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Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

By Charlotte Robinson, January 31, 2019
The 17th annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival takes place in Bloomington, Indiana Friday February 1st & Saturday February 2nd at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The LGBTQ focused film festival will present 21 films across two days including “Mapplethorpe” the highly anticipated biopic of the celebrated & controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) whose relationship with Patti Smith & other icons of 1970s New York influenced his ambitious photos while he explored his emerging sexuality. The festival kicks off on February 1st at 7P with “Rafiki” a drama banned in its home country of Kenya mere days before premiering at the Cannes Film Festival for its positive depiction of a lesbian relationship. Janae Cummings, Chair of the Bloomington PRIDE Board of Directors stated, “We live in a time where the legal erasure of transgender people & the marginalization of queer black, indigenous & people of color, disabled persons, sex workers & immigrants worsens by the day. The film festival offers a brief respite from this harsh reality. It’s well known that media influences not only how others view us but how we view ourselves. Our shorts jury & features committee did an outstanding job selecting award-winning films from around the world. They are rich in truth, diversity & authenticity & we couldn’t be prouder to bring them to Bloomington.” The festival coincides with the Indiana University LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Celebration Weekend. The 11th annual fete honors & celebrates individuals working to improve the lives of queer people within the IU community with events taking place from 4P to 6P on both February 1st at the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room & February 2nd at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts.
For Events & Tix: bloomingtonpride.org
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