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WELCOME TO THE 23RD QFILM FESTIVAL! On behalf of the QFilms committee and The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, we want to say thank you for attending this vital Long Beach cultural program. This year’s QFilm Festival presents dozens of films focused on the rich diversity of our many LGBTQ communities. We are honored to present this year’s mix of features, documentaries, and shorts and are thrilled to present numerous local, state, and West Coast Premieres. QFilms 2016 is playing host to dozens of filmmakers, cast members, and industry professionals, so don’t miss one of the many post-screening Q&As on our schedule. And don’t miss the parties! Mingle with directors and cast members while enjoying refreshments at our signature evening parties every night of the festival. We’re also hosting brunch on Sunday morning so come hungry! And for all the night owls out there, we look forward to seeing you at the after parties taking place at Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach every night following our final screening. QFilms is more than just a film festival. By supporting QFilms, you are supporting The Center: one of the oldest and only LGBTQ-specific direct service organizations in Long Beach. All net proceeds from this event will help us continue to serve the local community. THANK YOU for investing in our shared community. We sincerely hope you have the time your life at QFilms 2016. This festival would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors. We encourage you to take a moment to see who has invested in our festival and to thank them with your patronage. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!

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TICKETS VIP All Access Pass*

$150

5 Film Block Pass

$50

Individual Tickets

$12

Students/Seniors

$10

Tickets to films can be purchased online at QFilmslongbeach.com or by visiting the QFilms box office located inside The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. LGBTQ Center Long Beach 2017 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814

*Includes invitation to attended hosted filmmakers open house at The Filmmaker’s Gallery, souvenir lanyard, and VIP front of the line entry.

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FILM SCHEDULE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 7:00pm

Jewel’s Catch One

Art Theatre

9:15pm

Shared Rooms

Art Theatre

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 7:00pm

Women Who Kill

Art Theatre

9:15pm

Kiss Me, Kill Me

Art Theatre

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 10:30am

QTPOC Shorts

Art Theatre

12:45pm

Women In Shorts

Art Theatre

2:45pm

The Revival

Art Theatre

5:00pm

Retake

Art Theatre

7:15pm

Bruising For Besos

Art Theatre

9:30pm

Kiki

Art Theatre

12:00am

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Art Theatre

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 10:30am

Raising Zoey

Art Theatre

12:30pm

Men In Briefs

Art Theatre

2:45pm

Angry Indian Goddesses

Art Theatre

5:15pm

Free CeCe

Art Theatre

7:15pm

First Girl I Loved

Art Theatre

9:30pm

Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo

Art Theatre

LOCATIONS ART THEATRE 2025 E. 4th St. | Long Beach, CA PAGE 7 | QFILMSLONGBEACH.COM


PARTY SCHEDULE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8 8:00pm

Opening Night Party

The Center

10:00pm

Official After Party

Hamburger Mary’s

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 8:00pm

Friday Night Party

The Center

10:00pm

Official After Party

Hamburger Mary’s

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 8:00pm

Saturday Night Party

The Center

10:00pm

Official After Party

Hamburger Mary’s

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 11:30am

Brunch

The Center

7:30pm

Closing Night Party

The Center

9:00pm

Official After Party

Hamburger Mary’s

EVENING PARTIES

AFTER PARTIES

Free admission with a same day film ticket, block pass, or all access pass. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and mingle with filmmakers and cast members.

Enjoy a fabulous after party every night of the fest at Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach. Enjoy complimentary admission to Hamburger Mary’s with a same day ticket or all access pass! Valid ticket or lanyard is required for free entry to after parties at Hamburger Mary's

LOCATIONS LGBTQ Center Long Beach 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA Hamburger Mary’s 330 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA

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FILMMAKERS’ GALLERY VIP HOSTED PARTIES The Filmmakers’ Gallery merges a gallery experience with red carpet presentation to offer filmmaker’s and film lovers alike the opportunity to screen films in a boutique setting. Operated by Paul Belsito and Steven Roche, the Gallery hosts screenings of new and classic films alike and offers an exceptional membership program to our local community of film lovers.

