TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival 2016, October 13-23

Posted on October 10, 2016, 9:07 pm
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Now in its 21st year, Three Dollar Bill Cinema will present the 2016 Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 23. You may already be familiar with the program under its old name, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which began in 1996. “We’re just bringing a new name and fresh attitude to our steadfast community event,” says TWIST. “Our fans can still expect the spectacular films, great parties, and creative programs we’ve produced all along.”

This year’s 10-day festivities at events across Seattle feature films from local and international filmmakers. Venues SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Northwest Film Forum, AMC Pacific Place Cinema, Gay City, V2, Belltown Community Center and 12th Avenue Arts.

Here are just a few of the events you won’t want to miss at this year’s TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival.

Opening Night: Torrey Pines at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Gala at V2

The party starts on Thursday, October 13 at SIFF Cinema Uptown with Torrey Pines by Seattle’s own Clyde Peterson. Plus, don’t miss the Opening Night Gala at V2 Art Space with free food and drinks for ticket holders. According to TWIST:

An enthralling and visually stunning queer coming-of-age tale, Torrey Pines is based on Petersen’s fascinating life story. Set in Southern California in the early 1990s, the film follows Petersen’s complicated upbringing by a schizophrenic single mother. Fueled by family dysfunction and hallucinations of political conspiracy, she absconds with her child, and the pair embark on an unforgettable cross-country adventure that will forever alter their lives.

Centerpiece Films: Pushing Dead, Out Run, and Women Who Kill

On Sunday, October 16, see Pushing Dead at SIFF Cinema Egyptian. From TWIST: “A stellar cast (featuring James Roday, Danny Glover, Robin Weigert, and Khandi Alexander), bring humor and charm to this quirky look at disjointed lives in San Francisco.” An opening reception goes down in the Egyptian lobby starting at 7pm.

In Out Run, “Witness the historic emergence of the first and only LGBT political party in the world, led by Bemz Benedito who dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Phillipine Congress.” The film screens on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm. Come early for the opening reception in the Egyptian lobby at 5:45pm.

On Friday, October 21, check out Women Who Kill. “In this whip-smart comedy-thriller, commitment-phobic Morgan falls for the mysterious Simone, who may have a murderous past. Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship, or is her life actually in danger?” Head to Il Fornaio after the 7pm screening for an afterparty to remember.

Closing Night, featuring The Pass

The festival closes on Sunday, October 23 with a screening of The Pass by Ben A. Williams. A Closing Night Gala will follow at Belltown Community Center. From TWIST:

In the role he originated on stage, Russell Tovey (Looking, Quantico) delivers a knockout performance as an eager yet deeply conflicted soccer pro having to grapple with his sexuality in the spotlight.

The story opens with young Jason (Tovey) and his teammate Ade (Arinze Kene) on a tense evening before a match that will make or break their careers. Blowing off steam, their amped-up horseplay leads to homoerotic friction for which neither is prepared.

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

When: October 13-23

Where: Various venues throughout Seattle

Full festival passes are $240. A Party Pass gets you admission to all five galas and accompanying films for $85. Become a member of Three Dollar Bill Cinema for discounted tickets. Visit Twist for a full schedule and ticket information.

Molly Laich is a writer and media fan. You can find her at and and on twitter @MollyL

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