Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (HGLFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the media arts as a powerful tool for communication and cooperation among diverse communities by presenting films, videos, and programs by, about, or of interest to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.

History of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival[edit]

Organizations closely associated with movies helped garnish the first HGLFF in 1997.[1][2] The HGLFF does not use a curator; instead, each venue books its own films from submissions and projects they pursue independently. An advisory board facilitates organization of the films and events – an undertaking that begins almost a year in advance.[3] Striving to make the Festival accessible to the entire population of the greater Houston area, the two-week festival has screenings at Landmark Theatres, Angelika Film Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Rice Cinema (at Rice University), DiverseWorks Art Space, and Aurora Picture Show.

The Festival was co-founded by Loris Bradley (formerly of DiverseWorks), Sarah Gish (formerly of Landmark Theatres) and Marian Luntz (still with the Museum of Fine Arts).

Outreach and educational programming[edit]

In addition to showing feature films, documentaries, and short videos, the Festival hosts a series of panel discussions, public forums, and other special events in conjunction with screenings to examine such topics as hate crimes; the Media's Influence on Homosexual Perception; and the unique way in which Houston’s gay and lesbian community has developed over the last few decades.

Board of directors[edit]

2005 9th Annual Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Board of Directors: Margaret Zigman, President; Ernie Manouse, Vice President, PR/Marketing; Stephanie Atwood, Treasurer; D.L. Murphy, Festival Administrator/Secretary; Sixto Wagan, Programming Committee Chair; Ray Ramirez, PR/Marketing Committee Chair; Blase DiStefano, at-large member

Past screenings[edit]

TransGeneration (2005)

Director: Jeremy Simmons

D.E.B.S. (2004) Director: Angela Robinson

Garcon stupide (2004) Director: Lionel Baier

Pink Flamingos (1972) Director: John Waters

Gypsy 83 (2001) Director: Todd Stephens

Lan Yu (2001) Director: Stanley Kwan

Psycho Beach Party (2000) Director: Robert Lee King

Valley of the Dolls (1966) Director: Mark Robson

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  1. ^ "Gay Old Time". Houston Press. May 22, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2006. 
  2. ^ Parks, Louis B. (May 23, 2001). "Gay, lesbian film festival expanding". The Houston Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Guerra, Joey (September 9, 2004). "Getting to the HEART of gay cinema". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 17, 2006.