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Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest!

Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest!
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5th Annual LGBTQA Film Festival
Thu Jul 28 - Sat Jul 30
Dedicated to Kathleen Happ

For the 5th anniversary of our fabulous LGBTQA Film Festival we are expanding into the Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest! This year, in addition to the thoughtfully curated films, we are including dazzling performances, witty comedy by beloved author Isaac Oliver, a wild Drag Party hosted by Betty O'Hellno, saucy happy hours, and more!

The film festival is one of Creative Alliance’s signature 21st Birthday programs and is only part of our ongoing support of the LGBTQA community of artists and activists in Baltimore!


Kick-off Happy Hour! | 5:30 - 7:30pm
We're kicking of Rainbow Fest in Style! Grab a friend and a cocktail and get ready for a full weekend of readings, films, & sassy fun!

Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot (The Paperback Tour) | 7:30pm
Writer/performer Isaac Oliver's debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was hailed as "hilarious and unsparing" by New York Magazine, "transcendent" by Entertainment Weekly, "surprisingly moving" by Kirkus, and named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. Oliver, a Baltimore native, returns to his hometown to celebrate the paperback release of Intimacy Idiot with a glass of pink wine, favorite stories from the book, and a few brand new ones, too.


Happy Hour | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Meet in the lounge for pre-film drink specials and games!

Hot Shorts 1: Queer Time Machine | 7pm
A program of dramatic shorts.

Akron | 9pm
Directed by: Andrew Steggall
Benny and Christopher are young freshmen at their rural Ohio college when they meet playing football and begin to fall for each other–hard.


Reel in the Closet | 5:30pm
Directed by: Stu Maddox
Filmmaker Stu Maddux wants to bring us out of the closet, again. This delightful documentary explores the films, tapes and videos that are languishing in the closets and attics of so many LGBT people and their families. Reels and reels of home movies are showcased, from as early as the 1930’s, and they chronicle LGBT history through the intimate lens of extraordinary, everyday people documenting their lives. These tapes and films capture everything from ordinary, mundane events to very personal views of monumental moments in our history.  - Sunny Hall

Hot Shorts 2: Laugh Your Pants Off | 7:30pm
A program of comedic shorts.

Rainbow Fest Drag Party! | 9:30pmHosted by Betty O'HellnoJoin Betty and the gals in a wild drag show and dance party to celebrate the 5th year of the LGBTQA Film Festival! Performances are inspired by classic film stars - then dance your platforms into the ground with a DJ, games, and all kinds of wild moves!
Tickets: $10 Show your ticket from any film and get in for $5!

- Festival Tickets & Weekend Passes -

Individual Film: $10

Weekend Pass: $30, $25 mbrs.
Access to all Films & Rainbow Fest Drag Party!

Isaac Oliver: $18, $15 mbrs.

Rainbow Fest Drag Party!: $10 ($5 if you show your ticket from a film)

Congratulations to Maria Aldana, Creative Alliance Education Director!

Congratulations to Maria Aldana, Creative Alliance Education Director!
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Chanel Compton, Maria Aldana & Margaret Footner at Creative Alliance's 21st Birthday Celebration.

We are happy to announce that Maria Gabriela Aldana has been promoted to the position of Education Director. Maria’s previous groundbreaking work at the Creative Alliance as our Community Arts Manager includes innovative programming like Neighborhood Voices, the Piñata Entrepreneurship Program, and organizing large community arts events like the Great Halloween Lantern Parade and World Refugee Day. She began her journey at Creative Alliance in the Education Department as a teaching artist and site coordinator in 2010. Maria brings extensive relationship building, organizing, management, and grant writing experience. Her training and creativity as a visual artist informs her work. Maria has led youth education programs and community arts initiatives in Baltimore and in her home country of Nicaragua.

Creative Alliance sends warm thanks and best wishes to our former Education Director Chanel Compton who returns to the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Culture Center to serve as the Executive Director. During her tenure at the Creative Alliance, Chanel continued to develop strong relationships with local schools, youth, parents, teaching artists and community partners. We are especially proud of the growth of our young dance troupe, Creative Kaos in McElderry Park.

Please welcome Maria Gabriela Aldana, who along with Education Coordinator Jess Davison, will lead the exciting growth of Creative Alliance’s Education Department!

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