Among the films to be screened is “Invisible”, an award-winning documentary. Shortly after the film’s director TJ Parsell moved to Nashville, a friend told him about a network of gay songwriters in the city who had written for many famous people in the industry.
“I couldn’t imagine a more repressive industry than country music,” Parsell says. “Right away I had a ton of questions I wanted to ask these women. The project took off like a rocket. Women had a lot to say and the more I delved into their stories the more interesting and complex it became. I think the film will serve as a piercing look at Southern families, religious abuse, and the patriarchy of country music. “
After working on the film for five years, Parsell says he was inspired by the perseverance of women and impressed with their wit. “They used their trauma, they used their stories, their ideas, their vulnerabilities and their courage – and they had a real impact – on me, on their music and on the world,” he says.
Another film, “No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics,” began with director Vivian Kleiman’s participation in the first international conference of queer comic artists.
While she is sure the film will make audiences laugh, she hopes it will do more. “Using comics to chart the historical trajectory and diversity of queer life – the dilemmas, the celebrations, the conflicts, which is unique to the LGBT experience – I hope the film serves as a new vehicle for telling the story. queer story to a new generation At the same time, I also made the film for all the young people who find it difficult to accept themselves, to understand the power of telling our own stories.
“Lola” is about a young trans woman who learns to navigate the world after the loss of her supportive mother. CONTRIBUTED
What is different this year
As you might expect, COVID-19 has required significant changes. In addition to requiring masks for theater patrons aged 6 and over, those 12 and over must now show proof of vaccination with photo ID or negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours . Staff also follow protocols.
Other changes and upgrades to the theater have included building new counters and adding a new outlet, remodeling bathrooms to become hands-free, and adding storage units. air recirculation in the lobby and auditoriums with HEPA filtration and UV light technology, the same systems used by The Cleveland Clinique.
In the short film “Pure”, a young black girl grapples with her queer identity on the eve of her cotillion. CONTRIBUTED
While the community financially supported the virtual festival last year, McNeal said the rate of people watching movies at home has dropped significantly compared to in-person screenings. “The Dayton LGBT Film Festival is all about building community and giving visibility to our stories – and that’s why we thought it was important to bring the festival back to an in-person event this year,” said McNeal, who can’t wait to see a lot of familiar faces.
Among those faces will be Moraine’s Tim Capehart. “My husband and I only missed a year or two of the Dayton LGBT Film Festival; both times we were out of town, ”Capehart explains. “In the beginning, there wasn’t a lot of realistic positive portrayal of our community in movies or on TV. This is the main reason we participated.
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Over the years, he says, there were even more reasons to attend. “We enjoyed the committee’s selections, supporting LGBTQ Dayton, supporting The Neon and blending in with the community. We love independent films!
HOW TO GET THERE
What: Dayton LGBT Film Festival 2021
When: From Friday October 8 to Thursday October 14
Or: The Neon Cinema, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Tickets: $ 8, online or at the movies. If you want to sit with friends / family, buy tickets in one transaction, otherwise an empty seat will be placed between you and the next guest.
Car park: Free parking available across the street.
Security: Masks and proof of vaccination compulsory.
More information: www.daytonlgbt.com
Line-up for the 2021 Dayton LGBT Film Festival
“No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics” (79 minutes, director Vivian Kleiman)
7:30 p.m. Friday, October 8 and 1 p.m. Sunday, October 10
Five queer scrappy comic book artists travel from DIY work and isolation to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage.
Preceded by: “My Aunties” (3 minutes, director Richard O’Connor)
In the early 1980s, Stefan was cared for and loved by a group of adults, mostly gay men, whom he called his “aunts”.
Preceded by: “Everyman” (11 minutes, director Jack Goessens)
A personal visual essay on gender transition.
1 p.m. Saturday October 9 and 7:30 p.m. Monday October 11
“Beauty President” (10 minutes, director Whitney Skauge)
“If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made history.
“Marlon Brando” (20 minutes, director Vincent Tilanus)
Best friends Cas and Naomi spend every second of their days together. But when their future plans are seemingly different, their relationship falters.
“Girlsboysmix” (7 minutes, directors Lara Aerts and Els van Driel)
The story of an intersex child who asks himself: where is my place?
“Heaven Reaches Down to Earth” (10 minutes, director Tebogo Malebogo)
Nothing will ever be the same again after Tau realizes their sexuality.
“Hugo: 6:30 am” (13 min, directors Simon Helloco and James MacIver)
Hugo, a young actor, is asked to improvise a story during an audition.
“Pure” (12 minutes, director Natalie Jasmine Harris)
On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young black girl struggles with her queer identity and questions her purity.
“Little Sky” (14 minutes, director Jess X. Snow)
Haunted by childhood memories, Sky risks his non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in his family.
“The Test” (8 minutes, director Jessica Smith)
Two women await the results of a test that could change everything.
“Naomi Replansky at 100” (6 minutes, director Megan Rossman)
This short documentary explores the life of famous poet Naomi Replansky as she celebrates her 100th birthday.
“Invisible ”(107 minutes, director TJ Parsell)
4 p.m. Saturday October 9 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday October 12
This award-winning documentary explores a group of gay songwriters who have successfully navigated the male-dominated country music genre.
“Potato Dreams of America” (95 minutes, director Wes Hurley)
7:30 p.m. Saturday October 9 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday October 13
Struggling to survive in the USSR during Perestroika, Lena and her gay son escape into the fantasy world of pirated American movies; Elena decides to become a mail order bride. Based on the director’s childhood.
Preceded by “Flex” (16 minutes, director Matt Porter)
After an unexpected breakup, Charles begins to explore the gray areas of his sexuality.
“Lola ”(90 minutes, director Laurent Micheli)
4 p.m. Sunday 10 October and 7:30 p.m. Thursday 14 October
When Lola, 18 and transgender, learns that she can finally have an operation, her mother, who is her only financial support, dies.
Preceded by “All these sensations in my stomach” (13 minutes, director Marko Djeska)
While switching from male to female, Matia struggles to find a true intimate relationship.