Kaleidoscope - The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival Kicksoff Thursday, July 30

The Film Society of Little Rock is happy to announce the inaugural year of Kaleidoscope, an LGBT film festival to be held July 30 through August 2, 2015 in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. Kaleidoscope focuses on the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema.

The festival will screen 13 feature and 40 short films dealing with subject matter reflecting the many issues surrounding the LGBT community. Kaleidoscope will also feature several social events where the community can interact with filmmakers and other film fans. The Studio Theatre (320 W 7th Street, Little Rock) will serve as the home of Kaleidoscope with some screenings at Club Sway (412 S. Louisiana St).

Guests at the festival include Director Stephen Cone (Henry Gamble's Birthday Party), Director Michiel Thomas and doc subject Terrence Clemens (Game Face), Director Jon Bush and LA Club Promotor Mario Diaz (Club King), Director Mark Thiedeman (Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls), Director Stu Maddux (Reel in the Closet), Director Matthew Doyle and Actors Remy Mars & Antonio Biaggi (Chasing Pavement), Co-Directors Dylan Hansen-Fliedner and Jay Jadick (Driving Not Knowing), and Michelle Ehlen (S&M Sally) along with others expected to attend.

Festival passes ($30) are on sale now at Eventbrite (http://kal2015.eventbrite.com) and provide access to all screenings. A limited amount of $100 VIP All Access passes are available on a first come first serve basis. The VIP pass holders will receive priority seating to all films, free entry to all parties, and access to the filmmaker lounge. Individual tickets will be on sale at the box office before each screening for $8. 

Among the awards for Kaleidoscope is the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) Student Film Prize, which is also sponsored by Film Draft. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a free copy of Final Draft (a $249 value), the number one selling screenwriting software in the world. Also, Arkansans for Equality presents the Cheryl Maples Rainbow Award to the film which best represents the courage and struggle for equality.

Official sponsors of Kaleidoscope include Little Rock Marriott, The Social Life, The Arkansas Times, Out In Arkansas, HRC Arkansas, Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas, Woo, Gurl!, Central Arkansas Pride, Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Lost 40 Brewery, Local Lime, and ZaZa's Pizza.

The Film Society of Little Rock is a grassroots, nonprofit organization focused on the expansion of the creative community in Arkansas by providing year round opportunities to educate, entertain, and exhibit local, national, and international filmmakers and their works.

For the complete lineup, purchase passes, and more information on the festival visit the website at kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com, Facebook: FB.me/KaleidoscopeFilmFestival and Twitter: @KaleidoscopeFF.

Poster design by Jasmine Greer