Sunday 13th October 2012 – 10.30am,
The Hive.

Not Certified

Westernized guy Vikas has been obsessing about his straight boss Thom for years, much to best friend Amrita’s displeasure. But when a business trip sends Vikas to New Delhi and he meets handsome Sunil, the desk clerk at his luxury hotel there, everything changes for him. Amazed by Sunil’s sweetness and India’s beauty, his initial disgust at the transfer turns into a love affair with both. When a return to London and his boss inevitably arrives, Vikas must make the most painful decision of his life. A crowd-pleasing, east-meets-west, boy-meets-boy love story… with a Bollywood twist!

Written & Directed By Reid Waterer
Filmed in INDIA, LONDON and LOS ANGELES

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

This movie was inspired by a decade-long obsession with India’s Bollywood cinema – the colors, the music, the gorgeous actors, the costumes. I wanted to try to capture some of that magic in a short while also exploring the extremely timely issue of homosexuality in India, which was just decriminalized there.
Most of the very few images of gay South Asians on film have been stereotypical, tragic or negative. Hopefully my film’s uplifting love story will help counteract that, and also help enlighten people about the difficulties of living in India as a gay, lesbian or transgendered person.
I also wanted to explore the struggles of Non-Resident Indians to try to reconcile their ethnic background to their sometimes highly Westernized personal identities.
Much research was done to write this film including a trip through India, and interviews with both gay and straight South Asians. I then collaborated with the actors to create the final script. I hope audiences will enjoy the short as much as I’ve enjoyed discovering the magic that is India. -Reid Waterer
SCREENINGS & AWARDS

  • Chicago ‘Reeling’ LGBT Film Festival 11/09
  • Sedona International Film Festival 2/10
  • San Diego ‘FilmOut’ LGBT Film Festival 4/10 WINNER – Best Short
  • ‘DisOrient’ Asian Film Festival of Oregon 4/10
  • Athens Greece ‘Outview’ LGBT Film Festival 4/10
  • Zurich ‘Pink Apple’ LGBT Film Festival 4/10
  • Mumbai ‘Kashish’ LGBT Film Festival 4/10 Nominee- BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
  • Boston LGBT Film Festival 5/10
  • Honolulu ‘Rainbow’ LGBT Film Festival 5/10
  • Lima Peru ‘Outfest’ LGBT Film Festival 6/10
  • Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival 6/10 SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Best Narrative Short
  • Connecticut ‘OutFilm’ LGBT Film Festival 6/10
  • Ft Worth TX ‘Q Cinema’ LGBT Film Festival 6/10
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 6/10 Voted #5 AUDIENCE FAVE, Live Action
  • Kansas City LGBT Film Festival 6/10
  • Ohio Independent Film Festival 6/10
  • Philadelphia ‘Q Fest’ LGBT Film Festival 7/10 AUDIENCE AWARD – Best Short
  • North Carolina LGBT Film Festival 8/10
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival 8/10
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival 8/10
  • Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 9/10
  • Fresno ‘Reel Pride’ LGBT Film Festival 9/10
  • Sydney ‘Satrang’ South Asian LGBT Film Fest 9/10
  • EnGendered iView South Asian Film Fest NYC 9/10
  • Indian Film Festival of Houston 9/10 WINNER – Best Short
  • Long Beach ‘QFilms’ LGBT Film Festival 10/10
  • Atlanta ‘Out On FIlm’ LGBT Film Festival 10/10 AUDIENCE AWARD – Best Male Short
  • Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival 10/10
  • Seattle LGBT Film Festival 10/10
  • Iris Prize LGBT Film Competition/Festival 10/10 Nominee- WORLDWIDE LGBT Best Short
  • Asian Hot Shots Berlin Film & Arts Festival 10/10
  • Miami International Short Film Festival 11/10
  • Santa Barbara ‘OutRageous’ LGBT Film Fest 11/10
  • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival 11/10
  • Long Island LGBT Film Festival 11/10 AUDIENCE AWARD – Best Male Short
  • Delhi India ‘Nigah’ LGBT Film Festival 11/10
  • Belgrade Serbia ‘Merlinka’ LGBT Film Festival 12/10
  • Phoenix ‘Desperado’ LGBT Film Festival 1/11
  • Bloomington Indiana ‘Pride’ LGBT Film Festival 1/11
  • Kingston Ontario ‘ReelOut’ LGBT Film Festival 1/11
  • Indian International Film Festival of Tampa Bay 2/11
  • Ontario ‘Rainbow Reels’ LGBT Film Festival 3/11 AUDIENCE AWARD – Best Short
  • San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Fest 3/11
  • GayCharlotte LGBT Film Festival 3/11
  • Riverside International Film Festival 4/11
  • Grenoble ‘Vues d’en Face’ LGBT Film Festival 4/11 Runner Up, AUDIENCE AWARD – Best Short
  • Minneapolis ‘Out Twin Cities’ LGBT Film Fest 6/11
  • Queens NY ‘Cinemarosa’ LGBT Screening Series 6/11
  • Pasadena ‘Action on Film’ Int’l Film Festival 7/11 Runner Up – Best LGBT Project
  • Asian Queer Film Festival Tokyo 7/11
  • Dublin Ireland ‘Gaze’ In’l LGBT Film Festival 7/11
  • Louisville Kentucky LGBT Film Festival 8/11
  • Toronto Queer West online LGBT Film Festival 8/11
  • Orleans France ‘D’un bord a l’autre’ LGBT FF 9/11
  • North Louisiana LGBT Film Festival 9/11
  • Osaka & Kyoto Japan ‘Kansai Queer’ LGBT FF 9/11
  • Cologne Germany ‘Homochrom’ LGBT FF 10/11
  • Spokane LGBT Film Festival 11/11
  • Vancouver Asian Film Festival 11/11
  • Cluj-Napoca Romania ‘Serile Filmului’ LGBT FF 11/11 Nominee- BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
  • Tucson ‘Out in the Desert’ LGBT Film Festival 2/12
  • HDFest Portland Film Festival 5/12
  • Ogunquit Rainbow Film Festival Maine 5/12

