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Dir Ned Farr. 93 min. 2010
A Marine Story stands up to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with honesty in this unflinching look at the policy’s effects on gays and lesbians in uniform.
Alex Everett (Dreya Weber of The Gymnast) hasn’t been telling, but the Marine Corps is definitely asking. Despite a terrific record, promotions have been slow to come, her sham marriage isn’t fooling anyone, and her commanding officer has pictures of her getting close with a “good friend.” She returns home to her dry, desert home and meets a fiery teen, Saffron (rising star and out actress Paris Pickard), whose choices are boot camp or a life of drugs and prison. But who said prepping for boot camp would be easy? As Alex whips Saffron into shape during the long, hot summer, the reason for Alex’s dismissal from the Corps threatens the future for both of them.
The leading duo shines: Weber combines Alex’s hard and soft sides with confidence and quiet power, while gorgeous newcomer Pickard stands out from a solid cast with impressive acting chops. Writer/director Ned Farr (The Gymnast) and JD Disalvatore, producer of award-winning Frameline fave Shelter, each score another hit with this heartfelt commentary exploring the effect of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” distilling the political down to the intimately personal. (Description courtesy of Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.)
Don’t Ask, I Won’t Tell
Dir. April Wilson. 6 min. US
Before Julie reports for active duty, she spends one final morning with her lover, Anne. Julie decided to join the Army Reserves but she never thought she would actually be called to war. Anne feels betrayed by Julie’s decision not tell her about her deployment. Julie is effectively ending their relationship and throwing herself back in the closet due to the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Julie and Anne try to cope with the situation while remembering the past and continuing their morning rituals. Don’t Ask, I Won’t Tell is a film about a young couple’s process of saying goodbye.