Tomorrow begins this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and several lesbian filmmakers will be in Park City, Utah, to represent their films. The Absolut Queer Lounge will play host to the festival’s gay-themed films as well as films made by LGBT directors and producers.
Rachel Dratch at last year’s Queer Lounge
Sundance is where many films hope to find distribution deals and garner buzz for the next year when they are likely to make it to theaters (or at least to DVD) on a national scale. It’s where movies like Brokeback Mountain and Boys Don’t Cry secured deals so they would eventually become widely-watched Oscar winning films.
Here are this year’s top queer films to keep an eye out for in 2009:
Starring Sandra Bernhard, Ana Gasteyer and Emmy Rossum, Dare is the story of three high schoolers who become involved with one another in a twisted love triangle. (Bernhard does not play one of the teenagers.)
The film itself is not gay-themed (it follows Uma Thurman as a mother trying to throw her daughter a birthday party), but has out producer Christine Vachon at the helm. She’s usually got great taste, so I’ll trust her on this one.
With a cast including Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey and Sherri Shepherd, it sounds like an eccentric comedy. However, the description (which says the movie follows a depressed, overweight, sexually abused teen who turns to a lesbian teacher to help her turn her life around), leads me to believe it’s a little more serious — at least more serious than Glitter.
This film stars Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amber Tamblyn and Jane Lynch. Do you really need to know more?
Also part of this year’s Queer Lounge is the Jenni Olson short 575 Casto St. (which you can watch below) and Coley Sohn‘s 10-minute dark comedy Boutonniere about a teenage girl attending her prom, despite her mother’s attempts to take over the experience for herself.
Do any of these films sound like something you’d pay $10 for, if not a plane ticket down to Sundance itself?