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 12:00PM-4:00PM

Filmmakers and Industry Professionals Open House Open to QFilms Filmmaker badge holders and their guests as well as All Access pass holders

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 4:00-7:00PM

Black Lesbians United Post Screening Mixer The Filmmakers’ Gallery and QFilms welcomes members of Black Lesbians United and attendees of the BLU retreat for an exclusive hosted mixer.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11 12:30-3:30PM

QFilms Open House Open to QFilms ticket holders interested in touring the gallery and learning more about community events, screening, and membership opportunities.

LOCATION Filmmakers’ Gallery VIP Hosted Parties 2238 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803

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JEWEL'S CATCH ONE 2016, USA, 85 minutes | Director/Writer: C. FITZ

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SYNOPSIS: JEWEL’S CATCH ONE celebrates the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community. Breaking down racial and cultural barriers and building the oldest black owned disco in America, Jewel’s story celebrates music, fashion, celebrities and activism that helped changed the course of our country. The Catch became known as the unofficial "Studio 54 of the West Coast," infamous for being a welcoming place for people of all colors and backgrounds as Jewel fought tirelessly against racism, homophobia and hate for over 4 decades. The club also served as a community center during the AIDS crisis as Jewel built organizations such as The AIDS MINORITY PROJECT and RUE’s HOUSE (first shelter for women with AIDS and their children). This documentary is packed with 40 years of music, untold history and exclusive interviews with celebrities, politicians, and FILM SPONSOR people who were touched by Jewel’s community activism and vision to make CONGRESSMAN Los Angeles a better city for everyone who ALAN LOWENTHAL lived there. 47TH DISTRICT Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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SHARED ROOMS TRAILER

2016, USA, 75 minutes | Director/Writer: Rob Williams SYNOPSIS: Shared Rooms explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

PRECEDED BY: The Radical Fairy Prince: A Love Story 2016, USA, 9 minutes | Dir./Writer: Bobby R. Poirier SYNOPSIS: Randella is challenged by her bestie, to find real love instead of the quick love she settles for in the gas station bathroom. Randella runs from real love, but when she meets Lorenzo, the man of her dreams, she rises to the occasion... eventually.

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WOMEN WHO KILL 2016, USA, 93 minutes | Director/Writer: Ingrid Jungermann

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SYNOPSIS: Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger. When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags—maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be. Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues—a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon—leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

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KISS ME, KILL ME 2015, USA, 100 minutes | Director: Casper Andreas Writer: David Michael Barrett SYNOPSIS: From director Casper Andreas ("Going Down in LA-LA Land") and screenwriter David Michael Barrett ("Such Good People") comes "Kiss Me, Kill Me," a sexy gay thriller. Dusty ("As the World Turns" Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, ("Queer as Folk" gay icon Gale Harold). When Dusty comes to, Stephen was murdered and he's the prime suspect. The movie also stars Brianna Brown ("Devious Maids"), Yolonda Ross (HBO's "Treme), Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye"), Matthew Ludwinski ("Going Down in LA-LA Land"), Kit Williamson ("Madmen"), Jonathan Lisecki ("Gayby") and D.J. "Shangela" Pierce ("RuPaul's Drag Race").

Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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QTPOC SHORTS Afuera

2016, USA, 14 minutes | Director: Steven Liang | Writer: Steven Canals SYNOPSIS: When an undocumented woman is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend, gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.

Xavier

2016, Brazil, 13 minutes | Director/Writer: Ricky Mastro SYNOPSIS: Nicolas notices that his eleven year old son Xavier spends his time not only playing drums, but also paying attention to a certain type of boys.

Gaysians

2015, USA, 13 minutes | Director/Writer: Vicky Du SYNOPSIS: Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from New York City explore their relationships with their family and culture in this patchwork documentary.

