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