To give Baltimore a taste of the best queer filmmaking of the past year, Creative Alliance brings you the 2012 Charm City LGBT Film Festival! Funny, thought-provoking and innovative, these films represent variety of cutting-edge work from Baltimore to Jakarta to Ecuador to the planet of Zots!

1 Screening
$10 General • $5 Members

3 Screenings
$25 General • $12 Members
The Patterson • 3134 Eastern Ave.

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Friday, January 20

Leave It on the Floor
Sheldon Larry, 2011, US, 101 min.
You’ll laugh and cry and not be able to get songs out of your head throughout this exciting rollercoaster of a musical drama. Because he is gay and she is cruel, our hero, Brad, is thrown out of his dysfunctional home by his mother. He steals her car and travels into Los Angeles where, through a chance encounter, Brad stumbles into a noisy raucous, chaotic event and meets the ragtag members of the struggling House of Eminence. Initially only looking for a place to sleep (and perhaps someone to sleep with), Brad ends up engaging the colorful members of the house led by the indomitable house mother Queef Latina, herself an aging ball-legend and the fierce protectress of her family. Laughter, tears, sex sirens, and butch queens in pumps ensue and remarkably, Brad ends up finding an extraordinary home and loving, caring family in the strangest of places.

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Madeleine Olnek, 2011, US, 76 min.
Shy greeting card store employee Jane was walking home from work one day when a note dropped out of the sky reading, “What are you doing later?”… or so she tells her therapist. But maybe it was a dream? Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same follows the adventures of three lesbian space aliens who are sent to Earth because their “Big Feelings” are depleting the ozone layer on their home planet. Zylar is codependent, Barr discovers the earthly pleasure of cheesecake (which evokes even stronger emotions), and Zoinx falls in love with Jane, who doesn’t realize her new friend is from outer space. Meanwhile, two government agents are closely tracking Jane and the aliens while harboring secrets of their own.

Saturday, January 21

This Is What Love In Action Looks Like
FREE Youth Program!
Morgan Jon Fox, 2011, US, 73 min.
In an early example of the power of social media to spark change, this documentary tells the story of how Zach Stark, whose posts on Myspace about being forcibly sent to Love In Action (LIA), caused international outcry. Immediately after coming out at 16, Zach’s parents decided to send him to LIA’s Christian based reform program for youth called Refuge. But as Zach began to learn about the program – from shaming and blaming to conversion therapy and social isolation – he became overwhelmed with trepidation. He vented his feelings on his blog, never dreaming that his posts would spread virally to classmates, local activists, and ultimately CNN, the New York Times, and Good Morning America. This film shows how one young voice inspired a global response that led to the closing of Refuge and showed the world what the love in action really looks like.

Married In Spandex w/ Dance Tranny Dance
Devin Gallagher & Allison Kole, 2011, US, 50 min.
Amanda Kole and Rachel Turanski met, fell in love, and decided that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. But what they really wanted was to get married, to declare their love for each other publicly, and celebrate their joy with family and friends. Unfortunately, their home state of Pennsylvania does not yet allow gay marriage. So they chose to make a pilgrimage to Iowa to get married by the grand dame of midwest divas, Leslie Hall. Documenting everything from family and friend reactions (some friends are worried about the couples conventional choice to marry while family members are concerned about the couples unconventional choices in wedding planning) to the theater of the ceremony conducted by spandex donning Lesly & the Lys, Amanda, Rachel, et al share their intimate journey to the alter with the world. Leslie and the Ly’s fans, prepare to do lady flips over this adorable documentary!

3 pm
Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva, 2009, France/Ecuador, 52 min.
Living as a transvestite prostitute in Paris for five years, Angel finally got papers so she could return home to Guayaquil in Amazonian Ecuador to visit her family. She is the matriarch of the family, regularly sending money home and providing for the extended relations, enforcing responsible behavior and fixing what is broken. She is also the “Mujeron” (big woman), a huge, built former champion boxer who quit the sport because of the pressure of being gay in that macho world. Parading around his old neighborhood and boxing gym with an impressive new set of breasts, Angel seems a superstar. He is the community breadwinner, although expectations of family barely reflect any gratitude or appreciation of Angel’s sacrifices. It’s a phenomenon that some have called “family pimping.” What are the reasons for this unconditional solidarity? As one of his hometown subjects observes, “Homosexuality used to be criticized … but now people realize that gays send more money than most.” Angel is a fascingating insight into migration economies, as well as values that transcend, and sometimes change, social mores.

Rikki Beadle-Blair, 2010, UK, 110 min.
A riveting lesson in our human commonalities marks this year’s return of TIGLFF favorite Rikki Beadle-Blair (FIT, METROSEXUALITY) with the thought-provoking and intensely entertaining Bashment. The title refers to the type of reggae music that invokes the drama of this film, based on a stage play by the same name. After a brutal gay bash attack at a dancehall competition, a group of thuggish performers serve a shockingly light sentence, and as their release date nears, their original public defender rallies with the victims to examine homophobic song lyrics and ask the question “Did the music make you do it?” Featuring an infectious soundtrack and finely tuned performances by a multiracial cast.

Jamie & Jessie Are Not Together
Wendy Jo Carleton, 2011, US, 95 min.
Got it bad for the wrong girl? From the Director of last year’s Hannah Free, Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together is a slick indie love story about two queer girls whose co-dependent, loyal friendship is fraught with erotic tension. Jamie is moving from Chicago to New York hoping to become a Broadway actress. Meanwhile, Jessica is starting to realize that she’s in love with Jamie. As moving day gets closer, Jessica tries to make Jamie jealous by dating other women. Unfortunately, her plan backfires in a way she could never have imagined. As they struggle with the gray areas of love and lust, and Jamie and Jessie must figure out either how to grow together or how to grow apart. A lesbian musical romantic comedy with a big fat heart!

JC Calciano, 2011, US, 95 min.
Beautiful guys in a seven-year relationship, Marshall and Gabe seem to have it all. But Marshall’s upset that he’s not gettin’ any, so he begins to carelessly and half-heartedly look elsewhere. On a late night computer surf, he stumbles onto a mysterious relationship application called “eCupid” that immediately and virally takes over, performing algorithms that figure out exactly what he wants at all times. Immediately, texts from Gabe are deleted, dates are arranged, and party planners are hired to create occasions for hook-ups, while more and more boys arrive at his house! Gabe splits, hurt and confused, and all attempts to reconcile are thwarted by the omniscient and seemingly all-powerful app. As it becomes obvious that Marshall and Gabe love each other and want to be together, only a mysterious waitress (played by Morgan Fairchild) seems to have the power to set things right.

Madame X
Lucky Kuswandi, 2010, Indonesia, 100 min.
Get ready for the world’s first Indonesian transgender superhero! Everything about this story is fantastic. When Capital City is threatened by a hostile takeover by Mr. Storm, his three wives and a political party of tyrannical homophobes, it is up to Adam, a cross-dressing hairstylist to save the world. With the power that lies in his makeup bag and styling kit, plus a fabulous combination of martial art and dance, Adam must bring down Mr. Storm in style before he wins the election. Will stilettos turn into loafers, glitter turn into dust, patent leather turn into cotton? Adam must fulfill his destiny to become Madame X. It will be a hell of a ride!


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