Queer Film Festival opens Thursday

THE BALTIMORE SUN

"Leather Jacket Love Story" and "The Watermelon Woman" will be the opening-night films at the first edition of Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival, which begins Thursday. "Leather Jacket Love Story," about two mismatched men who find intimacy in the Los Angeles suburb of Silver Lake, will be shown at 7:45 p.m. at the Charles, and will be followed by Cheryl Dunye's acclaimed film "The Watermelon Woman," which traces a filmmaker's journey into the life of a fictional African-American film star.

The evening will be kicked off by "Cafe Lavender," billed as a "coffee-house-style evening" of poetry and prose readings. "Pink Flamingos" stars Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce will be on hand for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Club Charles.

Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival continues through June 11 at the Charles, Orpheum and Maryland Institute, College of Art, with screenings of Monte Bramer's award-winning documentary, "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End," about the late author and activist, and "Wilde," starring Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde, which opens in theaters Friday.

Admission to "Cafe Lavender" and the opening-night films is $15. For information about the schedule and how to obtain festival passes ($30), call 410-433-1395.

Pub date: 5/31/98

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