There was a Queerious gathering at the 29th San Fransisco International Asian American Film Festival and a lot of the writers, contributors and readers were in attendance. It was thrown by the very hospitable, Andreas, who graciously let all of those who are LGBT in the entertainment industry come together and enjoy each other’s stories and presence. It was right in the Castro which has so much history to it. I had such a great time.
I finally got to meet fellow Queerious blogger H.P. Mendoza who was celebrating his sweet 16th birthday weekend the same time as the opening of the festival. So a quick happy birthday shout-out to H.P.!
It was great to (s)explore all the wonders of SF! It was seriously my first time to actually look around SF and be a tourist and see some films. I got to see M/F Remix, One Kine Day, The Taqwacores, and Saigon Electric. What was common between all of these films was, not only the Asian cast/directors but they all had shirtless men in it. So yes, it was good to see these films.
Since I didn’t have a film in the festival, I decided to bring the next best thing: Peter Fever. And when we walked in, it was basically all eyes on him because his shirt kept slipping off. Because a gay party isn’t gay until someone’s chest and abs are visible.
It was great to see so many actors, producers, directors and writers that are only out and ready to tell stories about what is truly meaningful to them. I had such a great time at this festival, I can’t wait to attend the next one!
Although the festival is still going on, I can’t wait to see who wins and who the audience favorite will be. I’ll update it again with what happens! But out of all the films I saw, my favorite was Saigon Electric… trust me, you’ll like it too. All you need to see is the opening shot and you’ll see why.