Nervous, excited and a little sweaty, I stood outside Tiff Bell Light Box Thursay evening at 6:30 clutching, well, a clutch purse, waiting to go into the Inside Out kick-off gala.
Nervous because it’s a party and I don’t know anyone.
Excited because it is the kick-off party for a great festival showcasing amazing talent, inspirational directors and meaningful cinematic content.
And sweaty because, well, I walked several blocks in pumps, okay?
Here’s the thing about the Inside Out kick-off gala: it buzzed like a beautiful beehive! While this might not be that abnormal for a gala, I couldn’t help but feel how full to bursting with life it was, especially during the after party when the dance floor got flash-mobbed by vintage cabaret dancers all dressed in chic black and white attire. The before and after parties, complete with pink velvet carpet (as opposed to the “red” carpet) book ended the international premier of Grandma, directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie) and starring Lily Tomlin with a supporting cast including Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Julia Garner (to name just a few!).
That isn’t the only notable headline coming out of the festival this season. Notable premier titles include Fresno (Jamie Babbit), Super Awesome (Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes), The Grayscale (Claudio Marcone) and Liz in September (Fina Torres). And that is not all of them! To check out a full list of all screenings by day, take a look at the link below:
Something that felt profound to me while I mingled at the after party was the importance to go check out these screening and shows during the festival’s run (May 21st-31st). While Inside Out is a festival showcasing the talent within the LGTBQ community, you don’t have to be part of that community to appreciate the beauty of good storytelling. Good cinema is good cinema no matter what platform inspires it.
Now how to navigate an after party where you know no one but desperately want to mingle? That’s an article for another time. But tip number one is to wear deodorant. You know, in case you have to walk a couple blocks in pumps.