Festivals

The Fire Island Invasion

published: July, 05, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Pride, Activism, Community Events, Festivals, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia says, "This is how we do it in Fire Island. Happy 4th of July!"

The Fire Island Invasion

“Invasion of Normandy”= World War II “British Invasion”= The Beatles “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”= epic horror movie “FIRE ISLAND INVASION”= ship full of men wearing dresses The communities of “Cherry Grove” and “The Pines” on Fire Island have been the summer playground for gay people for many decades and these historic “gay communities” are an integral part of New York’s vibrant gay scene. People from all over the world flock every summer to enjoy the be

Side by Side, part six

published: February, 11, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf at the LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Things are not going smoothly as a screening is interrupted by a bomb scare.

Part Six: Angels Welcome  Monday, November 25th My hotel room is my safe space. When I close the curtains and write to you, I feel lighter. The terrible situation here can weigh you down; I can see it in the eyes of the people I’m with each day. I went to a supermarket down the street and bought a lot of cookies and I munch on them while I type; there are crumbs everywhere. The room is very warm, the air dry and I have the occasional nosebleed, sometimes a sneezing fit. Earlier I sneezed

Side by side, part five

published: February, 04, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf continues his narrative about taking the AIDS documentary We Were Here to Russia. A bomb scare interrupts the LGBT festival for a day so he goes sightseeing in St. Petersburg instead

Part Five: Paradox  Sunday November 23rd It’s 9 am, and it’s still dark outside. I’ve received a message from Bard who is staying here at the hotel. Bard is a member of this year’s festival jury as well as the programming director for a similar film festival in Oslo, Norway. He suggests we have breakfast together. I hop in the shower and get dressed, happy to have something other than my orange outfit to wear. In the hotel restaurant, Bard tells me that the festival screening has

Side By Side, part four

published: January, 28, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Festivals, Movies, International , Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf has landed in Russia, minus luggage, to present We Were Here at an LGBT film festival. Here’s his first day in St. Petersburg where he makes contact with the film festival organizers

Part Four: I See You  Saturday November 23rd  I hear someone laughing outside my hotel room and suddenly I’m wide awake. It’s 7 am and I’ve been able to sleep for six hours. I go downstairs to eat breakfast. Most notable are two hot porridges: one made of semolina, the other, pieces of bread. Excellent comfort food, as I am still worrying about my lost luggage and what to do if it doesn’t arrive. When I return to my room I put everything I have on the bed:  1. Cargo pants with co

Side By Side, parts two and three

published: January, 21, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Senior writer Ed Wolf arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia where he is to present the AIDS documentary We Were Here in a country notorious for it’s treatment of gays and lesbians

Part two  I have a busy last day in San Francisco. Emergency visit to the dentist; I need a root canal when I return. And then to several banks, looking to buy some Russian rubles. It seems like everyone I speak to is aware of the hateful events that are happening to LGBT people in Russia. The receptionist, the hygienist, the dentist, the bank teller; it feels like the whole world is watching. But clearly, that isn’t enough. It starts to rain, the first wet day in a long time. I check the

Should I be afraid?

published: January, 14, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Festivals, Current Affairs, Movies, International , Travel, Lifestyle, Population Specific

From November 21st to November 28th, 2013 Ed Wolf documented his trip to the Side-By-Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg to present We Were Here, the AIDS documentary in which he appears.

First of a nine-part series  I’m sitting here looking at my Russian Visa. Getting it was the final obstacle before flying off to St. Petersburg Russia this coming Thursday morning, November 21. I’ve arranged a ride with Homobile, San Francisco’s LGBTIQQ car service, to come and take me to the airport. I’m thinking I could use a final queer blessing before I get on the plane.  I’ve been invited to attend the Side-by-Side LGBT Film Festival to represent David Weissman’s award-win

TIFF - Louise's Documentaries, & Festival Stinkers Part Two

published: October, 03, 2011 Categories // Festivals, Arts and Entertainment, Movies

This year I saw nineteen films at TIFF and generally had a good experience

  This year I saw nineteen films at TIFF and generally had a good experience . Documentaries My favourite documentary was The Last Dogs of Winter, the story of a man named Ladoon who is running a programme to save the last 400 wild Husky dogs in Churchill, Manitoba. In 1995, there were 2500 Huskies but the government killed most of them in order to stop Innu people from being nomadic in nature. It was “successful”, destroying further the traditional lifestyle of these people. This courage

Louise's Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) movie reviews Part One

published: September, 28, 2011 Categories // Festivals, Arts and Entertainment, Movies

Some of Louise's Toronto film festival Reviews. Part one from great to lukewarm

Albert Nobbs- A must-see gender-bender By far my favourite film of the Festival, this is a gender-bender that is brilliantly written, directed , cast and acted. Glenn Close plays the title role of Albert Nobbs. I could not take my eyes off her for a second. This was a real tour de force performance. The story was so credible and well crafted and there was not a false note in any of the supporting cast. A must. The Ides of March- Beware you don’t want them Okay Gosling again and George Cloone

Saving the best ‘til last, Luminato’s Confluence is THE one to see.

published: June, 18, 2011 Categories // Festivals, Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I don’t usually use the F word in reviews, but this show about the process of artistic creation, collaboration and creativity expressed in dance, music and movement, is fucking amazing

Saving the best ‘til last, Luminato’s Confluence is THE one to see.

“Fucking Amazing”, I said to myself as I jumped to my feet along with an enthusiastic audience at the conclusion of Confluence. I said it to myself, albeit out loud, because Luminato, generous as they are , gives out only one ticket per accredited media outlet – most give two – so partner Meirion, my usual theatre companion, was left at home. Of course, serious reviewers seldom revert to the F word to describe a show they’re writing about – they/we generally use a much more scholar