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Films document decades of LGBT equality fight

Married and Counting 

It’s not billed as the Stonewall Film Festival, but Stonewall Month events include screenings on two consecutive nights, June 11 and 12, of documentaries that essentially bookend the ongoing story of the fight for LGBT equality.

Both films are set for 7 p.m. at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas.

“On These Shoulders We Stand,” screening June 11, has evolved from Glenne McElhinney’s oral history project, Impact Stories: California’s LGBT History, for which she’s been traveling the Golden State interviewing LGBT pio-queers, now in their 70s and 80s.

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Fall in love with movies at Out on Film

Cloudburst film

Love is in the air at the 25th Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, Oct. 4-11 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. I don’t know when I’ve seen so much romance in a queer festival.

There’s young love, old love, lesbian love, gay love, baby love, kinky love, married love, platonic love, coercive love, transformative love... Oh, there’s politics too, but that’s mostly confined to the documentary section, or woven in with the love stories.

All films (with exceptions noted) screen at Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta GA 30308).

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Fall Preview: Looking for LGBT love on the big screen

Film fall preview

It looks like another award season without a “Milk” or “Brokeback Mountain” or “The Kids Are All Right.”

There are probably some LGBT characters and subplots not mentioned in advance publicity, but from what we know about the fall film season, the pickings are pretty slim. You’ll need Out on Film (details next issue) for your queer film fix, and the rest of the season you can watch TV shows like “Partners” and “The New Normal.” (If the latter maintains the level of the pilot we’ve got a new favorite show!)

Most of the positive news involves LGBT actors, directors, writers and icons who have been working on movies to be released this season. Here are some that sound interesting:

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Gay Israeli brings coming out story to Saint Mark

Israeli television personality Assi Azar

Israeli television celebrity Assi Azar will debut his autobiographical film, “Mom, Dad; I Have Something to Tell You,” to Atlanta audiences on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Azar came out publicly in 2005, and the film explores his coming out process, as well as the challenges other LGBT Israelis face.

Azar is the co-host of the Israeli version of reality television program “Big Brother” and was named as one of Out Magazine's 2010 "Most Influential Gay People in the World" list.

Gay-founded Congregation Bet Haverim is sponsoring the event with the Atlanta Israeli Consulate. A screening of the film and a Q&A session with Azar follows the film.

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‘Genderblind’ screens at Black Gay Pride

Lanita Joseph

The story of a young, African-American Christian woman who grapples with her identity and eventually falls in love with another woman is the basic premise for the movie “Genderblind,” showing at this year’s Black Gay Pride.

But what filmmaker, artist and dancer LaNita Joseph, 27, didn’t know when she made “Genderblind” is the somewhat large controversy that would surround her small-budget movie.

“It’s become so controversial. I didn’t realize it would be that way,” says Joseph, who wrote, produced and directed the film.