Any Day Now  at Cinema Q in Denver

Queer voices. Queer visions. Queer lives. Experience the best in films that cover every angle of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer rainbow through our Cinema Q program. These stories reveal the loves and losses of individuals who have been coloring the edges of cinema since its inception.  35th Starz Denver Film Festival - November 1st-11th

My pick for the movie you have to see is Any Day Now  with Alan Cumming in the leading role of Rudy.
Any Day Now 
DIRECTOR: Travis Fine 
Producer: Travis Fine, Kristine Hostetter Fine, Chip Houirihan
Editor: Tom Cross
Screenwriter: Travis Fine, George Bloom
Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison
Principal Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Frances Fisher, Isaac Leyva, Gregg Henry, Jamie Allman, Kelli Williams, Chris Mulkey

Rudy Donatello is a flamboyant drag queen, lip-syncing hit tunes at a gay bar in Southern California in 1979 when he meets Paul, a divorced district attorney. What might have been just a one-night stand turns serious when Rudy finds that his drug-addicted neighbor has abandoned her teenage son, Marco, who has Down syndrome. Though he is broke, Rudy decides to take the child under his wing, and he goes to Paul for legal help. The two men secure temporary custody of Marco, moving in together to prove they can supply a stable environment. What started as a flirtation has suddenly become a family: Marco has brought Rudy and Paul together in a way that brings out the heart in both men. They give the boy the kind of parental attention and guidance he’s never had, and he thrives. But, knowing the prejudice they’d be up against, they lied about the true nature of their relationship at the court hearing, and when authorities discover the two men are lovers, Marco is forcibly taken from them. They must mount an unprecedented legal offensive to try to protect Marco from his mother, Family Services, and the world. 

Reworking a 30-year-old script by George Arthur Bloom, director Travis Fine (The Space Between) has created a moving, sometimes funny period piece driven by character, not cause. A strong script and a talented cast provide a platform for a standout performance by Alan Cumming as Rudy, including his poignant renditions of songs that speak to the couple’s struggles. 

This year selection are below. 
  • Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs) – DIRECTOR David Lambert
  • Call Me Kuchu – DIRECTORS Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Gayby – DIRECTOR Jonathan Lisecki
  • Intersexion – DIRECTOR Grant Lahood
  • North Sea Texas – DIRECTOR Bavo Defurne
  • Struck By Lightning – DIRECTOR Brian Dannelly


To learn more about Cinema Q at the Starz Denver Film Festival: click here.
 
 
One-Man Show Debuts at Wheeler Opera House on January 17

Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, announces that  legendary film director, John Waters, will be performing a one-man “vaudeville” act celebrating his career and obsessions on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Wheeler Opera House (320 East Hyman Avenue).  The show begins at 7:00 p.m.

“Known for his cult classics Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, John Waters’ one-man show will focus on his early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, physical transformation through fashion, and the extremes of the contemporary art world,” said Todd Heimel, board president of Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund.

Reserved seating tickets for this show are $48, which includes a $3 contribution to the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund. Special limited seats at $100 include a meet and greet with Waters.

Proceeds from the 36th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week, an event from Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund, will benefit GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the Trevor Project, the Point Foundation, and the local program TEACH (Teachers Empowering Agents of Change), the Western Colorado AIDS Project, the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, as well as local schools of the Roaring Fork Valley.

“There is something for everyone at Aspen Gay Ski Week, even for the non-skier—from nightly parties to the downhill costume contest,” said Heimel.  “Aspen offers visitors world renowned restaurants, indulgent spas and first class shopping. We are pulling out all the stops for 2013, continuing to be the premiere GLBT winter travel event.”

To learn more about Aspen Gay Ski Week and to purchase event passes, www.gayskiweek.com