The 2014 North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be held, Sept. 5-11, at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. The festival is an annual presentation of P.A.C.E., a nonpartisan organization that works to advance equality in northwestern Louisiana. The featured guest for the 2014 festival is LGBT advocate Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in October 1998 in what became one of the most high-profile cases highlighting hate crimes against LGBT people.
On Friday, Sept. 5, Judy Shepard will appear at the festive opening night reception from 6-7:30 p.m., and will conduct a Q & A following the 7:45 p.m. screening of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, a new documentary about the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard. On Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m., Shepard will give a free public talk entitled “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” in the Whited Room at Centenary College of Louisiana.
The festival will also include daily screenings of a juried selection of films, including: Appropriate Behavior (Comedy, 2014), Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers (Documentary, 2013), Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda (Documentary, 2014), Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (Documentary, 2012), Open Up to Me (Drama, 2014), The 10 Year Plan (Comedy/Romance, 2014), The Circle (Docudrama, 2014), The Dog (Documentary, 2013), The Foxy Merkins (Comedy, 2013), and To Be Takei (Documentary, 2014). J.C. Calciano, writer/director of The 10 Year Plan, along with actors Matthew Hamilton and Jack Turner, will attend a screening of the film at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, and will participate in a post-screening Q & A.
For more information, including a complete schedule of film screenings and festival events, visit the festival website at www.nlglff.org. All tickets to film screenings will be available from the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas St., 318.459.4122; www.robinsonfilmcenter.org) in August.
For more information on things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org.