Friday, June 21, 2013

CONTINENTAL Sells Out At PIFF

Last night I dropped in on the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film 2nd Annual House Party before catching Malcolm Ingram's riveting new documentary CONTINENTAL at Provincetown International Film Festival. The conversations were about the films we caught throughout the day but after you had one of Michael Colford’s smart cocktails named after the fabulous Kitty Carlisle the conversations become more intimate. When I arrived at the Art House people were lining up to see the film. As I sat waiting to enter the theatre I ran into my good friend Michael Musto who’s in town to cover the festival. Michael is currently doing a weekly column called Musto! The Musical! for Out.com, writing regular think pieces for the Advocate & weekly interviews for Gawker. He also appears in the film. When I took my seat I ran into David Isaacson who I had met at the Chlotrudis Society party & we continued our conversation about independent film as the theatre filled to capacity. Andrew Peterson, Director of Programming for the PIFF introduced filmmaker Malcolm Ingram who gave some opening remarks. This is a must-see film for the LGBT community & our allies. CONTINENTAL takes viewers back in time to the sexually charged New York of 1968 when Steve Ostrow opened the Continental Baths. Not only was it a place “for sophisticated men only” the code name used for gay,  it evolved into a scene for the hip, beautiful & infamous. When they added entertainment this is where Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle & Peter Allen just to name a few took center stage. CONTINENTAL tells the tale of one of the most important keystones in the sexual revolution, that fostered an environment of tolerance & contributed to a level of mainstream gay acceptance & uncensored sexuality the likes of which have never been seen since. For More Info: continentaldocumentary.com 
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