For the first time, area LGBTQ+ filmmakers have the chance to screen their short movies in a local film festival created for and by them with the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival (PUFF). Launched by Reel Q, PUFF celebrates “diverse LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of overlooked and out-of-the-box films, workshops, lectures, and panels.” See below for event dates and details:
Ovarian Psychos (dir. Kate Trumbull LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski, 2012)
The event opens with Ovarian Psychos. The documentary follows The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade, a raucous group in Eastside Los Angeles that uses their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color, yet she struggles to strike a balance between motherhood and activism. Evie, a bright-eyed recruit, joins the crew despite poverty and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother. Meanwhile, Andi Xoch, a founding member and street artist, journeys to become a new leader within the crew.
Ovarian Psychos screens at 7 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cast members from the film will make an appearance.
Only In Pittsburgh!
Presented in cooperation with the Melwood Screening Room’s Film Kitchen series and the Indie Oaks Festival, Only In Pittsburgh! serves as a showcase for LGBTQ+ short films made by the local burgeoning film community. The featured works include the educational film parody How to Find a Man, the Dusty Springfield-inspired Mama Said, and The Toothmans, a documentary about a rural Pennsylvania family and their transgender daughter.
Only In Pittsburgh! begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Lives of Their Own: Pittsburgh Queer History Project Screening
Join archivist Harrison Apple as she presents video content from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and media archive aimed at preserving a record of LGBTQ nightlife from 1960-1990. The lecture includes a full screening of the 1989 Ms. Pittsburgh Pageant. This event is free and open to the public.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (dir. David France, 2017)
When Marsha P. Johnson, the beloved self-described “street queen” of Christopher Street, was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide. Protests erupted but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. Now, 25 years later, Oscar-nominated director and journalist David France (How To Survive a Plague) examines the death and extraordinary life of a trans icon.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 3 p.m.
The Revival: Women and the Word (dir. Sekiya Dorsett, 2016)
Jade Foster recruits a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country. The documentary follows their international female-led, salon-styled tour.
The Revival: Women and the Word screens at 6 p.m. the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event includes a post-screening poetry performance.
Breakfast with Queer PGH
Join Queer PGH for an early lecture about their mission to promote LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives. Created in 2016, the volunteer-run online magazine “made by and for queer folks in Pittsburgh” has become a platform for artists, writers, photographers, and “general queer enthusiasts.”
Toonseum sponsors a selection of short films from LGBTQ+ animators. The program includes the 1930s-style cartoon musical Happy and Gay, the animated documentary webseries Dating Sucks, A Genderqueer Misadventure, and a look at the work of Jeffrey Krell, an openly gay American cartoonist known for the syndicated comic strip Jayson.
Get Animated! starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Spiritual sanctuary, sex, sisterhood and a gathering of faeries. A bearded nun. Through an intimate lens, this feature documentary takes us on a journey with Sister Missionary P. Delight, one of the founders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In 1979, Mish, as he is affectionately known by his friends, created an Order of gay male nuns to promote a philosophy of promulgating universal joy and expiating guilt. Both he and the Order have come a long way since then. Today, the Sisters are spread out across the globe, and Mish lives in the middle of the woods of the Deep South, in a community of Radical Faeries. JOY! follows Mish and his community over a seven year period, chronicling the history of the movement and the highs and lows of his own personal journey.
JOY! Portrait of a Nun screens at 2:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. Doors open at 2 p.m.
All PUFF events take place at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets to all screenings cost $10. Lectures and workshops are free.
