Kaleidoscope Returns in 1 Week!
4th Annual Kaleidoscope Film and Cultural Festival returns to Argenta Arts District
Festival delivers award-winning LGBT films, street fair, live music, fashion exhibit, and more
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 4th annual Kaleidoscope Film and Cultural Festival presented by “Here TV” will be held from August 10th – 18th in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock. This nine-day celebration will include screenings of award-winning LGBT independent films from around the world, live music, literary readings, a fashion exhibit, and an arts and crafts street fair featuring over 35 local food, beer, and retail vendors.
The thirteen films selected by Kaleidoscope address a wide variety of subjects and highlight the unique challenges present in LGBT communities. Many of these films have been screened at prestigious festivals around the globe including Sundance, Outfest, Berlinale, and SXSW, where they won national and international awards. To further emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the film industry, over 50% of the films selected were directed by women.
“The lineup this year offers films for everyone, ranging from political documentaries to experimental essay films, from coming-of-age comedy to wild and crazy art films, but one thing is true of the entire lineup: they're films that will get you talking. I think this is one of the most engaging lineups we've had in the four years the festival has been held,” said Mark Thiederman, Kaleidoscope Artistic Director and Director of Programming. “The thing I'm most excited about is the U.S. premiere of Obscuro Barroco, a unanimous favorite among the programming team. It is so vibrant and alive, I expect the colors and drum beats that pulse through the film will bounce off the walls of the theater.”
Screenings of the films will be held primarily at the Argenta Community Theater. The lineup includes:
1985; Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco; Good Manners; The Miseducation of Cameron Post; M/M; Queerama; Shakedown; Skate Kitchen; Bixa Tranvesty; Transmilitary; We the Animals; The Wild Boys, and the U.S. premiere of Obscuro Barroco – winner of the Teddy Jury Award, one of the most prestigious LGBT film awards in the world.
Other festival highlights include an opening night afterparty at the Argenta Arts Gallery featuring a fashion exhibit from clothing line 1681 – a unique blend of illustration and handmade garment design created by Michael Shaeffer of Little Rock and Andrea Bolen of San Diego.
South on Main restaurant in Little Rock will also host select Kaleidoscope special events, including a special screening of the Oscar winning classic A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams, a special night of live music from LGBT performers, and the popular Drag Queen Brunch on the final day of the festival. Every South on Main event will feature dishes prepared by award-winning chef Matt Bell and specialty cocktails designed by Amy Bell.
New to this year’s festival, the Queer Arts Street Fair is a FREE, family and pet-friendly event taking place on August 11th on 4th Street in North Little Rock. The street fair will feature unique vendors, LGBT community-centric non-profits, food trucks, locally brewed craft beer from Flyway, as well as live music, entertainment by Arkansas Circus Arts and other performance artists, a dunking booth, and an epic water balloon fight.
The Kaleidoscope Film and Cultural Festival schedule of events includes:
- August 10: Opening Night
Fashion and the Moving Image + 1681 Fashion Exhibit at Argenta Gallery (5 PM – 9 PM)
Screening of “We the Animals” (7 PM – 9 PM)
Argenta Gallery Afterparty (9 PM – 11 PM) featuring “Fashion and the Moving Image” exhibit and 1681 – a new fashion line from Andrea Bolen in San Diego and Michael Shaeffer in Little Rock
- August 11: Street Fair (Noon – 6 PM) on 4th Street between Main and Maple in North Little Rock
- August 11-18: Film screenings at Argenta Community Theater
- August 18: Closing Day/Night
Drag Brunch at South on Main (10 AM – 2 PM)
Screening off “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (7 PM – 9:45 PM)
Champagne Goodbye Party at Crush Wine Bar (10 PM – Midnight)
For more information on the featured films and to view the full schedule of events, visit www.KAL2018.com.
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About the Kaleidoscope LGBT Film & Cultural Festival
The Kaleidoscope LGBT Film & Cultural Festival is a 9-day celebration of LGBT films and filmmakers with the mission of providing innovative and unique programming to engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the state of Arkansas and the surrounding region. Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives told 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. Learn more at www.kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
About the Presenting Sponsor
This year’s Kaleidoscope Film & Culture Festival is presented by Here TV. Here TV presents hundreds of award-winning LGBTQ films and series you won't find anywhere else. Watch through Cable TV such as Xfinity and Spectrum or stream on Amazon, Roku or the Here TV app. For more information on Here TV visit www.here.tv.