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QFest Roars

Houston’s LGBTQ Film Fest Becomes One of the Hottest Tickets in the City

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 07.24.15

Kudos and happy 19th to Houston’s once under-the-radar film festival, which has most decidedly come out of the closet — and reigns as one of the hottest cinematic weekends in town, as well as being the city’s only LGBTQ-themed film festival.

Cue QFest 2015, sensitively curated – with a bold splash of drama and bigger-than-life drag queens and smoldering leading men such as Tab Hunter — by Houston-based cinematist Kristian Salinas, festival director. Spilling from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to Rice Cinema, 14 Pews and even Alamo Drafthouse, the cinematic roundup features seven centerpiece films, with other additions organized by participating partners. (You don’t need to be gay to enjoy QFest: I’ll never forget the screening several years ago of the Divine biopic at the MFAH — a campy-to-poignant film that brought out a diverse audience and packed every seat.)

Also, highly recommended — perhaps the best biographical documentary of all time — the beyond-classic Grey Gardens, a look into the decaying grandeur and strange eccentric world of two women (an aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), an absolutely riveting piece of film-making co-directed by the late brothers Albert and David Maysles (Albert of Iris fame).


Follow our slide show for a few of the must-see moments from this weekend, including Saturday, July 25’s big matinee bash, set for 4 pm at FotoFest and coinciding with the ground-breaking exhibition “I Am A Camera,” curated by FotoFest executive director Steven Evans.

All that’s missing — a personal appearance by Caitlyn Jenner. Maybe QFest 2016?

See the complete lineup, show times and tickets at q-fest.com.

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