Category Archives: Screening Room

Sundance Premieres Dol (First Birthday) – Interview With Andrew Ahn

Tasteful.  Intense.  Exquisite.

All of these words describe my favorite Korean treats: Soju, Korean Bar-B-Que, and Andrew Ahn.

I first met Andrew Ahn at the 2011 Outfest mixer last year. He walked up to me and I was thinking, “Why is this tall, slender Korean male approaching me?” I’m usually mistaken for either Chris Evan’s body double or to be told that the way I’m staring at them is making their girlfriend uncomfortable, so I was prepared for what he had to ask. It turned out we had a lot of mutual friends in common and he was there for the premiere of his latest short film, Andy.

ImageHis CalArts thesis film, Dol (First Birthday), produced in Los Angeles, CA, has been officially selected as part of the Short Narrative Fiction Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Dol is about a Korean-American man living with his boyfriend who finds himself yearning for a life out of reach at his nephew’s first birthday party – a dol.

The inspiration for the film is just as beautiful as the story itself – Andrew used this film to come out to his parents. About as dramatic and heart-stopping as the Korean soap operas I watch on Hulu – Andrew cast his own parents in the film without telling them what the story was about.

Move over, Boys Before Flowers.

When Andrew told me he got into Sundance it went something like this:

Andrew: So, I’m going to Sundance.

Me: Oh that’s cool! Are you going to see any films?

Andrew: Yeah… Mine.

Me: … O_o

I knew I had to talk to Andrew directly about this, so I picked the most hipster coffee shop in Silverlake, Intelligentsia, where we both wore plaid button ups, skinny jeans and slipons and drank $5 coffee.

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You Can’t Curry Love

Finally this fun gay Indian film festival hit is on-line! It’s called “You Can’t Buy Curry Love.” Well-shot and breezily paced, Reid Waterer directed a comedic drama about an East Indian from London traveling to India for the first time for work and finding both a country that’s more than he ever imagined and a romance that’s more than he’s ever experienced. The narrative is earnest and straightforward full of stunning locales of India. It’s an Indian boy and Indian boy love story highly recommended. Watch this 27 min. gay festival gem!

Bruised

by Quentin

Over the weekend, I was at queer experimental filmmaker Bryan Jackson’s cocktail party where I met his student Woody Somvichai and Eddie Sotomayor who both just newly graduated from UC Irvine. Woody is a young filmmaker and Eddie, a part-time drag queen, starred in one of Woody’s student projects titled “Bruised,” a poignant little gay short film:

Professor Jackson’s safe-sex viral video “Little Taiko Boy” is doing well on Youtube:

And then don’t miss “Softly,” another Jackson classic queer music video with dolls:

Cheers!

Fall 1990 (Screening Free from 6/1 until 6/8/2011)

by Quentin

That’s what a lazy blogger does… or perhaps rather a hardworking filmmaker does… to screen one of his old movies instead of blogging. It was 1994, my second year in the production program of UCLA Film School, and I wanted to make a substantial narrative short with a gay Asian love story and the result became the 35 min. “Fall 1990” that won me a UCLA Spotlight Award. “Fall 1990” also marked my early collaboration with Justin Lin who shot the piece for me. He’d probably wince at what he shot now. It was also my first collaboration with Angry Little Asian Girl‘s Lela Lee who arrived in Los Angeles fresh out of Berkeley. The lead was none other than Barney Cheng, my friend who later went on to be in a Woody Allen’s film Hollywood Ending.

Barney, far left, at Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending Cannes premiere

I’m sure now everyone involved will wince at why they did in this little student short of mine now. But it was history. Continue reading

NBC’s Smash…Will it live up to it’s name?

by Lewis

NBC is offering previews for their 2011/2012 television season and I couldn’t help but get excited about  “Smash,” a musical drama that turns its lens behind the scenes of the creation of a Broadway production.  The trailer is pretty sharp but will it work and how queer will it be?  The show is set to be a mid-season replacement, as the pilot has just been picked up and they are currently filming. “Smash” could work because of:

The talent: Features Debra Messing of (“Will & Grace”) fame, Katherine McPhee ( “American Idol”),  Megan Hilty (“9 to 5: the Musical”),  Brian D’Arcy James (“Next to Normal”), Angelika Houston.

The One to Watch: It’s a strong cast but keep an eye on Megan Hilty. Not only is she  a total sweetheart but girl has some serious pipes.  She easily stepped into Dolly Parton’s high heels to play the beloved Doralee by equally paying homage yet making the character her own!

Queer meter: The trailer alone features queer comedian Kate Clinton, Katherine McPhee’s character auditions with “Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz, from the folks who brought you Chicago and Hairspray: queer producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Marc Shaiman, who also writes some of the music…and it’s about the creative process of Broadway = GAY! Continue reading

Conversation Storm – a short film by H.P. Mendoza (Screening free from 5/5 to 5/12)

by H.P.

“REMARKABLE! Hilariously funny and awesomely tragic at the same time.” – Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com

Bin Laden is dead.

O.K., we’ve all seen the video that SFist thinks is “adorable” in which an ATV riding, flag-waving, gun-firing patriot is screaming “U.S.A.” repeatedly. We’ve all seen the fake photos of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body. And amidst all of the new internet memes surrounding Bin Laden’s death, we’ve all heard the familiar cries, back and forth, of “Torture Works!” – “No, it doesn’t!”

(…”It’s not torture!” – “Yes, it is!” – “It’s enhanced interrogation!” – “It’s torture!”…)

For one week only (5/5 to 5/12), I’m screening a film I shot of The Nonsense Company’s CONVERSATION STORM, a fantastic performance by The Nonsense Company and written by Obie award-winning playwright Rick Burkhardt. Continue reading

Little Love (Screening Free from 4/23 until 4/25)

Queerious is proud to present gay festival hit short film “Little Love” for the weekend. “Little Love” world premiered at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival exactly one year ago and it has played over 15 film festivals from San Francisco to Barcelona to Munich.

From Left to Right: Writer/Producer Michael J. Turner, Queer Film Festival Extraordinarie Carol Coombes, Actor/Writer Derek Villanueva, Director Quentin Lee at the 2010 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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