THE 23RD TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

Kenyan lesbian film, RAFIKI, garners both top prizes

SEATTLE, Wash. (October 22, 2018) – Three Dollar Bill Cinema is proud to announce the winners of the festival jury and audience awards of the 23rd annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. The 11-day film festival concluded on Sunday, October 21 with a sold-out screening of RAFIKI, a lesbian film from Kenya that has been banned in its home country.

Audience awards are determined through ballots filled out by film festival attendees. Awards for excellence are chosen by narrative, documentary and short film juries. 

“I want to thank our wonderful juries who dedicated so much of their time and energy to the awards process,” said Kathleen Mullen, TWIST Festival Director. “It is gratifying to honor films that moved, inspired and entertained our jury members and audiences and that tell the vital stories of our diverse queer lives.”

The winners of the jury awards for excellence each receive a cash prize in recognition of their artistic achievement.

“Congratulations to the winners and to all of the filmmakers who contributed to the success of this year’s film festival,” said Ben McCarthy, executive director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema. “We are thrilled that RAFIKI won both the audience and jury awards for narrative feature and that we can bring further attention to this important, beautiful film from a country whose LGBTQ community faces rampant discrimination and fear of imprisonment.”

TWIST featured the latest slate of queer cinema from 25 different countries including Kenya, Taiwan, Switzerland, Columbia, Australia, Tonga, Israel and Argentina. The 11-day film festival screened 143 narratives, documentaries and short films and welcomed more than 40 directors, producers, actors and film subjects from around the country.


Audience Awards

Favorite Narrative Feature: RAFIKI, directed by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya, 2018)
Runner up: TUCKED, directed by Jamie Patterson (UK, 2018)

Favorite Documentary Feature: WHEN THE BEAT DROPS, directed by Jamal Sims (USA, 2018)

Runner Up: THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR, directed by Vlada Knowlton (USA, 2018)

Favorite Lesbian Short Film: MASKS, directed by Mahaliyah Ayla O (USA, 2018)

Favorite Gay Short Film: I LIVE HERE, directed by Shane Watson (USA, 2017)  

Favorite Transgender Short Film: BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER, directed by Courtney Hermann (USA, 2017)

 

Jury Awards, Awards for Excellence

Best Narrative Film Award Winer: RAFIKI, directed by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya, 2018)

Jury statement: For its honest and vibrant depiction of real life and beautifully displaying queer Kenyan romance. Director Wanuri Kahiu manages to show the beauty and ugliness with courage and artistry.

Narrative Honorable mention: SORRY ANGEL, directed by Christophe Honoré (France, 2018) & TUCKED, directed by Jamie Patterson (UK, 2018)

Jury statement: We would also like to recognize SORRY ANGEL and TUCKED for their unique contributions.

Best Documentary Film Award Winner: LEITIS IN WAITING, directed by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson & Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (USA/Tonga, 2018)

Jury Statement: We the jury recognize that LEITIS IN WAITING is the top prizewinner in this year’s Twist Film Festival in the documentary category. LEITIS IN WAITING is a thought provoking and compelling story that explores the decolonizing resistance of Tongan transwomen within a culture deeply affected by monarchy and organized religion. Elegant in style, LEITIS IN WAITING demonstrates beautiful cinematography that illustrates the battles of homophobia and transphobia. LEITIS IN WAITING is a must see for those who desire a film that shows the effects of culture change and highlights the impact of transformative justice.

 

Documentary Honorable mention: PATERNAL RITES, directed by Jules Rosskam (USA, 2018)

Jury statement: We recognize PATERNAL RITES for its boldness, beauty and unflinching authenticity. By painting a portrait in fragments, the film creates an extraordinarily intimate examination of the relationship between trauma and memory and the healing power of being present. We honor PATERNAL RITES’ emotional and stylistic risk taking and its ability to create universal connection and transformation through one person’s story, bravely told.

 

Best Short Film Award Winner: MARGUERITE, directed by Marianne Farley (Canada, 2017)

Jury statement: For its multi-generational storytelling that speaks of universal love in a compassionate and genuine way and finding a connection through sensuality without requiring sexuality.  

