For the past two weekends, Keith and I have been traveling out to Rochester to attend the ImageOut Film Festival -- 10 days of GLBT films. Back when I lived there, I would attend as many films a physically (and financially) possible. Living in Syracuse limits the number of films we could see.
Thankfully our friends Tom and Lynn allowed us to crash at their house for both weekends. It was great to hang out with them again and explore the local cuisine. We also got to enjoy a bit of "down time" which doesn't often occur. (I love afternoon naps!)
The films and shorts we saw on the first weekend were okay. Friday night was a double-feature of The Itty Bitty Titty Committee
and Naked Boys Singing
which was followed by a Q&A session with Robert Schrock (creator and director) and Jaymes Hodges (one of the naked boys singing). I think it was a little weird for Jaymes. After all, we had just been watching his naked body for 95 minutes on screen and then he actually had to talk to us live.
Saturday was just a bunch of short movies, of which Kali Ma
was the outstanding short. (Lesson #1: Don't pick on the mama's boy. Lesson #2: Don't refuse to eat her food!)
Sunday finished up the first weekend with The King And The Clown
-- a film from South Korea, which has "no homosexual content in it whatsoever" according to the South Korean Film Board. (Yeah, right.) It was a beautiful story with great costuming and excellent filming locations.
We just came back from the second weekend of films. We saw only two, but I think they were my favorites of the whole festival. On Friday we saw Shelter
. A very touching story about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and finally taking hold of his dreams after sacrificing everything for his family when his mother passed away. And Sunday night was The Curiousity of Chance
, loaded with 80's music and fun quirky characters! Definitely two movies I want to have in my movie collection!
I don't know why, but I'm kind of sad that the film festival is over. It was a lot of fun, and I had a chance to talk to some of the guys in the chorus who were attending the movies. (Unfortunately, due to some financial issues, I wasn't able to join them for the Christmas Concert -- which I found out later that if one of my friends had known they would have made arrangements so I could have participated. Razzin-frazzin-riggin-fruckin-mucking-pr
Outside of the movies, the dinners we had with Tom and Lynn were also fabulous! We went to Thali of India (Indian cuisine), and dim sum at the Shanghai, and homestyle mexican food (although I can't remember the name of the restaurant), and sushi at A.K. Sushi and Noodles.
There was also much clothes shopping that occured (for Keith and Lynn) and spice shopping for me (yay Vietnamese Cinnamon!). And we got to play with Rocky
, a baby squirrel that Tom and Lynn rescued and have raised. I've always wanted to pet a squirrel! Although, the downside was that I had to scare it away everytime he came near me (because they wanted to teach him to be scared of other people and not jump on them).
It was a great couple of weeks, but I'm glad to be back home. There is so much that needs to be done, like laundry, and cleaning, and yard work, and cooking, etc. I'll get to it eventually.