Q Film Festival to screen feature films and docs focusing on the LGBT community

<strong>The 1981 film Mommie Dearest, which stars a scenery-chewing Faye Dunaway as Hollywood legend/alleged clean freak Joan Crawford, will serve as the kick-off movie for the Q Film Festival at 2:30pm on Friday, May 8. Admission will be free; wooden hangers not included.</strong>

The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach and Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride will present the Long Beach Q Film Festival 2011 from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18 at the historic Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., and the neighboring Gay and Lesbian Long Beach Center, 2017 E. Fourth St. Long Beach’s long-running film festival since 1993, the Q Film Festival presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
This year’s event will feature several area premieres as well as some of the most acclaimed features on the 2011 film festival circuit. The 11 feature films selected include Fit, a British comedy-drama about sexual diversity and bullying among a group of high school students, and the Los Angeles-area premiere of Judas Kiss, a gay romantic-drama featuring time travel. Other films include the California premiere of the documentary Inspired: Voices Against Prop 8, which spotlights several crusading Long Beach activists, and an international showcase of documentaries.
Submissions were received from both student and professional filmmakers from around the world. Some filmmakers and cast members will be present for audience discussions. Jury awards will be given to films in several categories. Festival events will be hosted by a variety of local performers and talents. The festival will also feature numerous parties and opportunities to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors and other industry professionals.
The festival will open at the Art Theatre on Friday and run through Sunday evening. An opening night party will take place between screenings at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach. Screenings on Saturday will include a variety of great short films in the “Men in Briefs” and “Women in Shorts” programs. The festival will end Sunday with a closing-night party between the final two screenings. All festival parties include libations and live entertainment. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride. Wells House Hospice will be a platinum sponsor of this year’s festival.
Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase through the Q Film Festival page at qfilmslongbeach.com.

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