 

Most Innovative Short Film Award Winner: MAKE OUT PARTY, directed by Emily Esperanza (USA, 2017)

Jury statement: For its unabashed commitment to style and storytelling in a fun world of joy and frivolity, we award the prize for most innovative short to MAKE OUT PARTY.

 

Best Short Film Honorable Mention: THE THINGS YOU THINK I'M THINKING, directed by Sherren Lee (Canada, 2017)

Jury statement: By challenging assumptions and seeing through appearances, this film showcased an honest portrait of coming to terms with self-identity and self-acceptance.  

 

Most Innovative Short Film Honorable Mention: DANCES, directed by Ramon Watkins (Australia, 2018)

Jury statement: Through its integration of dance, music and social media, we were struck by the portrayal of acceptance and rejection of dating in the digital age.


Narrative Jury

Anastacia-Renee is the 2018-19 Seattle Civic Poet, the recipient of the City of Seattle’s 2017 Artist of the Year Award, and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. She has received numerous writing fellowships and writing residencies, and is the author of Forget It, (v.), 26 (as Anastacia Tolbert) and Answer (Me). Her work has appeared in Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Ms. Magazine, Berkeley Poetry Review and many more. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Hugo House and Seattle University and lives as a superhero in Seattle with her wife and dog.

Beth Barrett is the artistic director of SIFF (organizers of the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education). She serves on the board of the Film Festival Alliance and has participated in juries and panel discussions at several universities and film festivals.

Paul Struthers started working at Frameline (the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival) in November 2017 as its Director of Exhibitions and Programming. Prior to that, he worked for four years in Sydney as festival director for Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.

 

Documentary Jury

Mocha Jean Herrup is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer whose films have screened worldwide. Currently, they are working with the Freedom Project to create digital media for their Nonviolent Communication and Prison Reentry programs. Mocha has a PhD in Film and Media studies and was a professor in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the Austin Community College, where they also helped found the Peace and Conflict Studies program. They have programmed for many festivals including Cinematexas, SXSW and the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Kevin K. Maifeld is the founding director and a professor of the graduate and undergraduate arts leadership programs at Seattle University. He previously served as the managing director of the Seattle Children’s Theatre from 2001 to 2007. Kevin currently serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses. He has an MFA in arts management from University of Alabama and a BS in accounting from the University of Denver.

Dr. Quinton Morris is a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker who performs solo concerts, chamber music and lectures internationally. He embarked on “Breakthrough,” a two-year tour of solo recitals, lectures on entrepreneurship, master classes and community outreach projects, and his self-produced short film about Chevalier de Saint-Georges received a European Independent Film Award and a Global Music Award. The recipient of the Washington State Governor’s and Seattle Mayor’s Arts Awards, among others, Dr. Morris is currently an associate professor of violin and chamber music at Seattle University. He is the executive director and founder of Key to Change.

 

Shorts Jury 

Jon Garcia, founder of Lake Productions, is a Portland-based filmmaker whose latest film ROOM TO GROW screened at the 2018 TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. He has released six feature films, including The Falls cult trilogy. Jon was nominated for an Emmy in 2016 for producing and directing original content for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He is also a trained actor, novelist and singer-songwriter, having performed his music in his own films.

Megan Leonard is a producer, editor, and festival programmer based in Seattle. She has been a programmer for SIFF for the last nine years, where she heads the New American Cinema team and is also the lead shorts programmer. Additionally, she programs for Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, and Doc NYC, and has served on the jury at Fantastic Fest in Austin. Her most recent short film, Mixtape Marauders, premiered at the Aspen ShortsFest in 2017 and was in the opening night program of SIFF.

Aleksa Manila is a drug counselor by day, drag queen by night and a widely recognized social change agent and provocateur. She has mastered the art of sensuality to evoke feelings and challenge bias, prejudice, discrimination, and hate. She continues to be recognized for her community efforts, having served as the Seattle Pride Community Grand Marshal, received the Dr. Wood Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention and Mayor Durkan’s Pride Award for Outstanding Leader, and been named GSBA Community Leader of the Year and Seattle Women’s Pride Community Champion.