Undertow – City of Asylum
As part of the Our Stories summer film series presented by Reel Q and Cafe Con Leche, City of Asylum will host a screening of Undertow. In this unique ghost story, handsome young fisherman Miguel (Cristian Mercado) and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a scandalous secret – he’s in love with Santiago (Manolo Cardona), a painter who is ostracized by the town because he’s gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in City of Asylum’s Alphabet City Tent (318 Sampsonia Way). Guests can also enjoy complimentary food. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Science on Screen: The Man Who Knew Infinity – Regent Square Theater
As part of a national Science on Screen Program, Regent Square Theater will pair the biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity with relevant discussion from a scientific expert. Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar (Dev Patel) earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). The event will include a talk from Po-Shen Loh, founder of the Pittsburgh-based technology startup Expii. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Tremors – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1990 horror comedy Tremors as part of their Classic Movies Night series. Two friends (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward) and a seismologist (Finn Carter) investigate a series of deaths, only to find themselves battling giant, subterranean monsters picking off the residents of a one-horse desert town. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
Deuce Comes to Dormont: Hot Potato – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will present a Deuce Comes to Dormont screening of Hot Potato.The 1976 film stars Jim Kelly as a martial arts expert who, with the help of his crew, must rescue an ambassador’s daughter kidnapped in by warlord in Thailand. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Four Degrees of Tarantino – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will explore some of the most influential films behind the work of director Quentin Tarantino. Selections include the 1964 French New Wave film Band Of Outsiders, the 1974 blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown and the 1974 Japanese movie The Street Fighter, as well as Tarantino’s 1992 breakout hit Reservoir Dogs. Showtimes will continue through June 16th.
Xanadu – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will make all your dreams come true with the 1980 fantasy musical Xanadu. Featuring music by Electric Light Orchestra, the bizarre film follows a struggling artist (Michael Beck) who opens a popular rollerskating disco club with the help of an immortal Greek muse (Olivia Newton-John) and a washed-up bandleader (Gene Kelly). Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door. Showtimes will continue through June 12th.
Alice in the Cities – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater will show Alice in the Cities as part of their June Sunday Night Series Wim Wenders: Back On the Open Road. The black-and-white 1974 film follows a writer and photojournalist who comes into custody of a nine-year-old girl while traveling through Germany. The screening will begin at 8 p.m.
On March 26th, the Ace Hotel and Reel Q will welcome filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell for an event dedicated to his beloved rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.The evening will include a screening of the 2001 cult hit, followed by a taste of Mitchell’s monthly NYC dance party Mattachine.
With writer/director Mitchell in the starring role, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows a transsexual East Berlin rock diva struggling to achieve fame in the US. Her life story unfolds through a string of powerful musical numbers that recount her botched sex change, her failed marriage to an American G.I., her lagging music career, and the ultimate betrayal by her song writing partner and lover, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). The film features an excellent soundtrack by celebrated film composer Stephen Trask, ingenious set design and art direction, and lyrical animated sequences from Emily Hubley.
The Hedwig and the Angry Inch screening and dance party will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ace Hotel. VIP tickets guarantee early entry at 6:30 p.m. for a meet-n-greet with Mitchell. Mattachine will take place in the hotel gymnasium, and will feature appearances by Mitchell, performer Amber Martin, Shortbus star Paul Dawson and Hedwig actor PJ Deboy. Tickets cost between $10 and $40 and are available for purchase at Showclix. In case you’re wondering, yes, costumes are encouraged.
In 1985, the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Society (PLGFS) created their first film festival, which would go on to become Reel Q in 2012. From October 8th through October 17th, the annual event will celebrate 30 years of serving the LGBTQ community with a lineup of short, documentary, and narrative films from the US and around the world. See schedule and details below:
All About Evil
Reel Q will kick off with a pre-festval fundraiser featuring the horror comedy All About Evil. Hosted by the film’s director, Peaches Christ, the event will include special performances from Vinsantos, Janet Granite, and Bambi Deerest. An after party at THERE Ultra Lounge will follow.
Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne plays a mousy librarian who inherits her father’s failing old movie house. In order to save the family business, she discovers her inner serial killer, and starts turning out a series of grisly short films. The directorial debut of Joshua Grannell (better known as Peaches Christ) also features performances by cult icon Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson (AKA Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).
Out to Win
Director Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar. Bear Nation) provides an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within a historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. This film is told through the voices of pioneers, present day heroes, tomorrow’s superstars and the people who’ve helped them succeed. Featuring interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and more.
