It's here! It's queer! Go to it!
B'more Qfest – Baltimore's Queer Film and Media Festival -- strives to build relationships with the community and bring LGBT-themed films to Baltimore on a regular basis. The event comes back to Baltimore June 12-15 with opening and closing night festivities, parties and more than 40 films -- many of them Maryland premieres. Screenings take place at MICA Brown Center, Fred Lazarus Studio Center at MICA, Theater Project, Yellow Sign Theater and 1727 N. Charles St. Individual tickets for regular screenings are $10 each. Check the schedule for venue and screening information.
The festival opens on June 12 at 8 p.m. with "First Period," described as what would happen if "John Waters directed a John Hughes movie." Director Charlie Vaughn will be on hand to present the film, which will be followed by a post-screening gala at the Brown Center. (Added bonus: There will be crab cake sliders and Pollock Johnny's sausages.)
Some other films worth checking out:
"To Be Takei" -- Director Jennifer Kroot's documentary about "Star Trek" actor George Takei's lifelong challenge of the status quo. (June 14, 2 p.m., MICA)
"The Rugby Player" -- A documentary about Mark Bingham, one of the passengers on United Flight 93 on 9/11, and his mother, a former United Airlines flight attendant who became an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights after the tragedy. (June 14, 4 p.m., MICA)
"Age of Consent" -- A documentary about HOIST, London's first gay sex fetish bar. (June 13, 8 p.m., 1727 N. Charles St.)
"Raid of the Rainbow Lounge" -- A 2012 documentary about a 2009 police raid of a gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, that resulted in several arrests and injuries. (June 14, 10 a.m., 1727 N. Charles St.)
"Paper Dolls" -- A documentary about a community of Filipino transvestites living illegally in Israel. (June 15, 2 p.m., 1727 N. Charles St.)
"Waiting in the Wings: The Musical" -- In this musical comedy, two entertainers are mismatched in the casting office. (June 15, 4 p.m., MICA)
"Tennessee Queer" -- A New Yorker returns home to small-town Tennessee to make life better for the LGBT teenagers there. (June 13, 5 p.m., MICA)
"The Falls" -- Two members of the Mormon church reunite five years after coming out to their families and their church. (June 13, 5 p.m. and June 15, 4 p.m., 1727 N. Charles St.)
"Laurence Anyways" -- This 2012 drama follows 10 years in the life of a literature teacher who decides to transition to become a woman. (June 15, noon, Theater Project)
"West Hollywood Motel" -- Five couples' lives intersect in a West Hollywood Motel in this comedy. (June 14, 6 p.m., Theater Project)
"Geography Club" -- A teen comedy/romance about a high school club made up of members of various sexual orientations. (June 14, noon, MICA)
There are also several shorts on the schedule that will screen before some of the features.
The festival wraps up on June 15 at 6 p.m. at MICA with a screening of "The 10 Year Plan," about two friends who make a pact to be together if they don't find love in 10 years.