BOONE/RALEIGH, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Weicholz Global Film Series will present “Pride” on July 1, 7 p.m., in the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., as part of its An Appalachian Summer Festival.

A reception will precede the screening at 6 p.m. and is open to all High Country LGBT community members and their families and friends, series curator Joh Pfeifer said. Prior to the showing a pre-film talk will be undertaken to share information about the movie.

“Pride,” which premiered in 2014, is inspirational, telling the true story about a group of London-based LGBT activists who raised funds for striking coal miners in Wales in 1984. The UK was still homophobic and there was strident union-bashing by the conservative Margaret Thatcher administration, Pfiefer shared. The award-winning comedy explores the “unlikely bonding of these two very different minority groups,” he added. It premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation. LGBT film subjects were at varying stages of the coming out process at the time.

It stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine. The show’s author is Jason Buchanan and it was directed by Matthew Warchus.

Tickets are $10 and are available by phone at 800-841-2787 or online.

Concessions, including popcorn, beer and wine and cold beverages, will be available for purchase at the event.

The film will screen a second time in Raleigh on July 31, 9 p.m., at the North Carolina Art Museum’s Museum Park Theatre, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 6 and younger. They are available at the box office or online. Learn more about the event, including guidelines for visitors, including use of folding chairs, food, beverages, safety, etc., at the museum’s website. The summer theatre is held in an outdoor amphitheater.


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