Transcend

2016, USA, 17 minutes | Director/Writer: Kai Towns SYNOPSIS: After being estranged from his family for 3 years, Julian returns home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. His very traditional parents haven’t experienced their child as anything except a daughter. Will they let Julian have his seat at the table when their only daughter returns as a (trans)man?

Whittier Boulevard

2016, USA, 17 minutes | Director/Writer: Michael Patrick Spillers SYNOPSIS: Whittier Boulevard is the story of André, a 17-year-old Latino trans guy, obsessed with the music of Morrissey – and in love with Sheila, a beautiful Rockabilly princess. When his father refuses to provide parental consent for transition therapy, André runs away from home in search of his estranged mother – embarking on a rock 'n roll odyssey of new friends, muses and shifting allies along the historic boulevards of East Los Angeles.

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NUOC

2016, USA, 6 minutes | Director/Writer: Quyên Nguyen Le SYNOPSIS: Set in the California Drought, Nước (Water/Homeland) is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience as a Vietnam War refugee. The journey pulls us into a fantastical series of iconic historical photographs, ultimately highlighting the complexity of understanding another's experiences completely and instead opening up possibilities for building relationships based on being presence and co-existence.

Vessels

2015, USA, 15 minutes | Director/Writer: Arkasha Stevenson SYNOPSIS: VESSELS follows Diamond, a young Latina transgender woman living in Los Angeles. Diamond works at a garment factory for meager pay and is unable to afford healthcare let alone the breast implants she desperately desires. When her friend Hope shows off her new breasts she obtained through illegal black market silicone injections, Diamond is presented with an opportunity to gain the more feminine physique she has wanted her entire life. The girls go visit the “pumper,” Prayleen, who helps Diamond sculpt the body of her dreams. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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WOMEN IN SHORTS Wedlocked

2015, USA, 12 minutes | Director: Puppett | Writer: Guinevere Turner SYNOPSIS: Wedlocked is a farcical comedy about the ridiculous laws governing gay divorce before the pivotal 2015 SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality. Sydney and Cameron are a happily engaged couple looking forward to their big day. There's one obstacle Sydney is still married to Lisa and as their home state won't recognize their marriage, a divorce is impossible! Not one to be held back by unfair legislation, Sydney outsmarts the web of laws keeping her tied down and unable to get divorced.

Persistence of Memory

2015, USA, 16 minutes | Director/Writer: Natalie Tsui SYNOPSIS: Grappling with the loss of her beloved, a reserved programmer begins employment at a controversial tech company specializing in high-end, artificial companions.

Partners

2016, USA, 7 minutes | Director: Joey Ally | Writer: Jen Tullock & Hannah Utt SYNOPSIS: Professional and life partners Kate and Leigh have shared everything for years, from their apartment to the popular bar they co-own. When a slump in their sex life forces them to reconsider their relationship they must confront how intertwined their lives have become.

Prudence

2015, USA, 9 minutes | Director/Writer: Angela Jude SYNOPSIS: When dishonorably discharged WWII veteran Prudence receives a mysterious invitation to dance, she seeks to reconnect ties with her beloved Mildred.

Angelino Heights

2016, USA, 20 minutes | Director/Writer: Molly Manning SYNOPSIS: Filmed in the style of a traditional sitcom-- but with a decidedly queer spin--Angelino Heights centers on the wacky antics of five unlikely housemates who share a living space on LA's East Side. In this episode, Joan (Guinevere Turner), loses her briefcase on the day of a huge job interview and enlists the help of her roommates to find it. Meanwhile Jack (Julie Goldman) tries to impress a hot neighbor by building her bookshelves, and Leila (Brandy Howard) changes her entire personality in a desperate attempt to win back her ex.

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Vámonos

2015, USA, 12 minutes | Director: Marvin Lemus | Writer: Moira Morel SYNOPSIS: Hope struggles with grief after Mac, her butch girlfriend, passes away and must must overcome homophobic hostilities from her dead girlfriend’s family in order to respectfully send Mac off into the afterlife in the way she would’ve wanted.

