Imagine how enthusiastic LBGT Film Fest committee members were if they was pleased to take their invitation to attend that year’s festival and learned that the actor featured in one of their films had grown up at the Miami Valley.
Jill Alexander, best known as Patrice at Mike Judge’s acclaimed HBO series “Silicon Valley,” also played Peggy’s secretary, Marsha, at the final season of “Mad Men.” She pops up in sketches on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” And is among the stars of “Sensivity Training,” among the 17 new films being exhibited at the 12th yearly festival focusing around LGBT-themed films from all over the globe.
For this season so Dayton LGBT Film Fest actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography. Staff Writer
The films, chosen from over 100, range from comedies and documentaries.
The particular weekend, also famous for Oct. 13-15, may also have guest appearances by authors, artists, actors and directors. The screenings are held at The Neon film theatre in downtown Dayton.
This year’s films range from a short film directed, produced and starring Danny DeVito entitled “Curmudgeons” that centers around a potty-mouthed octogenerian living in an assisted living center, into the first attribute documentary, “Rebels On Pointe,” watching the world famous Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Even the comic ballet company was founded on the heels of the Stonewall riots and of New York and contains a varied cult following around the globe. The film will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The “Freak Show” cast includes Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox. Submitted picture. Staff Writer
The weekend kicks off on Friday night with “Freak Show” a film about Billy Bloom, a high school student who decides to run for Homecoming Queen. The film stars Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox. A humor entitled “Pushing Dead,” featuring actor Danny Glover, will be displayed on Sunday afternoon and is the narrative of a man who’s been occupying for decades and inadvertently deposits a 100 birthday check by his mother — leading to the reduction of his government help. His only choices are both shots: somehow, or take on a hopeless bureaucracy come up to buy his medicine.
Celebrities James Roday and Danny Glover are showcased in the LGBT Film Fest film, ” Pushing Dead.” Submitted picture. Staff Writer
Jennifer Kroot’s documentary,“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” is slated for Saturday afternoon and focuses on the inventor of the popular nine ‘Tales of the City” books. The film offers a peek at a journey which took Maupin into the bathhouses of ’70s San Francisco into the front line of the culture war from the jungles of Vietnam. The film includes some of his buddies — Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Neil Gaiman, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan.
Seven shorts, such as the film of DeVito, will be showcased on Saturday afternoon.
Well-known actor Danny DeVito directed the film “Curmudgeons.” He’s also featured in the film that occurs at a Brooklyn assisted living center. Submitted picture. Staff Writer
Alexander says she is thrilled that there’s now a LGBT neighborhood in Dayton and that her film was chosen to headline the festival. “I expect to find a lot of familiar faces in the audience!” She says.
A 1993 graduate of Beavercreek High School, Alexander claims that from a student body of approximately 1,500 students, she understood one that was out as gay. “Of course, a number of my classmates came out into maturity. It is only a shame that a environment of acceptance did not exist if they were younger.”
Her film,“Sensitivity Training,” will be shown on Saturday night of the festival and has been shot completely on location in L.A., ” Alexander’s latest home. “I play with a part, overenthusiastic life-coach. My personality is a Ph.D. with a rich home life who was a lesbian,” Alexander says. ” The fact that she is gay only comes in to play when a different personality wonders if she is drawn to my personality.”
Alexander believes it’s awesome that the storytelling that her writer/director Melissa Finnell is offering up isn’t focused on a personality whose sexual identity creates barriers for her. “It only appears to be a part of that she is.”
Using the arts in Dayton during her formative years, she says, enjoys excellent interest. “When I was at Beavercreek there was no play program, only a musical and a Shakespeare play every calendar year,” she remembers. “I gained the majority of my exposure to contemporary plays throughout the BHS Speech & Debate app — and awesome coach/teacher Becky Harding, that helped to cultivate my interest in humor”
Known for her improvisational abilities, Alexander has fond memories of staying up late during the night to see comics on VH1 or Letterman. “My parents were so cool enough to take me to watch Paula Poundstone at Joker’s or Wiley’s — I can not remember which one — for the 16th birthday. I heckled she and she heckled back. She was like the lady in comedy. I still love listening to her on ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ on NPR! ”’
Aleander’s participation in Muse Machine provided a ticket to find every show in the city “such as the terrific job accomplished by the Human Race Theater Company.” As a participant at Muse’s yearly musical, she had the chance. “This was more thrilling,” she says.
She’s be available for the Festival’s opening night film and party and will participate in a Q&A session Finnell — following the screening of her film about Saturday. “My people still reside in the area and that I do have a 5-year-old and 3- month-old, so besides hanging with the grandparents we will certainly fit in a visit to Young’s as well as a few pumpkin patch along with hayride action,” she says.
What: 2017 LGBT Film Fest
After: Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15
Where: The Neon movie theatre, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Tickets: Though weekend passes are already sold out, individual tickets are $8 per cent and might still be accessible. It is advised that you call The Neon to find out if any tickets to a particular film are available for purchase. People without tickets may combine a “Rush Line” to purchase any unclaimed tickets up to one hour prior to the screening.
