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N.C. gay film fest celebrates 10 years
Annual event attracts thousands to Durham for LGBT screenings

by Thomas King

Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer will appear at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Aug. 11.

DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF), celebrates 10 years of cinematic achievement during the 10th annual NCGLFF Aug. 11-14 and the Aprés-Fest Aug. 15-18, which will allow film fans a second chance to see many of the movies screened the previous week.

The festival is produced by The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., and is the second largest film event serving the queer community in the Southeast. This year’s program includes 63 movies with 44 N.C. premieres and five world premieres (“The Betsy Wetsy Timebomb Effect,” “Boystown,” “The Hair Of The Moon: 10th Anniversary Edition,” “Shiny” and “What About My Brother”). “Shiny” is especially noteworthy because it was filmed in Durham with an area cast and crew.  

The festival kicks off Aug. 11 with the opening night screening of the much anticipated live action film “The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green.” Based on the hit underground comic strip of the same name, the film took the Tribeca Film Festival by storm.

Also included in the 10th anniversary festival is a special live section of the show with a performance by lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer.

Festival highlights include: “Girl Play,” “The D Word,” “Call Me Malcolm,” “Summer Storm,” “Show Me,” “Unveiled,” “The Reception,” “Mysterious Skin,” “El Favor,” “Beverly Kills,” “The Power of Harmony,” “Guys and Balls,” “Saving Face,” “Naked Fame,” “Hellbent” and “Exposed.”  

NCGLFF’s emerging film awards this year go to “On the Low” (Best Men’s Short), “Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street” (Best Women’s Short) and “Hate Crime” (Best Men’s Feature). The Emerging Film Award winners are selected by the NCGLFF Programming Committee. Apart from general artistic excellence, eligibility is limited to films that have not, at the time of consideration, secured a domestic theatrical distributor.

The Aug. 12 evening fundraising reception begins at 8 p.m. and continues through 10 p.m, in the adjoining Marriott Hotel. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from The Carolina Theatre Box Office.  

Cast and crew members from various films will be in Durham at the reception and festival throughout the weekend. The Community Resource area will host more than 50 non-profit organizations serving the lesbian and gay community.

Travelers to the festival can lodge in the official NCGLFF hotel, the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center, for a special rate by calling 1-800-909-8375 and asking for the NCGLFF rate.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, new ticket discount packages will be offered until Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.

For the mega-movie fan 10 passes are available for $62, six for $38.50. Single tickets are $7.50. Tickets can be purchased at The Carolina Theatre box office or by

calling 919-560-3030. For tickets and showtimes visit www.carolinatheatre.org.

Film Details

“29th and Gay”

Hispanic-American James realizes that life is in the journey, not the destination. As an unemployed actor rapidly approaching 30, he wonders what happened to his plans for fame, fortune and love.

“The Amazing Amazons”

In this comic-book fantasy spoof of Wonder Woman, a girl named Aimee has a superpowerful crush on an Amazon with hypnotic powers.

“The Betsy Wetsy Timebomb Effect”

Alistair and John are a middle-aged gay couple arguing whether or not to have a child. The ensuing battle of wills illuminates more about family relationships in general than about mere gay parenthood.

“Beverly Kills”

“Beverly Kills” is an outrageous and colorful concoction that slinks fiendishly between farce and tender romance. Critically-acclaimed indie writer/director Damion Dietz (“Neverland”) has crafted a uniquely uplifting gay love story wrapped in a wickedly-paced satire. Crossdresser Beverly Jackson vows revenge for not getting cast in a gay revue in this film, which takes an iconoclastic stab at Tinseltown and the “cult of celebrity.”

“Billy’s Dad is a Fudge-Packer”

Billy’s essay assignment causes him to ask whether he will be a policeman, a fireman or a fudge-packer like his father, when he grows up. Starring Robert Gant of “Queer As Folk.”

“Booty Dance”

An animation about lesbians and gay men in harmony on the dancefloor.


In a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “Sex in the City;” the guys are always getting themselves into messes they can’t get out of. “Boystown” is a celebration of friends that will keep you intrigued and begging for more. Writer/director/star Rick Reidling has created a movie that screens just like a made-for-cable series pilot.

“Call Me Malcolm”

Documentary about a 27-year-old transgender seminary student and his struggle with faith, love and gender identity.


When Polly, John and Jane meet for coffee they’re about to find out that its not the only thing that’s hot.

