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Vito - 2012 Opening Night Selection
Friday, June 22 | 6:30 p.m.
Be here for the Heartland premiere of an inspiring and empowering film about Vito Russo, one of the most articulate, charismatic voices for gay rights and the founding father of the modern gay liberation movement. Russo was best known for The Celluloid Closet, his book about Hollywood’s portrayal of LGBT people on the screen. This moving film tells his story through the voices of many of his friends, such as Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin and Larry Kramer. The Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA) will be welcoming donations of documents and artifacts for inclusion in their collection. Learn more at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Wish Me Away
Friday, June 22 | 8:30 p.m.
Kansas City’s LIKEME Lighthouse joins us for an encore screening of the poignant story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as openly gay. The very brave Kansas native and Nashville musician reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. Emerging from a life of hiding, she exposes her truth. Don’t miss this chance to see her powerful story with a like-minded audience. Early ticket purchase strongly recommended.
Saturday, June 23 | 1 p.m.
The first of four films showing as part of KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival is a powerful new documentary that brings you up close and personal to the immigration struggles faced by gay and lesbian Americans in relationships with foreign citizens. What would you do if you had to choose between the person you love and your country? Receive a free copy of Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society at this screening.
Saturday, June 23 | 2:30 p.m.
An extraordinary feature documentary about the transgender community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, Trans provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Hosted by TransTalk program on KKFI’s The Tenth Voice.
The Tenth Voice Shorts Showcase
Saturday, June 23 | 4:45 p.m.
Three fresh and uniquely original short films are brought to you by the equally fresh and uniquely original folks behind _he Tenth Voice, the Kansas City area’s only weekly radio show created by and for the LGBTQIA community. Learn more about the featured films at www.kcgayfilmfest.com/tenthvoiceshorts.html. Meet The Tenth Voice hosts and co-hosts, as well as Chad Darnell (director/star of Groom’s Cake) who will be here in person to introduce his film.
A Perfect Ending
Saturday, June 23 | 6:45 p.m.
KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival concludes with acclaimed director Nicole Conn’s (Elena Undone, Claire of the Moon) passionate and provocative contemporary romance. A repressed, uptight socialite has an unusual secret that not even her best friends know about. What begins as a comedy of errors ends up as a uniquely erotic journey. A Midwest premiere hosted by KKFI’s WomanSong.
I Want Your Love
Saturday, June 23 | 9 p.m.
On his final night in town, Jesse’s friends and ex-lovers gather for a going-away party that promises to heighten his already bittersweet feelings about leaving. This bold, intimate film is an unapologetically voyeuristic look into the sexual and emotional interactions of Jesse and his extended group of friends, as he struggles to take responsibility for himself after years of treading water in San Francisco. Rated NC-17 (no one under 18 will be admitted).
Nate & Margaret
Sunday, June 24 | 1:45 p.m.
Our Sunday Coffeehouse Matinees begin with a cinematic treat from a young Chicago filmmaker that some are calling a fresh take on the screen classic Harold & Maude ... with a gay twist. Nate, a 19-year-old film student, and Margaret, a 52-year-old would-be stand-up comic, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way ... until Nate gets set up on a date with James. Enjoy coffee drinks and sweet treats from LattéLand, available only during these Sunday matinees.
Men to Kiss
Sunday, June 24 | 3:30 p.m.
Although it’s true that opposites attract, a respectable banker, Ernst, is often unsure whether the bubbly and always cheerful Tobias takes their relationship as seriously as he does. Just as they are rising to meet the challenges that every couple must face, the sudden appearance of an old school friend changes everything. A sweet German comedy about love and friendship in Berlin, brimming with charm, wit and fun that will capture your heart from the very first frame. Pick up a LattéLand coffee drink to sip or sweet treat to nosh on.
Sunday, June 24 | 5:30 p.m.
A beautifully told love story of what happens when one woman finally follows her heart. This new Swedish film pushes into the unexpected, as two stepsisters-to-be find each other at a precarious time. Thrown together by circumstance, the pair finds it hard to resist acting on their desires for each other, despite the consequences. Beautifully shot and warmly humorous, Kiss Me tells a strong, probing and passionate story and features a fantastic soundtrack. A piping hot finale for our LattéLand Coffeehouse Sunday Matinees.
Keep the Lights On -- 2012 Critics Pick Screening
Sunday, June 24 | 7:45 p.m.
The new feature film by award-winning director Ira Sachs (which generated quite the buzz at its premiere in the Sundance Film Festival) chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction. A documentary filmmaker and a closeted lawyer meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk-takers compulsively fueled by drugs and sex.
