PACE announces celebrities for September 2013 gay and lesbian film festival

PACE announces celebrity guests for the 5th North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 6-12 September 2013

DelShoresShreveport, LA — 22 July 2013 — Del Shores, best-known as the writer and director of Sordid Lives, will be bringing his new film Southern Baptist Sissies and two of its stars, Emerson Collins and Willam Belli, to PACE’s 5th North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in September. A lavish reception on Saturday, 7 September 2013, featuring Shores, Collins, and Belli, with a performance by Belli, will be followed by the film Southern Baptist Sissies. Shores will conduct a Q & A along with Collins and Belli after the film. Southern Baptist Sissies just had its world premiere to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ annual LGBT film festival Outfest and will be playing film festivals across the country.

The week-long North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run 6-12 September 2013 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. Reception tickets will be available through the film festival website; all film tickets will be available from the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas Street, Shreveport LA, 318-459-4122). Watch the web sites for future announcements of additional films and ticket sales. Both the opening weekend reception and the showing of Southern Baptist Sissies are expected to sell out quickly.

Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theater. Shores is best known for the play, film, and LOGO series Sordid Lives. The film version starred Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, and Leslie Jordan. Shores has also written and produced for many shows including Dharma and Greg and the last three seasons of the ground-breaking Showtime series Queer as Folk.

Shores’ latest project is his film Southern Baptist Sissies based on his play about four gay young men growing up in Dallas in the church. The comedic drama is very much Shores’ own story and will likely be a familiar one to local audiences. Despite all the heartbreak, there is a message of hope, and quite a few laughs, along the way.

Emerson Collins is an actor and producer, doing both in Sordid Lives: The Series and Southern Baptist Sissies, in which he plays the lead role of “Mark.” Willam Belli is an actor, drag queen, and recording artist who plays “Benny” in “Sissies,” a choirboy who fulfills his dreams at the local drag bar. He is best known for his recurring appearance as a transsexual woman “Cherry Peck” on Nip/Tuck and has also appeared on The New Normal and had recurring roles on The District and CSI. He was infamously disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race but was invited back as a makeover professor the following season. His “Chow Down” music video that addresses the 2012 Chick-fil-A controversy has gone viral.

For more information about PACE, North Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to


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