POSTED ON Oct 8, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema



In 1935, at eight years old, Joani Hannan picked up a pair of drumsticks and beat her path in entertainment history. Joani was a pioneering female jazz drummer who traveled the world in the USO and played alongside Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot.” Despite the challenges and constraints of the 50s and 60's for women and queers, Joani transcended stereotypes exemplifying to all who she met - the strength, self love and courage to be true to oneself no matter what. The film recollects Joani's unconventional adventures as a female drummer, entertainer conquering Hollywood and becoming an independent queer business person who only wanted to give gays and lesbians a place where they had the freedom to be themselves. Joani inspired everyone she met and does so again for the viewer of "Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle" as we get to experience her devastating smile, charm, humor and candor. “Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle" is Joani in her words recollecting her life and adventures in this unique and intimate documentary of a friend, mentor and gay rights trailblazer.

“Joani” is an interview style documentary with excellent raw archival footage of Joani as a musician, entertainer, business owner and softball player. The film incorporates music from the era and is a sometimes humorous and thoughtful remembrance of the early gay rights movement. Interviewed at Joani's homes in the Humboldt Hills and Desert Hot Springs, shot in HD video, the documentary also incorporates excellent archival footage of Joani from early childhood through the 70's - “Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle” has a jubilant nostalgic feel as it takes the viewer back in time to the early gay movement.

"An important film about a seminal female drummer that paved the way for all women in music. Joani was a fearless leader in the gay community during a time when homosexuality wasn’t accepted by society. As a musician and a queer woman, I owe a lot to Joani’s legacy. A must-see.”

-Patty Schemel, drummer

World Premiere at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - 3:15pm 10/18 at AMC Pacific Place

Run Time: 31 minutes

POSTED ON Oct 5, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

SLGFF20 Narrative Spotlight: WINNING DAD

SLGFF20 Narrative Spotlight: WINNING DAD

Colby's dad knows his son is gay, but he doesn't like talking about it. He respects it, but ignores everything about that aspect of his son's life–he doesn't even know about Colby's long-term boyfriend, Rusty. 

Increasingly committed to Rusty, Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby's straight friend and future business partner. Colby is convinced that, given the chance, his father and his boyfriend will get along great...

Winning Dad celebrates the idea that family love strengthens romantic love, and that romantic love–even gay love–strengthens family love too.

In 2010, writer-director Arthur Allen joined the US Merchant Marine to write Winning Dad. Returning from sea in 2012, he was recruited to campaign for Marriage Equality in Washington State. During this time he cast the film and began putting together his creative team.

In 2013 the Winning Dad creative team fundraised $31,000 on Kickstarter from 532 supporters of the film. The campaign closed on Father's Day, and in July 2013 principal photography was shot in Seattle and the North Cascades of Washington State. The crew shot 34 locations in 21 days.

After a year of editing, the rough cut of the film was selected for the 2014 USinProgress program with the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris. Arthur was flown to Paris to present the film to 40 film professionals, who each spent 15 minutes with him giving their critiques and observations. With these insights, Arthur returned to Seattle to recut the film and finish sound and color post production.

Winning Dad premiered at the Boston LGBT Film Festival in April 2015 as the Harvard Square opening night film. It continues to screen at festivals around the world and will be available on VOD December of 2015. 

Screening October 13 at 7pm for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Run Time: 81 minutes

POSTED ON Oct 1, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

SLGFF20 Director Spotlight: Barbara Hammer

SLGFF20 Director Spotlight: Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer is a visual artist primarily working in film and video.  Her work reveals and celebrates marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. Her cinema is multi-leveled and engages an audience viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. She is most well-known for making the first explicit lesbian film in 1974, Dyketactics, and for her trilogy of documentary film essays on queer history Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), History Lessons, (2000).

Welcome To This House, her new feature documentary on the poet Elizabeth Bishop, was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-14). It is a feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure.  Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories.  Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant and with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara brings Bishop into our lives with new facts and unexpected details.

