For instance, tonight at the Bright Family Screening Room at the Arts/Emerson Paramount Theater is a special free screening of one of last fall’s biggest critical and commercial hits (by indie standards), the UK Import Pride:
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
This special free show gets underway at 7 PM.
There is also another dynamite shorts program at Cambridge’s Brattle Theater tonight – a fantastic collection of international shorts, focusing on different experiences around the world. This great program gets underway at 6:30 PM.
And also at the Brattle tonight at 8:30, another top notch documentary in We Came To Sweat: The Legend Of Starlite:
When Brooklyn’s oldest black gay bar, the Starlite Lounge, is faced with eviction, the community decides to fight back. Will they be able to save this pre-Stonewall safe haven? Or is gentrification unstoppable? Kate Kunath and Sasha Wortzel’s timely portrait of a community banding together to preserve their culture and history is a stirring must-see.
As I said above, we’re just about halfway through this year’s fest, and for more information, including more indepth info on films, ticket and venue details, and more, you can hit the fests official website at http://bostonlgbtfilmfest.org!