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14th Annual Queer Film Series starts March 19

BOONE—The film “deepsouth,” which explores four individuals affected by HIV living in a region of the United States that is often ignored by politicians and the public, will be presented March 19 as the first of three films featured in the 14th Annual Queer Film Series presented at Appalachian State University.

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Each film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by the filmmaker or an Appalachian faculty member. The series is presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Development with generous support from Belk Library and Information Commons. Admission is free.

The films are:

  • “deepsouth” (2012) 72 minutes
    Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
    Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

    Discussion with filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti

    “deepsouth” explores the rural American South and four people who redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive life with HIV. Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family located miles from his Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, fights a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South. Each of these stories shares a particular perspective, which is both educational and inspirational.

    Lisa Biagiotti is an independent journalist and filmmaker. She has written and/or produced for the Los Angeles Times, PBS, Current TV and Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on complex, under-reported social issues, from the sanitation crisis in South East Asia to homophobia in the Caribbean. Her awards include the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Fulbright grant to research Italian colonialism in Africa and current trends in Muslim immigration to Italy. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

  • “Pariah” (2011) 86 minutes
    Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m.
    114 Belk Library

    Film screening and discussion

    A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak and family in her search for sexual expression. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, she strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

    A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, this contemporary drama is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film by the same name. Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers. At Sundance, cinematographer Bradford Young was honored with the Excellence in Cinematography Award.

  • “The New Black” (2013) 80 minutes
    Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m.
    Blue Ridge Ballroom, Student Union

    Film screening and discussion

    “The New Black” is a documentary that tells how the African-American community grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. “The New Black” takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

    “The New Black” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2013 and went on to win Audience Awards at AFI Docs and Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival as well as a special jury mention at Frameline. The film continues to to be shown at festivals around the world and will air on PBS’s Independent Lens in June.

For more information about the film series, contact multicultural@appstate.edu or 262-6158.

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