PACE’s 8th N LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs Sept. 9-15 with special guests and a film premiere on opening weekend


Shreveport, LA – August 8, 2016

PACE’s 8th North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run Friday, Sept. 9th through Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, LA. For the very first time, the festival will host the premiere of a new film Small Town Rage.

Opening weekend will feature the film Suicide Kale on Friday night, Sept. 9th, with an appearance by the film’s writer, producer, and star Brittani Nichols. Nichols is well-known for playing “Nicol” on the Emmy-winning series Transparent. Nichols will also attend the Saturday night reception.

Saturday, Sept. 10th will feature the worldwide premiere of Small Town Rage, a locally filmed independent documentary examining the work and influence of ACT UP Shreveport in the conservative Deep South during the AIDS crisis. Because of the expected high demand for tickets to this premiere, there will be two screenings of the film on Saturday at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm with our festival reception in between from 6 – 8:30 pm. Small Town Rage’s filmmakers David Hylan and Raydra Hall, as well as several principals in the film, will be attending the reception. Hylan and Hall will introduce both screenings, and a panel discussion with Hylan, Hall, and former members of ACT UP Shreveport will follow the second screening.

The festival will close out on Thursday, Sept. 15th with the documentary Real Boy, a coming-of-age story of a transgender teen, Bennett Wallace, on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Wallace will attend the screening and perform afterwards.

Following the festival, The Times will sponsor an after-party at the Robinson Film Center on Friday evening, Sept. 16th where the winners of the festival’s film awards will be announced in addition to The Times Prism Awards for outstanding LGBTQ people and their advocates.

During the week long festival, the following films will be shown:

Feature films: Closet Monster, First Girl I Loved, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Other People, Suicide Kale, Women Who Kill

Documentary films: Memories of a Penitent Heart, Real Boy, Small Town Rage, Suited

Short films: 11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke, After the Mass, Peace in the Valley, The Orchid, Ultra Blue, Vessel.

Watch our film festival website for more information on our special guest appearances, opening weekend reception, Q & As, panel discussions, and summaries and trailers for all our films.

For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to or find us on Facebook at

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