lesbian film

AWOL — which has been honored by the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, qFLIX Philadelphia, and the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival — got its start as a short film at Sundance in 2011. At a Q&A after the feature-length film’s world premiere at the Tribeca this spring, Deb Shoval noted that AWOL, which is an indulgent yet brief 80 minutes, took an arduous four years to make.

Of course filmmakers experience a sense of time uniquely theirs; it is impacted by money (crowdsourcing was integral to AWOL’s completion), bodies (Kirke was temporarily unavailable while filming Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America), and the right words (the gifted Karolina Waclawiak co-wrote the final script). However, this made me pause to consider Jack Halberstam’s notion of queer time: ‘Queer time for me is the dark nightclub, the perverse turn away from the narrative coherence of adolescence–early adulthood–marriage–reproduction–child rearing–retirement–death.’ In scenes where Joey and Rayna are sneaking away on a camping trip like they’re in the throes of a youth they both missed out on, or are coiled around one another in a room opposite Rayna’s slumbering children, Shoval’s flick certainly fits Halberstam’s definition.

Yet it feels important to consider one more construct: Rural time. The six years of silence before the cicadas return. How a 15-minute drive through a sparse town often feels like it’s peeling years away from your life. The way having nothing to do means that there’s nowhere to be. Rural time seems to be AWOL’s blessing and curse: the movie, which was shot in Shoval’s bucolic hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is so committed to the speed of the beautiful place where it’s set that it’s initially slow-going. If one’s not patient with it, she might make the fatal error of mistaking it for one of Wolfe Video’s saccharine direct-to-DVD releases. It’s okay if you can’t figure out if you’re watching a Great American Love Story or yet another Tale of Tormented Lesbian Love within the first 30 minutes (full disclosure: AWOL is neither).

Happy ending is required (queer women verse)

Lets be honest here all of us sometimes crave a happy ending, some movie where girls ride into the sunset together. And for that moments, when you just want to relax and enjoy the thing without the doubts about the ending, I made it. This list, that was requested so much that I had to rush with it…but it came out pretty good. Hope it will grow. Anyway proceed with caution, if you don’t want to be spoiled about the endings don’t go under the cut. By the way Erin made a great visualization of this list, here.

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Proud and excited to announce that the WORLD PREMIERE of ALMOST ADULTS will be at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, Canada!

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto

When: May 28th at 7:00pm in the Women’s Gala

Tickets: http://insideout.ca/

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming film festival screenings this summer! Thank you for supporting Almost Adults!

Carol knew..

I’ve been thinking how shitty this is that Carol knew she was going to leave Therese the next day and end it all. She could have offered an explanation, they both could have come to some sort of an arrangement but Carol thought that as Therese is young, she’ll got over me, but Carol is actually questioning Therese’s love which is the most heartbreaking of all, Carol doesn’t think Therese will be affected by it. She has the same look of sadness in her eye in this scene, the exact parallel sadness of when she asks Abbey if she has heard anything from Therese, its that quiet pain Carol elicits when she wants to cry. SHE SHOULD HAVE JUST FUCKING CRIED. 

The ‘I should have said “Therese wait”’ is not because she thinks Therese is heartbroken and wanting her, its because SHE IS. Carol is heartbroken, she wants Therese to have contacted her again after the first telephone call, she thinks Therese has moved on, gotten stronger and forgotten about her, she regrets not telling Therese to wait because now she fears its all ended. I feel so sorry for Carol, she exudes this confidence in initiating meeting Therese and making love to her, but when it actually comes to the real deal, Carol is scared, she feels unworthy. 

Therese even knew, perhaps sensed Carol was leaving her, notice the way she hesitates when Carol tells her she doesn’t have to sleep in the other bed

The way Carol holds Therese that little bit tighter, the way they both do, that unspoken knowledge that they both know somethings going to happen rips my fucking heart out

By the end of the film, Carol’s confidence is at zero. The way she skirts around the question to ask Therese to live with her, her eyes facing downwards because she can’t face her, the way she asks if Thereses’ new look and new found ‘maturity’ is all from getting away from her, she edges around questions because she fears the answers. When Therese says, “Oh I dont think so’, is a stab in the heart from Therese. AND THERES THE LOOK AGAIN, THAT QUIET PAIN OF SADNESS, my poor baby

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okay honestly this is the cutest lesbian short film i’ve seen in a long time
it’s only 17 minutes and both girls are beautiful and it’s so funny and sweet
please watch it signal boost the shit out of this cute ass film
(also wendi mclendon-covey is in it? how cool is she tho)