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2012 Gay Film Weekend
Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre
Chicago, IL
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2012 Gay Film Weekend
Join Pride Films and Plays for their 2012 Gay Film Weekend October 18 - October 21 at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater.

Events include staged readings of the 5 finalists of the 2012 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, free panels on LGBT filmmaking, and culminates with a Queer Shorts Film Festival. Continue reading for more information about each event.

2012 Great Gay Screenplay Finalists:
Thursday, Oct. 18th 7pm "A Friend of Dorothy's" by Jim Piazza
In the winter of 1967, addled showbiz legend Judy Garland goes missing. Wild
twists and turns have led her to a secret refuge -- the suburban bedroom of a
troubled teenage fan. His family is none the wiser until Judy inevitably misbehaves and chaos ensues.

Jim Piazza's play collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Kirkwood Jr. launched a writing career that has included best-selling books on film, essays in OUT, The Village Voice, and The New York Times, and a bio of Elvis, "The King."

Friday, Oct. 19th 7pm "Barrio Boy" by Dennis Shinners
The story of a closeted, sexy, young Latino barber who falls hard for a newly arrived, handsome, and charming Irishman during a scorching summer in a tough Brooklyn hood.  These uncontainable desires eventually test the seams of the relationships with his friends, family, and ultimately, the bond between him and the new love in his life.

Dennis Shinners grew up in New Jersey, attended NYU's film school and is a writer, producer, and director of on-air promos who has done award-winning campaigns for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Spike TV, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, TV Land, and the Oxygen Network. He recently completed two short films, Area X and Go-Go, which have enjoyed both domestic and international festival runs and distribution deals. He wrote Barrio Boy as his feature directorial debut.

Saturday, Oct. 20th 3pm "Father Frances" by Thomas Ziegler
When a tough Catholic bishop appoints a rookie priest as pastor of a violent, crime-ridden parish, he's sure the young man lacks the cojones to do the job. Turns out he's right. Although the bishop is unaware of it, his rookie pastor is actually a woman passing as a man. After Father Frances succeeds in turning the parish around, the question remains, did she owe her achievement to being a woman or, as people saw her, a man?

Thomas Ziegler was born, raised, and educated in the Chicago area. He holds a B.A. from Lewis University in Lockport, an M.A. from Northern Illinois, and has had two plays produced off-Broadway, including Grace & Glorie, starring Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz. He later co-authored the Hallmark Hall of Fame teleplay of the same title which aired on CBS. Other plays of note include Mrs. Kemble's Tempest,  Sundays at Eleven, and Servantissimo. His other screenplays are Say Goodbye to Boris and Subway Series.

Saturday, Oct. 20th 7pm "Visalia" by Dennis Nivens
In a 1950s California small town, a high school football coach and a police officer fall in love and face prejudice and harassment. When the coach is falsely accused of being a pedophile, his lover must risk both of their careers and their future together to set the record straight

Dennis Nivens lives in Hermosa Beach, California, where he does boring technical work when the surf isn't pumping.  He has freelanced feature articles on outdoor sports and adventure travel to various publications, and was a contributing editor to a surf culture magazine for a period of four years.  Visalia is his first attempt at a screenplay.

Sunday, Oct. 21st 2pm "Snowmen" by Ethan Steers
Fresh-out-of-high-schooler Logan falls in love with a gruff and outdoorsy man several years his senior, causing him to question his dreams and plans for his life.

Ethan Steers hailsfrom the small town of Norwich, NY, and has been writing films for four years. He currently studies film and television at NYU and is enjoying it tremendously. He is extremely interested in the horror genre, but is starting to become increasingly more focused on drama

These five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings (with movement and design elements) by members of the Artistic Ensemble of Pride Films and Plays.

Panel Discussions
Saturday Oct. 20th 5pm "The Evolution of LGBT Cinema"
Sunday Oct. 21st 4pm "Making LGBT Films in a Changing World"

Queer Shorts Program
Sunday Oct. 21st 5pm Features:
Half (2012 Indie Boots Audience Award Winner), directed and written by Alex Bohs
Fluid (2012 Indie Boots Honorable Mention), directed and written by Dara Sklar
Skallamann, directed by Maria Bock, written by Lars Jacobsen and Maria Bock
Tuesday Night Make-Out, directed and written by Richard Paro, with segment direction and writing by Cyra K. Polizzi and Breahan Eve Pautsch, and additional segment direction by Katie Jones
Lee, directed and written by Roland Wiryawan
Reverse Cowgirl, directed and written by April Faith Hirschman
Marimacho, directed by Elisha Lim, written by Coco Riot
Bedfellows, directed and written by Pierre Stefanos
Last Kiss, directed and written by Charles Lum
Heartland Transport, directed and written by Cody Stokes
Make A Mate, directed and written by Jennifer Jordan Day
both/and - Trailer, directed by J. Paul Preseault, written by Jamil Khoury


Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre (View)
3656 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Film > Festivals
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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