Saturday, June 10, 2023

Award Winning “Kiki” Kicks Off Fourth LGBT Film Festival

Pride month in Hampton Roads begins with a vibrant and creative start with “Kiki”, a film about New York City’s ballroom scene.  Portsmouth native Twiggy Pucci Garcon stars in and co-wrote “Kiki”, a documentary about the expressive ballroom subculture of the LGBTQ community.

Fans of 1990’s “Paris is Burning” will recognize the balls that feature dance-offs where ‘vogueing’ emerged over a generation ago.   “Kiki” follows a new group of ballroom participants as they continue to fight for visibility, acceptance and inclusion in a pure form of creative expression.

“Kiki” is the first of four film events scheduled for the Fourth LGBT Film Festival sponsored by the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads. Attendees are invited to stay after the movie for a talkback on Kiki/ball culture with live ball performances.

NOTE: A cash bar and food for order will be available.

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Presented by Capital One and all proceeds benefit The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.

For tickets to the “Kiki” film and event other films in the series, please visit: 

2017 LGBT Film Festival

Friday June 2, 8PM at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk: Short Film Showcase

“Rats That Eat Men” (Drama) Directed by Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman.

Ritah, a lesbian refugee forced to flee her marriage of convenience and squat in a crumbling London house meets a Polish builder on the run from his own family. 16 ½ minutes 

“Pronouns” (Drama) Directed by Michael Paulucci.
A Chicago teenager decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. A heartfelt look at the intersection of trans youth identity, spoken word, and family. 9 minutes
“Dol” (First Birthday) (Drama) Directed by Andrew Ahn.
When Nick attends his baby nephew’s ‘dol,’ a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach. 11 minutes
“Alzheimer’s: A Love Story” (Documentary) Directed by Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli.
Greg and Michael struggle with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a relationship 40+ years in the making and the love that has held them together through it all. 17 minutes
“The Queen of My Dreams” (Experimental) Directed by Fawzia Mirza.
As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. As an adult, she looks back and reimagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana in a new light. 3 minutes 
“1985” (Drama) Directed by Yen Tan.
A poignant film about the power of simple gestures in communicating acceptance and grace. 9 minutes
“These C*cksucking Tears” (Documentary) Directed by Dan Taberski.
The fearless voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release. 15 minutes

Saturday, June 3, 8PM at Blocker Auditorium, Virginia Wesleyan College: Political Animals
Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes of four elected women – a group often left out of gay histories until now. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground- breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government.

Sunday, June 4, 7PM at the NARO Cinema: Naz and Maalik
Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

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