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Reel Identities Film Festival 

The Reel Identities Film Festival brings sometimes-overlooked themes to a New Orleans big screen with a series of movies about love, relationships and identity within lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Several award-winning films will be screened this year, including The Gymnast, a drama about two aerial dancers who fall in love, and Itty Bitty Titty Committee (pictured) by Jamie Babbit, director of But I'm a Cheerleader, which tells the story of an unexpected romance between a routine-oriented office assistant and a lesbian activist. Other highlights include opening night's romantic comedy Four Letter Word, which chronicles a gay man's struggle with the complications of love and monogamy, and Saturday night's two-film series uncovering intersexed and transgendered people's experiences, featuring Black and White and Boy I Am. The three-day festival began in 2003 after members of the Lesbian and Gay Community Center expressed a desire to see up-and-coming LGBT films screened in theaters. After a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Katrina, the festival is back to celebrate its fourth year of films. The series consists of nine two-hour programs. Tickets are $7.50 per screening, $30 for five admissions or $50 for an all-access pass. -- Emily Hohenwarter

Fri.-Sun. July 20-22

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, Tulane University School of Architecture, Richardson Hall; www.reelidentities.org

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