Documentaries at the festival includes "100% Woman."

Film fest features
‘Desperate’ TV star

The highlight of this year's Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival features a "desperate housewife" as a man who is finally, if awkwardly, transforming himself in body into a woman.

Rainbow films

16th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Where: The Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts

When: 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $8 general and $6 Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation members

Call: 381-1952 or go online at www.hglcf.org

Felicity Huffman, who plays Lynette in the hit ABC series, won a best actress award at the recent Tribeca Film Festival in New York City for her role as Bree. When we meet the transgendered man-to-woman in the film "Transamerica" (executive produced by Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy), she is days away from completing her sex re-assignment surgery in Los Angeles. But while in New York, she bails out a teenage hustler from jail who wants to accompany her to L.A. The young man doesn't realize, however, that Bree is his biological father.

While "Transamerica" will be in wider national theatrical release at the end of 2005, the film will be the closing night film of this weekend's festival, along with award presentations, at the Honolulu Academy of Arts theater, sponsored by the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation.

Free afternoon public screenings continue with this year's festival, with the documentary "I Will, I Do, We Did" about those who took advantage of the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco in February of last year; and a selection of "boyz and girlz" short films.

"Transamerica," starring Felicity Huffman (right) of "Desperate Housewives," is the highlight of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.


4 p.m.: "I Will, I Do, We Did," "Just Regular Kids" and "100% Woman," a documentary about Canadian transgendered champion in downhill mountain biking Michelle Dumaresq.

6 p.m.: "Zona Rosa," a documentary about the strippers who work in gay clubs in the famous Mexico City district. With short "White(ness)."

8 p.m.: "Girl Play" Director Lee Friedlander offers a hilarious and candid story of love between two women. Writers/lead actors Lacie Harmon and Robin Greenspan share their true story of how they met and fell in love 8 years ago in a Los Angeles theatre while rehearsing for a play in which they were cast as lovers.

10 p.m.: "Hellbent" Publicized as "the first ever gay horror/slasher movie," the film follows five gay men fighting to stay alive at one of the most outrageous celebrations of the year, Halloween night in West Hollywood. With short "Pimp & Ho: Adventures in Queersploitation."

"That Man: Peter Berlin."


2 p.m.: Boyz Shorts program: "Painting," "Feltch Sanders" (called a "comedic queer homage to Starsky & Hutch"), "Kansas City Here I Come," "Stag Party," "Dare" (starring Michael Cassidy of "The O.C."), "The Intervention" and "Ryan's Life"

4 p.m.: Girlz Shorts program: "Small Town Secrets" (winner of the Special Jury Award, Honorable Mention, at the recent Sundance Film Festival), "Desert Motel," "Bed of Fear," the Swiss short "Hoi Maya," "Neil and the Nun," and "Hearts Cracked Open," an hour-long documentary that provides the first in-depth look inside the world of lesbian Tantra, with its ancient ecstatic practices and sexual techniques.

6:30 to 8 p.m.: Gala reception in the Academy's pavilion area with filmmakers and special guests

8 p.m.: "Tides of War" The original, unexpurgated version of "Phantom Below," which played at the recent Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase. The Hawaii-made historical Navy drama was originally filmed for the here! TV gay cable network. With short "Ka Nohona Pili Kai," a music video for the track on Keali'i Reichel's "Ka'alaokamaile" album.

"Girl Play" is a true story about two female actors who fell in love while rehearsing for a play in which they were cast as lovers.


4 p.m.: "Pimp & Ho: Queer Fashion Crime Models" and "That Man: Peter Berlin," a documentary that recounts the life and times of the photographer, filmmaker, model, and gay male 1970s sex icon.

6 p.m.: "Loggerheads" An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the film tells the story of an adoption triad -- birth mother, child, and adoptive parents -- each in three interwoven stories in the days leading up to Mother's Day weekend, and each in one of the three distinctive geographical regions of North Carolina. Bonnie Hunt, Robin Weigert, Kip Pardue, Tess Harper, Chris Sarandon and Michael Learned star. With short "Shop Until We All Drop."

8 p.m.: "Transamerica" with short "Pimp & Ho: License to Queer."

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