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Boston Film Festival Celebrates Global LGBT Cinema

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In 2010, the Boston LGBT Film Festival reaches its twenty-six year, making it one of the longest running festivals in the world. To honor this milestone, the Festival has decided to take a look around the city and the globe.

This year, celebrating Boston Pride’s 40th anniversary, the opening night film is Beyond Gay: the Politics of Pride. Bob Christie, director of Vancouver’s Pride Society, travels the world to places where simply declaring one’s self out is a political act that can incite violence, and where Pride takes an act of courage and a belief in the power of liberation.

The Festival also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) with two films that speak of the struggles and complications of queer youth. We Are the Mods is director E.E. Cassidy’s award winning tribute to the Mod fashions of the sixties, with a tale that will make you wish you could return to high school. John Young’s powerful Rivers Wash Over Me will move audiences young and old, with its stunning cast and heart-wrenching tale of race, class, and homophobia in the south.

The Festival is honoring the 30th anniversary of The History Project, as well as the 25th anniversary of noted LGBT film distributor Wolfe. In this year’s printed program, The History Project has written an essay and interview detailing the history of the Festival straight from the mouth of the man who founded it, George Mansour.

Wolfe, as one of the first ever distributors of LGBT cinema, will deservedly receive the Festival’s first ever Community Award for the company’s amazing contribution to the cultural lives of the LGBT communities. Wolfe CEO Maria Lynn will be on hand to accept this award and present their sensational new film Contracorriente (The Undertow). This award winning film (Sundance Audience Award 2010) kicks off a special Festival focus on films from Latino/Latina filmmakers.

There are films from Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Spain, and Portugal that show the diversity and amazing filmmaking talents in these countries. In addition to the New England premiere of Contracorriente, the Festival is screening the North American premiere of Fucking Different Sao Paulo, the fourth edition of this groundbreaking series of films that explore LGBT culture in a particular city around the world (the first four were Berlin, New York, and Tel Aviv).

This year’s Festival has not one, but two World Premieres. Award winning director Stu Maddux’s new documentary film Gen Silent explores the complications surrounding the elderly LGBT community. Beauty and Brains, the gorgeous new documentary by Catherine Donaldson, explores the transgender community in Nepal and the use of beauty contests to spread awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

In a late development, the Festival has been able to secure a screening of the area premiere of James Ivory’s latest film The City of Your Final Destination starring Laura Linney and Anthony Hopkins. A film that is, as to be expected from Merchant Ivory Productions, hauntingly beautiful.

The Festival rounds off the second and final weekend with two days of astounding films. On Saturday, Cheryl Dunye will be in Boston with her latest film The Owls. Ms Dunye will be receiving the Festival’s inaugural Directorial Award for her career achievements. In her honor there will be a screening of her classic film Watermelon Woman. Sunday, the Festival will close with a controversial evening. The eye opening documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition is being screened in collaboration with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

The Festival closing night film is Kareem Mortimer’s Children of God. This stunning, powerful film is coming straight from the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival where it had a sold out screening at the largest theatre in London.

In addition to all the wonderful, engaging and provocative films in the program, the Festival will be running panel discussions, hosting receptions, and after parties that will allow attendees to interact with visiting and local filmmakers, as well as other filmgoers and community members.

Please see the attached complete programming guide to this year’s Boston LGBT Film Festival, May 6th to the 16th – a true celebration of great queer film.

Films will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Brattle Theater and the Fenway Community Health Center.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival celebrates, displays and distributes work by and for LGBT media makers – work that enertains, enriches and enlightens all audiences in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities. The annual Festival screenings showcase international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.


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