A Q&A session with Ingram will follow. Guests can also enjoy a after party at Bricolage. Food, alcoholic beverages, music and a photo booth will be provided. Sports themed costumes are encouraged.
Our Shorts program
The Our Shorts program will showcase LGBTQ films from the US, Canada, and Mexico. Selections include Float, Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination. Followers, Happy & Gay, Stealth, Still a Rose, and Under the Last Roof.
When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym Sally so she can stay anonymous but still look like she’s using her real name, which apparently she thinks makes her look cool. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, “Sally” assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own.
Margarita With a Straw
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy (Kalki Koechlin) leaves her home in India to study in New York,
unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.
On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.
Trish and Deb Murdoch are in a rut. After 14 years together and raising two daughters, they find themselves in a mid life crisis where grief and attraction threaten their domestic nucleus.
Two 4 One
When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.
While You Weren’t Looking
Twenty years into the New South Africa ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness? Asanda, their 18-year-old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
Kiss Me, Kill Me
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to his boyfriend is dead and he’s the prime suspect.
Tab Hunter Confidential
Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Tab was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now his life story has become an documentary feature directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.
Men’s Shorts program
The Men’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from around the globe. The selections include Heavenly Peace, Hole, I Do, Lady of the Night, Mini Supreme, Tremulo, and Wayne.
Women’s Shorts program
The Women’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from the US and Mexico. The selections include 11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke, Carina, Disaster Preparedness, The First Session, In the Hollow, MA/DDY, Stella Walsh, and V is the Warmest Color.
Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei.
Liz in September
Liz has known several things since she was a child: that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim. Determined to enjoy the time she still has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from her friends. Eva lost her son to cancer. The pain and guilt she feels has tarnished the relationship with her husband, sinking both into isolation. Heading alone on her vacation, Eva’s car breaks down leaving her stranded on the road. She ends up at Margot’s Inn where she meets Liz and her group of all gay friends. Liz makes a bet that she can seduce the straight newcomer. Against all odds, the encounter between these two opposite women changes their lives, setting new perspectives where love, life, and death, away from any morals, play as simple steps of nature.
David Gold, a pathologically immature former child actor, has never been able to get over high school. After being diagnosed with skin cancer, he gets fired from the last acting gig he could get. Desperate for money and with nothing else to lose, he fakes his resume, and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. The students of Grusin High love him – it might be because he drinks and smokes with them. But this is just the beginning of his downward spiral. When he meets Jabrielle, a teenaged outcast who’s just as screwed up as he is, he might learn that in the company of teenagers, sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.
This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA’s first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming out process, and sheds light on the obstacles LGBT sports players deal with throughout their career.
In the Grayscale
When architect Bruno (Francisco Celhay) finds himself passionately drawn to Santiago tour guide, Fernando (Emilio Edwards) he faces challenging decisions about his identity — and his relationship with his wife and young son. Hired to design a civic landmark for the Chilean capitol city, Bruno struggles with the commission. His uncertainty about how to proceed professionally is paralleled by his personal grappling.
Frankie (Diana DeGarmo) is head-strong and passionate about her rock band and her Italian-American heritage. She is engaged to a good Italian man, and everything in her life is in order until she discovers a murder victim in the trunk of her rental car. Heather, her sister, convinces Frankie to attend the funeral, where they meet Nicolette (Natalie Knepp), the daughter of the new Brooklyn mafia don. When Nicolette shows up at a gig, it triggers a cascade of events that take Frankie towards an unexpected romance.
Seventeen years after its original theatrical release, director Mark Christopher managed to add 44 minutes of never-before-seen footage to complete the version of 54 that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends — a busboy (Ryan Phillippe), a bartender (Breckin Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, all set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. When Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Jersey boy Shane (Phillippe) from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar – and a front-row seat at the most legendary party on the planet.
