Arts Box Office is located on the ground floor of the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Fall semester hours (beginning September 6): Monday–Friday, 11AM–5PM.
(414) 229-4308 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens on Wednesday, October 12th and continues October 14-23.
The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts.
The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.