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Starting tomorrow: Reel Out Charlotte, the city’s LGBTQ Film Festival, kicks off five days of independent LGBTQ cinema tomorrow at The Independent Picture House. The event will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary.

Reel Out Charlotte Celebrates Fifteen Years of Independent Cinema

The multi-evening event will show eleven short films during the opening Shorts Night Wednesday, May 17 and eleven feature-length films Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21. 

Among the opening night shorts screenings

  • “Separate,” a post apocalyptic survival
  • “Assemblé,” which examines the struggles of a ballet dancer attempting to prioritize her identity and love for dance
  • “The Butch and the Baby Daddy,” a Canadian short that explores how a trans/butch lesbian struggles to fulfill her dream of having a baby
  • “Pop-Off,” the story of a high strung young gay man and has first experiencing hosting a hookup
  • “Mother(s) and Son,” a biographical short that follows a wife’s journey of a high risk pregnancy and her own fears and insecurity surrounding parenthood while contemplating the adoption process in North Carolina
  • “Boundless,” an animated short exploring trans and non-binary spirits
  • “Are You Sure,” an exploration of a transgender woman and her struggles to overcome the same transition hurdle over and again
  • “Church Camp,” the story of Josh, a gawky camp counselor who considers coming out as bisexual to the entire Bible camp
  • “Dilating for Maximum Results,” a comedy about a black trans woman who attempts to dilate (after four years of not) in order to hook up with her online boyfriend in person for the first time
  • “Maverick the Mystifying Oracle,” a comedy about a woman named Lindsay who realizes her mother has ordered a psychic-in-training for her birthday party
  • and “First Time,” the story of a young man who goes out to dinner with his supervisor and is pressured into his first sexual encounter with a man.[…]

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Telling our stories at Reel Out Charlotte 

By Liz Schob (she/her)

Fifteen years ago, a group of people from the LGBTQ community came together to start what is now known as Reel Out Charlotte: The Queen City’s LGBTQ Film Festival with a desire to highlight independent LGBTQ cinema during a time when streaming services like Netflix were in their infancy. Even today, there is much to be desired in terms of accurate and inclusive LGBTQ themes in the media, and they knew how important it was to have a space where we could tell our stories our way and experience them in community with each other.  […]

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