Well timed with pride festivals and parades slated around Puget Sound upcoming, Seattle-based film director Drew Emery is coming to the Lynwood Theater with his film “Inlaws and Outlaws” this weekend.
The film’s been described repeatedly as “honest and heartfelt,” and also as a look into the “heart of love” in reviews ranging from the Seattle Times to Variety. It made its first big splash at the Seattle International Film Festival a few years ago and continues to pick up momentum.
Its premise — What do you get when you fall in love? — immediately conjures that Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach duo on the “Austin Powers International Man of Mystery” soundtrack. While its structure — a true stories project — reminds me a lot of the confessions room from reality shows like “The Real World.”
The true beauty of the film, however, is etched somewhere in between those two sentiments.
We’re introduced to individuals each talking about what it’s like to be in love, what it’s like in their relationship, good and bad, with no mention of sexual orientation. But as the film unravels its revealed that some of the characters are in gay couples, some straight. The underlying message being that love is love despite its orientation.
Emery will be in attendance for all three showings at the Lynwood — 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 5 p.m. June 14-15 — to discuss.
Seattle’s PBS affiliate KCTS 9 will also show his film and another similar program as part of a Gay Pride night at 7 p.m. June 11.
Info: www.inlawsandoutlawsthemovie.com, www.lynwoodtheater.com or call the theater at (206) 842-3080. For information on Kitsap Pride, go to www.kitsappride.org.