We’ve entered the home stretch, fans – just TWO more days of great film entertainment are left to be had at the 31st annual Boston LGBT Film Festival, Boston’s longest running film festival. There’s some terrific films screening today – here’s the rundown! Descriptions are from the official festival press release.
Kicking things off today at 1 PM at the Remis Auditorum at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is The Year We Thought About Love:
THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE goes behind the scenes of one of the oldest queer youth theaters in America, with our camera crew slipping into classrooms, kitchens, subways, and rehearsal rooms with this fearless and endearing troupe. Boston-based True Colors OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, our cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings. Our film introduces a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing even as she models dresses on the runway. When bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.
Next up, Bright Family Screenining Room at Arts/Emerson’s Paramount Theatre in Downtown Crossing is screening The Cult of JT Leroy at 2 PM:
A feature documentary about the writer JT LeRoy – Ethically charged, controversial, and confusing, JT’s life and death sprang open a Pandora’s box of powerful questions about literature and culture, identity and celebrity, and the reality of the society we live in. Fraud? Art? Mental illness? Complicity? The Cult of JT Leroy will be a testament to this bizarre and elaborate story that has captured the attention and fascination of the world’s media, and perplexes to this day Language: English
Back at the Remis, at 3:30 PM, it’s time for the Men’s Shorts program to take center stage. Subtitled “In The Mood For Love” , there are 12 varied and interesting short films as part of this program.
At 4 PM back at the Bright Family Screening Room, Olya’s Love will be screening:
A lesbian couple living in Russia. Olya is a fighter, active member of the LGBT-community, her partner Galiya doesn’t want to let politics rule her life. Their love is strong, and they want to have a baby together. When Russian Duma launches their discriminating laws against homosexuals, Olya starts to fight even stronger. But same time their love is put to the test.
At 7 PM, it’s back to the Remis Auditorium @ MFA for one of this year’s standout films, the documentary Out To Win:
From the director of Small Town Gay Bar and Continental, Out to Win is a documentary film that serves as an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within the historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. Featuring interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Billy Bean and more.
Finally, today’s selections conclude at the Bright Family Screening Room with the horror film Lyle:
When Leah (Gaby Hoffmann, Girls, Transparent) and music agent June (Ingrid Jungermann,The Slope) move into a spacious apartment with their infant daughter, Lyle, they have a seemingly perfect life; Leah is about to give birth and June’s current music act is about to take off in the charts. But Leah soon suspects the apartment block holds dark secrets; their downstairs neighbour fakes a pregnancy, and with June becoming increasingly distant, Leah finds comfort in talking with the beautiful model upstairs… but can anyone at all be trusted?
A great day of entertainment for sure! For information on ALL the films, ALL the venues, ticket info and more, log on to http://bostonlgbtfilmfest.net, the official online home of the Festival! Be back here tomorrow morning for the completely closing day and night schedule!