LGBT Film festival starts tonight in Hartford

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HARTFORD - Celebrating its 28th year, Out Film CT kicks off its 2015 program Friday night.

Laura Williams, Out Film CT's co-director, joined Fox CT Morning Extra to talk about this years program which runs for nine days, ending on June 6. Most films will be at Trinity College's Cinestudio, with the closing night film at the Connecticut Science Center.

The event is the state's largest LGBT event and the longest running film festival.

The festival will include these films and more. (Some previews contain adult content.)

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story 

Christopher Beck is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise. The American ideals she protected while at war are now given a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. Kristin Beck will be in attendance. Sunday, May 31 @ 7:30 pm.

Back on Board: Greg Louganis 

Greg Louganis: Olympic diver. Gold medalist. Actor. AIDS activist. This brutally honest documentary goes beyond the diving board to illuminate the man behind the Olympic myth. A funny, thought-provoking, sexy, and truthful look at the man still considered to be “the world’s greatest diver ever!” Director/Producer Cheryl Furjanic will be in attendance. Wednesday, June 3 @ 7:30 pm.

54: The Director’s Cut

Think you’ve seen this film about Studio 54 before? No, you haven’t. Not this version. Not the one that reflects the true vision of writer/director Mark Christopher. Not the one with all the gay/bi scenes restored. This “Director’s Cut” of the film 54 removes 25 minutes of studio-forced reshoots and restores 36 minutes of original footage initially deemed “too controversial” and “not commercial enough”. The resulting story can now be seen as it was really intended – the close relationship between three people who worked at Studio 54 in its heyday. Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 pm.

In The Turn

Look out world, this is roller derby, rainbow style! You’ll wish you’d packed your inline skates as this documentary follows Crystal, a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Ontario whose mother is hoping to help her find acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective. Come cheer her on, along with two of Connecticut’s very own roller derby teams! Director/Writer Erica Tremblay will be in attendance.