MGLCC hosts Outflix film festival
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center will present its 16th annual Outflix Film Festival from September 6-12, at Malco’s Ridgeway Cinema Grill (formerly Ridgeway Four).
“Outflix is presented by Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center with the firm belief that it is important to see our lives reflected on the big screen,” said Ben Helm, 2013 festival director, in a news release. “In a state that can be very backwards on LGBT issues, we must tell our stories publicly and affirm our experiences and our right to be seen and heard.”
Films in this year’s festival provide a broad view of LGBTQ stories: Bridegroom (what happens if you are not allowed to be married and your partner suddenly dies); G.B.F. (all the girls race to be the first to have a Gay Best Friend); Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (the life and legacy of the author of The Color Purple and many others); Out in the Dark (what happens when two men, one a Palestinian student and the other an Israeli lawyer, fall in love). This year’s lineup is the biggest ever at 41 films, including features, documentaries and short films.
“Especially in an environment where legislators and community leaders would make us invisible or silence our voices, Outflix represents just the opposite of that, said MGLCC Executive Director Will Batts. “Outflix represents our passions and our love, our defiance in the face of bigotry, our joy in our individuality, our despair during loss, and our pride in who we are. What could be more important than that?”
To find out more about this year’s lineup or to purchase tickets, see the Outflix website at www.outflixfestival.org. Tickets for an individual film are $10; discounts available for multi-ticket packages. Tickets are available for purchase on-line or at the door one hour before the first film of the day.
All proceeds from the festival are used to provide programs and services at MGLCC, based in Cooper-Young.