Announcing 6 More Feature Films for Inaugural Year of Kaleidoscope (July 30 - August 2, 2015)

 

Kaleidoscope is excited to announce an additional 6 feature films to be screened at that the inaugural year of Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival. With the addition of the previously announced 4 features, we now have 10 features screening at this year's festival. 

Among the films screening, Kaleidoscope will have the World Premiere of CHASING PAVEMENT, directed by Matthew Doyle and starring Remy Mars and Antionio Biaggi. There will also be 6 Regional Premieres, and 3 Arkansas Premieres, with many of these premiering at some of the top LGBT film festivals in the world such at Frameline and Outfest.

Many of the filmmakers of these films will be here.  Look for those announcements later this week.  Also this week we will be announcing all of the short films screening at the festival.

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. Kaleidoscope focuses on the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema.

Festival Film Passes ($30) are now on sale and provide access to all screenings.  A limited amount of $100 VIP All Access passes are available on a first come first serve basis.  The VIP pass holders will receive priority seating to all films, free entry to all parties, and access to the filmmaker lounge. Individual tickets will be on sale at the box office before each screening for $8. http://kal2015.eventbrite.com


Androids Dream (SUEÑAN los androids), Director: Ion de Sosa

Spain/61 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

A lo-fi spin on Philip K. Dick’s "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” famously adapted by Ridley Scott in 1982’s “Blade Runner”.

You have to be vigilant. Someone wants to harm you. Spain in 2052 is an abandoned construction site and gunshots echo on empty walls.

It is the year 2052, on Earth, in Spain, and the final days of almost everything. The city is a string of abandoned construction sites. Everyday there are fewer people and not all of them are human. A sheep costs four and a half million pesetas and you have to spend a lot of bullets to pay for one.

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

 

Chasing Pavement, Director: Matthew Doyle

USA/82 minutes - WORLD PREMIERE

Chasing Pavement stars Remy Mars as Elijah Young, an 'urban' porn star who is preparing to leave the adult entertainment industry and start a new career as a chef. His new roommate, Takeshi, played by Tokio Sasaki, is a Japanese immigrant who is looking for a new start in the information technology field. Takeshi, who feels completely invisible in the United States, becomes obsessed with his extremely visible flatmate. Takeshi's obsession culminates in a violation of boundaries that brings the two together for a moment of intimacy that neither will soon forget. The movie also stars Antonio Biaggi as Bryson Colon, a man with a troubled past who frequently hires Elijah as an escort, but wants much more.

 

Club King, Director: Jon Bush

USA/70 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - For the past 20 years, Mario Diaz has crafted his own iconic image as the premier LGBT nightlife king, throwing some of the sexiest and wildest parties from New York to LA, including the insanely appealing Hot Dog, BFD and Full Frontal Disco. CLUB KING combines Diaz's personal reflections with candid interviews and archival footage from the East and West Coast's hottest queens (including Jackie Beat), go-go boys, and singers like Justin Vivian Bond, resulting in a dizzyingly wild ride. - Outfest

MIAMI GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (WORLD PREMIERE); OUTFEST

 

Driving Not Knowing, Directors: Benjamin R. Davis, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, Jay Jadick, and Dane Mainella

USA/86 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

Lee, a drug-addled yet sensitive musician, is in love with Will, an ambitious poet. Volatile and intense, Will is hesitant to make himself vulnerable to Lee’s affection. After a year apart, the two reunite for a weekend at Lee's home in the country. Not knowing how to be free and connected at the same time, the men struggle to find what they are driving towards.

OUTFEST (WORLD PREMIERE)

 

Naz and Maalik, Director: Jay Dockendorf

USA/86 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Over the course of one meditative Friday afternoon, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by lingering FBI surveillance. NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

SXSW (WORLD PREMIERE); FRAMELINE, & OUTFEST

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE

 

NOT SAFE TO BE ME, Director: Laura D’Antoni

USA/67 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - Not Safe To Be Me is a bird’s eye view of the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from the early 20th century to the present. Director Laura D’Antoni examines bullying, coming out, history, religion and suicide through a series of interviews of LGBT people sharing their own experiences. Paralleling the stories is the biography of Miami-Dade educator Robert Loupo, whose own experiences with suicide and assault led him to create the "Safe Schools South Florida" to train teachers to recognize and intervene in anti-gay bullying.

 

Peter de Rome: The Grandfather of Gay Pornography, Director: Ethan Reid

UK/97minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - Pioneering erotic filmmaker Peter de Rome tells his astonishing life story with humour and charm in this surprising and heart-warming documentary – the feature debut of director Ethan Reid.

Spanning more than eight decades of gay experience in Britain and the US, Peter de Rome Grandfather of Gay Porn charts its subject's journey from cinematic outlaw to celebrated film icon with contributions from friends and collaborators.The film was completed shortly before De Rome's death, and features extensive extracts from his varied and often explicit work - from his early 8mm experiments in the 1960s to his extraordinary feature films - to create a vivid portrait of a true one-off.  

Five Astonishing Facts about Peter De Rome

  1. Peter is the first porn director to have his films preserved in the BFI National Archive
  2. Sir John Gielgud and William Burroughs both wrote porn film scripts for him
  3. Peter is the only director to have filmed a gay sex scene on the New York Subway
  4. Peter filmed the last-known footage of Greta Garbo and included it in one of hisporn films
  5. Peter had a novel way to sneak the naughty bits past the censors

FRAMELINE39 (US PREMIERE)

 

S&M Sally, Director: Michelle Ehlen

USA/79 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, Jamie assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own. A provocative and hilarious ride, S&M Sally details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone.

FRAMELINE (WORLD PREMIERE), OUTFEST

 

Those People, Director: Joey Kuhn

USA/89 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.

Seattle International Film Festival (World Premiere), Frameline, Outfest

 

You’re Killing Me, Director: Jim Hansen

USA/90 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

An intriguing mix of horror, camp and romantic comedy, YOU'RE KILLING ME demonstrates what happens when narcissistic, wannabe Internet star George meets Joe, a monotone serial killer.

Indiewire called it “a gay horror camp classic in the making.

INSIDE OUT TORONTO (World Premiere), OUTFEST