CCAD and Columbus International Film + Video Festival partner with Stonewall Columbus on LGBT film festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stonewall Columbus, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, and Columbus College of Art & Design are pleased to present the Stonewall Columbus LGBTFest.

The festival will run Nov. 13 – 19 and will include award-winning feature-length films, including Suicide Kale, an official selection at Outfest and Inside Out LBGT Film Festival.

“The festival gives a platform to our young emerging LGBT filmmakers and directly connects our local community members with those artists,” said Lori Gum, jury chair of LGBTFest and program coordinator at Stonewall Columbus.

Stonewall Columbus and the Columbus International Film + Video Festival have long worked together on LGBT film programming, and it was CIF+VF’s addition of an LGBT category several years ago that created the LGBTFest.

“LGBTFest was always a division of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, but over the past few years, it has grown so much that we wanted to expand its programming and give it its own voice,” said Jeremy Henthorn, executive director of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival.

This year marks a new partnership with Columbus College of Art & Design, which presents CIF+VF. 

“CCAD connects us with the next generation of emerging young filmmakers and our student LGBTQ community,” Gum said.

And 2016 marks the inaugural screening event that will focus on one of our LGBTQ Pioneer Filmmakers. This year, the festival will celebrate the work and career of lesbian director Dorothy Arzner.

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ABOUT LGBTFEST

The Stonewall Columbus LGBTFest is a juried film festival that presents emerging LGBTQ filmmakers and their work from all over the world. This year, the festival had more than 50 films submitted from 13 different countries. We believe that it is important for our local LGBTQ community to engage with our LGBTQ artists from our larger global community to foster understanding of difference, delight in our shared experience and create unity through the medium of art and film. That is why we also bring many of the winning filmmakers to Columbus during the festival so that we can converse with them in a personal and impactful way. For more information, visit lgbtfest.org.

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ABOUT STONEWALL COLUMBUS

Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio LGBTQ community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community through discovery, affirmation and celebration. For more information, visit stonewallcolumbus.org.

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ABOUT COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL

Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival is the longest continuously running film festival in the United States, showcasing independent student and professional films from around the world Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio. For more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.

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ABOUT COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.

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2016 STONEWALL COLUMBUS LGBTFEST SCHEDULE

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Sunday, Nov. 13 | LGBTFest Opening Night
7 p.m. | Columbus College of Art & Design | Canzani Center | 60 Cleveland Ave.
Stonewall Columbus Member $5 | Non-Member $6
Suicide Kale (2015, 78 minutes / Carly Usdin) A simple lunch turns into a catastrophe when Jasmine and Penn, a new couple with an uncertain future, find an anonymous suicide note at the home of the happiest couple they know.
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Tuesday, Nov. 15 | Doc Night
6:30 p.m. | Columbus College of Art & Design | Canzani Center | 60 Cleveland Ave.
Stonewall Columbus Member $5 | Non-Member $6
Doc Night (120 minutes) is an evening of award-winning documentaries, including:
Accidental Activists (2016, 77 minutes, Mandi Wright) This documentary follows two lesbians and their three kids on their journey to overturn the law that would allow them to adopt their children.
Alexa to Exa (2015, 18 minutes, Christian Marsh) A documentary film about transcending assigned identity.
That’s My Boy (2015, 24 minutes, Akhil Sathyan) A documentary on Gender Identity Disorder portrays the successful and remarkable life of Sonu, a female to male convert.
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Wednesday, Nov. 16 | LGBTQ Film Pioneer Spotlight
5 p.m. | Drexel Theatre | 2254 E Main St.
Stonewall Columbus Member $5 | Non-Member $6
Dorothy Arzner Night: An evening of classic films by lesbian filmmaker Dorothy Arzner complete with a short lecture by historian Judith Mayne and a brief cocktail reception.
5 p.m. Christopher Strong (1933, 78 minutes, Dorothy Arzner). A famous female flier and a member of Parliament drift into a potentially disastrous affair in this film featuring Katharine Hepburn in her first starring role.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Lecture on Dorothy Arzner by Judith Mayne of The Ohio State University
7:30 p.m.: Dance, Girl, Dance (1940, 90 minutes, Dorothy Arzner). A burlesque queen (Lucille Ball in her first starring role) competes with an aspiring ballerina for a divorced playboy.
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Thursday, Nov. 17 | Slash
7 p.m. | Columbus College of Art & Design | Canzani Center | 60 Cleveland Ave.
Stonewall Columbus Member $5 | Non-Member $6
Slash (2016, 100 minutes, Clay Liford) Neil is an awkward, questioning high school freshman with a hidden talent: he writes amazing homo-erotic fan fiction. Tender and charming, SLASH is as heartfelt and grounded as a film featuring multiple intergalactic pan-sexual orgies can be.
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Friday, Nov. 18 | LGBTFest Awards Night
6:30 p.m. reception | 7:30 p.m. film | Columbus College of Art & Design | Canzani Center | 60 Cleveland Ave.
Stonewall Columbus Member $10 | Non-Member $12
Shorts & Awards Night: Reception prior to the screening, 2016 Grand Prize Award-winning Director Lucretia Knapp will be in attendance to accept the award and participate in the awards ceremony and after-screening Q&A.
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Saturday, Nov. 19 | LGBTFest Closing Night
7 p.m. | Wexner Center for the Arts | 1871 N. High St.
Tickets $8 (Tickets must be purchased through the Wexner Center)
Spa Night
(2016, 93 minutes,  Andrew Ahn) A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.
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MEDIA CONTACT
Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist 
Columbus College of Art & Design
614.222.6162
jnuss@ccad.edu