Festival to feature award-winning dramas, shorts, documentaries exploring diverse lives of LGBTQ people
The eighth annual GayCharlotte Film Festival will present four days of award-winning feature-length dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd., April 21-24, 2016. This year’s film festival will focus on the ever-increasing diversity of the LGBTQ community.
Films slated for screening currently include: “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, who recently won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett in the title role, and nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards nominations; “While You Weren’t Looking,” an award-winning South African drama exploring the intersecting lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Cape Town; and “Fourth Man Out,” starring Evan Todd and Chord Overstreet, best known from his role in the hit TV show “Glee,” in an ensemble comedy following four blue-collar friends after one of them comes out.
Other films currently announced include “The Same Difference,” a documentary exploring the internal homophobia and gender roles of the black lesbian/bisexual community making a return to Charlotte after a sold-out screening last year, as well as “Jenny’s Wedding,” a feature-length drama starring Katherine Heigl, and “In the Grayscale,” a Spanish-language drama following a bisexual man’s life journey. Other films will be announced soon.
The annual event’s opening night takes place Thursday, April 21, 6:45 p.m., and will include several award-winning and provocative LGBTQ-themed short films. Admission to the opening night is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested at charlottepride.org/films/. The audience will vote for their favorite short film for the “Viewers’ Choice” award this year.
Film tickets are now on sale at charlottepride.org/films/. 10-Ticket Weekend VIP Passes, available for a limited time for $50, are also on sale and include 10 tickets for use during any film screening, one free popcorn for each individual ticket and other perks.
The GayCharlotte Film Festival is a collaborative project of Charlotte Pride, a local non-profit which creates programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Charlotte Pride presents and collaborates on programs, projects and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Trans* Pride, Latin@ Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others.