May 29, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Charm City LGBT Film Festival nears
The Celluloid Closet, Gay News, Washington Blade

The Celluloid Closet (Image public domain)

The second annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival is bringing to Baltimore feature films celebrating queer lives, offering insight into civil rights issues and reveling in gay Pride at the Creative Alliance. These films, according to the Alliance, are “at turns hilarious, riveting, heart breaking and sexy, will delight and enlighten, no matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale!”

On June 6, the festival begins with a Film Fest kick-off party at 8 p.m. featuring local entertainers including Sabrina Chap and the Charm City Kitty Club Players and the film “The Celluloid Closet” will be presented.

On June 7 at 7 p.m. “Cloudburst” will be shown starring Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. At 9 p.m., “I Am Divine” will be presented, a film about Baltimore’s own Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine (1945-1988), who worked with his good friend and director John Waters.

On Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m. there will be a free screening of “Difficult Love” that offers vignettes of the difficult lives and loves of lesbians in contemporary South Africa. At 7p.m. “Stud Life” will be shown, in which hot butches and beautiful femmes introduce us to London’s “stud” club subculture. Rounding out the program at 9 p.m. will be the presentation of the film “Love or Whatever.” It’s a story about a therapist whose perfect life unravels when his boyfriend leaves him for a woman.

Two more films are screening on June 9. At 5 p.m., Chris Arnold’s film, “Trans” recounts the incredible transformation of 7-year-old Danon, a confident, loveable transgender girl. Parents, grandparents and siblings speak about the journey with her. The festival wraps up at 7:30 p.m. with the film “Elliot Loves,” which chronicles the life of Elliot, a smart Dominican kid as he transitions from boy to man.

Tickets are $12, Creative Alliance Members $7.  A weekend pass costs $60 and $35 for members. The Creative Alliance is located at 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. For more information, email info@creativealliance.org, or call 410-276-1651.

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