POSTED ON Oct 7, 2016 BY Three Dollar Bill Cinema
TWIST360º presented by Oculus promises to be a total techgasm for gearheads, VR gamers, and anyone interested in getting a sneak peek into the future of art and filmmaking. The Virtual Reality Headset Gallery will immerse you in worlds both real and imaginary, from pride parades to a magical wonderland. The TWIST360º Bootcamp offers an incredible opportunity to receive immersive training and insights from industry leaders (including Rose Troche, recently named one of the most influential women in VR) with access to a basic gear package to create new 360º films. Finally, the Machine To Be Another live VR art experiment explores body-swapping through modern technology in ways that echo queer culture’s boundary testing and gender defying.
Another techie treat is the shorts program TURN ME ON, a queer-oriented package of films that exposes the gadgets, gizmos and apps that are changing the way we relate to each other, and ourselves.
Disneyphiles are sure to be freaking out over the very special appearance of Bob Gurr, one of Walt Disney’s original and most inspiring Imagineers. In addition to sharing excerpts from a new film about his life and career, Bob will be interviewed by Dave Cobb, Thinkwell Group Principal, Creative Development for a revealing discussion about being “out” in the industry. Dave appears again the very next day with his fascinating presentation, “Cosplay Colonists,” exploring the ways in which fan-created movements and content are wielding ever-greater influence in pop culture. Only $5!
Cosplay takes center stage again in three must-see programs. First up is SECRET LIFE OF THE HUMAN PUPS, a British documentary on the exploding popularity of the frisky and fun world of human pups. Special guests from the Seattle pup scene will appear after the film to speak -- maybe they’ll roll over and fetch, too! On Saturday Oct 22, the award-winning feature film SLASH dives into the erotically and politically charged worlds of slash fiction, comic-cons, and exploring queer feelings as a fanboy/girl. And later that same night, the documentary FURSONAS provides a first-paw perspective on “fursuiting” people and communities as this lively subculture finds itself in the spotlight.
With Halloween just around the corner, chills and thrills never felt so right. The shorts program IN THE DARK delivers all the creepy goods, from sauna zombies to monster spiders. And the jet-black romantic comedy WOMEN WHO KILL gets up close and personal to the unsettling worlds of serial killers and new relationships. Both hilarious and haunting, it hits the nerves we’ve all felt tingle when push comes to shove in love. And the Swedish import GIRLS LOST is a riveting, gender-bending adventure of youthful explorations in magical reality that addresses an age-old admonition: be careful what you wish for!
TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival kicks off October 13 with Clyde Petersen’s stop-motion animated opus, TORREY PINES, featuring music performed live by indie darlings Your Heart Breaks with special guests Kimya Dawson, The Beaconettes, and live foley sound effects and soundscape design by Suzie Kozowa.
Don’t miss out on all the fun -- get your tickets and passes now at twistfilmfest.org!