The 10th annual LGBT Film Festival begins with an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 6, in Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall.
Award-winning author Lesléa Newman will be on hand to speak at 5:00 p.m., and her keynote address will be followed by a book signing. The short subject films will start at 6:00 p.m., followed by the feature film. Copies of Newman’s most widely read books will be available for sale.
The complete lineup of films for this year’s festival is as follows:
The 10th annual Indiana LGBT Film Festival opens with a bright, witty comedy about a high school boy who is “outed” by his classmates and becomes the focus of a struggle among the three most popular high school girls, who each want him as their Gay Best Friend. The film offers clever one-liners and an exploration of the value (and price) of popularity. (Running time: 92 minutes)
You may know Ian Harvie as Margaret Cho’s opening act, a cross-country headliner, or a groundbreaking trans comedian unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched. Now Harvie (with the help of executive producer Cho) unveils his first-ever live standup comedy special, poking fun at topics from top surgery to his fear of public restrooms to his active sex life. Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of standup in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all. —Outfest
(Running time: 75 minutes)
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church—and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. —The New Black website
(Running time: 80 min.)
Israeli director Michael Mayer makes a gripping feature debut with Out in the Dark, a troubled gay love story between a privileged Tel Aviv lawyer and a Palestinian student that is by turns tender and tense, sensual, and suspenseful. In Mayer’s assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing, and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller. —Toronto Film Festival
(Running time: 96 minutes)
Based on Brent Hartinger’s best-selling critically acclaimed novel, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their own sexual identities, dreams, and values. Sixteen-year-old Russell is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just really good friends. And then there’s Ike who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are. —Shoreline Entertainment
(Running time: 83 minutes)
The Perfect Wedding offers a heartwarming glimpse into a behind-the-scenes budding gay romance that takes place at a traditional run to the altar. Following the tale of Paul (Erik Aragon), a recovering alcoholic who takes interest in Gavin (the pretend beau of his ex) during the planning of his sister’s wedding, this gentle drama satisfies by playing it safe, offering audiences a new spin on an old premise, mainly in regard to the respect it lends its gay characters. Unlike many films with LGBT themes, The Perfect Wedding succeeds by refusing to feed into old stereotypes, lame jokes, and bad sexual innuendos, illustrating a fresh take on a modern family that looks beyond the “gay” in the person to see the person as a whole.—Sarasota Film Festival
(Running time: 82 minutes)
In addition to the Indiana Cares Campaign, the Indiana LGBT Film Festival is sponsored by PFLAG of Indiana, IUP GLBT Commission, Pride Alliance, the Lively Arts at IUP, CHSS, Women’s Studies, IUP Honors College, and the departments of English, Political Science, and Sociology.