More than film….

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At the 2014 Appalachian Queer Film Festival, we’ve got more to offer than great film. Don’t get us wrong, the films we’re screening are amazing, but combined with our other events, AQFF is going to be a festival-to-remember! Check out our lineup of panels and talks below!

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Queer Film and Activism (Sponsored by Fairness West Virginia)

Saturday, October 25  @10am 

A panel exploring the role film can play in creating change both locally and through direct action.


Nathan Manske—Founder and Executive Director of I’m from Driftwood, a nonprofit forum that allows members of the LGBTQ community to share their stories about coming out.

Rachel Garringer—Founder of Country Queers, a project organized to document experiences of rural, small town LGBTQ people through the collection of interviews, audio excerpts, and photos.

Carling McManus—Principal, Director, and Editor of 84 Agency, a creative media communications agency that specializes in non-profit communications. Carling was one of the creative minds behind the Fairness West Virginia 2013 viral video about same-sex marriage in the mountain state.

Christie Herring—A filmmaker who received her M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and currently lives in San Francisco where she works in independent film and online media.


My Journey to Acceptance: Raising an LGBTQ Child in Appalachia

Friday, October 24 @5:15pm

A panel looking at the role parents and community leaders play in helping LGBTQ kids navigate their identities in a region where tolerance and acceptance can be lacking both in social and familial institutions.


Crystal Good—A writer and poet whose first book of poetry, “Valley Girl” explores themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality, and mountaintop removal. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of poets representing the diversity of the Appalachian region.

Justin McKown—An English teacher and faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Justin is an advocate for equal rights and is gaining notoriety for being an outspoken ally to the LGBTQ community. Justin is also a recipient of a Fairness West Virginia Institute Award for community service, honoring the work that he did with the GSA last year when the club came under fire from another teacher and some members of the community.

Shauna Hyde—Rev. Shauna Hyde attended United Theological Seminary after working as a chemist for 11 years.  She was ordained in the United Methodist Church 2013 and is currently serving First United Methodist Church in Ravenswood, WV.  Pastor Shauna is the author of two books, “Victim No More!” and “Fifty Shades of Grace,” and a blog, revbadassblog.  Shauna has served as a minister in the United Methodist Church for eight years and is currently working on a PhD in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Moderated by Taylor Saunders

Taylor is a West Virginia native and Marshall University alum. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. One of her clinical interests includes the cultural aspects of working with clients from Appalachia.


Road to the Oscars with Luke Matheny

Saturday, October 25 @1:45pm

This talk, featuring Oscar Winner Luke Matheny, provides insight into the journey a film and filmmaker takes from conception to Academy Award. Luke will be interviewed by friend and fellow filmmaker, Jon Matthews.

Luke’s Bio

Luke Matheny is a filmmaker, writer and actor, currently based in Santa Monica, Calif.

His short film “God of Love” – a comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion who receives a package of love-inducing darts – received the 2011 Academy Award for Best-Live Action Short. The film was also winner of the gold medal at the 2010 Student Academy Awards; special jury recognition at Aspen ShortsFest; as well as first prize and the King Award for Screenwriting at the NYU First Run Film Festival. “God of Love” was Matheny’s thesis at NYU’s prestigious graduate film program.

Matheny has also co-written a feature-length coming-of-age comedy, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” with Sundance-award-winning director Rob Meyer. The project is currently in pre-production at Crossroads Films in New York.

Matheny grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter and copy editor in a variety of newspapers, magazines and web sites. He has also worked as a synopsis writer for Netflix and as a story editor for the MTV series MADE. But his favorite job has been teaching writing and directing at the School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) in Brooklyn.

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