Center to present film series

CHARLOTTE — The GayCharlotte Film Series has announced its upcoming three-part “Breaking In: The Business of Movies” schedule. It is a project of The LGBT Center of Charlotte.

On Jan. 28 at the Actor’s Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall St., enjoy the road-trip documentary and civil rights odyssey, “Hollywood to Dollywood,” with Goldsboro filmmakers Gary and Larry Lane. The twins will host a Q&A after the screening. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 for students. Everyone who comes dressed as Dolly Parton gets in free. A look-alike contest will be held both before and after the movie showing with prizes. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

“Meet Ben Zook” will be screened on Feb. 18 at a location to be announced. Partner and director Joe Dietl will explain how Zook broke into the Hollywood screenwriter major leagues by selling the screenplay “Jack and Jill” to Adam Sandler. This film made Logo’s “Click List, Best of LGBT Shorts.”

On Feb. 21, the Charlotte Business Guild will partner with the film series to present “Home Grown,” a conversation with local LGBT filmmakers. The location will be forthcoming.

Oscar Night at the center will round out the events on Feb. 26. More details will be made available later.

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— Lainey Millen

Community training slated

CHARLOTTE — The Communicable Disease Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health and other community partners present the first Minority AIDS Initiative/Men Who Have Sex With Men (MAI/MSM) Community and Provider Training Conference, Feb. 5-7, at the Charlotte City Center Marriott, 100 W. Trade St. It brings together representatives from HIV care, treatment and providers, along with members of the community that are affected by HIV disease.

Registration is free but required and covers all training conference meals. Seating and attendance is limited.

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— Matt Comer

Foundation extends deadline

CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation has extended its deadline for application submissions for the 2012 grant season until April 2 so that organizations that are interested can have more time to develop their proposals.

Only federally-tax exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors will be considered.

Grants are awarded to fund specific projects and are not awarded to cover general operating expenses.

The foundation changed its grant application requirements this year and will begin picking an annual theme the LGBT community has a current need to address. Only grant applications addressing the year’s theme will be considered. This year’s focus will be directed at raising the profile of the LGBT community during the Democratic National Convention to be held Sept. 3-6. Applicants must also partner with at least one non-LGBT organization to achieve the project’s aims.

Interested parties who wish to receive a grant application should contact Bob Scheer at 704-335-5404, ext. 402, or by email to

— Lainey Millen