By Hans Pedersen, August 2015 Issue.


Video release Aug. 4 | Unrated | 87 minutes

A Russian political drama set in the country’s chilling anti-gay climate, which mistreats the LGBT community under the auspices of a so-called gay “propaganda” law that criminalizes self-expression. Jonathan Taieb writes and directs this story of Anton and Vlad, a Russian same-sex couple who witness what appears to be a brutal gay bashing. Anton (Renat Shuteev) feels compelled to look into the hate crime, and Vlad (Andrei Kurganov) wants him to drop the issue, yet it seems he may have ulterior motives. Shot in the Ukraine, Stand has lots of positive buzz and screened at several film festivals.

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Michael Feinstein will commemorate Judy Garland’s life on March 20 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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