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May 2, 2010

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Coming Out Of The Dark’s Female Eye Film Festival Picks

March 23, 2010

The 8th Annual Female Eye Film Festival takes place in Toronto, Ontario March 24 – 28, 2010 at Rainbow Cinemas

Here are some film highlights that may interest Coming Out Of The Dark community

THE LINE dir Nancy Schwartzman A documentary film examining boundaries and sexual consent. A one night stand far from home turns into a sexual nightmare. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker.

Told through a “sex-positive” lens, THE LINE is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker- who is raped, but her story isn’t cut and dry. Not a “perfect victim,” the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today’s “rape culture.” The film asks the question: where is the line defining consent?

The Line is more than a short documentary film, director Schwartzman has created a movement which asks the question WHERE IS YOUR LINE?  A group blog on consent, sex, pleasure, and ways we can ask for it. Through readers stories, photos, and comments, the hope is a place where we can dig deeper into all the questions raised by the film. The Line invites all voices, genders and opinions (as long as they’re respectful) to this space.

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CLOSING GALA: NOTHING SPECIAL (North American Premiere) In her debut feature film, writer/director Angela Garcia Combs spins a dark and funny tale of a beautiful young woman at a crucial turning point in her career and her relationship with her bi-polar mother. Louise (Julia Garcia Combs) is an insurance underwriter living in Los Angeles with her mother, May (Karen Black), who has recently been evicted from her Section 8 apartment after the building was condemned. May’s shaky grip on her emotions begins to loosen when she becomes aware of the close relationship between Louise and her trailblazing boss, Catherine (Barbara Bain), whom Louise admires and adores.

Catherine is secretly fighting cancer and has an estranged relationship with her own daughter, and reaches out to Louise as a surrogate. At the same time, Catherine is pushing Louise to accept a big promotion, which will compel Louise to relocate to New York. Things heat up when May and Catherine meet by chance on Mother’s Day and an alarming confrontation ensues. Throw into the mix a budding romance between Louise and the local bartender, and we find ourselves in the midst of a gripping story of the joys and heartaches of mother-daughter relationships, and the intense emotional lives of three remarkable women living in the shadow of the Hollywood sign.

LOVE AT THE TWILIGHT MOTEL, dir by Alison Rose, weaves seven confessional interviews with guests of an hourly motel. Sex, infidelity and the allure of the fast lane propel their stories. The filmmaker doesn’t comment or judge as she peals back the layers of their stories. In the privacy of the bedroom, men and women become candidly revealing, dark and funny, transcending the limits of their circumstances, and redeeming themselves with their story telling. (Doc, 82:00, Toronto, CAN)

How Are You, co- dirs Susan Coyne and Martha Burns. How Are You? is a comedy about grief – the ordinary, everyday kind of grief that comes to us all. Olivia Kay, newly separated, must get through Valentine’s Day while enduring a series of awkward encounters with people, who ask “How Are You?”… but can’t wait for an answer. Her amusing yet devastating run-ins lead inexorably to the one encounter she needs and fears the most: herself. (Comedy, 17:00, Toronto, CAN)

The Real Matriarch dir Rhonda Buckley. The Real Matriarch takes a look at the politics, life and professions of four prominent women from Newfoundland and Labrador: Lois Brown, Barbara Doran, Edythe Goodridge, and Mrs. Sara Sexton. They are entertaining, shocking at times, and ultimately great storytellers. Their work with women’s groups, aids patients, artists, filmmakers, and community groups is acknowledged nationally. Spanning four generations and while raising children they have held their battles wildly and never stepped down. Always leaving a boardroom or a dining room in laughter. (WP, Doc. 45:00, NFLD, CAN)

La Luz Del Perdon (The Light of Forgiveness), dir Eileen Richardson. La Luz del Perdón is a hand processed hand manipulated film journey of emotions and a personal documentary that uses abstract imagery to represent the fear of rejection, homosexuality, memories of childhood and the ultimate light found in forgiveness. (TP, 15:00, Denver, USA)

PLAN B, SINGLE WOMEN CHOOSING MOTHERHOOD, dir Beth Cramer. Romance, love, marriage, what every girl thinks of as Plan A for their lives. Reality is women are staying single longer, pursuing careers and playing the field. These women now face the tough question of how to start a family without a
partner. (CP, Doc, 70:00, NY, USA)

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Mo’nique Wins Golden Globe Award For Precious

January 18, 2010

Mo'nique poses with her Golden Globe

Mo’nique’s powerful Golden Globes acceptance speech

Mo’nique’s Golden Globe press conference interview

“I think for so long, we swept it under the carpet, for so long when it’s time to deal with THAT issue, when it’s time to deal with molestation inside the home, we walk away from it.  We don’t address it so often times we live a lifetime with those demons and not really dealing with it so we continue to have a damaged life and it’s time to stop that, it’s time for us to heal and be survivors and no longer be victims.”

Precious Trailer


Get NKM2! The Documentary On DVD!

December 11, 2009

Get NKM2! The Documentary On DVD!
Donate $50 or more, and receive a copy of  the celebrated documentary, NKM2!

Coming Out Of The Dark posted NKM2 info previously with some videos and continues to support Joe Pantoliano’s organization.


No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Our goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.

The Goal

Make Brain Dis-ease cool and sexy.  We want a normal conversation in America to be:

“I have bipolar disorder/schizophrenia/insert dis-ease”

“No Kidding, Me Too!”



November 21, 2009

I saw Precious today, I  was actually scared to see it, I assumed from the interviews and promos that it was an intense, depressing, yet important film.  I prepared myself to leave the theater depressed and heavy hearted.  It was all that, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how amazingly the subject matter was presented.  I smiled and laughed often during the film in addition to the few jumps of shock and tears.  The film showed perfectly how some deal with intense abuse or trauma, a calm and sometimes happy reality that most can’t even imagine.  A trauma so intense that you escape into a fantasy world whenever reality shows up.  The actors performances are extraordinary, even the few who had only a few minutes of screen time like Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz managed to make a huge impact in the film.  Mariah showed she can put the Diva in the closet, dig deep, allow the director to make her physically look bad and portray a character so opposite from herself.  Lenny was a little ray of sunshine in the film as the lone positive male character, he saw the heart of Precious not the appearance.  Both  Mo’Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe are without question headed for Oscar.  Precious is an important film showing an intense abuse reality in a way that oddly leaves you feeling ok.

The Toronto Star understood the film and reviews it perfectly


PTSD & Suicides in Iraq

November 9, 2009

No Kidding?! Me. Too!

November 8, 2009

nkmtActor and filmmaker Joe Pantoliano, known for his role as Ralph Cifaretto on the HBO series The Sopranos, is on a mission to stop the stigma that is often associated with any form of mental illness with his new organization No Kidding?! Me Too! and a new documentary of the same name.   The website has a wealth of information, articles, resources and videos. An interesting read is Pantoliano’s message on the Our Story page Join Joe on Twitter at

Mission: No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Our goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.

The Goal
: Make Brain Dis-ease cool and sexy.  We want a normal conversation in America to be:

“I have bipolar disorder/schizophrenia/insert dis-ease”

“No Kidding, Me Too!”

Who Has The Stigma: Those suffering from brain dis-eases including anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, pyromania, kleptomania, compulsive gambling, addictions, paranoia, multiple personality disorder, gender identity disorder, Down’s syndrome, psychosomatic disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), tic disorders, and others.