Asked if there is a theme for the upcoming QFest at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, Katherine Stephens, one of the event's organizers, paused and after reflecting on the film offerings, said: "Being true to yourself." Capitol Region filmgoers will find a wide variety of films, discussions, and gatherings over the festival's four days, Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3.
Paul Newman in a classic
One of the films in this year's festival of movies with themes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered themes is the classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." According to Ms. Stephens, Paul Newman's struggles with his identity "explore how not being true bleeds into other lives."
Another film, "How to Survive a Plague," is a 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. It is "a template for any activism movement," according to the QFest Web site. "This documentary is powerful and inspiring and teaches us how to take our future in our own hands."
QFest 2013 offers regional premieres, comedy, tragedy, and music, according to organizers. It will feature a variety of documentaries, feature films, and new independent films. Panel discussions will present the insights from some of the creatives behind the films.
Additionally, on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30, following the presentation of "How To Survive A Plague," there will be a panel about activism and advocacy with representatives from Pride Center of the Capital Region, the AIDS Council and members of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
Festival pass saves 50 per cent
A catered lunch and a discussion about LGBTQ issues hosted by Albany-based In Our Own Voices will take place on Sunday. Proctors invites all to come see one, or two films, or, perhaps, the entire festival. Attendees can check out one movie for $9 or see all of the films with a QFest Pass for only $40.
"A movie can open a mind. It can help someone confront fears and concerns," says Ms. Stephens of Proctors. "Straight, gay, or movie buffs in the Capitol Region will find something or many things of interest at this year's QFest."