The Charm City LGBT Film Festival returns for third year
By AMANDA KROTKI
The Baltimore Sun|
May 27, 2014 | 12:44 PM
From May 29-June 1, the Creative Alliance hosts its third annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival at The Patterson, highlighting six national and international features and documentaries that have been recognized at major film festivals this year.
Festivities get underway with the opening night film, "Ian Harvie Superhero" (May 29, 7:30 p.m.), a 2013 documentary about the transgender comedian. Margaret Cho produced the film and has used Harvie as an opening act on past tours. Equality Maryland's Director of Advocacy and Programming Keith Thirion introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion.
Screening Friday is "Valencia: The Movie/s" (May 30, 9:45 p.m.), a kaleidoscopic, collaborative attempt at adapting the memoir about San Francisco's Mission District in the 1990s and its punk lesbian scene. Also Friday is "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (May 30, 7:30 p.m.), a feature dramedy from Taiwan concerning a married man about to have another baby who starts to question his identity when he runs into someone from his past. This film also screened at the Annapolis Film Festival in March.
Settle in Saturday for "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia" (May 31, 4 p.m.). Directed by Nicholas Wrathall, the documentary provides an entertaining portrait of the author, critic and intellectual using one-on-one interviews. Later on Saturday, catch "Free Fall" (May 31, 7:30 p.m.), a German film about a man with a job in the police department and a baby on the way, who meets and becomes attached to another man in the department and has to grapple with new feelings.
The festival wraps up on Sunday with "Fire in the Blood" (June 1, 4 p.m.), a hot-button 2013 documentary from India about the blocking of affordable AIDS drugs to Africa by Western pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz all make an appearance. William Hurt narrates.
All screenings are $12 general admission, $7 members. For more information on the LGBT Film Festival, go to creativealliance.org.