AWARD NOMINATIONS Oklahoma’s GLITTER LGBT Film Festival has nominated Something Like Summer for Best Feature, Best Actor and Best Director awards, where the film screens as the closing feature July 29 in McAlester, Okla.
Ben Baur, who plays Jace in the film, planned to attend the festival, where he’s a finalist for its Best Actor in a Feature Film award.
“We’re excited to have the film screen at another festival in the heartland, where so many LGBT youth still confront bullying and homophobia,” said producer Carlos Pedraza. “And, of course, we’re glad to have Ben on hand to represent the film. We’re honored to be considered for these three awards alongside such deserving films.”
The festival offers LGBT films to its community free of charge, “looking to provide a diverse outlet for art in Southeastern Oklahoma,” according to festival director Kelly White. “Our festival is mainly for diversity and education.”
NOMINEES The features nominated in Something Like Summer‘s award categories are:
- Best Feature Open; Unimaginable; Something Like Summer, and Brotherly Love, by Anthony Caruso.
- Best Actor, Feature Film Ben Baur, Something Like Summer; Alyssia Rivera, Unimaginable; Bruce L. Hart, Open, and Anthony J. Caruso, Brotherly Love.
- Best Director, Feature Film Open, directed by Paul A. Hart; Something Like Summer, directed by David Berry, and Unimaginable, directed by Cedric Thomas Smith.
GLITTER screens its films at Fat Mary’s Lounge & Cabaret with both indoor and outdoor screenings, as well as entertainment geared toward diversity, including performances by some of the state’s best female impersonators.
In addition to its film awards, the festival includes screenwriting and photography contests.
The festival also offers a venue for under-21 filmgoers, Spaceship Earth Coffee, 312 E. Choctaw Ave., in McAlester.
CHARITY A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to a different charity each year that deals with social issues affecting the LGBT community, such as the Trevor Project and Human Rights Campaign.