Tonight I went to a screening of Were The World Mine, a musical, LGBT-themed film that has won many awards, been compared to “Hedwig & the Angry Inch” by The Advocate and gotten great writeups in New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and many others.
It was a fundraiser to help The Aguda rebuild after the horrific hate crime committed there in which two LGBT youths were shot to death and many others injured. I mistakenly thought it was last Friday night, and I showed up to the sound of crickets.
But luckily I didn’t miss it. For a guy who has pretty much done nothing but study and work full time in Tel Aviv for the last 6 months, and who was active in the LGBT community in New York in many ways (e.g. singing in the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, volunteering at God’s Love We Deliver), I was feeling very enthusiastic about doing something for My Community here and if I wound up with a Date out of it, that wouldn’t be so bad either.
I did “The Secret” on the bike ride over there, and declared to the Universe that I was going to meet my future Husband there. I planned on putting myself on display in the lobby of The Cinematheque, but actually I was preoccupied Tweeting about it (and was siked when I did my first ever Tweet with both Twitpic and TinyURL links in it [bit.ly wouldn’t work on my BlackBerry]).
I forgot that in Israel, your ticket gives you an assigned seat, so by accident I sat in someone else’s seat. He tried to explain to me, and I was just like, No, no one’s sitting next to me, thinking that was what he was asking. Then, I figured it out a few minutes later when I watched someone kick him out of his seat, and I realized he probably thought I was a dick by not moving when he asked (in Hebrew). I apologized and went to my own assigned seat. Oops.
The film was in English with Hebrew subtitles. You could tell that most everyone understood the English, b/c of the way the laughter sprung in all the right moments where there wasn’t any dialogue. (Sidenote: I’m becoming a little bummed that I don’t pay for cable TV here, b/c if I were to watch films and shows the other way around – in Hebrew with English subtitles – this is supposedly a really good tool for learning Hebrew faster. So is listening to Hebrew talk radio, but I’m not doing that either. )
Well, it was a faNtaSTic film !!! Really got me in the mood to find True Love. Afterwards, I got to say Hi to both Yair Hochner, who runs the TLVFest and was responsible for tonight’s screening, and Anat Salomon, who programs TLVFest. Both of them are filmmakers. I met Yair during the Gay Pride Parade in June, and I indirectly worked with Anat when I did PR for the film Abomination back in 2007. It was good to reconnect with both of them tonight.
I felt very happy riding my bike home, singing Ambrosia’s “Biggest Part of Me” on my iPod in the empty street with no hands! (I’d been testing that out, remembering that I used to be able to do it in my bike-riding-kid days of the early 80’s, but tonight I just full-on went for it, and had sort of my Rocky/King-of-the-World-Titanic moment.
One last thing: at one point in the movie, a character said, “C’mon follow me. (and then all dramatically Shakespeare-like), “I have a notion.” Right after, I overheard someone a few seats away explaining what the word “notion” is, b/c the (native Hebrew speaker) thought the actress said “ocean.” This was a total reverse moment of what it’s like for me right now (with Hebrew); all the time, I mis-hear and misunderstand words, b/c my vocabularly is so small. I was a little comforted by the fact that it happens for the Hebrew speakers with my native language, too. 😉
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