Eighth Annual LGBT Film Festival in Indiana, Pa.

Posted on 9/27/2011 1:44:28 PM

The Indiana Cares Campaign to End Homophobia (ICC) will kick off its eighth annual LGBT Film Festival on Sunday, October 2, 2011, with a 6:00 p.m. showing of the gay comedy What Happens Next?

The festival is being held on each of the five Sunday evenings in October. The location is Beard Auditorium in Stouffer Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

On October 9, the eve of National “Coming Out” Week, the festival features 3 Veils, a poignant drama that follows the stories of three young Middle Eastern women living in the U.S., each with her own secret. The lives of the three women intertwine as each struggles to defy tradition and create her own reality. This film was selected for screening the night before the IUP Six O’Clock Series presents Hidden Voices, the Lives of LGBT Muslims.

On the third Sunday, October 16, the feature film will be a drama titled The Green. This film follows the struggles of a gay male high school teacher and his partner who leave New York City for a small coastal town in Connecticut, where the teacher is charged with “inappropriate behavior” when he helps a student who has run away from home.

On October 23, the festival continues with a powerful documentary titled Gen Silent. The film follows six lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) seniors, bringing to life a growing epidemic: LGBT seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term health care that they go back into the closet. The surprising decisions of these men and women are revealed through access to their day-to-day lives across a year in Boston.

On the final night, October 30, the festival will offer a double feature: The Night Watch and Wish Me Away. The first film is an adaptation of Sarah Water’s acclaimed historical novel Night Watch, the tale of two women whose lives are intertwined during World War II in London. The 2011 LGBT Film Festival closes with the award-winning Wish Me Away, a documentary of the coming-out story of country singer Cheley Wright.

Selected short films, including Poker Face; Rainbow Rabbit Reliant; Loop Planes; and Tell Me a Memory will be shown before the feature film each of the first four weeks.

There is no admission charge; donations are accepted. The Indiana LBGT Film Festival is made possible with funding from various departments and organizations at IUP, PFLAG of Indiana, and ICC and with the support of individual donors. IUP organizations cosponsoring the festival include Pride Alliance, the GLBT Commission, the Lively Arts at IUP, Women’s Studies, the Cook Honors College, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the departments of English, Political Science, and Sociology.

Beard Auditorium is located in Stouffer Hall at 175 Maple Street on the IUP campus.

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For additional information about the Film Festival and other ICC events, write to ICC at indianacarescampaign@yahoo.com or go to the Indiana Cares website.