Sponsored by the Kopkind Colony, founded 20 years ago in memory of celebrated political journalist Andrew Kopkind, CineSLAM returns to the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro with a Pride Film Festival of Shorts on Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m.
The intention of CineSLAM is to offer a glimpse into the diversity of life, struggles and triumphs of LGBTQ people and their allies in short narrative, documentary and art video formats. It is programmed by John Scagliotti, creator of the first LGBT series on PBS, In the Life, producer of Before Stonewall and After Stonewall, programmer of the Vermont Bear Film Festival and Administrator of the Kopkind Colony.
Festival Director John Scagliotti has chosen films to “reflect the amazing diversity of the LGBTQ community. In these sad times after Orlando Pulse, one needs to reflect on how much love there is in our community and I think this year’s films frame those sentiments.”
Leading the festival will be “Reinventing The Reel,” which explores According to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, according to which the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group. The underlying message of director Michael Gorlick’s film is that it may no longer be necessary to wait for that: like-minded individuals are now able to take the creative power into their own hands and bring their ideas to life with the support of a waiting and eager audience.
“One Way Street” from Andrea Meyerson was another world premiere on CineSLAM’s sister film festival, Pride of the Ocean! Moving from the world of documentary to the world of narrative, Andrea’s film explores what happens when your desire drives you in the wrong direction. Revved up by passion and ignoring all the signs, three people set out to fulfill their fantasies.
Other shorts include “Queer Ghost Hunters,” from Stu Maddux, which is a docu-series about real people making contact with LGBT ghosts. They unearth the hidden stories of lost LGBTQ lives. Stu’s full-length documentary “Reel in the Closet” screened at last year’s CineSLAM film festival. That film connects the LGBTQ community of the past with the present through footage of rare home movies. “Sound/vision” from Ari Rossen tells a story about people struggling with identity and overcoming adversity through the power of music. Lost in an unfamiliar world, a quiet Muslim girl meets a disillusioned Jewish pianist and discovers her musical genius through their unexpected friendship.
Intermission will feature a Pride cake and sparkling cider. The event is underwritten by a grant from the Chessie Foundation.
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