Sunday 13th October 2012 – 10.30pm,
The Hive.

Not Certified

“The son and The Heir” is a short documentary that portrays the painful steps that a gay man from the Middle East has to confront for being homosexual. Settled in a new country, the protagonist has the opportunity to feel free about his sexuality, but back home he is still a shame for his family. The Son and the Heir is a film about silence and the negation of the self.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Angelica Cabezas is a Chilean documentary filmmaker. Her films have been selected in several festivals, especially in Latin America. She is currently completing an MPhil in Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking at University of Manchester. Her topics of research are Masculinities, Queer Theory and Migration.

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Saturday 13th October 2012 – 4.30pm,
The Old Market Hall.
Certificate: 18

On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend – in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex that will resonate throughout their lives.

A sweet, British film (filmed entirely on location in Nottingham) that explores the need for acceptance not just from other people but from one self.

Official website: http://www.weekend-film.com

Screening sponsored by
Shrewsbury Local Joint Committee

 

Saturday 13th October 2012 – 4.30pm
The Old Market Hall.
Certificate: 15

Hannah and Rachel grew up as little girls in the same small Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenge their deep love for one another. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but quiet homemaker. Weaving back and forth between past and present, the film reveals how the women maintained their lifelong love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelities, and family denial.

This is a very moving, but also humorous, film showing great tenderness dealing with issues experienced by older lesbians.

Official website: http://www.hannahfree.com/

Saturday 13th October 2012 – 1:30pm
The Old Market Hall
*NC – Not Certified – Contains adult themes and scenes some viewers may find distressing.

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labours to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile, local newspapers have begun outing kuchus with vicious fervor under headlines such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.”

Winning Top Film Award at the 36th Frameline Film Festival 2012, Call me Kuchu is a timely reminder of the oppression that gay people face in 80 countries worldwide.

We see the courage and spirit of people who refuse to stay hidden within a deeply homophobic society. A courage that comes with a price, yet one that empowers the individual themselves, others and, against all odds, holds within it the ability to create change. Call me Kuchu portrays the courage of people who are determined to express their sexuality and live their lives openly.

It is a film that inspires us and challenges complacency. It is a must-see for all who believe in justice and freedom.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Bisi Alimi, the Africa Director of Kaleidoscope and hopefully some more panel members.

Official website: http://www.callmekuchu.co.uk

Call Me Kuchu – Trailer from Call Me Kuchu on Vimeo.

Sunday 13th October 2012 – 10.30pm,
The Hive.

Not Certified – Contains sexual images
Written & Directed by Stien Weijers

A very short short!! An animated satire of the muscular ideal beauty within the mainstream gay scene.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The inspiration for this short animated film came from frequenting gay circuit parties. To my growing astonishment everybody there looked alike, primarily bare-chested and pumped up muscles. Even more amazing to me were their extreme dieting habits to accomplish this look. The finely chiselled men will fast for a week to empty their bowels and dehydrate themselves to have a more dry muscular look. Appearances do matter, but at what cost?

This is the first animated film I produced, while volunteering at the Amsterdam gay television network MVS Gaystation. The response was very positive from viewers who happened to see it over the few months it was televised. Currently I am working on the script for an erotic lesbian animation film.

