Afternoon Delight: Nisha Ganatra’s “Beholder,” Tricia Helfer in “Howlin’ For You”

Beholder, the latest from out filmmaker Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn) and part of the ITVS series FUTURESTATES, will be making its debut at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month in Austin and will play again at the 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).

Here’s the synopsis:

Beholder takes place in the biosphere-protected Red Estates, a gated community with a socially conservative political majority where all members have been explicitly bred for their social roles. At a clinic where patients can genetically engineer their children, Sasha, the wife of rising political star Bobby Aryana, is informed that her baby carries the genetic marker for homosexuality. By the laws of Red Estates, this is an aberration that must be dealt with immediately, and Sasha finds her rethinking her allegiances as well as mulling over secrets in her own past. Touching on issues of race, sexual orientation, and conformity, Beholder examines the notion of identity and the costs of belonging.

And here’s the trailer:


Yikes. Seems totally plausible to me. I’m still recovering from watching The Handmaid’s Tale in 1990 (I guess I’m not very resilient).

According to New York magazine, Rachel Dratch is writing a book of “humorous reflections” on her life after Saturday Night Live, “when the only acting roles she gets offered are obese lesbian secretaries.” They also report that she’ll be writing about becoming “unexpectedly pregnant at age 44.”

I, for one, would love to watch a film or television show about an obese lesbian secretary, particularly if it involves a tempestuous affair with her reckless (but brilliant), smoking hot female boss.

You might think the video below (from out comic and writer Jill Kushner) only applies to the queer ladies who hike at Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that it has a more universal relevance. Whether we like it or not!


Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz offers his “Guide To Getting A Sitcom Cancelled” in The Guardian. Check it out, as he clearly knows what he’s talking about.

Episode two of Michelle Daniel‘s webseries Between Women is now available. Go have a look!

Finally, I just watched this trailer for the Black Keys‘ new grindhouse-style video “Howlin’ For You” because a.) it looks craptastic in the best way possible (think Bitch Slap) b.) it co-stars Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and c.) I thought I spied some lesbian action happening in it.

But the action in question wasn’t lesbian at all. It was just snowboarding god Shaun White (and his audacious red mane) doing a pretty good lesbian impression. Still, I can’t fault any video that contains the line, “I’m pretty sure God would consider it a sin not to glorify that ass!”

Happy Wednesday!