Desperado LGBT Film Festival Closes This Weekend
Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf screens at 5:30 p.m. January 26.
For some, the first things that come to mind when thinking of gay cinema are films like Brokeback Mountain and Blue Is the Warmest Color. While these flicks have their merits, they barely scratch the surface of LGBT film. The fifth annual Desperado Film Festival is here to broaden viewers' outlooks with a weekend of shorts and feature films that will make the audience laugh, cry, and ultimately a look at the diversity of the LGBT community.
We recently talked with festival co-chair Dale Heuser about what this year's Desperado has in store.
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Originally started as an idea by a student, the Desperado Film Festival has grown in scope every year. "The film festival showcases film that is not available on DVD or online," Heuser says. "Most films have never before been shown in the Arizona"
The first festival was held in 2010, screening five films to 800 attendees. Each year, the festival grows larger and larger, with 2013's edition boasting two documentaries, seven feature films, 11 short films, and six guest speakers.
This year's festival features work from local filmmakers and up-and-coming features from Brazil, Denmark, Spain, and Germany.
The Desperado Film Festival not only educates the community, but entertains them as well. "The main goal of this event is to provide a film festival that will educate, entertain and enlighten the students, faculty, and staff of the Maricopa County Community Colleges and the greater Phoenix community regarding LGBT issues, concerns, and events," Heuser says.
The festival isn't just limited to large up-and-coming productions. "This event will also provide opportunities for student film makers to receive recognition for their work. It will provide leadership opportunities for the students organizing and volunteering for this event. It will provide visibility in the Phoenix and Arizona communities that will demonstrate that PVCC is an accepting, friendly, and non-discriminating environment for the LGBT community and possibly future LGBT PVCC students," Heuser says.