Out Takes 2009: A Reel Queer Film Festival
Out Takes 2009 has started in Auckland and will run there till 1 June. It starts in Wellywood—at my favorite movie place, the Paramount—28 May, and ends 7 June.
I'm looking forward to writer/director Shamim Sarif's The World Unseen (2007) and I Can't Think Straight (2008), both based on her own novels. How amazing that we can see them both in the same week. And how does any filmmaker manage two features in a year or so?
Shamim Sarif explains how she did it in a Women & Hollywood interview with Melissa Silverstein. And it probably helps that she and Hanan Kattan own their own multi-media entertainment company Enlightenment Productions, based in London and Los Angeles, a kind of autonomy that I hope hope hope will become more common.
Here's the I Can't Think Straight trailer:
Auckland Tuesday 26 May, 8.35pm. Wellington Tuesday 2 June 8.35pm.
And here's a "Making of" about The World Unseen.
The Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust For Lesbians will host a gala event in association with a screening of The World Unseen, at the Paramount, Sunday 31 May. Bar opens 7.30, screening starts 8.30. I think it's wonderful that the trust's making this celebration possible, along with quietly supporting a whole lot of other good things (including a project of mine, in the past).
The World Unseen will screen in Auckland, Sunday 24 May 8.30pm.