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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Schedule and press release

3rd Annual Arkansas LGBTQ Film Festival
Sponsored by Cinema Pride, Easy Street Piano Bar, and
University of Central Arkansas PRISM
June 23-24

Special Guest 6 Time Emmy Award Winner: Stu Maddux

Schedule of Screenings:
Following Conway PRIDE on

Saturday, June 23
6:00- “Love Life”- Drama about a marriage of convenience between a gay male and a lesbian woman that turns sour (71 minutes)**

7:30- “Bubbeh Lee and Me” – 87-year-old speaks her heart to her gay grandson (35 minutes)

8:00- “Bob and Jack’s 52-year Adventure” – Directed by Special Guest Stu Maddux – story of two men who survived all odds and are still together 53 years later (41 minutes)
(Followed by discussion with director)

9:15- Women Short Films (30 minutes)

9:45- “Tan Lines” – Coming of age story of young surfer
(97 minutes)**

11:00- Special Bonus-- film from 2007 Diversity Pride in Eureka Springs (60 minutes)

Sunday, June 24
12:00- “Red Without Blue” – Moving documentary about identical twins, one of whom opts for sexual reassignment surgery (90 minutes)

1:30- “The DL Chronicles”—Episode from Here! TV’s new series on African-American men who cheat on their wives with other men (29 minutes)**

2:00- “Rock Haven”- Story of merging Christian Fundamentalism with sexuality and succeeding
(90 minutes)

3:30- “El Calentito” – A Spanish rock musician finds her true love in the audience at a local bar (86 minutes)

5:00- “Show Business: The Road to Broadway” – Behind the scenes of 4 musicals, “Wicked,” “Taboo,” “Avenue Q,” and “Caroline, Or Change” (104 minutes)

7:30- “Laughing Matters… More” – All female, all stand-up, all comedy (73 minutes)

9:00- “Back Soon” – Bittersweet love story between two men, one of whom is straight (83 minutes)**

10:30- Bonus Gay Short Films**
**Films may not be suitable for all ages

There will be additional showings as well after the official schedule (as bonus films) including the world premiere of "We're All Angels."

Bob and Jack's 52-year Adventure

(Little Rock, AR) In 1952 an Army sergeant was cornered and courted by his commanding officer. Their romance grew so obvious that rumors became anonymous tips to headquarters. They avoided court-martial by confronting their entire unit. That pivotal moment cemented Bob and Jack together for the rest of their lives. 52-years later they share how they remained a couple: how one man left his wife and children, how together they moved to a small town and became a fixture in the community, and today how they survive in their eighties without the benefits of marriage.

Now, Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure, an award winning documentary about their relationship will have its Arkansas premiere Saturday June 23rd, 8 PM at Easy Street Piano Bar as the opening night film of Reel Attractions, The Arkansas GLBTQ Film Festival. A discussion with director Stu Maddux will follow.

“We feel extremely honored to premiere at this festival,” says Bob Claunch, now 81, from their home in Los Angeles, CA. “With everything going across the country with "don't ask don't tell" and with gay marriage, we hope people are encouraged by our story. We didn’t have it easy but we didn’t give up.”

“That’s one of the reasons we think that the film is a good message for young people too”, says partner Jack Reavley, 83. “They need to know that they can have successful relationships. The skeptics are just waiting for us to fail when we try to have lifelong love. Well, we didn't. And we're here to tell you that you won't either'."

The weekend-long festival will exhibit more than a dozen films including some of the best releases this year in the genre of gay cinema. For more information about the event contact Amos Lassen: 870-550-6298.

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