North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Preview

In its 15th year, the N.C. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has mainstream clout 

by Zack Smith

 

  North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Thursday, Aug. 12–Sunday, Aug. 15
Carolina Theatre
Individual film tickets $9; 10-film pass $75 in advance or $80 at the door

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.

Read the full story here!

Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as Newsarama.com, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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