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Wednesday, October 15

The New Black


Normal Theater

Through the streets and into the churches, this documentary follows the activists and opponents of divisive gay rights issues within the black community of Maryland.

Run Time: 61 min

Release: 2013
Director: Yoruba Richen



Panel Discussion with Karess Taylor-Hughes

Join us immediately following the showing of The New Black for a panel discussion with one of the activists in the film, Karess Taylor-Hughes.

Free Screening to the public. First 50 Illinois State University students to show valid ID at the door get one free popcorn and soda, sponosored by Diversity Advocacy at Illinois State.

Thursday, October 16



A mother and her son's boyfriend confront language and cultural barriers while overcoming the loss of a shared loved one.

Run Time: 1 hr 31 min

Release: 2014
Director: Hong Khaou



Social at Medici

We're sure Lilting will inspire discussion. Join us at the bar of Medici Restaurant for socializing and complimentary appetizers, and talk with the organizers of the festival about the film.
Buy Tickets$7.00 at the box office window or purchase a festival pass.

Friday, October 17

To Be Takei


Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

Run Time: 1 hr 33 min

Release: 2013
Director:Jennifer M. Kroot

$7.00 at the box office window or purchase a festival pass.

Saturday, October 18

Appropriate Behavior


Shirin is a bisexual Persian, dealing with a breakup, confronting her very traditional family, and navigating young adult-hood in Brooklyn. Insipired by Woody Allen's Annie Hall and compared to HBO's Girls, Appropriate Behavior balances humor, melodrama, and awkwardness with touching relatable situations.


Run Time: 1 hr 30 min

Release: 2014
Director: Desiree Akhavan



After Party at University Galleries

Check out University Galleries in their new Uptown Normal location, and get personal tour of the current show Walter Robinson: Paintings and Other Indulgences by Gallery Director Barry Blinderman.

Buy Tickets$7.00 at the box office window or purchase a festival pass.

Sunday, October 19

The Way He Looks


A blind student seeks independence from overprotective parents and friends through a unlikely new student. Portuguese with English subtitles.

Run Time: 1 hour 35 min

Release: 2014
Director: Daniel Ribeiro



Talkback Session on Anti-bullying

Celebrate the last night of the Festival with a talkback discussing anti-bullying work in area schools with Caroline Fox of Normal Community High School, Suzie Hutton of Bloomingotn Junior High School, and Marcus Fogliano of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Buy Tickets$7.00 at the box office window or purchase a festival pass.