There’s a lot of masturbation, literal and figurative, going on in the LGBT entries in the 2011 Atlanta Film Festival, whether they’re included in the gay “Pink Peach” section or in general narrative categories.
It’s common in festivals to find the results of filmmakers’ onanism splayed across the screen, but this year actors are doing the deed as well. Look for werewolf movies next year to explain all the hairy palms.
Today’s selections in the “Pink Peach” are “Without” showing at 2:45 p.m., “The Seminarian” at 7:45 p.m. and “What’s the Name of the Dame?” encore presentation at 10 p.m. All movies are being shown at Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308.
For a complete listing of “Pink Peach” selections, click here.
• In “The Seminarian,” Ryan (Mark Cirillo) is a closeted student at a conservative seminary who’s looking for love, but the only people able to sustain a relationship in “The Seminarian” are a homophobic straight couple.
• Joslyn (Joslyn Jensen) in “Without” is caring for a helpless old man on an island but mooning over a girl, whose identity is withheld for far too long.
• “What’s the Name of the Dame?” is a pleasing documentary about the 2004 ABBA tribute album, “ABBAlicious,” by nine New York drag queens. With comments from the likes of Joan Rivers, Bruce Vilanch, Christine Baranski and ABBA’s Benny Andersson, the talk overwhelms the music; but the singing styles are surprisingly diverse and there are some clever videos.