Spectrum Queer Media will kickoff the 2nd annual Oakland Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual and Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Film Festival with a celebratory “gay-la” opening, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., at the Oakland City Hall Rotunda, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland.
Opening night will honor the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), with a showcase screening in City Council chambers of Yoruba Richens award winning new feature length film, “The New Black.”
Spectrum Queer Media was founded in 2009 by Monica Anderson to honor and highlight LGBTQ media promoting authentic visions, voices and viewpoints of the community. Spectrum held its first premiere screening in 2010 of “For Colored Girls,” which drew over 400 people.
In May, Spectrum premiered Shola Lynch’s award-winning documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” to a sold out crowd at the Landmark Piedmont Theater. The event featured a guest appearance by Angela Davis.
The Pride Film Festival will include a live performance from Bay Area musician Kymberly Jackson and Q&A’s with directors Kortney Ziegler (Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen), Chauncey Wales (Recipe For Love), and Dulce Garcia (Conviction).
Spectrum’s trademark event is designed to spark LGBTQ conversations in communities the Bay Area, recently launching its Spectrum Young LGBTQ Filmmakers program this summer.
To become a Spectrum sponsor, volunteer or promotional partner email Spectrum at OurKinfolkz@gmail.com or visit www.SPECTRUMQueerMedia.com
Tickets can be purchased at www.SpectrumQueerMedia.com