Show - The 4th Annual HOME VIDEO GONG SHOW!
bolder it is, the better your chances of winning a prize! Bring your
most revealing, embarrassing, hilarious three-minute-or-less videotape
and compete for the gold - while the rest of us get liquored up enough
to let you know just what we think! Whatever makes the audience and
the Queen Bitch panelists laugh, listen or learn is probably whats
going to survive. Two prizes will be given: the Personal Genius
award for original work, and the Party Video Preservationist
Award for that funniest video you captured on your VCR of Milli
Vanilli lip-synching, a campy semi-celebrity infomercial, or Liz giving
away a Golden Globe. Join host Dennis Hensley and a fabulous panel
of celebrity gongers - Julie Brown, Ann Magnuson and Jane Wiedlin
of the Go-Gos - for this raucous party that comes complete with a
martini bar, a real live gong and an all-star panel doling out prizes
youd fight your mother for.
|SHOWGIRLS with David Schmader
DIR: PAUL VERHOEVEN, 1995, U.S.A., 35MM, 128 MIN.
Upon its release in 1995, Paul Verhoevens SHOWGIRLS was promptly lambasted as a cinematic disaster of the first order. Set in the seedy, seductive world of Las Vegas dancers, SHOWGIRLS sought to capture the grit beneath the glitter of the Las Vegas machine - and, by extension, the American Dream. Unfortunately, at the time all the critics could see was an abysmally-acted melodrama featuring a howler of a script and a whole bunch of boobs. In 2002, writer and performer David Schmader casts a fresh eye over Verhoevens glossy erotic drama and discovers that SHOWGIRLS is the single most entertaining movie ever made. Join Schmader as he hosts a very special screening of Verhoevens misunderstood masterwork, during which hell offer knowledgeable commentary, incisive insight and irrefutable proof of the eternal brilliance of SHOWGIRLS.
|A CONVERSATION WITH STRAND RELEASING
Some of the most memorable moments in OUTFEST history have been made possible by the taste, discernment and labors of Strand Releasing, recipients of this years OUTFEST Achievement Award (see page 6). Championing bold, daring independent film, Strand has shown a special commitment to such pivotal gay films as Francois Ozons CRIMINAL LOVERS, Ferzan Ozpeteks STEAM, Hilary Broughers THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME, Lukas Moodysson's SHOW ME LOVE, and this years closing night film, Stanley Kwans LAN YU. In the process, Strand has become a crucial part of the history of queer cinema, bringing challenging, defiant and unforgettable lesbian and gay images from around the world to queer film festivals and theatrical audiences. This up-close and personal conversation with Strands co-presidents, Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans is a rare opportunity to learn how a prestigious company, in a fiercely competitive marketplace, has grown to prominence on an exacting commitment to superior film art.
|THEADORA VAN RUNKLE:
The Life of a Hollywood Costume Designer
Where would Faye Dunaways Bonnie be without her beret and maxi skirt or Warren Beattys Clyde without his jaunty cream colored fedora? Ever heard how literally thousands of costumes were built from scratch for THE GODFATHER, PART II? Four-time Academy Award nominee Theadora Van Runkle is an internationally recognized leader in costume design. Over the last 35 years, she has created the costumes for dozens of major films such as THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, MYRA BRECKENRIDGE, MAME, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED and NEW YORK, NEW YORK. With slides, clips and costume pieces, Ms. Van Runkle tells the stories only she can tell about outfitting Hollywoods biggest stars. This diverting event - lavishly illustrated with colorful sketches and even more colorful anecdotes - will demonstrate how the right hat, feather, bead or shoe can fix everything.
|Family Fun at The Village: BABE
Returning for its fifth year, OUTFESTs special program for lesbian and gay parents and their kids has all the ingredients of a great afternoon - punch and cookies, interactive games, a moon bounce and a special screening of BABE! A glorious modern-day fable of perseverance, dreams and, most importantly, an unprejudiced heart, BABE is delightful fun for kids and adults alike. This sweet story follows the tail
er, tale of a little pig named Babe who is adopted by Farmer Haggot and brought to a splendid farm where he meets a hilarious cast of memorable critter characters. Kids will be delighted at the all-talking animal cast that the grownups in the film cannot hear! (Will you?) Full of clever wit and gentle wisdom, BABE is fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and be part of this growing tradition.
In collaboration with: Family Services Program, LA Gay and Lesbian Center
|WORK IN PROGRESS:
LUCINDAS CHANGED by Rose Troche
OUTFEST is thrilled to present an early glimpse at one of the hottest films in development from a queer director. Festival favorite Rose Troche (GO FISH, BEDOOMS AND HALLWAYS, THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS) returns to OUTFEST with a special reading from her new screenplay. LUCINDAS CHANGED is a feminist action-adventure tour-de-force that picks up where Mary Shelleys FRANKENSTEIN leaves off, assuming that a female creature was created. Followed by a question and answer session with this extremely talented writer/director.