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Filmmaker in Focus - Rob Williams

Rob WilliamsRob Williams, regarded as one of the most prolific gay filmmakers working today, fills many shoes – he is an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and co-owner of Guest House Films.

From gay romantic comedies to dramas, Rob has an impressive roster of movies dealing with the politics of human relationships, pepped up with an attractive and talented cast and interesting scripts. His movies have screened at film festivals around the world, winning audience, jury and acting awards, and securing distribution deals in North America and international territories. Along with his long-time partner (and fellow screenwriter) Rodney Johnson, Rob was named to Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Men of 2008” for their contributions to gay cinema.

Rob is currently working on The Men Next Door, a comedy about a 40-year-old man and his love affairs. He manages to squeeze out a few days to be at KASHISH and personally present his films to the audience in Mumbai.

“I am tremendously honoured to be recognised by the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival for my body of work, and I really look forward to visiting India for the first time and experiencing everything that the country has to offer,” said Williams.

Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan said: ``Rob William's films like Make The Yuletide Gay have already been seen in Mumbai at couple of screening series and have been extremely popular. Our audience would be excited to meet him personally, hear his views and see his films on the big screen. We actually wanted to invite Rob Williams last year, but our programming got so choc-a-bloc that we felt we couldn't justice to three filmmakers in one edition. So we made a promise to Rob that we will keep his films in our kitty and program them prominently next year. And I'm very happy that this year we could actually keep the promise!  For me personally, meeting Rob would be a delight because we share a lot of commonalities - Rob is a writer, director, producer living openly as a gay man and runs a production company along with his life partner! He is an inspiration and I personally hope to learn a lot from him. Our festival will be all the more richer by his visit."

KASHISH 2012 showcases his three features, from his debut feature Long-Term Relationship (2006 / 97 min) to his later productions, Make The Yuletide Gay (2009 / 89 min) and Role / Play (2010 / 85 min). A short film written by him – Regrets, is also screening in the short film package, Crossed Paths. (May 25, 2012 at Cinemax Versova at 10 am)

Make The Yuletide GayLong-Term Relationship is all about love and its inherent problems. Glenn has finally found his soul mate Adam, a cute Southern man, through a personal ad; but he didn’t expect that his first love will also have ‘compatibility’ issues. But a little patience and a lot of humour can perhaps make it a long term relationship. (Screening at Cinemax Versova on May 25, 2012 at 11 am).

An extremely popular film Make The Yuletide Gay, spins the story of out-and-proud Olaf visiting his family home for Christmas and crawling back into the closet to keep his parents happy, even as they try to set him up with his childhood girlfriend. Matters get out of hand when Olaf’s charming campy boyfriend pays a surprise visit, adding to fun, music and drama. (Screening at Alliance Francaise on May 25, 2012 at 3.15 pm).

In Role/Play, outed soap opera star Graham seeks refuge at an exclusive Palm Springs resort. Outed soap opera star Graham seeks refuge at an exclusive Palm Springs resort, but quiet anonymity eludes him when marriage-equality activist Trey checks in to escape the fallout from his own bitter divorce. (creening at Cinemax Versova on May 26, 2012 at 1.30 pm).

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The Night Is Young (Raat Baaki)
Queens! Destiny of Dance
My Child Is Gay
Bollywood Beats
Breaking The Surface
Burnt Money
Family Khusreyan Di
Is It Just Me ?
The String (Le Fil)
Make The Yuletide Gay

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