The best of girl-on-girl cinema at Three Dollar Bill’s 18th Annual Film Fest: exactly what to see, where to see it, and when it’s showing.
THE BIG PLAYERS
These are the must-sees getting all the buzz. Expect high production values, award potential and big audiences.
Reaching for the Moon
Ladies with literary leanings will love this lavish ‘50s period piece. Pulitzer-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) arrives in Rio de Janiero for a short visit, and ends up entangled in a fiery, complex relationship with the deliciously butch architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). Think an indie version of The Hours, with more steam and less water.
Sunday October 13 7:00 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Once billed as the “Funniest Woman in the World,” lesbian comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley spent her prolific 66-year career tackling the topics of race, sex, and gender in the inhospitable environment of midcentury America. First-time director Whoopi Goldberg explores Mabley’s legacy through rediscovered performance footage and photographs, taking a personal approach to the icon that profoundly influenced her career. See it before it hits HBO later this year.
Friday October 18 7:30 PM AMC Pacific Place
Return to Grey Gardens
A live stage production with Drag Race superstar Jinkx Monsoon and the fantastic Peaches Christ, fresh off its world premiere at the legendary Castro Theatre. Followed by a screening of the 1975 cult favorite. What more could you want? A reception at drag palace Julia’s on Broadway, of course.
Thursday October 17 7:15 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
If you have a Pinterest, own Mason jars, and make things out of corks, these are the screenings for you.
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
A garage-dwelling, over-40 aspiring filmmaker hopes to woo her costar and crush Katia (Janina Gavankar, aka Papi from The L Word) by creating a lesbian adaptation of the classic Elizabeth Taylor film. Egos clash and unplanned hookups ensue. The hot and hilarious cast includes Carrie Preston of True Blood fame and Guinevere Turner from Go Fish and Chasing Amy.
Friday October 11 7:15 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
The highly-anticipated film adaptation of Michelle T’s infamous ’90s memoir. Who wouldn’t want the tale of their tumultuous love life acted out by 20 different sets of actors and directors? Don’t worry about getting confused—characters are color-coded using neon wigs.
Saturday October 12 4:30 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
A hysterical rom-com romp. Ex-lesbian Jill attempts to reform her life by joining a gay-to-straight conversion group. Her former female flame Jaime tries to help her adjust to dating men—by dating her.
Saturday October 12 7:00 PM Northwest Film Forum
Easy Abby: Learning How to Make Love More Difficult
A new web series with a catchy original soundtrack. Abby is a player running out of women to seduce, and is planning a move to greener pastures when she meets her match in the aloof Danielle. Think Shane-on-Shane, without that gawdawful intro song. Head to Wildrose after the show for a reception from 9-11.
Wednesday October 16 7:30 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
Get a taste for the lez life in Thailand, Mexico, and Germany with these artful films. There’s nothing like some spicy subtitles to make you feel like you’re on a gay-cation.
She: Their Love Story
A lush melodrama inspired by the real stories of Thai women. She features a surprising butch-femme relationship and a May-December discovery, set in the gorgeous city of Bangkok. Thai with English subtitles.
Sunday October 13 4:00 PM Harvard Exit Theater
Everybody’s Got Somebody…Not Me (Todo el mundo tiene alguien menos yo)
A game of artistic and intellectual one-upmanship, shot in sumptuous black-and-white. Impulsive aspiring artist Maria gets an education from the sophisticated Alejandra. They recite poetry, drink cocktails, listen to jazz, and put makeup on each other—but tension builds between their opposite personalities.
Tuesday October 15 7:30 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
Roza and Kirsten live in undisturbed beauty along shores of the north Berlin lakes, fishing and designing buildings. They host two headstrong students from Berlin, leading to a clash of worldviews and mounting sexual tension. Beautifully shot. German with English subtitles.
Saturday October 19 7:30 PM AMC Pacific Place
LIVING WITH LESBIANS
Camps and Communes and Queers, oh my!
Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a lesbian commune? Hear from the writers, philosophers, and activists who created revolutionary sisterhoods that ran abreast to the second wave. Interviews by Quebecois filmmaker Myriam Fougère, French and English with English subtitles.
Sunday October 13 2:00 PM Northwest Film Forum
Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers
A peek into the only all-women, trans-inclusive, sex-positive camp at Burning Man. Could there be anything queerer? A double-feature with The Glamcocks, a behind-the-scenes look at Burning Man’s most fabulously flamboyant festival-goers.
Sunday October 20 3:00 PM AMC Pacific Place
Things are looking up for lesbians in the Pacific Northwest, but the picture isn’t so rosy for everyone. Take a walk in someone else’s Birkenstocks and stay current on national and international issues with these groundbreaking films.
Born This Way
A documentary following the stories of Cedric and Gertrude, gay Cameroonians struggling to communicate with their loved ones in a country where homosexuality is punishable by death. Guerilla-style filmmaking captures moments in underground clubs, courtrooms, and an LGBT center.
Sunday October 13 12:00 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca
An insightful roundtable discussion by a group of Atlanta-based women who are black, gay, and Muslim. Most believed they were alone, but they have formed a community against all odds. They tell their stories as women struggling with their relationship to their religion and sexual identity.
Saturday, October 12 2:15PM Northwest Film Forum
SHORT AND SWEET
Films for the modern attention span.
Stories of creative women, from queer explorations of ballet to battles for gallery representation.
Saturday October 19 2:30 PM AMC Pacific Place
A sweet series of films about young love.
Saturday October 12 12:00 PM Harvard Exit Theatre
Reel Queer Youth
A showcase of work from one of Seattle’s coolest collaborations. Every summer Reel Grrls teams up with Three Dollar Bill Cinema to teach filmmaking and media literacy to LGBT youth ages 13-20. The filmmakers will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Saturday October 19 1:00 PM Pacific Place
Ladies at Play
Get in the game with these shorts about athletic women. Bonus: locker room scenes.
Thursday October 17 7:30 PM Northwest Film Forum
Additional screenings, ticket information, and directions can be found here.