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Q Films Shines in Long Beach Over The Weekend

Making Montgomery Clift (Photo: The Film Collaborative

By Valerie Milano 

Long Beach, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/9/19 – Q Films hit Long Beach last Thursday, and didn’t slow down for the duration of the weekend. From Thursday night’s Opening Night Party, to the Friday Night Party, to Sunday’s iconic Women in Shorts, it was a weekend to remember. Since 1993, the festival has been ‘dedicated to screening films which showcase the magnificent diversity of the LGBTQ community,’ and they’ve done their job admirably.

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Once Thursday’s opening events (the party, and Nelly Queen) were out of the way, the celebration only seemed to get bigger. Friday night hosted yet another party at the Center, and Dykes, Camera Action and Making Montgomery Clift at the Historic Art Theatre were additional draws.

Dykes, Camera, Action (Photo: the Film Collaborative)

Saturday saw an early start for revelers, with ¡GAYTINO! MADE IN AMERICA hitting the screen just after 10:00 AM at the Art Theatre.  Dan Guerrero brings melds his two worlds into one in a solo act including both storytelling and song. This funny, emotional and provocative film of the outstanding autobiographical play takes viewers through years of Mexican-American attitudes and history, and the gay experience from one very personal perspective. The screening included a dynamic post-show Q&A with star Guerrero.

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The Queer and Trans Shorts Program continued through mid-day and the afternoon. This program cast a spotlight on the diversity of life and experience for nonbinary individuals through seven outstanding documentary and narrative shorts. A post screening Q&A with Heather Acs (Flush);  Graham Kolbeins and Dorian Wood (Paisa); and Nava Mau and Chloe Webster (Waking Hour) followed.

Good Kisser – Rachel Paulson & Kari Alison Hodge (Photo: the Film Collaborative)

Producer: Roy Wol, Writer/Director Flavio Alvares followed up their screening of The Garden Left Behind with yet another Q&A about the film that deftly explores  transition, immigration, and struggle in New York City.

See THT review of Good Kisser https://www.thehollywoodtimes.today/good-kisser/

The LGBTQ Asian Shorts program took place late Saturday, with panels featuriing Director/Writer Drama Del Rosario (In This Family); Director Nardeep Khurmi (Monogamish); and writers Teresa Lee and Christine Medrano (I Think She Likes You.)  Director/ Writer Wendy Jo Carlton and actors: Kari Alison Hodge and Courtney McCullough answered questions on their ‘love triangle’ film Good Kisser, and writer/director Doug Spearman hosted a Q&A following the screening of his From Zero to I Love You.

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Sunday saw a number of additional screenings, and closed with the expected closing party, and more importantly, the “Where Do We Go From Here” discussion.  Because while the road traveled may have been long and often difficult, the destination always promises to be even better.  And what better medium in which to sum it all up, than film?

VIP Sunday Brunch courtesy of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant. Pictured are sponsors, writers and filmmakers

To learn more about QFilms, visit https://www.qfilmslongbeach.com/

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.