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Houston Film Director Highlights the History of Montrose’s Numbers Nightclub with New Documentary

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by Megan Smith

Since its beginnings in the mid-1970s, Montrose’s Numbers Nightclub has been a hub for queer culture. And by queer, I don’t mean strictly LGBTQ. Whether you consider yourself an alternative punk-rocker, a glamorous goth, a drag queen extraordinaire, or just a plain societal misfit, there’s always been a place for you at Numbers.

Local director Marcus Pontello has teamed up with Jeromy Barber and James Templeton of Dinolion Studios to make a feature-length documentary film on the history of Numbers Nightclub and its “come as you are” counter-culture attitude. The film, titled Friday I’m in Love, takes viewers on a journey from the club’s beginnings as a dinner theater to its reinvention as a gay disco to its notoriety as a home for live alternative music.

Told through the voices of those who have helped cultivate the club, the film tells a story of acceptance, community, and survival.

Pontello and Dinolion Studios begin a Kickstarter campaign on February 2 to help raise funds for the film’s archival research, production expenses, and the music rights needed to accurately depict the iconic nightclub’s 40-year history.

For more information on the film and to receive updates on the film’s Kickstarter campaign, visit facebook.com/NumbersTheDocumentary.

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Megan Smith is the Assistant Editor for OutSmart Magazine.

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