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(West Hollywood, CA – January 14, 2005)
Lauri Blue – (323) 876-5991
Lauri@blue-ent.com


QUEER LOUNGE SUPPORTS OVER FORTY GAY-INTEREST FILMS SCREENING IN PARK CITY DURING SUNDANCE AND SLAMDANCE

Queer Lounge will return to Park City, Utah for a second year to support and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) films playing at surrounding festivals in late January. Queer Lounge, a hospitality and event space, dubbed last year as “the most accepting, comfortable, clique-free place in Park City,” will be located just off Main Street at the Gateway Center during the “dance” film festivities, including Sundance and Slamdance. As the hub and gathering spot for queer and queer-friendly festival-goers, Queer Lounge provides support for queer-content films or those made by queer filmmakers.

“This year there are over forty films of queer-interest playing at the various Park City film festivals,” says Queer Lounge founder and Executive Director, Ellen Huang. “And more and more we see ‘mainstream’ films being counted in this lineup. It’s wonderful to see these films which feature some of the top stars, filmmakers and emerging talent in the country become more inclusive and representative of queer-characters and storylines.”

Queer Lounge will also be promoting LGBT films playing at smaller festivals that have cropped up because of the swell in industry-ites that have invaded Park City. These include the Freedom Cinema Festival screening films with current political topics; SchmoozeDance, playing films of Jewish-interest and the Park City Film Music Festival which showcases music in film. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to hold press conferences in the venue and the Lounge will supply publicity support (a program guide of all discussion panels will be available at the Queer Lounge and by visiting www.queerlounge.org).

“I think the Queer Lounge helps give us more visibility as a group,” explains “Saving Face” director Alice Wu, “and a sense of a community that might otherwise get lost in the frenzy of the festival. As a first-timer at Sundance, I’m glad there’ll be a place for our community to relax and feel welcome. Besides, everyone in Park City is going to be in caps and hiking boots, which will only make it that much harder to tell who’s gay.”

“The success of the Queer Lounge is truly a sign of the times,” explains Jenni Olson LGBT film historian and director of “The Joy of Life”, playing at Sundance. “It’s a barometer of how far we’ve come.”

This year's sponsors of the Queer Lounge include Presenting Sponsor Absolut Vodka and Presenting Media Sponsors: here!, Planet Out, and The Advocate. Other major sponsors: Q Television Network, TLA Releasing, All Seasons Resorts, Coors, Stella Artois, BMI, Turning Leaf, ASCAP, the B. W. Bastian Foundation and Tylenol PM.

The following is a list of films that the Queer Lounge is promoting this year in Park City.


SUNDANCE FEATURES

BALLETS RUSSES
Directors/Screenwriters: Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
BALLETS RUSSES brilliantly captures the glitz, glamour, and ultimate downfall of the modern dance troupe that galvanized ballet as an art form and collaborated with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including choreographers George Balanchine and Agnes De Mille, and artists Picasso and Cocteau.


THE DYING GAUL
Director/Screenwriter: Craig Lucas, based on his play
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott
A struggling screenwriter (Peter Sarsgaard) makes a Faustian bargain with a ruthless Hollywood producer when he agrees to change the main character in his screenplay from a gay man with AIDS to a heterosexual woman facing a similar fate.


THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX
Directors: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt
Documentary about a Lubbock, Texas high school sophomore who joins forces with gay and lesbian students to overturn their school’s outdated “Abstinence Until Married” sex education policy.


FORTY SHADES OF BLUE *
Director: Ira Sachs
Screenwriters: Michael Rohatyn, Ira Sachs
Cast: Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren Burrows, Paprika Steen, Red West, Jenny O'Hara
A Russian woman lives a comfortable but stifling existence opposite her aging yet legendary music producer husband. When his estranged son unexpectedly returns, she is suddenly confronted by the tenuous nature of her marriage. Directed by Ira Sachs (THE DELTA).


HAPPY ENDINGS
Director/Screenwriter: Don Roos
Cast: Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow
(USA, 2004, 128 min., color, 35mm)
In this poignant farce from writer-director Don Roos (THE OPPOSITE OF SEX), a blackmailing filmmaker, a gay man whose partner may or may not have fathered the children of their two lesbian friends, and a young woman trying to convince her boyfriend he’s not gay find they have quite a bit in common.


