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  • Thursday, June 22, 2006

    LOL is coming to NYC in August

    LOL will be screening for a week at the PIONEER THEATER in New York City, starting Wednesday, August 23. The film will show at 9PM each night and some of us will attend the screenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This will be the New York Premiere of the film! BUY ADVANCE TICKETS NOW!

    Saturday, June 17, 2006

    Provincetown International Film Festival

    Kevin Bewersdorf here, reporting on my solo trip to the Provincetown International Film Festival for a very festive screening of LOL. I dearly missed my festival pals Joe, Tipper, and Chris, but managed to have a gay old time alone.

    I took the high speed ferry out of Boston early in the morning. It was a gray and misty trip, and beautiful because the water moved by so fast. This girl was on the boat. I tried to talk to her, but she went inside.

    Guess who was on the boat? Filmmakers! Front left is my new friend Laura Terruso, who made the hilarious short HIS NAME IS COSMO. Behind her is a dear old friend I met at the Maryland Film Festival, Madeline "Madge" Olnek, who made one of the funniest shorts on the circuit today, HOLD UP. Smiling in the back right is a new friend I met on the dock, Tai Uhlman, director of FOR THE LOVE OF DOLLY, a very sincere documentary about Dolly Parton fans. It was my favorite film I saw at the festival and I reccomend it highly. Looking away from the camera is David Brind, writer/director of the film TWENTY DOLLAR DRINKS starring Sandra Bernhard and Cady Huffman. We all bonded over a nice snack and tried not to get seasick.

    This was my first time in P-town and I was shocked by how small it was. Everything was walkable and hyper quaint, especially the fancy inn the festival put me up in. If you like inns and fudge shops, this is the festival for you.

    We screened at the Whaler's Wharf to a fair sized crowd and luckily the Q&A was pretty standard because it was my first time solo. I was excited to meet Andrew Congdon outside the screening, who works for the podcast ROCKETBOOM. He and his crew did an interview with me, and hopefully you'll be able to check that out on one of their episodes soon.

    Speaking of rockets, this festival was more gay than I ever could have imagined. At the opening night party a shirtless man danced with a watermelon on a table. There were plenty of drag queens around doing karaoke, and I saw John Waters riding past on a bicycle. Most of the films were gay themed except for LOL, and I was curious to see how a mostly gay audience reacted to our movie about straight male relationships. It was fascinating to be the minority - everyone was gay but me!

    Speaking of me, here I am with three very gay and very fun party amigos - Laura, Madeline (Madge), and old friend/festival regular Raymond Lee, producer of the film THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS. This film played Sundance and has won lots of awards, but I've missed it at every festival I've been to! I love Raymond, he's a sweet guy with such a gentle sense of humor, and I'm so pissed I keep missing his movie. We all got drunk on festival wine at a hotel party overlooking the ocean until we eventually got kicked out of the hotel for being too loud. Sadly I had to leave after only three days! Each festival has been a blast in its own way, so big thanks to P-town festival director Andrew Peterson for programming us. Five word summary of my festival experience: GAY GAY GAY FUN GAY!

    Sunday, June 11, 2006

    Heads Up!

    Dear Pillow/Kissing on the Mouth Fundraiser
    Theater: Alamo Downtown

    Director: Bryan Poyser & Joe Swanberg
    Rating: NR
    Runtime: 163min.

    DOWNTOWN, $15 Admission Benefits Filmmakers’ New Project.
    DEAR PILLOW dir. Bryan Poyser, 2004, DV, 85 min, NR;
    KISSING ON THE MOUTH dir. Joe Swanberg, 2005, DV, 78 min, NR.
    Both films contain material of a highly adult nature.

    PLEASE NOTE: the first film starts promptly at 6:30pm, so get there early (6pm - 6:15pm) for intros from the directors, a great raffle and more!!!

    One is from Austin, one is from Chicago. Both present contemporary sexuality in ways that are frank, funny and might make you blush. Don’t bring your parents but definitely bring your friends and help fund the making of a new short film. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and veteran of over 30 film festivals, DEAR PILLOW follows a 17-year-old supermarket bagboy as he befriends a pornography-writing neighbor. This dark mentor helps the boy achieve his adolescent dream – finally getting laid. The Los Angeles Times called it “provocative… witty and perceptive…” and Variety named it “a striking debut.” Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg made waves at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival with his highly acclaimed LOL. KISSING ON THE MOUTH is his feature debut. The small cast served as the only crew on the film, an intimate, humorous, no-holds-barred look at sex and infidelity in post-collegiate relationships that features frank dialogue and explicit sex. “A quirky, definitely sexy movie…” said The Boston Phoenix and Film Threat called it “intelligent and honest.” Directors Poyser and Swanberg will be in attendance. Proceeds help fund “Best Birthday Ever,” a short film directed by Poyser and starring Swanberg and Dear Pillow star Rusty Kelley. A ticket also enters you in a raffle where you can win badges to the SXSW Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival and other explicitly fun stuff!