Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — The 5th North LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented by PACE, opens this Friday, Sept. 6th and runs through Sept. 12th at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. More films than ever will be shown: 11 feature films and an evening of shorts. For more information about the festival go here: nlglff.org. For a schedule of the films along with trailers go here: http://nlglff.org/films.
Many special events are scheduled:
“First Period” with a Q & A, 7 pm, Fri., Sept. 6th: Opening night will feature special guest Shreveport native Dudley Beene who produced and has a leading role in “First Period”. FilmMonthly.com says “First Period” is “gut-bustingly funny” with intelligence and charm all over the place. PACE is thrilled that Dudley Beene will be returning to his hometown, along with the film’s director, to discuss his film. He has spent the past seven years being the go-to promo and joke writer for daytime talk shows, working daily for Kelly Ripa, Ellen Degeneres, and the ladies of The Talk. Dudley is now VP at the nation’s #1 broadcast marketing agency for television, Studio City.
“Heterosexual Jill”, 7:15 pm, Mon., Sept. 9th: following this comedy, counselors will discuss the serious matter of “ex-gay” therapy and difficulties some LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people have in accepting themselves.
“Submerge”, 7:15 pm, Tues., Sept. 10th : following this drama/romance, a panel discussion on how challenges that LGBT people face from both external and internal homophobia can lead to problems with addiction.
“Bridegroom”, 7:45 pm, Thurs., Sept. 12th: this film based on a viral video will be followed by a discussion of what legal protections same-sex couples in LA can secure in the absence of the over 1,000 protections that legal marriage confers, and the current state of marriage equality in the U.S. and in Louisiana.
Documentaries from recent headlines
“Valentine Road” about the 2008 shooting of gay 8th grader Larry King by a fellow student at school; Newsweek magazine described the shooting as "the most prominent gay-bias crime since the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard.” (9/6 at 1 pm; 9/8 at 1:15 pm)
“God Loves Uganda” about the role of American evangelicals in Uganda that promoted a wave of anti-gay hysteria leading to the introduction in parliament of the “Kill the Gays” bill. (9/7 at 1 pm; 9/9 at 5:15 pm)
10 shorts, 86 minutes, 9/11 at 7:30 pm