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Distributed March 29, 2005
Contact Mary Jo Curtis

April 7-10, 2005
Brown Presents Queer Window: The LGBTQ Film and Video Festival

Brown University will present Queer Window: The LGBTQ Film and Video Festival April 7 to 10, 2005, at Cable Car Cinema. Headlining the festival will be Brown alumnus Rodney Evans ’93, who will introduce and discuss his film Brother to Brother on Sunday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Some of the latest and most interesting films on queer issues and communities are coming to Providence next month when Brown University presents Queer Window: The LGBTQ Film and Video Festival, April 7 to 10, 2005, at the Cable Car Cinema.


Brother to Brother
Aunjanue Ellis (Zora) appears in Brother to Brother, a film by Rodney Evans that explores the gay and lesbian subcultures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Photo: Constanza Mirre

Queer Window will feature more than a dozen full-length films and a variety of short films, including Brother to Brother (2004), an award-winning film by director and Brown alumnus Rodney Evans, a member of the Class of 1993. Evans will introduce his film and take questions on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Cable Car Cinema.

“This festival captures the vibrant, provocative nature of queer cinema today, as both the established and a new wave of directors explore issues and genre,” said festival co-organizer Richard Manning, film archivist for Brown’s Department of Modern Culture and Media.

Queer Window is committed to screening work by, about and/or of interest to the LGBTQ community, but we don’t want to define narrowly what that must be,” said festival co-organizer Lynne Joyrich, associate professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown. “Instead, we want to show the multiple ways in which sexuality and identity have been explored in a wide range of exciting films.”

Evans’ Brother to Brother follows the emotional journey of a young African American gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance. The film has won numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Feature Project’s Gordon Parks Award, and feature and audience awards at gay and lesbian film festivals in Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, New York (NewFest 2004) and Los Angeles (OUTfest). The film has been called “a well-acted work of grace and depth” (The Los Angeles Times) and “haunting ... a film of great beauty and conscience” (The Austin Chronicle). Evans has been called “one of the most promising young directors of the new century” (ImageOut).


Brown alumna Angela Robinson’s debut as a director features a quartet of improbable secret agents (Discipline, Energy, Beauty, Strength) who battle their arch-nemesis Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Among the other feature films being presented are Goldfish Memory, an award-winning romp through contemporary Dublin; Tropical Malady, a production of France and Thailand and a 2004 Cannes Film Festival winner; Proteus, a dramatization of historical events at a South African penal colony; Wild Side, which traces the complicated relations between three Parisian outsiders; and D.E.B.S., which features the hilarious feature debut of Brown alumna Angela Robinson as a member of a squad of elite espionage agents composed of female students. Several award-winning documentaries will also be screened, including the timely Tying the Knot, on marriage regulations; Drag Kings on Tour; and Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventure in Plastic, a lesbian folk singer’s escapades as a Tupperware saleswoman. Among the short films and videos scheduled is a program of shorts about and/or by LGBTQ youths and another addressing transgender and intersex issues.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for general admission and $4 for students; festival passes for six shows are also available at $24 for general admission and $18 for students. Tickets for each day’s screenings will be available at 11 a.m. that day at the Cable Car Cinema, located at 204 South Main St. For a full festival schedule, film descriptions or other information, visit or call (401) 863-2853.


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