Never A Cover

2015, USA, 10 minutes | Director/Writer: Lauren Tabak & Susannah Smith SYNOPSIS: In 1997, a then 25 year old Lila Thirkield opened a dyke bar in San Francisco’s low rent Mission District. Over the next 18 years, the bar, like many of its patrons, transitioned, becoming the only dedicated lesbian/queer/transgender space within city limits. In the years leading up to 2015 the city itself also saw major cultural shifts, and now with the neighborhood transformed, Lila is forced to make a difficult decision that sends ripples through the queer community.

Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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2015, USA, 78 minutes | Director/Writer: Sekiya Dorsett SYNOPSIS: Women and the Word: The Revivial Movie," is a rockumentary that captures the adventure of an unforgettable road trip of five queer women of color who traveled 2,500 miles with nothing in common, except the word. The documentary features interviews with leading black feminist thinkers like Nikki Finney and Alexis DeVeaux along with conversations on gender and race.

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RETAKE TRAILER

2016, USA, 98 minutes | Director/Writer: Nick Corporon SYNOPSIS: Jonathan, a lonely middle-aged man, travels to San Francisco to find a young male companion. He quickly connects with a prostitute who he hires to accompany him on a road trip the Grand Canyon. On the road, the prostitute comes to realize that he’s playing a vital role in the recreation of Jonathan’s lovelorn past. As the young man digs for clues, Jonathan insists that he stick to the role he was hired to for. Slowly, the prostitute begins to piece together the identity of the person he’s playing. Eager to leave his own past behind and feeling a strange connection with his odd client, he sheds his own identity and plays the part. As the two get closer to the destination, their affection grows and an authentic relationship tries to break through. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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BRUISING FOR BESOS TRAILER

2016, USA, 89 minutes | Director/Writer: Adelina Anthony SYNOPSIS: Charismatic Xicana lesbian Yoli is part of the queer/trans artists of color scene in Los Angeles. When she decides to pursue Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican woman, the calmness of her day- to-day life is upended and her tumultuous past resurfaces in the present. Yoli must choose between a familiar pattern of damaging vices -- or begin to face the history that haunts her -- in order to learn how to love "right." This screening is fully closed captioned. Additionally, both introduction and Q&A will be translated by ASL interpreter. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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2016, USA/Sweden, 94 minutes | Director: Sara Jordenö Writer: Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon SYNOPSIS: A dynamic coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is Voguing, KIKI offers riveting and complex insight into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth-of-color who comprise the “Kiki” scene, a vibrant, safe space for performance created and governed by these activists. Following members of the scene as they prepare for and perform at exuberant Kiki balls in New York City, KIKI highlights the infectious joy of these performances, while also foregrounding the scene's urgent social function as an alternative family structure. In this film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, viewers are granted exclusive access into this high-stakes world, where fierce Ballroom competitions serve as a gateway into conversations surrounding Black-and Trans-Lives Matter movements. This new generation of Ballroom youth use the motto, "Not About Us Without Us,” and KIKI in kind has been made with extensive support and trust from the community, including an exhilarating score by renowned Ballroom and Voguing Producer Collective Qween Beat. Twiggy and Sara's insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

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RAISING ZOEY 2016, USA, 51 minutes | Director: Dante Alencastre SYNOPSIS: Like many teenagers, Zoey is into makeup, loves drawing, and is planning to be an actress. But things aren't always so easy for a transgender 13-year-old girl. We follow her life just after winning a case against her school district for discrimination, as she begins hormone treatments and publicly advocates for change with her mother and sister always by her side. Buoyed by Zoey's positive spirit, this documentary by Dante Alencastre (TRANSVISIBLE) is uplifting and inspirational. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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PRECEDED BY: Dawn 2016, UK, 13 minutes| Director/Writer: Jake Graf SYNOPSIS: As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.

