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CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE | Major!
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE | Major!

Sponsored By Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition and Human Rights Campaign

EXPECTED TO ATTEND: Director Annalise Ophelian, Editor StormMiguel Florez and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act. 

 

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I Promise You Anarchy
Aug
21
4:00 PM16:00

I Promise You Anarchy

Pretty-boy Miguel and the bisexual son of his mother's maid, Johnny, get in way over their heads trying to make some cash at black market blood drives, and their tender, closeted love-story becomes an edge-of-your-seat political thriller. I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY is a wildly directed, energetic youth film about untamed love, repressed desire, internalized homophobia, class relations, and the ongoing problem of organized crime in Mexico City.  Winner of multiple international awards, and nominated for the Golden Leopard at this year's Locarno Film Festival.

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Closet Monster
Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00

Closet Monster

A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (AMERICAN CRIME’s Connor Jessup) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town.  After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants.

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Lazy Eye
Aug
20
9:00 PM21:00

Lazy Eye

EXPECTED TO ATTEND: Director of Photography Gabe Mayhan

Passions reignite and hidden secrets are revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) reconnects with an ex-lover (Aaron Costa Ganis) he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. Over the course of a weekend at a vacation house in the desert, they must determine whether or not they have a future together.

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You'll Never  Be Alone
Aug
20
5:00 PM17:00

You'll Never Be Alone

The debut feature by singer-songwriter Álex Anwandter is a dark, extremely powerful film about a father seeking justice after his gay son is brutally attacked.  An urgent reminder of social systems which protect homophobia and prevent LGBT equality, YOU'LL NEVER BE ALONE is also a film of great tenderness and visual beauty.  Winner of a special Teddy Award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

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Upstairs Inferno | Sponsored by Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas
Aug
20
3:00 PM15:00

Upstairs Inferno | Sponsored by Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas

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Sponsored by Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas

EXPECTED TO ATTEND: Director Robert Camina

On June, 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, called the Up Stairs Lounge. For 43 years, the deadly fire was the “Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History”. Featuring interviews from survivors and witnesses, UPSTAIRS INFERNO revisits that fateful day and the utter lack of compassion and awareness that took place after. Narrated by famed New Orleanian and New York Times Best Selling Author, Christopher Rice.

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The Nest (O Ninho)
Aug
20
3:00 PM15:00

The Nest (O Ninho)

Four exuberant, colorful episodes plunge us into the long nights and hazy mornings of a group of young bohemians and the army boy they adopt as one of their own.  As the film's young heroes battle homophobia and gender discrimination of all kinds, they remain empowered by each other, dancing through it all, and their sense of pride is truly inspiring.  Recipient of a Special Mention in the International Competition at this year's Outfest.

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Summertime
Aug
20
1:00 PM13:00

Summertime

Sensual and elegant, Catherine Corsini’s SUMMERTIME follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole. An enlightening tale about the infatuation of first love and its universal themes.

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White Nights | SPECIAL SCREENING | Sponsored by Argenta Wealth Management
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

White Nights | SPECIAL SCREENING | Sponsored by Argenta Wealth Management

Sponsored by Argenta Wealth Management

The classic love story by Fyodor Dostoevsky is transposed to a world of glittering dance floors and neon lights in the second feature by Arkansas filmmaker Mark Thiedeman.  WHITE NIGHTS is a pseudo-musical, queer adaptation of a tale of love at first sight and all the inexplicable, operatic confusion it brings.  As a hopeless daydreamer falls for a mysterious young man obsessed with his former lover, he finds himself compelled to help — and in doing so, falls madly in love.

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Slash | FANTASTIC CINEMA SPOTLIGHT
Aug
19
5:15 PM17:15

Slash | FANTASTIC CINEMA SPOTLIGHT

Neil is an introverted, questioning high school freshman. His main social outlet is the steamy erotic fan fiction he writes about Vanguard, the brawny, galaxy-hopping hero of a popular sci-fi franchise. When his stories are exposed in class Neil is mortified, but the fearless, effortlessly cool Julia comes to his defense. An erotic fan fic writer herself, Julia pushes Neil to publish his stories to an online “adult” forum, where they quickly grab the attention of the site moderator, Denis. When Neil is invited to present his work at a comic con live-read event, he has to face the fact that Denis’ interest in him may be more than simply professional… perhaps like his own feelings for Julia.

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OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILM | Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four | Sponsored by Here TV
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILM | Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four | Sponsored by Here TV

Co-Presented with Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Sponsored by Here TV

After being wrongfully convicted of molesting two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting 'True Crime' tale. 

EXPECTED TO ATTEND: Director Deborah Esquenazi & The San Antonio Four; Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, & Anna Vasquez

We kickoff the 2nd Annual Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival, presented by Argenta Arts District, with a pre-screening champagne reception.  Arrive early for opening night screening of Southwest of Salem to enjoy free champagne with your friends and festival guests.

Pre-Screening Champagne Reception, Opening Night Screening of Southwest of Salem, and Opening Night After-Party at Diamond Bear Brewing Company is open to  VIP/Sponsor/Filmmaker Passes and Opening Night Individual Ticket Holders. 

Click here to purchase your pass today!

**Limited Quantities of Individual Opening Night Tickets are available to purchase.
**Admission is NOT included with Film Fanatic Pass, separate Opening Night Ticket required.

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