Monday, June 25 | 6 p.m.
Two rising young filmmakers one on the West Coast and one from the East Coast — return to showcase their latest films here in their old hometown. (And, boy, do they make us proud.) New York-based actor/director/writer Steven Tylor O’Conner returns with a just-completed and hilariously insightful new comedy, Welcome to New York. And Lexington, Mo., native Nick Corporon is back to share his 2011 love story, Empire, and offer a hometown preview of his latest short, Barbie Boy.
Gayby -- 2012 Centerpiece Comedy Screening
Monday, June 25 | 7:45 p.m.
This year’s Centerpiece Comedy is a hilarious story about two former college buddies — a gay man and a straight woman -- who decide to have a child together ... the old fashioned way. Single by choice, she spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. He suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood?
Tuesday, June 26 | 6 p.m.
A fun, flamboyant, inspiring and decidedly different kind of sports documentary that will have you on the edge of your seat. Come along with a courageous and colorful group of Australian same-sex ballroom dancers as they pursue their dreams to compete in the Gay Games. Filmed over two years, it follows several gay and lesbian couples, competitive or life partners, as they battle homophobia, injury and personal fears to succeed on the global stage.
Morgan -- 2012 Jury Prize Screening
Tuesday, June 26 | 7:45 p.m.
Join us for the Midwest premiere of a genre-defining film about a young gay man whose spirit and drive prevent him from accepting his new life as a paraplegic. This inspiring story of redemption and finding one’s way after all seems lost is also a powerful film about perseverance, determination and, of course, love. A chance encounter on a basketball court with a sensitive, awkward young man leads Morgan, trapped in his own self-imposed exile, to make a life-changing decision in hopes of vanquishing his demons.
Wednesday, June 27 | 6 p.m.
This feature-length compilation of 14 short films about surviving and thriving with HIV/AIDS weaves together a diverse slate of powerful personal stories into an unmatched portrait of courage and hope. It creates a video tapestry of personal narratives, poetry, dance, cinéma vérité and more -- each capturing the spirit and personality of the individual whose story the film tells. Learn more about a post-screening benefit at Californos in Westport for Good Samaritan Project, the KC Free Health Clinic, the Hope Care Center and SAVE Inc. at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Elliot Loves -- 2012 Director’s Showcase Screening
Wednesday, June 27 | 7:45 p.m.
This just-named Audience Award Winner from the 2012 Miami Gay Film Festival, is a charming comedy-drama that shows that you can survive anything life throws at you -- just “keep it cute, papi.” Enjoy the story of a lovable romantic, Elliot Ayende, at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is sidekick and confidant to his barely keeping it together single mom, and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. Meet director/writer Gary Terracino (who will also introduce his film) at a pre-show gathering at Californos in Westport. Get details at www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Thursday, June 28 | 4 p.m.
NO ADMISSION CHARGE -- Donations welcomed at the door.
Shown here on the 43rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this remarkable new film is both a riveting up-close look and a joyous celebration of the courageous men and women who, perhaps unbeknownst to them, started the fight for LGBT equality that we continue today.
Out Here Now Short Film Competition
Thursday, June 28 | 6 p.m.
NO ADMISSION CHARGE -- Donations welcomed at the door.
At this very popular closing-night event, you will have the opportunity to watch this year’s finalists and pick the winner. Each film is less than 15 minutes. The audience will rate each film, and the filmmaker whose film has the highest overall ranking will be awarded a $100 cash prize. (May I have the envelope, please?)
Cloudburst -- 2012 Closing Night Selection
Thursday, June 28 | 7:45 p.m.
Our closing-night film has it all: Oscar-winners, a beautiful love story, a daring road trip, laugh-out-loud humor, and an unforgettable journey of the heart. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Canada on a quest to be legally married. Along the way, they pick up a young pseudo-hustler hitchhiking to Nova Scotia to deal with his troubled home life. As they share past troubles — and create new ones— this improbable trio forms an unlikely kinship on a rollicking, life-changing road trip.
Tickets are $8.50 for all evening shows and $6.75 for all matinees. A limited number of festival passes are also for sale. To get tickets, watch previews, and order festival passes, visit www.kcgayfilmfest.com. Tickets are also on sale at the Tivoli box office in Westport.
Information provided by the Kansas City Gay &Lesbian Film
Worldwide opera star Renée Fleming will perform in Kansas City on Thursday night, November 18, but the day before, she'll be part of a panel discussion for "Music and the Mind" — a conversation about how music affects the brain, cognitive development, healing and quality of life.
