3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival

3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival

Event Type: screenings, LGBT, documentary, narrative film

Thu, May 29 - Sun, Jun 1

Overview

Overview 3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival

3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival
Thursday, May 29 - Sunday, June 1, 2014

Creative Alliance's Charm City LGBT Film Festival Committee has meticulously selected six award winning films that have premiered at the most renowned national and international LGBT film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals, among others. These outstanding documentaries and features hail from the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, Africa, and India, and explore a variety of fascinating themes.    

Weekend Pass - Includes all 5 films: $60, $35 for members. For more information or to purchase contact the Box Office (410)-276-1651

Presented in partnership with GLCCB, Gay Life, Equality Maryland, The Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr. LLC, and AIDS Action Baltimore.

Special thanks to Matt Thorn, Dan McEvily, KJ Mohr, and the LGBT Film Festival Committee, including Jeff Knox and Hector Manzano, Jennifer Williams, Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies Morgan State University, Chris Kojzar, Terry Barnes, and Charles Freeman.

OPENING NIGHT EVENT AND FILM 

OPENING NIGHT HAPPY HOUR!
THU MAY 29 5:30-7:30pm
Join us in the Marquee Lounge for cocktails and comedy!
What Weekly brings you LGBT themed comedy with Ezra Winter before watching the film Ian Harvie Superhero! Comics include: Stephanie Joyal, Violet Gray, Ezra Winter, & Nik Oldershaw

Thu, May 29 , 7:30pm - Click here for Tickets and Info
IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO
Director: Liam K. Sullivan
Transgender comedian Ian Harvie is the focus of this hilarious yet self-aware 2013 documentary. His facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence, makes his humor groundbreaking. It's these very qualities that attracted comedian Margaret Cho, who produced this film and has publicly raved about Ian's work, besides including him in her opening act for years. Filled with clips of Ian's stage shows (and his inclusive, relatable humor), he explores everything from acquiring male privilege to navigating gendered bathroom politics.
"Ian's comedy, and his story is one that is unique in standup, totally original and important - I know you will love it as much as I do." - Margaret Cho

Keith Thirion, Director of Advocacy and Programming at Equality Maryland, will introduce the film and be available for a q&a afterwards.

Awards: Cinema Diverse Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013, Festival Favorite
Frameline Film Festival San Francisco, Official Selection
OutFest, Los Angeles, Official Selection
Tampa International Gay Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, Official Selection 
Boston Gay Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection

Film sponsors: Christy Bergland, Shirley Parry 

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GLCCB & GayLife HAPPY HOUR!
FRI MAY 30 5:30-7:30pm
Join Film Festival partners GLCCB & GayLife Friday night for happy hour proir to an evening of great films! The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) publishes Gay Life Magazine, produces Baltimore Pride, and seeks to achieve equality, understanding, and respect for the diversity of the greater Baltimore LGBT community while also providing quality support services, facilities, and professional resources for the development and well-being of individuals and groups.

Fri, May 30, 7:30pm - Click here for tickets and Info
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW 
Director: Arvin Chen
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng when she shares her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into his old friend Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life as a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire. (Mandarin w/ English subtitles) 
"Poignant and heartening. Playfully channeling Woody Allen, Jacques Tati and Jacques Demy."
- Maggie Lee, Variety
"Wry and whimsical!" - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Chris Kojzar, Creative Alliance resident artist and member of the LGBT Film Festival Committee, will be introducing the film.

Awards: Tribeca Film Festival. Official Selection
Frameline Film Festival, Official Selection 

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Fri, May 30, 9:45pm - Click here for Tickets and Info
VALENCIA:The Movie/s

USA, 2013, 105 mins.
Valencia is a collaboration between a national community of  20 queer filmmakers to adapt the underground classic memoir into a kaleidoscopic vision of San Francisco's Mission District in the early '90s. A punk lesbian diaspora told through the experiences of Michelle, a single rootless twenty-something searching for sex and love, drugs, and adventure. Adult content.

Jennifer Williams, Assistant Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Morgan State University, and KJ Mohr, Founder of the Charm City LGBT Film Festival, will be introducing the film (Valencia) and be available for a Q&A afterwards.

