La Luna Entertainment announces festival dates in FW, Seattle, Philly for 'TOTWK'

After screening in the Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Israel Luna and his company are using that momentum to take his “Ticked-Off Tra**ies with Knives” on the festival circuit. Today, La Luna Entertainment announced the movie’s upcoming screenings, with one stop  in Cowtown.

The movie slices its way cross-country celebrating its Southwest Premiere at the 12th Annual Q Cinema Film Festival in downtown Fort Worth, on June 5; then heads further west June 12 and 13 where the movie will be featured as part of the Midnight Adrenaline section of the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle. The tour then cuts back east to screen at Philadelphia’s QFest in July.

La Luna is working on getting TOTWK into additional festivals.

Editor’s Note: This post is not intended as an editorial statement either for or against the film’s title and/or content, so there’s no need to turn the comments into a pissing match. But we’re pretty sure you will anyway so never mind.

—  Rich Lopez

'Family Guy': Funny or just plain offensive?

MothersDay_AnimatedShows_R2_fGuyFYou wanna see the trans community really pissed off, you can forget about Israel Luna’s transploitation film — look no further than last night’s “Family Guy.”

The animated series, which is historically very gay-friendly while also being patently offensive to gay people (for instance: Baby Stewie is clearly gay, while they have songs that mock AIDS) went all-out hateful against the trans community in last night’s episode, “Quagmire’s Dad.”

In the ep, womanizing neighbor Quagmire introduced everyone to his dad, a heroic veteran who announced he is having sexual reassignment surgery.

At first, the jokes are silly but funny-ish about the discomfort people have with transgenders. (“Do you miss your penis?” someone asks.) But the discomfort escalates, especially after Brian the dog has sex with the post-op woman, and upon learning she was trans, violently vomits for 29 seconds. That’s a long time on TV. And there’s no coda at the end, no “let’s make up and be friends” apologia.

But really, should we be surprised? Animated series like “Family Guy” and especially “South Park” have long pushed boundaries of good taste and political correctness.  I think it’s possible to just take the episode as another “ah, well, they have no sacred cows.” But I can imagine the trans community being up in arms.

What does everyone think: Humor we just accept as legitimate satire? Or line-crossing insensitive claptrap?

You can watch the episode here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones