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The North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 

When: Aug. 12-20 2016

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12–SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

THE NORTH CAROLINA GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

As Neil Morris reported in the INDY last year ("Drowning in the Mainstream," August 12, 2015), the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival was at risk of folding not because its goals had gone unmet, but because they had been met too well. The festival was a vital counternarrative in Jesse Helms's North Carolina, but in the years approaching its twentieth anniversary, attendance and energy had flagged. Realistic images of LGBTQ people were no longer so hard to find in the media, and the ratification of gay marriage had inflated a sort of hope bubble—a widespread sense that a long, hard struggle had come to an end.

What a difference a year can make. No one could have known that before the next NCGLFF, HB 2 would emerge like a specter from North Carolina's past, howling the ongoing dangers of life in America for LGBTQ people. The festival is responding with commensurate urgency and drive, with more screenings than ever before—167 shorts, features, and documentaries—and a renewed emphasis on the African-American, Latin American, and transgender experience. Unlimited in genre and style, the offerings are as arch as modern film noir Kiss Me, Kill Me and as observant as documentaries Strike a Pose, about the dancers-turned-gay icons from Madonna's Truth or Dare, and Deep Run, a portrait of a transgender teen in rural North Carolina. We applaud NCGLFF's vigor in its twenty-first year, even as we wish for its obsolescence. —Brian Howe

THE CAROLINA THEATRE, DURHAM
Various times, $10 (one screening)–$85 (ten screenings)www.carolinatheatre.org

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