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The Best-Kept Cinematic Secret in Town

Q-Fest returns, September 26–28.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston is the sole venue for Q-Fest, the 12th annual Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and, at press time, the sole online source of information about the once-thriving fest.

Once found, this year’s modest yet pleasing program offers a documentary-dominated line-up of five films from the festival circuit. Spread the word.

Individual Q-fest tickets are $10. MFAH members, senior adults, students with ID, and members of “Film Buffs” receive a $2 ticket discount. Ultimate Film Supporter level members of Film Buffs are admitted free. Details:

Save Me stars Judith Light, seen here with director Robert Cary.

 September 26
7:30 p.m.
Save Me
Chad Allen (see interview “Many Crowns”), Robert Gant (Queer as Folk) and staunch ally of the gay community, Judith Light (Ugly Betty), star in this drama about the fallacy of conversion therapy. Directed by Robert Cary. 2007.

6 and 8 p.m.
The brilliant Tilda Swinton wrote and produced this documentary about British indie staple, Derek Jarman. Home movies, film clips, and interviews tell the story of a vibrantly gay man who eventually succumbed to AIDS in 1994. Directed by Isaac Julien. 2008.

Isaac Julien (l) and Tilda Swinton in Derek.


September 27

 (The Queen Is Dead [UK, 1986, 13 min.], the Derek Jarman-directed music video for The Smiths, follows the feature.)


September 28

3 p.m.
Out Late
Conveniently scheduled for the early-bird special audience, “better late than never” is the theme for five GLBT seniors who come out of the closet after age 55. Directed by Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke. 2008.


5 p.m.
The New World (Le Nouveau Monde)
Clay Aiken and Ricky Martin became parents (though not together), so why can’t Lucie and Marion? Just as their wish becomes a reality, the lesbian couple’s relationship hits a snag. Directed by Étienne Dhaene. 2008. French with English subtitles.

The New World.

The New World


 7 p.m.

Chris & Don: A Love Story
An age difference of 30 years didn’t prevent writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories inspired Cabaret ) and artist Don Barchady from devoting 34 years of their lives to each other in non-wedded bliss. Directed by Tina Mascar and Guido Santi. 2007.


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