In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Amit Dixit, Communications Director of the Boston LGBT Film Festival which is celebrating its 28th year and runs from May 3rd to the 13th. There are over 100 features and shorts participating in this year’s film festival. Opening night on May 3rd will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art with the screening of the Italian film LOOSE CANNONS (Mine Vaganti) directed by Ferzan Ozpetek with English subtitles. This smart comedy is about the conservative Catholic Cantone family who own and operate a pasta factory in southern Italy. Tommaso is the youngest son who lives in Rome where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend. Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself but when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family his older brother Antonio ruins his plans. Opening night is co-presented by the Consolato Generale d'Italia Boston with opening remarks by the Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli.
When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights, Dixit stated, “Growing up here in Boston and being part of the local Boston community, I currently sit on the Board of The History Project which is now in its 31st year, where we document the history of the LGBT community. The History Project has been a long-term supporter of the film festival. In fact we send most of our films to The History Project for preservation after they’re screened at the festival. I love their tag line, “You Make History & We’ll Preserve it.” And that sort of sums it up. We’ve made incredible strides in Massachusetts for marriage equality to recently having The Trans Bill passed which was an amazing moment to be there at the State House having Governor Deval Patrick sign the bill into law. And that also translates into what we do at the festival where we have a trans panel about the perception of the transgender community. I also sit on the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). In fact we have been with Mary Bonauto at the federal appeals court fighting DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). So all of this is extremely exciting and it’s amazing to be in such a vibrant community where history is taking place yet again.”
On Tuesday April 17th to kick off the Boston LGBT Film Festival, there will be the 4th annual Splash Party held at Post 390, 406 Stuart Street, Boston MA from 6P to 8P. At this event the 2012 film schedule will be revealed and also a sneak preview of the new festival trailer. Come meet Robear from TLC’s NY INK on the Red Carpet, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar while networking with over 30 community arts and professional organizations collaborating at this year's festival. The event is free but you must RSVP…
To attend opening night at the ICA on May 3rd there are a limited number of tickets available so act fast to avail upon this unique opportunity to join the film-set and mingle with the paparazzi. This reception includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres by Wolfgang Puck catering.
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