 

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About TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST: the Seattle Queer Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the Greater Seattle region’s LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org/twist

 

About Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a nonprofit arts organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org

 

Media contact:

Rachael Brister
Public Relations for Three Dollar Bill Cinema

press@threedollarbillcinema.org

 

           

 

 

SLATE OF GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 23RD ANNUAL TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

Directors, producers and actors from around the country to attend the festival

SEATTLE, Wash. (October 10, 2018) – Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the full lineup of guests scheduled to attend the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. TWIST opens this Thursday, October 11 and runs through Sunday, October 21.
            More than 40 directors, producers, actors and documentary subjects will be in attendance to introduce their films and participate in post-screening question & answer sessions. Interviews are available with any of the guests listed below.  

 

Full list of expected guests:

Narrative Centerpiece: RIOT
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian
In attendance: Gabrielle Antolovich, one of the original 78ers
Jeffrey Walker’s RIOT is a fictional re-telling of the true story of Australia’s gay rights movement in the 1970s. The film chronicles the creation of Sydney’s LGBT Mardi Gras—but more importantly, illustrates why it was needed and vividly brings to life the passionate individuals who were unwavering in the fight for recognition and equality.

Documentary Centerpiece: TRANSMILITARY
Sunday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian
In attendance: Gabe Silverman, Director, Jamie Coughlin, Producer & First Lieutenant El Cook
While the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military was lifted in 2016, given the current administration’s stance, the futures of these warriors (as well as an estimated 15,500 others) remain uncertain. This timely, powerful documentary debut won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.
Also in attendance is Ms. Billie Cooper, a 60 year-old transgender Veteran who served in The United States Navy. She will be moderating the Q&A after the film.



LATTER-DAY GLORY**
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian
In attendance: Brandon Deyette, Director & Jonathon Levi Powell, Producer and Subject
Why are LGBTQ teens in Utah ending their lives at such an alarming rate? Ignoring one Utah lawmaker’s explanation that the spike in youth suicide rates may be the result of his state’s high altitude, two gay ex-Mormons embark on a mission to expose the truth in this documentary. The producer and main subject of the film is makeup and hair artist Jonathon Levi Powell, formerly of Seattle.

FREELANCER'S ANONYMOUS
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian
In attendance: Cassandra Blair, Actress
Billie is done putting up with her pointless job and sadistic boss (Alexandra Billings, Transparent). After telling everyone off, she breaks the news to her fiancée Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis), but after meeting a ragtag group of women who strike upon the idea of creating an app for freelancers like themselves, Billie lies to her about her “new job” to buy time until her start-up launches.

KILL THE MONSTERS             
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian
In attendance: Ryan Lonergan, Director, Actor and Writer
In this comic fantasia, Frankie becomes the third in the relationship of Patrick and Sutton. But when Frankie mysteriously falls ill, the newly formed “throuple” decide to find the treatment he needs. Featuring stunning black-and-white photography, wickedly funny dialogue, lots of nudity and sex, and a premise that is literally one for the ages, KILL THE MONSTERS is a historical, absurdist delight.

MORONI FOR PRESIDENT**

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Northwest Film Forum
In attendance: Moroni Benally, Subject

Determined to make radical change on the reservation where he grew up—the largest in the United States and plagued with widespread poverty and a lack of basic resources—Moroni Benally, a young, gay, Mormon professor at the University of Washington, launches an impassioned campaign for president of the Navajo Nation.

 

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

In attendance: Jamal Sims, Director

Category is…bucking realness! In the tradition of PARIS IS BURNING, this energetic, endearing documentary delves into “bucking,” from its origins at historically black colleges in the South, through its evolution at underground queer clubs. Candid conversations with the performers illustrate their dedication and the risks they take.

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!
Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:15 p.m., Northwest Film Forum
In attendance: Caroline Berler, Director
A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen—complete with juicy clips and stories—director Caroline Berler’s accomplished first documentary goes beyond Hollywood myth-making to show how women, lesbians, and people of color helped transform the queer imagination.


THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR**
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Vlada Knowlton, Director
Did you know that The Advocate proclaimed 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans? That year, anti-transgender laws known as “bathroom bills” were on the ballot in our very own state, throwing the safety of the transgender community—and public ignorance surrounding their identities—into the spotlight and into the voting booth.


