Ct Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT  06106
(860) 586-1136
AlteRnaTiveS (as it was originally known) was founded in 1987 by Bill Mann as a gay and lesbian cultural organization in Hartford. With Terri Reid as co-chair, the organization explored a variety of different activities including theater, film, a gay history project and a literary journal, Invert, which produced four issues. During the organization's busy early years, the first Film Festival was held in June of 1988 at Cinestudio. Because of a lack of publicity and the organizers' relative inexperience at running such an event, the first Festival was not a big success. This was, after all, Connecticut's first-ever Film Festival, and at the time, a gay & lesbian event such as this was quite unusual. Also, the films themselves tended toward the experimental and gloomy (Kenneth Anger and lesbian vampires). These nascent years saw the committee struggle with programming issues and attracting an audience. By the fourth year attendance was the poorest yet, and the Festival was in debt
This is a really great program with some high quality films along with actors, writers and directors brought directly to Connecticut for the film showings. There are also some top notch sponsors - very impressive overall. I'd recommend to anyone that they catch some of the films when they have film festivals.
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