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Event Title:  The 5th Annual Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival
presented by the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association
Date:   Mar 24, 2012
Time:   3:00PM - 6:00PM PT
Location:   The Ray Stark Family Theatre
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-1606
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Started five years ago as a small scholarship fundraiser by Los Angeles running group LA Frontrunners, the Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival has blossomed into a USC Lambda signature event celebrating the work of USC’s up-and-coming LGBT and allied filmmakers. Join us for a screening of eight films, followed by a reception with open bar and light appetizers.

Online ticket sales are closed. Please purchase tickets at the door.

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Los Angeles Frontrunners
Christine Marie Ofiesh ’74
Off World Entertainment, LLC
Amy Ross PhD ’86 & Connie Hammen
Haylen von Koppen
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
Bill Winkelmann

Honorary Jury
We are proud to welcome the following honorary jury members who will award prizes to our screened films (participation subject to professional conflicts):

George Takei
Celebrated Actor, Author and Community Activist. With a film and television career spanning five decades, he is best known for founding the role of Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek.

Laura McGinnis
Communications Director for The Trevor Project. She has also been a spokesperson and communications staff for the Sundance Film Festival and the Frameline Film Festival.

Randal Kleiser ’68, MA ’74
Director of The Blue Lagoon, Flight of the Navigator, White Fang, and the 1996 AIDS drama It’s My Party. His first film Grease is the most successful movie musical ever made.

Dennis Cornell MFA ’81
Chief of Staff to USC President C.L. Max Nikias. Before his career at USC, Dennis was VP of Casting & Talent Development for Columbia Pictures Television and Sony Pictures Television.

Joey Chavez ’05
Director of Drama Development at NBC. Recipient of the Warner Bros. Television Fellowship while at USC, he has since served as an executive at The WB, Style, E! and TLC/Discovery networks.

Hosted By

Grae Drake
DGA-honored film-maker and movie reviewer. Grae can be seen on her bi-weekly review segment on CNN, heard in her weekly review podcast The Popcorn Mafia, and read in her reviews at

Selected Films
We are proud to announce the following films to be screened at the festival:

LEE - Roland Wiryawan
Lee is no ordinary warrior. When a secret is revealed, the young warrior must face the hardest battle of all: the battle for respect...

TEDDY - Benjamin Monie
On Christmas Day, a lonely hobo finds a friend in a discarded teddy bear. As he soon discovers, the bear is also the prized possession of a ruthless pair of small-time crooks.

Na Sombra do Maracana (In the Shadow of Maracana Stadium) - Paige Battcher
In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, undergoes major renovation. This film exposes a darker side of urban 'progress' as a nearby community is affected by the changes.

No Es Sobre El Amor (It's Not About Love) - Joey Umana
Two men struggle as they realize their love is not enough to hold them together. A visual poem.

Slant - Stephen Soucy
Inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a college professor in his early 50s longs for connection after the loss of his partner to AIDS.

What Is This Night! - Ben Empey
Suffering from a painful break-up, Mitch drags his best friend Boone out with him to drown his sorrows. Loud and drunk, Mitch wallows in heartbreak as a dutiful Boone suffers quietly through his own.

Of Truth A Canvas - Monely Soltani
A two-spirit Los Angeles artist journeys through the spiritual, mental, and physical transition from female to male.

Tsuyako - Mitsuyo Miyazaki
In postwar Japan, Tsuyako, a factory worker and mother, must decide between duty and love, her family, and her freedom.


A special preview of the documentary The Road Less Traveled By created by USC Lambda Scholarship winner A.J. Goodrich chronicling his walk across the country discussing gay marriage with everyday Americans.


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