"In 2010 I was thinking about a film on Cape Cod comparing the landscapes around the places I had lived during summer months, the old dune shacks and the modern houses that are being rebuilt. I realized I needed a human figure for physical and emotional scale to populate the architecture and the geography. The poet Elizabeth Bishop had lived both at a girls youth camp in Wellfleet and as a young adult in the Province Lands dune shacks of her friends....

...Bishop was in the closet to the outside world, but she seemed to have as many lovers as she had homes. I glove trotted on her trail and found more and more female lovers emerging from interviews with friends, colleagues, critics and poets. Bishop was a lusty woman and I respect that, but writing openly of those experiences wasn't possible due to her need for privacy propelled by the homophobia of the times."

Screening: The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival October 15th at 5pm

Location: Northwest Film Forum

Run time: 79 minutes

POSTED ON Sep 28, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

SLGFF20 Documentary Spotlight: UPSTAIRS INFERNO

SLGFF20 Documentary Spotlight: UPSTAIRS INFERNO

Upstairs Inferno is a full length documentary about the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.

With the assistance of narrator, CHRISTOPHER RICE (famed New Orleanian and New York Times best selling author), uses a mix of emotional interviews and archival footage to tell the little known story about how this neighborhood bar became the notorious site of a horrific tragedy which would permanently alter their lives and the course of the gay rights movement in New Orleans.

Director, Robert L. Camina, was invited ​to the White House for President Obama's 2012 LGBT Pride Month Reception and was able to screen his previous film, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge,​ for the U.S. State Department. This film was made to strengthen the grassroots organizations, while engaging local communitites and advancing social change, leaving Upstairs Inferno to be looked at in a similar way.

"The more I learned about the fire, the more important this project became. I believe it is crucial to acknowledge, preserve and honor our history as LGBT people. The LGBT dialogue has changed SO much in teh past few years. As popular attitudes shift on LGBT issues, we risk losing the stories of the struggles that got us where we are today. It's our responsibility to honor the memories of those who came before us, including those who died at the Up Stairs Lounge. The people who experienced this tragedy paved the way for the freedoms enjoyed by the New Orleans LGBT community of today, as well as the overall LGBT movement. I wanted to create a film that honored their forgotten stories." 


Upstairs Inferno is playing October 17th at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival @ 12:30pm.

AMC Pacific Place

Runtime: 96 minutes

POSTED ON Sep 25, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

SLGFF20 Progam Guides Now Available at a Location Near You!

SLGFF20 Progam Guides Now Available at a Location Near You!

Like the smell of fresh-printed reading material? Looking to get your hands on something you can take with you and read anywhere...with or without an internet connection?

Then swing by any of the following venues and pick up your FREE copy of this year's SLGFF20 program guide!

12th Ave Arts lobby

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Northwest Film Forum

Gay City

AMC 11 Pacific Place Cinemas

And don't forget: our walk-up box office opens this Saturday, September 26, in the 12th Avenue Arts lobby! It will be open every day from 2-7pm through Oct 7 and is THE place to get your senior/youth/disabled discounts. See you at the movies! #SLGFF20 #queeritup

POSTED ON Sep 23, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

SLGFF20 Box Office Opens This Saturday in 12th Ave Arts Lobby

The pre-festival SLGFF20 box office opens this Saturday, September 26, in the 12th Avenue Arts lobby! It will be open every day from 2-7pm through Oct 7. 

And if you haven't seen it yet, please check out this year's ‪#‎SLGFF20‬ festival trailer from Seattle filmmaker Wes Hurley featuring Cherdonna and Waxie Moon!

p.s. If you just can't wait until Saturday, you can buy individual tickets and passes online:

POSTED ON Sep 1, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Passes are now available at regular prices for SLGFF 2015

Passes are now available at regular prices for SLGFF 2015

All your celluloid dreams will bloom at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival! With a glamorous opening night party and a wild and provocative collection of films from around the world, get ready for new and exciting stories in LGBT cinema. Full program available at on September 17th. #QueerItUp! 

