Author Archive: Sawyer Lahr

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Lady Parts

Lady Parts

| December 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

If the Lady Parts crew weren’t so serious about their Chicago-produced web comedy, there’s no way it would be this funny. I keep wanting to put a “z” in place of the “s” to match the show’s hard edge. It’s too difficult to pick a favorite episode because every one is a short and sweet […]

Four-Faced Liar

Four-Faced Liar

| November 8, 2010

Playing this month at the Chicago Reeling 29 film festival, Four-Faced Liar, Slamdace official selection, is not your average gay conversion story. Molly (Emily Peck) is a “straight” professional woman recently married to Greg (Daniel Carlisle). They are new residents of NYC, but already Molly is bored with the humdrum of everyday married, domestic life. […]

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Madchen in Uniform

Madchen in Uniform

| November 8, 2010

The historic 1931 version of Madchen in Uniform was given new life in 1958 by director Géza von Radványi and Technicolor’s blushing soft glow. Despite the cold militaristic setting at a girls’ boarding school in pre-WWII Germany, love prevails against authoritarianism, a radical message for the time. Fraeulein Elisabeth Von Bernburg, the beloved “Bernburg” as […]

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Final OUTrage at the 46th Chicago Intl Film Festival

Final OUTrage at the 46th Chicago Intl Film Festival

| October 27, 2010

Here’s one last snippet of the gay and lesbian cinema that graced the big screens at the 46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival: Coming in first on my list of the best films by or about gay directors was Beautiful Darling by James Rasin, but James Cameron Mitchell’s tragicomedy, Rabbit Hole (USA), swung ahead in […]

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OUTRAGEOUS at the 46 Chicago Intl Film Festival

OUTRAGEOUS at the 46 Chicago Intl Film Festival

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival has some of the best gay and lesbian world cinema to be seen in the United States this year. The only US product in the OUTRAGEOUS category is the semi-autobiographical documentary, Beautiful Darling by James Rasin, a beautiful tragedy of the Andy Warhol superstar, Candy Darling, who rose to […]

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46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival LGBT Movie Preview

46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival LGBT Movie Preview

| October 7, 2010

A little bit for everyone seems to be theme of the OUTRAGEOUS LGBT category at this year’s 46th Chicago International Film Festival. There are no heavy hitting queer films like A Single Man from 2009, but here is a preview of what’s ahead: Rabbit Hole, directed by James Cameron Mitchell, from the David Lindsay-Abaire Pultzer-Prize […]

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The Search for Sherlock Holmes

The Search for Sherlock Holmes

| October 3, 2010

Actor and Director David Hayman does the detective bit again, this time not in his television series (Trial & Retribution, Hope and Glory), but in the forthcoming documentary The Search for Sherlock Holmes released on DVD October 26. One can see why Hayman makes the perfect host of this in-depth, archival investigation of the “greatest […]

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David’s Birthday

David’s Birthday

| October 3, 2010

Milan-born Italian Writer/Director Marco Filiberti brings yet another operatic drama to the screen following his debut feature Adored: Diary of a Porn Star. Having garnered numerous awards internationally and selected for the 66th Venice Film Festival, David’s Birthday (2010) comes with a melodramatic surprise equal to I Am Love by burgeoning Italian director, Luca Guadagnino. […]

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Plan B

Plan B

| October 3, 2010

Plan B, directed by Argentinean filmmaker Marco Berger, explores a very unAmerican theme: bisexual love. The handsome, disheveled Bruno (Manuel Vignau) tries to woo his ex-girlfriend, Laura’s new boyfriend, Pablo (Lucas Ferraro)by making advances of his own. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love the man he’s using to get even. This Argentinean […]

Rag Tag

Rag Tag

| September 3, 2010

Rag Tag What would be just another coming out story is complicated by the African ethnicity of two unconventionally handsome romantic leads in Rag Tag. Written, produced, and directed by Oxford and USC-educated, Adaora Nwandu, the debut feature film takes on gay African masculinity in a very self-aware and milestone gay romantic drama. Nwandu’s childhood […]