HEIGHTS
Director: Chris Terrio
Screenwriters: Amy Fox, Chris Terrio
Cast: Glenn Close, Jesse Bradford, James Marsden, Elizabeth Banks
In this sophisticated ensemble piece, taking place over a 24-hour period in New York City, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford play two points of a complicated love triangle, while Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks star as mother and daughter in this latest Ismail Merchant production.


INSIDE DEEP THROAT
Directors/Screenwriters: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE) examine the profound impact the infamous adult film INSIDE DEEP THROAT had on American culture and sexual mores. Supplying insight are the film’s stars Linda Lovelace and Harry Reams, along with Gore Vidal and John Waters.


THE JACKET *
Director: John Maybury
Screenwriter: Massy Tadjedin
Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Daniel Craig
In the latest offering from producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, a young amnesiac Gulf War veteran (Adrien Brody) finds himself accused of murder and the subject of a controversial experimental treatment in a mental hospital. Directed by John Maybury (LOVE IS THE DEVIL).


THE JOY OF LIFE
Director/Screenwriter: Jenni Olson
Cast: Voices of Harriet "Harry" Dodge, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Through poetry, stark historical facts, and lesbian lust, Jenni Olson’s debut feature film paints a portrait of the City of Brotherly Love that personifies the trials and tribulations of the human spirit.


LACKAWANNA BLUES *
Director: George C. Wolfe
Screenwriter: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on his play
Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Camen Ejogo, Jeffrey Wright, Jimmy Smits
In George Wolfe’s screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play, an orphan boy raised in an eccentric boardinghouse finds his own life is changed by the life stories of the lost, but ultimately endearing, souls who are his neighbors.


LOGGERHEADS
Director/Screenwriter: Tim Kirkman
Cast: Bonnie Hunt, Kip Pardue, Tess Harper, Michael Learned, Michael Kelly, Chris Sarandon
Director Tim Kirkman (DEAR JESSE) masterfully composes three stories in this powerful drama set along the coast of North Carolina. In one, Mark, an environmentalist working to save endangered loggerhead turtles, must overcome his fear of commitment when he meets George, a local motel owner.


MYSTERIOUS SKIN
Director/Screenwriter: Gregg Araki
Cast: Elizabeth Shue, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bill Sage
Two teenagers, one who believes he was abducted by aliens when he was child, the other a beautiful hustler, reconnect in New York over hazy memories of their Little League coach in the Midwest. Based on Scott Heim’s critically acclaimed novel.


PRETTY PERSUASION
Director: Marcos Siega
Screenwriter: Skander Halim
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Livingston, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Selma Blair
Set at an elite Beverly Hills high school, Kimberly (Evan Rachel Wood), a student with duplicitous charm and seductress of both men and women, proves just how easy it is to get what you want in this scathingly funny satire. Jane Krakowski plays a lesbian news reporter.


REEFER MADNESS
Director: Andy Fickman
Screenwriters: Dan Studney, Kevin Murphy
Cast: Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, Steven Weber
Adapted from his comically inspired stage musical, director Andy Fickman resurrects the infamous cautionary tale in a wild and wacky spoof of all things square. Topped off with show-stopping musical numbers and featuring a cameo by Jesus, never has a cautionary tale about the dangers of ganja been so fun.


RING OF FIRE: THE EMILE GRIFFITH STORY
Directors: Dan Klores, Ron Berger
Exploration of the controversial incident of six-time world welterweight boxing champ and closeted homosexual Emile Griffith, who beat Benny “Kid” Paret to death in a 1962 match after Paret called him “maricon” (the Spanish word for “faggot”).


RIZE *
Director: David LaChapelle
Acclaimed photographer David LaChapelle captures the beginnings of a new form of artistic expression emanating from the streets of South Central Los Angeles referred to as "krumping." Centering his story on the man responsible for the krumping movement, LaChapelle adeptly conveys the transformative power of art and dance.


