Festival season is upon us. The newest of the spring crop is Birmingham Shout, a two-day showcase of films with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes. So far, so good: Friday’s opening night film/party is already sold out, and Saturday’s lineup looks intriguing.
What can you expect? Dramas, documentaries and dancing. And likely, a few surprises.
Maybe it says something about Birmingham’s cultural climate that it can play host to a gay film festival. Or maybe it’s a testament to the growth of the Alabama Moving Image Association, the group behind the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, now in its eighth year.
Nonetheless, movie fans of all stripes should check out the lineup. We know we shall.
Previews and reviews
- Reviews of “The Celluloid Closet,” “Summer Storm,” “Loving Annabelle,” “Gay Sex in the '70s” and “The Aggressives” from Black and White.
- Previews of “Loving Annabelle” and “Cruel and Unusual” from Birmingham Weekly.
- Reviews of opening night feature doc “Small Town Gay Bar” from Variety and Film Threat.
- An interview with festival organizers on “Tapestry” on WBHM (90.3 FM). (Or try the podcast feed.)
- My review of “Pick Up the Mic,” a documentary about gay hip-hop artists.
- My review of “Cruel and Unusual,” a documentary about transgender prisoners.
- My review of “Small Town Gay Bar,” a documentary about the role of gay bars in the rural South.
- Film schedule: Starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at WorkPlay, 500 23rd St. S.
- Friday tickets: $15, $12 for students. Sold out. Call WorkPlay at 380-4082 to join the waiting list.
- Saturday tickets: Per film, $5, $4 for students.
- For more info, visit the official site or call (205) 324-0888.
- MySpace profile