LGBTQ+ Film @ 16th Annual BendFilm Festival | OCT 10-13!!

The years 16th Annual BendFIlm Festival features several LGBTQ+ Films!  Plus conversation with powerhouse Indie Producer Christine Vachon whom receives this year’s IndieWomen of the Year Award recipien!. Christine launched the career of Academy-nominated director Todd Haynes and many others. Christine produced Oscar-nominated “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett, which will be featured with three of her other seminal films.

LGBTQ+ Films include:

Carol – As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet, is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson.
Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 5:30 PM @ Tower Theatre


Boys Don’t Cry – Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart. Starring Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, and Peter Sarsgaard.
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 8:45 PM @ McMenamins Theater


Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a Gender Reassignment Surgery in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to. Years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig but then left with all her songs. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, and Stephen Trask.
Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 9:00 PM @ Tower Theatre


Clementine – follows Karen, 29, a heartbroken woman unable to let go of her failing relationship with an older and more successful woman. In a desperate plea for attention, she steals away to her estranged lover’s lake house in a remote and beautiful forest in the Pacific Northwest. Here she meets Lana, a provocative young girl hell-bent on moving to California and cultivating an identity that lives up to her expectations of the world outside of her small town.

As Karen grapples with her past and expectations for the future, her relationship with Lana oscillates between that of friends, mother/daughter, sisters, lovers, beholder and beheld. Equal parts psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story, Clementine is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.

Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 4:15 PM @ Regal – C
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 12:30 PM @ McMenamins – Fr. Luke’s


Portrait of a Lady on Fire – France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

One of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told. (Neon)

Tickets: Thu, Oct 10th, 8:00 PM @ Regal – B
Sun, Oct 13th, 6:45 PM @ Regal – A


Little Miss Westie – follows two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, family and transitioning during the Trump era. Ren is competing in the Lil Miss Westie Pageant as perhaps, the first out trans girl; coaching her is her older brother, Luca, who knows his stuff because he competed when he was Ren’s age and living as a girl. Whether Ren wins or loses, this experience will change the family forever offering a rare window into the lives of two very young gender pioneers.

Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 5:30 PM @ McMenamins – Fr. Luke’s
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 10:30 AM @ Regal – B


Before You Know It – Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment — along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge — above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Mandy Patinkin, and Alec Baldwin. (Greenwich Entertainment)

Tickets: Sun, Oct 13th, 1:00 PM @ Regal – A

Learn more about filmmakers who are queer best friends Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt.


Someone Somewhere is a tragicomedy set in the true Hollywood where the only spotlight is a malfunctioning streetlight, and the people least likely to make it are the most likely to give everything they got — for a chance to get a shot.

Created by LGBTQ+ Fimmakers who will be in attendance

Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 1:00 PM @ McMenamins

Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 4:00 PM @ Regal C


LGBTQ+ Shorts include:

The Gender Line – Transgender rock star Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) once sang in Elton John’s band and had recording contracts with three major labels and two independents. Fortunate to have been both a wife and husband in the same lifetime, Cidny reflects on both his personal and professional lives.

Tickets: Thu, Oct 10th, 6:00 PM @ Regal A
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 3:00 PM @ 220 NE Lafayette


The One You Never Forget – Carey, a 14 year old African American boy nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own. When Carey’s mother tasks Carey’s father with getting a picture of Carey and his date, a moment of tension arrises as Carey becomes elusive and tries to thwart his father’s objective.

Tickets: Fri, Oct 11th, 5:30 PM @ McMenamins
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 10:30 AM @ Regal B


The Jessicas are turning 30 – weaves together six compelling narratives of people who were born Jessica in 1989. The film captures what it’s like to be 30 in America today. For millennial women, the milestone has become an age heavy with expectation. Thirty-year-old American women today are far less likely to be married and have children than they were 30 years ago – they’re also more likely to have a four-year degree and a full-time job.

Learn more about filmmaker Jessie Reid, who is queer and trans, in attendance at screening.