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MEN IN BRIEFS Trémulo

2015, Mexico, 20 minutes | Director/Writer: Roberto Fiesco SYNOPSIS: Carlos sweeps and mops the floor of an old-time barbershop. The day before Independence Day, among the customers is Julio. Their eyes meet, and when the barbershop closes Julio comes back for Carlos. They spend the night together, eating, chatting and even dancing, knowing full well that this encounter will be brief and short-lived.

Burning Soul- The Raising of the Flag

2016, Australia, 14 minutes | Director/Writer: Cédric Eugène Desenfants SYNOPSIS: 1727, a ship wrecked on Australia's hostile coast. Pieter and Hendrick are friends like brothers; they grew up together, sailed together, survived together, shared everything. But there is a part of his life that Pieter has always kept from Hendrick. When Hendrick discovers the true nature of Pieter's heart, the two men are taken in a storm where friendship and faith collapse.

Bed Buddies

2015, USA, 13 minutes | Director/Writer: Reid Waterer SYNOPSIS: Gay friends wake up after drunkenly sleeping together and try to make sense of the suddenly unclear line between friendship and love.

Seeking: Jack Tripper

2016, USA, 15 minutes | Director/Writer: Quinlan Orear SYNOPSIS: Seeking: Jack Tripper is a short romantic comedy about a gay married couple who try to have a threesome in an attempt to overcome a rut in their relationship, only to realize just how rusty domestication has left their pickup game.

Me + You

2016, USA, 14 minutes | Director/Writer: Brad Etter SYNOPSIS: Me + You follows a young boy who fragments from his inner child when he begins to judge himself based on society's perceptions, creating an illusion of separation within his heart. Throughout the film, this fragmented version visits his inner child over the course of his life in a quest to return to self-love.

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2015, India, 105 minutes | Director: Pan Nalin Writer: Pan Nalin, Subhadra Mahajan, Dilip Shankar & Arsala Qureishi SYNOPSIS: Angry Indian Goddesses is India’s first female buddy movie with a fresh, realistic portrait of women in India today. Frieda, a fashion-commercial photographer trying to find her own art, gathers her closest girlfriends from all over India to travel to Goa for a surprise announcement: she’s getting married! Thus begins an impromptu bachelorette celebration that lasts for a full week. A riotous roller-coaster ride of girl bonding; friendships, break ups, make ups, fuck ups, passion, devastation, hesitation, terrorization and self realization. Amidst the fun and frenzy, heartbreak and heartache, passion and obsession, youth and innocence, secrets tumble out, tensions emerge, bonds are formed and emotions run high. Soon events will take a more serious turn, but for the moment these women are deter- mined to seize the day.

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FREE CECE! 2016, USA, 87 minutes | Dir. Jacqueline (Jac) Gares

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SYNOPSIS: On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. Documentarian Jacqueline (Jac) Gares pushed past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. CeCe's powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly. FREE CECE! is directed and produced by Jacqueline (Jac) Gares and executive produced by Laverne Cox. Slobodan Randjelovic also served as producer. Original music is by Jordana LeSesne with editing by Erik. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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FIRST GIRL I LOVED 2016, USA, 91 minutes | Director/Writer: Kerem Sanga

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SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way. Post-screening filmmaker Q&A

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PARIS 05:59: THÉO & HUGO TRAILER

2016, France, 97 minutes Director: Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel SYNOPSIS: In a sex club, Théo and Hugo’s bodies meet, click together and merge in a passionate embrace. After the headiness of desire and the ecstasy of their first encounter, the two young men, in the empty streets of Paris by night, are faced with their budding love.

