QFest Film Festival Launches in St.Louis

local-scene_qfest.jpgQFest, a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer themed film festival, launches in St. Louis March 12-16, 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QFest, a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer themed film festival, launches in St. Louis March 12-16, 2008.

QFest is a cooperative project founded by members of Metropolis St. Louis’ Out & Urban committee, Cinema St. Louis , and The Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Community Center of Metropolitan St.Louis. The primary mission of this new film festival is to utilize the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the diversity and inherent complexities of living an alternative lifestyle in today’s society.

This inaugural five-day event will feature a variety of short subjects and narrative feature films, plus a powerfully moving documentary on gay marriage. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of new voices in queer cinema including Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader, The Gilmore Girls) and the Minneapolis-based Lesbian filmmaker and punk rock musician Lisa Ganser.

QFest begins on Wednesday, March 12 at the Mad Art Gallery located at 2727 S. 12th street in Soulard with an evening of hilarious and provocative short subjects hosted by Lisa Ganser. The remainder of the screenings will take place in the evenings at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium located at 470 East Lockwood in Webster Groves from Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16.

Ticket prices are $5 for the Mad Art Gallery kick-off event and $10 for the feature film screenings at Webster with an $8 ticket price available for students with valid and current student id’s.

On Saturday, March 15 QFest will host a series of free, daytime workshops and panel discussions on topics related to the history of LGBT cinema, the representations of gays in contemporary film and television, and defining the "New Queer Cinema." These events, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the Webster University campus in Room 123 in the Media Center wing on the 1st floor of the Sverdrup Building on Big Bend.

For more information about the full schedule of screenings and events, plus full descriptions of the films and filmmakers, please visit our new website at www.stlqfest.org.

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