Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) Opening this weekend in New York is the Greek film Attenberg, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and was Greece’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards. When her father comes home to die, the inexperienced Marina decides to investigate human sexuality with both her best friend Bella and a visiting engineer, all while observing the human behavior unfolding around her as if it were one of David Attenborough’s nature documentaries. Watch the trailer below.
2) Tribeca, New York’s premiere film festival, is set to run from April 18-29 and will bring some exciting new LGBT-inclusive cinema with it. In addition to Sundance standouts Keep the Lights On and My Sister’s Sister, the festival will feature the long awaited premiere of Jack and Diane, a lesbian love story with a supernatural (werewolves) twist starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Jena Malone, and Kylie Minogue. Fans of 2003’s touching Israeli military romance, Yossi & Jagger, will want to catch Yossi, which continues the story of the first film’s surviving lead character as he contemplates leaving the closet for a more open and fulfilling life. Chris Colfer’s feature film debut Struck By Lighting will have its World Premiere at the festival, and Freddie Mercury fans won’t want to miss a screening of the new documentary Queen: Days of our Lives, which recounts the band’s history up to the present. Watch the Queen trailer below, and check out the Tribeca website for more info.
3) Residents of Fort Worth, Texas will certainly remember the widely publicized raid of the Rainbow Lounge in 2009, when a group of police officers burst in on the gay bar and began arresting patrons in a controversial act reminiscent of the chronic police harassment that led to the Stonewall Rebellion more than forty years ago. Now a new documentary premiering in Fort Worth on March 15 will chronicle both the infamous raid and the fallout that has eventually led to a citywide evolution on LGBT issues. Tickets and more information on the Raid of the Rainbow Lounge can be found on its website, and watch the trailer below.
4) Zachary Quinto has confirmed he will return to American Horror Story for the second season as one of the male leads. Quinto stole the show in a four episode arc in the first season as Chad Warwick, one of the past doomed co-owners of the Murder House. The second season will tell a whole new story and is set in an “East Coast institution.” Quinto will be playing a brand new character and the nemesis of returning actress Jessica Lange’s character. Also returning from the first season in new roles are Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.
5) Josh Hutcherson took time out of his Hunger Games promotional tour this week and visited a Gay Straight Alliance at a Los Angeles high school. He spoke with the group about his work with Straight But Not Narrow, an anti-bullying campaign that focuses on the importance of straight allies to LGBT youth. Check out Hutcherson’s PSA for SBNN below and visit the site for information on a school tour and to see videos by founder Avan Jogia, Cory Monteith and more.
6) I Do, a film about family, friendship, gay relationships, and the struggles that binational couples face under the Defense of Marriage Act, is in need of funding assistance to complete filming, editing and submitting to festivals. The film follows Jack Edwards, a gay British man living in New York. When his brother is killed in a car accident, Jack is left to help his sister-in-law Mya raise his niece. His work visa is denied and in a desperate bid to keep his family together Jack marries his best friend Ali in order to get a green card. Jack meets Spanish American Mano and falls in love. As Jack’s marriage crumbles, he struggles with impossible decisions about his family, friends, and the man he is in love with. Watch the trailer below and visit I Do’s Indiegogo page to learn more and donate.