WHAT: Music and the Mind with Renée Fleming
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021
TIME: 4:00-5:30 PM
WHERE: The 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS, 66205
Music has a profound impact and the ability to shape 86 billion neurons in the brain for cognitive development, healing, and therapy. Science research has clearly shown that music therapy interventions can improve quality of life across nearly all neurological disorders. And there is tremendous public-interest in applying music to creative aging, childhood development, and community wellness.
But scientists want to know more.
Join soprano Renée Fleming and a distinguished panel of local Kansas City experts in neurology, music therapy, music and healing, and more for this cutting-edge discussion. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A following the panel discussion.
*Please note this Music and the Mind Event is not a musical performance*
As Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming has spearheaded a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, with the participation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Sound Health initiative explores and brings attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience. This collaboration has led to workshops at the NIH, and events and performances at the Kennedy Center. This initiative has also led the NIH to recently award $20 million dollars in funding for music and neuroscience research over five years.
As part of her advocacy, Fleming is also advisor to the recently launched NEA/UCSF Sound Health Network and co-chair of the Aspen Institute/Johns Hopkins NeuroArts Blueprint, both working to advance the field of arts and health.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call the Harriman-Jewell Series at 816-415-5025 to reserve your seat.
WHAT: Renée Fleming, soprano in recital
WHEN: Thursday, Nov 18, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
COST: Tickets from $25.00 *discounts available for students, educators, first responders, active duty military and veterans with valid I.D.
Pair a glorious voice with a winning personality and you have a diva for the ages. Renée Fleming is a longstanding Harriman-Jewell Series favorite. With her many television and Broadway appearances, Fleming has been embraced by music lovers of all genres.
Whether singing at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Olympics, or Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Renée Fleming represents opera to the world. In addition to her numerous operatic performances, Fleming often works classic show tunes and the Great American Songbook into her recitals. Fleming’s trademark rapport with audiences will give her Kansas City performance a warmth that is personal and sincere.
Rob Ainsley is pianist for the recital. His diverse career as a musician, conductor, educator, and administrator has taken him to top organizations and colleges from coast to coast. He now serves as Director of the Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artists and American Opera Initiative. Ainsley performed with Renée Fleming in The Metropolitan Opera’s August 2020 “Met Stars Live in Concert” that was streamed worldwide.
ABOUT THE HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES
Renée Fleming's recital will mark the 977th performance since the Series was founded in 1965. From free education events that allow interaction with musicians and dancers, to our free Discovery Concerts that are open to the community, the Harriman-Jewell Series continues to offer life-enriching opportunities for its community's youth and lifelong learners.
Whether you're spreading truth, information, or love, traveling abroad for humanitarian reasons can have risks. Detained American journalist in Myanmar, Danny Fenster, is to be released from jail, and to fly home soon. But it doesn't always end well for every foreign national attempting to do good in a foreign country.
The missionaries consisting of sixteen Americans and one Canadian kidnapped by the Haitian “400 Mawozo” gang on October 16, is extremely scary. The gang has threatened to kill the humanitarian Christians if a million dollar per person ransom is not fulfilled. The group consists of men, women, children and an eight-month-old baby.
These missionaries have sacrificed their time and paid their own way to go to the poorest place in the Western hemisphere to try to spread God’s love and save some souls. In turn, the missionaries are experiencing a nightmare like they’ve never imagined. They’re imprisoned and being threatened with a bullet in the head.
Most of us will never get over seeing journalists being beheaded and tortured in Syria and Iraq by the barbaric Islamic extremist group called ISIL. Burning people alive and beheading others were too graphic and gruesome to ever be forgotten.
Years ago, I traveled to a third world country on a “missionary trip” with others thinking it would be a nice break. I’ve never worked so hard in my life.
Sadly, the 17 missionaries in Haiti are undergoing a cruel experience that may end with the cost of their very lives. What are they thinking now? What is going through the minds of the little children who traveled to a world to help others and spread God’s love?
Haiti has been the site of years of humanitarian efforts. The United States and other countries have given billions of dollars to help Haiti. Sadly, hurricanes, political unrest, underdevelopment and extreme poverty have all made for a sad scenario.
How much money would the world have to give to Haiti to make life better for this nation? This is a question no one can answer because usually aid is a short-term solution. We spent a trillion dollars in Afghanistan and they aren’t any better off today.
Good missionary people went to Haiti with good hearts for helping others in the name of God’s love. They went to share a message they hoped would bring about change and better lives. They may now lose their lives.
Christians point to Jesus as the model for such missionary efforts. He came preaching and teaching in an effort to demonstrate and spread God’s love and it cost him plenty – his life, executed in public on a cross.
