Press Release: Audience Favorites

9/18/2013FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5th N LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival announces Audience Awards

Shreveport, LA – September 18, 2013

The votes have been counted! After its most successful week-long film festival, PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Awards. Audiences at each film rated the film they just saw, and the winners in three categories are:

Audience Favorite: Documentary

Bridegroom (directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason)

Audience Favorite: Feature Film

Southern Baptist Sissies (directed by Del Shores)

Audience Favorite: Short Film

Love Is All You Need? (directed by Kim Rocco Shields)

All three winners illustrate powerfully through film the cruelty and contradiction of hating people because of who they love.

Bridegroom tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving committed relationship that was cut short when Bridegroom died in a tragic accident, and Crone was treated as a total stranger to Bridegroom by the hospital and Bridegroom’s family. This film illustrates more powerfully than any speech ever could what can and often does happen to people in a relationship without the legal protections of marriage as they find themselves completely shut out and ostracized.

Southern Baptist Sissies is a film version of Del Shores’ award-winning play about four gay young men growing up in Dallas in the church. The comedic drama is very much Shores’ own story and resonated with local audiences as it explores how gay fundamentalist Christians reconcile their love for their church with its oppressive message. Despite all the heartbreak, there is some much-needed comic relief throughout the film, and finally, a message of hope. Tickets for the opening weekend showing of Sissies sold out in two hours! Shores and four of the film’s actors participated in a Q & A after that showing.

Love is All You Need? depicts an alternate universe where most people are gay and straight people are a persecuted minority. It effectively brings home to people who may find it hard to understand otherwise, the cruelty and consequences of intolerance and bullying simply for who one loves.

For information about PACE, northwest Louisiana’s primary advocacy organization for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org or find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/pacelouisiana

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