The fifth annual GayCharlotte Film Festival brings drama and drama queens, humor in pants and humor in skirts, self-aware senior citizens and self-reliant kids – both of whom throw the worlds around them into confusion – and a social conscience to Theatre Charlotte this week.
It opens Thursday with “Baby Jane?,” whose truncated title (as in “Whatever Happened To”) tells us to expect a spoof of the classic horror film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The festival ends Sunday with “Gayby,” a comedy in which a gay man in his 30s agrees to help his straight best friend from college have a baby the … er … old-fashioned way.
Documentaries provide two highlights. “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” recounts the controversial 2009 police raid on a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar that resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. The Saturday screening will precede a discussion with writer-director Robert L. Camina.
“United in Anger (A History of Act Up),” is the first feature-length documentary to show how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to save each other’s lives and try to change history.
There’s even celebrity clout:
“Cloudburst” offers Oscar-winners Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as nursing-home residents who bust out and head to Canada to marry, picking up a male hitchhiker along the way.
“My Life in Pink” won the Golden Globe for best foreign film of 1998; it’s about a little boy in Belgium who feels he’s really a girl and can’t understand why his family and neighbors react so strongly against this idea.
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