From ‘Star Trek’ star doc to a drama about grieving gay sons, there’s a lot to see
BY LAWRENCE TOPPMAN
04/17/2015 4:23 PM
The GayCharlotte Film Festival may show fewer than a dozen films, but it covers a remarkable amount of ground: not only multiple aspects of life in the LGBT community but films geared to women, people of color and multiple ages.
The seventh annual event runs Thursday through Sunday at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, and the opening and closing films are apt bookends. It starts with “To Be Takei,” the documentary about Asian-American actor George Takei of “Star Trek” fame. It ends with “Eat With Me,” a drama in which a straight Chinese mom moves in with her gay son and bonds with him over cooking, just as her Chinese restaurant starts to go under. Who’s fourth-billed?e Takei.
In between come dramas such as “Tiger Orange,” in which gay sons – one out, one closeted – come together after the death of the single father who raised them. Or unclassifiable pictures such as “Tru Love,” in which a commitment-phobic lesbian falls for the widowed mother of one of her straight friends.
In a free late addition, the fest will show the short documentary “brocKINGton,” featuring transgender teen activist Blake Brockington. He was named East Mecklenburg High School’s homecoming king in 2014 but killed himself one year later.
Co-directors Mason Sklut and Sergio Ingato and transgender activist Paige Dula will attend a panel discussion after the screening, which starts at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to the other films cost $10 at the door or $8 in advance online. (They’re $5 for students, seniors, members of the military and Charlotte Film Society members.) To get them or obtain more information about the festival, go to charlottelgbtfilm.com.
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