Slices of Life

| August 3, 2011

LGBT FIlm FestWhat do a drag queen fairy godmother, a blind schoolboy in Brazil and two coworkers who switch sexual identities at Christmas have in common? They each appear in one of the 35 films showing at the inaugural Louisville LGBT Film Festival Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

In case those storylines don’t appeal to you, there are several others at the film festival that are sure to catch your attention and ones you can relate to even if you’re not part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual  and transgender community. Screenings will be held at the University of Louisville and The Clifton Center.

“We have a wide range of films,” said Travis Myles, co-chair of the festival. “There are romantic comedies, dramas, sci-fi, and a couple of documentaries. There’s also a really strong international flavor. People who aren’t aware of the issues (in the LGBT community) will come and sort of be exposed to our stories in a real non-confrontational way. And they’ll see that these romantic comedies and dramas are the same sorts of stories that appear in everyone’s lives.”

The film festival, presented by the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, will showcase international, national, regional and local films that demonstrate awareness, acceptance and appreciation of the diversity within the LGBT community. Several of the films are also the work of LGBT writers, producers, directors and actors.

“Boys Will Be Boys” is a short that will make it’s world premiere at the festival.

“Boys Will Be Boys” is a short that will make it’s world premiere at the festival.

Before the festival begins, a panel of jurors will select the best short, feature and documentary entered in the festival, which each will receive the Louisville LGBT Film Festival award. At the end of the festival, audience members will vote for their favorite short, feature and documentary, as well. All proceeds from the event will go toward furthering the educational efforts on LGBT issues throughout Kentucky by helping to build a library of films that the Louisville LGBT Film Festival will show throughout the state.

The Kickoff Party for the film festival will be held at U of L’s Floyd Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. The party will feature two film screenings, and from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., there will be a cash bar with Brown-Forman products, food by Cafe Fraiche, music by DJ G and the opportunity to speak with sponsors, jurors, directors, actors and writers.

“Walk a Mile in My Pradas” is the opening film on Friday.

“Walk a Mile in My Pradas” is the opening film on Friday.

Tickets are $25 or $75 for a combination ticket to the Kickoff Party and Festival Pass.

The festival will continue at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, and will conclude at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. Films will be screened at Eifler Theatre at The Clifton Center.

Individual session tickets are available for $7 or $5 for students. A $60 Saturday/Sunday Festival Pass includes a viewing of 33 titles.

For information and a list of film synopses, visit

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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  1. Jacob Newton says:

    Hi Ashley,
    My name is Jacob Newton. I was the LEAD in Longhorns (, which screened Saturday night at the festival.
    I’m a homegrown Louisville boy who’s been building my acting career for the last 4 years in Los Angeles and TLA (Longhorns Distributor) flew me home to be part of the festival. It was a great experience!
    Thank you for reporting on the festival and if you ever need a report from the West Coast, just let me know.

    Jacob Newton