Shreveport, LA – 10 August 2013 — PACE’s week-long North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run 6-12 September 2013 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. Tickets for all films go on sale at 11 AM, Monday (12 August 2013) at the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas Street, Shreveport LA; 318.459.4122; www.robinsonfilmcenter.org).
Film tickets are the regular prices at the Robinson Film Center. Tickets for the film festival’s celebrity reception on Saturday, 7 September 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar) are on sale through the film festival web site nlglff.org. Reception tickets are $20.00 through 3 September 2013 and $25.00 afterwards and at the door. The celebrity reception will feature Del Shores, writer and director of his new film Southern Baptist Sissies, along with two of the film’s stars, Emerson Collins and Willam Belli. The reception 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 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) film festival Outfest and will be playing film festivals across the country. Tickets for Southern Baptist Sissies must be purchased through the Robinson Film Center. Both the opening weekend reception and the Saturday showing of Southern Baptist Sissies are expected to sell out quickly.
More films than ever are being shown this year: 11 feature-length films plus a special evening of short films at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Trailers for the feature-length films can be viewed on the film festival web site (nlglff.org).
Del Shores, best-known as the writer and director of the play, film, and LOGO series Sordid Lives, has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. The film version starred Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, and Leslie Jordan. The series Sordid Lives was filmed in Shreveport. 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 Southern Baptist 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. He will perform at the film festival reception.
For more information about PACE, north Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org.
Jeremy Abbott, Film Festival Chair
Brad Campbell, Film Selection Chair
Adrienne Critcher, Political Director