With HB2 still the heavyweight news issue for local media, the GayCharlotte Film Festival couldn’t have happened on a better time to show heavyweight movies.
The eighth annual fest, which runs Thursday through Sunday, will screen two Hollywood pictures nominated for multiple Oscars: “The Danish Girl,” about a man (Eddie Redmayne) who decides to live as a woman, and “Carol,” in which sales clerk Rooney Mara falls for wealthy matron Cate Blanchett.
Perhaps more significantly, the festival offers the southeastern premieres of two movies: “Loev,” in which an Indian Wall Street dealmaker and an Indian music producer bond on a trip outside Mumbai, and “Major!,” a documentary about Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion who has fought for the rights of transgender women of color for more than 40 years.
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The event, which runs at Theatre Charlotte at 501 Queens Road, starts Thursday with a free evening of short narratives and documentaries with LGBTQ themes. (Seating is limited, so advance registration is requested at charlottepride.org/films/.)
The features begin Friday. In “Fourth Man Out,” a gay mechanic in a small working-class town stumbles out of the closet to his three straight, unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends. In “Those People,” a young Manhattan painter must choose between an older pianist from another country and a close friend involved in a financial scandal.
Other screenings include “While You Weren’t Looking,” a South African drama exploring the intersecting experiences of LGBTQ people in Cape Town; “The Same Difference,” a documentary about homophobia and gender roles inside the black lesbian/bisexual community; “Jenny’s Wedding,” with Katherine Heigl as a younger sister who shocks her family by announcing her engagement to a woman; and “In the Grayscale,” a Spanish-language drama following a bisexual man’s life journey.
Film tickets are now on sale at charlottepride.org/films/. You can get 10-ticket passes for $50 and see everything – eating free popcorn as you go – or buy individual tickets for $8. Get details about the GayCharlotte Film Festival at charlottelgbtfilm.com or details about the presenting organization, Charlotte Pride, at charlottepride.org.