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Monday, October 3

This Is My Journey


Special pre-festival showing! This Is My Journey is a documentary exploring the transitioning process for three transgender people in Central Illinois. This work was created by Kate Brickman with assistance from the University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center and The UP Center of Champaign County.

Run Time: 60 min

Release: 2011
Director: Kate Brickman



Panel Discussion

Join us in The Normal Theater immediately following the showing for a panel discussion with members of ACHR and particpants of the documentary.

This event is offered free of charge to the public

Tuesday, October 4

We Were Here


We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the City's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment. Though this is a San Francisco based story, the issues it addresses extend not only beyond San Francisco but also beyond AIDS itself. 'We Were Here' speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises.

Run Time: 90 min

Release: 2011
Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber

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Wednesday, October 5

Wish Me Away


After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright becomes the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland family and, most importantly, within herself. With unprecedented access over a two-year period, including her private video diaries, the film layers Chely's rise to fame while hiding in the late 90's with the execution of her coming out plan, culminating in the exciting moment when she steps into the media glare to reveal she is gay.

The film shows both the devastation of internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. The film also documents the conflicting responses from Nashville, the heartland and the LGBT community as Chely Wright prepares for an unknown future.

Run Time: 120 min

Release: 2011
Directors: Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf

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Thursday, October 6



A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets.

The Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit parties where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.

Run Time: 107 min

Release: 2011
Director: Maryam Keshavarz

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Friday, October 7

The Wise Kids


A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open.

Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters: Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time.

Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

Run Time: 91 min

Release: 2011
Director: Stephen Cone



Q& A with Tyler Ross and Laura Klein

Actor Tyler Ross and producer Laura Klein will be available for a Q&A immediately following the showing of The Wise Kids!

photo credit: imageout.org,

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Saturday, October 8


3:00pm Matinee

Laure is ten years old. Laure is a tomboy. New to a new neighborhood, she makes Lisa and her gang believe that she's a boy. An act or truth? Act.

Summer becomes a big playground and Laure becomes Michael, a boy like the others...different enough to attract Lisa' attention and for her to fall in love with. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as though the end of summer will not reveal her disconcerting secret.

Laure is moving into a new neighborhood with her little sister Jeanne. Because she is in need of new friends and does not know anybody, Laure decides to dress and act as a boy. She becomes close to Lisa, who does not know her new best friend is not a boy.

Run Time: 82 min

Release: 2011
Director: Céline Sciamma



From writer/director Mike Mills comes a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments.

Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds) only months after his father Hal (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who following 44 years of marriage came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

The upheavals of Hals new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Run Time: 105 min

Release: 2010
Director: Mike Mills

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Sunday, October 9

Watch Trailer 2011 Overall Fan Favorite

The Birdcage

3:00pm Matinee

Join us as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Hank Azaria chewing up the scenery in this 1996 farcical comedy.

Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover Albert stars there as Starina. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and "mother..." and what ensues is comic chaos.

Run Time: 117 min

Release: 1996
Director: Mike Nichols

Watch Trailer 2011 Independent Fan Favorite

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls


A profile of the world's only comedic, singing, dancing, lesbian twin sisters.

Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country and western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

If you see only one documentary about lesbian, country-singing, comedian twins from New Zealand, make it this one! Jools and Linda Topp have become incredibly successful among New Zealanders for their energetic combination of comical characters and catchy rhymes. This exuberant film captures the joy they bring both to their performances and to their daily lives. If you’re not already a Topp Twins fans, you'll be one by the end of this delightful film.

Run Time: 84 min

Release: 2009
Director: Leanne Pooley

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Monday, October 10

I Am the Queen


Special post-festival screening! This screening, sponsored by ISU University Galleries and the ISU Latin American and Latino Studies program, is a documentary which follows youth participating in a community-centered beauty pageant designed to raise HIV awareness in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago. The film follows participants as they navigate the tumult of competition while uncovering many of the struggles faced by the transgender community. On hand at the screening will be the film’s co-director, Josue Pellot.

Run Time: 88:00

Release: 2010
Director: >Henrique Cirne-Lima, Josue Pellot



Josue Pellot

Meet the film’s co-director, Josue Pellot, immediately following the screening.

photo credit: Frank Serpico

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