Chris Lines wanted to bring together different parts of Baltimore’s LGBT community, and given his background in movies and communications, a film festival seemed like a great idea. He founded B’More QFest to showcase a diverse array of queer filmmakers and to spark conversations between gay and lesbian people all over the city.
It continues this weekend with a variety of films, galas and other events. Tonight there’s a silent art auction and film screening co-hosted by Lines and David Pfau, Mr. Maryland Leather ’14. Money generated from the event will go to two local organizations: Team Friendly (mrfriendly.info), an organization that works to fight HIV stigma, and Project RE, a group that provides HIV testing and outreach to youth.
Following the auction, Lines will host a screening of “Age of Consent,” a documentary about Hoist, London’s first and only men-only fetish bar. After the screening, International Mr. Leather 2014 (subject of one of the pieces being auctioned) will host a reception at Grand Central.
The festival will close with a screening and reception on Sunday evening. The movie is the romantic comedy “10 Year Plan,” which tells of Myles and Brody who made a pact to be together if they are both single in 10 years. When the deadline approaches, the two desperately try to find love. The reception will be held in the courtyard of the Brown Center in Baltimore and will feature several Maryland specialties.
The rest of the weekend will include a diverse selection of movies at venues throughout Baltimore. The Yellow Sign Theatre, for example, has a schedule full of campy and homoerotic classics, including “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “Hercules,” “Pink Narcissus,” “Dracula’s Daughter” and “The Hunger.”
Other festival highlights include:
• The Maryland premiere of “Bruno and Earlene Go to Vegas,” a road movie featuring a pregnant young woman and an intersex teenager who encounter fascinating queer characters as they travel across the American desert.
• “Bears,” the exuberant music video by gay D.C. singer/songwriter Tom Goss, paired with the Maryland premiere of “Leather,” an entertaining and erotically charged tale of modern gay urbanites adjusting to country living. After the death of his father, Andrew and his boyfriend Kyle return to Andrew’s home and an unexpected reunion with his childhood friend, Birch.
• The Maryland premiere of “West Hollywood Motel,” a comedy that follows the lives of three couples (gay and straight) whose lives crash together. The film was nominated for the Best Gay Comedy award at the 2014 TLA Gaybie Awards.
• “To Be Takei” is a delightful documentary about the iconic actor and activist who shares stories from his wild life, ranging from being raised in a Japanese-American internment camp, to being cast as stereotypical Asian characters in Hollywood, to his groundbreaking performance as Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek,” to his unexpected role as an advocate for gay rights and marriage equality while also becoming an Internet sensation.
• The Maryland premiere of “Positive Youth,” in which director Charlie David looks at the new reality of living with AIDS by examining four youths who are infected or affected by HIV.
• The U.S. premiere of “They Hate Me In Vain,” a powerful documentary about LGBT Christians in Russia who find themselves looked down up by both Russian churches and the mainstream LGBT community.
• The Maryland premiere of “Drag,” in which fashion photographer Scott Church turns things upside down when he turns his lens from high fashion models to drag queens, and takes the drag queens from their clubs to his Pennsylvania hometown.
• “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolfe,” the Maryland premiere of director Anna Margarita Albelo’s semi-autobiographical comedy about a lesbian film director who confronts her mid-life crisis by mounting a lesbian remake of the classic Edward Albee play.
• “Tennessee Queer,” the Maryland premiere of Earl Goshorn’s movie about an out and proud New Yorker who returns to his roots to make life better for the LGBT teens in his small Tennessee hometown.
Monthly screenings are planned starting in October. Full festival details at bmorequeer.org.
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