COME OUT? CANNES DO!
French writer/director Céline Sciamma (second from the left in the picture below), whose first film, Water Lilies (Naissance Des Pieuvres), premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to strong reviews last week, recently came out in an interview with The Advocate.
Water Lilies follows a group of 15-year-old girls as they come into their sexuality, and as one of the girls falls in love with another. Sciamma observed, â€œI wanted to contribute. There’s really a lack of homosexual representation [in the movies], and I’ve suffered from this. Stories can really fulfill the lack of love or experience you can have when you’re young.â€
I concur. I had a lot of deprogramming to do after years of relying exclusively on Charlie’s Angels and Laverne & Shirley for information about same-sex love.
AS NASTY AS THEY WANT TO BE
Yo Majesty, an openly lesbian rap group out of Tampa, Fla., is quickly gaining national and international recognition for their bawdy Miami bass sound. A mention in a recent issue of The New Yorker even included a (favorable) comparison to the infamous 2 Live Crew. Yo Majesty, featuring Shunda-K, Jwl. B and Shon-B, is currently touring the U.S. and Canada.
Check out their MySpace page for music, videos and a video interview with the band by Beth Ditto of The Gossip.
Have a problem with Yo Majesty’s profanity? Talk to the hand â€” which they’ve conveniently provided for you in the picture above.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Exorcist director William Friedkin’s new thriller/horror film, Bug, starring Ashley Judd, opens today. In the film, Judd plays Agnes, a down-and-out waitress who falls in love with paranoid Gulf War veteran Peter, who sees bugs everywhere and eventually drags her into his nightmare. The matchmaker for the young lovers? Agnes’ best friend, R.C. (I hope her last name isn’t "Cola"), who just happens to be a lesbian.
Bisexual actor Anne Heche is embroiled in a bitter divorce/custody battle with estranged husband Coley Laffoon.
The annual Cinema Against AIDS charity auction was held at the Cannes Film Festival this week, raising a record-breaking $7.5 million — in part due to former Lost star Michelle Rodriguez’s offer to kiss host Sharon Stone if attendees dug just a little deeper into their wallets.
Monday is Memorial Day, and we’ll be taking the day off, so check back next Tuesday for new stuff on AfterEllen.com. Have a great weekend!
That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for your regularly scheduled Sarah Warn edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.