GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly free LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, March 14 with a prize-winning film about how life changes for a teenage girl after she is sent to a gay-to-straight conversion camp. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month.
Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28thAvenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming film titles in general press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information online: www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
About the March 14 film: In this 2018 release, Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, she is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs, but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts. Directed by Desiree Akhavan. “Loaded with terrific performances all around.” (Toronto Star) Winner of the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Films. (Not Rated)
Save the date, Thursday April 11, for the next film in the series. Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their parents have a volatile relationship that makes and unmakes the family over and over, often leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel harden and grow into versions of their father. With the brothers fractured, Jonah, the youngest, becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah embraces an imagined world all his own. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar. “Artful and frank, a rare combination.” (San Diego Reader). (Rated R. Includes sexual content and strong language. Adults only.)
Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.