SLGFF Reaches for the Moon and Grabs It

SLGFF Reaches for the Moon and Grabs It

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Photo: Reaching for the Moon
Photo: Reaching for the Moon

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF), presented by Xfinity, ended its 18th run October 20 and announced its Jury and Audience Awards at the Closing Night Gala.  The festival is produced by award-winning nonprofit, Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

“I’m thrilled that we exceeded our attendance and box office goals,” Jason Plourde, Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Executive Director said. “More importantly, audience members raved about the quality and fun of this year’s festival and filmmakers from around the globe commented on this being the best film festival they’ve ever attended. That kind of feedback makes me very proud and grateful to the staff and volunteers who make our festival so successful and respected.”

Attendance figures for SLGFF broke all previous records.  The festival had eight sold out shows, notably the Opening Night screening of I Am Divine, the stunning period piece Reaching for the Moon and the unique live performance Return to Grey Gardens.

“We congratulate all the Jury and Audience Award winners and thank every filmmaker who was a part of the 18th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival,” Artistic Director Keith Bacon said.

Jury Awards

Best Narrative Feature: Reaching for the Moon, Directed by Bruno Barreto

For the historical depth in the telling of Elizabeth Bishop’s life, while remaining an emotionally personal film – the combination of the captivating storytelling lovingly photographed and superb acting of beautifully flawed characters.  This film offers an honest portrait and a glimpse into a history where lesbian relations are often erased.

Honorable Mention-Narrative Feature: Getting Go: The Go Doc Project, Directed by Cory James Krueckeberg

A scrappy, innovative film that brought a unique artistic expression to sex as politics where charming and surprising characters come of age.

Best Documentary: Mr. Angel, Directed by Dan Hunt

Both daring and sentimental, outrageous and totally human.  MR. ANGEL is a revelation.

Honorable Mention-Documentary: I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole, Directed by Jim Tushinski

An inspiring tale of re-invention and of an influential but widely unrecognized artist.

Best Short Film: Natives, Directed by Jeremy Hersh

Natives was awarded the Best Short Film for its beautiful technique, tight writing and great acting, and even more for its authentic and nuanced depiction of how queer relationship and family dynamics are affected by deeper issues of race and oppression.

Most Innovative Short Film: Cologne, Directed by Brendan Ranson-Walsh

Cologne uses gorgeous and masterful technique to combine disparate elements of music, classical dance and a unique storyline for a powerful lot of storytelling in 12 minutes.  And c’mon…Dolly Parton!

Special Award for Multi-Media or Live Event: Return to Grey Gardens, Starring Peaches Christ and Jinkx Monsoon.  Directed by Peaches Christ.

A perfectly acted, hilariously creative homage to the Maysles brothers’ masterpiece.

Note:  Juried award-winners receive the following cash prizes:  Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary:  $1,000; Best Short Film and Most Innovative Short Film:  $300.  

Audience Awards

Favorite Narrative Film:  Reaching for the Moon, directed by Bruno Barreto

Favorite Documentary Feature:  I Am Divine, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz*

Favorite Gay Short Film:  Spooners, directed by Bryan Horch**

Favorite Lesbian Short Film:  The Devotion Project: Foremost in My Mind, directed by Antony Osso***

Favorite Transgender Short Film:  Dating Sucks: A Gender Queer Misadventure, directed by Sam Berliner

* This is Jeffrey Schwarz’s second Audience Award Win (previous Audience Award winner for Vito, SLGFF 2011)

** Spooners also won the Golden Space Needle Award as Best Short Film at SIFF, 2012

*** This is director Antony Otto’s second SLGFF Audience Award win.  His film The Devotion Project: More Than Ever was awarded Favorite Short Film at SLGFF, 2012.

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