Queer Film Fest to benefit Juneau Pride 2016

A collaboration between the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ Alliance (SEAGLA) and the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater brings a Queer Film Fest to Juneau.

The Queer Film Fest begins on Saturday, Jan. 23 and runs until Saturday, Feb. 6 and consists of three films. All proceeds benefit Juneau Pride 2016, a weeklong celebration of all things LGBTQ to be held June 11-19. All tickets are $5-10, determined on a sliding scale and are purchased at the door.

Kicking off the festival is “Do I Sound Gay.” After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” This film also features Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Don Lemon and George Takei. Screenings of “Do I Sound Gay” are on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

“Clouds of Sils Maria” is the second film in the series. It’s directed by Olivier Assayas, and features actresses Juliette Binoche, Kristin Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. The film has won multiple awards this past year, including the first ever award for an American actress at the French Oscars (Stewart for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama). Screenings of “Clouds of Sils Maria” are on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Tangerine” is the third film in the series and premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It’s about transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. Screenings of “Tangerine” are on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Opening Night Gay-La is Saturday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. and will feature a screening of “Do I Sound Gay,” a no-host beer and wine bar by Louie’s Bar in Douglas and home-baked treats for sale. Attendees are encouraged to don their best “red carpet” attire (or come as they are) to kick off the event.

More information can be found at www.seagla.org or through Facebook at facebook.com/seaglaLGBTQ.

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