5 Questions with Ryan Evans
Ryan Evans, 27, is the public relations director/volunteer for Q Cinema, an annual Fort Worth LGBT international film festival in its ninth year. This season will feature 30 films, including two world premieres, two U.S. premieres, six Southwest premieres and 15 Texas premieres. The festival is a four-day long event running May 31 through June 3. The Q Pass, which provides admission and priority seating to all programs, is $80. Individual shows are $10 or $8. To learn more, visit qcinema.org.
What should people know about Q Cinema?
A lot of people don’t know that Q Cinema even exists because it’s in Fort Worth. It’s much like Dallas Outtakes, but Outtakes is on a little larger scale. But I think we do a very good at bringing in some very interesting films.
What’s on the lineup for this year?
The Festival Director Todd Camp is very picky about the films that he chooses. He defiantly went for quality and genre. He tries to pick films that appease people across the spectrum. This particular year he did some searching for films that have a lot of depth and meaning, ones that will really impact the community. There are some great documentaries and hilarious and tearful fiction.
Tell me about your favorite scene from a movie this year.
One of my favorite scenes is from this film called “Freshman Orientation.” It depicts two college students who are trying to join a frat. One night they get wasted and the frat brothers put them out on the lawn naked cuddling in a blanket with a romantic song playing. That is just hilarious to see the students’ reactions. That’s one of my favorite scenes. That’s pretty memorable.
What does it mean to have a gay and lesbian film festival?
I think for Fort Worth it means that the gay community is thriving. It’s definitely growing. Actually that says a lot for Fort Worth. It’s come a long way.
Why do you say that?
Fort Worth is more at the center of the Bible Belt, whereas Dallas is definitely more open. Fort Worth is much more private, much more discrete about gay activity. It shows the community there has grown. We not only are able now to be out but for the last nine years, we’ve been able to band together to put on a festival devoted to our issues and concerns. That’s huge.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 25, 2007.