GayCharlotte Film Festival to be held June 1-4, at Johnson C. Smith University

Ninth annual LGBTQ film festival in Charlotte to feature diverse line-up of feature-length films, documentaries and shorts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The GayCharlotte Film Festival, a program of Charlotte Pride, returns to the Queen City June 1-4, 2017, featuring a diverse line-up of critically acclaimed feature-length dramas, documentaries and short films. The event will be held at Johnson C. Smith University’s New Science Center, with a free opening night featuring this year’s short films competition showcase.

Among the various films to be screened:

  • “Kiki” — June 2, 9 p.m. — Twenty-five years after the documentary “Paris Is Burning” introduced the art of voguing to the world, “Kiki” revisits New York City’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki community.
  • “Pushing Dead” — June 3, 5 p.m. — Starring the acclaimed Danny Glover, “Pushing Dead” follows a struggling poet and writer named Dan Schauble (James Roday), who has been HIV positive for 22 years.
  • “Free CeCe!” — June 3, 9 p.m. — Making its Carolinas premiere, this hard-hitting documentary follows transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox who takes up the cause of Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald, a transgender woman who was attacked, fought back in self-defense and was later incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists. CeCe emerges not only as a survivor, but as a leader.
  • “Something Like Summer” — June 4, 6 p.m. — Making its Carolinas premiere, a new drama based on the heartfelt novel by Jay Bell. “Something Like Summer” follows Benjamin Bentley, the only guy in his Texas high school with the courage to come out as gay. The film follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist.

A free community opening night will also be held on June 1: The free event will feature a showcase of LGBTQ short films, with attendees able to vote on the audience pick for best short. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with screenings beginning at 7 p.m. Free registration is open for the short films event at

A full list of feature-length films and trailers is available online at

Tickets to the event are $10 (general) and $7 (students, seniors, military, CFS members). Weekend Passes are on sale for $60, saving 40% on the cost of 10 tickets. Tickets and passes are available online at

Sponsors of this year’s event include Rosedale Medical, Gilead and Johnson C. Smith University’s CHIP program.

The GayCharlotte Film Festival is a program 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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