Check out the latest news and reviews for the hit indie film, a lesbian comedy, romp, And Then Came Lola. The film screened at more than 100 LGBT film festivals around the world. Released in 2010, the indie film is available for rent or download at Wolfeondemand.com and streaming sites around the world include HULU, iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and more.
Starring Ashleigh Sumner, Jill Bennett,and Cathy DeBuono, and directed by Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler, And Then Came Lola plays out like a twisty, lighter Run Lola Run with a massive dose of queerness.
Lola runs out the door and quite literally encounters a tragic-comedy of obstacles keeping her from being punctual the one time she needs to be.
What follows is part Run Lola Run and part Groundhog Day. Lola encounters everything from her ex, to a feisty meter maid, an angry dog, a runaway subway car and the very possessive Danielle on her way to Casey’s aid. If this doesn’t sound frantic enough, keep in mind that the events have a way of occurring multiple times, with several outcomes and that the filmmakers use a wild variety of cinematic techniques to keep things moving and shaking. – AfterEllen.com
In And Then Came Lola – the much talked, highly praised, and increasingly popular new lesbian film currently making the festival circuit – Ashleigh Sumner plays “Lola.” The film is funny, sexy, exciting, and enormously appreciated by the lesbian community – and so is its star. Despite being extremely busy these days with Lola – which also stars Jill Bennett, Cathy DeBuono, and Jessica Graham – and her career in the art world, Sumner recently took time out to talk to Cherry Grrl and fill our readers in on what it was like to be a part of the movie, her very artistic side, and even her personal life – sorry ladies, she’s taken.
AND THEN CAME LOLA (USA)
Imitation is usually the sincerest form of plagiarism, but in the case of this delightful low-budget comedy it’s a lot more than that. The film “sampled” is Run Lola Run, German director Tom Tykwer’s postmodern action thriller in which a bright-red-headed girl’s mad dash across Berlin to deliver a cache of cash is related three times with three different outcomes. In And Then Came Lola, directors Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler detail the far less melodramatic sprint of a spirited lesbian (Ashleigh Sumner) across San Francisco to deliver photographs to her current girlfriend (Jill Bennett), who needs them for an important business deal. “Current” is the operative term with Lola, who has other women in her past and her present as well (including Angelyna Martinez as a hilariously imposing meter maid). Ashleigh Sumner is a delightfully harried, yet determined center of the action, and the film offers a love letter to the city of San Francisco and its LGBT inhabitants with great style. (DGA, Fri., July 17, 7:15 p.m.) (David Ehrenstein)
Déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning in the romantic comedy “Then Came Lola.” Filled with wall-to-wall pop music as well as vibrant performances, “Lola” is a lesbian romp done right…
…“And Then Came Lola” is fast paced, energetic and fun. The plot is hardly original, but the whole thing is pulled off in a fresh, sharp manner. Ashleigh Sumner is charming as Lola — she literally flails across the screen, running and panting up and down the hills of San Francisco — exuding a knack for physical comedy.
Murray pointed to “And Then Came Lola,” a Centerpiece Screening that was inspired by 1998’s “Run Lola Run,” as one of this year’s most exciting films. “I hope it finds a general audience,” he said. “It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s well-made. It’s about beautiful women just living their lives.”
Check out the first of Jill’s three-part series on The Violet Underground as she talks to her fellow Lola actor and star of the film, Ashleigh Sumner. Jill also reveals a new “exclusive” sneak peak of the film at Shewired.com.
Tickets for the June 19th world premiere of “And Then Came Lola” are available thru Frameline’s website.
Get your tickets for the world premiere of And Then Came Lola! Friday, June 19th at 7:15 p.m.
Frameline33, the 33rd San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
The legendary showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema is coming to YOU this June 18-28, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater and the Victoria Theatre, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. Relish the power of film with hundreds of raucous, rowdy and revolutionary films during the 11 days of Frameline33, with work from over 20 countries!
Advance tickets go on sale May 22 online at www.frameline.org or at the Frameline33 ticket outlet located inside Superstar Satellite, 474 Castro Street (between Market and 18th). Ticket Outlet hours are 1:00 pm–8:00 pm daily beginning Friday, May 22 (for Frameline members) and Friday, May 29 (for general public). For more info, visit www.frameline.org
35. Jill Bennett*
No surprise to us, but And Then Came Lola’s Jill Bennett (Casey) made the AfterEllen.com Hot 100 again.
Updated from Facebook!
This from an email Fast Girl Films received from Facebook 4/28/09.
Thanks for contacting us about this. Your ad has now been re-reviewed and approved. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The co-producers/co-directors of “And Then Came Lola,” Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler, are very pleased that Facebook reversed its discriminatory decision. Hopefully this incident will serve as a reminder that fairness and objectivity should be applied equally when it comes to judging advertising content.
Fast Girl Films would also like to thank of all those who joined us in protesting Facebook’s rejection of the Lola advertisement. Small (and large) victories are important in the fight for equal rights and recognition the LGBT community in all its diversity. Thank you!
The controversy continues over Fast Girl Film’s attempt to place a targeted ad on Facebook and FB’s subsequent rejection of our flirty and fun image. Several national LGBT organizations have been notified and various bloggers (and tweeters) are beginning to buzz with the question: Why did Facebook reject the ad???
Here are a few blogs/articles about the continuing Facebook controversy:
This week Fast Girl Films attempted to place a targeted ad on Facebook directed toward (women interested in women over the age of 18). We submitted this promo photo (taken for Fast Girl Films by photographer Sophia Wallace) to accompany the ad copy and received the following response from Facebook:
Ad Disapproval Reason(s):
* The image of this ad is either irrelevant or inappropriate. Per sections 3 and 8 of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines, the image on your ad should be relevant and appropriate to the item being advertised. Make sure your image is directly relevant to what you are advertising. Images that are overly explicit, provocative, or that reveal too much skin are not allowed. Images that may either degrade or idealize any health condition or body type are also not allowed. If you choose to submit this ad again, please use an appropriate image that adheres to all of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines.
Now one doesn’t have too look very far on Facebook to see numerous ads that are much more provocative and show more skin (and idealized body images) than does this sexy, but tasteful photo. Give me a break! The war with Facebook has only just begun.
It’s official, And Then Came Lola will have its world premiere this June in San Francisco at the Frameline LGBT Film Festival. Stay tuned for details!!!