another pic of natasha and i doing press for GBF at the tribeca film festival.
she plays the eccentric Ms. Hogel, the head of North Gateway High’s GSA. funny lady, that natasha lyonne.
TORONTO! I hope to see you Sunday 5/26 at 4:30 for the screening of my new teen comedy GBF at the INSIDE OUT Film Festival. TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1.
Tickets here: http://insideout.ca/torontofestival
… But what are these types of comparative criticisms of these films appealing to? While the two certainly hold similar subjects there is a clear distinction in style and intention. Where Heathers discusses the structure of society Jawbreaker focuses on the spectacle that hides the sour intentions…
Film Hype #146.
The bitter fight for supremacy between the three most popular girls at North Gateway High takes an unexpected turn when their classmate, Tanner, is outed and becomes the school’s first openly gay student. The trio races to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, while Tanner must decide whether his skyrocketing popularity is more important than the friendships he is leaving behind.
The film inverts the high school angst of John Hughes, Mean Girls and Easy A, placing a man at the heart of a storyline that ably mixes the tongue-in-cheek with the tenderhearted. Along the way, G.B.F. offers a salient commentary on popularity, on what is and is not revealed on the rise to the top, on the value placed on those who help you get there and what happens when that value is far less than people are worth.
GBF Plays The Toronto Inside Out Film Festival May 26, Film Out San Diego May 29, Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival May 31 (Paul Iacono in attendance), Seattle International Film Festival June 5 & 6 and Closing Night of Frameline in San Francisco June 30. I will be attending all of the above with the exception of Connecticut.
Jawbreaker The Musical? In an interview with The New York Times, director Darren Stein talked about the possibility:
Yes, I got a call about six or seven years ago from a producer in New York about making “Jawbreaker” into a musical. I was introduced to a lyricist and a composer. The three of us collaborated and I wrote the book. It was so much fun to go back into that story and bring it into a new time period. I think everything that has heightened villains and tone fits naturally as a musical. We just got the rights secured from the studio and we’re excited about it.
G.B.F. - New film from director Darren Stein premiering today at the TriBeCa Film Festival
From the film’s Indiegogo campaign page:
Social warfare breaks out in a suburban high school when the three clique queens who rule the school compete for this year’s must-have teen girl accessory - the G.B.F. (or Gay Best Friend).
GBF tells the story of two closeted best friends, Tanner (Michael J. Willett, United States of Tara) and Brent (Paul Iacono, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger). Brent longs for the spotlight and has a plan that will make him the most popular kid in school. He believes that coming out will make him instantly popular, as the newest must-have teen girl “accessory”: The G.B.F. Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and graduate from high school without ever being noticed.
When things don’t go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.F.s to instant frenemies and the three most popular girls in school — queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars), drama club diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, Precious) and sweet, Mormon good-girl ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, Desperate Housewives) launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s status-enhancing friendship.
Meanwhile, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind.
Note: This film seems very interesting to me. I love the casting choices that they’ve made, having seen and loved Paul Iacono in R.J. Berger and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace. Also the trailer does show that the film has some solid jokes.
But what I like the most is how the whole subject of the film is acceptance and breaking stereotypes. While that message is not very apparent in the trailer - they seemed to have highlighted the film’s humor rather than the message - they movie’s creators and cast have spoken to it in detail here:
I will be waiting for the film’s wide-release to check the film out in full.
Exclusive Clip from GBF!! Thanks VH1!!
G.B.F. trailer: LGBT acceptance has long since reached its tipping point. Sure there’s still anti-gay rhetoric and hate crimes abound, but it’s never been easier for men and women to come out in a safe and respectful environment. The latest such evidence? Now there are even teen comedies centered around gay boys’ coming out and the popular high-school girls that stop at nothing to be their gay best friend. Bonus: Megan Mullally and poppers.