June 20, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Long Beach QFilm Festival to Premiere Acclaimed Documentaries on LGBTQ+ Commmunity

Long Beach, get ready for a weekend of premieres, tears and laughs as the 25th anniversary of the Long Beach QFilm Festival commences.

A quarter of a century old, Qfilms is Long Beach’s longest-running film festival since 1993. The fest annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the rich diversity and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities. More than 1,500 people attend each year to enjoy a mix of West Coast, California and local premieres as well some of the most acclaimed features on the film festival circuit. Numerous filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after many screenings. Festival events will feature nightly parties, Sunday brunch, exclusive filmmakers lounge and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals.

The 2018 QFilm Festival will open at the Art Theatre on 4th Street on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the Long Beach premiere of “The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years: A Long Road to Freedom.” This acclaimed documentary about the pioneering LGBTQ publication is narrated by Laverne Cox and features music by Melissa Etheridge. It will be preceded and followed by an Opening Night party for all pass- and ticket-holders at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, located directly next door to the Art Theatre.

“Wild Nights With Emily” is playing Friday at 6:45 p.m.

Two engaging, biographical feature films will have their local premieres the night of Friday, Sept. 7.  “Wild Nights with Emily” is an irreverent exploration of the famous poet Emily Dickinson, brought to vivid lesbian life by the hilarious Molly Shannon.  It will be followed by “Mapplethorpe,” the eye-opening and sexy life story of controversial gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (played by Matt Smith of “Dr. Who” and ”The Crown” fame). A festive party for all attendees will take place between screenings at The Center.

“Man Made” is playing on Saturday at 5 p.m.

A number of other strong narrative and documentary features will screen on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9. These are: “Mi Mejor Amigo” (Southern California premiere), an award-winning coming of age tale from Argentina; “Kiss Me!” (West Coast premiere), a French comedy in which a lesbian serial romantic crushes on her new obsession; “Just Friends” (Southern California premiere), the delightfully off-kilter love story between two young men from very different backgrounds; “Man Made” (Long Beach premiere), a fascinating, award-winning documentary focusing on transgender bodybuilders; “Transmilitary” (Long Beach premiere), another award-winning documentary about trans service members who challenged the Pentagon; “The Heiresses” (Southern California premiere), the subtle but intense story of two Paraguayan women from wealthy families who risk all to be together; “Shakedown” (Long Beach premiere), a skillfully-crafted glimpse into the history of Los Angeles’ African-American lesbian club scene; and “Every Act of Life” (Long Beach premiere), an inspiring look at the life of out Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

“Transmilitary” is playing on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.

In addition, QFilms 2018 will boast several extraordinary short film programs between Saturday and Sunday including Men in Briefs, Women in Shorts, Queer & Trans Shorts, and the “Finding Home” series featuring three stories of LGBTQ asylum seekers seeking refuge throughout Los Angeles.

For the full 2018 Long Beach Film Festival schedule, please click HERE.

The Long Beach Film Festival will take place September 6-9 at the historic Art Theatre located at 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. Discounted full-festival and 5-film passes are now available for purchase for a limited time only through the QFilms festival page.

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