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St. Cloud OUT Presents:  The 2008 St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival!

The "Seventh Annual" St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival is Friday April 18th, Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th 2008. Plan on attending all three days!

Schedule of Events | Films | Entertainment | Ticketing Information | Marketing Materials

Schedule of Events

Friday April 18th, 2008

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

7:00 p.m.

Out at Work
   
8:00 p.m. Freeheld
   
After films Moderated discussion -
   
  ASL Interpreters will be available for our deaf and hearing impaired audience.
   

Saturday April 19th, 2008

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

6:30 p.m.

Opening DRAG Show
   
7:00 p.m. East Side Story
   
8:30 p.m. Intermission - DRAG Show continues
   
9:00 p.m. Finn's Girl
   
  ASL Interpreters will be available for our deaf and hearing impaired audience.
   

Sunday April 20th, 2008

   
2:00 p.m. For The Bible Tells Me So
   
After films Moderated discussion -
   
All times are ‘start’ times and are subject to change.

Films

Out at Work

 

Directed by: Kelly Anderson & Tami Gold

In 1991 Cheryl Summerville, a cook in a suburban Atlanta restaurant, received a termination paper stating that she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was shocked to discover that in 47 American states, including her own, it was legal to fire workers simply for being homosexual.

Out at Work chronicles the dramatic stories of three gay workers over the course of five years: Cheryl Summerville, Detroit auto worker Ron Woods, and New York Public Library clerk Nat Keitt. It follows them at home, at work and through their collective fight to secure workplace safety, job security and employee benefits for gay and lesbian workers.

Reviews / Awards:
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

Golden Apple, National Educational Media Awards

"Filled with humor, insight and moving fervor, Out at Work offers a stirring experience for all of us."

- Robert Hawk, Sundance Film Festival

" Out At Work presents compelling and inspiring stories of common individuals who perform uncommon acts of resistance in the face of discrimination. This film is a great educational and motivational tool for unions everywhere."

- Bill Fletcher,Jr., Director of Education, AFL-CIO

" Out at Work is a well-researched, well-made documentary about gay life in the workplace. It's informative look at 'routine' discrimination and harassment - including and out-and-out threats against gay workers - is an eye-opener for those who thought that everybody knew better in the 90s."

- Scoot Sloan, Shepherd Express

“Frameline's workplace-oriented GLBT videos are a wonderful way for the Motorola GLBT Business Council to reach out to all employees with ‘Lunch and Learn' programs to educate them on issues affecting the GLBT community... by purchasing the videos, we were able to create a mini-library which enables our various locations to borrow from and host their own local Lunch and Learn programs.”

- Daniel McCurdy, Director - Program Management, GLBT Business Council Leadership Co-Chair, Motorola, Inc.


Freeheld
 

A Documentary by: Cynthia Wade
www.freeheld.com

Trailer on YouTube:

Click here to view trailer at Freeheld.com

The St. Cloud GLBTA Film Festival is currently the only venue for this Academy Award winning film in the entire Midwest area.

Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved.

The documentary film FREEHELD chronicles Laurel’s struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials — the Ocean County Freeholders — deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel’s battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain.

As Laurel’s plight intensifies, it spurs a media frenzy and a passionate advocacy campaign. At the same time, FREEHELD captures a quieter, personal story: that of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other. Alternating from packed public demonstrations at the county courthouse to quiet, tender moments of Laurel and Stacie at home, FREEHELD combines tension-filled political drama with personal detail, creating a nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice.

Since winning the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, FREEHELD has screened in 45 film festivals in 26 states and 7 countries, garnering eleven additional film awards. The film also had an eight city theatrical release during the summer of 2007 in conjunction with LGBT PRIDE events across the country.

Reviews:
“Cynthia Wade presents perhaps the single best, most coherent argument for GLBT equality.”
- Out & About Nashville

“ Freeheld is simply an amazing documentary, a true piece of unscripted reality, with all its blemishes and beauty intact. It is a documentary that pays fitting tribute to a true hero, a woman who refused to compromise and who ultimately helped to secure for all of us a little bit more of the equality we all richly deserve. A+”
- Edge Boston

“ OUTSTANDING…An absolutely amazing film, it demonstrates again what we learned here in
Washington this past legislative session - showing the injustice of discrimination faced by same sex couples by personalizing it with real human faces and stories is the most effective tool for changing public opinion.”
- Seattle Gay News

“A heart-stopping documentary.”
- Philadelphia Gay News

“Freeheld…offers an up-close look at the tangible results of what can often seem an abstract debate.”
- The Valley Advocate

“ Freeheld is the kind of documentary that incites audiences to sob and then take to the streets in protest A galvanizing experience.”
- Windy City Times

“Intimate and unflinching…sure to have a long lasting hold on viewers.”
- Chicago Free Press

“ If ever there was a rallying cry for the full rights of marriage, it’s this excellent and truly heart-breaking film.”
- Washington Blade

“ Hester’s story needs to be told because she’s an American hero. But it also needs to be told because most Americans, gay and straight, need to understand that what happened to Hester isn’t an aberration: it’s the norm and it’s legal.”
- Q Salt Lake

East Side Story
 

Directed by: Carlos Portugal

Trailer on YouTube:

Young DIEGO CAMPOS has long felt trapped in East LA and plans to move away and open an upscale restaurant with his ultra closeted boyfriend, PABLO MORALES.

