At The Box Office | June 2016
By Hans Pedersen, June 2016 Issue.
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party
Available in theaters, On Demand DVD
Gay filmmaker Stephen Cone is reportedly the son of a Southern Baptist minister and, in this coming-of-age indie film, he clearly taps into the challenges of coming out in a religious community. Henry (Cole Doman) is the son of a pastor who’s celebrating his 17th birthday with friends and family, including his dad, mom and sister – each of whom is struggling with a secret. Also attending the party is Henry’s closeted friend, Logan, who has a massive crush on him. Despite a slow first act and some stereotypical portrayals, the movie has earned acclaim and awards from several film festivals.
Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson
Available in theaters, On Demand and DVD
This intriguing documentary plays out like a crime story, dramatizing the search for the truth about what happened to lesbian artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, who vanished in the 1920s. Created by Emmy-winning director Jane Anderson, the painter’s great niece, the film shows how the artist was thriving in the small burgeoning art world in Provincetown – until she was sent to an asylum, that is. Wilkinson was never seen again, just like her paintings, which were packed up and shipped off to relatives. It’s up to Anderson to pull away the layers and share this deeply personal tale of her talented relative.