Last weekend, Circle Cinema was honored to host Tulsa's First Twisted Arts LGBTQ+ Film Fest. The four-day festival was presented by Twisted Arts, a group dedicated to advancing, celebrating, elevating and amplifying LGBTQ+ artists by showcasing the best independent films, music, performances and all forms of mixed media.
From Thursday November 11 to Sunday November 14 2021, Twisted Arts screened 10 different film programs, with all admission free! The dazzling line-up included indigenous stories like Being Thunder; a biopic of Fanny, a band David Bowie called “one of the finest rock bands”; out of this world animated shorts; and closing the festival with a drag-extravaganza documentary about RuPaul Season 1 winner Bebe Zahara Benet.
The highlight of the festival was a sold-out opening night screening of The Sound of Identity. Made in Tulsa by Kirkpatrick and Kinslow productions, the film tells the inspiring story of transgender opera singer Lucia Lucas and her time with Tulsa Opera. Lucia starred as Don Giovanni in Tulsa Opera's production, making her the first trans performer to play the title role in an opera for a major company. The film was so well received as part of the Twisted Arts LGBTQ+ Film Fest that Circle Cinema brought it back for a full week of showtimes after the festival.
Thank you to Kevin Lovelace and everyone at Twisted Arts for making such a great festival happen! We look forward to seeing what's in store for next year's festival.