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RIFE 2011 - LBGT Films October 22 | Arts & Culture

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RIFE 2011 - LBGT Films October 22
RIFE 2011 - LBGT Films October 22


REEL Independent Film Extravaganza will feature a selection of LGBT films on Saturday October 22 starting at 4PM.

First up are the short narrative film Figure/Ground and the feature length documentary The Sisterhood. Written and directed by Daniel Henry, Figure/Ground is a drama about Jim, a young artist in the South, struggling to make it in tough economic times. Beautifully shot, the film depicts a story of young man representative of what many are now calling “The Lost Generation.”

Directed by Roger Horn, The Sisterhood (trailer) follows three South African transgender men as they battle for acceptance in a deeply traditional culture. Living in a rural area of South Africa, the subjects of the film encounter prejudice not only from the local population, but also from big city transgenders. The men lean on each other to overcome isolation and victimization in this equally humorous and touching true story.

The 6PM slot features Question One, a documentary detailing the battle over gay marriage in Maine. Unlike many other filmmakers that deal with the subject, directors Joe Fox and James Nubile get in the trenches with both the “For” and “Against” campaigns. Question One gives a human face to both sides of the issue, revealing the motivations and personal struggles of those who fight so passionately for what they believe. Following the screening, there will be an open discussion with the filmmakers.

RIFE takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. For more information on the festival and to buy tickets, visit the website.