Unfortunately, the early bird specials have ended, but you can still purchase your passes at regular prices!


Buy your Full Festival Pass for $225 ($200 for members)! This all-access pass gets you into everything from Opening Night to Closing Night!

The Party Pass is $85 ($80 for members)! The Party Pass gets you treated like a VIP for each of our Gala screenings: Opening Night, Closing Night, and our three Centerpiece films. 

The full program will be available at on September 17th. We look forward to seeing you soon. #Queeritup!


POSTED ON Aug 21, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Passes now available for SLGFF 2015!

Passes now available for SLGFF 2015!

All your celluloid dreams will bloom at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival! With a glamorous opening night party and a wild and provocative collection of films from around the world, get ready for new and exciting stories in LGBT cinema. Full program available at on September 17th. #QueerItUp! 

In light of our 20th anniversary, we are excited to announce that passes are now available at early bird pricing. 


A Full Festival Pass is now only $215 ($190 for members) $10! The Full Festival Pass gets you access to every film and party at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, from Opening Night to the Closing Night Gala. And Pass Holders are let into the venues first, like the VIPs they are!

The Party Pass is only $69 ($65 for members)! The Party Pass gets you treated like a VIP for each of our Gala screenings: Opening Night, Closing Night, and our three Centerpiece films.*

The early bird price is 40% less than buying these tickets individually. That will get you a nice dinner and drinks on the Hill to kick off the festival!

Passes increase to regular prices on September 1st so get them early!

The full program will be available at on September 17th. We look forward to seeing you soon. #Queeritup!

*dates of the Gala screenings are: Oct 8, 11, 14, 16, & 18.

POSTED ON Jul 27, 2015 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Pre-Show Events and Outdoor Cinema Hosts Announced!

Pre-Show Events and Outdoor Cinema Hosts Announced!

Our Outdoor Cinema series in Cal Anderson Park this August is about more than just the movies! This year, we've lined up four fabulous hosts and four equally fantastic pre-show audience participation events for you to enjoy as we countdown the minutes until the sun sets! 



Gertie Loins will be your host for the evening with music provided by DJ Skiddle. Join us in your most fabulous PRINCESS BRIDE-themed attire and compete in a PRINCESS BRIDE trivia challenge before the screening. Contestants MUST have a costume to participate. This will not be your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale game! You can count on that!



Mama Tits takes over as your glamorous host with music by DJ General Meow. Get ready to hear the blues! Following a special performance by our host, Mama Tits, a lucky few will compete in a soulful karaoke contest. Why? Because, like blues legend Albert Collins says in the film, “Nobody leaves here without singing the blues.” 



Host Ilvs Strauss will amaze and electrify you as you listen to tunes by DJ Tony Burns. Prepare for an epic Rock, Paper, Scissors battle in honor of our scissor-handed hero. In this contest, the entire audience gets the ball rolling, with each rounds' losers becoming the biggest fans of their respective victors…until the final two contestants are surrounded by a cheering crowd of supporters!



Elicia Sanchez is the host with the most with music by DJ Mixxtress. Jump into THE NEVERENDING STORY and embark on your own fantastical quest. Contestants will fly with Falkor, pedal & roll with The Rock Biter, and race past The Sphinx to be the first to retrieve "The Neverending Story" book and redeem Capitol Hill!

We would like to give a special thank to Kendall's DJ and Event for providing us with four outstanding DJs!

POSTED ON May 21, 2015 BY Jason

Three Dollar Bill Cinema & Northwest Film Forum present Queer Vision 20/20

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversaries of Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema! Each film has been hand-picked by a well-known local personality in the LGBTQ community.  All shows feature at happy hour at 7pm, followed by screenings at 8pm.

