Note: The Cinema Theatre was built in 1914 and is now the oldest, continually operating theater in the city of Rochester.
ImageOut Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Year
Encore Screenings of 2011 Festival Favorites
Rochester, New York– February 6, 2012 – On Thursday, February 23, ImageOut, Rochester’s gay and lesbian film and video festival, will kick off its 20th Anniversary year on a high note with an encore screening of Loose Cannons (Mine vaganti, in Italian with English subtitles). This hilarious movie won the 2011 ImageOut Audience Award for Best Independent Narrative Feature and will be preceded by the touching I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, in Portuguese with English subtitles), the 2011 ImageOut Audience Award winner for Best Independent Short Film.
“If you missed our Closing Night presentation of Loose Cannons, or I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone when it screened as part of our men’s shorts program, now is your chance to enjoy them as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen,” says ImageOut Board Chair Paul Allen. “This is a perfect pair of movies to bring your friends and family, for them to get a taste of ImageOut.”
A hilarious comedy of manners, Loose Cannons revolves around Tomasso, the youngest son of the wealthy Cantone family, proprietors of a successful pasta factory in Leece, Italy. Tomasso has returned home in the wake of news that his father has finally decided to retire and is prepared to hand over control of the factory to Tomasso and his older brother, Antonio. Never desiring to have any part of the family legacy, Tomasso has readied an exit strategy for himself: he’ll come out as gay to the entire family over dinner, ensuring his conservative father will shut him out of the business entirely. But before Tomasso gets a chance to deliver his well-rehearsed speech, Antonio throws a wrench into the works by dropping a bombshell of his own. In an instant, Tomasso’s worst nightmare comes true as he is made the new factory boss. Chaos (and many laughs) ensue as the reluctantly dutiful son tried everything in his power to get out of his familial responsibilities.
Loose Cannons will be preceded by I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho), the 2011 ImageOut Audience Award winner for Best Independent Short Film. The charming short film is a tender love story about Leonardo, a blind school boy who falls for the new boy in class, failing to realize that his closest friend, Giovana, has long been harboring feelings for him.
ImageOut Audience Award Encore Screenings
Thursday, February 23, 2012 6:30pm
Cinema Theatre, 957 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door only, box office opens at 6:00pm.
ImageOut is Upstate New York’s longest running lesbian and gay film and video festival. 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of ImageOut. The 2012 Festival will run 10 days from Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October, 14th, 2012. Last year’s Festival featured 82 films, from over 20 countries, including 13 East Coast premiere and 16 New York State premiere screenings. Final programming for 2012 will be announced in late August. Updated information is always available at www.ImageOut.org.
ImageOut informs, entertains, educates, and enriches filmgoers through the exhibition of film and videos by, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. ImageOut encourages lesbian and gay filmmakers, who, as a group, are rarely seen in mainstream media. It is an opportunity to record and preserve the stories and histories of LGBT lives and to foster collaborations and conversations to break down social and cultural barriers concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
ImageOut is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Govenor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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