The latest entry in the University of Arizona's Lesbian Looks Film Series, now in its 18th year, will consist of a double feature Friday night at the Gallagher Theater.
Both films are award-winning indies that - while lacking the Oscar-nominated stature of lesbian-themed best-picture nominees "The Kids Are All Right" and "Black Swan" - come highly recommended.
First up is "Bye Bi Love," a 2010 17-minute short directed by Giovanna Chesler. It's a story about a woman (Allison Findlater-Galinsky) who, after receiving a wedding invitation from an ex, recalls her past relationships throughout a sleepless night, inspired by objects her lovers have left behind.
Feminist Review's Chella Quint raved: "It looked great, and felt pretty good too. Watching it was like mainlining gossip without the guilt." And: "The ending was completely and utterly satisfying."
The film received an honorable mention in fiction filmmaking from the University Film and Video Association and recently screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
After "Bye Bi Love" comes "Tierra Madre," directed by Dylan Verrechia in 2010.
The 62-minute drama tells the true story of Aidee Gonzalez, a Tijuana woman who plays herself. The film follows Gonzalez from her time as an exotic dancer into difficulties of becoming a single parent and maintaining a fledgling romance with girlfriend and fellow dancer Rosalba (Rosalba Valenzuela).
Made on a $2,000 budget in three weeks, and exclusively with nonactors, the film received the Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at Brazil's Cinesul - Festival Ibero Americano De Cinema E Vídeo, the Mexico Film Festival's Golden Palm Award and the Honolulu Film Festival's Excellence in Filmmaking award.
Series director Beverly Seckinger said via e-mail that the films were selected "because they are cinematically strong and offer a glimpse into experiences we have rarely, if ever, seen on film. The theme of bisexuality also runs through both films, making them a nice programming fit."
If you go
• What: Lesbian Looks Film Series.
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Where: Gallagher Theater, 1303 E. University Blvd.
• Admission: Free.