But Pablo views their "down low" relationship differently - a point driven home when he starts dating BIANCA CAMPOS, Diego's spirited young Aunt.

Meanwhile, openly gay white men like WESLEY and JONATHAN are moving in, gentrifying the Latino neighborhood.

The attraction between Diego and Wesley is immediate and electric, forcing both men to re-examine their state of affairs in this entertaining comedy.

Who will stay? Who will go? Who will fall in love?

And who needs "telenovelas," when you have East Side Story, a courageous queer comedy about coming out and coming home.


Finn's Girl


 

A Film by: Dominique Cardona / Laurie Colbert
finnsgirl.com

Dr. Finn Jefferies is a thoroughly modern lesbian––far too feisty and happy to ever bother hiding her sexuality. Her family is pure 21st century: two mothers, two careers and a kid. Nothing had ever rocked Finn's passionate, committed life until the untimely death of her beloved long-term partner, Nancy. In shock, Finn can barely cope. As she flounders in her grief, she takes risks that jeopardize her relationship with the only person she really loves––their daughter, eleven-year-old Zelly Bean.

Finn is clearly not comfortable in her new role on the domestic front. She loves Zelly deeply, but her demanding career has put her wildly out of touch with her maternal instincts. Consumed by her work and by a rebound fling with a much younger woman, Finn is oblivious to Zelly's latest attention-seeking antics––shoplifting, smoking dope and skipping school.

As Zelly acts out, Finn also faces losing her medical career. A brilliant gynecologist, she heads up a research laboratory that develops new fertility drugs for major pharmaceutical companies. When her most recent clinical trial reveals troubling health risks for female participants, Finn chooses to walk away from the trials, rather than endangering lives. Paul Jimenez, one of Finn's colleagues and also Zelly's father, takes over Finn's lab and continues the testing. Paul not only dismisses Finn's complaints as overly cautious, he criticizes how Finn is handling Zelly and threatens to take custody of his daughter. In retaliation, Finn brings their personal and professional relationship to a showdown, with the stunning revelation that Paul is not really Zelly's biological father. After walking away from her lab, Finn takes over Nancy's medical practice at a downtown abortion clinic. When constant threats from anti-abortionists escalate to a sniper attack on Finn, uncompromising police officer Diana Peris is a signed to protect Finn and the clinic. Intrigued by Finn and protective of Zelly, Diana devotes overtime to her task. For the first time since Nancy's death, Finn feels drawn to someone she might be able to lean on and maybe even love. Yet, Finn's kamikaze lifestyle and careless parenting too often put her and Diana at odds. Luckily for Finn, Zelly––in need of protection––and Diana––ever protective––forge an instant connection.

Finn's emotional and professional struggles are continually underscored by the amusing misadventures of Zelly and her best friends Eve and Max. As the trio of kids grapple with their emerging sexualities, Zelly finally discovers the astonishing identity of her true biological parents.


For the Bible Tells Me So


 

A Nonfiction Film by: Daniel Karslake
www.forthebibletellsmeso.org

Trailer on YouTube

Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? These questions and more are answered in this award-winning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture – and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible.

Offering healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity, this landmark film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.” ( Seattle Times )

Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating homosexuals and Christianity too wide to cross? How can the Bible be used to justify hate? These are the questions at the heart of Daniel Karslake’s FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

A World Premiere in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO was also honored with Audience Awards at the 2007 Seattle and Provincetown International Film Festivals and The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. This provocative, entertaining film concisely reconciles homosexuality and a literal interpretation of Biblical scripture.

Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how people of faith handle, or sometimes tragically fail to handle, having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and
sexual identity.

2007 Sundance Film Festival: NOMINEE, GRAND JURY PRIZE
Seattle International Film Festival: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: KATHLEEN BRYAN EDWARDS AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Provincetown International Film Festival: HBO AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Outfest Los Angeles: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Milwaukee International Film Festival: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY & BEST DIRECTOR FOR DOCUMENTARY
Image Out : The Rochester Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Reel Pride : Fresno Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Tampa international Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

Entertainment

DRAG Performance by SCSU Students.

Performers:

Grant Pulliam as Ariel Chastity

Sarah Kost as Josh

Ashley Gorton as Ethan Prince

Emcee: Kayla L.


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St. Cloud, MN 56301
Prices:
Admission to Friday Night Only: $5
Admission to Saturday Night Only: $10
Discounted Pricing for Both Nights: $12
Sunday Afternoon: Free

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 Festival Marketing Materials

Advertising Information and Order Forms:
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2007 Program:
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2008 Film Festival Posters:
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