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Release: GayCharlotte Film Festival returns April 23-26
The GayCharlotte Film Festival will return to the Queen City, April 23-26, for its seventh annual event featuring LGBTQ films including heart-warming comedies, gut-wrenching dramas and compelling documentaries. The event will be held at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207. This year, the festival is partnering with a new fiscal sponsor, Charlotte Pride, which will assist the festival with marketing and promotions.
The GayCharlotte Film Festival began in 2008 with just a handful of volunteers with a passion for independent LGBTQ cinema. Their commitment has helped to grow the film festival, the only one of its kind in the Charlotte region, bringing members of the LGBTQ community together through the power and expression of film and art.
In 2014, the festival fostered new partnerships and was able to showcase a wide diversity of films, including foreign titles, documentaries, drama, comedy and romance. Organizers say they will screen a similar variety of films in 2015. Films covering a variety of viewpoints, genres and communities are slated, including films geared toward women, youth, people of color and others.
The festival will also screen a short documentary, “brocKINGton,” featuring transgender teen activist Blake Brockington, whose death in March shocked local community members. In 2014, Brockington was named East Mecklenburg High School’s homecoming king. The film, by Elon University student filmmakers Mason Sklut, Maggie Sloane and Sergio Ingato, explores Brockington’s life and experiences. It won Best Documentary Short at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. A panel discussion with filmmakers and community members will follow the free screening on Sunday, April 26, 6 p.m. Free tickets to this event are available online at charlottelgbtfilm.com/events/.
Presenting Red Carpet Sponsors for the event include the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund and Charlotte Pride. Box Office Sponsors include: Different Roads Home, Sidelines Sports Bar & Billiards, Sir Speedy and QNotes. Spotlight Sponsors include: Connie J. Vetter, Attorney and Counselor at Law; Victoria Eves, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed; and Pasta and Provisions. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. For more information on becoming a sponsor, visit charlottelgbtfilm.com/sponsor/.
Ticket prices for the event are: $8/online, $10/door, $5/students, seniors, military, Charlotte Film Society members. For more information on the GayCharlotte Film Festival, including a full list of film screenings, descriptions and trailers, and to purchase tickets, visit charlottelgbtfilm.com.
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ABOUT CHARLOTTE PRIDE: Charlotte Pride works to celebrate and empower our local LGBTQ community and produces educational and social programming highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and civic diversity of the Charlotte-metro region’s LGBTQ community, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade which hosted more than 100,000 visitors in 2014. It is one of the Southeast’s largest LGBTQ Pride organizations.