"Moonlight," the 2017 Academy Award Best Picture winner, will be featured along with seven other films as part of the sixth annual "Out on Screen" LGBTQ+ Film Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in March and April.
Presented by the Faculty and Staff Gender-Sexuality Alliance, with support from Centertainment Productions, Gender and Sexuality Alliance student organization and Black Student Union, the film screenings are free and open to the public.
Each film begins at 7 p.m. in the Dreyfus University Center Theater. "Out on Screen" offers audiences award-winning, independent feature films and documentaries that explore diversity and intersectionality along the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer spectrum.
"Moonlight" will screen on Monday, April 10, to close the festival and open UWSP's Pride Week festivities. The film presents three stages in the life of Chiron, an African-American man growing up in Miami. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and the abuse he receives as a result.
Additional highlights from this year's festival:
- Wednesday, March 8, "Kiki" – A documentary about New York's thriving underground ballroom scene and the challenges faced by the black and Latino young people who stage the elaborate dance competitions.
- Friday, March 10, "The Handmaiden" – Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy," "Stoker") led this crime drama about sex, love and betrayal, adapted from Sarah Waters' lesbian novel "Fingersmith." The film is for mature audiences.
- Thursday, March 30, "AWOL" – Joey, an aimless young woman in rural Pennsylvania, seeks direction in her life by enlisting in the Army. When Joey falls in love with a neglected housewife, their attraction blinds her to the crucial mistakes she's making.
- Tuesday, April 4, "Out Run" (Screened in Noel Fine Arts Center Room 221) – Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the leaders of the world's only LGBT political party wage a quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. Post-screening discussion with UWSP Trans Visibility Campaign.
For more information on the "Out on Screen" Film Festival, including a complete schedule and film trailers, visit OutOnScreen2017.tumblr.com or Out on Screen Film Festival on Facebook.
The Faculty and Staff Gender-Sexuality Alliance aims to bring together LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies across campus to reduce fear, prejudice and discrimination. The group educates members of the campus community on LGBTQ+ issues and promotes a safe and open environment to welcome, encourage, discuss, and support diversity and inclusivity.