“MAJOR!” Southeastern U.S. premiere during GayCharlotte Film Festival, April 21-24, to include panel discussion tackling local transgender issues, controversial anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The eighth annual GayCharlotte Film Festival will present four days of award-winning feature-length dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd., April 21-24, 2016. This year’s film festival will include the Southeastern U.S. premiere of the 2016 documentary “MAJOR!,” profiling legendary activist and Stonewall Rebellion veteran Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 75-year-old black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBTQ struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. She is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Most recently, Miss Major has served as the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a grassroots organization advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison that is led by trans women of color.
“MAJOR!” will close out this year’s film festival, screening on Sunday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. A panel discussion with local transgender leaders will follow the screening and tackle a variety of transgender issues, including the ongoing attention and controversy surrounding HB2. The anti-LGBTQ state legislation passed in March repealed Charlotte’s LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination policy and prohibited transgender people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The film festival will also host the East Coast premiere of “LOEV” by Indian writer-director Sudhanshu “Suds” Saria on Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m. The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, recently hosted the North American premiere for “LOEV.” The full-length drama tells the story of two friends whose weekend trip takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them.
“‘LOEV’ is an honest, nuanced, complicated love story between men who are trying to negotiate the distance between love and friendship,” Saria recently told SXSW. “It also happens to be set in India where sodomy was recently re-criminalized and made punishable by life imprisonment.”
Other films slated for screening at the GayCharlotte Film Festival include: “Fourth Man Out,” “Those People,” “The Danish Girl,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “While You Weren’t Looking,” “The Same Difference,” “Carol” and “In the Grayscale.”
The annual event’s opening night takes place Thursday, April 21, 6:45 p.m., and will include several award-winning and provocative LGBTQ-themed short films. Admission to the opening night is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested at charlottepride.org/films/. The audience will vote for their favorite short film for the “Viewers’ Choice” award this year.
Film tickets are now on sale at charlottepride.org/films/. 10-Ticket Weekend VIP Passes are also on sale and include 10 tickets for use during any film screening, one free popcorn for each individual ticket and other perks.
The GayCharlotte Film Festival is a collaborative project of Charlotte Pride, a local non-profit which creates programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Charlotte Pride presents and collaborates on programs, projects and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others.
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