Richmond adds to its LGBT resume with the recently announced Reel Pride Film Festival. The two-day event presented by ROSMY debuts February 5th and 6th at the Firehouse Theater.
“We’ve been asking the community for support for 19 years,” ROSMY Executive Director John Dougherty says. “It’s time as an organization for us to give back to the broader community. Now we really have a platform to really build that from.”
The festival opens with a cocktail reception and screening of Patrik 1.5, which tells the story of a gay couple adopting a baby but ends up with a homophobic teenager.
Saturday’s daylong event begins with a free showing of “Out in Silence,” a documentary about the challenges of being an outsider in a rural community. A discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Joe Wilson follows the screening.
Other films featured include “Baby Formula” about a lesbian couple experimenting with stem cells; “Breakfast With Scott” about a gay couple looking after one of the partner’s flamboyant nephew; and “Edie and Thea, A Very Long Engagement,” a documentary about two women finally getting married after 42 years together.
In line with ROSMY’s youth mission, Dougherty believes the festival will help promote a positive image of the LGBT community.
“We really wanted to help bring the community together for our youth and work to create community change by bringing awareness to the issues.”