Lights! Camera! Action! The Eighth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, will be taking over the Tivoli Theatre, April 19-23, 2015.


Founded in 2007 to fill the void left when SLILAG (St. Louis International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) ended its ambitious annual festival after the 1999 season, QFest is a St. Louis-based LGBTQ film festival offering an eclectic slate of films, features, documentaries and short subjects for the queer community.

"No matter who you are or how you identify yourself, there is something for everyone at QFest St. Louis," said Chris Clark, Artistic Director Cinema St. Louis.

An impressive 12 screenings totally 23 films await audiences at this year's festival. QFest's mission is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

"QFest may be one of the smaller events produced annually by Cinema St. Louis, but it is very special and important to me," added Clark. "In the modern digital era, we now have a much greater ability to see and hear the voices of queer filmmakers from all over the planet. While we never shy away from tough topics in films, we seek stories that at their roots have a positive message about people who live and work and breathe as a proud LGBTQ individual."

Highlights at this year's QFest include the St. Louis premieres of two biographical documentaries on Olympic diver Greg Louganis (Back on Board) and former Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter (Tab Hunter Confidential). Other prominent films include the latest from avant-garde queer filmmaker Bruce la Bruce (Gerontophilia) and lesbian-themed films starring Geraldine Chaplin (Sand Dollars) and the directorial debut from HBO’s “Girls” co-star Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior).

"As a former competitive swimmer and child of the 60s and 70s, I am thrilled to be presenting Back on Board, the story of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis," said Clark. "My siblings and I all proudly wore the stars and stripes Speedos worn by the US Swimming and Diving team back in 1976. QFest will also be screening three superb lesbian features Appropriate Behavior, Liz in September and Sand Dollars, plus one of the sweetest coming of age stories I have ever seen, the Brazilian dramedy The Way He Looks."

#Boom is proud to be sponsoring the short film Seed Money, the story of San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist Chuck Holmes, on Wed., April 22 at 9 p.m.

Tickets for QFest are on sale now for all shows. Cost is $12 each or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs. All screenings will be held at the Tivoli Theatre, located at 6350 Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar Loop. 


For the schedule of screenings and events, including trailers and full descriptions of the films, visit Cinema St. Louis' interactive festival website or find them on Facebook.



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