Pink Sheep Film Festival
6/10, 7-10 p.m. • $7-$10
After party to follow • $5
Jengo’s Playhouse • 815 Princess Street
As gay pride swells throughout Wilmington this week, it’s only fitting that a town with such an active film community view the stories of GLBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, intersexed and asexual) citizens from around the country. The Pink Sheep Film Festival was founded by two who know the film community well: Lynn Casper, DJ, activist, artist and social media director for Working Films; and film student Channing Duke.
encore sat down with the pair to discuss the festival and how celebrations like it are helping to make GLTBQIA community members anything but sheepish.
encore: How are you involved with the film community around here?
Lynn Casper: I was a programmer for Cucalorus [Film Festival] last year.
Channing Duke: I am a film student at CFCC and was involved with Cucalorus last year as a volunteer for the screening department.
e: How did you two meet?
CD: I met Lynn through the Wilmington Pride Facebook page after mentioning that a film festival would be fun for Pride Week. Afterward, Lynn contacted me and told me about an idea she had been throwing around as well.
e: So how did the film festival form?
LC: There were a good amount of GLBTQIA-themed film submissions to Cucalorus. Dan [Brawley, director of Cucalorus,] suggested we have a night dedicated to them after Cucalorus. I’m also a board member of Wilmington Pride, so when we started planning events for this year, I contacted Dan about doing a screening night. He was totally down, especially because it was in tangent with an already-existing event that would be sure to bring people out.
CD: The first thing I started doing was researching films in order to contact filmmakers to submit.
e: What can the public expect to see at the festival?
LC: There is a very diverse selection of films. We will be showing a block of shorts and two 30-minute feature films, “Put This on the Map” and “Whistlin’ Dixie.”
e: How is the festival adding to Pride Week?
LC: Since Wilmington is always bustling with filmmakers and with the growth and success of film festivals in the area, we wanted to create something catered to the GLBTQIA community. We just wanted to provide an event that is fun while sharing the stories of its people. It’s such a diverse group and there are so many stories to share.
e: Why is it important to share the stories of this community?
LC: It crosses into different races, religions, socio-economic statuses, and questions gender and sexuality in ways that aren’t black and white. There are so many discussions to be had, and we wanted this festival to be something that anyone would be interested in attending, whether they identify as gay or are an ally or just want to expand their knowledge on something that is unfamiliar to them.
CD: As far as Pride Week in general, we wanted to create a bunch of different events to appeal to all kinds of people. There are so many small towns outside of Wilmington, and so many GLBTQIA people whom live in those areas that may feel isolated from a supportive community. We want Wilmington to be that support for them.
e: Is there a way for future generations of Pink Sheep to get involved with the festival?
LC: We hope to maintain momentum and do reoccurring film screenings throughout the year—and to partner up with other groups in town. UNCW’s GLBTQIA resource center started doing a queer film series, so we hope to work together with them to reach out to the community beyond campus.
e: Exciting! So what does the day-of itinerary look like?
LC: Films will start at 7 p.m. and run till 10 p.m. all on Friday night, June 10, at Jengo’s Playhouse. There will be an after-party in the backyard of Jengo’s immediately following, and we will be projecting music videos curated by HOMOGROUND, a queer music website that produces a weekly podcast featuring queer and allied bands. The party is free, and booze will be plentiful with $5 all-you-can-drink cups. Oh, and there’s a rumor that there might be some sheep running around.
Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door; Pride pass holders get in for $5; $5 drink cup for afterparty.
PINK SHEEP FILM FESTIVAL ITINERARY
7 p.m.: The Love Permit
7:15 p.m.: Cappuccino
7:30 p.m.: Punch Me
7:45 p.m.: Pay No Attention to the Man in a Bear Suit
8 p.m.: Back to Life
8:15 p.m.: Bedfellows
9 p.m.: Put This on the Map
9:30 p.m.: Whistlin’ Dixie