“The D Word”

“The D Word,” produced in part by Dyke TV, follows a group of young queer friends and family through life in the Big Queer Apple.

“Dani & Alice”

“Dani & Alice” traces the last hours of a couple’s deeply tumultuous relationship.

“Don’t You Worry, It Will Probably Pass”

Three young women each record their secrets, desires and anxieties on camera over a four-year period for an engaging portrait of the adolescent girls coming to terms with their sexuality.

“Dorian Blues”

Harassed and badgered, Dorian is ready to escape when he finds the strength to talk and openly explore his sexuality. Michael McMillian (The WB’s “What I Like About You”) stars as Dorian Lagatos, an attractive but awkward teen trying to deal with his sexual orientation under the shadow of his star-athlete brother and amidst a homophobic domineering father and distant mother.

“Drag Kings On Tour”

Gender Illusion meets “Road Rules” in this first-rate documentary of a troupe of Drag Kings on tour. Half the fun is guessing who’s getting voted off this traveling island.

“The Education of Shelby Knox”

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education and the changes in herself that ensue.

“Exposed: The Making of a Legend”

A day-by-day exposé through the lives of the biggest names in the all-male adult industry from multi-award winning directors, video stars and tireless crew members.

“El Favor/The Favor”

Mora and Roberta wish to conceive a child with the unwitting assistance of Mora’s brother. When Felipe finds out that his own girlfriend is pregnant, the three women conspire to get the job done.

“Floored by Love”

A lesbian couple contemplating marriage and a Jewish family struggling to keep the affection of their newly out gay son form the basis for this sweet comedy.

“Gay by Dawn”

In the deep, dark woods, four rednecks share ghost stories around an open flame. But a tale about a lurking demon begs the question: Will they become…gay by dawn?

“Getting to Know You “

Based on a true story, a cartoonist is surprised by her new long-distance romance.

“Girl Play”

Based on the lives of writers/actors Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon, Girl Play is the painfully funny love story raising the complicated question, “What do you do when true love comes and you’re already in “the relationship?” The women are cast as lovers in a play and find that their acting leads to more love offstage than on, in a painfully funny look at life’s choices. Also starring Dom Deluise.

“Guys and Balls”

The Full Monty for footballers! Maximilian Brückner stars as a closeted soccer goalie outed and rejected by his team after supposedly losing the championship game. His quest to get even becomes an education in pride, love and determination.

“Hair of the Moon: 10th Anniversary Edition”

Director Diane Wilkins parodies lesbian classic “Claire of the Moon.”

“Hate Crime”

Robbie (Seth Peterson) and his lover Trey are threatened by their new neighbor, the son of a fundamentalist preacher. But when Trey goes missing, Robbie sets out on a dangerous plan to find the truth. With Bruce Davison (X-Men, Runaway Jury), Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing) and an all-star cast.


Heads roll, literally, in this gay slasher film that features a hot, hunky cast. Written and directed in classic horror fashion by Paul Etheredge-Ouzts to give queer movie audiences what they’ve been missing: blood, gore and edge-of-your-seat excitement.

“The Joy of Life”

Jenni Olson’s rumination on love, loss and sex brings narrative, documentary and experimental genres together in a meditation on the history of San Francisco and contemporary butch lesbian identity.

“Love is Blind”

A young woman processes her relationship problems in a very adventurous way!

“Masha Mom”

Documentary follows a Russian-American Jewish lesbian on her quest for motherhood.


All Malcolm has to do on this game show is convince his family and friends that he is now gay and is planning to marry the man of his dreams…but can he do it?

“Mercury in Retrograde”

A compulsive poker player deep in debt bets everything on one final game on the eve of her 40th birthday.

“The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green”

Based on the hit underground comic strip, this kitschy and outrageous comedy follows the story of a 26-year-old professional “assistant” who might just make your love life look easy. Starring Daniel Latterle (“Camp”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Reichen Lemkluh (“The Amazing Race”).

“Mysterious Skin”

Director Gregg Araki (“The Doom Generation,” “Nowhere”) adapts the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim. Brian (Brady Corbet) and Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are troubled Kansas teenagers who find that the key to their happiness is the exorcism of their demons. With Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

“Naked Fame”

Christopher Long’s intelligent documentary follows successful porn actor Colton Ford as he makes the fascinating transition from adult entertainment to the music business.

“Nesting Season”

Affectionate bunnies romp through the seasons, displaying the cycles of lesbian desire.

