QFilm Festival celebrating its 20th year of screening LGBTQ cinema titles

Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein <br><strong>Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never-shy voice of the Riot-Grrrl movement. She is the subject of the documentary <em>The Punk Singer</em>, which will be among those screened at the QFilm Festival next month.</strong>
The Long Beach QFilm Festival, which is in its 20th year, will take place the weekend of Sept. 6–8 at the Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St.
Long Beach’s longest-running film festival, the QFilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Last year’s event was the most successful yet with over 1,200 attendees, a 20-percent increase over the previous year, according to Chris Carpenter, senior executive programmer for the festival.
Submissions are received each year from both student and professional filmmakers from around the world. Many filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after each screening. Festival events will feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals.
<strong>The drag-queen performer Divine is examined in the doc <em>I Am Divine</em>, which will be one of the titles at the QFilm Festival at Long Beach’s Art Theatre.</strong>
The 2013 QFilm Festival will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Sept. 6 with the Long Beach premieres of the award-winning feature Reaching for the Moon, about lesbian poet Elizabeth Bishop, and Darren Stein’s comedy G.B.F., starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Horatio Sanz and Jonathan Silverman. An opening-night party will take place between screenings at the LGBTQ Center of Greater Long Beach.
Other narrative and documentary features selected to screen on Saturday and Sunday are: the documentary I Am Divine, about the late drag star of such films as Pink Flamingos and the original Hairspray; James Franco’s and Travis Mathews’s controversial Interior. Leather Bar.; and the romantic satire Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? These initial five features are being presented through special arrangement with program sponsor The Film Collaborative. In addition, Getting Go: the go doc project, a new film from the award-winning producer of Were the World Mine, will be screened, and the fest will present an advance sneak-preview screening of Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a documentary about Terrence McNally’s frequently condemned play that depicts Jesus Christ as a gay man living in rural Texas. A variety of short films will also be screened during the weekend.
Jury awards will be given to films in several categories. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and its community-outreach programs.
Passes and tickets are available for purchase through the QFilm Festival page at qfilmslongbeach.com .

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