Bringing people together from all aspects of the community, the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival brings new visions and voices to the big screen at the Fargo Theatre.
Raymond Rea is an Associate Professor of Film/Video Production at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and the founder of the F-M LGBT Film Festival. He encourages all film enthusiasts to attend, “Come with an open mind, this is not just a festival for LGBT people- this is for film lovers- our films are hot off the press, not yet released films,” says Rea.
A fabulous film festival grew out of the weekly Queer Film Series that took place in the fall of 2008 at MSUM. “When I began teaching at MSUM, we showed a film series, followed by an academic discussion,” says Rea. Now held at the Fargo Theatre, the film festival will run cutting-edge shorts and features.
The film fest kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday with four interesting short films, running for approximately one hour. Friday night’s feature, “S&M Sally” will follow and has a run time of 80 minutes. Film creator Michelle Ehren follows up her 2014 film “Heterosexual Jill” with a witty and fun examination of BDSM. “Michelle Ehren has created a series of films that have the same characters encountering different situations, creating comedy with BDSM themes,” says Rea.
Saturday’s 3 p.m. program will include a few short films followed by “The David Dance.” With a run time of just shy of two hours, the film is described as a sweet and subtle feature that tells a story of the spaces in which the LGBT community can be themselves.
The Saturday evening 8:00 bill will feature “Game Face.” Fresh from the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, “Game Face” follows transgendered athletes. Including a transfemale professional fighter in her struggles to both win and to be respected, this film is hard-hitting. Raymond Rea says this is one to watch, “It’s a powerful, powerful documentary, and I’m excited that we are going show it.”
Tickets for the festival are sold by screening time and are $7 for each screening.
Screenings are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.