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Daily Highlights: Day Eight of the Fest! Featured

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It's Star Trek day at the 12th annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! We've got two fantastic showcase films with two former Trek cast members (including one who will be in attendance!), so beam on up to the Guild Cinema this evening!


DATE: Oct 17, 2014
RUN TIME: 90 Minutes

TO BE TAKEI is a crowd-pleasing peek into the public and private lives of equal rights activist and gay icon George Takei and his husband, Brad. Over seven decades, George Takei has boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans, and hasn't shied away from sharing the details of those events in Jennifer Kroot's delightful documentary film.

Kroot traces Takei's rich and complicated past, from spending time in a WWII internment camp to breaking stereotypes as one of STAR TREK's most beloved characters. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. But Kroot's documentary is also a funny and moving look at how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, George and Brad Takei have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits that have gone viral and caught the attention of nearly everyone on the internet. Whether sharing a kitten joke or sci-fi meme, gossiping about William Shatner, or skewering homophobic public figures, George Takei constantly reminds us why he is so adored, and his public presence is so necessary in TO BE TAKEI.

Sponsored by: localiq-home


DATE: Oct 17, 2014
RUN TIME: 100 Minutes

With its remote setting in the mountains, the Benton Estate is known for being the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway—as long as you don't mind the possibility that it's haunted by the souls of murdered teenage girls. When seven former sorority sisters rent the property and invite their best gay, BJ, to join them for a vacation, true-crime fanboy BJ tells them the vacation rental's history of horror upfront. Undeterred, the women settle in, excited for wine, a little nookie with the locals, and gossip with old gal pals.

And they have a lot to gossip about! New mom Alice is shocked to find out how many of her friends know about her cheating husband. Dorri, the most grounded of the bunch, is hiding a life-changing secret. Taylor, a redheaded virgin, is being chased by the lithe and sporty Cassie, who is being secretly chased by Minnie. And Princess and Belinda are just there to be, well, crazy bitches. When someone starts picking them off one by one, with methods that play on each person's vanity, accusations start flying and the darkness in the house changes all of them.

Featuring a cast of well-known audience faves including Guinevere Turner (WHO'S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?) playing the mean-spirited Belinda, Candis Cayne (DIRTY SEXY MONEY) as the buxom mistress Vivianna, and Cathy DeBuono (AND THEN CAME LOLA) playing the tough and slightly oversexed Cassie, CRAZY BITCHES is a sexy, unpredictable scream of a slasher film.

Sponsored by: effex2-home


See the full film schedule at All screenings will be at the Guild Cinema located at 3405 Central Ave SW. Tickets, punch cards and full festival passes can be purchased online from our website, our advance ticket outlet at Self-Serve located at 3904B Central SE, and our venue box office, The Guild Cinema on the day-of show.

The 12th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bernalillo County, UNM Truman Health Services, ABQ Film Office and Comcast Xfinity.


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