Take hold of your proverbial horizons and put them on the rack for a good stretch this weekend at the fifth annual Queer as Film Festival. Little-known beyond the circles of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community, the QFF annually commandeers a silver screen to show a series of "independent queer-themed" feature and short films. Each of the selected films is chosen for its positive depiction of LGBTQ issues, which are often misunderstood or negatively stereotyped by the larger population.
This year's event is a single-day movie marathon that kicks off with a documentary presentation, followed up by a shorts program, which leads to the evening's feature film.
• 4 p.m., I Exist. This 2003 documentary won "Best Documentary" at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival held in Turin, Italy, that same year. From directors Peter Barbosa and Garrett Lenoir, I Exist is the story of the struggle for cultural assimilation among gay and lesbian immigrants from Middle Eastern cultures as they adjust not only to identify with American culture, but gay and lesbian sexual identity in American culture.
• 7 p.m., shorts program. An assemblage of seven short films buffers the two lengthier selections. The 10-minute Airplanes uses an airplane training video—including pre-flight, take-off, cruising altitude and emergency landing information—to narrate the love story of two teen-age girls from their introduction to their breakup. Director Tony Wei has been earning accolades for The Best Men, a 13-minute short about a gay man who expresses his feelings for his best friend just before he's about to be the best man in his wedding. The international short thriller Last Exit follows Nigel through a dark side of Copenhagen as he struggles with his drug addiction, begins an extramarital affair and life spins in a new direction. A love story, Float, from Kareen Mortimer follows a painter through the Bahamas and a love affair. Eddie examines gender identification among children when tomboy Eddie starts her first period on the baseball field. Set in 1952, Private Life watches as Ruth takes a train from Yorkshire to Manchester to secretly meet a man, or so it seems. The final short of the evening from director Soman Chainani, Kali Ma, has an overbearing Indian mother protecting her bullied son.
• 9 p.m., Glue. This 2005 Argentine film is the story of three friends—the awkward Lucas and his best friends Nacho and Andres—as they pass the time exploring sex with each other in the middle of nowhere, Patagonia.
Nov. 9, $10 general, $5 students, Boise State Special Events Center. Tickets available at Flying M Coffeehouse, Flying M Coffeegarage and the SPEC box office. For more information, visit ReelQueerBoise.com.