I don't attend a lot of film festivals. I don't especially like crowds and I loathe pretense, so I shy away from spaces that feel cliquey or uncomfortable. I'm much more likely to show up for media previews or screenings devoted to people with whom I identify. Reel Q fits the bills because it is well, really queer (and trans).
In her latest film After Words, she portrays a single woman in her forties who is at the end of her rope. She has a plan to end her life but delays it until after a trip to Costa Rica. Watching Harden go from a beaten plain Jane to a woman on the cusp of a wonderful life makes for grand movie entertainment.
"Max" is a family film, and it is all about the dog. This movie follows in a long line of dog movies such as "Lassie," "A Dog of Flanders," "Old Yeller," "Rin Tin Tin" and many, many more. When you place the camera squarely on a four footed hairy creature who barks then you know chances are good you have yourself a hit.