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Friday, December 12, 2008

PFLAG Tri-Cities is Ready? OK!

PFLAG Tri-CIties will be screening the film Ready? OK! this Thursday, December 18th. We will be meeting in Ball Hall, Room 127 on ETSU's campus. The entire community is invited to watch this comedy that won "Best Male Feature" honors. Here is the press release:

The PFLAG Tri-Cities Chapter will host a special screening of the film “Ready? OK!” on Thursday, December 18th, at 7:00 pm. The screening will take place on the campus of ETSU, in Ball Hall, Room 127. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Ready? OK!”, a feature film by James Vasquez, was originally slated as part of the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, but was delayed. The film recently won “Best Male Feature” honors at the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

From the website for the film:
As a harried single mother in Normal Heights, USA, Andrea is having a tough time of it. Although her son Joshua is a smart, happy and enthusiastic ten-year-old, she worries that he’s on the wrong track. With each summons to the Mother Superior’s office at Joshua’s private school, Andrea searches for answers to a nagging problem: How can she convince him that aspiring to be on the cheerleading squad, relishing the art of the French braid and calling Maria von Trapp his most influential role model is just not what little boys do?

When you wish for a son on the wrestling team, how do you deal with one who loves fashion, dolls and pyramid formations? In this quirky and touching take on the modern family, one woman must strip away all her illusions to seek a kind of peace with herself and her son. Some hard advice from her gay next-door neighbor Charlie helps Andrea turn her focus in the right direction: inward. Embracing Joshua’s individuality rather than fearing it might be the only answer, but can she do it?

With comically truthful performances and a healthy dash of wacky farce, Ready? OK! explores a family on the verge of either destruction or elevation. Sometimes all it takes to figure things out is a deep breath and the perfect cheer. (Kristine Kolton, Frameline32)
Check the trailer:

"Ready? OK!" Trailer 1 720P from Mark Holmes on Vimeo.


  1. Kind of reminds me of But I'm a Cheerleader! which is a must see film in my book. Although this one looks a little bit brighter and perhaps less cynical.

  2. Thanks Drew,

    I haven't seen that one. This film is really clever.

  3. Oh!

    Do see "But I'm a Cheerleader!" It has to do with reparative therapy. A must see in my book. Poignant and darkly funny on numerous levels.

  4. John, that looks like a great film--I wish I could be there to see it! I would go back to Milligan and see if I could do a screening of it, but I don't think they are going to let me back onto campus after we showed "For the Bible Tells Me So" last April!


  5. Hey Andy! Welcome! I hope all is well at seminary. You must be speaking tongue in cheek. You did a great service for the campus bringing that film and from my observations it was well received.

    Of course, I don't know what happened behind the scenes. But I put this seriously: you helped to save lives. Thank you.

  6. John,

    Seminary is wonderful! I am at a great place with great people, but I do miss East TN. Middle TN is nice too, though.

    Yeah, overall I think that when we did the movie and discussion last April it was well received by the students, but the faculty/administration (minus a few) pretty much let me have it the days following. I have no regrets, though. I wish that the conversation could have been opened up to the wider community, but other than that I am glad that I was able to convince them to even allow the showing of the movie. The conversation was started at Milligan and I can only hope that there are students and faculty there now that are continuing that conversation.

    This movie looks really great. Is there any way to purchase it? I was looking on the link that you provided but I could not find anything.

  7. Andy,

    You planted a seed.

    I don't think the movie is on DVD yet. It is still being shown as a screening, I think.