Free parking across the street from the theatre. For a complete list of special guests and films, call or see THE NEON at -LRB-937-RRB-222-8452.
7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13:“Walk for Me” (a short film by Elegance Bratton, USA) along with “Freak Show” (a feature film by Trudie Styler) ALSO: An After Party at Mudlick Tavern, 135 E . Secondly St.
12: 30 p.m., Sat. Oct. 14: Best Drawer Shorts from the U.S., France, the U.K. and Austrailia.
2:30 — BAYARD & ME — Matt Wolf, USA — 17 seconds. THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN — Jennifer Kroot, USA — 91 minute
7:30 — sponsored by Greater Dayton LGBT Center
ETAGE X — Francy Fabritz, Germany — 14 moments
SENSITIVITY TRAINING — Melissa Finell, USA — 87 moments
9:45 — sponsored by MJ’s On Jefferson & Johnny
ALASKA IS A DRAG — USA, Shaz Bennett — 83 moments
1:00 — sponsored by Equitas Health & David Lauri
PUSHING DEAD — Tom E. Brown, USA — 110 moments
3:30 — sponsored by Square One Salon and Spa
REBELS ON POINTE — Canada, Bobbi Jo Hart, Italy, Japan, USA — 90 minutes
5:30 — sponsored by Marion’s Piazza
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY — UK, Francis Lee — 104 moments
FREAK SHOW –When others call Billy Bloom theatrical, he takes it like a compliment; he is only motivated by it farther if his classmates feel actuated by his drive to be different. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” his father warns him. That does not deter Billy from deciding to run for homecoming queen. Founded Between Freddy Mercury, Lady Gaga, David Bowie and Oscar Wilde at the transgressive space of pop culture — we all get a film with heart, wit along with a cast that is dazzling. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, Alex Lawther and Laverne Cox.
WALK FOR ME – Hanna Kendricks is utilized to make her Femme Queen debut under the glistening lights of the Ballroom picture of New York.
SOMETHING NEW – After a break up, Jonah struggles to start up to a new relationship with outcomes.
HAYGOOD EATS – Some bickering husband-and-wife catering staff (or is it husband-and-beard?) Is shooting at a TV advertisement, and also we get to find the outtakes that are humorous.
CURMUDGEONS – A potty-mouthed octogenarian within an assisted living center Receives a jolt engineered by his daughter
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS – Set at France, a trainee school teacher in a woman’s convent suffers excruciating pains.
IMAGO – A 15-year-old creates the decision not even their own father.
BOOTWMN – A endearing, intimate and heart-warming portrait of the queering of a conventional art form.
PICKING UP – Nathan has been dismissed at the Regional club, but he finds that his self-image Receives a makeover, if he is taken under the wing of a drag fairy godmother
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN — Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the founder of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful amusing. Together with his friends (such as Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey which took him out of the jungles of Vietnam into the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco into the front line of the American culture war.
BAYARD & ME — Bayard Rustin has been the secretary of the March on Washington and among the civil rights movement’s pioneers. From the 1980s, his younger enthusiast to acquire the legal protections of marriage — a little-known phenomena with connections was adopted by Bayard.
SENSITIVITY TRAINING — Serena is a microbiologist, horrible with people although good with germs. After crossing a line with a colleague, then Serena is pressured into sensitivity training the bubbly lady assigned for her trainer, with Caroline. She’s determined to make Serena an human, although her disposition and Caroline represent everything Serena despises. She could have finally met her match while Serena does her very best to eradicate Caroline.
ETAGE X – two girls are led by An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store to their limitations and compels them to improvise.
ALASKA IS A DRAG but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag celebrity, is stuck working at a fish cannery in Alaska. He along with his sister have been trapped at fist fights and fish guts’ monotony. Out of necessity, Leo discovered to fight back, which grabs the attention of the boxing trainer. When a new boy goes into town and wants to be his partner, Leo must face the actual reason.
PUSHING DEAD — When a young man–HIV-positive for 20+ years deposits a 100 birthday check in his mum, he loses his government help. His only choices are both shots: come up to buy his medicine, or somehow shoot on a hopeless bureaucracy. A comedy about the world we dwell in.
REBELS ON POINTE — Researching themes of identity, fantasies, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary observing the world Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The most male ballet company was founded over 40 decades back on the heels of the Stonewall riots of New York and contains a varied cult following across the globe.
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – Johnny Saxby works long hours in isolation on the remote farm in England of his family. His lonely existence uttered with every binge-drinking and intercourse. When a murderous migrant employee arrives to work on the household farm, Johnny unexpectedly finds himself dealing.
“Rebels on Pointe” is the first attribute documentary observing Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The male, comic ballet company was founded over 40 decades back. Submitted picture. Staff Writer