Tickets: Thu, Oct 10th, 6:00 PM @ Regal A
Tickets: Sat, Oct 12th, 3:00 PM @ 220 NE Lafayette


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‘We Were Here’ – Q&A

Join us for an evening of great film and conversation with director David Weissman for the screening of ‘We Were Here’ at Central Oregon Community College Hitchcock auditorium.

Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Historical Documentary and Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Documentary, ‘We Were Here’ is about the early years of the HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. The movie illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It provides a deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how so many individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

While the movie may appear to be emotionally challenging to watch, director David Weissman stated that the documentary “is really a love letter to San Francisco. It celebrates a community that came together under extremely challenging circumstances and did so with love, creativity, and incredible commitment.”

This event will be further marked by Deschutes County Health Services launching their new HIV testing and outreach van. The outreach van will increase the availability of HIV testing services at various locations and events in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties. The outreach van is part of Deschutes County Health Services’ recently-awarded HIV Early Prevention and Outreach Services grant from the Oregon Health Authority.  

Representatives from Deschutes County Health Services (as well as the HIV testing and outreach van!) will be present at the movie screening.  They will present a brief talk outlining the HIV-related services they provide in the tri-county area in Central Oregon.

In 2017, OUT Central Oregon partnered with Deschutes County Health Services to bring HIV testing and information to the annual Central Oregon Pride day in Drake Park. We are excited to assist in making HIV testing, information, and education more accessible to our Central Oregon community.

This is a unique opportunity for our community to view this inspirational documentary. We are honored to have director David Weissman present at the screening for questions & answers and informative discussions about the documentary and the current state of HIV in our community.  Additionally, Deschutes County Health Services will inform and educate us about about HIV testing and early prevention services available here in Central Oregon.

This is a free event (donations appreciated), open to the public, and youth-appropriate
Doors open at 5:30 PM; movie starts at 6:00 PM
COCC Campus, Hitchcock Auditorium in 201 Pioneer

Additionally, this event will be further marked by launch of Deschutes county health department’s new HIV testing and outreach van. Representatives from Deschutes county health department, as well as their newly procured outreach van, will be present at the movie screening, providing information on the many services they provide.

KPOV interviewed OUT Central Oregon, HDC, and Deschutes County Health about this event on May 29, 2018 on their morning program The Point!

You can check out the interview here:


This event is made possible, in part, due to the generous financial support of Gilead Sciences and Oregrown.  



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PFLAG and OCO Screen ‘Lady Valor’

On April 7, 2018, PFLAG hosts, in conjunction with COCC LGBTQ & Ally Club and OUT Central Oregon, “An Evening with Kristin Beck”. The evening is marked with the showing of the CNN Film “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”  Kristin will then give a talk followed by a questions & answers session. Afterward, great photo opportunities with Kristin will be available.  

Christopher T. Beck served twenty years with the U.S. Navy SEALs, taking part in thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments. Beck was a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (known as DEVGRU) and SEAL Team Six, a special counterterrorism unit.  Beck is highly decorated, having received a Bronze Star for Valor for heroism in combat, two Defense Meritorious Service medals, and a Purple Heart. 

Retiring from the Navy in 2011, Beck took a brave step forward toward a new future.  After suffering with lifelong gender dysphoria, which contributed to his inability to emotionally mature while being in a male body, Beck began her transition by dressing as a woman. She changed her name from Christopher to Kristin. In 2013, Beck started hormone therapy, preparing herself for sexual reassignment surgery.

Since coming out in 2011, Kristin Beck has addressed the Pentagon, been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and events throughout the country, and has been a guest Grand Marshal for Pride celebrations.

From the boots-on-the-ground search for Osama Bin Ladin to the high-heels-on-the-ground work for gender awareness – Beck has been a leader for many.

KPOV interviewed PFLAG and OUT Central Oregon about this event on April 4, 2018 on their morning program The Point – ‘The Rainbow Edition’.  

You can check out the interview here:

Read more about Kristin’s visit to Bend in the Source Weekly here: