NC Gay + Lesbian Film Fest Returns to Durham Aug 12
Presenting the best of LGBT cinema for more than two decades, the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) returns to the Carolina Theatre of Durham on August 12-20 with a record-setting 167 films, including 134 shorts and 33 features.
Ten-Passes, which cost $85 and enable guests to choose 10 film screenings at NCGLFF, and tickets to individual screenings, which cost $10, are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, ncglff.org and carolinatheatre.org.
The second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, NCGLFF has attracted thousands of filmmakers, artists and fans to downtown Durham each year since it was founded in 1995 as the Q Film Fest. The festival was renamed in 1996.
The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has since named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.
A longtime symbol of the inclusiveness of the Bull City, the NCGLFF was recently selected by The New York Times as one of the Gay Summer Events Worth Traveling To in 2016. The 2016 NCGLFF will deliver nine days of world-class cinematic entertainment celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life inside the epicenter of downtown Durham's cultural renaissance, the Carolina Theatre.
For the 2016 NCGLFF, the programming committee consciously selected more African-American and Latino features and shorts than it had ever done in the event’s 20-year history. For the first time-ever, the NCGLFF has created a Latino/Latina Shorts program, an animated shorts program and a documentary shorts program
Other highlights of the 2016 NCGLFF include the following feature films and thought-provoking documentaries:
AWOL (US, 85 MIN)
Recent high school grad Joey (Lola Kirke of Mozart in the Jungle) is scooping ice cream at the local fair when she meets Rayna (Breeda Wool), a leggy blonde who likes drinking and flirting, and who has a weakness for “them tomboys,” as her grandmother calls them. Rayna takes Joey home, and soon Joey is head-over-heels in love and lust, even after she discovers that the older woman has a couple of kids and a trucker husband named Roy.
DEEP RUN (US, 83 MIN)
Executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon and shot by first-time filmmaker Hillevi Loven, Deep Run is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily. This raw documentary reveals rebirth and courage within America’s deeply conservative Bible Belt. Preceded by: BrocKINGton reveals as much about the human character as it does about the societal pressures to fit in. Identifying as transgender in North Carolina, there have been many hurdles in Blake Brockington’s life.
KISS ME, KILL ME (US, 97 MIN)
Kiss Me, Kill Me is a contemporary film noir, set in West Hollywood. Stephen Redding (Gale Harold) is a successful TV producer with a big house in the hills and a trophy boyfriend, Dusty Young (Van Hansis). But at Stephen’s birthday party, Dusty discovers he had an affair with Craigery (Matthew Ludwinski). Before morning, however, Stephen has been murdered along with a convenience store clerk, and Dusty is the prime suspect. But Dusty can’t remember anything.
STRIKE A POSE (NETHERLANDS, 83 MIN)
In 1990, Madonna’s taboo-busting Blond Ambition tour blew the roof off of global pop culture and raised AIDS awareness while turning a sudden spotlight on seven male dancers. “Give me more of you,” the singer exhorted her young troupe, in rehearsals and performances, and they eagerly complied. A quarter century after these intense formative experiences, the extraordinary new documentary Strike a Pose reunites the talented corps of dancers—who dispersed as suddenly as they came together—not only to relive a seminal cultural moment through their eyes, but also to try to make sense of the momentous changes they’ve lived through.
Additionally, the NCGLFF will feature Free Family Film Day screening of Babe (Aus-US, 1995, 91 min) presented by BASF on Saturday, August 20 starting at 9 a.m. The event will have fun table activities and BASF butterfly wings, branded crayons and coloring sheets emphasizing monarch butterflies. The film screening begins at 10:45 a.m. in Fletcher Hall. Free popcorn and soda will be provided to all who attend.
As it has since 1995, the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival will once again screen the very best in LGBT cinema at the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham from Aug. 12-20. Don’t miss it!