April 14, 2017
The Texas Tech University Office of LGBTQIA with support from the Women’s Studies Program will host a screening of “A Very Sordid Wedding” at 8:30 p.m. Monday (April 24) in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. Writer and director Del Shores will hold a Q&A session with the audience following the screening.
The film is a sequel to Shores’ “Sordid Lives,” a play and later film adaption that became a cult phenomenon. The film deals with coming out in a conservative, Southern world. “Sordid Lives” won six best feature and 13 audience awards at various film festivals, and its success spurred a prequel TV series.
“Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t write me asking me for more ‘Sordid Lives’,” Shores said. “So many of my LGBTQ fans, of all ages, have come out to their folks by showing them ‘Sordid Lives’, because the humor helped them share their own story.”
Set 17 years after the original movie, “A Very Sordid Wedding” explores the questions, bigotry and fallout of what happens when gay marriage comes to communities and families that are not ready to accept it.
“I am excited to bring my characters up to July 2015 where they are hit with the reality of Texas having full equality,” Shores said. “I wanted to contrast affirming churches and organizations like Faith in America with the hypocritical bigotry that is still being spewed from pulpits represented by the ‘Anti-Equality Rally’ in the film.”
Bigoted “religious freedom,” marriage equality and cultural acceptance are all explored with Shores’ trademark approach to using comedy, and his much beloved “Sordid Lives” characters deal with these important current social issues and the process of acceptance.
“This film’s raucous, campy humor pushes viewers’ awareness to the experiences of queer people through laughter,” said Jody Randall, administrator of the Office of LGBTQIA. “Hosting a screening and writer and director Del Shores is a treat for us and the area.”
Shores has written, directed and produced for film, network and cable television and theater. Other award winning works of his include “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Blues for Willadean,” and “Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?).” He has won numerous awards from GLAAD, the NAACP, the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle, Los Angeles Stage Alliance, Los Angeles Weekly and Backstage.
Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.
Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.
The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.Twitter