Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
With both the Reel Pride Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festivals wrapping up this past weekend, November seems to be the month for movies. If you are looking for a weekend getaway to a GLBT friendly locale with another great film festival, check out the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival November 10-14, 2010. Boasting 80 movies and with a program brochure of 77 pages, there’s sure to be a movie for everyone.
Rehoboth Beach, DE is only a four hour drive from here, and is a well-known GLBT friendly vacation spot. The festival features foreign films, shorts, documentaries, and many gay-themed movies. Tickets are $9 a movie, with special pricing for students, youth, and seniors.
Festival ticket sales will open at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 10, at the Big Tent at the Movies at Midway in the Midway Shopping Center. Festival members may purchase tickets in advance; non-members may purchase two tickets per film title on the day of the screening only.
Rehoboth happens to be my hometown, and by chance, I will be in town this upcoming weekend. It’s a quiet place in the off-season, with no meters to feed or traffic to sit in, and accommodations are much more affordable. Check out The Bellmoor Inn (800-425-2355), a lovely, upscale inn with a bed and breakfast feel with many rooms overlooking their garden. Hotel Rehoboth is a newer boutique hotel downtown (877-247-7346). The Rehoboth Guest House is gay-owned and operated (800-564-0493).
For dining, definitely eat at Hobos Restaurant and Bar. While on the pricier side, the focus on local and organic ingredients really shows. With funky décor and fun cocktails, it’s worth a visit (302-226-2226). In the nearby town of Lewes, visit Agave Restaurant and Bar (302-645-1232), for fine tequilas, a cozy setting, and higher-end Mexican. Of course, this is the beach, so even upscale dining is still casual.
For cheap Mexican and flavored margaritas, see my favorite, Tijuana Taxi, also gay-operated (302-644-8294), in the shops at Tenley Court off Highway One. And you have to try out the new Nicola Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue (302-227-6211). With two floors and a separate bar, you can enjoy long-time favorites in a shiny new space. Get the Nic-spin-oli, a Spinach boli. Arena’s Deli and Bar is a popular local favorite for sandwiches and live music (302-227-1272). Rehoboth even has its own foodie blog (FINALLY!) http://www.rehobothfoodie.com/
For nightlife, Blue Moon, open for 28 years, is a gay hot spot at 35 Baltimore Avenue.
Don’t forget a stop on your way into town by Milton, DE, for a free tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery. www.dogfish.com to sign up for a slot. Delaware’s tax-free shopping means a visit to the Tanger Outlets is worthwhile (866-665-8682).
Below are just a few of the films worth seeing. Many have multiple showings beyond the ones listed here. See the full program for details. Send me a message if you’ll be attending and want to join me for a movie or a cocktail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 10
5:45-7:40 PM. Elena Undone. With a healthy dosage of captivating drama and passionate sex and romance between two women, the movie combines the enchantment of falling in love for the first time with the reality and responsibilities of long-term commitments.
Thursday, November 11
12:15-2:05pm Children of God. The sun-kissed Bahamian streets and beaches evoke an escapist paradise, but there’s a cloud over the land. In Kareem J. Mortimer’s tender, tough and altogether touching drama, a nasty current of outspoken and religiously endorsed homophobia shadows two young men on their path out of the closet. Bahamas. In English.
2:50-4:25pm Eyes Wide Open. Originally premiering at Cannes, Eyes Wide Open is a taut tale of forbidden love between two men. Part first-rate independent art cinema and part fascinating anthropological study of a tightly-knit conservative community, the film sparks against the backdrop of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem. Hebrew
Friday, November 12
12:30-2:15pm Sound of Noise. A group of six eccentric drummers has decided to launch a full-scale musical attack using the city – its buildings, its machinery, and its ceaseless noise – as their instrument. Their twisted art form leads to chaos and disorder. Sweden
6:40-8:15pm Sons of Perdition. Mormons leaving the church, Documentary. U.S.
9:05-10:35pm Freakonomics. Documentary based on the book about social behavior. U.S.
Saturday, November 13
10:25am-12:10pm Sasha. With a clash of cultures and generations, Sasha is a refreshing take on the coming-out story, bravely addressing homophobia in a Balkan immigrant family. German.
8:20-10:00pm A Marine Story stands up to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell honestly with this unflinching look at the policy’s effects on gays and lesbians in uniform. U.S.
Sunday, November 14
12:25-2:20pm Animal Kingdom. Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival. Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale to unspool a gripping tale of survival and revenge. Australia
12:40-2:25pm Undertow. Stunning views of Peru’s Cabo Blanco coast provide an appropriately stormy backdrop to the tempestuous emotions of the three protagonists. Peru.
Holly Gordon is the Lifestyle section editor and a board member of GayRVA. An advocate for GLBT equality and lover of all things RVA, she works in non-profit and is a freelance writer.
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