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Level Ground to host 2nd annual faith-based film festival [Pasadena Star - News (CA)]

October 22, 2013


Religion and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer world often don't mingle harmoniously, but a local art movement would like to change that dynamic.

Los Angeles' Level Ground will host a faith-based LGBTQ film festival at the Armory Center for the Arts on Nov. 9 from 7-11 p.m. People must RSVP at by Nov. 1 if they wish to attend.

"There is a lot of potential to bridge communities that are kind of antagonistic to each other and to reconcile them and realize that we have more in common than we have in differences," spokesman Randall Frederick said.

The black-tie optional gala on Nov. 9 will include fashion models, gallery exhibits, music and dance performances, appetizers and short films.

Level Ground is fostering a new, welcoming conversation whereby different forms of art create a safe harbor for dialogue about faith, gender and sexuality.

The organization expects to screen about 13 feature-length films and about 25 short films at the 2014 Level Ground Film Festival, which will be held from Feb. 20 to March 2 in Pasadena: Laemmle Playhouse 7, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena and Armory Center for the Arts.

Five galas capped at 40 guests will be held at Jones Coffee Roasters and Lineage Dance. Each event will include a meal, a screening and a conversation with filmmakers, LGBT trailblazers and faith leaders.

Co-founders Samantha Curley and Chelsea McInturff, graduates of Fuller Theological Seminary, began the film festival last year to showcase artists who explore the nexus of gender, sexuality and faith communities.

In the 2013 inaugural film festival, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black - who won an Academy Award in 2008 for writing "Milk" - came to talk about his work.

People who wish to make film submissions must do so by Nov. 1. Festival guidelines are available online. Cash prizes will total $15,000.

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