DAYTON (AP) — Dayton is gearing up for events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LGBT Film Festival in October.
Nineteen movies will be shown over the four-day weekend from Oct. 8-11, which also features a Saturday night party and several Q&A sessions with directors, producers and on-screen talent, The Dayton Daily News reported.
Jonathan McNeal, the festival’s founder and director, said just as you don’t need to be Irish to partake in St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t need to be gay to enjoy the LGBT Film Festival.
McNeal came up with the idea for the screenings after Dayton’s downtown priority board asked him for ideas for a new film series in the city. He had just toured the county with his own film, “The Rubi Girls.”
Initially, McNeal did all the leg work himself. Today, a committee helps organize and execute the festival’s activities.
This year’s festival will start with “Fourth Man Out,” the Audience Award Winner from this year’s Outfest in Los Angeles.
McNeal said organizers watched 120 films over three months before making their final selections.
“Working in a largely heterosexual world, I don’t have that much opportunity to interact and work with other gay people and the committee gives me that outlet,” McNeal said. “I like working with the committee because it helps me give back to the gay community in Dayton.”