In its 15th year, the N.C. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has mainstream clout
by Zack Smith
As California’s Proposition 8 is overturned and TV networks announce that both new and returning fall shows will have additional gay characters (and three of the six actors contending for an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy are gay, with two playing gay characters), homosexuality seems to have become, if not mainstream, at least a more accepted part of American society than in the closeted days of Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift.
On the eve of its 15th anniversary, the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at the Carolina Theatre has become a mainstay of the local film scene, named a Signature Event by the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year’s screenings and events from Aug. 12–15 include high-profile potential Oscar contenders, a plethora of new and returning gay filmmakers and a show by gay icon Bruce Vilanch on Aug. 13.
Not bad for a festival whose first year almost didn’t happen.