The North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, held at the historic Carolina Theatre here in Durham, is one of the Bull City’s Signature Events; this year it features 76 films, with two world premieres and 54 North Carolina premieres.

The kickoff was tonight, and the fest runs through Sunday. The NCGLFF is the second largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southeast and the largest cultural arts event serving the LGBT community here. Folks come from all over the region, out and proud.

I’ve included a description of some of them. Find them all here. What Kate and I are taking in:


(Women’s Late Night Shorts)

The Best of Lezploitation

Director Michelle Johnson culled girl-on-girl scenes from more than 20 different grindhouse styled movies, cutting them together with a cheesy groove soundtrack and insights about lesbians from a scientific journal. With clips from a selection of some classic made-for-straight-men movies that have been reclaimed for the ladies featuring Swedish wildcats, frisky inmates, sinning nuns, lesbian vampires and a whole array of astonishingly sexed-up and fabulously big-haired women. Compiled from sexploitation films spanning the years of 1965 through the early 80s this hot presentation is guaranteed to be well worth the price of admission.

The other flix we’re seeing this weekend are after the jump.Saturday:

Mom’s Apple Pie

While the beginning of the LGBT Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum, the 1970s witnessed horrific custody battles for lesbian mothers. This documentary revisits the early tumultuous years of the lesbian custody movement through the stories of five lesbian mothers and their four children. Narrated by Kate Clinton, the documentary interviews the sons and daughters who were separated from their mothers, the mothers themselves, and one woman who made the difficult decision to flee with her children.

Family Reunion
Bob & Jack’s 52 Year Adventure

In 1952 an Army sergeant was cornered and courted by his commanding officer. Their romance grew and then grew too obvious. Rumors became anonymous tips to headquarters. They avoided court-martial by confronting the troops in their unit. That pivotal moment cemented Bob and Jack together for the rest of their lives. Fifty-two years later they share how they’ve remained a couple: how they left wives and children, moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest and started a radio station, and today how they battle it out in their eighties. Bob & Jack’s 52-Year Adventure is the true self-told story about the kind of lifelong love we all hope for and the equal rights two men who are still in love will now need to survive.

(Women’s Comedy Shorts)

Butch or Consequences
Dawn of the Drag King Zombies
Drag Rock Movie
Black Men and Me

A woman explores her position as a Trinidadian dyke and her complex relationship with black men. Shot in a barber shop, a traditional gathering place for black men, she has head shaved while she reflects on her black masculinity. Official Website:

The Incredible Dyke
Running Home
Worst Case Scenario: Butch Edition

EYE ON THE GUY: Alan B. Stone and the Age of Beefcake

This documentary explores the little-known world of physique photography. This scene paved the way for gay liberation, through the work of one of its most creative photographers. Alan B. Stone was a cultural pioneer. Long before Calvin Klein poster boys, he was taking erotic photos of men and running an international mail order business from his basement.

Outing Riley

An Irish-Catholic family learns that the youngest son is gay. Self-accepting Bobby Riley, a Chicago architect, tells us right off the bat he’s gay. He has three militantly straight brothers, and only his sister knows the truth. Now that both their parents are dead, his sister pressures Bobby to tell his brothers. Bobby and his live-in boyfriend would like nothing more than to drop the charade Bobby maintains with his lesbian pal. But when Bobby does spill the beans, his brothers assume due to his regular-guy demeanor that he’s kidding. Besides, they’re meat and potatoes Irish-Catholic, so Bobby simply can’t be gay. But, everybody, it turns out, has a secret.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding