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Whether you are among our 13,000+ lookie-loos keeping up to date with our progress on Facebook , or just caught our new festival trailer , the wait is over and our official schedule of films and events is ready to be announced! Asheville’s first LGBTQ Film Festival will run Thursday, September 29th through Sunday, October 2nd at the Fine Arts Theatre (which is also the location of the TLA Releasing VIP Filmmaker’s Lounge)!
The festival kicks-off with Director Wendy Jo Carlton’s new romantic comedy musical Jamie and Jessie are Not Together at 7pm on September 29th. This will be followed by the opening night reception at the Hotel Indigo. Leading industry professionals have said that Asheville Qfest is the first of its kind to open with a “lesbian” film. “If that’s been a pattern, we’re happy to break it and spotlight a wonderful film for all audiences, regardless of sexual preference,” says Artistic Director Robert Gaston. “What feels more significant to me,” he continues, “is that over half of our feature films are from first-time filmmakers. We feel privileged to exhibit and promote emerging talent at Asheville Qfest.” This distinguished group of international first-timer film’s includes: Jitters from Iceland, Harvest and Romeos (the closing night film) from Germany, Circumstance from Iran/Lebanon, Over the Edge from the United Kingdom, What’s the Name of the Dame, Wish Me Away and Gun Hill Road from the USA.
Other big notable film selections, from more seasoned directors, include: the future cult hit Mangus! featuring a bevy of well-knowns (Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo, John Waters and Leslie Jordan); a romantic comedy about a manipulative computer app eCupid, the unapologetically oversexed comedy Longhorns, documentaries This is What Love and Action Looks Like and the celeb-packed Hollywood to Dollywood, and Director Tom (Run Lola Run) Tykwer’s new sensation 3.
Being the first Asheville Qfest it is especially important for us to recognize the support from our sponsors - The Hotel Indigo and Gaston Pictures Entertainment are Grand Sponsors. 98.1 The River, Mountain Xpress and TLA Releasing are Premier Sponsors. Our list of Partners and Film Sponsors include: The Fine Arts Theatre, Blue Ridge Pride, NC Stage, Asheville Chamber of Commerce and ExploreAsheville.com, Honey Hill B&B and Cabins, North Lodge on Oakland, RevDev Brand, The Costume Shoppe, and the many others who have lent their time and talents … this list is still growing. Reach out and join our support team as a volunteer or a sponsor.
“Don’t be thrown by the Q in our name, there is something in Asheville Qfest for everyone, and everything we’ve programmed is for all… well almost all, maybe keep the kids away from Longhorns,” says Managing Director Michael Sheldon “Bottom line is we’re proud to be delivering a spectacular lineup of films worthy of Asheville’s diversity and film savvy audience.”
Please visit our website www.gastonpictures.com for tickets and a full detailed listing of Asheville Qfest films and events.
Tickets go on sale Monday September 5th
General admission for films is $10.00. Discount advanced bundle of three films is $25.00. An All Access Badge advanced purchase price is $95.00 (and includes VIP access to filmmakers Lounge, All films, and free admission to all parties!)
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For press related and volunteer inquiries: Sheldon@GastonPictures.com
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(Images provided by Gaston Pictures.)
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