CHARLOTTE — Organizers for the first annual GayCharlotte Film Festival have announced the weekend-long schedule of events. The Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte and runs through Sunday, April 5.

The event will feature more than a dozen LGBT-themed films, some with a local Charlotte and North Carolina focus. The films represent a wide variety of tastes and styles, including full-length movies and shorts, documentaries and narrative fictions, as well as nationally and critically acclaimed films on transgender issues, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the U.S. military and films by and about African-American and Latino LGBT communities.

The event is sponsored by the Community Center. Festival organizer Teresa Davis said hosting the weekend-long event at the Center, as opposed to renting space at an actual movie theater, was as much about practicality as economics.

“The Center’s rooms, located at The Music Factory, are extremely versatile,” explained Davis. “Some of the well-established, mainstream Carolina film festivals screen many of their movies at similarly-sized venues, so it didn’t make sense to rent a movie theater when we could bring audiences to our wonderful space and pass the cost-savings along to them.”

See the schedule below.

GayCharlotte Film Festival

April 3-5, 2009
Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte
820 Hamilton St., Suite B-11, Charlotte, NC

FRIDAY, April 3
Festival Kick-Off
6:00 pm — Inside/Out, When the Time is Right
6:30 pm — Butch Jamie

Friday Night TAKEOVER
8:15 pm — I Like Mike, Were the World Mine
10:20 pm — Hard

Shorts ‘n Bagels
10:45 am — Phone Sex Grandma, Daddy’s Big Girl, Inside/Out, The Touch, Affinity

Religion and Politics in Carolinas’ LGBT Communities Part I
12:10 pm — Pat ‘n the Pope, Barbara & Tibby
Presentation: How ”Barbara & Tibby” Affects North Carolineans, Attorney Connie Vetter
1:00 pm — Coming Out/Coming In
1:30 pm — Dear Jesse, Smak Dem Down

The “T” in LGBT
3:10 pm — Into the Fire
3:45 pm — Trantasia, It Takes A Village
7:00 pm — Ready OK
8:45 pm — Christopher Street
9:45 pm — How Do I Look

SUNDAY, April 5
Religion and Politics in Carolinas’ LGBT Communities Part II
2:00 pm — Ask Not
Ask Not Remarks with Matt Comer, Q-Notes Editor and area military veterans
Queer: Out and About in Charlotte

Festival Closing Ceremony
4:00 pm — Film Festival Winners Announced
4:15 pm — Best of the Fest
Awards Reception

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.