QFilms of Long Beach returns for 4-day LGBTQ film festival


QFilms, Long Beach’s longest-running film festival, launches this month with a schedule of over 65 feature films, documentaries and short films that celebrate the LGBTQ community.

In its 28th year, QFilms will offer a hybrid of programming options for moviegoers with in-person, outdoor and online screenings.

This year will also feature a new queer Latinx shorts program.

The festival will run from September 30 to October 3 at the Art Theater and the Museum of Latin American Art, which will host outdoor screenings.

Tickets for the film festival range from $ 10 to $ 150.

QFilms is a fundraiser for the Long Beach LGBQT Center and its various services, including legal services, food programs, youth and family outreach, senior programs, HIV-STI testing, support transgender people and mental health counseling.

Netflix’s animated queer spy series ‘Q-Force’ debuts in September

Here are some highlights from QFilms.

September 30

“Cortos: Latinx Queer Shorts”

7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

The shorts will include “Mora and Chenchi,” a female film from Mexico; “We are not what we say we are,” a queer, transgender and universal tale from Honduras; and “Ocupa”, a feminine film from Brazil.

“It’s Jessica”

7 p.m. at the Art Theater

This feature-length documentary follows Jessica Blair. From her early years as a Mormon boy in a conservative environment, Jessica knew she was a girl. Terrified of risking his family, his faith, his life on Earth, and his eternal soul, Jonathan set out to create the perfect life of a young Mormon, become a missionary, marry young, and have a family. When Jonathan finally comes out as Jessica, it’s a leap in life as she knows it.

“Yes, I am: the story of Ric Weiland”

9 p.m. at the Art Theater

This documentary tells the story of Ric Weiland, the brilliant programmer, queer pioneer and one of Microsoft’s first employees. He devoted his life and fortune to philanthropy and activism, but personal struggles eventually became too much to bear.

“Swan Song” with Udo Kier as “Liberace of Sandusky”

October 1st

Transgender shorts

5 p.m. at the Art Theater

  • “AS House”
  • “Unlivable”
  • “The daughter of God is dancing”
  • “Karina’s costume”

“Summer time”

7 p.m. MOLAA

Director Carlos Lopez Estrada recounts a hot summer day in Los Angeles and the lives of 27 young Angelenos. Through poetry, they express life, love, grief, family, home and fear. One of them just wants to find a place that still serves good cheeseburgers.

“No ordinary man”

9:30 p.m. at the Art Theater

This documentary is a portrait of Billy Tipton, the famous jazz musician who revealed himself after his death to be transgender.

October 2

Youth shorts

1:30 p.m. Art theater

  • “Go out”
  • “At last”
  • “Graduation”
  • “Chapped Lips”
  • “The last memories of April”
  • “Blue suit”
  • “Kapaemahu”
  • “Before the eruption”

Queer animated shorts

4 p.m. at the Art Theater

  • “Champion”
  • “Sweet, Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories”
  • “Noah’s Song”
  • “Our bed is green”
  • “Chromosome darling”
  • “Each night”
  • “Top 3”

“Can you bring it: Bill T. Jones”

6.30 p.m. at the Art Theater

This feature-length documentary traces the remarkable history and legacy of one of the most significant works of art of the AIDS era: choreographer Bill T. Jones’ tour de force ballet “D-Man in the Waters ”.

“Fanny: The right to rock”

7 p.m. MOLAA

Director Bobbi Jo Hart’s documentary about Fanny, the first all-female group to release a record on a major label. Fighting the early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and maintaining ageism as they have reformed, Fanny’s women are ready to claim their sacred place in the halls of fame. rock’n’roll.

The documentary features interviews with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Bonnie Raitt, Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go, Todd Rundgren, Cherie Currie of the Runaways, John Sebastian of Lovin ‘Spoonful and Kate Pierson of the B52.

October 3

“Man in slip” shorts

11 a.m. Art Theater

  • “Complicated”
  • “Invoice”
  • “To get closer”
  • “I’m bleeding”
  • “Peace”
  • “My aunts”
  • “Lines”

“Women in shorts”

3.30 p.m. Art Theater

  • “Are you still watching? “
  • “Lilies”
  • “Loved Victoria”
  • “Skumjas”
  • “Eleven weeks”
  • “Road disturbance”
  • “Washing”
  • “The Sunday Child”

“Jump, honey”

7:45 p.m. Art theater

In Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman’s latest starring role, a rookie drag queen, reeling from a breakup, flees to the countryside, where he finds his grandmother in deep decline, but desperate to avoid the nursing home. local nurses.

Here is the full movie schedule and where to buy tickets.


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