‘Rebels on Pointe’ screening for OUT at the Movies
Hot on the heels of its successful screening of The Fabulous Allan Carr last month, Winston-Salem’s International LGBT Film Festival “OUT at the Movies” is back on point for its next event. The screening of Bobbi Jo Hart’s buoyant, bubbly, award-winning documentary Rebels on Pointe, takes place Sunday at the ACE Exhibition Complex, on the main campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem.
Rebels on Pointe is the first film to shine a spotlight on the internationally acclaimed Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male, drag ballet troupe founded over 40 years ago in New York City in light of the Stonewall riots. Since then, the “Trocks” have amassed a worldwide cult following, earning new fans wherever they perform.
The film offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the history of the troupe, as seen through the eyes and told through the stories by its members, as well as show-stopping dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. In their own unique way, the Trocks are cultural ambassadors and social revolutionaries – who happen to wear tutus.
The film has scored on the festival circuit, winning the Audience Choice award at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary at both the 2017 San Luis Obispo and MiFo Miami festivals, and Best Canadian Feature at the 2017 InsideOut LGBT Film Festival Toronto.
Get Real stated that Rebels on Pointe has “real heart and soul,” the Montreal Gazette called it “an affectionate tribute to a dance company that dares to defy convention,” POV Magazine hailed the film as “laugh-out-loud funny! An inclusive doc portrait … the dancers of Rebels on Pointe are good company for any audience,” and Inside Out added: “Hart’s engaging documentary brings out the humor in the Trocks, an essential part of the troupe’s ethos. And she does that while balancing it with the seriousness that comes with ballet.”
According to Rex Welton, the co-founder and director of the OUT at the Movies festival and screening series, “we had wanted to include Rebels on Pointe as part of our 2017 festival, but the ballet company was touring overseas, and we preferred to screen the film when some of the Trocks could join us in Winston-Salem for a Q&A and reception. They are stopping in Winston-Salem after a performance at Davidson College.”
Welton also enlisted one of the area’s foremost authorities on dance to moderate the post-screening Q&A session: Susan Jaffe, dean of the UNCSA School of Dance “We’re very excited she’ll be moderating!” Welton noted. She’ll be joined by members of the troupe and Liz Harler, general manager of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Following this, there will be a special reception to welcome the Trocks at Vintage Sofa Bar (located at 1001 Burke St.) in Winston-Salem.
This year marks the 15th year of the OUT at the Movies screening series, and “the series has been doing really well,” Welton said. “We had over 250 people attend our screening of Hard Surfaces and had an enthusiastic audience for The Fabulous Allan Carr. BB&T, the presenting sponsor of our festival for the last three years, just stepped up to the plate to become the presenting sponsor of our series as well. We are thrilled with this partnership!”
The fifth annual OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Fest is also set for Oct. 4 to 7, and they’ve already begun receiving submissions. Sponsorships are available beginning at $100, and festival passes are available for $75. You can learn all the details at www.outatthemovieswinston.org.
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Rebels on Pointe will be screened 2 p.m. Sunday at the ACE Exhibition Complex on the main campus of UNCSA School of Filmmaking, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, followed by a Q&A moderated by School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe. Tickets are $8 (advance) and $10 (at the door). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.918.0902 or visit the official OUT at the Movies website: https://outatthemovieswinston.org/. The official Rebels on Pointe website is www.rebelsonpointe.com.