PRESS RELEASE: Argenta Welcomes LGBT Cinema in August
Argenta Welcomes LGBT Cinema in August
KALEIDOSCOPE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – (June 21, 2016) The Film Society of Little Rock, a non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events, is proud to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers with Kaleidoscope, a film festival set for August 18 to 21, 2016.
The Film Festival will open at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock August 18. All other screenings will be held at the Argenta Community Theatre.
“I’ve always believed the arts present a great opportunity to win over a person’s heart and mind,” said Tony Taylor, Executive Director of Film Society of Little Rock and Festival Director of the Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival. “And I believe it is more important now than ever to support LGBT films and filmmakers. Festivals like Kaleidoscope provide an opportunity for people, both gay and straight, to come together and see that we all experience similar things in life.”
Kaleidoscope's mission is to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the state of Arkansas and the surrounding region.
"Kaleidoscope provides a great opportunity for Arkansans to be exposed to film and entertainment that they might never encounter outside a festival like this,” said Susan Altrui, FSLR board member and chair of the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI) board. “We are very excited about the response we received the first year of the festival, and we are even more excited to build upon what we started last year. Kaleidoscope is a first class regional film festival and AMPI couldn't be more proud of that.”
The festival exhibits the power of film to transform the lives and opinions of those inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of cinema, which Taylor says speaks to the current issues and tragedies affecting the LGBT community.
“Over the past few years, there have been many who have questioned the need for Pride and LGBT film festivals since the LGBT community has finally made gains after decades of fighting for equality,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately, the horrible tragedy in Orlando shows, that our community remains a target for persecution.”
Film selection is still underway and details of the program will be announced mid- to late-July. To sign up to volunteer at the film festival or subscribe to the newsletter, please visit kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
About Film Society of Little Rock
The Film Society of Little Rock is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the City of Little Rock, State of Arkansas, and the surrounding region. Our year-round programming includes two principle festivals; Fantastic Cinema and Kaleidoscope, as well as, film series and individual screenings. For more information visit: filmsocietylr.com.
Film Society of Little Rock Board Members include Chris Cranford, Chair, Susan Altrui, Johnnie Brannon, Linda Brown, Jennifer Cox, Bruce Hutchison, Sarah Jones, Jennifer Owens, Tony Taylor, Mindy Van Kuren, Cameron Vaughan and Jason Willey.
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Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. The festival exhibits 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. Kaleidoscope is Arkansas's only major outlet for LGBT films, as well as LGBT filmmakers. Kaleidoscope 2016 will be held August 18th through August 21st in North Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information visit: kaleidosocpefilmfestival.com.
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