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TWIST Tops presents Best Short Films

TWIST Tops presents Best Short Films
Short, LGBTQ | 2016 | NR. 1hr 26min

The latest and greatest: enjoy audience and jury award-winning short films from TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival! This program features nine short films including documentary, drama, dance, comedy, and experimental genres.

  • HONEYMOON - Lucy and Johanna are on an "idyllic" honeymoon when tensions turn into a full-blown public, yet private, quarrel.
  • FOLSOM STREET - A kink- and fetish-fueled dance explosion in celebration of the Folsom Street Fair.
  • BOOTWMN - Meet Deana McGuffin, boot maker. Her fabulous gay boots are made with love, and for walking.
  • THE GLORY HOLE - Two longtime partners recount the sexy true story of how they first met.
  • VAMONOS - Devastated by grief after the death of her partner, Hope still finds the strength to make sure Mac is honored in death as much as in life.
  • IN THIS SKIN - This narrative montage explores the real-life stories of transgender youth.
  • DIANE FROM THE MOON - In the aftermath of a hurtful breakup with her girlfriend Alice, Diane (Mya Taylor, TANGERINE) begins living out of a posh 1960s hotel in Palm Springs.
  • OH, I GET IT - Seattle-based queer comedians are using their own brand of humor, proving that social change is best served funny.
  • THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS - Meet Patrick Haggarty, the Washington State man behind the world's first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. Winner of SIFF 2016's Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary Short
Contains sexual situations and vulgar language.


Stick around after 1:30 pm screening and meet star Patrick Haggerty of THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS, and filmmakers Sam McWilliams and Paige Gratland of BOOTWMN and Danny Tayara of OH, I GET IT.

Danny Tayara will also join us after the 6:45 pm screening for a Q&A.

Patrick Haggerty was born in 1944 and raised on a dairy farm near Port Angeles, Washington. After college he joined the Peace Corps, but was discharged in 1966 for being gay. In 1973, Patrick, along with his band Lavender Country, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. The eponymously named Lavender Country became a lifeline of information to rural gays but with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth. Forty years later and much to Haggerty’s surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered, re-released, and is now being lauded by critics as “resonant and wonderful...a rare act of bravery and honesty.”

Haggerty has devoted his life to agitating and representing on behalf of LGBTQ communities, running two unsuccessful campaigns for political office, once for Seattle City Council and once as an independent candidate for a seat in the Washington House of Representatives, and continues to play music, and work as a gay rights and anti-racism activist.

Sam McWilliams is a tattoo artist from San Francisco, California, with a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in painting and drawing. Paige Gratland is a Canadian artist who studied film production at Ryerson University (Toronto). Her work has screened at The Images Festival (Toronto), The Anthology Film Archive (NYC) and Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Toronto). They both now live in Vancouver, BC, Canada and BOOTWMN is their first documentary film. BOOTWMN has played at over forty film festivals in nine countries and was an official selection for the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (Toronto, ON), Frameline (San Francisco) and Outfest (Los Angles, CA.) BOOTWMN also won the Audience Choice Award at Dyke Drama Film Festival (Perth, AU), Favorite Lesbian Short Award at Twist Seattle Queer Film Festival (Seattle, US) and was commended Best Documentary at the Women Over 50 Film Festival (Brighton, UK).

Danny Tayara is a filmmaker and festival programmer in Seattle, WA. They founded Seattle Queer Filmmakers, a hub for people looking to make connections and find collaborators. Currently Senior Programmer with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Danny is Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and assists in programming for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival. They also manage the Reel Queer Youth filmmaking program. Film projects include: Pizza Roles, The Curse, You’ve Got Tail, Oh, I Get It, Lucky Them, The Big Adventures of Little Jackie Mac, and While We’re Asleep. Danny’s pronouns are He/She/They.

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