A disco-themed party at Arthur Murray Dance Center will follow the screening. Guests can enjoy snacks, alcoholic beverages, disco music, and dance and costume contests.
All Reel Q screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. Tickets to the opening and closing night events ( including after parties) are $10 to $15. Individual screenings are $6 to $9. Tickets can be purchased at the theater, at the Banner Coin Exchange, or at Showclix. Ticket packages ranging in price from $45 to $125 are also available for purchase on the Reel Q website.
Pittsburgh Black Pride, one of the country’s longest running pride celebrations for LGBTQ people of color, will celebrate 20 years this month with 11 days of festivities. On July 27th, the organization joins with Reel Q to present a film festival featuring 90 minutes of shorts focused on LGBTQ people of color. See the selected films below:
After ten years together, Kent and Jax can read each other like open books. Then Jax’s mother dies and he steals her wig three days before she is to be buried in it. And just when Kent believes the whole incident couldn’t get any hairier, Jax starts to wear it.
A story of love, loss, and finding oneself set against the world of underground street fighting.
Prom night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for the an evening of horror, hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to man up and kick it to his high school crush, or punk out and let him walk into the sunset.
Black is Blue
Black is a transman who works as a security guard in an apartment complex in Oakland. One night, Black notices an ex- girlfriend partying with some other women in one of the buildings. As none of the other security guards want to watch “the lezzie party,” Black volunteers, thinking he may resolve some inner conflicts from the past. However, things take a turn for the worse.
A gay couple leaving a midnight screening in a seedy area of town get gay bashed and then turn the tables on their attackers and fight back.
The Devotion Project: Foremost in my Mind
The final film in a series of short documentary portraits of LGBTQ couples and families features Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz, two women who met later in life.
Alaska Is A Drag
Leo dreams of becoming an international superstar, but these dreams are hard fought stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood. Pittsburgh Black Pride will take place from July 20th through July 31st.
From Oct. 11th to Oct. 19th, the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society (PLGFS) brings a new batch of feature films, shorts, videos, and sponsored social events to the 28th Annual Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival. See the complete schedule below:
Join in the festival’s opening night with Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon at 7 p.m. followed by the documentary I Am Divine at 9:30 p.m. Admission will be a flat $25 for one film and the party (which runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) or $30 for both films and the party. Opening night films and party are included in the Diva Pass and Festival Pass.
Reaching For The Moon
Brazilian helmer Bruno Barreto brings to life 1950s Rio in this beautifully drawn tale of poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and her love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), the designer of Rio’s famed Flamengo Park. Based on the bestselling Brazilian novel Rare and Commonplace Flowers, the film follows Bishop as a creative block prompts her to accept the invitation of a college friend to stay with her and her partner, Lota, on a sprawling country estate. Quintessentially American Bishop is a fish out of water in her new lush and bohemian setting, until the instant chemistry between her and Lota boils over.
I Am Divine
I Am Divine is a story about a man who fought against what society considers conventionally beautiful. It’s about addiction. It’s about fame. It’s about the quest for the spotlight and artistic respect. Divine’s complete commitment to being and expressing himself perhaps did more to promote notions of freedom and acceptance than he knew. He certainly paved the way for legions of misfits to come.
Director Michelle Ehlen‘s pseudo-romantic comedy follows Jill as she tracks down her butch ex-girlfriend Jamie to prove to herself that she is no longer attracted to her. Meanwhile, David and Lola compete for the affections of José , a sexually ambiguous and seductive man from Brazil, and they compare notes on their differing opinions of his sexuality. As complications arise with Jill and Jamie’s relationship, Jill starts to see José as her ticket out. However, when the love triangles shift and realign, Jamie has her own identity crisis that she is ill-equipped to handle.
The Happy Sad
Filmmaker Ken Urban uses a multi-cultural ensemble to explore the questions that alternative twenty- and thirty-year olds face in a culture where there appears to be endless possibilities for sex but also a resistance to any definitive model for a “proper” relationship. The film juxtaposes the storylines of the two main couples of different races (Marcus and Aaron, Stan and Annie) to highlight the ethical dilemmas facing men and women who are trying to create new ways to be in a loving relationship, while recognizing that monogamy might not be for them.
