Tag! You’re a Queer Film Festival Audience

The current outbreak isn’t stopping the Tag! Queer Shorts Film Festival from taking place, even though, like so many things, it’s had to go online. It’s still a collection of short films by queer filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest, still sponsored by Portland’s Hollywood Theatre. 

The films are shown in four blocks, each devoted to a different theme. 

The first is Isolation, which begins on Thursday, the Feb. 18, at 6:00 p.pm Isolation is a part of everyone’s life right now, and it’s unfortunately been a part of LGBTQIA+ life all along. 

The theme of the second block is Impulse, and it begins Friday, Feb. 19, at 6:00 p.m. People long for things, desire things, need things. Sometimes they act abruptly and without thought to get them. Sometimes that works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. 

The third block is Ritual, starting Saturday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m.  

“Daddy, what’s he doing?”  

“It’s a ritual.”  

“What’s a ritual?”  

“A ritual is…hmmm…a ritual is something you do because it helps you to think about a thing that’s very important.” 

Fourth is Ecstasy, on Sunday, February 21, at 6:00 p.m. Life is full of difficulty and dissatisfaction and a good deal of pain, but then there is also ecstasy. Don’t fail to notice the ecstasy when it shows up. 

Although the festival is online, you do still need to buy tickets.  

By: John M. Burt