Lots of local movie news for today with the biggest for lgbtq film fans being the announcement of the gala screenings for the 17th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival which runs October 11 through October 21. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the producers of the annual festival, have revealed the theme of this year’s festival: “Come Out and Play” and the identities of the Opening and Closing Gala films, and the two Centerpiece Gala Films. The rest of the schedule will be announced the week of September 17th.
The big “get” of the festival is undoubtedly the Seattle premiere of the new film “Struck By Lightning” written by and starring “Glee” star Chris Colfer. (You might remember we interviewed the director of the film, Brian Dannelly; check it out HERE.)
Opening Night Film: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING (Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m., Cinerama)
Chris Colfer, Golden Globe winner for Glee, is the writer and star of this wickedly smart dark comedy, set in a town strikingly similar to where Colfer grew up. Through a series of flashbacks, we get to know Carson Phillips (Colfer), a high school senior whose attitude toward high school is arrogant and cynical. He’d love nothing more than to escape the mediocrity of the meathead jocks, the drama club gays, a mean-girl cheerleader (Sarah Hyland, Modern Family), a spooky goth chick (Ashley Rickards, Awkward), and a clueless college advisor (Angela Kinsey, The Office) who harass him on a daily basis. Home life is no solace for Carson either, what with a pill-popping mom (Allison Janney), estranged father (Dermot Mulroney), and his father’s pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men). Quirky and hilarious Rebel Wilson (BRIDESMAIDS) steals the show as Carson’s only ally, who helps him hatch an outrageous plan to humiliate his foes and boost his chances for college acceptance.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING will resonate with anyone who has suffered through the torments of high school cliques and the burning desire to turn the tables on one’s enemies. The memorable performances in this lively reinvention of the high school comic drama are infused with such spirit and joy that you may even get nostalgic.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival and was the closing night film at this year’s OutFest in Los Angeles.
source: Seattle Gay Scene