KALEIDOSCOPE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS, EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ARTISTS OF ALL STRIPES
The Kaleidoscope Film Festival returns to Argenta August 11-19 for nine days of award-winning movies, parties, and special events. Ever expanding, the festival broadens its scope this year to include multiple literary events, two dinners and a brunch at South on Main, plenty of live music, a gallery exhibition which runs through the month, and more.
“Whether you love movies or open-mic events, live music or gallery strolls, this year’s festival oﬀers an inclusive, stimulating environment to meet new people and engage directly with the arts, says Tony Taylor, Festival Director. “Year by year, we hope to continue to grow as one of Central Arkansas’ premiere cultural events.”
QUALITY AND DIVERSITY: THE BEST OF WORLD CINEMA
Carefully curated from over 100 films, this year’s lineup is packed with award winning work from major festivals across the globe, including Sundance, Berlin, Venice, TriBeCa, and South by Southwest. Beloved my audiences and critics alike, the films represent a diverse range of stories, reflecting the experiences of a broad spectrum of ages, races, and genders. From romantic comedy to horror, family drama to experimental documentary, Kaleidoscope aims to offer something for everyone while highlighting the very best in world cinema today.
“This year’s lineup is a testament to the power of independent voices. Working largely outside a studio system, these filmmakers have been greeted with international praise for their tremendous talents, and the films are certain to be an inspiration to local artists of all kinds,” says Mark Thiedeman, Director of Feature Film Programming.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS COMMUNITY THROUGH FILM
Now in its third year, Kaleidoscope highlights the work of not only filmmakers, but painters, writers, musicians, and even culinary artists. Upholding a mission of building a festival where all are welcome, we honor the creative work of not only the LGBT community, but our friends and allies as well.
- Michael Shaeﬀer: Film Flash Focus Record
Opens Friday, August 11, 6pm, at Argenta Gallery
Kaleidoscope is proud to open with an all-new show by local artist Michael Shaeffer, whose exceptional work showcases the beauty of underground artists and their work. Film Flash Focus Record features bold recreations of iconic movie posters which celebrate decades of LGBT filmmakers and stories.
- Sibling Rivalry Press presents Songs of Ourselves: A Queer Literary Salon
Wednesday, August 16, 7pm, at Flyway Brewery
Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press will host a free literary salon on Wednesday, August 16. There, Arkansas LGBT will writers share from their work and the work that inspired them, which made room for queer writers at the literary table.
- Drag Queen Brunch with Rhiannon Cortez, Tempest duJour, and “Cherry Pop”
Saturday, August 19, 10am-2pm, at South on Main
One of Little Rock’s most boundary-pushing drag queens, Rhiannon Cortez, headlines this year’s Drag Queen Brunch at South on Main, which also features celebrity drag queen Tempest DuJour and a screening of her new film Cherry Pop, which also features RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen and Detox.
GUESTS OF HONOR
- Cheryl Dunye presents The Watermelon Woman: 20th Anniversary Screening
Tuesday, August 15, 6:30pm, at Argenta Community eater
The Watermelon Woman, a key film of the 1990s New Queer Cinema, celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release this year. Cited as the first film by and about a black lesbian, the award winning film will be presented by its director, Cheryl Dunye, who continues to pave the way for African American and female filmmakers. Ms. Dunye will receive the inaugural Kaleidoscope Trailblazer Award.
- Dinner and Conversation with Armistead Maupin
Monday, August 14, 6pm, at South on Main
In partnership with Oxford American Magazine, Kaleidoscope presents a special dinner honoring bestselling, award-winning author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City), which features a conversation moderated by Sara A. Lewis and an opportunity to purchase a book to be autographed by Mr. Maupin, who will receive the inaugural Kaleidoscope Career Achievement in Literature Award.
- Bacon and Brine X South on Main: Chef Pink and Local Cuisine
Sunday, August 13, 6pm, at South on Main
In coordination with Chef Matthew Bell, Chef Pink of California’s Bacon and Brine will help create a special farm-to-table menu for a dinner at South on Main. The event will feature a screening of Hungry, a documentary following the lives of women in the restaurant industry, as well as a conversation with Chef Pink and Courtney Rae, both featured in the film.
TICKETING AND SCHEDULE
Please visit www.kal2017.com for the full lineup lineup, schedule, and to purchase tickets.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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 2017 will be held August 11th through August 19th in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
For more information visit: kaleidosocpefilmfestival.com.
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