Revry will honor National LGBT History Month in October with the premiere of the 5th annual QueerX festival (October 1-31).
The QueerX festival is all about celebrating LGBTQ+ music, film, politics, and culture. With lots of festivals making changes this year, QueerX will be going virtual, live, and free. The upcoming 2020 event (which will take place 3 weeks before the national election) will feature the theme “Rise Up” and will drive political participation through its screenings, panels, and activations.
The official description from the press release reads:
Revry presents QueerX TV–a free 24/7 TV channel through the month of October which will host all of the festival’s “Official Selections” including international LGBTQ+ short films, digital series, and music videos. Audiences will have the opportunity to screen all entries and vote, in real time, on their category favorites. The globally streamed QueerX TV channel will also host other exclusive programming for the festival including Revry’s newest POC-driven panel series, Amplify Voices, which explores the intersectionality of black and queer identity through the lens of entertainment, sports, politics, and allyship. Other programming for QueerX 2020 will include virtual Happy Hours and its annual Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest presented by Final Draft–giving creators the rare opportunity to pitch projects one-on-one to top industry producers and production companies.
Tickets are currently available at www.queerx.com.
The upcoming festival will celebrate National Coming Out Day with the virtual and in-person premiere of QueerX Live!–a star-studded award show that will include screenings of the category winners from the competition, musical performances, celebrity coming out stories, and the presentation of the 5th Annual Revry Visibility Awards which honors public figures who have proven to be on the front lines of queer advocacy this year.
The show will also screen on National Coming Out Day at a COVID-safe, drive-in screening event, QueerX @ the Drive-In–a pop-up Drive-In in Downtown Los Angeles benefiting the community-focused non-profit, DTLA Proud, and featuring DJs, food and drink, as well as surprise guest performances.
“The festival pushes boundaries by fostering connection and empowering queer voices,” shared Revry CEO and Co-Founder, Damian Pelliccione. “Community and a sense of shared identity are two of the advantages that being queer offers and its through this festival that we can give back by creating a space of belonging. One where artists, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can connect while exploring the future of queer expression.”
Key QueerX Festival 2020 highlights include:
- Oct. 1st-4th: QueerX TV brought to you by Lexus will premiere on the Revry channel guide and viewers will be able to screen and vote for their favorite selections from the Comedy, Drama, and Music Video categories.
- Oct. 5th -10th: The boundary-pushing Revry Original panel series, Amplify Voices will premiere and screen new episodes. The series embraces black and queer intersectionality across entertainment, politics, sports, and allyship and includes conversations with the authors of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,’ and discussions about the shared experiences of LGBTQIA+ people in Music and Sports and how to best be an ally to the Black and Queer communities. Hosted by DJ, Activist, and Entrepreneur Joshua ‘Zeke’ Thomas, the programming will include panels with Political strategist/analyst, campaign manager, and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile, Iconic creative Director & Talent Developer Laurianne Gibson, NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, World Cup Gold Medalist gymnast Eddie Penev, and more incredible voices.
- Oct. 11th: On National Coming Out Day, the QueerX Live! awards show will air with musical performances, screenings of the winning films, as well as Revry’s annual honoring of influential celebrities who have made an impact on the community with the 2020 Revry Visibility Awards. A live QueerX @ the Drive-In event will also screen the QueerX Live! awards show in downtown Los Angeles with special pre-show live entertainment and musical performances.
- Oct. 17th: QueerX is thrilled to champion new voices by hosting its annual Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest presented by Final Draft. This virtual event gives any creator the rare opportunity to pitch a project face-to-face with top industry producers and decision-makers. Only 20 pitch slots are available with top pitches receiving the Final Draft product as prizes.
- Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: Each Thursday eve from 5 pm-7 pm (PST) / 8 pm-10 pm (EST), experience this free Virtual Happy Hour by enjoying your own cocktail and connecting with fellow festival attendees, filmmakers, and industry professionals.
Lexus is the Grand Sponsor for QueerX. Other sponsorships include Final Draft and Tourist Office of Spain who will present the 2020 TourSpain Award. QueerX’s Advocate Partners include Cheurlin Champagne, with Community Partners including DTLA Proud, Black Women Lead, and Gayborhood Agency. According to the press release, special thanks given to Media Partners Getty/WireImage and L.A. Confidential Magazine.
The QueerX 2020 Official Selections Program includes:
- A Walk in the Park (Dir. Santo D. Marabella)
- Adolescence (Dir. Zeb Daemen)
- Affection (Dir. Connor Williams)
- Baby Lies Truthfully (Dir. Joseph Ingham)
- Becoming _ (Dir. Sophie Francey)
- Box: A Digital Love Story (Dir. Chase Michael Torrence)
- Extrasensory (Dir. Ryan Suits)
- Flush (Dir. Diego Freitas)
- For Spacious Sky (Dir. Coy Middlebrook)
- Foundation (Dir. James Elinski)
- Good Bi Kiss (Dir. Chris Phillips)
- Here Lies Truth (Dirs. David Elijah & Lauren Flack)
- I’m Moshanty. Do You Love Me? (Dir. Tim Wolff)
- In Orbit (Dir. Katie McNeice)
- Leeway (Dir. Roberto Nascimento)
- Now You Know (Dir. Roberto Ferreira)
- One More Please (Dir. Aleksei Borovikov)
- People Like Us – S2 (Dir. Leon Cheo)
- Playback (Dir. Nikhail Asnani)
- Plunge (Dirs. David James Holloway & Samuel Lawrence)
- Reflections (Dir. Vickie Rose Sampson)
- Reparations (Dir. Gregory G. Allen)
- The Foreigner (Dir. Ben Allen)
- The Leap (Dir. Shanna R. Riker)
- The Y Theory (season 2) (Dirs. Caroline Taillet & Martin Landmeters)
- Treasure (Dir. Monty Wolfe)
- Velour (Dir. Miranda Manziano)
- We’re Not Here (Dir. Bonnie Moir)
- A Sip With Vodka: A Russian Guide to Becoming A Real Housewife and Making It In America (Dir. David Kahawaii)
- Avocado Toast the series (Dir. Sam Coyle)
- Being In (Dir. Victor M. Rocha)
- Blurred Lines (Dir. Lucy Sandler)
- Dated (Dir. Zenon Samuels)
- Don’t Frighten The Horses (Dir. Yannis Zafeiriou)
- Fertilizer (Dir. Ben Simpkins)
- InQueeri (Dir. Alexandra Rose)
- Jules & Eli – Pilot Episode (Dirs. Cristina DiGioia & Damon Corbin)
- Kiko’s Saints (Dir. Manuel Marmier)
- Lez B Real (Dir. Ellie Gravitte)
- LoverGirl (Dir. Shawna Khorasani)
- Phasmophilia (Dir. Simon Sager)
- Punch Card (Dir. Adrianna Stough)
- Simple as That (Dir. Brandon C. Lay)
- Stalls (Dir. João Dall’Stella)
- Tiny Laughs (Dir. Laura Edith Rivas)
- MUSIC VIDEOS
- “Backroom” by ShyBoy
- “Backstabber” ft. Nina Flowers by Fior
- “But First…” by Erin Brown Thomas
- “Human” by Je’Vel
- “Silence” by Nick Eliscu
- “Star of Bethnal Green” by Bear’s Den
- “Tables Have Turned” ft. Coco Montrese by Christina Royale
- “UP2U” by the Nico Show
- “Vivian & Valerie” by Gabe Lopez
- “Way. Way. Back” by Christopher Sorensen
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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