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‘Hello Again’ to screen at NCGLFF film festival; how to get tix

Marsha P. Johnson, an LGBTQ activist, is the subject of the documentary "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," which will screen at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Marsha P. Johnson, an LGBTQ activist, is the subject of the documentary "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," which will screen at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Tom Gustafson’s 2017 film “Hello Again” will be one of 148 films to be screened at the annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Aug. 10-13 at The Carolina Theatre.

Gustafson’s film is an adaptation of Michael LaChiusa's 1994 musical, “Hello Again,” inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play “Der Reigen” and Max Ophüls's Oscar-nominated film, “La Ronde.” Martha Plimpton leads a cast that also includes Cheyenne Jackson, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Jenna Ushkowitz, and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.

Also screening will be the documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.” Johnson was a pioneering LGBT rights campaigner in New York City beginning in the 1960s. She was a key figure in the 1969 Stonewall riots, and was known for her kindness and charitable nature as much as she was known for her striking drag looks. Johnson formed Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), later becoming an AIDS activist who was fundamental in the early years of ACT UP. Johnson died in 1992 at the age of 46. Her body was found floating in New York’s Hudson River.

This year’s festival will have 148 films from 24 countries, including 126 shorts and 22 features.

Ten-Passes, which enable guests to choose 10 film screenings at NCGLFF, are on sale for $85 at the Carolina Theatre box office, ncglff.org and carolinatheatre.org. Tickets to individual screenings, which cost $10, go on sale July 28.

The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau considers the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. The second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, NCGLFF has attracted thousands of filmmakers, artists and fans to downtown Durham each year since it was founded in 1995 as the Q Film Fest. The festival was dubbed the NCGLFF in 1996.

The 2017 NCGLFF will feature four days of films celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer life. Select films will be part of the NCGLFF Apres-Fest and re-screen Monday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 17.

For a full schedule of films, visit ncglff.org.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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