IUP will host the eighth annual Indiana Cares Campaign (ICC) to End Homophobia LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Film Festival in October.
The festival begins October 2, 2011, with What Happens Next.
All films will be shown Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in Beard Auditorium in Stouffer Hall, 175 Maple Street. Parking on campus is free on weekends, as well as weekdays after 5:00 p.m. Admission to the films is free, but donations are accepted.
Opening film What Happens Next, starring Jon Lindstrom, Chris Murrah, and Wendie Malick, is a comedy about a retired billionaire who develops an undefined relationship with a man who shares the same dog-walking schedule.
On October 9, the day before National “Coming Out” Week, the festival features 3 Veils, a drama that follows the stories of three young Middle Eastern women living in the U.S., each with her own secret. This film was selected for screening the night before the Six O’Clock Series presents “Hidden Voices, the Lives of LGBT Muslims.” This program, also free and open to the community, is Monday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.
The feature film October 16 is a drama titled The Green. This film follows the struggles of a gay male high school teacher and his partner, who leave New York City for a small coastal town in Connecticut, where the teacher is accused of “inappropriate behavior” when he helps a student who has run away from home.
On October 23, the festival continues with a documentary titled Gen Silent. The film follows six LBGT seniors so afraid of discrimination or worse in long-term health care that they go back into the closet. The decisions of these men and women are revealed through access to their day-to-day lives across a year in Boston.
The festival closes on October 30 with a double feature: The Night Watch and Wish Me Away. The first film is an adaptation of Sarah Water’s novel Night Watch, the tale of two women whose lives are intertwined during World War II in London. Wish Me Away is an award-winning documentary of the coming out story of country singer Chely Wright.
Selected short films, including Poker Face, Rainbow Rabbit Reliant, Loop Planes, and Tell Me a Memory will be shown before the feature film each of the first four weeks.
The LBGT Film Festival is made possible with funding from various departments and organizations at IUP, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Indiana, ICC, and individual donors.
IUP organizations cosponsoring the festival include Pride Alliance, the GLBT Commission, the Lively Arts at IUP, Women’s Studies, the Robert E. Cook Honors College, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the departments of English, Political Science, and Sociology.For more information about the film festival and other ICC events, e-mail ICC at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Indiana Cares website.