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St. Cloud OUT Presents:  The 2009 St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival!

The "Eighth Annual" St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival is Friday April 17th, Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th, 2009. Plan on attending all three days!
Click Here to view last years film festival information.
Schedule of Events | Films |Film Submission Information | Ticketing Information | Marketing Materials

Schedule of Events

Friday April 17th, 2009

5:30 p.m. Doors open - Arrive early and enjoy the Veranda Lounge and concession stand.

7:00 p.m.

Whisper Leigh
  Q&A with SCSU Mass Comm Professor Vertna Bradley and Whisper Leigh to follow the film.

Saturday April 18th, 2009

5:30 p.m. Doors open - Arrive early and enjoy the Veranda Lounge and concession stand.
7:00 p.m. Ready? OK!
9:00 p.m. Pedro

Sunday April 19th, 2009

11:00 a.m. Doors open - Arrive early and enjoy the Veranda Coffee Shop and concession stand.
12:00 p.m. Training Rules
2:00 p.m. Vier Minuten

All times are ‘start’ times and are subject to change.


Whisper Leigh

A Film by SCSU Mass Comm Professor Vertna Bradley.

You feel like you're a girl, but to everyone else and on the outside, you're a boy. You go along with it, just to not make waves, but then during puberty you develop breasts. Eventually, you marry as a man and even father children. Until one day, you decide that enough is enough. Born an XXY male, 61 year old Leigh Smythe has always been "in between" male and female. Leigh lived as a man for over 58 years, but always felt like there was a woman trapped inside. Although she yearns to live 24/7 as a female, currently, she must bounce back and forth between being a woman and a man. She lives her social life as a transgender activist and aspiring drag performer (competing against contestants less than half her age); and his work life as a man delivering newspapers (the only job he can find). Watch as she/he speaks candidly of her/his inner struggles of living with dual gender identities. Vertna Bradley's "Whisper Leigh" questions the notions of the strong and hard socially constructed and widely accepted definitions and characteristics of what it means to be male or female as it reveals the slippage of identity that can occur in defining gender.

Official movie website: http://www.whisperleigh.com

Ready? OK!

Directed by James Vasquez.

In this hilarious and touching comedy, single mom Andrea struggles to understand her young son Josh. He's smart, happy and enthusiastic - and he's also obsessed with dresses and dolls. And although Andrea convinces him to join the school wrestling team, Josh's true heart's desire is to be a cheerleader.
Stars: Carrie Preston (Duplicity, True Blood) as Andrea; Michael Emerson (Lost) as her gay neighbor Charlie; and introducing Lurie Poston as the kid who calls Maria Von Trapp his most influential role model!
"Hollywood hasn't come up with a sweeter or funnier comedy than this all year... Ready? OK! is a touching and terrific comedy that you will two... four... six... eight... totally appreciate" - SFist.com

  • Winner Best Film - Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Winner Best US Narrative Feature Film - FilmOut San Diego
  • Winner Best Actress (Carrie Preston) - FilmOut San Diego
  • Winner Outstanding Emerging Talent (James Vasquez) - FilmOut San Diego
  • Winner Best of NewFest - NewFest
  • Winner Best Men's Feature Film - North Carolina GLFF

Official Ready? OK! Movie website: http://www.readyokmovie.com/


Directed by Nick Oceano.
Story by Paris Barclay;
Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.

Longtime fans of MTV's "The Real World" reality TV series and cast member Pedro Zamora, an openly gay cast member from 1994 who died of complications from AIDS while the show was being aired, may be convinced that no film can do Zamora's tragic story justice. First-time director Nick Oceano proves them wrong with "Pedro," a compelling youth drama equal to the heartache of Zamora's short life, one that transpired in the media spotlight.

Pedro (newcomer Alex Loynaz), is a young Latino in Miami. An activist teaching HIV/AIDS awareness, Pedro finds a powerful platform on the popular MTV reality series. When he becomes ill, he refuses to hide his diminishing health. Instead, he uses the show to spread his message of safe sex and tolerance to a wider audience. His is a message of hope, and "Pedro" more coming-of-age drama than illness movie, more social message melodrama than TV movie of the week, does Pedro's story justice.

Official movie website: http://www.pedrothemovie.com/

Training Rules


Written and directed by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker.

Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University - no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules, examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team.

In 2006, student athlete Jennifer Harris, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, filed charges against Pennsylvania State University and basketball coach Rene Portland for discrimination based on sexual orientation. This lawsuit inspired others whose lives were shattered during Coach Portland’s reign to come forward. The film focuses on these individuals and investigates why organizations, established to protect these athletes have done so little to end this common form of victimization. Training Rules serves as a wake-up call to the many athletic departments nationwide that still discriminate against their student athletes and coaches.

Narrated by international swimming great Diana Nyad (National Public Radio), TRAINING RULES examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, destroys the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.

Official Movie Website: http://www.trainingrules.com/

Vier Minuten


Written and directed by Chris Kraus.

Jenny is young but her life is over. She has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When a 80-year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was.

FOUR MINUTES was first screened in competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival – the only A-Festival in Asia – and given the Best Film award by the jury presided over by Luc Besson. After more screenings at international festivals in Toronto, Rio, Reykjavik (Best Film Award of the Icelandic Church) and as opening film of the New German Films series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, FOUR MINUTES had its German premiere at the Hof International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Production Design.

Official Movie Website: http://www.vierminuten.de/

Ticketing Information

Pioneer Place On Fifth
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Purchasing Information:


(320) 203-1233

Pioneer Place on Fifth
22 5th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Admission to Friday Night Only: $5
Admission to Saturday Night Only: $10
Admission to Sunday Only: $10
Student Discount (per student, per night) $2

Please Note: 
If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support the St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival, you can contact a member of the Film Festival Committee at  filmfest@stcloudout.org

Film Submission Information

Historically, the St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival has presented a variety of film topics from film distributors. We would like to open the festival to independent film makers.

If you have a film that you would like to present for consideration for our upcoming film festival or if you have any questions, please contact a member of the film festival committee at filmfest@stcloudout.org.

Criteria for Submissions:

  • Shorts or features (must not exceed 90 minutes in length).
  • Films must be in English or include English subtitles.
  • Films must focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or LGBTIQ-friendly characters and issues, and must be suitable for general audiences (no pornography).
  • Films must be on DVD and submitted in NTSC format. (Postage will be paid by submitter, return postage will be paid by St. Cloud OUT).
  • Press kit, if any, must also be provided on DVD.

All submissions must be received no later than March 1st, 2009 to be considered for this years event.

Film Festival Marketing Materials

2009 Advertising Information and Order Forms:
Click here to view and print the Advertising Information and Order form.
Click here to view the Microsoft Word format of this form allowing you to complete electronically.
Click here to submit an Order Form via the Internet.

2008 Program:
Click here to view the 2008 Film Festival Program

You will need Adobe Reader to view and print these materials.

Feel free to e-mail the film festival committee at filmfest@stcloudout.org with any questions.

Schedule of Events | Films | Film Submission Information | Ticketing Information | Marketing Materials

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