April PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL to focus on “LGBT Families”

Pride Films and Plays’ monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films, which was launched in October, will continue with its sixth monthly festival on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The theme for this 95-minute program of eight films is “Social Issues Here and Abroad.” The screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm.

The company previously announced a screening of EN ALGUN LUGAR, a full-length feature film featuring Pride Films and Plays Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez, on Sunday, February 25.

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Calvin’s Story – Directed by Quinn Wilson, USA, 4 min.

After coming out to his parents as gay, this young black man has been surviving homelessness on the streets of Chicago for years. We learn about his story, life, and aspirations to be a massage therapist.

Choice – Directed by Rafael Valerio, Italy, 10 min.

An empty park in the middle of the night. Inside a parked car, a young and an older man just had sex. They talk about their sexual preferences, until one of them shares something surprising to the other.

Fuego – Directed by Alice McKinney, Scotland, Poland, 10 min.

Don’t smother the truth: a Polish immigrant returns to visit home, after leaving for Scotland in search of a better life. On this childhood farm, a past life of taboo is uncovered, as well as the heart-breaking sacrifice made to find safety.

Into the Rainbow – Directed by Hasan Najmabadi, Iran, 15 min.

Two lesbian girls who want to escape smuggled from Iran.

Momo – Directed by Yun Joo Chang, South Korea, 16 min.

Sohee meets up with her ex-girlfriend Areum who is about to set off to live abroad in Germany. Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat they once shared. But Sohee’s current girlfriend Yujin sees Momo as a reminder of Areum and becomes upset. The three women are forced to reexamine their relationships to each other as they become further entangled with Momo.

Naughty Amelia Jane – Directed by Risheeta Agrawal, India, 12 min.

This film is a satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society towards anything that goes against the “conventional social order of things”, told through a story of two girls who may or may not have had a connection. This is a story about speculation.

Tristan – Directed by Sonam Larcin & Gaspard Granier, Belgium, 11 min.

Recently, Tristan and his husband had a little girl together. But when he arrives to the nursery, Tristan realizes that not everyone sees his paternity the way he does.

We Are Here – Directed by Nick Kinney, USA, 15 min.

A brief look into how trans men and their partners navigate through their lives.

 

ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS

Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.” The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

Pride Arts Center (PAC), operated by Pride Films and Plays, opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.

For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.