An Empty Bed
Meanwhile, William Friedkin rolled out the red carpet and Evian water for Lavine on the set of Jade last week. Three years ago, Lavine invited the out-of-favor Friedkin and his equally overlooked Sorcerer for a jam-packed one-day revival. The gracious director partook in a lengthy Q-and-A with the crowd. The story has a sequel: The Roxie booked a brand-new print of Cruising for a one-week run in May or June. Perhaps the first movie ever to spark picketing and a boycott by the gay community, Cruising is still controversial in some circles. But as critic Raymond Murray acknowledges in his gay film encyclopedia, Images in the Dark, "Today the film proves to be an entertaining and (for those born too late to enjoy the sexual excesses of pre-AIDS gay life) fascinating if ridiculous glimpse into gay life ... Having lost its power to offend, the film is now part of queer film history and a testament to how a frightened Hollywood treated a disenfranchised minority." The real mystery is why, 15 years later, gay murderers are such a popular subject for queer filmmakers. Local filmmaker Todd Verow is putting the finishing touches on his debut feature, Frisk, while the notorious Canadian director Bruce La Bruce (No Skin Off My Ass, Super 8 1/2) is in preproduction on Homicidal, based on his original script about a gay serial killer. What's up with this?
A Prize of Gold
Skol to Bay Area filmmakers warmed by Oscar's glow: Deborah Hoffmann's Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter and Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford's Freedom on My Mind vie for the feature documentary trophy while Hoffmann's partner Frances Reid and Dana Mosbacher were nominated for best short doc for Straight From the Heart ... The Pacific Film Archive, drawing terrific crowds for its "Cinema Suzuki" series, will reprise the best of Suzuki in June. The last double bill in the current series screens Fri, Feb. 24 ... A public memorial and tribute to Mark Finch, former director of the S.F. International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, will be held Sun, Feb. 26, 10 am, at the Castro Theatre.