Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents The Seattle Queer Film Festival (SQFF), a 26-year-old queer film institution in the Pacific Northwest, which has announced its gala and spotlight screenings for its 26th edition running October 14-24 in various venues throughout Seattle. In addition, the festival has unveiled a collection of genre offerings for fans of the dark, the futuristic, and the fringe. Though SQFF has shied away from genre programming in the past, this new embrace is designed to expand its audience outside of the traditional queer audiences the festival has seen previously.
Headlining this new sub-focus is the IFC Midnight horror film, We Need to Do Something, a lesbian-centered horror/drama about a family stuck together during a thunderstorm, with the slow realization that something far more sinister might be going on outside. Starring Pat Healy (Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party) and Vinessa Shaw (The Hills Have Eyes), it’s a moody, slow-burn picture that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been heating up the festival circuit ever since. It’s also one of many 2021 horror titles with a seriously queer bent.
For documentary lovers, Seattle Queer Film Festival is proud to present No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, the story of five scrappy and pioneering cartoonists who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis to themes of race, gender, and disability. Another Tribeca standout, the film is a must-see for lovers of comics and underground art. Additionally, Lady Buds follows six courageous women who come out of the shadows of the cannabis underground to enter the newly legal market. A hit at HotDocs, the film paints a complex and informative portrait of an ever-growing industry that isn’t as well-established as people might think.
Known for their well-curated and innovative shorts blocks, Seattle Queer Film Festival has dialed that to eleven with this year’s mind-bending, pulse-pounding collection of artistry. Dreams of A Queer Future is a shorts block dedicated to science fiction, and the ways in which the queer community see themselves in a future that is always a bit uncertain. Scream Queens is a horror lover’s dream, filled with impeccably-crafted short films that fuel the stuff of nightmares (and also radical fun). And, SaturGay Morning Cartoons returns to SQFF – a collection of animated films from around the world that showcase the diverse creativity that can be found in the most unexpected of places. All three blocks demonstrate the queer community’s presence in every cinematic genre, despite their absence from mainstream representation.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the insane amount of awesome genre films we’re presenting at this year’s festival,” says Managing Director, Billy Ray Brewton. “As a long-time genre nerd, I’d be the first in line for all of these offerings. It was so important to us, this year, to expand our programming to attract a more broad and diverse film audience. Genre fans are sometimes left behind in mainstream festivals, and we don’t want SQFF to follow that trend. If you like classic love stories, we’ve got you covered. If you like informative documentaries – check. And, if you love covering your eyes through half a movie – you’re welcome.”
Seattle Queer Film Festival runs October 14-24, both in-person and virtually. In-person screenings will take place throughout Seattle at: The SIFF Egyptian, Northwest Film Forum, Museum of Pop Culture, The Erickson, Broadway Performance Hall, and The Ark Lodge. Earlybird passes are currently on sale and available thru 9/15. Virtual programming can be accessed throughout the festival. As an organization committed to the safety of its audience, SQFF is requiring full proof of vaccination and masking as a requirement to attend any of its live screenings.
For more information about SQFF’s line-up, please visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org. The full line-up will be announced on September 16th
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