The 23rd annual Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival continues through Sun., Oct. 26, with entertaining and provocative features, documentaries and shorts highlighting the gay, lesbian and transgendered experience.
Unless noted, films screen at the SouthSide Works Cinema, South Side. Tickets are $8.50 for single admissions; $6 for under 25, at the door. Discount passes are available, including: the Cheap Thrills packet ($45 for six admissions); the Scream Queen Pass ($75 for 10 admissions); and the Diva Pass ($125 for admission to all festival events and parties). See www.plgfs.org for more information.
Here is the screening schedule for the remaining days:
Wed., Oct. 22
7 p.m. WOMEN'S SHORTS. A program of short films by and about women.
9 p.m. THE WORLD UNSEEN. Set in the days of South Africa's apartheid, an openly gay Asian woman and a quiet housewife strike up a life-changing relationship, in Shamim Sarif's drama.
Thu., Oct. 23
7 p.m. MEN'S SHORTS. A program of short films by and about men.
9 p.m. BETWEEN LOVE AND GOODBYE. There's a fresh round of obstacles preventing the course of true love in this new dramedy from Casper Andreas (Slutty Summer, Love Is a Four Letter Word).
Fri., Oct. 24
8 p.m. 13 MOST BEAUTIFUL ... SONGS FOR ANDY WARHOL'S SCREEN TESTS. In this live premiere event, musicians Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (formerly of Luna) perform new original songs composed to accompany 13 of Andy Warhol's "screen tests," short films the artist shot of contemporaries in 1964-66. The work was commissioned by The Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and is part of the ongoing Festival of Firsts. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $25 ($10 for under 25)
10 p.m. 3-DAY WEEKEND. In an effort to bring a little excitement to their annual trip to a mountain hideaway, two male couples each agree to bring along a hot, single friend to see what happens. Anyone who has ever watched a movie with a similar plot -- and there are a lot of them -- knows exactly what's going to happen in writer-director Rob Williams' dramedy. The pot gets stirred, relationships get tested, new ones form and sex gets had. The acting is passable and Williams tells an OK, if not a little too-contrived tale. (Charlie Deitch)
Sat., Oct. 25
2 p.m. KINSEY SICKS: ALMOST FAMOUS. This documentary portrait from Ken Bielenberg catches up with the drag act Kinsey Sicks as the political-comedy-musical crew negotiates a new gig in Las Vegas.
4 p.m. DOLLS. Three Czech teen-age girls hit the open road for good times and personal awakening in Karin Babinská's coming-of-age dramedy. In Czech, with subtitles.
6 p.m. TRU LOVED. A teen with two lesbian moms is uprooted from her San Francisco home to a homophobic suburban high school. Stewart Wade directs this family-friendly film.
- Mulligans: Extreme Family Do-Over
9:30 p.m. MULLIGANS. If you play golf, you know that a "mulligan" is a do-over, and an opportunity to do things differently arises for several family members enjoying the summer at their bucolic lakeside cottage. College-age son Tyler (Derek Baynham) brings home his best bud Chase (Charlie David), whose revelation that he's gay roils the waters in both his friendship with Tyler, and between Tyler's parents (Dan Payne and Thea Gill). Chip Hales' somewhat breezy melodrama, from David's script, gives all players – whether confused, betrayed, reinvigorated – a fair shot at validating their feelings. And the seemingly randomly chosen "Go Steelers" line is sure to get an appreciative response here. A Q&A with the actors to follow. $15 (includes 7:30 p.m. VIP party with actors before screening). (Al Hoff)
Sun., Oct. 26
3 p.m. DRIFTING FLOWERS. The interconnected stories about Taiwanese lesbians experiencing love and loss is the latest feature from Zero Chou (Spider Lilies). In Taiwanese and Mandarin, with subtitles.
5 p.m. DOG TAGS. Damion Dietz's sort-of road flick (no one gets far) is a clumsily contrived drama about a Marine recruit seeking his real father who befriends a depressive rich kid with an infant son. In the lead role, Paul Preiss tries hard, but his Marine's impossible: a small-town hetero working-class guy who slips into gay sex without hesitation and whose anger seems to surface only as a plot convenience. (Bill O'Driscoll)
7 p.m. BREAKFAST WITH SCOT. In this Canadian comedy from Laurie Lynd, two straight-acting, hunky gay guys (Thomas Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman) find their domestic life disordered when they get custody of 11-year-old Scot, who is waaay in touch with his sissy side. $15 (includes closing-night party at adjacent Cheesecake Factory)