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Eau Queer Film Festival returns to campus for ninth year

Queer cinema will be featured on screen from Oct. 9-13 for the ninth annual Eau Queer Film Festival (EQFF) at UW-Eau Claire.

The festival will open at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 with “Call Her Ganda,” a documentary that follows Filipino-American journalist Meredith Talusan as they return to the Philippines to investigate the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina woman who was murdered by a U.S. Marine in 2014. PJ Raval, the film’s director, will attend to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

In addition to “Call Her Ganda,” EQFF will show 11 more riveting documentaries, awe-inspiring features, quirky comedies and short films throughout the week. All films screen in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center, with the exception of the documentary “Alone in the Game” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, which plays in Schofield Auditorium.

Besides hosting Raval, the festival will have another guest, Dominic Giovon Chilko, a native of St. Paul and a
rapper, DJ and bodybuilder. He is a subject in the documentary “Man Made," which is directed by T Cooper and shows at 5 p.m. Oct. 11.

Each movie reflects this year’s festival theme: "becoming." As queer people, we are constantly evolving, adapting and realizing ourselves. Sometimes our oscillation is self-inspired: We are bold and beautiful and unapologetic. Becoming can be temporary, too, a necessity of existence and self-proclamation. This year’s films demonstrate that our becoming is boundless.

In June, the EQFF staffers attended Frameline42, the largest and longest running LGBTQ+ international film festival set in San Francisco’s Castro and Mission districts. After vetting upwards of 25 films each, the staff chose films for the audience in Eau Claire.

This year’s student directors are Logan Crapser, Amelia Montie, Clara Neupert, Mason Pint, Chandler Roberts and Annie Titus. Students are guided by Ellen Mahaffy, associate professor of communication and journalism; Pam Forman, professor and chair of sociology and interim chair of philosophy and religious studies; Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC); and Kallie Friede, the GSRC’s graduate assistant.

Mahaffy and Forman founded the EQFF in 2010. The heart of the film festival is addressed in its mission statement: To embrace difference, promote equality, encourage activism and challenge and educate through the powerful medium of film.

More information about EQFF can be found at eauqueerfilmfestival.com. All films are free and open to the UW-Eau Claire community and general public. Follow EQFF on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @eauqueer and on Facebook.