(AKA: Premios Maguey: Pasiones intimas del cine queer or Intimate Passions of Queer Cinema)The jury
Included some films I had seen including the Chilean (again!!) film by Esteban
Lorrain The Passion of Michelangelo which I quite liked when I saw it at
Berlin’s EFM; Gun Hill Road, Sundance 2012’s debut feature and Masters
Film (from NYU Graduate Film School) Gun Hill Road by New Yorker Rashaad
Ernesto Green, Graduate of Dartmouth College, recipient of the Princess
Grace Foundation Award and Spike Lee Fellowship which most
unfortunately has been caught in the bankruptcy of its U.S. distributor
Motion Picture Film Group (See Indiewire: What Happens You’re your
Distributor Goes Bankrupt – Why Gun Hill Road is now Finally on DVD), Sundance 2012 lesbian Chicana film Mosquito y Mari, Any Day Now, starring
Alan Cummings which I saw at the Napa Valley Film Festival where it won
the Audience Award and the 2013 Sundance film Joshua Tree 1951: A
Portrait of James Dean.
And the winner is: Quebranto (Disrupted), from Mexico, the memorial and testimony of trail blazers Fernando García, known as Pinolito, who was a child actor in the seventies and Doña Lilia Ortega, his mother, an actress. Fernando came out as a transvestite some years ago, and now calls himself Coral Bonelli. They live together in Garibaldi, Mexico yearning for their past in the movies, while Coral bravely comes to terms with her gender identity. They both still perform.
Honorable Mention went to the Israeli film Out in the Dark
The announcement and celebration party at the Black Cherry was great fun. I was honored to meet the great and beautiful Mexican actress Laura Zapata. I hung out with my new-found friends Lydia Genchi from Nomad Film Distribution in Italy and Catalina Arango of Zancudo Films from Argentina, and old friends Darryl, JC and Kevin up until midnight when the prize should have been announced, but instead, the disco dancing with two great dancers a la “Rage” in West Hollywood went on another half an hour… Someone saw the poor exhausted dancers in their open window dressing room above the club afterward, self absorbed in private activities as they tried to rest their beautiful bodies. Personally I wish they would add a Latin beat to the monotony of one-one-one-one-one-one-one beat which really exacerbated my tinnitus.
So I went home, sharing a car with Swedish Staermose Soren of Yellow Bird Productions and Greek Patrice Vivancos, spokesman for Media Mundus which is Media’s international film fund and whom I had seen earlier moderating the roundtable on funds and funding strategies for Latin America.