Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
June 21, 2012
Vito - 2012 Opening Night Selection
Friday, June 22 | 6:30 p.m.
Be here for the Heartland premiere of an inspiring and empowering film about Vito Russo, one of the most articulate, charismatic voices for gay rights and the founding father of the modern gay liberation movement. Russo was best known for The Celluloid Closet, his book about Hollywood’s portrayal of LGBT people on the screen. This moving film tells his story through the voices of many of his friends, such as Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin and Larry Kramer. The Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA) will be welcoming donations of documents and artifacts for inclusion in their collection. Learn more at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Wish Me Away
Friday, June 22 | 8:30 p.m.
Kansas City’s LIKEME Lighthouse joins us for an encore screening of the poignant story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as openly gay. The very brave Kansas native and Nashville musician reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. Emerging from a life of hiding, she exposes her truth. Don’t miss this chance to see her powerful story with a like-minded audience. Early ticket purchase strongly recommended.
Saturday, June 23 | 1 p.m.
The first of four films showing as part of KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival is a powerful new documentary that brings you up close and personal to the immigration struggles faced by gay and lesbian Americans in relationships with foreign citizens. What would you do if you had to choose between the person you love and your country? Receive a free copy of Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society at this screening.
Saturday, June 23 | 2:30 p.m.
An extraordinary feature documentary about the transgender community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, Trans provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Hosted by TransTalk program on KKFI’s The Tenth Voice.
The Tenth Voice Shorts Showcase
Saturday, June 23 | 4:45 p.m.
Three fresh and uniquely original short films are brought to you by the equally fresh and uniquely original folks behind _he Tenth Voice, the Kansas City area’s only weekly radio show created by and for the LGBTQIA community. Learn more about the featured films at www.kcgayfilmfest.com/tenthvoiceshorts.html. Meet The Tenth Voice hosts and co-hosts, as well as Chad Darnell (director/star of Groom’s Cake) who will be here in person to introduce his film.
A Perfect Ending
Saturday, June 23 | 6:45 p.m.
KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival concludes with acclaimed director Nicole Conn’s (Elena Undone, Claire of the Moon) passionate and provocative contemporary romance. A repressed, uptight socialite has an unusual secret that not even her best friends know about. What begins as a comedy of errors ends up as a uniquely erotic journey. A Midwest premiere hosted by KKFI’s WomanSong.
I Want Your Love
Saturday, June 23 | 9 p.m.
On his final night in town, Jesse’s friends and ex-lovers gather for a going-away party that promises to heighten his already bittersweet feelings about leaving. This bold, intimate film is an unapologetically voyeuristic look into the sexual and emotional interactions of Jesse and his extended group of friends, as he struggles to take responsibility for himself after years of treading water in San Francisco. Rated NC-17 (no one under 18 will be admitted).
Nate & Margaret
Sunday, June 24 | 1:45 p.m.
Our Sunday Coffeehouse Matinees begin with a cinematic treat from a young Chicago filmmaker that some are calling a fresh take on the screen classic Harold & Maude ... with a gay twist. Nate, a 19-year-old film student, and Margaret, a 52-year-old would-be stand-up comic, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way ... until Nate gets set up on a date with James. Enjoy coffee drinks and sweet treats from LattéLand, available only during these Sunday matinees.
Men to Kiss
Sunday, June 24 | 3:30 p.m.
Although it’s true that opposites attract, a respectable banker, Ernst, is often unsure whether the bubbly and always cheerful Tobias takes their relationship as seriously as he does. Just as they are rising to meet the challenges that every couple must face, the sudden appearance of an old school friend changes everything. A sweet German comedy about love and friendship in Berlin, brimming with charm, wit and fun that will capture your heart from the very first frame. Pick up a LattéLand coffee drink to sip or sweet treat to nosh on.
Sunday, June 24 | 5:30 p.m.
A beautifully told love story of what happens when one woman finally follows her heart. This new Swedish film pushes into the unexpected, as two stepsisters-to-be find each other at a precarious time. Thrown together by circumstance, the pair finds it hard to resist acting on their desires for each other, despite the consequences. Beautifully shot and warmly humorous, Kiss Me tells a strong, probing and passionate story and features a fantastic soundtrack. A piping hot finale for our LattéLand Coffeehouse Sunday Matinees.
Keep the Lights On -- 2012 Critics Pick Screening
Sunday, June 24 | 7:45 p.m.
