Oct. 11--Roberto Appicciafoco is getting back to basics with the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. "The festivals that I've always been drawn to are those that focus a lot on programming," he says. "This year, we've made a big effort to make sure the programming has something for everyone."
The festival, which is now in its 11th consecutive year, will again run 10 days and feature more than 70 films and shorts. It will run beginning today and run through Oct. 20 at the Guild Cinema.
Appicciafoco says the film selections were pulled from a pool of more than 400 submissions. Some of those films include the documentary "I Am Divine," which profiles drag queen Dvine, who was a character actor in some John Waters films. The festival will also close with the teen film, "G.B.F." (Gay Best Friend) which stars Natasha Lyonne, Megan Mullall and Rebecca Gayheart.
"Then it's about pairing it down to the strongest works," he says. "And also making sure we have a good, balanced program."
One of the films that is garnering buzz is "Interior. Leather Bar." The film is co-directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews. It re-imagines the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.
The film also screened at Sundance Film Festival.
Another film Appicciafoco is excited about is the Mexican film, "Everybody's Got Somebody ... Not Me."
"I don't think there has ever been a lesbian-themed film out of Mexico," he says.
Appicciafoco says it's always been his hope that the festival would grow, and he is proud that the festival has been running consistently.
"I've been working on some sort of programming since I was at UNM," he says. "My hope is that we get enough funds to start a New Mexico showcase of some sort during this festival."
There also will be a talk-back session for the film "Valentine Road."
"We're going to be talking about bullying," he says. "The subject has come out to the forefront in recent years and we thought it would make for an interesting forum."
To see a schedule of films, visit swflff.com.
Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
WHEN: Various times today-Oct. 20
WHERE: Guild Cinema, 3405 E. Central
HOW MUCH: $10 general admission, $8 for SWGLFF members, $35 for four-movie punch card, $65 for eight-movie punch card, $100 full festival pass at swglff.com
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