Tickets are $11 general / $8 youth&senior / $6 members



June 4
Different From the Others
Presented and scored by Jess Wamre
(Richard Oswald, 1919, Germany, 50 min)
Live score!
Touring cinemas through the 1920s, Different From the Others contained one of the earliest depictions of homosexuality on film, and the first to take a stand for gay rights. Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) stars as a closeted violinist, living in a world where each potential lover is a potential blackmailer. His stirring performance provides a haunting portrait of the suffering inherent to a repressive society. In a time where openness means ruin, he is ostracized and condemned, even subjected to “reorientation therapy”.

Though ultimately tragic, courageous voices in the film speak out against discrimination and promote acceptance in tones far ahead of their time. These voices were silenced when the film was destroyed by the Nazis during their rise to power, however a single copy survived, and the film endures as a testament to sufferings of the past.

“a distressing reminder that sometimes things change a lot, but they also often change only a little.” ­ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You

“this film celebrates the brief opening of that door, before it slammed shut for another fifty years.” ­ Jan­Christopher Horak, UCLA


June 11
Now, Voyager
Presented by Mark Mitchell
(Irving Rapper, 1942, United States, 35mm, 117 min)

“Queer icon Bette Davis sparkles in this Warner Brother's weeper about transformation and forbidden love. Davis' frumpy Aunt Charlotte has a wee nervous collapse (and a unibrow) due to her mother's constant nagging and belittling. Luckily, hearty psychologist Claude Rains is visiting their Boston Back Bay mansion. He fixes her up at his woodsy retreat (weaving as therapy!) for WASPS so she further avoids aforementioned mother­hag by setting out on a South American cruise. Conveniently, Aunt Charlotte has lost a magical 20 pounds, plucked her brows and borrowed a friend's wicked elegant Orry­Kelly wardrobe. Miss Davis gives it to us hard on the gangplank in one of golden age Hollywood's greatest reveals. Later, she gives it more gently, one assumes, to the new forbidden love­of­her­life, the unhappily but permanently married Paul Henreid. He has a daughter with a unibrow. Things get complicated. A classic must see, I cry every time.  "Don't let's ask for the moon, Jerry. We have the stars." ­-Mark Mitchell


June 18
Black Lizard
Presented by Ro Yoon
(Fukasaku Kinji, 1968, Japan, 86 min)

“How does one describe Fukasaku Kinji's rare 1968 film BLACK LIZARD?  What happens when Mishima Yukio, the bisexual writer who was nominated 3 times for the Nobel Prize of Literature and descendant of a shogun, adapts a play based on a 1934 novel by Edogawa Rampo (bilingual pun of Edgar Allan Poe) into a stylish detective film noir about Black Lizard, a criminal genius who handpicks the most beautiful boys and girls to be abducted, murdered and immortalized as statues?  Did I mention that Black Lizard is portrayed by Mishima's lover, Maruyama Akihiro, Japan's celebrated female impersonator?  You won't believe it until you see this truly bizarre film that belongs in the canon of queer cinema.” --­Ro Yoon


June 25
Born in Flames
Presented by C. Davida Ingram
(Lizzie Borden, 1983, United States, 80 min)
A shocking and powerful work of radical cinema, Lizzie Borden's feminist sci-fi treatise imagines a post-revolutionary world where women battle for their rights through the microphones of pirate radio. Produced in 1983 and set ten years in the future, the film mixes documentary footage with a sci-fi setting to tell the story of two feminist groups running separate radio shows, while a nefarious FBI agent chases down the Women's Army. When their underground stations are destroyed, the women band together on a mission to take over mainstream media. Prescient depictions of issues around race, police brutality, violence against women, and media saturation still resonate today. The cast is dotted with Civil Rights activists, a basketball player and bodybuilder, a singer, plus, Kathryn Bigelow takes her first and only acting turn, as an intern at a socialist newspaper. Born in Flames won a special jury prize when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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