ROOM *
Director/Screenwriter: Kyle Henry
Cast: Cyndi Williams, Kenneth Wayne Bradley, Alexandra Kiester, Jacqui Cross, Gretchen Krich, Carlos Treviño
Kyle Henry fashions a surreal, psychological landscape in which a working mother of two, trapped in a dead-end existence in Texas, begins having visions of a room, both stark and industrial. As her visions become more powerful, she abandons her life and family to pursue something that may or may not be imagined.


THE SALON
Director/Screenwriter: Mark Brown
Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Garrett Morris, Kym Whitley
The owner of an African American hair salon (Vivica A. Fox) finds romance as she struggles to keep her business afloat in this hilarious comedy that also deals with serious issues such as racism, homophobia, sex, and politics.


SAVING FACE
Director/Screenwriter: Alice Wu
Cast: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec
A young Chinese American medical resident embarks on her first lesbian affair with a sexy ballet dancer and gets an unexpected surprise when her mother turns up on her doorstep and announces she’s pregnant.


STRANGERS WITH CANDY
Director: Paul Dinello
Screenwriters: Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
Cast: Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Gregory Holliman, Sara Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
In the feature length version of the cult television show, 46-year-old former junkie Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is back, emerging from prison looking for a new start in high school, only to find it’s not much different from the slammer.


Sundance - Shorts

BEING BAD (precedes 5th WORLD)
Director/Writer: Laurence Coriat
Bathed in the sun of Marseille, three teenagers—one a rent boy—form a ménage-a-trois in a poetic portrayal of the quest for love and family.


BILLY’S DAD IS A FUDGE-PACKER (in Shorts Program VI)
Director/Writer: Jamie Donahue
When it comes to fudge-packing is it like father, like son? That’s the question in little Billy’s mind in this parody of the 1950s mental hygiene film. Features Robert Gant.

UN DIA EN LA VIDA (in Shorts Program VI)
Director: Marco Orsini
A 55-year-old woman who tends to her disabled husband and runs a struggling motel encounters a new challenge when her drug addict daughter leaves a young boy in her care.


LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL (precedes HIGH SCHOOL RECORD)
Directors: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn
Two loners, lost on their way to a rock concert in the desert, meet and connect over good old times.


PURA LENGUA (ALL TONGUE) (in Shorts Program V)
Director: Aurora Guerrero
After suffering heartbreak, a young lesbian Chicana poet begins to heal through her art.


SMALL TOWN SECRETS (precedes THE JOY OF LIFE)
Director: Katherine Leggett
This autobiographical short documentary chronicles growing up with closeted gay parents in a small Midwestern town.


WITH DIVA (CON DIVA) (precedes LILA SAYS)
Director: Sebastian Mantilla
(Spain, 2003, 7 min., Sony HD Cam)
A flamboyant Muslim man arrives to the Spanish coast and struggles to be himself in the poetry of the night and the reality of daylight.


WITH WHAT SHALL I WASH IT? (¿CON QUÉ LA LAVARÉ?) (precedes UNCONSCIOUS)
Director: María Trénor
The gay fringe artists of the late 1970s are paid homage to through exquisite and erotic animation.


Slamdance Film Festival

Features

FOUR EYED MONSTERS
Directors/Screenwriters: Arin Crumley, Susan Buice
Cast: Arin Crumley, Susan Buice, Joe Griffin, Mark Scrivo, Brad Calcaterra
This multimedia extravaganza uses its own film language to explore the fear of becoming mediocre, the difficulty in finding inspiration, and anxiety surrounding emotional intimacy.


ON THE OUTS
Directors: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
Screenwriter: Lori Silverbush
Cast: Anny Mariano, Judy Marte, Paola Mendoza
Based on true stories of inner-city girls, ON THE OUTS follows the ups and downs of three Jersey City teenage girls, including Oz (the riveting Judy Marte from RAISING VICTOR VARGAS), a drug dealer and lesbian struggling to keep her family together.


RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS *
Director: Carlene Cordova
Writers: Carlene Cordova, Cliff Broadway
Documentary explores the undying influence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS on Western culture and uncovers “Ringers”—die-hard followers of Tolkien’s work and worlds—in all walks of life.


