Kaleidoscope - The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival

The Film Society of Little Rock is happy to announce the inaugural year of Kaleidoscope, Arkansas’s LGBT film festival to be held July 30 through August 2, 2015 in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. Kaleidoscope focuses on the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema.

The Studio Theatre will serve as the home of Kaleidoscope screening 10 features and more than 30 short films dealing with subject matter reflecting the many issues surrounding the LGBT community.  Kaleidoscope will also feature panels with filmmakers and several social events where the community can interact with filmmakers and other film fans.

Festival Film Passes ($30) are now on sale and provide access to all screenings.  A limited amount of $100 VIP All Access passes are available on a first come first serve basis.  The VIP pass holders will receive priority seating to all films, free entry to all parties, and access to the filmmaker lounge. Individual tickets will be on sale at the box office before each screening for $8. http://kal2015.eventbrite.com

Among the award for Kaleidoscope are the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) Student Film Prize, which is also sponsored by Film Draft. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a free copy of Final Draft (a $249 value), the number-one selling screenwriting software in the world. Also the Arkansans for Equality present the Cheryl Maples Rainbow Award to the film which best represents the courage and struggle for equality.

The following are a sample of films scheduled for Kaleidoscope:

Driving Not Knowing (World Premiere at Outfest in LA on Saturday, July 11) - Lee, a drug-addled yet sensitive musician, is in love with Will, an ambitious poet. Volatile and intense, Will is hesitant to make himself vulnerable to Lee’s affection. After a year apart, the two reunite for a weekend at Lee's home in the country. Not knowing how to be free and connected at the same time, the men struggle to find what they are driving towards. 

Naz and Maalik (World Premiere SXSW; Frameline, Outfest) - Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ AND MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

Indiewire: The Playlist said "Anchored by lead performances from newcomers Kerwin Johnson, Jr. and Curtiss Cook, Jr., writer-director Jay Dockendorf’s film is intimate, authentic, and feels decidedly relevant in today’s current context... “Naz & Maalik” is an impressive debut for filmmaker and actors."


Kerwin Johnson, Jr  and Curtiss Cook, Jr., stars of Naz and Maalik

Kerwin Johnson, Jr  and Curtiss Cook, Jr., stars of Naz and Maalik

S&M Sally (World Premiere at Framiline in San Francisco on June 21; Outfest, July 17) - When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, Jamie assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own. A provocative and hilarious ride, S&M Sally details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone. 

The Independent Critic said, "Sometimes, you get to the end of a film and you just mumble to yourself 'I loved that film'...With heart and humor fully intact, S&M Sally is a sweet and sexy and vulnerable film that not only makes you enjoy its characters but makes you wish you had them in your life."

Those People (Official Selection of Frameline; Outfest on July 19) - On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a young painter is torn between a lifelong obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older pianist from across the globe.

Hammer to Nail said "Those People is also a benchmark of advancement in cinema themes. It’s one of the first times, in my recollection, in which a filmmaker is able to tell a story about gay men wherein the focus isn’t on their sexuality."

You’re Killing Me (World Premiere at Toronto Inside Out in May) - An intriguing mix of horror, camp and romantic comedy, You’re Killing Me demonstrates what happens when narcissistic, wannabe Internet star George meets Joe, a monotone serial killer.

Indiewire called it a gay horror camp classic in the making.”

The complete lineup of films will be released in the next few days!

Official sponsors of Kaleidoscope include the Arkansas Times, Out In Arkansas, Social Life, Woo Gurl!Lost 40 Brewing, Local Lime, Big Orange, and Heights Taco & Tamale.

The Film Society of Little Rock is a grassroots, non-profit organization focused on the expansion of the creative community in Arkansas by providing year round opportunities to educate, entertain, and exhibit local, national, and international filmmakers and their works.

For Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities, schedule updates and and further information, please visit www.kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.  Follow the festival at Facebook: FB.me/KaleidoscopeFilmFestival and Twitter: @KaleidoscopeFF


Tony Taylor
Executive Director
Film Society of Little Rock
Mobile: (501) 454-6510