Reel Pride Youth Film Series Festival Returns to Fresno City College


Photo by: Krystle Nozartash

Reel Pride LGBTQ Film Festival flyer posted to the bulletin poll near the Fresno City College Bookstore on Sept. 28.

Story By: Kiranpreet Rathour, Reporter

Reel Pride 33 Youth Film Series Festival is a three day festival celebrated from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2,  in the Old Administration Building (OAB) at Fresno City College. 

Fresno Reel Pride is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing awareness, acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ+ community through exhibition of films, cinema and entertainment to the Central Valley. 

Augie Blancas, vice president and communication director of Fresno Reel Pride, said they will be screening films at the main theater in the OAB while presenting other events at the OAB courtyard. 

Festival passes start at $90 and go up to $500 for the Endowment Circle pass. They can be purchased online. 

According to Blancas, the centerpiece films will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 30. 

The Discoveries Youth shorts program is held on Saturday, Oct. 1, and includes a series of short films starting at 11:30 a.m. The films being screened are “Spirit Day,” “Black Box,” “Rose Skirt,” ”Picture Perfect,” “Tell Tyler,” and “Pray the Gay Away.”

The Youth Series feature film “Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor,” directed by Shelley Thompson, will be screened at 2 p.m. after the shorts program. 

Directors Club Gold member’s pass level and above provide access to the Sunday Champagne Brunch on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. OAB courtyard FCC campus. 

“There will be important, quality and very intriguing films from all around the world ranging from comedy, drama, international features, documentaries, short films from up and coming directors,” Blancas said. 

According to Blanca, they are always looking for volunteers to help in the film festival and are willing to provide documentation for service hours to the volunteers. 

Jordyn Wilson, FCC medical biology major, said she attended the last pride festival at FCC, but had no knowledge of the film festival.  

Aside from the Reel Pride, Wlison was unaware of the Reel Pride social media and believes  having more exposure on multiple social media platforms will be helpful to the LGBTQ community. 

“FCC is a very fairly inclusive campus. I don’t feel threatened on our campus or feel like I have been excluded because of my sexual orientation or race. I feel like we are a good college as far as inclusivity. The professors are very open and talk about the LGBTQ community,” Wilson said.