SLEDGE: THE UNTOLD STORY
Director: Brad Martin
Writer: David Leitch
Cast: David Leitch
This hilarious mockumentary takes a peek into the tumultuous life of Frank Sledge, a former exotic dancer turned world-famous action film star.


Slamdance - Shorts

MULBERRY COMMONS (in Slamdance Shorts Block 1)
Directors: Michael Lucid, Amanda Quinn
The gender-bending co-eds of the boarding school Mulberry Commons are atwitter when a special guest--a gay man!--comes to speak at their school assembly.


WHAT GROWN-UPS KNOW (in Slamdance Shorts Block 4)
Director/Writer: Jonathan Wald
A teenage boy on the run with his mother seeks refuge by seducing the male manager of an RV park.


Freedom Cinema Festival - Features

SHEM
Director/Screenwriter: Caroline Roboh
Cast: Ash Newman
A gay British teenager travels to Eastern Europe to uncover his now-deceased grandfather’s Jewish heritage.

Freedom Cinema Festival - Shorts

EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE: THE INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Director: Renee Rosenfeld
Sir Ian McKellen narrates this documentary investigating human rights violations suffered by sexual minorities all over the globe.


GAY BY DAWN
Director: Jonathan London
Four rednecks telling ghost stories find their fears become suspicions. Will the woods around them turn them Gay By Dawn?


HET
Director: Peter Bedard
An “upside-down” look at a young couple making the transition from city life to life in a small conservative town.


MARRY ME: STORIES FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO WEDDINGS
Director: Eli Brown
The emotional tales behind four gay couples married in San Francisco, as told in their own words.


SchmoozeDance 2005 - Shorts

A DIFFERENT WAR
Director: Nadav Gal
Set in Jerusalem during the Intifada, an effeminate 4th grade boy faces his fears and takes a stand.


Park City Film Music Festival - Features

THE THIRD SOCIETY *
Director: J.A. Steel
Cast: J.A. Steel, Shannon Clay
A young girl witnesses the murder of her parents by the Asian mafia. Twenty-five years later she’s an ass-kicking, gun-wielding LAPD officer with a thirst for revenge when the same mobsters kidnap her sister.


A bit of history: Queer Lounge is the first space created for film festival gurus (queer and straight) who can learn more about queer and queer-content films that are screening as part of the January film festival frenzy in Park City. Last year, over 4,000 people visited the hub to relax, attend panel discussions or celebrate at one of the five hit parties held at the venue, including a Showtime party for the premiere of “The L Word,” a party for Sundance entry, "Harry and Max," and a revival of the legendary “Homos Away From Home” party with John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) spinning.

 

Queer Lounge 2005 Sponsors and Collaborators:

Absolut Vodka, here!, Planet Out, the Advocate, Q Television Network, TLA Releasing, All Seasons Resorts, Coors, Stella Artois, BMI, Turning Leaf, ASCAP, Tylenol PM, the B. W. Bastian Foundation, In Focus, iKandi Coffee, Wolfe Releasing, Perrier, Cinema Design Group, Elizabeth H. Solomon, Wells Fargo, Cahoots, Picture This! Entertainment, GayWebMonkey.com, East West Lounge, Outfest, Frameline, Cybersocket, Café Press, Luv Sac, Izze, Apex, Laseronics, PowerUp, Newfest, Silverlake Film Festival, Out in Television and Film, Discmakers, Passport Magazine, Xodus Magazine, Salt Lake Metro, Girlfriends Magazine, HX, In Magazine, Pink Magazine, Strand Releasing, Power UP, Newfest, Ron Butkovich and Scott Jaffa, Coffee Garden, the GLBT Community Center of Utah, Human Rights Campaign and Out in Television and Film

About the Queer Lounge:

Queer Lounge promotes the visibility of queer people, films and issues through events, education and information. The result of these activities is to foster professional achievement, industry recognition and public understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their creative works.

The Queer Lounge is not affiliated with the Sundance, Slamdance or other Park City film festivals.

