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Desperado Film Festival celebrates nine years of LGBT film and culture

Sharlene Celeskey, Contemporary Culture Editor

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Dr. Marilyn Cristiano and MC Maryanne Martinni mingle with patrons in the lobby of PVCC’s Center for Performing Arts at the 9th Annual Desperado LBGT Film Festival in Phoenix.

The ninth Desperado LGBT Film Festival held on Feb. 9 – Feb. 11 at Paradise Valley Community College was a jam-packed weekend with great films, friends, food and fun. Vivid rainbow balloons welcomed returning patrons and newcomers to the festival. On opening night, all access pass holders mingled in the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts while hors d’oeuvres and finger foods were served to them by waiters. The opening night film, “Heart, Baby!” was very well received and, afterwards, featured a Q & A with director Angela Shelton and actor Shawn-Caulin Young. Both returned during the weekend to view the other films. Afterwards “Heart, Baby!” won Desperado’s Jury Award. Patrons could stay and watch all films and did not need to leave for food. Both pizza and salad were sold on Saturday and Sunday. Students from the PVCC Honors Program were on hand to cook the pizza. “A Year in Transition,” kicked off Saturday’s films with actor Issa Ismail and director Lorne Clarkson on hand for a Q & A following the film. Phoenix Pride presented the highly entertaining “Signature Film,” on Saturday. During the day Saturday Mixed Shorts were shown inside while during the evening Free Short Films from past years were shown outside. Sunday night’s special guest was Max Alder of the TV show, “Glee.” After the showing of the Audience Award Film, “Snapshots,” Adler conducted a Q & A session about the said film, in which he starred in. He also talked about current and future projects he was involved in and posed for photos with fans. Dawn Bowman, Desperado’s featured local artist and U of A graduate, conducted a Meet the Artist mixer Saturday. She also gave short impromptu lectures on her work. All photos were taken by the Desperado LGBT Film Festival Committee members.

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