You think just because Salt Lake City’s Pride Festival was last weekend, there will be no more opportunities to commemorate Pride Month with your friends and fellow travelers? Girl, please.
The Salt Lake Film Society and SLC Film Center team up for the 2010 installment of the Damn! These Heels Film Festival, a weekend-long showcase of films covering a variety of queer and queer-friendly topics. It all kicks off on Thursday night with the opening feature Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the hilariously insightful Sundance documentary chronicling a year in the life of comedian Joan Rivers. Get this, folks: She’s not just a plastic-surgery punch line, but an obsessive workaholic who has honed the craft of comedy to a fine edge.
But wait, there’s more! The terrific lineup also includes more Sundance 2010 pedigrees: Howl, the dramatic profile of poet Allen Ginsburg starring James Franco (pictured); 8: The Mormon Proposition, the documentary about the LDS Church’s financing of California’s 2008 anti-gay marriage ballot initiative; and Undertow, the World Cinema Audience Award winner about a married Peruvian fisherman secretly in a relationship with a gay lover.
Three full days of screenings feature all these films and many more, including the groundbreaking 1977 documentary Word Is Out, which gave voice to gays and lesbians emerging from the early days of the gay pride movement. Thirty years later, even folks in Utah can be entertained and enlightened by stories of the LGBT experience.
Damn! These Heels Film Festival @ Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South, 801-321-0310, June 10-13, passes $25-$50 or single tickets at Tower Theatre box office $5 starting June 10. Full schedule at DamnTheseHeels.org