Click here for part two (from SIFF '12).
|B. Ruby Rich moderates the New Queer Cinema panel on 5/18.|
I've only attended one panel at this year's SIFF. Fortunately, it was quite good. At this event, author B. Ruby Rich and her panelists talked about the New Queer Cinema of the past (Derek Jarman, Sadie Benning, etc.), its legacy, and its influence on their work. Rich also shared footage of a similar panel from the Sundance Film Festival in the early-1990s.
|Yen Tan (Pit Stop), Stacie Passon (Concussion), and Alan Brown (Five Dances).|
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see any of the panelist's films, though I heard particularly positive things about Five Dances. In discussing their approaches to filmmaking, Alan Brown said that he enjoys working with theater actors more than those from movies and TV, while Tan and Passon tend to work with more recognizable performers, like Amy Seimetz (Pit Stop) and Robin Weigert (Concussion).
|Stan Shields, Tess Martin (They Look Right Through You), and Amy Finkel (Furever).|
Furever was one of my favorite documentaries at SIFF '13. Tess Martin's short, which preceded it, proved a perfect fit. I found both quite moving.
|Greta and her freeze-dried pom, Rudy, from Furever.|
Endnote: For more on Furever, click here for my Line Out post.