Apr 18, 2012
This Gaypril, Queers & Allies will be hosting their first ever, educational Film Festival. We will feature films discussing asexuality, religion and homosexuality, and others. Below is a description of each evening and links to trailers for each film.
Sunday, Peter Max Lawrence, director and producer of \"Queer In Kansas\" will be joining us to screen his film and conduct a short discussion afterward.
Friday, April 20
6 - 10 PM
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
(A)sexual (6:00): Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals – people who experience no sexual attraction—struggle to claim their identity.
(A)sexual follows the growth of a community that experiences no sexual attraction. In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. He was asexual and was fine with it. And he was not alone. Studies show that 1% of the population is asexual. But in a society obsessed with sex, how do you deal with life as an outsider? Combining intimate interviews, verite footage, and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery, David and our four other characters grapple with this universal question and the outcomes might surprise you.
black/womyn (7:30): Feature-length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. Black lesbians between 18 and 60 speak about their experiences with sexuality, religion, discrimination, marriage, gender roles, identity, and activism. Features poets Cheryl Clarke and Stacey-Ann Chin, artist Hanifah Walidah, and hip-hop performers KIN.
Saturday, April 21
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
Love Is All You Need? (5:00): Tells the story of Ashley, a young teen who is raised by the 'picture perfect all-American family' in the suburbs of California - with two moms, two grandpas, two uncles, and a little brother. But Ashley has a problem - she has a crush on a boy at school, which is against everything this world has ever taught her.
Ashley lives In a world where the terms \"gay\" and \"straight\" are switched, this young girl must face the fact that she is straight in a gay world. This undeniable attraction to the opposite sex causes her to be the constant target of verbal and physical abuse until she is driven to a tragic end.
Circumstance (5:45): A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets.
The Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit nightclubs where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.
Sunday, April 22
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
Queer In Kansas (5:00): An autobiographical self-portrait of the artist and filmmaker Peter Max Lawrence. It uses disparate elements from the traditional narrative, experimental cinema and performance art documentation to paint a larger picture of the struggles facing a young closeted Midwestern artist in the Nineteen-Nineties.
There will be a short discussion with the filmmaker, Peter, after the film. We're lucky to have him join us!
The Wise Kids (5:45): In a Baptist church community in Charleston, South Carolina, three teenage friends contemplate the next stage of life. There's Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Weaving comedy and drama, The Wise Kids is is a character-driven coming-of-age story with an extraordinarily talented young cast.