Angela Bowen to make appearance at screening

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which is directed by Jennifer Abod, follows Bowen’s three passions–dance, activism, and teaching. Bowen’s appearance will be the first time a documentary star has attended a GlennFest Film Festival screening. The screening will take place on Sunday, October 9, at 6 p.m. at the Downey Civic Theatre.finalposter_jennifer070214-1

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen is a feature length documentary that begins with Bowen’s discovery of her first love – classical dance – in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. In the film, her stories unfold within the cultural, economic and political climate of the times. Bowen’s desire to perform on Broadway in the 1950s was thwarted by racism. Like so many other black performers, she had to travel to the stages of Europe to find work. When Bowen returned to the United States, she married a young drummer and established the only black dance school in Connecticut, The Bowen Peters School of Dance, which influenced many. During these years, she discovered the writings of black lesbian feminists, which gave her the courage to claim her own sexual identity and transform her life.

“la Cage aux Folles” after party entertainment announced!

Hummingbird Meadows, drag artist of West Hollywood, will appear at GlennFest Film Festival for the la Cage aux Folles after party, on Wednesday, October 5. The after party is drag theme–a nod to the la cage aux Folles night club in the film–and will present two songs by Hummingbird Meadows. The Epic Lounge will host the event at the conclusion of the film screening.

Hummingbird Meadows has participated in numerous drag shows and performances in the Los Angeles area, including Men in Heels, Micky’s Showgirls, and Once Upon a Time into the Woods. She currently works at Micky’s of West Hollywood.

La Cage aux Folles follows Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault as two gay men living in St. Tropez. They are forced to change their ways when their son announces his engagement and invites the fiancée and her parents for dinner. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs during their stay.

GlennFest to participate in Stardust Art Festival

stardustOn October 2, beginning at noon, the Downey Arts Coalition and the City of Downey present a celebration of Art, Film and Space. Three free movies will be provided by GlennFest Film Festival including family-friendly Ice Age: Collision Course; the astronaut documentary, The Last Man on the Moon; and the anime concert film Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years. The Aerospace Legacy Foundation presents a panel discussion about Downey’s role in aerospace history, “Journey to the Stars and Beyond.” There will be artist booths on the plaza, live music, food trucks, and “Cosmic,” a specially curated art exhibit in the theatre lobby.

GlennFest 2016 is here!

GlennFest Film Festival 2016 is held this year from September 24 to October 9th, in Downey, California. Screenings are held at various locations, including the Downey Krikorian Theaters at 8200 Third Street in Downey, The Epic Lounge at 8239 2nd Street in Downey, and Downey Civic Theatre at 8435 Firestone Blvd in Downey.

Tickets for all screenings are FREE.  How is this possible?  Our Founder and Executive Director, Glenn Stephens, loves movies and especially loves sharing movies that most people haven’t seen.

It wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful sponsors, however, and we need your help to sponsor the festival as well!  Email us at the contact page, and we’ll show you how to connect with a diverse audience of film lovers in Southeast Los Angeles County.

Stay tuned here for the full announcement of all the films playing at this year’s festival.

Call to Sponsors!

Each and every year, GlennFest Film Festival is made possible by our generous sponsors. In order for us to continue providing films to the Downey community at no cost, we need to meet our yearly goal in sponsorship. In previous years, we have been aided by the following organizations:

  • Downey Arts Coalition
  • SEIU Local 721 American’s with Disabilities Caucus
  • SEIU Lavender Caucus
  • Running Bear Media

Now it’s your time to shine! Every donation brings us a step closer to our goal. Help us continue to provide free films to communities, and we’ll help you by publicizing your name, product, or business at our festival. Our festival is attended by hundreds of people each year–that’s hundreds of new patrons who will learn about your service.

If you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact the festival director, Glenn Stephens, via email.