2012 is an incredible year for lesbian films. There are titles which I haven’t seen on many other sites, maybe you’ve seen them, maybe you haven’t, point is, here they are!
One of these titles I want to watch again almost on the daily but I don’t think it’s yet available, but one amazing film which you can see is
1-THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON (2013) DIR. DREW DENNY STARRING DREW DENNY, SARAH HAGAN
This is a road trip story about two friends who take the ashes of a woman’s deceased father to spread them in all his favorite places.
The main character is a lesbian and you can tell there is sexual chemistry and attraction between the two characters but it isn’t really explored or talked about much, I think there was one scene…but the character being a lesbian was not the centerpiece of the film.
Drew Denny the writer/director/star of the film wrote this very personal story about reuniting with a best friend to go on the road in order to spread the ashes of her deceased father. I can’t remember how much truth went into the actual plot points in the film but I do know this is based on true events.
If there was an image of a film where you felt like you were seeing the heart and soul of the filmmaker, this is it.
Drew even used real taped Skype footage of her an her dad having conversations. She said it was surreal to re-create these real scenes with her deceased father to tell the story. She even somehow hacked it to use a projector to play footage of her father at White Sands National Park.
The lengths she went to to tell this story is incredible and it paid off because it was such a special, personal journey.
The title is a little deceiving. Makes it seem like it’ll be an easy, fun, ride. It’s fun indeed but the subject matter is incredibly heartbreaking.
2-EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME (2012) DIR. RAUL FUENTES STARRING ANDREA PORTAL, NAIAN GONZALEZ NORVIND, TAMARA MAZARAZZA
This film. This is an incredible film shot in Mexico. I think the American title is pretty horrible… The entire thing is in black and white and the film style is that of Godard. So it may not be a film for everyone, however, I saw this with a friend and we both had the same reaction. We watched it with quiet intrigue. The lights came on, there was no q&a but we both sat in silence for a few moments before either of us could say a word.
A successful woman, Alejandra, who is tired of her life, one day, meets a teenager, Maria, of whom she begins to have an affair with. It is an intoxicating affair where they both become obsessed but as the relationship goes on Alejandra becomes incredibly high maintenance and demanding. It drives Maria away.
There are so many incredible things to say about this film. I know a lot of people will be turned off by the black and white but, myself a lighting person, my eyes generally only see the way light hits things. How Raul found the locations, an alley with only one striking light source, and the contrast of the lighting in Alejandra’s apartment, it is absolutely beautiful. But I think my favorite part of the film comes towards the end.
The entire film Alejandra holds a position of power. She has power over Maria. She takes Maria to these expensive restaurants, she brings Maria in on this glamorous, grown up life, and as it starts to crumble because Alejandra gets so demanding of Maria’s time and attention we suddenly find Alejandra sitting alone eating…at a Wendy’s. It is such a hilarious contrast between the life she had been living the entire film. It has been years since I’ve seen the film but that image is so brilliantly ingrained on my mind.
There is no VOD but here is the trailer.
I am going to end this post with the trailer of a short film.
3-THE PARKER TRIBE (2015) DIR. JANE BAKER STARRING CASSANDRA BESKE DUNN, DAVID BAKER, ADDY BATEMAN
This short has made waves. Seen at Tribeca and Outfest this is the very personal story of the life director Jane Baker lived growing up.
It follows a family but stays close to the younger, tomboy sister. I want to start my synopsis of this with the disclaimer that this was incredibly, incredibly ambitious for a short film.
When we start this journey where we are slowly lulled into the routine of this family with two sick brothers.
The younger sister, Jo, is in their room taking care of them. Later we meet the parents of the family, a mother who isn’t incredibly kind to her daughter, a father who you can tell loves her so much, and a picnic which paints a picture of a very complicated family who lives their lives in an incredibly normal American dream way without thought or drama into the complications which exist.
The brothers are both in wheelchairs and the entire family knows each day which passes brings them closer to the day they may lose them, but they act as if it doesn’t matter because really…it doesn’t matter. The brothers are there right then, refereeing street hockey, talking about girls, making fun of their siblings. And then it all gets very real when one brother has to be taken to the hospital.
All the while Jo suddenly realizes she wants to make out with her boyfriend’s sister over her boyfriend.
Jane really packed a lot of story and a ton of heart into a small short film package. If I remember correctly she wants this project to be a television show and I really hope she does it.
This project is still in its festival run. I expect it will be out there until she says enough. From what I read she is filling out Oscar paperwork.
While you wait in anticipation to see this beautiful, family, piece, you can watch the trailer here and visit the web site for further information on where you might be able to catch the film in its entirety.
Definitely keep up with Jane. She is going to make some incredible work for us to watch in the future.