AARP in St. Louis is once again sponsoring QFest

Posted on 05/26/20

Join us for QFest

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AARP in St. Louis is once again sponsoring QFest, a festival of LGBTQ+ films organized and run by Cinema St. Louis and will run June 19-28, 2020. While the film festival is traditionally held at a local theatre, this year it will be offered virtually allowing you to view the film(s) safely from your home. In addition to providing support of this one of kind film festival in the St. Louis region, we are able to provide 300 guests the opportunity to screen one of the films for free. Our sponsorship supports the screening of 2 films:

  • Sordid Lives - Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this cult-classic comedy, features a gay Hollywood actor returning home to his small Texas town for his grandmother’s funeral. As the three generations of his dysfunctional family come together, the hilariously trashy truth of their “sordid lives” is revealed. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, and Beau Bridges, but the true show-stealer is Leslie Jordan as Brother Boy, a Tammy Wynette-obsessed gay uncle.
  • Surviving the Silence – The remarkable yet unknown story behind the historic discharge of Col. Grethe Cammemeyer for admitting she was a lesbian during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. In 1992, Col. Pat Thompson was a decorated Army nurse when she was asked to preside over the military review board that eventually dismissed Cammermeyer. Although Thompson had served her country with distinction for more than 30 years — from conflict zones in Central America to working inside the Pentagon — that appointment was perhaps her most challenging because she was forced to protect her own life secret: she, too, was a lesbian and had lived privately with her life partner, Barbara Brass, for many years. In “Surviving the Silence,” the three women come together to provide a nuanced view of the difficulties of lesbian life in America throughout the 20th century.

While we will miss connecting with all who attend our sponsored screenings, you will be treated with the opportunity to stream a film of your choice any time during the festival (June 19-28). Registration is easy! For your free “ticket” to QFest, click here.

If you wish to screen additional films beyond what is provided by AARP, please go to the Cinema St. Louis QFest webpage for information on viewing options. There are many great options - some films will be an additional cost along with many that are free to view.

“See” you at the movies!!

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