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LGBT-Related Film Fest To Be Held on Campus

Films are free and open to the public.

2014-03-24
Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 3-24-2014

MANKATO — In pop culture, there aren’t many true-to-life depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and relationships.

For four days at Minnesota State University, Mankato, a film festival put on by IMPACT, the LGBT Center, Women’s Center and Memorial Library will change that.

The first LGBTIAQ Film Festival will be Wednesday through Saturday, in Ostrander Auditorium, and the public is welcome to attend for free. (LGBTIAQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, ally and questioning.) “We’re trying to depict that these are actual occurrences happening, and I think it helps portray the LGBT community in a way that hasn’t been seen before,” said Mechelle Poessnecker, graduate adviser for IMPACT.

The occurrences Poessnecker is referring to are the plots, characters and relationships in the four films: “Bridegroom” (Wednesday); “Reaching for the Moon” (Thursday); “Mosquita y Mari,” Spanish with subtitles (Friday); and “Blue is the Warmest Color,” French with subtitles and rated NC-17 for graphic sexual content (Saturday).

“Bridegroom” follows California couple Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, who plan to marry following the passage of the same-sex marriage law. But Tom dies unexpectedly, and Tom’s family refuses to let Shane attend the funeral.

“Reaching for the Moon” is the love story of an older lesbian couple, American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

“Mosquita y Mari” is about the relationship between two Chicano high school girls.

“Blue is the Warmest Color” follows a young woman named Adele, whose life is changed by a blue-haired girl named Emma. Emma teaches Adele to “discover desire (and) to assert herself as a woman and as an adult,” according to imdb.com. The film is about three hours long.

“As a campus, we’re trying to be progressive and to offer community members that are supporters of the LGBT community an event to come to,” Poessnecker said.

One of Poessnecker’s student advisees is a board member for Stompers Cinema, which puts on free movies in Ostrander for students (or $1 for community members). The movies are usually fairly new mainstream movies. The cinema program has been interested in going in a new direction with the screenings by offering more independent films and documentaries, as well as social justice-related movies.

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