QFest 2012 Artistic Achievement in Directing: Rose Troche + Career Tribute Interview

Rose Troche is an award winning writer-director-producer whose first feature Go Fish (co-written and co-produced with the film’s star, Guinevere Turner), premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. Made on a shoestring budget and shot in black-and-white, the storyline orbited around a group of lesbian friends searching for love in all the right and wrong places and was a shining example of the New Queer Cinema movement. Go Fish resonated with a generation of young lesbians, and is widely considered a milestone lesbian film. Go Fish was followed by the British comedy, Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) that dealt with the fluidity of sexuality and went on to win the audience award at the London Film Festival. Troche went on to adapt and direct the A.M. Homes book of short stories, The Safety of Objects, (2001), starring Glenn Close and Patricia Clarkson. She then set her sights on television and worked on the Emmy Award winning series "Six Feet Under" (2002) and shortly after directed the pilot of the first lesbian television series for Showtime. Set in L.A. with hints of "Sex and the City," the workning title, “Earthlings” as it was first known, was soon replaced with a new, hipper, and now iconic title, yes, you’ve guessed it, The L Word. She continued on the series as a writer, director and co-executive producer for four seasons. Troche also directed the pilot of the popular teen series "South of Nowhere" (2005) where she contributed as a consulting producer and director. Troche has also worked on, "Ugly Betty," (2009) and "Law & Order" (2009-2010) and has most recently completed work on a limited series for Rodrigo Garcia and Jon Avnet’s digital channel WIGS (2012). While the trajectory of Troche's career has taken her steadily forward, it's also taken her full circle. In March of this year, Troche confirmed rumors that she was in discussion with Guinevere Turner to start work on Go Fish 2.0 (working title). While her newest project Concussion (2012), written and directed by first-time filmmaker Stacie Passon and produced and mentored by Troche, won’t be completed until the fall, QFest audiences are in for a treat. The festival has secured permission to show some sneak peek clips of Concussion as part of a special tribute to honor Troche as the recipient of QFest 2012 Artistic Achievement. Join us on Saturday July 21st at 4:45pm in Ritz East 2 as we honor Rose Troche PLUS stay for her special 90 minute on-stage interview with film journalist Gary Kramer. The interview will include selected clips (including some never before seen shorts) to highlight Rose Troche’s extensive body of film and television work. -- Carol Coombes



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Saturday, July 21, 4:45 PM
Ritz East Theater 2

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