by Ryan Hicks
I love queer cinema, it’s a passion of mine. I’ve studied it, written about, lectured about it. I travel far and wide to see the best in new queer cinema, partly for pleasure, and partly to get ideas for programming the LGBT film festival I work on in London, UK. By far my favourite festival in the world (apart from my own of course!) to visit is the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and I’m thrilled to be back here as it celebrates its 15th year!
There is something very intimate about coming to the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It’s such a welcoming and friendly place, staff and volunteers always happy to help, and fellow festival visitors eager to chat as we wait in line, making recommendations from the programme, comparing our thoughts on what we’ve already seen, even telling me where’s the best place to buy coffee in Seattle! I know from my own experience working on a busy film festival how hard the programming and festival team work behind the scenes, but you don’t get a hint of exhaustion from them as they bound up on stage, introducing films, hosting Q and A’s with the filmmakers, or mingling at one of the many receptions and parties that Seattle are so good at putting on!
And this year’s programme of films and events looks like its best line-up yet! I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Bloomington, which I’ve had my eye on for awhile in a professional capacity you understand, as well as A Marine Story, I do love a woman in uniform! I can’t wait for the opening night, it’s so much fun, a real party atmosphere and the film looks great too! And I’ll also be catching the Girls Shorts and the Wide World of Women. Oh and let’s not forget the parties and receptions, I’ll definitely be at a few of those!
So if you spot an out-of-towner with a British accent waiting in line at the Egyptian or at the bar in the Unicorn, why not say hello? And remind me, where is the best place to get a cup of coffee Seattle?
Have a great festival!