A long-time lover of LGBT filmmaking, Baltimore resident Chris Lines noticed few gay movies were getting screened here.
“A lot of the films that play the festival circuit and get shown in Philadelphia, Washington, and of course, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, they just rarely seem to come here,” the 49-year-old Fayetteville, Ark., native says. “Some of it might be because they figure showing them in Washington or Philadelphia is close enough, but for whatever reason, it’s just not been a market distributors seemed to think was necessary.”
With the new B’more QFest — aka the Baltimore QUEER Film & Media Festival — Lines hopes to change that. A re-launch of the Baltimore QUEER Film & Video Festival he ran for a few years in the late ‘90s (and no connection to the Charm City LGBT Film Festival), QFest, launched in June, has its first event Saturday with a 6 p.m. screening (meet and greet at 5) of “Married and Counting,” a documentary that finds a same-sex couple traipsing around the country to wed in every jurisdiction that will let them. Several ticket packages are available but basic tickets are $10. The screening will be held at the Overlea Event Center (6809 Belair Road, Baltimore).
Monthly screenings will be held each month. A full weekend festival-type event is slated for next June. Details are at bmorequeer.org. Gay filmmaker Del Shores is scheduled for an April appearance.
Lines has dabbled in short filmmaking himself and has freelanced as a political consultant as well. He moved to Baltimore in 1995 after six years in Washington.
He and husband, Brian, who’ve been together 15 years, live in Baltimore’s Hamilton area. He enjoys film — of course — and politics in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Going on close to 30 years. Hardest person to tell: my parents, separately as they are divorced.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
The Eagle until I quit drinking in 1993. Then it was the 12-step recovery house on P Street.
Describe your dream wedding.
I had my dream wedding on Jan. 30th this year. I married my partner of 15 years, just a little over a month after Gov. O’Malley ratified the results of Question 6. My husband and I got married by one of our closest friends who went online to be ordained. Then about 100 people who I know when I worked for the Obama campaign in 2012 attended. It was one big political event. Friends brought covered dishes. It was fabulous.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
The environment and economic inequality.
What historical outcome would you change?
The eight years of George W. Bush.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I’m constantly posting on FB and Twitter about B’more QFest. The most recent would be about the upcoming screening of “Married & Counting” this Saturday.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“The many loves of Dobie Lines”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Stamp it out. Not a thing. I like my life as a queer man.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe that we can connect with our loved ones on the other side. I also believe in reincarnation.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
What is already being done. Focus energies on ENDA and overturning all of DOMA. We also need laws supporting our transgender brothers and sisters.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
A very wealthy financial donor/sponsor of B’more QFest.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That we are all swimming in money.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
Too many to name. “Sordid Lives,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” and “Married & Counting,” to name a few.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Feeling obligated to bring a wine when attending dinner at someone’s house.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I don’t think I’d want to know what I know now. The mystery of the journey wouldn’t be worthwhile.
Because it’s a fabulous city!