MAPPLETHORPE
Friday, October 19, 6:45 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Ondi Timoner, Director
Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of New York’s underground gay male BDSM scene, male nudes, female bodybuilders, and bound-up penises helped fuel the notorious culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Bold and beautiful, this biopic follows the queer artist’s life, from dropping out of college, befriending a young Patti Smith, and moving into the infamous Chelsea Hotel to becoming lovers with art collector Sam Wagstaff.

THE DRAG ROAST OF HEKLINA**
Friday, October 19, 2018, 9:15 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Steven Grygelko, Subject
Enjoy or flee this filmed insanity, where the queens are bringing down The Queen herself. Starring Heklina aka Stefan Grygelko, founder of San Francisco’s infamous drag show Mother (formerly known as Trannyshack), this roast is a no-holds-barred catfight. The roasting panel includes Jackie Beat, Julie Brown (CLUELESS), Peaches Christ, Sister Roma, Bob the Drag Queen, and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Alaska Thunderfuck and Seattle’s very own Jinkx Monsoon.

TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY
Friday, October 19, 2018, 9:30 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Laura Madalinski, Director
After a painful breakup and sudden unemployment, bisexual Emily is looking for a new life. She moves in with her best friend Rosa and finds a job working for a local dominatrix, the very hot Nikki. Not only is Nikki a curiosity but so is her boyfriend Ben, and it dawns on Emily that she wants to date both of them.

THE GENTLEMAN BANK ROBBER: THE LIFE STORY OF BUTCH LESBIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER RITA BO BROWN**
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Julie Perini, Director  
Imprisoned for petty theft, rita “bo” brown was radicalized in prison. Once released, she robbed banks in Seattle as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a Pacific Northwest underground revolutionary group, evading capture by being continually misidentified as a man. Chronicling her life and work as a political and prison reform activist, this captivating portrait of a charming queer ideologue draws attention to the little-known history of militant direct action.

EVENING SHADOWS
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:15 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali, Producer
A mother’s love for her son is the glue that holds this moving family drama together, despite strict social mores and a bigoted father that threaten to tear them apart after Kartik is pressured into coming out. Old traditions still thrive in small-town southern India, and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code made homosexual acts punishable by law until very recently.

 

STROWLERS**
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:30 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Ben Dobyns, Director; L. Gabriel Gonda, Director & Lindy Boustedt, Producer
In this open-source series filmed in Seattle, magic is real—and it’s getting stronger. Some fear it; others risk their lives for it. Our heroine Whit enlists the help of “strowlers” (who want to keep magic free) to protect a charmed young girl. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Amanda is developing a magic-hunting device for the government! Can true love survive such unlikely circumstances?

ROOM TO GROW
In attendance: Jon Garcia, Director              
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 4:30 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
ROOM TO GROW is a refreshingly positive documentary about LGBTQ youth during some of the most formative years of their lives. Being a teenager can be exciting, awkward, and stressful, but even so, these queer teens are undaunted, surviving, and thriving. With the support of their families and allies, they display incredible resilience given today’s political climate, expressing and exploring their identity.

 

PATERNAL RITES
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 4:45 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

In attendance: Marc Smolowitz, Producer

Part road movie, part experimental animation, part found-footage collage, PATERNAL RITES takes its inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and filmmakers such as Jenni Olson and Marlon Riggs to deeply explore the American family and its false dreams of normalcy.


50 YEARS OF FABULOUS**
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Jethro Patalinghug, Writer & Director
The Imperial Council, founded in San Francisco in 1965, is one of the oldest, most influential LGBTQ organizations in the world, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and shaping gay culture. In 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS, writer-director Jethro Patalinghug documents the historical evolution of the Imperial Council, from its mid-’60s inception to today’s struggle. Keep an eye out for some footage chronicling the Seattle chapter.

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:15 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
In attendance: Jeffrey Johns, Actor & Screenwriter
There’s no business like show business in this extravagant sequel to WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL. Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE, EATING OUT) revives all the camp and whimsy of his prior films, showcasing starving actors still trying to hit it big and make the leap from The Café Broadway Times Square to Broadway. This musical also features star-studded cameos by Cindy Williams, Bruce Vilanch, Chita Rivera, the Perry Twins, and perennial EATING OUT ally Rebekah Kochan.

