Saturday, June 10, 2023

Two LGBT Film Festivals Coming To Hampton Roads

The Slover Library and the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads will present an impressive slate of LGBT-themed films as part of two film festivals in May and June.

In conjunction with Hampton Roads Pride, PFLAG of South Hampton Roads and the LGBT Center, The Slover Library in Norfolk presents its second annual LGBT Film Festival on May 20 and 12 at the library.

Admission is free, and the showings are as follows:

Saturday, May 20, 12PM: Wilde
The rise and fall of the literary Oscar Wilde, from celebrated London socialite to banished pariah.

Saturday, May 20, 3PM: Reaching for the Moon
This sumptuous ’50s period piece recounts the years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janeiro, where she would fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Saturday, May 20, 6PM: Cabaret
With Hitler rising to power and anti-Semitism growing, inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun.

Sunday, May 21, 12:30PM: Lady Valor
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Sunday, May 21, 2:30PM: Moonlight
A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Drama, SAG Award and three Academy Awards including Best Picture.

The LGBT Center will present the Reel It OUT LGBT Film Festival at various venues June 1 through 4. The event is a fundraiser for ACESS AIDS Care and the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads. Tickets are available online.

Showings and locations are as follows:

Thursday, June 1, 8PM at the Granby Theater, Norfolk: Kiki
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.

Friday June 2, 8PM at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk: Short Film Showcase
We are currently selecting the short films that will be included in the showcase. A short film is generally considered to be under 40 minutes, and may be fiction or non-fiction. Keep checking back, the list is coming soon!

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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