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POST SCREENING MODERATORS LADAWN BEST LaDawn Best is the Program Director at Peer Health Exchange. As the Los Angeles Program Director, she is responsible for leading strategic investments and effectively implementing the PHE program. Prior to her work at PHE, LaDawn worked at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors. Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women's Policy Institute. LaDawn serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

ROBERT CANO Robert Cano graduated from Long Beach State University with a Major in Business Administration. He founded the Long Beach QFilm Festival in 1993. He felt there was a greater need for LGBTQ Culture in the Greater Long Beach area. And also wanted to provide a venue to showcase the films of new and local filmmakers. He has been recognized and received several Awards for his involvement with the LGBTQ community from several City, State and National leaders. Has written film reviews for various magazines. Has assisted in film programming for The Newport Beach Film Festival, Mix Mexico Film Festival, Outfest and Frameline. He enjoys working with and mentoring up and coming film fest programmers and filmmakers. His favorite foods are Thai and hot tamales. PAGE 39 | QFILMSLONGBEACH.COM


CHRIS CARPENTER Chris Carpenter has served on the QFilms planning committee for 5 years, moving this year from Senior Executive Programmer to overall Head of Content. He is a film critic and entertainment writer for Rage magazine and a contributor to the blog Movie Dearest, as well as Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA). By day, Chris serves as a hospice chaplain and a bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church in Long Beach.

MARIE CARTIER Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual/performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian. She has been active in many movements for social change. Marie teaches at UC Irvine in the Film & Media Studies Department and CSU Northridge in Gender and Women’s Studies; and Queer Studies. She finished her Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, with an emphasis on Women and Religion: feminist queer gender. Her book published by Routledge in 2013 is *Baby You Are My Religion: Women Gay Bars and Theology Before Stonewall*. She is currently producing a documentary based on the book *Homo Files: Real Life Lesbian Pulp*, with her wife Kimberly Esslinger. For more information about Marie Cartier, visit www.mariecartier.com.

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JAMES GILLIAM James Gilliam was appointed the deputy executive director of the ACLU of Southern California (“ACLU SoCal”) in April 2010. He manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and founded its LGBTQ Student Rights Project, an anti-bullying project the ACLU SoCal recently launched. Gilliam is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches seminars on Law and Sexuality and the Fundamentals of Public Interest Law Practice. He frequently speaks and conducts trainings on LGBT issues, particularly LGBTQ student rights. In 2007, Gilliam became the most junior attorney ever to receive Loyola Law School's Pro Bono Alumni of the Year Award for his pro bono work. In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association—on whose Board of Directors Gilliam previously served—named him one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Gilliam was among the inaugural class of individuals who were recognized by KCET in 2011 as Local Heroes for LGBT Pride Month. In 2012, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles honored Gilliam with the organization’s Co-President’s Award, and in 2013 Loyola School bestowed its OutLaw Alumnus of the Year Award. Gilliam has published several articles. One of his law review articles, "Toward Providing a Welcoming Home for All: A New Approach to Address the Longstanding Problems LGBT Youth Face in the Foster Care System," has been widely cited by both scholars and practitioners. The California Court of Appeal has twice cited another of his law review articles entitled “Honor Thy Mother and Father: Preventing Elder Abuse Through Litigation and Education.” He has also published a book review of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military" in the Journal of Homosexuality. Gilliam obtained a B.S. in sociology/social welfare policy from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He obtained his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2003, Order of the Coif. During law school Gilliam worked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and completed internships at Lambda Legal and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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ANDREA MEYERSON Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming as well as a successful producer of concerts and live comedy shows. As founder and president of StandOut Productions she has produced and directed nearly 30 feature films, television specials and series episodes which have aired on Showtime, Viacom’s Logo Network and several Canadian networks. Meyerson began creating original television programming in 2007. She produced and directed numerous standup comedy specials featuring popular comics such as Niecy Nash (Reno 911, Clean House, Dancing with the Stars), Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), Kate Clinton (The L Word, Smash), Suzanne Westenhoefer (Late Show with David Letterman), Jessica Kirson (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), and many others. She also created the ONE NIGHT STAND UP series for Viacom’s Logo Network, delivering 10 episodes, each showcasing a group of diverse comics. The recipient of numerous awards for her activism and work within the communities she is passionate about serving, Meyerson was recognized with the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s “L.A.C.E. (Lesbians Active in Community Empowerment) Award” in 2002. PowerUp honored her as one of the “10 Amazing Women in Showbiz” in 2004. In 2006, she received the “WIN Outstanding Women Award” from the Women’s Image Network and was one of three finalists for PlanetOut’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Andrea made history in 2007 when she became the first out lesbian to receive the YWCA’s “Women of Achievement Award”. In March of 2008, Andrea was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s prestigious “Local Hero Award.” The Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival presented Andrea with their “Body of Work Award” on their 2013 Alaska Cruise. Last year she received the “Visibility Award” from JQ International. Meyerson created a vlog in 2008 called ALL ACCESS PASS which was acquired by afterellen.com, one of the largest lesbian websites in the world. She hosted, directed and produced 40 episodes interviewing guests such as Heart, Cybill Shepard, Renee Zellweger, Gina Gershon, Jane Lynch, Margaret Cho, k.d. lang, and many others. Meyerson is currently touring the film festival circuit with her recently completed CLAMBAKE, a documentary about the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown.

