"Blue is the Warmest Color" has arrived in the United States from France – and it's bringing along some baggage.
The late James Booker, known as “The Piano Prince of New Orleans” and other grand epithets, was a conspiracy enthusiast and applause junkie who sometimes dressed in drag. A man on the edge and a virtuoso, Booker is the subject of Lily Keber’s documentary “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker.”
One exception to the mysteries of death is a certain cold comfort in its finality. "Dead as a doornail" leaves no room for doubt.
But "The Returned" imagines an unsettling alternative: Loved ones back from the grave, stirring things up as they re-enter a community that has moved on without them - or tried to.
UWM's Peck School of the Arts presents the 2013 Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival from Oct. 17 to 20. Following are reviews of some of the fesitval's many diverse offerings, but the list is only partial and does not include entries in the short film category. For more information, go to arts.uwm.edu/LGBTFILM or visit facebook.com/mkelgbtfilm.
“Laurence Anyways” is an urban transgender epic set at the dawn of the new millennium and directed by Xavier Dolan, whose previous works include must-sees “I Killed My Mother” and “Heartbeats.”
The Milwaukee Film Festival has announced its complete lineup — 240 films, including 103 features and 137 shorts, from 44 different countries.
The lineup includes 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on opening night and one silent classic featuring a new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos.
In 1986, Texan Ron Woodroof was diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live. When receiving the news, the rodeo-lover argued with the doctor, saying only gays got such a disease-and he was as straight as they came.
Matthew McConaughey, as Woodroof in the based-on-a-true-story "Dallas Buyers Club," out this Friday, is magnificently cringe-worthy as this very scene plays out in the film.
As the out director of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, Carl Bogner has his finger on the pulse of queer cinema. Thanks to his encyclopedic cinematic knowledge, his impeccable taste and his industry connections, Bogner brings the best to Milwaukee, making the city’s festival one of the nation’s very best of its kind.
And the honorary Academy Awards go to... Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.
The film academy announced earlier this week that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi will get Oscars recognizing their career achievements.