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Sexual Orienting Onscreen

Gay and lesbian fest features new looks at homosexuality

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 -- HGLFF co-chair Andrew Edmonson wants his target audience to make an extra special effort to catch this one. "Over the years," Edmonson says, "we've used the festival to educate the gay and lesbian community about its undiscovered history. In that vein, we're proud to screen this superb documentary about the US's oldest living African-American lesbian. Ruth was 'out' decades before it was cool to be visible, and she has led an absolutely fascinating life." (6 p.m. June 1, Rice University Media Center.)

Forbidden Love in the Twilight World of the Third Sex -- A mixed bag of short subjects, including "A Love Story," an examination of the lesbian love affair in WWII Germany that inspired the controversial feature "Aimee and Jaguar." Sight unseen, it's hard to tell whether any of the four shorts on this bill are worth the price of admission. But who cares: I just wanted to list the program's cool title. Sounds like the name of an unproduced Ed Wood screenplay, doesn't it? (8 p.m. June 2, Diverse Works.)

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train -- Patrice Chereau's bittersweet appraisal of love and loss focuses on an egocentric artist (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who loved men, manipulated women and generally conducted himself as a heedless libertine for 70-something years. Even as he nears death, he can't resist making friends, relatives and intimates jump through hoops one last time. So he makes plans for a funeral that require mourners to travel by rail from Paris to Limoges. (5 p.m. May 27-29, MFAH).

Show of strength: The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival flexes its muscles with such fare as Beefcake.
Show of strength: The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival flexes its muscles with such fare as Beefcake.
Show of strength: The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival flexes its muscles with such fare as Beefcake.
Show of strength: The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival flexes its muscles with such fare as Beefcake.

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runs through June 4 at various theaters

The Hunger -- It's not entirely necessarily to be a connoisseur of camp to enjoy this sleek and sexy nonsense about chic vampires on the prowl in 1983 New York. For those of you who have always wanted to see Catherine Deneuve between the sheets with Susan Sarandon -- and you know who you are, so don't try to deny it --here's the stuff that dreams are made of. (9:30p.m. June 1, Rice University Media Center.)

Tickets for the "Technicolor 2000" party -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 26 -- are $15 and can be purchased at the Alley Theatre box office. Additional information is available at www.hglff.org.

HGLFF Schedule

Queer As Folk and Queer As Folk 2: episodes of British television series. 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. June 2-8, 5:30 p.m. June 4. Angelika Film Center, 501 Texas Avenue, (713)225-5232.

Schoolàs Out: Gay & Lesbian Teen Portraits: shorts program. 8 p.m. May 30. Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora Street, (713)868-2101

The Wrong Body: 7 p.m. May 31. (Followed by a 9 p.m. discussion led by Rice University gender studies professor Dr. Lynne Huffer). Diverse Works, 1117 East Freeway, (713)335-3445

Forbidden Love in the Twilight World of the Third Sex: video shorts. 8 p.m. June 2. Diverse Works.

Eating in Bed Is Good: video shorts. 10 p.m. June 2. Diverse Works.

Beefcake: May 26-June 2. Landmark Greenway 3 Theatre, 5 Greenway Plaza, (713)626-0402.

Women of Vision: 3 p.m. May 27 and 29. (Director Alexandra Juhasz will attend the May 27 screening.) Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); 1001 Bissonnet, (713)639-7515

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train: 5 p.m. May 27-29, MFAH.

Cheryl Dunye short films. 7:30 p.m. May 27. (Director will be in attendance.) MFAH.

The Watermelon Woman: 9 p.m. May 27. (Director Cheryl Dunye will be in attendance.) MFAH.

Chocolate Babies: 7:30 p.m. May 28-29. MFAH.

Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100: 6 p.m. June 1. Rice University Media Center,

Outtakes: 7:30 p.m. June 1. Rice Media Center.

The Hunger: 9:30 p.m. June 1. Rice Media Center.

Rice & Potatoes: 6 p.m. June 2. Rice Media Center.

Bedrooms and Hallways: 7:30 p.m. June 2, 9 p.m. June 4. Rice Media Center.

Gendernauts: 9:30 p.m. June 2. Rice Media Center.

Surviving Friendly Fire: 3:30 p.m. June 3. Rice Media Center.

The Man Who Drove with Mandela: 5:30 p.m. June 3. Rice Media Center.

Lola and Billy the Kid: 7:30 p.m. June 3. Rice Media Center.

Sitcom: 9:30 p.m. June 3. Rice Media Center.

Myra Breckinridge: 11:30 p.m. June 3. Rice Media Center.

HGLFF Short Film Showcase. 5 p.m. June 4 (Directors Sharon Ferranti and Jenni Stark will be in attendance.) Rice Media Center.

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me: 7 p.m. June 4. Rice Media Center.

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