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Films on Gay/Lesbian/Transgender Issues Shown on Campus

BOONE–The Fifth Annual Queer Film Series at Appalachian State University begins Monday, Sept. 27, with “Business of Fancydancing,” based on Sherman Alexie’s poetry of the same name.

The series consists of five films and a live performance. All films will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Greenbriar Theatre in the Plemmons Student Union. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Discussion will follow each presentation. Funding for this year’s film series is made possible by a Hubbard Center Faculty Teaching Enhancement Grant.

In “Business of Fancydancing,” best friends Aristotle Joseph and Seymour Polatkin are Native American men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation. Sixteen years after their high school graduation, Seymour, now a successful, openly gay poet living in Seattle, confronts his past when he returns to the reservation to attend a friend’s funeral. The film is a deeply moving drama about reconciling one’s birthright with a quest for new horizons.

Other films include “Tipping the Velvet” on Monday, Oct. 4. This BBC feature film is based on Sarah Waters’s acclaimed novel of lesbian love, betrayal and redemption in Victorian England.

On Monday, Oct. 11, “One Nation Under God” explores “curing” homosexuality – making gays straight. The film mixes archival footage and interviews with people from both sides of the issue. It shows the lengths that the religious and medical community have gone in their efforts to change gays and lesbians.

The live performance “Doin’ Time at the Homo No Mo Halfway House,” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. The one-man show is based on Peterson Toscano’s real-life experiences floundering in various ex-gay ministries. Toscano weaves humor, program jargon and eye witness accounts to form a piece that is hilarious, poignant and inspirational. The performance is sponsored by the Hubbard Center, BGLAAD, Women’s Studies, the Equity Office and the Multicultural Student Development program.

The film “Keepin’ It Real” will be shown Oct. 19. Greg Walloch is adorable, he has cerebral palsy, he’s gay and he lives in Harlem. This funny and smart film follows the charismatic comedian/storyteller through his day, mixing scenes of daily life with clips from live stand-up performances in some of New York City’s finest comedy clubs.

” Iron Ladies” will be shown Oct. 25. The Thai comedy received the Audience Award for Best Feature at both the San Francisco and New York 2001 Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals. The film is based on a true story of how a volleyball team composed mostly of transvestite gays and one transsexual competed in the 1996 national championships.

Contact Dr. Kim Hall at or Dr. Jill Ehnenn at ehnennjr@appstate.edufor more information.