NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH A SHOW ABOUT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Good news for Saving Face director
Alice Wu, and for those of us who
would like to see more TV shows run by lesbians: ABC has picked
up Wu’s new series, Foobar (a reference to the popular and colorful
Foobar is a one-hour ensemble set at a fictional software company
about "a lot of very smart, highly verbal people who are relationship retards
running one of the most admired companies in the world." Wu is basing the
series on her experience working at Microsoft before becoming a filmmaker, and she explained
to The Hollywood Reporter, "There is something very special about
coming out of school and starting your adult life in that environment where
you live, breathe and do everything together."
No word yet on whether any of these "very smart, highly verbal people"
will be of the lesbian or bisexual persuasion, but if it’s anything like the
software/internet companies I’ve worked at, it will be almost completely run
by straight white men, with a marketing department full of cool straight women
and one numbers-crunching lesbian who secretly dreams of quitting her day job
to run a lesbian entertainment website that Tina Fey will one day mention on
Here’s Wu in 2005 with the stars of Saving Face:
OK, I love Lynn and Michelle,
but how cute is Alice in that tie?
LESBIAN QUOTE OF THE WEEK NO. 1
"I loved how it’s a non-issue in this movie. I think too often we see lesbian
characters that fall into a cliché, and I liked that she was a just a
really normal, vibrant woman who happened to be gay. It’s not the central issue
and she’s pretty well adjusted and her family is pretty supportive."
— Maggie Grace on how her character’s sexuality was
portrayed in The Jane Austen Book
COFFEE, RAIN, REALLY BIG DORMANT VOLCANO … OH YEAH, AND A QUEER FILM
The Seattle Lesbian
and Gay Film Festival returns for its 12th run Oct. 12-21, 2007. This
year’s festival opens with the West Coast premiere of The Walker, an
"intriguing and witty murder mystery set amongst Washington D.C.’s social
elite," starring Woody Harrelson, Lily
Tomlin, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lauren Bacall.
Here’s a shot of Lily in the movie:
Some of the festival’s feature
films likely to be of interest to you: The
Chinese Botanist’s Daughters, Itty Bitty Titty Committee
and Nina’s Heavenly Delights. The
include Kate Clinton: The 25th Anniversary Tour and Blood on the
Flat Track, which profiles the local grassroots effort to form Seattle’s
first all-female roller derby league.
One documentary I’d skip? The new German documentary Here’s
Looking at You, Boy, which purports to be a "documentary on the
history of gay and lesbian film" yet interviews mostly men and straight
women about mostly gay male films. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn it was
written, directed and produced by men. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that
adding a reference to Desert Hearts
and an interview with Guin Turner to a documentary
about gay male cinema doesn’t qualify it as "a history of gay and lesbian
films." But then, neither has Bravo.