The Reel it OUT Queer Film Festival of Hampton Roads is a community focused event with the goal and purpose of exposing, educating, and introducing the lifestyle, struggles, joys, and hardships of the Queer community through the world of film and media.
For years, the Queer community had kept silent or unrecognized in the world of film; and our struggles are kept limited and hidden from public eye. Today, that has changed and hundreds of writers, actors, and filmmakers are fighting against the "status Quo" of what is expected on tv and the movie screen; and this festival is to honor and commemorate those filmmakers who are not afraid to make films for the Queer community, because it may not be what the "traditional audiences" want but they don't care, and this festival is to commemorate and honor those brave people.
Individual event descriptions:
Thursday, June 1, 8pm, Kiki with live ball performance
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based art form, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990's by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene. NOTE: A cash bar and food for order will be available. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Friday, June 2, 8pm, Short Film Showcase
Join us for an evening of LGBTQ short films to be screened. Movies will be announced soon and audience members will vote on the favorite short! NOTE: A light reception will follow the screening for all attendees.
Saturday, June 3, 8pm, Political Animals
Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women - a group often left out of gay histories until now. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground- breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government. NOTE: A panel discussion will follow the film with local female leaders from the Hampton Roads Community with a light reception to follow for all attendees.
Sunday, June 4, 7pm, Naz & Maalik
Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds. Note: A closing reception will be held immediately following the screening for all attendees. Cash bar available.