For over a decade,
the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, a cinematic celebration of lesbian, gay,
bi-sexual and transgendered communities, has taken place at venues around the
city, including a now-shuttered Southside art theatre. It returns this weekend
festival kicks off Friday night with the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood,
which follows twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane as they travel cross-country to
personally deliver their screenplay into the hands of their idol, Dolly
Parton. Both brothers experience
personal revelations as they search for acceptance and freedom from bigotry. The Lane brothers will be in Indy Friday
for everyone as the Fest heads into its two full days of screenings, according
to festival director Kevin Kelly: "Ultimately, we are a platform for diversity.
We want to present as many different kinds of films that we possibly can."
Longhorns, an '80s comedy throwback written and
directed by Indiana native David Lewis, concerns a frat boy whose mutual JO
sessions with his buddies lead to something more serious. Going Down To La-La Land follows an
aspiring actor in Hollywood
who finds himself being pimped out as a high-class escort to
character in the The Love Patient is a
cocky, fast-talking ad executive who decides that the best way to regain an
estranged boyfriend is to announce that he has cancer. The romantic lesbian comedy Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together
and Jessie Are Not Togethermixes a few musical numbers into a story
about sexual tension between two roommates.
And the fast-moving Leave It On the Floor
Floortakes inspiration from voguing classic Paris
is Burning in telling its tale of a ballroom dance competition.
It's not all about
entertainment, according to Kelly: "The biggest hot button issue for our
festival this year was bullying, especially since we are raising money for the
Indiana Youth Group. We are playing a
short film called Teach Your Children, narrated by Lily Tomlin, which needs to be
seen by everyone."
documentaries on the schedule include This Is What Love in Action Looks Like,
concerning a gay teen's public opposition to an ex-gay ministry; Question
One, about a ballot initiative that overturned same-sex marriage in Maine;
and Kink Crusaders, which goes behind the scenes and into the dungeons
of the International Mr. Leather Competition.
Not that there's
anything wrong with good old cinematic escapism, says Kelly: "People love to
escape into a movie and forget about their bills, their work, or whatever else
might be bothering them. Not everything has to be an issue. It doesn't always
have to be so political."
Kelly notes that
the film festival's lineup is ultimately shaped by festival submissions.
"We're at the mercy of the filmmakers. Obviously these are
issues that concern us and are extremely relevant."
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information, and a full schedule of the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, visit