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SATURDAY CHURCH

  • SIFF CINEMA EGYPTIAN 805 East Pine Street Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

Damon Cardasis; 2017; USA 81 min.

In  this  Glee-ful  coming-of-age  musical,  Ulysses  (dynamic  newcomer  Luka  Kain) struggles to come to terms with the reality of a dismal home life with his bigoted aunt Rose (Regina Taylor), brought in to supervise him and his brother while mom spends lengthy hours at work after the unexpected death of his father. The limits placed on him by a religious upbringing only serve to heighten the vibrant, joyful queerness of his internal world, glimpses of which slowly expand as Ulysses comes to know himself and reframe his relationship with his family.

Kicked  out  for  trying  on  his  mother’s  clothes,  Ulysses  finds  refuge  in  Saturday Church, a  weekly  community  space  run  by  a  street-smart  volunteer  (Kate  Bornstein), which provides warm meals to homeless queer youth. Newfound friends from Saturday  Church and queens  of  the  New  York  City  piers  give  Ulysses  a  platform  and  a  welcoming environment  to  try  on  new  clothes  and  new  identities—not  to  mention  flirt  with Raymond,  a  handsome  and  sensitive  churchgoer  who  validates  and encourages Ulysses. Voguing competitions with gender-bending outfits, bursts of rose petals, and kaleidoscopic visuals show us that the heart of the performer is what makes a powerful performance. 

CENTERPIECE RECEPTION
Ticket or pass required. 21+ only.
QUEER/BAR
1518 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

SEATTLE PREMIERE!

GUEST IN ATTENDANCE: LISA CALLI AND LUKA KAIN

CONTENT WARNING: IMPLIED VIOLENCE

Co-presented by POCAAN.

Earlier Event: October 15
2 COOL 2 BE 4GOTTEN
Later Event: October 16
THE LAVENDER SCARE