Friday, July 12, 2024

At Home Film Festival: Lesbian love stories

This week’s #AtHomeFilmFestival goes beyond U-Haul jokes and delves into the quality lesbian movies out there.

I am always fascinated when I attended LGBTQ film festivals and see women in one line and men in the other. Of course, they were in those lines to see movies that they feel are better representative of who they are and identify with. I would be in any line of a movie in which a tall muscular man falls in love with a bear!’

But what I really want in a movie, aside from the fantasy, is to see quality in my equality. So I am happy and proud to blur the lines of what line to stand in at a film festival. I love a good movie of any type, whether it’s aimed at men, women, transgender, bi, sexually fluid and of people of any color, race, religion. I just want to connect to a movie, whether on an emotional, political, spiritual or humorous level — and in any language!

I started my #AtHomeFilmFestival when the pandemic set in and Broadway (my love!) closed. I have spent the past year rediscovering and uncovering movies and bringing them to hopefully a new and welcome audience. During the first 62 days of the pandemic, I did one review a day. I don’t think any of us thought this would last so long. I then started doing a weekly “festival” with a theme for each week and about seven movies per show, one for each day. I’ve jumped around with themes — not all gay even though I of course have remained your gay host. I’ve done forgotten films from big stars, doppelganger movies (same title, different movie), Broadway musicals on screen, etc. You name it, I’ve done it or will do it.

For February, I focused on love. This week is all about lesbian love. Like usual, I try to shy away from some of the bigger and mainstream movies — even though many of them are good. But you don’t need me to tell you to watch modern lesbian classics “Carol,” “The Kids are Alright,” “Go Fish” or “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.”

My weekly program does contain movies of some noteworthiness as I need to entice people to tune in.  So this week, for example, I was proud to include the crowd favorite “But I’m a Cheerleader” and even mention the potential Oscar nominee this year for Best International Film “Two of Us.”

But I truly love to discover movies through film festivals and share them. So my choices will also hopefully uncover movies for you to discover and mostly on a platform that is free or costs a little money (even though this week I cheated a bit with “Summerland,” which is one of those higher-priced rentals as it should be at the theatre right now).

Check out and continue to follow my weekly “film festival” which is posted every Sunday.

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Kevin M. Thomas

Kevin M. Thomas, or @ReelKev, is an arts blogger and entertainment reporter. In addition to his own website, and ReelKev YouTube channel, Kevin used to be the LGBT arts writer for and contributes to as well as a semi-regular on San Francisco's cable TV show, "10 Percent."

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