At the Reel out queer film and video festival I saw the independent film Girltrash: All Night Long directed by Alexandra Kondracke. The film is about the discovery of sexuality. The movie takes place in California and opens with Daisy (Lisa Rieffel) and her best friend getting an invitation to play at a local band competition. Shortly after you meet Colby (Gabrielle Christian) the main character a college graduate who wants her sister to take her to a gay bar in exchange for driving her around, so she can finally meet and hook up with her fantasy girl. They end up going on a wild adventurous night, which takes lots of dramatic turns, and allows Colby to have the relationship she always dreamed of. Colby goes through an adventure of self-growth as she finally accepts her sexuality, and can embrace and except her true identity. This film provides a unique portrayal of strong, independent lesbian women. It provides to be a great film for gay or straight youth to see the portrayal of a love story involving two women. This movie takes a positive aspect on being gay as the majority of its characters all openly accept homosexuality, no matter what their sexuality is. An important portrayal in the film is Colby’s sorority sisters, as they openly accept their friend with no backlash, and even end up helping her get the girl in the end of the film.
One key scene in the film that stood out was Colby coming out for the first time to her sister Daisy. Daisy who is also a lesbian did not want to accept the fact that her sister was gay and instead convinces herself that she is just bi-curious. This scene stands out as it deals with issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender queer. Colby is a gender queer, as she does not fit the gender binary that says a cysgender; is a straight male or female who are confident as a straight man or woman. Misty represents society in this situation, which is important to acknowledge because even though being gay has become more accepted in society, people still have a hard time accepting. This scene represents the fact that homophobia can be present in multiple variations, such as Daisy not accepting the fact that her sister is gay as well. Homophobia can be seen from gay bashing, to the fear of homosexuals, to the non-acceptance of someone’s sexuality.
The cult of the virgin and emphasized feminities can also be prevalent terms seen in this film. The cult of the virgin and Colby’s virginity go one in one as; American culture is so obsessed with the virginity of young women. Colby’s goal is to lose her virginity by the end of the film, and this can show how virginity has such a strong hold over her. The 5 lead characters can be shown to have strong emphasized feminities, as they are show as strong female lead characters, apart from men.
The Reelout queer film and video festival is a great resource to Kingston. It provides a great way for Kingston youth and adults to be more educated on the LGBTQ community, as well as allowing for more opportunities for the LGBTQ community to be heard. I think attending the festival was a great idea to help educate us more on these issues that are going on in our own community, and it allows a great way to become more informed about the LGBTQ community. I think this is also a great festival to help show off the talents of these independent films, as they can inspire and encourage youth and young adults. The organization could also add things to help improve their awareness as well by having influential videos of youth’s experience before the main film rather then the short films they were playing. The short films that were being played before the movies tended to lack importance and relevancy to the festival itself. I thought the music for example in the film I watched hindered the importance of the true message and meaning behind the movie I saw. In this aspect the festival could work on playing films that have a strong overarching message that will help inspire and educate people.