 
The following directors and producers of short films in the festival are also expected to attend:

·      Wendy Jo Carlton, Director of TRIGGER HAPPY (SATURGAY MORNING CARTOONS) & EASY ABBY (GIRLS SHORTS)**

·      Anne Hanson, Director of TRIGGER HAPPY (SATURGAY MORNING CARTOONS)**

·      Clyde Petersen, Director of LATE NIGHTS IN THE LAB (VIEWFINDER: SHORTS)**

·      Reid Waterer, Director of THE JEALOUS SEA (BOYS SHORTS)

·      Courtney Hermann, Director of BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER (AUTHENTICITY: TRANS SHORTS)      

·      Luka Fisher, Producer of LAVENDER (VIEWFINDER: SHORTS)

·      L. Fried, Director of I KNOW HOW YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE (BLANKET FORT FILMS PRESENTS APERTURE)**

·      Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Directors of BAD THEOLOGY (BLANKET FORT FILMS PRESENTS APERTURE)**

·      Deva Smith, Director of MANHUNTER (BLANKET FORT FILMS PRESENTS APERTURE)**

·      Yeni Sleidi, Director of       MOTHER TONGUE (BLANKET FORT FILMS PRESENTS APERTURE)**

For the TWIST festival lineup, a downloadable PDF of the festival program and to buy ticket, visit  https://threedollarbillcinema.org/twist/. For press credentials, high-res images, to preview any films, or arrange interviews with festival staff and guests please email Rachael Brister at press@threedollarbillcinema.org

 

** denotes guest is local to Seattle or has a strong local connection

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About TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST: the Seattle Queer Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the Greater Seattle region’s LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org/twist

 

About Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a nonprofit arts organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org

 

Media contact:

Rachael Brister
Public Relations for Three Dollar Bill Cinema

press@threedollarbillcinema.org

Full Lineup Announced for the 23rd Annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

SEATTLE, Wash. (September 20, 2018) – Three Dollar Bill Cinema announced today the full lineup of films and events for the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. The largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest opens on National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11 and runs through Sunday, October 21.


TWIST features the latest slate of queer cinema from 25 different countries including Kenya, Taiwan, Switzerland, Columbia, Australia, Tonga, Israel and Argentina. The lineup of 64 programs is comprised of 143 narratives, documentaries and short films. More than 50% of those films are directed by women.


“I am thrilled with this year’s lineup of diverse, powerful and entertaining films and am excited to share the range of stories with the Seattle LGBTQ and film communities,” said Kathleen Mullen, TWIST Festival Director. “Queer cinema continues to be an important and vital way for our community to see ourselves reflected on screen, learn about our history and experience queer life and culture across the globe.”


For the first time in more than 15 years, all four festival gala screenings and parties will take place on Capitol Hill. Opening Night, Closing Night and both Centerpiece screenings will be at SIFF Cinema Egyptian. “There are so many cutting-edge stories that you can only see at queer film festivals and that unique quality is just one of the many things that excites me about being a part of this incredible organization.” said Ben McCarthy, Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s new Executive Director. “I am very excited to be working for an organization that supports and promotes film and media by, for and about the queer community; especially during these turbulent times for LGBTQ people in our country and around the world.”

  • Full festival program and online ticket sales launch September 20 at https://threedollarbillcinema.org/twist/ 

  • Tickets and passes also available through the festival box office located at the Three Dollar Bill Cinema office, 1620 12th Ave., Suite 203. Box office opens Tuesday, September 25. Hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., plus the first weekend of the festival, October 13 and 14, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Film venues include SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Northwest Film Forum, Broadway Performance Hall and AMC Pacific Place

  • For press credentials, additional high-res images, to preview any films, or arrange interviews with festival staff and guests please email Rachael Brister at press@threedollarbillcinema.org


GALAS

Opening Night: THE HAPPY PRINCE

  • Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Director: Rupert Everett; UK/USA, 2018

  • Northwest Premiere

  • Opening Night Gala Party following the film at Velocity Dance Center

 THE HAPPY PRINCE focuses on the last years of the life of the infamous poet, author, and playwright, Oscar Wilde (Dorian Grey, The Importance of Being Earnest). Now suffering from the effects of two years of hard labor, poverty stricken, and alienated from his wife Constance (Emma Watson) and children, Wilde (Rupert Everett, who also wrote and directed) finds his way back to his playboy love Lord Alfred Douglas, better known as Bosie (Colin Morgan); his devoted former lover Robbie (Edwin Thomas); and loyal friend Reggie (Colin Firth).

