School to host Queer Film Festival '09

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The highlight of the festival will be the Jan. 17 appearance of acclaimed writer, actor, and director John Cameron Mitchell to host the screening of his films, "Shortbus" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and to DJ at a dance party following.

'Edge of Heaven'

The festival will start at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, with "The Edge of Heaven," a 2007 Turkish-German film written and directed by Fatih Ak n, which won the Prix du scénario at Cannes.

At midnight, the South Hadley-based Come Again Players will present a traditional live-cast midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

'Breakfast With Scot'

Saturday, Jan. 17, will begin with free coffee and donuts at 11 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by the film, "Breakfast with Scot," a 2007 Canadian comedy about a retired ice hockey player turned sportscaster, whose quiet domestic life with his partner is disrupted when he becomes the legal guardian of his nephew.

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Mitchell will be at the 4 p.m. screening of his 2006 film, "Shortbus," followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion. At 9 p.m., his 1998 cult classic, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," will be shown, followed by dance party at The Log ,76 Spring St., with Mitchell as DJ.

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'But I'm a Cheerleader'

On Sunday, Jan. 18, enjoy brunch at noon followed by a 1 p.m. showing of the 1999 satirical romantic comedy, "But I'm a Cheerleader," in which a high school girl discovers her true sexual identity when sent away to be "cured" of her homosexuality. To RSVP for the brunch, e-mail justin. adkins@williams.edu.

'Rag Tag'

On Monday, Jan. 19, "Rag Tag," the 2006 seriocomedy by Adaora Nwandu, will screen at 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, Jan. 20, two documentaries — "Saving Marriage: The True Story of the Massachusetts Fight to Save Marriage Equality" (2006) and "Be Like Others/Transsexual in Iran" (2008) — will be shown at 7 and 8:45 p.m., respectively, in a one-admission double bill.

'Y'

The festival will conclude with the 2007 "Y," the story of an intersex teenager, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 and "The Bubble/Buah, Ha," a 2007 film about a group of 20-somethings sharing life, love, and a tiny apartment in modern day Tel Aviv, at on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for all screenings will be available from Images starting Monday, Jan. 5. Regular ticket prices apply. The films are free for Williams College students with ID. Information: 458-1039.

This year's festival is sponsored by The Rainbow Times, the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) newspaper.

The Williams College Dively Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity strives to develop an understanding of human sexuality and sexual orientation and their impact on culture through a broad array of programming that explores issues relating to gender difference, sexuality, homosexuality, and feminism, and that encourages a respect for and awareness of human sexuality and diversity.


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