queer cinema

September is here, and if you’re a queer cinephile you know that means it’s time for the QFilms festival in Long Beach, CA. Every year since 1993 this LGBT film festival has continually brought award-winning, underground, and hard to find cinematic gems to the Art Theatre on Long Beach’s Retro Row. While only a few months and a 40 minute drive away from L.A.’s two week long Outfest, QFilms manages to pack into a few days a perfect mix of the sold out hits of Outfest you couldn’t get tickets for, premiers of new queer movies, and a local hometown energy only found in the LBC. Plus QFilms is one of largest fundraisers for The Center Long Beach providing many services to the LGBT community.

This year QFilms again spans four days kicking off on Thursday, September 7th with the documentary THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, celebrating the life of the beloved writer of the Tales of the City series.

Friday has something for everyone with two award-winning tales of love. THE FEELS is a heartfelt comedy about a woman who has never had an orgasm but receives unexpected help from her girlfriends during a bachelorette party.

something like summerUp next is SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER, based on the hugely popular book by Jay Bell. This romantic musical follows Benjamin, the only out guy at his Texas high school who runs from bullies and runs his dreams of being a singer. Benjamin also inadvertently ends up spending his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town. “I just love this festival. Can’t wait to head back,” said producer J.T. Tepnapa. “We got our local premiere thanks to QFilms,” speaking of his first feature, the award-winning 2011 film Judas Kiss. “I’m so proud SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER has been programmed.”

photos-sebastianSaturday and Sunday bring two full days of excellent narrative and documentary features and short films. A few of the full length features are SEBASTIAN (California premiere), a wacky romance co-starring Katya from RuPaul’s Drag Race about a guy who falls for his boyfriend’s visiting cousin; THE LAVENDER SCARE (L.A. premiere), a revealing documentary about the persecution of LGBT employees of the U.S. government during the Cold War; EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS (L.A. premiere), a story of family secrets and the first feature film by award-winning Puerto Rican writer-director Carla Cavina; SATURDAY CHURCH about a young queer boy experimenting with his identity who finds refuge in an unusual church; and ALASKA IS A DRAG (L.A. premiere), a feature version of Shaz Bennett’s award-winning short film about an aspiring drag superstar stuck working in an Alaskan fish cannery.

For those with short attention spans QFilms presents four short film programs tailored to your liking with Men in Briefs, Women in Shorts, Queer & Trans Shorts, and the first ever Latinx Shorts Spotlight.

And as always, between the films The Center will play host to fun parties with food and drink and a chance to rub elbows with the films’ stars creators and your fellow queer cinephile.

 

QFILMS 2017 runs September 7th thru 10th at the Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach. Tickets, showtimes, and more info at qfilmslongbeach.comqfilms.

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