For more information: www.queerlounge.org

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(West Hollywood, CA – December 22, 2004)
Lauri Blue
323.876.5991
Lauri@blue-ent.com


AFTER A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT, QUEER LOUNGE IS POISED FOR A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO PARK CITY

Last year’s Park City sleeper hit, the Queer Lounge, will make its triumphant return to the city this January during the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals, January 21st – 29th, 2005 in central Park City just off Main Street at the Gateway Center. Queer Lounge became a phenomenon in its freshmen year as a venue that held impressive parties and discussion panels. As the hub for queer and queer-friendly festival-goers, Queer Lounge has a reputation for being a uniquely accessible environment for everyone—gay and straight. Queer Lounge will highlight queer-content films or those made by queer filmmakers programmed at concurrent festivals.


With strong support from the Park City community and corporate donors, Queer Lounge has expanded its festivities for 2005 to include a music series/concert line-up - including a live performance from the band Cake, an after-party for the Scissor Sisters’ performance at Club Suede, various film parties, as well as, discussion panels (all to be announced at a later date).

“We have a great lineup of events and programs this year,” explains Queer Lounge founder, Ellen Huang. “The diverse slate of films at these festivals is a rallying point for the queer community. Sundance, in particular, has launched some of the most successful queer films in history, and our independent efforts bring awareness and support to this trend.”

Even though the Queer Lounge is not affiliated with Sundance or Slamdance, veteran film publicist, Mickey Cottrell dubbed the lounge “the most significant event for queer people at the festivals in the last decade.”

This year's sponsors of the Queer Lounge include Presenting Media Sponsors: here!, Planet Out, the Advocate; and other major sponsors: Absolut Vodka, Q Television Network, TLA Releasing, Tylenol PM, Coors, Stella Artois, the B. W. Bastian Foundation, Wolfe Releasing, Elizabeth H. Solomon, Cahoots, Perrier, Picture This! Entertainment, Outfest, Frameline, BMI, ASCAP, Cybersocket, Passport Magazine, Xodus Magazine, Salt Lake Metro, Girlfriends Magazine, HX, Pink Magazine, Strand Releasing, Power UP, Newfest, Ron Bukovitch and Scott Jaffa, Coffee Garden, the GLBT Community Center of Utah, and Out in Television and Film. More sponsors are to be announced before the Lounge opens in Park City.

Here!, the first network dedicated to gay and lesbian programming, is one of many companies that have signed on as a returning sponsor of the Queer Lounge. "Not only did we sign up for a second year as a sponsor," states here!’s Executive VP of Acquisitions and Distribution, Mark Reinhart "this year we are proud to be broadcasting the events and happenings at Queer Lounge and give you a preview of some of the hottest upcoming queer films and talent..”

A bit of history: Queer Lounge is the first film-festival hospitality space devoted to queer films. It is an independent project not associated with Sundance, Slamdance and other films festivals that comprise the Park City “dance” festival frenzy. Last year, over 4,000 people visited the hub to relax, attend panel discussions or celebrate at one of the five hit parties held at the venue, including a Showtime party for the premiere of “The L Word,” a party for Sundance entry, "Harry and Max," and a revival of the legendary “Homos Away From Home” party with John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) spinning.

Also, last year the Queer Lounge made local and national headlines during the festivals when a Salt Lake City theater cancelled a theatrical engagement of the film “Latter Days”, a movie about a gay Mormon missionary. TLA releasing held an emergency press conference at the Lounge where representatives from GLAAD, Equality Utah and Outfest vocalized their support of the film, eventually finding a theatrical venue for the film to exhibit.

“We are thrilled to be involved with the Queer Lounge in 2005 because of their wonderful support during the Latter Days experience,” says Lewis Tice, National Press Liaison of TLA Releasing. “The Lounge offers incredible opportunities for freedom of expression; it’s a safe space for film enthusiasts and professionals to be passionate about their dreams, creativity and differences.”

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About the Queer Lounge:

Queer Lounge promotes the visibility of queer people, films and issues through events, education and information. The result of these activities is to foster professional achievement, industry recognition and public understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their creative works.

The Queer Lounge is not affiliated with the Sundance, Slamdance or other Park City film festivals.

 

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