You Decide: Which films should I cover at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival?

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has graciously bestowed a press pass upon yours truly.  I am so excited, but also a little overwhelmed.  I mean just look at this schedule (pdf).  Between October 15th and 24th over 150 films and shorts will be screening in concurrent sessions at two different theaters.  I think this is what is called an embarrassment of riches.

So Blend readers, I need your help!  Look over the schedule, check out the film descriptions then drop your vote in the comments as to which films you think I shouldn’t miss.  And let me know which category your recommendation falls into:

A.  Seen it, it’s a slice of heaven and you simply must not miss the chance.

B.  Haven’t seen it but it looks so compelling that I’m checking out round-trip fares to Seattle.

C.  The audience will be as much a part of the experience as the film.

D.  Ooh lala lalalalala.
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‘Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,’ ‘March On’ and more at Austin gay film fest this weekend

If you’re in Austin this weekend, you may want to stop by the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, site of the 23rd Annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Fest.

Gay Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s controversial “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives” is showing at 9:45 tonight, and will be followed by a talkback discussion.

And at noon Sunday, Dallas activist Laura McFerrin’s documentary about last year’s National Equality March, “March On,” will make its world premiere. We’ve heard  most if not all of the folks whose stories are featured in “March On” will be on hand for the screening.

Of course these are plenty of other films at the festival worth seeing, too. For example, we’re intrigued by “Faith of the Abomination,” about a lesbian couple (shown above) that went undercover and infiltrated an evangelical church in Austin a few years back.

For a full schedule, go here.

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Cumming Went to X-rated Films with Granny

Actor Alan Cumming recalls his grandmother taking him to an X-rated double feature in the late 1970s.
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Florida wants to entice filmmakers to come to the Sunshine State – but not if your film is gay

On the day after Hollywood’s biggest party, On Top Magazine is reporting today that Florida lawmakers are considering a $75 million package of tax credits and incentives designed to lure filmakers to the Sunshine State to make their movies. But apparently, any films with LGBT storylines need not apply.

The bill’s package of tax credits and incentives would not be available to films that exhibit “nontraditional family values.” When asked if movies with gay characters should get the tax credits, state Rep. Stephen Precourt, an Orlando Republican, said, “That would not be the kind of thing I’d say we want to invest public dollars in.”

Current Florida law makes “family-friendly” film projects — those that smoking, sex, nudity or vulgar language — eligible for a 2 percent tax credit. Precourt’s bill would up that to 5 percent. An identical bill has been introduced in the Florida Senate.

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