Movie Review: HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL

movie review: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

The 29th annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival is already underway at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu Museum of Art.

This year's festival presents 54 films from 26 countries.

Looking at trailers for the films being shown at the Rainbow Film Festival, I'm struck by the high production values and fine acting in these movies mostly about the perils and the joys experienced by gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

Here's what looks good to me.

SATURDAY CHURCH tells the story of a shy fourteen year old boy who struggles with questions about his gender identity until he joins a lively transgender community and goes to SATURDAY CHURCH, a program that supports LBGTQ youth. (This film shows on Sunday, August 19th at 7:30 pm.)

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY stars Molly Shannon in a lesbian comedy that imagines a romantic relationship between famous 19th century poet, Emily Dickinson and her brother's wife. (It screens this Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.)

FREAK SHOW focuses on a fearless, gender bending teenager in a right wing state who astounds everyone with his anything goes-fashion sense and his ever ready wit. Alex Lawther stars as Billy Bloom who dares to challenge his school's meanest girl for the title of homecoming queen.

FREAK SHOW, which also features Bette Midler, will be the festival's closing night film next Friday. (It shows on Friday night August 17th at 8 pm.)

There are two short film showcases still to be shown at the festival. The first is this Sunday, August 12th at noon and features a touching little movie called MARGUERITE. Through a friendship with her lesbian nurse, an aging woman makes peace with the longing for another woman she never acknowledged in her younger years.

The second remaining short film showcase will be presented next Saturday, August 18th at 11:30 am. What appeals to me in this showcase is an Indian short called SISAK, a prize winning silent film about a romance between two strangers that slowly develops through wordless gestures and universally recognized expressions of affection.

You can find out everything you need to know at the festival website HGLCF.ORG or just google Rainbow Film Festival, click or tap the program guide, then click or tap "purchase tickets" to watch trailers, read about the films, the special guests & events, and of course to buy tickets.

Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. thunter@hawaiinewsnow.com