DURHAM — Now in it’s 12th year, the annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southeast, attracting nearly 10,000 patrons yearly. This year’s festival takes place August 23-26, with an unprecedented slate of films for every queer taste.
Luke (Jesse Archer) and Stephen (Charlie David) on a date in Central Park in a scene from the film ‘A Four Letter Word.’
Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.
Produced by the historic and non-profit Carolina Theatre of Durham, the NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay and lesbian life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. Among the exciting opening night productions:
This feature expands the role of Luke from Casper Andreas’ first film, “Slutty Summer,” but stands alone as a story that demonstrates that slut doesn’t always mean sleazy and that the eternal bachelor can someday find his beloved. This film recreates the world of gay Manhattan, transporting the audience into the party and pain on screen, all the while showing that love doesn’t always have to be “a four letter word.” From the director of “mormor’s Visit.” Viewer’s Guide: graphic sex, nudity, drug use and language Thursday, 7:10 p.m. Cinema One. Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Fletcher Hall.
Scarlett Zabrinski, a successful, hard-edged, L.A. matchmaker, lives in the shadow of her overbearing mother, Ruth Zabrinski, who relentlessly tries to find the perfect man for her daughter. Scarlet’s pot-smoking brother, an unemployed lawyer, becomes furious when Scarlet unknowingly sets him up with a porn star. When Sabrina Fisser, a homeless foreign actress, rear-ends her on a calm sunny afternoon, Scarlet offers this seemingly helpless vagabond a place to stay for one night. One night becomes an eternity as the free-spirited Sabrina overstays her welcome. When a vengeful Ben tries to seduce Sabrina, Scarlet finds herself protective of her new friend. A mutual attraction develops and the two unlikely characters explore the uncharted territory of unexpected love. Viewer’s Guide: nudity and language. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fletcher Hall. Sunday, 5:15 p.m. Cinema One.
What happens when gabachos (non-Latinos), and gay at that, start moving into a neighborhood that has traditionally been a Mexican enclave? As new vecinos (neighbors) are renovating houses and adopting children from abroad, some people in the neighborhood feel challenged. Viewer’s Guide: nudity and language. Saturday, 9:10 p.m. Fletcher Hall.
Nina Shah’s return to her native Scotland is not a joyous homecoming. Gone for three years after running out on her wedding, she returns to Glasgow for her dad’s funeral and is forced to face all the memories and people she left behind, including best friend Bobbi, an aspiring Bollywood Drag Queen. Nina is taken aback when she discovers that half of the family’s Indian restaurant was lost due to old gambling debts. When she discovers that the new co-owner is a family friend, Lisa, things get more complicated. Soon the aroma in the kitchen is full of the scents of ginger, coconut, coriander and cumin, but Nina’s heart and mind are filled with thoughts of Lisa. Afraid to let her family know where her heart really lies, it’s the discovery that she is not the only Shah with a secret that helps her understand that life is like the rule for making a great curry. Viewer’s Guide: graphic sexual content, nudity and language. Saturday, 7 p.m. Fletcher Hall Sunday, 3:10 p.m. Cinema One.
For more details on other films screening at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, visit www.carolinatheatre.org