 

Closing Night: RAFIKI

  • Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Director: Wanuri Kahui; Kenya, 2018

  • West Coast Premiere

  • Closing Night Gala Party following the film at Queer/Bar

This remarkable achievement by director Wanuri Kahiu—the first LGBTQ Kenyan film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section)—received a 10-minute standing ovation but has been banned in Kenya for its “clear intent to promote lesbianism.” Closing our festival with a moving, sexy, and unapologetically queer film about fighting for love is a reminder that our work continues. Through Kena and Ziki’s strength, we find the hope we need so much today.

Documentary Centerpiece: TRANSMILITARY

  • Sunday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Directors: Fiona Dawson & Gabriel Silverman; USA; 2018

  • Expected guests: director Gabriel Silverman and producer Jamie Coughlin

  • Centerpiece Gala Party following the film at Saint John’s

While the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military was lifted in 2016, given the current administration’s stance, the futures of these warriors (as well as an estimated 15,500 others) remain uncertain. This timely, powerful documentary debut won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Narrative Centerpiece: RIOT

  • Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Director: Jeffrey Walker; Australia; 2018

  • Expected guest: Gabrielle Antolovich, one of the original members of Australia’s gay rights movement that the film is based upon.

  • Centerpiece Gala Party following the film at Queer/Bar

Jeffrey Walker’s RIOT is a fictional re-telling of the true story of Australia’s gay rights movement in the 1970s. The film chronicles the creation of Sydney’s LGBT Mardi Gras—but more importantly, illustrates why it was needed and vividly brings to life the passionate individuals who were unwavering in the fight for recognition and equality.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

MAPPLETHORPE

  • Friday, October 19, 6:45 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

  • Director: Ondi Timoner; 2018; USA

  • Expected guest: director Ondi Timoner

Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of New York’s underground gay male BDSM scene, male nudes, female bodybuilders, and bound-up penises helped fuel the notorious culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Bold and beautiful, this biopic follows the queer artist’s life, from dropping out of college, befriending a young Patti Smith, and moving into the infamous Chelsea Hotel to becoming lovers with art collector Sam Wagstaff. Mapplethorpe lived lavishly (and dangerously) as his fame grew and eventually died of an AIDS-related illness at the age of 42. Award-winning director Ondi Timoner (DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC) brings life and passion into her first feature debut.

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS

  • Sunday, October 14, 4:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Director: Jamal Sims; 2018; USA

  • Expected guest: director Jamal Sims

Category is…bucking realness! In the tradition of PARIS IS BURNING, this energetic, endearing documentary delves into “bucking,” from its origins at historically black colleges in the South, through its evolution at underground queer clubs. Candid conversations with the performers illustrate their dedication and the risks they take. Inspired by the dance routines and pageantry of marching bands, bucking has become what voguing was to the ballroom scene of the late 1980s: a true form of self-expression and freedom.

 

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM: DIRECTOR’S CUT

  • Friday, October 12, 9:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema Egyptian

  • Directors: George Michael & David Austin; 2017; UK/US

  • US Premiere 

“Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” and, of course, “Freedom! ‘90” are just a few highlights from George Michael’s career, cut short by his death at age 53. Capturing his dreams, his life, and his music, this frank and honest documentary takes us through his dedication to his art, his coming out, his court case against Sony Music, and the story of his love for partner Anselmo Feleppa, who died of an AIDS-related illness.

 

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK

  • Saturday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

  • Director: Daniel Laabs; 2018; USA

  • West Coast Premiere

Stunning cinematography highlights the beauty of rural Texas, where college girlfriends Maya and Jules are trying to figure out where their lives are headed. After a rave and a devastating car accident, Maya meets Freddy, an older, closeted gay man, and an unlikely friendship forms through his simple act of kindness.

THE COMING OUT BALL MOVIE

  • Sunday, October 21, Noon, AMC Pacific Place

  • Director: Sue Thomson; 2018; Australia

  • West Coast Premiere

Go down under in this grand tribute to LGBTQI seniors as they are invited to a celebratory ball in their honor during the contentious marriage equality debate in Australia. Often forced back into the closet in care facilities—or simply assumed to be heterosexual after they turn grey—this cast of wildly colorful characters share their fascinating life stories with insight and humor.

