The Lesbian Looks film series celebrates its 20th anniversary next month with three screenings at the Loft Cinema, a visit from award-winning filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, and a new collection of Virtual Lesbian Looks webseries linked directly from lesbianlooks.org.
First screening is the acclaimed Mosquita y Mari at the Loft at 7 p.m. on on Wednesday, Feb. 13. From the press release:
Opening night features MOSQUITA Y MARI, an exquisitely-crafted coming of age tale that follows a pair of Latina teens who gradually fall in love against the backdrop of East LA. Studious, sweet-natured 15-year-old Yolanda feels the pressure to succeed under the eyes of her hard-working immigrant parents. When she meets her new neighbor, the feisty and alluring, BMX-riding Mari, Yolanda's humdrum high school routine gets a jolt. The two girls don't have much in common on the surface, but they become fast friends and their deep bond develops into a tension that neither one expected nor quite knows how to handle. Director Aurora Guerrero’s impressive feature film debut (which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) features two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso, who perfectly embody the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love and desire for the first time.
The 20th anniversary season continues on Thurs Feb 28, when Lesbian Looks is delighted to welcome filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss to present their groundbreaking, classic documentary BEFORE STONEWALL (1984), showcased in over 75 film festivals worldwide. The series ends on Thurs Apr 4, with Erin Greenwell's charming debut feature MY BEST DAY, which also premiered at Sundance in 2012.
Lesbian Looks 2013 is presented by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, with support from the Hanson Film Institute, the School of Theatre, film and Television Visiting Artists Program, the McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, the departments of Gender & Women's Studies, Anthropology, History and German Studies, Wingspan, and the UA Office of LGBTQ Affairs.