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Reno-Tahoe's LGBTQ Film Festival Returns This May

On May 18th, OutWest presents the Reno-Tahoe LGBTQ Film Fest featuring the documentary film, Light in the Water, with a special Q&A with Director Lis Bartlet and Taj Paxton, Executive Producer and Head of Logo Documentary Films. The second part of the program will feature a selection of curated international short films.

The following day, the Festival will conclude at the Bruka Theatre with a variety of both scripted and documentary short films. Look for information on ticket sales, screening times and special events in early April.

Proceeds from the screenings to benefit Our Center Reno, the Nevada Museum of Art and Bruka Theatre. OutWest South Lake Tahoe will be presented in October 2019.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 18

*NOTE: There are two sessions for the OutWest Film Festival. Tickets to each session are sold separately through the Nevada Museum of Art. chez louie will be open between sessions with a small bites menu (for purchase) and cash bar.

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SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTATION AND Q&A

SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTATION AND Q&A

FEATURED PRESENTATION - LIGHT IN THE WATER | 3pm -5pm

PRESENTED BY THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

APPEARANCE BY DIRECTOR / PRODUCER LIS BARTLETT & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF LOGO DOCUMENTARY FILMS TAJ PAXTON

Light In The Water shares the empowering story of West Hollywood Aquatics, the first openly gay masters swim team, from their founding in 1982 for the first ever Gay Games in San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to the present day. A television version of the film premiered on Logo TV last June and it has now screened in over 10 film festivals around the world, including Paris, Glasgow, Sydney, London and Palm Springs, where in January it was voted "Best of Fest" by audiences. We're so excited for this Nevada premiere! Reno native Director / Producer Lis Bartlett, as well as Executive Producer Taj Paxton of Logo Documentary Films will be in attendance.

Lis Bartlett: Reno Native and Emmy nominated Director Lis Bartlett has long been captivated by true stories. While pursuing degrees in Media Studies and Performing Arts and Social Justice at USF, she spent her summers cultivating her passion through Project Moonshine, a Reno, Nevada non-profit, teaching filmmaking skills to high school students. Lis has developed her filmmaking skills in Los Angeles by working in the editorial department of numerous projects, including Kobe Bryant’s Showtime documentary MUSE; and most recently as editor for two episodes of “The Pitch” for Audience Network.

Taj Paxton: Taj is an award-winning writer, director and producer who has won three consecutive Emmy Awards in the Documentary category. Taj was awarded the Humanitas Prize, given to works that inspire human freedom, for producing the independent feature film, Green Dragon. Her short film, A Fat Girl’s Guide to Yoga, won NBC’s Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival, as well as its Audience Award. Her most recent work as a filmmaker, the music-inspired short My Brothers Keeper, is a moving meditation of love and loss that asks the audience to expand their understanding of Black masculinity and Black fatherhood.  Taj’s entire career has been lived at the intersection of race, gender & sexual orientation and, equally important, at the intersection of art and social change. She believes a story well told is our best tool in the fight against bigotry and hatred. Her new company Tajsworld Productions is based at MTV Studios.

 
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SATURDAY SHORTS - curated short films FROM NORTH AMERICA & ACROSS THE GLOBE | 6pm - 8pm

Session II will feature international and regional shorts, documentaries and a local films. A complete list of award winning films will be announced in mid-April.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 19

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SUNDAY SHORTS | BRUKA THEATRE | 1PM - 3PM

The festival concludes on Sunday with a variety of documentary and scripted short films at the Bruka Theatre. A complete list of films will be available along with ticket information in mid-April.

Secure Your Seat

There are two sessions for the OutWest Film Festival on Saturday, May 18th. Tickets to each session are sold separately by the Nevada Museum of Art. Save money by purchasing an early bird ticket and stick around in between showings for food & drinks available for purchase at chez louie.

Tickets for Sunday’s session at the Bruka Theatre will be available on mid-April.

FAQ

What is the OutWest Film Fest?

OutWest Film Fest is northern Nevada's LGBTQ Film Festival held in Reno and Lake Tahoe. The festival is produced by Our Center, Reno's LGBTQ nonprofit community center founded to provide a place that provided programs, services, and resources for the community.

 

How can I submit my film?

You can submit your film to the OutWest Film Fest by visiting our page on Film Freeway.

 

Is there any way I can help or volunteer?

Yes! We need volunteers to help us run this awesome event.

Contact Suzy Shaffer, Festival Coordinator, to let us know if you're interested.

 

When will tickets go on sale? How do I get my tickets?

Ticket information will be available in early April or sign up for our email list below to find out when tickets go on sale!

 

How much are tickets?

$10 per showing, festival passes and early bird ticket pricing will be available in early April.

 

What types of filmS will be shown?

The film festival will show international LGBTQ documentaries, feature films, and shorts.

 

Will the movies be suitable for kids?

Not all films will be suitable for children, but there will be clear labels on which films are appropriate for various audiences.  

 

Where can I stay if I'm visiting from out of town or just want to stay in downtown Reno or Tahoe?

Room block information will be available for both Reno and Tahoe by April 10, 2019.