Out On Screen

Courtesy of the Scottsdale International Film Festival, November 2017 Web Exclusive.

As part of its 17th annual event, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will screen four titles of specific LGBTQ interest.

The 2017 festival, which will take place at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, will feature films in 11 different categories. The "LGBTQ Themes" category will include the following titles:



Screens Nov. 4 at  5 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 3:05 p.m.

Chavela is the captivating portrait of barrier-breaking Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas whose international fame peaked after a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 71. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she had become a household name, delivering her performances with raw passion and a unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who defied gender and sexuality stereotypes at a time when being “out” was often dangerous. Chavela centers around a 1991 interview – the singer's first public appearance after 15 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela rises to her momentous third act, achieving international fame, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and becomes a muse to many, including renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Director:  Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi

Country: US/Spain/ Mexico

Year: 2017

Runtime: 90 minutes

Language: English/Spanish with English subtitles

Principal Cast:  Chavela Vargas, Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé, Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte y Noroña

Producer:  Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi

Cinematographer:  Catherine Gund (Mexico), Natalia Cuevas (Mexico), Paula Gutierrez (Spain)

Editor:  Carla Gutierrez

Music:  Gil Talmi

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