The Gay8 Festival Film Showcase is brought to you by the generous support and hard work of the:
• Seating is limited and provided on a first-come first-served basis – Arrive early!
• Movies start on time!
• Please silence your electronic devices during screenings.
Below are the featured films and their times:
12:00 – 1:28 p.m.
Medicine for Melancholy
Micah (Wyatt Cenac), a passionate social activist, meets affluent professional Joanne (Tracey Heggins) at a party. After getting drunk together, they have a one-night stand. The morning after begins uncomfortably, but eventually romantic feelings develop between Micah and Joanne. As they converse more deeply, they realize they are separated by an array of political and philosophical differences and must decide if these factors are more important than their budding relationship.
12:30 – 2:10 p.m.
Battle of Soho
Inspired by the closure of Madame Jo Jo’s, ‘Battle of Soho’ addresses gentrification within Soho, the surrounding London areas, and other major global cities. Amidst London’s major plans for redevelopment exist the impending threats of closure for a multitude of London’s iconic entertainment and social spaces, including Curzon, Soho. Built in 1912, Soho’s acclaimed art house venue offers theatre screenings, premiers, director Q&A’s as well as mainstream screenings. ‘Battle of Soho’ documents the poignant current and historical events that are contributing to the cultural catastrophe that can accompany gentrification. ‘Battle of Soho’ provides a voice to both the developers and those affected by assessing the extent of the impact this will have on the future of London’s entertainment scene and sub-cultures.
1:40 – 3:31 p.m.
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. This masterpiece filmed in Miami won 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Screenplay (Barry Jenkins).
2:20 – 3:46 p.m.
What happens when black working-class families are faced with an influx of white gay homebuyers in their neighborhood? Filmed over four years, FLAG WARS is a clear-eyed look inside the conflicts that surface in one inner-city Columbus, Ohio, community. The film’s as-it-is-happening verité style captures the raw emotions of unguarded moments between neighbors: the lesbian realtor who sells the area’s Victorian homes; a new homebuyer who moves to the area to live openly as a gay man; two longtime residents who are in court because of new housing codes; and the judge who hears their cases. From porch conversations and family dinners to public hearings and street protests, FLAG WARS provides a rare and extraordinarily intimate account of the social and human consequences of capitalism and the pursuit of the “American Dream” told through the lives of residents in a community confronted by gentrification.