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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The mission of the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is to recognize the important contributions that lesbians and gays have made to our culture; to educate the general population and raise awareness of gay and lesbian concerns, as well as effect change in the political arena; and to investigate the history of gays and lesbians in film, including the stereotyping that has been a major part of this history and to counteract this stereotyping with valid, meaningful, and diverse portrayals of gays and lesbians.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is held in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, the perfect location for a film festival. Recently Shreveport began to be referred to as “Hollywood South” thanks to a boom in the local filming industry, including the opening of Millennium Studios this year. In the last five years, Shreveport has been the film location for several major films including Mr. Brooks, Premonition, The Guardian, Mad Money, Drive Angry, Season of the Witch, and, most recently, Battle: Los Angeles. In addition, several TV series have been filmed in Shreveport including True Blood, The Gates, and Thief.
However, Shreveport also has a history of being a conservative stronghold in the deep South. For years the LGBT community has worked to bring change to that stronghold through efforts supported by individuals and organizations like PACE, People Acting for Change and Equality. After its third annual Pride dinner with about 100 attendees annually, it was decided that PACE needed more exposure if it was going to reach the entire community with our message. It was decided that a film festival would be a strong signal to those struggling with their sexual identity that they were certainly not as alone as well as a message to opponents that the gay community would not be silent.
The NLGLFF has enjoyed four very successful years due in part to the cooperation of some very famous celebrities. Our first guest was Leslie Jordan, a star on the groundbreaking TV show Will & Grace, who hosted a festival pre-party and introduced the film Sordid Lives. For the second year, filmmaker and actor John Waters hosted the party and introduced Polyester. The festival also received national mentions by The New York Times and The Huffington Post as a result of some of Waters’ remarks regarding gay marriage: "I think we should just try to make heterosexual divorce illegal." Three years ago, the celebrity guest was Bruce Villanch, who writes for comedians such as Billy Crystal and Whoopie Goldberg and became a household face on Hollywood Squares. Two years ago festival goers were treated to the naughty comedy of Margaret Cho.
In 2011, Larry and Gary Lane, the twins who travelled across America in an RV to deliver a script to Dolly Parton in the inspirational road trip documentary From Hollywood to Dollywood, attended the festival and conducted a Q & A after the film. Robert L. Camina, the director of Raid on the Rainbow Lounge, attended the festival in 2012 and conducted a Q&A with a gay-friendly City Councilman regarding recent violence against Gays and the city’s progress towards tolerance in the workplace.
After its second year, the film festival witnessed a major accomplishment when the Mayor and City Council added sexual orientation and gender identity to the public employment nondiscrimination (ENDA) policies for the City of Shreveport. Since 2007, PACE had been meeting with Mayor Cedric Glover regarding an ENDA for the City. In a Shreveport City Council budget meeting held at the end of 2009, a City Councilman stated his opposition to increased funding for the Robinson Film Center, a local non-profit independent film center, because of its support for gay and lesbian rights by hosting the festival. Members from both PACE and the RFC addressed the City Council, reprimanding the City Councilman for his inflammatory and discriminatory remarks. Shortly thereafter, the Mayor issued an executive order adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policies, and the City Council passed a matching resolution unanimously. The RFC also later received increased funding.
For its ninth year, the NLGLFF is seeking to attract more films through its association with Withoutabox.com. The celebrity guest has yet to be announced but promises to be as exciting as previously. Look for more information on our web site.
Ryan Parker (Film Selection Chair)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.