Awards: Frameline Film Festival 37, Official Selection
Chicago International LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Official Selection
Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection

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Sat, May 31, 4pm - Click here for Tickets and Info
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
Director: Nicholas Wrathall
USA, 2013, 89 mins.
No 20th century figure has had a more profound effect on literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.  Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, this film is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. This film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the 21st century, his overview of the current state of the Republic, and the health of US democracy.
"For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual." - Huffington Post

"Highly entertaining...a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America's most brilliant, original - and cranky - thinkers" - Variety
"Gore was 'an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur....the film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, should enjoy healthy specialized theatrical bookings before a long life in ancillary." - The Hollywood Reporter

Kate Drabinski, Lecturer, Gender and Women's Studies and Director, WILL Program University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be introducing the film  (Gore Vidal) and be available for a Q&A afterwards.

Awards: Tribeca Film Festival, 2013, Official Selection
Philadelphia Q Fest, 2013, Official Selection
OutFest, Official Selection
New Zealand International Film Festival, 2013
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2013
Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection

Film sponsors: Gina Caruso
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Sat, May 31 7:30pm - Click here for Tickets and Info
FREE FALL
Director: Stephan Lacant
Germany, 2013, 100 mins.
Marc's life seems to be right on track with a promising career in the police department and a baby on the way. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay, and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness, and what it means to fall in love with another man. Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and he realizes that try as he may, he can't make everyone happy - least of all, himself.
"I saw this film as part of the Berlinale 2013 film festival, in the section named Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives of German film). The venue with 525 seats was fully booked. It was the 2nd screening after a world premiere the day before." - IMDB review

Daniel McEvily, Editor of GayLife will introduce the film.

Awards: Seattle International Film Festival, Official Selection
Berlin International Film Festival, Official Selection
Outfest, 2013
Frameline 37, Official Selection
Ft. Lauderdale Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Official Selection

Film sponsors: Jeff G. Knox and Hector Manzano

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Sun, June 1, 4pm - Click here for Tickets and Info
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
Director: Dylan Mohan Gray
India, 2013, 87 mins.
An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," this film tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, this film is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Corporate Crime of the Century' and save millions of lives. As the film makes clear, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is really just beginning.
Tonia Poteat
has been involved in the fight against AIDS since 1989 when she first volunteered with an AIDS service organization in New Haven. In 1996, she completed Emory University’s Physician Assistant program and began providing medical care for people living with HIV.  She is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist and holds a PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She has provided technical support to HIV programs in Africa since 2004 and currently works with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator as the Senior Advisor on Key Populations. She will be introducing Fire in the Blood and will be available for a Q&A afterwards.

"An urgent and shameful topic: the millions of Africans with AIDS who have died because they couldn't afford the antiretroviral drugs that could have saved their lives"  - The New York Times
"Exquisite and unsparing... Fire in the Blood is artful in nearly every frame, perhaps so we don't avert our eyes." - Daphne Howland, The Village Voice and LA Weekly  
"PICK OF THE WEEK - A devastating new film explores the lies, greed and indifference that killed millions in Africa"  "Essential... shattering... eye-opening and often chilling" - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon  
"A shocking documentary about how big Western pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost anti-AIDS drugs, causing a holocaust of 10 million deaths. Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and many brave activists speak out... CRITIC'S CHOICE - ★★★★ (4 stars)", Kate Muir, The Times

Awards: World Documentary - Sundance Film Festival, January 2013, Grand Jury Prize nominated 
One World Media Award (UK), Documentary (Shortlisted), February 2013
WINNER - Justice Matters Award-27th Washington DC International Film Festival, April 2013
WINNER-DOXA Feature Documentary Award (main prize) - 2013 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, May 2013 
Grierson Awards (Grierson British Documentary Awards), Best Cinema Documentary (Shortlisted), July 2013
WINNER-2013 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Prize for Political Film, Filmfest Hamburg, October 2013

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) publishes Gay Life Magazine, produces Baltimore Pride, and seeks to achieve equality, understanding, and respect for the diversity of the greater Baltimore LGBT community while also providing quality support services, facilities, and professional resources for the development and well-being of individuals and groups.
Gay Life Magazine is the monthly publication of GLCCB. Since 1979, Gay Life Magazine has offered insightful and engaging coverage on local events and entertainment; national and international news; local resources for LGBTQ youth; faith-based support; and health care issues. As a social enterprise of the GLCCB, revenues generated by Gay Life Magazine support the Center and its many community-driven services and programs.
For more information call 410.777.8145 and visit www.GLCCB.org and www.BaltimoreGayLife.com  

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