Kaleidoscope Announces Full Lineup of 2016 Festival
Complete LGBT Film Festival Schedule, Tickets Now Available
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – (July 27, 2016) The Film Society of Little Rock, a non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events, has announced the official lineup for the 2016 Kaleidoscope Film Festival to be held from August 18-21, 2016, at the Argenta Community Theater.
Tony Taylor, Executive Director of the Film Society of Little Rock, worked in close contact with Features Programmer and Filmmaker Mark Thiedeman and Associate Festival Director and Shorts Programmer Cameron Vaughan to produce a unique, poignant and powerful lineup for the second annual LGBT film festival. The program schedule is now available on the Kaleidoscope website.
“After months of screening films from around the world, we are very proud to announce the lineup for Kaleidoscope 2016,” said Taylor. “We believe this year we have programed a diverse lineup of films that will entertain, enlighten, and engage our diverse LGBT community. We could not be more excited to share these films with you.”
The lineup will include 15 feature films, including five Southeastern United States premieres, and 18 short films, including one United States premiere and 7 Southeastern United States premieres.
"Many of the films in our lineup have won awards at numerous festivals around the world including our Opening Night Film, 'Southwest of Salem,' and our Closing Night Film, 'Major!,'” Taylor said. “From millennials to older generations, these films will appeal to everyone.”
The film festival will feature several special documentaries, including the opening night film, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four,” which follows the lives of four Latina lesbian women wrongfully accused and imprisoned in Texas. The director and the San Antonio Four will be in attendance for the screening.
Three Latin American films will be featured as well. The international films, “I Promise You Anarchy,” “The Nest,” and “You’ll Never Be Alone” highlight the intense, vibrant and sometimes disturbing word of LGBT struggles and triumphs around the world.
Kaleidoscope will feature two films with an Arkansas connection. “White Nights,” a pseudo-musical, is the new feature film from award-winning director Thiedeman. “Lazy Eye,” about two men who reunite after 15 years, by award-winning cinematographer Gabe Mayhan.
“We aimed to program the best of the best while also representing the diversity within the LGBTQ community, diversity that draws from experiences of age, gender, race, class, and nationality,” said Thiedeman. “We also aimed to highlight works by young filmmakers who chose to tell stories about the experiences of LGBTQ youth. Too often, younger audiences don't feel at home in the film festival environment, and we encourage young people — gay, straight, or otherwise — to enjoy a weekend that celebrates the stories of young people across the globe.”
Kaleidoscope will also feature 18 short films, including “The Visit,” directed by Leandro Corinth, “Dawn,” directed by Jake Graf and “Swirl,” directed by Lance McDaniel.
“Our short films lineup is quality all the way through,” said Vaughan. “The schedule features films that touch on a wide spectrum of LGBT issues.”
A complete list of feature-length features includes:
Check It, Directed by Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer
Closet Monster, Directed by Stephen Dunn
Departure, Directed by Andrew Stegall
First Girl I Loved, Directed by Kerem Sanga
I Promise You Anarchy, Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
Lazy Eye. Directed by Tim Kirkman
Major!, Directed by Annalise Ophelian
The Nest, Directed by Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon
A Road to Home, Directed by Cal Skaggs
Slash, Directed by Clay Liford
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, Directed by Deborah Esquenazi
Summertime, Directed by Catherine Corsini
Upstairs Inferno, Directed by Robert L. Camina
White Nights, Directed by Mark Thiedeman
You’ll Never Be Alone, Directed by Alex Anwandter
A complete list of shorts includes:
About James, Directed by Christopher Nold
Betty, Directed by Kristiina Kello
Dawn, Directed by Jake Graf
Dime, Directed by Maxime Gilbert
Disco Inferno, Directed by Alice Waddington
A Doll's Eyes, Directed by Jonathan Wysocki
Easy, Directed by Robert Guthrie
Expose, Directed by Ronja Jansz
Fast Hearts, Directed by Franck Tabouring
Fuckkkyouuu, Directed by Eddie Alcazar
Libertad, Directed by Brenda Avila-Hanna
Oh, I Get It, Directed by Danny Tayara
Pepper, Directed by Patrick Aubert
Pink Boy, Directed by Eric Rockey
Private Waltz, Directed by Marina Waltz
Swirl, Directed by Lance McDaniel
Tonight It's You, Directed by Dominic Haxton
The Visit, Directed by Leandro Corinth
“All of these films that will speak as loudly to a heterosexual audience as they will to LGBT audiences,” said Thiedeman. “LGBT film festivals have so often appealed to a niche market, but it is empowering to know that our stories can resonate universally, and we encourage everyone to attend, and to watch great movies about fascinating people.”
The 2016 Kaleidoscope Film Festival will be held at the Argenta Community Theater and The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse in Argenta.
Taylor says the presenting sponsor, Argenta Arts District, and host sponsors; Argenta Community Theater and The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, have welcomed the film festival. “We are looking forward to hopefully being in the neighborhood for many, many years to come,” he said. “It’s been terrific, and we can’t wait for the eighteenth.”
Kaleidoscope is Arkansas's only major outlet for LGBT films and filmmakers. The LGBT audience is comprised of one of the most discerning and influential demographics to be found at any film festival.
For a complete program schedule or to purchase tickets to the festival, please visit kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
About Film Society of Little Rock
The Film Society of Little Rock is a, 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 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.
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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: kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
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About the Argenta Arts District
The Argenta Arts District is set in the historic heart of downtown North Little Rock. The district is filled with art galleries, artist studio’s, an arts foundation, a community theater, chef driven restaurants, a farmer’s market, eclectic shopping, pocket parks and more to relax and rejuvenate. Commitment to the visual, performance, landscape and culinary arts are evident throughout. A school for creative arts, a children’s gallery, hanging floral baskets, fresh baked breads, pastries, vintage and antique shopping all within several easily walkable blocks. The Argenta Arts District is easy access from all downtown hotels by foot or trolley. For more information visit: argentaartsdistrict.org.
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