 

#20GAYTEEN: YOUTH SHORTS

  • Friday, October 19, 5:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

Whether you’re in the city or the country, whether you’re rich or poor, we all share the experience of growing up queer. See what it looks like to be a young queer coming of age in 2018 in this collection of short films.

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS 

  • Saturday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

  • Director: Jethro Patalinghug; USA; 2018

  • Expected guests: director Jethro Patalinghug and members of the Seattle Imperial Court

The Imperial Council, founded in San Francisco in 1965, is one of the oldest, most influential LGBTQ organizations in the world, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and shaping gay culture. In 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS, writer-director Jethro Patalinghug documents the historical evolution of the Imperial Council, from its mid-’60s inception to today’s struggle to find relevance amid social progress and a newly empowered political movement committed to curtailing a half century of civil rights achievements.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

STROWLERS

  • Saturday, October 20, 2:30 p.m., AMC Pacific Place

  • Directors: Ben Dobyns & L. Gabriel Gonda; 2018; USA

  • Expected guests: director Ben Dobyns and producer Lindy Boustedt

In this open-source series filmed in Seattle, magic is real—and it’s getting stronger. Some fear it; others risk their lives for it. Our heroine Whit enlists the help of “strowlers” (who want to keep magic free) to protect a charmed young girl. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Amanda is developing a magic-hunting device for the government! Can true love survive such unlikely circumstances? Filmmakers and fans worldwide have contributed to this unique cinematic universe, told from the point of view of people resisting the powerful forces that want to limit free self-expression. Includes a panel discussion on open-source series and the worldwide generation of them.

BUILDING EMPATHY THROUGH INNOVATION: VIRTUAL REALITY STORYTELLING PANEL

  • Sunday, October 14, 2:15 p.m., Northwest Film Forum

  • Panel with Pride Foundation and Oculus VR for Good

  • FREE

This informative and exciting panel will discuss how we are utilizing VR to reshape the narratives about our community and foster dialogue that will lead to a more inclusive world.

AUTHENTICALLY US a project of Oculus VR for Good, in partnership with filmmaker Jesse Ayala of Fovrth Studios and the Pride Foundation.

Panelists include: Paula Cuneo, Partner & Strategic Marketing Director, Oculus; Jeremiah J. Allen, Project Director, Pride Foundation; and Isyss Honnen, Community Engagement Coordinator, Pride Foundation.

 

AUTHENTICALLY US: STORIES FROM THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY

  • Sunday, October 14, Noon - 5:00 p.m., Northwest Film Forum

  • FREE

Put on an Oculus VR headset and meet this diverse group of transgender and gender-diverse people using interactive virtual reality (VR) to tell their stories.

 

HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY

  • Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m., Northwest Film Forum

  • FREE 

Are you new to transgender concepts? Want to learn how to be a good ally? Join us for BEAUTY, a heartwarming documentary short about trans youth and their parents, and then stick around for a discussion with representatives from Gender Diversity, a local organization that provides education about gender-inclusive schools, support groups for families, and the Gender Odyssey conferences. Bring all your questions to this educational evening and come away with a working vocabulary and a more solid understanding of how to be supportive of the trans and gender-nonconforming communities.

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About TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST: the Seattle Queer Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the Greater Seattle region’s LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org/twist

 

About Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a nonprofit arts organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit https://threedollarbillcinema.org

 

Media contact:

Rachael Brister
Public Relations for Three Dollar Bill Cinema

press@threedollarbillcinema.org

Gala Films Announced for the 23rd Annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

SEATTLE, Wash. (September 5, 2018) – Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the four gala screenings for the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival taking place October 11-21. The largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest will also start selling early-bird discounted tickets and passes Wednesday, September 5.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema Welcomes Back Kathleen Mullen As Festival Director For 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is thrilled to welcome Kathleen Mullen back this season as the Festival Director for the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, which runs October 11 – 21, 2018. Mullen previously served as Festival Director for the 2014 and 2015 festivals. The position was previously held by Danny Tayara who left Three Dollar Bill Cinema at the end of May.