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PLGFF film review: ‘Tomboy’

'Tomboy'

Narratives about those crossing the gender spectrum, in whatever capacity, are just beginning to enter mainstream culture. I often find myself wanting to see more well-rounded, and dare I say happy portrayals of non-gender conforming people on screen. Tomboy, a French film by Director Céline Sciamma, does not paint a wholly a rosy picture, but it does portray the young child protagonist with compassion and sincerity.

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PLGFF film review: ‘Gun Hill Road’

One of Thursday night’s screenings for the PLGFF was Gun Hill Road by writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green. The film opens with Enrique, a husband and father, returning home to the Bronx after three years in prison. During his absence he finds that the family he used to know has changed. Not only has his wife, Angela, had an affair with another man but his teenage son, Michael, has started to […]

PLGFF Saturday the 8th closing night previews: Night Watch, Jitters

Jitters – 5:30pm

Sixteen year old Icelandic boy Gabriel returns from a trip to Manchester having had a sexual encounter with another boy. His friends and family all think he’s changed and he struggles to find his identity and ease back into his life as a young man.

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PLGFF Friday the 7th previews: Bite Marks, Codependent Space Lesbian Seeks Same

Codependent Space Lesbian Seeks Same – 7pm

This campy take on the cheesy 50s B sci-fi movies warns earthlings that the lesbians are coming in their UFO. It’s also a Sundance official selection.

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PLGFF film review: ‘Romeos’

­­­When I arrived in the rainy late afternoon to see PLGFF’s premiere of the German film, and first from Director Sabine Bernardi Romeos, to be released later this year it was not to a packed house. Organizer Gabriel Mendoza didn’t consider it one of the fest’s blockbusters, though he loved the film. Indeed, compared to the line around the block when I left for 7pm’s Weekend, it wasn’t. But it […]

PLGFF Thursday the 6th previews: August, Gun Hill Road

Gun Hill Road – 7pm

Coming home from a stint in prison Enrique comes home to a very different life with his wife and son. The son is gay and Enrique grapples with accepting him for who he is or risk losing him. Sundance jury nominee.

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PLGFF film review: ‘We Were Here’

It’s hard to figure out where to start when meditating on the importance of We Were Here, a documentary by David Weissman. It was the premier movie of the Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which was not only a bold move but an great start to a necessary conversation. Weismann’s film illuminates the social, personal, political and cultural issues of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. The film itself […]

PLGFF Wednesday the 5th previews: Mangus, Tomboy

Tomboy – 7pm

In our second FTM-related tale, 10-year-old Laura moves to a new town and tells everyone her name is Michael. This works fine all summer long in the French countryside but things change and secrets begin to emerge as the school year approaches.

Tomboy Trailer by peccadillopictures

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PLGFF Tuesday the 4th previews: Harvest, Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together

 

Jamie and Jessie are Not Together

Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together – 7pm

Two co-dependent best friends struggle through an imminent parting as one prepares to follow her dream of being a Broadway actress. The other, not-so-secretly in love with her BFF works through it by sleeping with a string of other ladies. Romantic and dramatic.

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PLGFF Monday the 3rd previews: Going Down in LA-LA Land, Trigger

Trigger – 7pm

Hot ladies of rock…yes! Trigger follows the life of 2 besties who start a band together and become rock stars in the vein of the Go-Gos, Patti Smith or Souxsie and the Banshees. After the usual rock’n’roll melt down and band split they reunite 10 years later in a benefit for women in rock. Then stories are revealed and the true nature of their relationship emerges.

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