The new feature film by award-winning director Ira Sachs (which generated quite the buzz at its premiere in the Sundance Film Festival) chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction. A documentary filmmaker and a closeted lawyer meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk-takers compulsively fueled by drugs and sex.
Monday, June 25 | 6 p.m.
Two rising young filmmakers one on the West Coast and one from the East Coast — return to showcase their latest films here in their old hometown. (And, boy, do they make us proud.) New York-based actor/director/writer Steven Tylor O’Conner returns with a just-completed and hilariously insightful new comedy, Welcome to New York. And Lexington, Mo., native Nick Corporon is back to share his 2011 love story, Empire, and offer a hometown preview of his latest short, Barbie Boy.
Gayby -- 2012 Centerpiece Comedy Screening
Monday, June 25 | 7:45 p.m.
This year’s Centerpiece Comedy is a hilarious story about two former college buddies — a gay man and a straight woman -- who decide to have a child together ... the old fashioned way. Single by choice, she spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. He suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood?
Tuesday, June 26 | 6 p.m.
A fun, flamboyant, inspiring and decidedly different kind of sports documentary that will have you on the edge of your seat. Come along with a courageous and colorful group of Australian same-sex ballroom dancers as they pursue their dreams to compete in the Gay Games. Filmed over two years, it follows several gay and lesbian couples, competitive or life partners, as they battle homophobia, injury and personal fears to succeed on the global stage.
Morgan -- 2012 Jury Prize Screening
Tuesday, June 26 | 7:45 p.m.
Join us for the Midwest premiere of a genre-defining film about a young gay man whose spirit and drive prevent him from accepting his new life as a paraplegic. This inspiring story of redemption and finding one’s way after all seems lost is also a powerful film about perseverance, determination and, of course, love. A chance encounter on a basketball court with a sensitive, awkward young man leads Morgan, trapped in his own self-imposed exile, to make a life-changing decision in hopes of vanquishing his demons.
Wednesday, June 27 | 6 p.m.
This feature-length compilation of 14 short films about surviving and thriving with HIV/AIDS weaves together a diverse slate of powerful personal stories into an unmatched portrait of courage and hope. It creates a video tapestry of personal narratives, poetry, dance, cinéma vérité and more -- each capturing the spirit and personality of the individual whose story the film tells. Learn more about a post-screening benefit at Californos in Westport for Good Samaritan Project, the KC Free Health Clinic, the Hope Care Center and SAVE Inc. at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Elliot Loves -- 2012 Director’s Showcase Screening
Wednesday, June 27 | 7:45 p.m.
This just-named Audience Award Winner from the 2012 Miami Gay Film Festival, is a charming comedy-drama that shows that you can survive anything life throws at you -- just “keep it cute, papi.” Enjoy the story of a lovable romantic, Elliot Ayende, at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is sidekick and confidant to his barely keeping it together single mom, and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. Meet director/writer Gary Terracino (who will also introduce his film) at a pre-show gathering at Californos in Westport. Get details at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Thursday, June 28 | 4 p.m.
NO ADMISSION CHARGE -- Donations welcomed at the door.
Shown here on the 43rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this remarkable new film is both a riveting up-close look and a joyous celebration of the courageous men and women who, perhaps unbeknownst to them, started the fight for LGBT equality that we continue today.
Out Here Now Short Film Competition
Thursday, June 28 | 6 p.m.
NO ADMISSION CHARGE -- Donations welcomed at the door.
At this very popular closing-night event, you will have the opportunity to watch this year’s finalists and pick the winner. Each film is less than 15 minutes. The audience will rate each film, and the filmmaker whose film has the highest overall ranking will be awarded a $100 cash prize. (May I have the envelope, please?)
Cloudburst -- 2012 Closing Night Selection
Thursday, June 28 | 7:45 p.m.
Our closing-night film has it all: Oscar-winners, a beautiful love story, a daring road trip, laugh-out-loud humor, and an unforgettable journey of the heart. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Canada on a quest to be legally married. Along the way, they pick up a young pseudo-hustler hitchhiking to Nova Scotia to deal with his troubled home life. As they share past troubles — and create new ones— this improbable trio forms an unlikely kinship on a rollicking, life-changing road trip.
Tickets are $8.50 for all evening shows and $6.75 for all matinees. A limited number of festival passes are also for sale. To get tickets, watch previews, and order festival passes, visit www.kcgayfilmfest.com. Tickets are also on sale at the Tivoli box office in Westport.
Information provided by the Kansas City Gay &Lesbian Film