|Registerectomy: Part of the Boundaries of Queer Film series playing at 1:30
Korea's Queer Film Festival starts this Thursday, June 18th, and runs until Sunday. With a range of international queer films and Korean short queer collections and a nice collection of gay, lesbian, and transgender films, it should be a nice weekend activity.
The Festival opens on the 9th of June in the Seoul City Hall with the parade on the 13th of June. The film festival will run from 6/18 to 6/21.
Viva the queer revolution!
Pride is right around the corner! Korea usually celebrates with their annual Korea Queer Festival and Korea Queer Film Festival. Although very few specifics are available, dates have been announced so you can mark your calendars for Korea's
Argh! I didn't have time to write about queer happenings this weekend, which means I forgot to write about the fact that the Seoul LGBT film festival is back in town. Such a bad blogger... However, you can still make it to the second day. KU Cinema
will be screening five films on Sunday, November 9th.
Here is a quick line up of the movies:
Seoul has a lot going on this weekend for gay Christmas and it starts tomorrow! If you want to join Gay Friends in Seoul for a screening of Young Frankenstein, join us tomorrow, Thursday, November 30th, at The Hidden Cellar
in HBC at 7 pm.
Although I haven't noticed any specific parties lined up for this Friday (Halloween), Homo Hill is likely to be full of people. If you see a purple-haired Glinda the Gay with a handsome Wicked Bitch of the East, say hi to the Kimchi Queen and his boyfriend.
Korean-American director Andrew Ahn (do you remember Dol?
) is crowdfunding for a new film about a Korean-American teenager who discovers an 'underground culture of gay sex' at his new workplace: a Korean spa.
For those who haven't had a chance to see this season's gay films, Indie Plus is screening The Gays Are Coming Volume 3 Some
, Night Flight
, First Dance
, and Stranger By the Lake
over the weekend of October 10th through October 12th. While there won't be English subtitles, First Dance looks like it has English subtitles for the parts in Korean and Korean subtitles for the parts in English and Stranger by the Lake is in French.
The third volume of the Gays are Coming (check out Volume I
and Volume II
) will be screened on the 13th, 17th, and 20th of September in Seoul and on the 27th in Busan. This year's volume is titled 3Some and has quite a sexy poster.
Kim Jho Gwang Su and Kim Tae-yong's new omnibus film is now playing in theaters in Korea. I haven't seen any showings with English subtitles, but it my viewers are interested in seeing the film, they can check out Naver Movie's page with showtimes and theaters
(Korean). If your Korean isn't good enough to get through the website but you still want to try to make a showing, write a comment below telling me what city you live in in Korea or what neighborhood in Seoul and I can find the closest theater and showtimes.
I'm at the airpot heading to Korea and realized that the Korean Queer Film Festival is going on right now! I'm the worst gay blogger in Korea :-(
The festival will continue until Sunday, June 15th. English information can be found at KQFF.com
. The only Korean films are short films, unfortunately, but there are a handful of films in English or with English subtitles.
Town, an LGBTQ group for Koreans in the Toronto area, is presenting their first event on June 14th: a Queer Korean Film Screening.
If you missed the screening of these short films in November
, you have a second chance to see a series of queer Korean short films.
There are three screenings:
On Wednesday (2/26), you can see the films starting at 7 pm near Chungmuro Station at Oh! Zemidong Theater
. (The theater is in the station).
The new queer short film 20 (produced by 99) has posted screening times for the premier.
A couple months ago we were asked to participate in a documentary Arirang TV was making about safety in Korea. It is a topic we’ve been wanting to cover for a long time, so we agreed to be a part of it. We get a lot of safety related questions, and it’s always seemed to a be topic we could cover over the span of 3 or 4 videos. This Arirang TV documentary will focus on safety of students in school, and also cover women’s safety services in Seoul.
I climbed the biggest mountain peak in Korea, Jirisan
. We did a little miscalculation with the amount of daylight that we had left and nearly had to finish it in the dark. This was made even scarier by the fact that there were 'Beware of the Bear' signs up all over the forest. Check out the link if you want to see some good mountainside fashion...or not!
So, long October! My last full month in Korea...you certainly kept me busy.
I love this new initiative by directors to crowdfunding their films in order to start film production. One films that is being advertised on IvanCity
is a Korean queer short film called 20.
Directed by 백인규 (In-gyu Baek), it looks like funding has already been realized so we can hopefully see this film later this fall. Here's the trailer.
To be honest, the most enjoyable part has been just hanging around the square and soaking up the atmosphere, particularly over the weekend when the typhoon was supposed to hit and was causing mischief by blowing empty chairs and cups everywhere. We also paid a visit to the Cinema Museum.
The museum was pretty bizarre. It was a collection of busts of famous characters from Hollywood films that a Korean music composer has collected to 'decorate his man cave' as it was worded on the information. Some of it was pretty terrifying to look around, and I wasn't surprised to see one little Korean boy crying his eyes out due to pure horror!
This week has been Busan's International Film Festival. A week long celebration of film. We'd tried to get tickets but they all sold out really quickly, so we have managed to get our hands on a couple of cancellations.
Great event coming up in October organized by my friend and Fulbright scholar Todd Henry. The day will focus on queer history through film from the 1950s to present.