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MONICA PALACIOS Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, essays, blogs featuring the Chicanx & Latinx LGBTQ experience. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels. Monica was recently selected as a playwright for the Irene Fornes Playwriting Workshop sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame. Monica's work will be published in three new anthologies: IMANIMAN, Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria AnzaldĂşa's Work, Aunt Lute Press; Practicing Transgressions, Third Woman Press and The Jota Anthology, Korima Press. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored Monica for three decades of groundbreaking Chicanx lesbian performance. Palacios received a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from UCSB and has received numerous awards for her positive contributions to the Latinx LGBTQ population. Monica has taught at CSULB, UCLA, UCSB, UCR, Loyola Marymount University, Claremont College, Pomona College, CSULA and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. www.monicapalacios.com

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ANNA SANDOVAL Anna Sandoval is a Professor in Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her research specializations include Gender and Sexuality Studies, Transnational Feminisms and Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Sandoval’s publications include Toward a Latina Feminism of the Americas: Repression and Resistance in Chicana and Mexicana Literature.

RON SYLVESTER Ron has served on the QFilm Festival Screening Committee since 2009, and has been Executive Producer of the QFilm Festival since 2010. Ron owns RS/tv, Inc., a broadcast publicity and production company which works with many of the major Hollywood studios promoting movie and home entertainment releases. He also produces video content for IMDb.com, the number one movie website in the world. Ron has a great love for both commercial and independent film and is happy to share his expertise with the QFilm Festival. He has also served on the board of directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach since 2009 and is in his sixth year as President and Chairman. He has been thrilled to watch this event grow into one of The Center's largest social and cultural events of the year.

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Special thanks go to the following people for helping to make the 2016 Long Beach QFilm Festival a fabulous success! The QFilm Festival Committee: Robert Cano: Founder Chris Carpenter: Co-Executive Producer Porter Gilberg: Co-Executive Producer Raúl A. Añorve: Programming Committee Aldo Beppu: Programming Committee Steve Breen: Programming Committee Christina D. Rios-Bennett: Programming Committee Rob Ramon Flores: Programming Committee Andrea Meyerson: Programming Committee Lucy Mukerjee-Brown: Programming Committee Sylvia Rodemeyer: Programming Committee Corey Shaw: Programming Committee Ron Sylvester: Programming Committee Anna Sandoval: Programming Committee Deena Abuyounes: Party Manager, Volunteer Coordinator Ismael Morales: Party Manager, Volunteer Coordinator The Art Theater: Jan Van Dijs and all the Art Theatre staff The Filmmaker’s Gallery: Fabulous VIP Party Hosts! Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach: Dale Warner, Jewels, Kevin Kelly and the whole team Open Hand Media: Ryan Shea you make everything look so fabulous! Outfest Los Angeles: Your support has been incredible! PAGE 43 | QFILMSLONGBEACH.COM

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