Reel Queer Cinema opens with But I’m a Cheerleader

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but-im-a-cheerleader Reel Queer Cinima Art Theatre of Long BeachOn June 30, the first screening of Reel Queer Cinema will bring the camp favorite, “But I’m A Cheerleader”, to the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

The 1999 comedy stars Natasha Lyonne, Rupaul and Clea Duvall and is directed by Jamie Babbit. This sharply satirical film chronicles the story of a teenage girl sent to a sexual orientation rehab camp after her parents suspect she is a lesbian. Despite the dark subject matter, the film remains light-hearted, comical and romantic.

Reel Queer Cinema, an LGBT film series that brings gay-themed cult classics to the big screen, is a partnership between the AMP Organization and

“We partnered with AMP to highlight the importance of independent gay-themed cinema in the LGBT community, particularly its struggling youth. When someone doesn’t have the support of their family, sometimes media is the closest thing to family you have,” Logan Crow, Executive Director and Event Programmer of Mondo Celluloid says.

The AMP Organization is a driving force behind queer art and music events in southern California, including the semi-annual music & art festival Cut & Paste Rock & Roll. “We’re the new generation of gay people that don’t fit into boxes or the typical gay scene,” says Executive Director Annie Parkhurst. “We started AMP to give southern California a range of art and music events to help build a stronger community of alternative gay people.”

The inaugural Reel Queer Cinima event will not only bring diverse cinema to Long Beach, but will also award AMP’s first Queer Youth Scholarship Awards prior to the film. Scholarship winners Victor Galvan-Rico, Lenna Asaaf and King Chan will be given awards ranging from $100-300 to go towards their education. Each recipient demonstrated artistic ability and dedication to the LGBT community.

The Art Theatre of Long Beach is located at 2025 East 4th Street. Call (562) 438-5435 for more information or visit the Art Theatre of Long Beach website.

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