There are some Christians today who, like Jesus, are willing to risk their lives for the sake of others. Did these men and women literally go to Haiti taking their children with them truly believe they could be killed? Would they purposefully do this to their children? Who convinced these people that such a trip with small children was a good idea?
My goal here is to simply say, think about such trips to places like Haiti. Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Nigeria and numerous others countries are not vacation spots. Foreign travel may sound exotic and adventurous but consider the possible cost.
Many missionaries and Christian workers have paid the ultimate price in order to spread the gospel of Christ. Only eternity will reveal what their selfless sacrifice has meant to those whose lives they impacted.
By chance, if you decide such an international trip is not for you, don’t feel bad. Consider helping in an American inner city, Appalachia or maybe your own neighborhood. Service at home is needed across America.
Let’s pray for the safety of these missionaries and for those negotiating their release. May God help them and all who may consider such endeavors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Glenn Mollette is a graduate of numerous schools including Georgetown College, Southern and Lexington Seminaries in Kentucky. He is the author of 13 books including Uncommon Sense, Grandpa's Store, Minister's Guidebook: insights from a fellow minister. His column is published weekly in over 600 publications in all 50 states. Glenn Mollette has been on numerous International humanitarian and missionary group trips. Hear Glenn Mollette every weekday morning EST at 8:56 on XM radio 131. Editor-If you need to tweak or do a small edit for you paper or website that is okay. Please respond to this email if you need a picture for this column. Scroll down for additional biographical info. Buy his latest recording titled "Black Coffee" on iTunes. Learn more at www.glennmollette.com
The Black Trans Fund, incubated at Groundswell Fund, and Grantmakers for Girls of Color launched the Holding a Sister Initiative, the first-ever national fund explicitly dedicated to transgender girls and gender-expansive youth of color.
Dr. Monique W. Morris, president and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, and Bré Rivera, program director of the Black Trans Fund are together spearheading the Holding a Sister Initiative to bring attention and resources to organizations supporting trans girls of color, normalize concern and investment in their success, and create learning opportunities for cis and trans girls of color to move in deeper community with one another.
The initiative will award $1 million in grants in the first year, and will ultimately engage trans girls and gender-expansive youth of color in the decision-making process for selecting grantees on an ongoing basis.
While there has been an increase in donor attention to work led by people of color, it has yet to translate into significant gains in funding for trans and gender-expansive youth of color.
According to recent regional studies in Detroit, South Florida and New Orleans, trans women of color face higher levels of hunger, homelessness, unemployment, incarceration and discrimination. At the same time, the majority of this year's record-breaking anti-trans legislation are targeted to affect youth, including bills that prevent transgender athletes from playing in school sports and the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act." Research has show sharp rises in suicide attempts among trans youth during 2020 and 2021.
"The reality is transgender and gender-expansive youth of color require more attention, and resources to interrupt the staggering intersections of trauma and crises they experience," said Bré Rivera.
The initiative joins existing funding intermediaries who have been leading the work to resource trans communities and engage trans people in the direction and distribution of resources, including the Third Wave Fund, the Black Trans Travel Fund, and Fund for Trans Generations. As funding partners, the Black Trans Fund and Grantmakers for Girls of Color aim to expand and transform philanthropy's investments in trans and gender-nonconforming youth. The initiative will move resources to organizations serving and led by trans girls and young women of color. It will also amplify narratives that elevate the humanity, dignity and leadership of trans and gender-expansive youth of color, as well as the ways their experiences and contributions have been overlooked, minimized and targeted by oppositional and systemic forces, and larger social justice movements.
The Holding a Sister Initiative will be led by a manager, who will steward culture change through grantmaking, capacity building, narrative shifting and philanthropic organizing. The position is currently open for applicants.
About Grantmakers for Girls of Color
Fiscally-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) works to mobilize resources and amplify transformative organizing work to dismantle systems of oppression led by girls and gender-expansive youth of color. Grantmakers for Girls of Color openly invites partners and stakeholders to co-create an inclusive space in support of girls, young women, and gender-expansive youth of color across programmatic issues and geographic areas. Learn more by visiting Grantmakers for Girls of Color.
About the Black Trans Fund
The Black Trans Fund is a groundbreaking endeavor: the first national fund in the country dedicated to uplifting and resourcing Black trans social justice leaders. BTF seeks to address the lack of funding for Black trans communities in the U.S. through direct grantmaking, capacity building support, and funder organizing to transform philanthropy. Learn more by visiting Black Trans Fund.