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OUT At The Movies back in Winston-Salem

by Mark Burger

The ongoing series of “OUT at the Movies” screenings in Winston-Salem for the last decade proved such a success that last year it was expanded into a full, three-day festival event – which itself proved so successful that it’s back again this year “¦ as a four-day event.

Once again, “OUT at the Movies” boasts a wide selection of critically acclaimed and award-winning gay- and lesbianthemed feature films and shorts.

All told, there will be 22 screenings, five parties, and this year will also include a comedy show, an art show, and a music concert. Many of the feature films being screened are preceded by a short film.

The fun begins Thursday at 7 pm with Aging Gracelessly: Fifty Shades of Fay, a solo performance by Fay Jacobs, which will be presented at Diamondback Grill (751 N. Avalon Road).

The screenings commence Friday, with the opening-night film Baby Steps screened at 7:30 pm at the UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex (1533 S. Main St.), followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. Afterward, there will be a celebrity reception for festival guests at the Old Fourth Street Filling Station (871 W. Fourth St.). The fun continues into the night with the opening-night dance party at Club Snap (1001 Burke St.).

Saturday’s line-up includes Out to Win at 12:30 pm at a/perture cinema (311 W. Fourth St.); Tab Hunter Confidential (3 pm), The Girl King (3:15 pm) and In the Grayscale (5:30 pm) at the ACE Theatre Complex. At 5:30 pm, there will be a VIP reception at Carolina Hops & Vineyards (1111 S. Marshall St.). At 7 pm, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson will be screened at Salem College’s Hanes Auditorium (601 S. Church St.), and there’s another 11 pm dance party at Club Snap to boogie the night away.

Sunday’s screenings include Naz & Maalik (12 pm), Summer of Sangaile (12:15 pm), the work-in-progress Forbidden (2:30 pm) featuring filmmaker Q&A, Upstairs Inferno (5 pm) with Q&A, and Kiss Me! Kill Me! (7:30 pm) with Q&A at a/ perture cinema. At 6 pm, OUT at the Movies presents a Danielle Ate the Sandwich concert at West End Cafe (926 W. Fourth St.), followed at 9:30 pm by the celebrity reception and awards party at Jeffrey Adams on Fourth (321 W. Fourth St.). !

WANNA go?

The “OUT at the Movies” festival opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. Individual tickets are $8 and a limited number of “All-Access Festival Passes” are available for $60. For tickets, a complete schedule of screenings, events and venues, or for more information, call 336.918.0902, e-mail OUTatthemovies@triad.rr.com, or visit www. outatthemovieswinston.org.

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