To Connect and Celebrate The Diversity of The Community Through The Art of Cinema by Producing an annual Provocative Festival Showcasing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Filmmakers and to Inspire Transformative Experiences Individually by sharing Diverse Perspectives throughout the year.
Executive Festival Director/Programmer - Chris Durant
A native of Minneapolis, Chris Durant has studied filmmaking, screenwriting, theatre, music and business entrepreneur. Out Twin Cities Film Festival was founded by Chris Durant in January 2010, with the goal to help fill a void in the Minnesota's GLBTQ cinema community. In 2009, he created a local mock-reality show: The Show So Gay, In 2011, he co-wrote and directed ˜Genderf*kation", a documentary that focuses on six individuals and their struggles and triumphs around social, political and religious ideologies and gender non-conformity. An artist, activist and humanitarian. Chris has served in multiple capacities throughout the festival and brings a strong passion for queer film content.
Out Twin Cities Film Festival Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of dedicated individuals from varying backgrounds who are passionate about producing a film festival that connects and celebrates the GLBTQA community through film and art.
The OUT Twin Cities Film Festival was founded in January, 2010 and held at the historic Heights Theatre in Columbia Height, Minnesota, the first weekend in June. In 2011, OTCFF relocated to St. Anthony Main Theatre, in downtown Minneapolis and has featured local, national and international Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer film content since its beginning.
Treasurer - Perry Lueders
Perry will plunge into his 51st year of teaching next year. He taught at Southwest Minnesota State U for 30 years, and directed operas, musicals and lots of plays for the rural residents of SW Minnesota and South Dakota. Nowadays he works as an ESL specialist for St. Kate's Learning Center (Minneapolis Campus), sits on the Board of Directors for Screenwriters' Workshop, acts old man parts in local movies -- and has found time to write plays, film scripts and poems.
Secretary - Donovan Harmel
Donovan Harmel has worked with OUT Twin Cities Film Festival since its inception. He has served as Treasurer and, currently, as Secretary. He has worked on content, grant writing, and sponsorship for the festival. Donovan is the designer and primary volunteer for Vera’s Garden, which he has been doing for 12 years. A native of Rugby, ND, where he was active in the formation of Village Arts, Inc. (a not-for-profit sponsoring the arts) in 1972, and served as Vice-chair for one term and Chair for one term. In the Musical Theatre he played the roles of Freddie in ‘My Fair Lady’, Will Parker in ‘Oklahoma’, Max in ‘Sound of Music’. He also helped with set design and building, lighting, and with choreography in several productions. He was also a member of the community chorus.
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Volunteer & Outreach Director - Layne Beckman
Layne Beckman has worked and lived in the Twin Cities most of her life while pursuing her career in medicine. Layne has been involved in ACT UP Minnesota and ACT UP Nationally along with Veterans In The Arts and Healing with Horses. Layne is currently involved in the development and start up of her own business (Home Pride Insurance and Finance) and brings much life experience along with a unique perspective to the Out Twin Cities Film Festival.
Accessibility Director - David Cummer
David Cummer has lived in Minneapolis for over 35 years. In that time he has written and performed on radio and television, written for a number of Amateur Press Associations, and studied Middle Eastern Dancing. He was among the first employees hired by the Minnesota Relay Service, and while there, studied American Sign Language, and later ASL interpreting. He has been active in ACT UP Minnesota, the 1992 local display of the NAMES Project Quilt, Join The Impact-Twin Cities, and Occupy Minneapolis. Currently he is a Deacon at Grace Trinity Community Church, and at his first meeting as a voting Elder at the Twin Cities Area Presbytery, he came out as a gay Christian and spoke in favor of gay ordination.