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Sunday 13th October 2012 – 10.30pm,
The Hive.
Not Certified – Contains sexual images and adult themes
Monste, a scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist, embarks on a mission to reconnect with her angsty son after discovering his troubles may stem from the huge “problem” tucked inside his trousers
Written & Directed By Francisco Lupini Basagoiti

TEASER TRAILER – EL NIDO VACÍO (The Empty Nest) from Francisco Lupini Basagoiti on Vimeo.
Directors Bio
Writer/Director Francisco Lupini Basagoiti was born in Caracas, Venezuela of Spanish and Italian parents. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in Film and TV Production and Dramatic Literature (2011). During his college years he wrote and directed several short films as well as producing projects for fellow peers under the brand “A film by Lupini”

Friday 12th October 2012 – 8.30pm
The Old Market Hall.
Sponsored by: Midland Zone

*NC – Not Certified – Contains frequent strong language, nudity and adult themes

Cloudburst is a romantic comedy road movie starring Oscar winning actors, Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, as Stella and Dot, an elderly couple who have been together for thirty one years. Stella rescues/springs Dot from a nursing home and drives her from the US to Canada, so they can get married and so evade Dot's prudish and controlling grand daughter, Molly, played by Kristin Booth, who believes that the best place for Dot is back in the nursing home. On the way they pick up a sexy young hitchhiker called Prentice, played by Ryan Doucette, who likes to dance! Cloudburst explores life, death and love through the eyes of this strange trio; it's really funny and moving too.

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This is a fun film and reminds us that along with the Rainbow Film Festival's aspirations to challenge, change and educate we are also very keen to ENTERTAIN. I love the idea of rebellion in older LGBT people plus I want another sight of Prentice's navel (so shallow!)

Official website: http://www.cloudburstmovie.com/

Friday 12th October 2012 – 8pm
The Old Market Hall.
The L Project released an LGBT anti-bullying charity single entitled “It Does Get Better” on Feb 11th 2012 which was recorded by 17 of the UK’s most talented female gay artists. The L Project was set up and is run by Georgey Payne and Sofia Antonia Milone. All proceeds and royalties from the song and video go directly to their two chosen charities Stonewall and Diversity Role Models who both prevent LGBT bullying.

Within 17 hours from release the song shot to No1 in the UK Amazon Folk and the Rock song charts. It reached No1 in the UK iTunes Rock album charts. It held position on all of these charts for 8 days. It also reached No.11 in the Official UK Independent Charts within the first week of release. Please download and donate right now ‘The L Project’ charity single “It Does Get Better” available in 240 countries worldwide from iTunes, Amazon and all good download sites. The world is still buzzing about. “It Does Get Better” it has now been viewed on Youtube a staggering 270,000 times including the ‘Signed version’ which is equally as touching, in just a few months!

The L Project Facebook page has well over 21,500 likes with high activity from members every single day www.facebook.com/TheLProject

Please listen, watch and download their song and don’t forget to join their Facebook/Twitter pages if you haven’t already.

“If you care, then share”

Sunday 27th February 2012 @ 14:30
The Hive

2013, Germany, 100min
German with English Subtitles
Director Stephan Lacant
Certificate: 15 (TBC)

As part of LGBT History Month, Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival organised two special screenings of Gen Silentat the Hive in Shrewsbury. The afternoon performance was aimed at those in the care profession and was followed by a Q&A.

“Gen Silent,” a documentary feature from Mad Stu Productions, chronicles the lives of six LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) seniors in America as they deal with surviving in a care system that is hostile to their lifestyles.

Event sponsored by

Many thanks to our panel of the afternoon Q&A:
Anthony Smith 
– Opening Doors (LGBT) Age UK
Debbie Price – Head of Shropshire Partners in Care
Stephen Chandler – Head of Adult Care and Support, Shropshire Council
Karen Kalinowski – Head of Care and Support, Telford and Wrekin Council
Heather Osborne – (Chair) Chief Executive, Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

The event was organised in association with:

STUDENTS FROM HEALTHCARE COURSES:

  • ‘ The film was excellent, thought-provoking. Things will need to change’.
  • ‘It broadened my perspective’.
  • ‘Interesting, learned a lot as I did not know much before. I still feel much can be done as gays are not as open in small communities, compared to eg. Manchester’.

PEOPLE FROM AGENCIES/HEALTHCARE/CARE

  • ‘An eye opener’.
  • ‘Excellent. Heartbreaking as well as uplifting’.
  • ‘Should be rolled out more widely’.
  • ‘Very moving film and interesting debates. Highlighted the need for LGBT to work closely with the local [NHS/PCT] Trust’.
  • ‘A superb Question and answer session’.
  • ‘Brilliant. Really made me think. Heartbreaking, heartwarming’.
  • ‘Beautifully made film’.
  • ‘Powerful, relevant, challenging’.

LGBT History Month 2012