SQFF24 OPENING NIGHT GALA
SID & JUDY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019 | 6:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA EGYPTIAN
USA | 2019 | 100 minutes | Stephen Kijak
Don’t miss your chance to see Judy Garland as you’ve never seen her before.
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Kick off the 24th Seattle Queer Film Festival off right by attending the queer event of the season at the Rainier Chapter House! The party is a fab time featuring small bites, signature cocktails, and a dance party lead by DJ Paco immediately following the screening.
General Admission: Regular Price: $40.00 | Members: $35.00
Includes admission to the film, entry to the Opening Night Party, and two drink tickets.
ABOUT SID & JUDY
It’s been 50 years since the untimely death of diva and gay icon Judy Garland in June of 1969. But she is still a star to many a queer kid, whether through the timeless THE WIZARD OF OZ, emotional ballads sung with her famous intensity, or the many drag queens that still belt out her powerful songs.
Judy began performing in vaudeville when she was only two and went on to have an illustrious career on the stage and in radio, film, and television. Now, director Stephen Kijak (WE ARE X, NEVER MET PICASSO) has uncovered never-before-seen recordings, photographs, and insights from the archives of her third husband, producer Sid Luft (A STAR IS BORN and The Judy Garland Show).
First-person accounts of Judy’s career and Sid and Judy’s tumultuous marriage are narrated by Emmy winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Atypical). Judy’s status as an icon for the whole LGBTQ2+ community—her death may even have partly inspired the Stonewall riots—is highlighted through her queer following, including transgender activist and Stonewall veteran Miss Major.
“Kijak points to many of the usual explanations made for almost every female performer considered a gay icon as applying to Garland — strong women overcoming personal and professional crisis, a life lived in the spotlight, gay men relating to these women fighting their own oppression as mirroring the struggle for gay rights — but says that ultimately, what makes new generations of gay men continue to pay tribute is the talent.” - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE DATE BOOK
Director Stephen Kijak scheduled to attend.
SID & JUDY
Director: Stephen Kijak
Principal Cast: Judy Garland, Sid Luft, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Premiere Status: Seattle
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producers: John Battsek, Diane Becker, Joel Gotler, Carolyne Jurriaans, John Kimble, Bryan O'Connell, Philip Sandhaus, Eric Skinner
Writers: Claire Didier, Stephen Kijak
Editor: Claire Didier
Music: Laura Karpman
Content Warnings: Discussion of Suicide and Drug Use