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Extraordinary lives

Several films at Outfest study influential people. Like Bayard Rustin.

July 10, 2003|Kevin Thomas | Times Staff Writer

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The bleak industrial cities in the north of England have been the settings of many a gritty drama. With "Between Two Women," writer-director Stephen Woodcock has made a notably lyrical film amid a grim setting. It is 1957, and a 10-year-boy is attending a new school. His gifted young teacher (Andrina Carroll) encourages his artistic ability; meanwhile, an instant attraction sets in between her and the boy's mother (Barbara Marten), a woman who admits she married a cloddish, closed-minded factory worker (Andrew Marten) because she thought he might be able to "control" her. Her word choice is revealing, suggesting she feels threatened by emotions she seemingly has been afraid to confront -- understandable given her time and place. Yet she is an inherently superior and intelligent woman, unhappy in her marriage, and Woodcock generates considerable concern over what these two women will do -- or not do -- about their feelings for each other.

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Outfest sites

1. Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

Limited $3 parking available beneath the complex.

2. Ambassador Hotel

3400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

$3 parking available at 3450 Wilshire Blvd.

(enter on Mariposa).

3. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood

On-site parking, $5; off-site parking, $3, at structures at 1718 N. Cherokee Ave. and 3400 Cahuenga Blvd. With free shuttle to the Ford starting two hours prior to the event.

4. Orpheum Theatre

842 S. Broadway, L.A.

Parking in downtown lots and structures.

5. Pacific Design Center

8670 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

$5 parking in PDC structure at San Vicente Blvd.

6. Regent Showcase

614 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood

Valet parking, $5; self-parking in lot in alleyway behind Melrose and La Brea avenues, $5.

7. L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

1125 N. McCadden Place, L.A.

Limited amount of free parking across the street.

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Screenings

Outfest 2003

"Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin"

When: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

Where: Directors Guild of America

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"Ghostlight"

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Directors Guild of America

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"Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary"

When: Monday, 9:15 p.m., and July 20, noon

Where: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

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"Between Two Women"

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Directors Guild of America

Info: (213) 480-7065 or www.outfest.org/fest2003/

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