Sedona’s Silver Screen

Three LGBT themes hit the 21st annual film festival this weekend

By Richard Schultz, Feb. 26, 2015.

The 21st annual Sedona International Film Festival, which kicked off Feb. 21 and runs through March 1, will screen more than 160 titles ranging from features and shorts to documentaries and foreign films at three Sedona locations.

Here are our top three reasons to attend the the festival before it wraps this weekend:

1. Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine

If you are a student on a Christian college campus you were probably raised in an evangelical, Christian home. You went to church regularly and were told by your parents, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders and pastors that being L, G, B or T was a sin and that you were going to hell.

Written and directed by Markie Hancock, Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine tracks both the evangelical history of this nation and the emergence of OneWheaton – a group of LGBTQ alumni and allies from Wheaton College.

This film is produced by Kathryn Gregorio and features Randall Balmer, Anthea Butler, Darren Dochuk and Kathryn Lofton. (Read our interview with documentary filmmaker Markie Hancock here.)

2. Scout’s Oath

Screening in conjunction with Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine, this short documentary tells the story of Len Lanzi, a former Boy Scouts of America official who was fired after coming out as gay in a public speech.

Scout’s Oath in written and directed by Ryan Rambach and produced by Rambach and Evan Salce

Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine and Scout’s Oath will screen at 9:20 a.m. Feb. 28 at Harkins Sedona 6, Theatre 6, 2081 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona.

John Waters_Filty World3. John Waters: This Filthy World

This Filthy World is John Waters’ one-man vaudeville act that celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.”

Focusing on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of sexual politics, this joyously devious and continuously updated monologue is a rally cry against the tyranny of good taste and serves as a call to arms for filth followers everywhere.

In his 50-year career, Waters has created one of the most influential and beloved bodies of work in all of American cinema. His first six features are enduring staples of the midnight-movie circuit: maniacal exercises in high-camp shock humor, each with the emotional pitch of an opera and content that wouldn’t be out of place in a psychological text on sexual fetishes. Waters was influenced by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Russ Meyer, Ingmar Bergman and Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Screening: 6 p,m. March 1 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center
(at Red Rock High School), 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, West Sedona.