REEL: A queer film party is a new initiative for the LGBT community, and anyone who likes film and fun.
The bi-monthly event—which is meant to be an alternative to the bar scene—kicks off on Friday, February 21st at 8pm at Hallwalls.
While the evening is centered around a film of interest to the community, other programming features–from live performances to on-site participation of LGBT-friendly businesses—will be blended in to the evening to offer an interesting, well-rounded experience to attendees.
Frits Abell, Sarah Bishop, and Paul Morgen have partnered to produce this series. Hallwalls Arts Center has stepped up as a partner and host.
What inspired this event?
We want to diversify the activities and offerings for members of the LGBT community (and friends) and an idea for a film festival arose—this seemed like a way to start to generate interest, provide an alternative to the bar scene, etc.
What is “Reel Party” (film series, party, both)?
Both. It combines the love of film with other elements (performance, after-film meet-ups) to create for a more well-rounded evening. Comedian Kristen Becker will kick-off the premiere evening, at which we which show the seminal classic “Boys in the Band”.
Who is your target audience?
Anyone who is interested in the concept of the film party. We are really targeting fun people. 🙂
How will this event differ from other film series?
The LGBT focus and the infusion of some party elements (music, performance art, etc.)
Is “Reel Party” relevant solely to an LGBT audience, or does it have wider appeal?
Whoever wants to come is welcome come. 100% open door policy, as long as everyone respects the nature of the series.
Currently, none of the movies being shown are locally produced. However, this series will be used to garner support for a revamped version of the “Ways in Being Gay” festival popularized in the mid to late 80s. The hope is that such a festival will showcase the eclectic talents of LGBTQ artists both locally and nationally.
Select Fridays | 8:00pm until 10:30pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center | 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, New York 14202
Doors open at 7:30pm. Evening kicks off (8pm) with a some comedy foreplay provided by the unparalleled Kristen Becker.
Public espresso + coffee will serve their blends for free and provide sample bags to go.
Ticket prices: $8 general, $6 students & seniors | $5 Hallwalls members. Cash bar