“Never Rob a Bank with Someone You Love”

Sloan and Candy Price once had a perfect life together, until Candy spent all the money.

“On The Low”

An African-American teenager involved in a clandestine sexual relationship finds things get complicated when his feelings are much deeper than his urban, macho world will allow.

“The Power of Harmony”

Through music, The Turtle Creek Chorale tells their stories of struggle, compassion and survival. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, they offer a window into the evolution of our nation’s gay community.


Eric’s lover is having an affair with a woman, so he comes up with a wickedly perverse solution to his problem.


Mockumentary that follows a lesbian in a small town who wants to run for prom king.

“Queens of New York”

Three drag queens discuss their on-and-off stage lives.

“The Reception”

An epic power struggle erupts between a gay black artist, his white Parisian benefactor, her estranged daughter and her new husband. Through a series of drunken evenings and daytime squabbles, it becomes apparent that no one involved is what they seem, and old, deep-rooted resentments start bubbling to the surface and some shocking secrets get revealed.


A pick-up scene morphs into a bizarre revelation and proposition that turns the right-wing notion of the “homosexual agenda” on its head.

“Saving Face”

Intelligent, funny, inspired, celebratory, warm and intimate “Saving Face” is the story of a mother (Joan Chen) and daughter and the journey they must take to live their lives honestly across cultures.


Shot in Durham, N.C., by local filmmaker Anthony Garcia-Copian, “Shiny” is a dramatic feature about confronting homosexuality and sexual molestation demons in order to make a dash for freedom.

“Show Me”

After she is forced to an isolated cottage with Jenna and Jackson, two captors whose relationship fuels violence, Sarah is forced to make a choice between being rescued or taking a chance and rescuing Jenna and Jackson herself.

“Small Town Secrets”

Woven together through a collection of home movies and webcam conversations, “Small Town Secrets” reminds the viewer that sometimes keeping a secret feels like the only option.


Brothers Darren and Connor develop a relationship that the world doesn’t understand.

“Summer Storm”

This coming-of-age drama depicts the joy and pain of first love and the challenges of friendship for Tobi and Achim. Insecurities surface when, as members of their school’s rowing team, they compete against a gay male squad.

“Taco Chick and Salsa Girl”

Holy Guacamole! Taco Chick must rescue Salsa Girl to save the day!

“That Man: Peter Berlin”

In this new biographical documentary, the audience gets access to every inch of ’70s gay sex icon Peter Berlin and his quest for his own perfect counterpart.

“That’s What I’m Talking About”

Two femmes discover the cheating heart of a butch and get taken in by one another while plotting for revenge.

“Three Dancing Slaves”

In the French Alps, the Afro-Brazilian dance of identity and protection becomes a metaphor for brothers and their clan as they struggle to find themselves while remaining true to each other.

“Tina Paulina: Living On Hope Street”

In this short Tina shares that the world could really use a little more kindness.


In this first of an eight-episode documentary airing on the Sundance Channel in September of 2005, we are introduced to four transgendered undergraduate students who will be followed throughout the course of an academic year and the way their schools deal with gender and discrimination in areas unique to college life.

“Twenty Gay Stereotypes Confirmed”

A tongue-in-cheek look at gay stereotypes using director Jason Bolicki’s childhood home movies.


While at first Fabria’s survival seems assured, the strain of upholding her male disguise in the cramped refugee quarters reveals the threat that a single mistake could blow her cover.

“A Walk in The Light”

Told through three unique African-American perspectives — a former crack addict, a transgendered female and a lesbian couple — this documentary focuses on the LA-based Unity Fellowship Church.

“What About My Brother?”

This charming film reveals the open and accepting perspective children have on adoption and family, regardless of sexual identity.

“When Ocean Meets the Sky”

Crayton Robey goes beyond the image of the gay hedonism capitol through archival images and interviews to reveal Fire Island’s hidden history.

“Who’s The Top?”

Funny, smart and sexy, this film tells the story of Alixe who finds herself choreographed and all tied up by Shelly Mars, Steve Buscemi, Reno and dozens of Busby Berkeley dancers.

“You Fake”

In this hilarious short, two women bet on how many lesbians fake orgasms.

“Zona Rosa”

This documentary contrasts the late night fiery dance moves, strip shows and big-dick contests with quieter, more intimate everyday observations about domestic bliss, personal challenges and plans for a future beyond the late night stage. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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