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
The day after her 40th birthday, a filmmaker who’s sacrificed her love life for her career realizes she has neither and decides to embark on adapting an all-female version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Interior. Leather Bar. / In Their Room: London
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, Cruising. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborated on Interior. Leather Bar. to imagine their own lost footage. Shown in conjunction is Matthews’ documentary In Their Room: London, which features a number of candid interviews with guys of all ages, shapes, and sizes talking about sex, dating and intimacy in London. A post-screening party at There Ultra Lounge will follow.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Straitlaced optometrist Weichung is finding the typical married life difficult, as his wife, Feng, unfulfilled by her white-walled office job and spurred on by her mother, pushes him for a second child. Then he bumps into an old friend from his gay past, setting off an unexpected array of dormant emotions. Meanwhile, his sister Mandy flees her sad sack fiancé San-San, coping via comfort food and the fantastical appearance of a soap opera star on her couch.
Snails In The Rain
Tel Aviv 1989. Boaz, a 25 years old beautiful student, receives anonymous, male written, obsessive love letters that undermines his sexual identity and interfere his peaceful life with his beloved girlfriend. PLFGS is proud to present the US premiere of Israeli-based director Yariv Mozer‘s Snails in the Rain.
A collection of short films featuring LBT women. Includes Cherry Waves, Devotion Project: Foremost In My Mind, Empty Sky, F to the 7th: Tweener, First Date, Remember To Breathe, Shopping, and Through The Window.
A collection of short films featuring GBT characters. Includes Alaska Is A Drag, Dirty Talk, Kiss Me Softly, P.D.A., Something Real, Spooners, and Summer Vacation.
Southern Baptist Sissies
Based on the play by Del Shores, Southern Baptist Sissies is the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church and how they each deal differently with the conflict between the teachings of the church and their sexuality.
A collection of short films featuring LGBT characters. Includes By The Way, Change Over Time, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, For Dorian, Housebroken, Matt Alber With Strings Attached, and Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight.
Hot Guys with Guns
In Hot Guys with Guns, Danny Lohman is an actor who takes his homework a little too seriously. Pip Armstong is his ex with a trust fund and a knack for finding trouble. Together they enlist the help of a jaded PI named Jimmy Peppicelli to break up a crime spree sending shockwaves through Hollywoood’s Velvet Mafia. Reputations, careers, and lives are all above the line and in deep, deep danger. A post-screening party at 5801 Video Lounge will follow.
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century.
Marc, an expectant father and police officer, loses control of his seemingly perfect life when he develops romantic feelings for Kay, another man in his police unit. When Kay suddenly disappears, Marc’s world capsizes.
Ian Harvie Superhero
After six years in Los Angeles, transgender comedian Ian Harvie returns to his hometown of Portland to perform his first live concert film.
Route of Acceptance
Route of Acceptance is a concept film that plays with the idea of the possible existence of destiny. Aspiring screenwriter Ryan Stark is having a hard time deciding what university to go to and is fearful to leave the comforts and predictability of high school and her life thus far. The film explores three realities of this young lesbian’s life and shows how a decision can change your entire future. Each life path evokes intense emotions as Ryan is torn between her love for career, family and marriage.
The bitter fight for supremacy between a school’s most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J. Willett) becomes its first openly gay student. As they race to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture, including memorable cameos by Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne. After the screening, meet G.B.F. writer and Pittsburgh native George Northy during a closing night party at the Toonseum.
All screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. Individual tickets are $9 (excluding opening and closing night) and are available for purchase at the theater, at Banner Coin Exchange, or at Showclix. Student tickets are $6 with ID and are available at the theater only. Tickets packages include the $125 Diva Pass (all films), the $70 Screen Queen pass (10 tickets), and the $45 Cheap Thrills pass (6 tickets). Admission to G.B.F., with closing night party, is $15.