This spring, Paducah, Kentucky, returns to the nation's only all-lesbian and trans-inclusive film festival.
Cinema Systers, a weekend-long festival of film screenings, workshops, live music and more, takes place over Memorial Day weekend starting Thursday, May 25th and ending on Sunday, May 28th.
The evening, held in the historical center of the city of Paducah, provides a supportive and inclusive educational environment for women filmmakers, writers and filmmakers. Known as an arts and culture epicenter and a haven for LGBTQ+ residents, Paducah protects the local queer community and all visitors, making it the perfect venue for the nation's only lesbian film festival.
Based in Maiden's Alley, Cinema Systers aims to elevate the views and voices of lesbian filmmakers and provide a space to showcase their art. Maiden's Alley is known as the home of the Paducah Cinema, where foreign and independent films are usually shown.
The festival program this year includes films from the USA, three films from Canada and one film from China. The festival includes historical documentaries, drama, queer experience studies and more, screened at the Maiden Alley Cinema. In addition, lesbians, songwriters, poets, and workshop organizers will be invited to performances, poetry readings, autograph sessions, and film seminars throughout the weekend.
The films include the documentary In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction, which explores the history and influence of lesbian fiction from the 1920s to the 1990s by historian Lillian Faderman and features interviews with leading lesbian writers such as Ann Bannon and Rita. Stomach. Brown is narrated by Jewel Gomez and Sarah Waters. Butch and Little Daddy is an animated short film about a trans/bisexual lesbian who tries to get sperm to conceive a child. And Julia Maddox's Caulfield in Kentucky is a Christmas movie full of ghosts, sadness and gays.
Two partner hotels, the Holiday Inn Riverfront and the Metropolitan Hotel (Paducah African-American Museum and 1909 Historic Inn), will offer special rates to festival goers.
Visit the festival website to purchase festival tickets and view the full list of events.
Cinema Systers takes place a week before the city's annual PrideFest. On Saturday, June 4th, Paduka will be filled with rainbows as locals and visitors flock to downtown Paduka to celebrate LGBTQ+ community day with live music, performances, food and contests. This year's PrideFest is led by LaLa Ree, Miss Congeniality from Season 13 of the RuPaul Drag Race , with a performance and fireworks at the Johnson Bar. Other drag artists, bands and DJs will take to the stage throughout the day. The festival will also announce the winner of Mister, Ms. and Mz. Paducah PrideFest 2022, which will raise funds to support Paducah Pride.