The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has assembled a guide and facilitated discussion for films with LGBT content at Sundance this year.

From the film Love Free or Die

cineGLAAD raises awareness and amplifies the voices of filmmakers who highlight the LGBT experience. A complete list of those films is available on the cineGLAAD website. These films promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality for the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.

“The Sundance Film Festival has been a starting point for some of the most prominent films with LGBT stories. It’s these images that are building support for equality by helping Americans understand the common ground we all share,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “GLAAD is proud to help raise the profile of those films and filmmakers who highlight the LGBT experience as an official Institute Associate at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.”

cineGLAAD panels will be held at the Sundance Film Festival’s Filmmaker Lodge located on the second floor of the Elks Building (550 Main Street) in Park City.

cineGLAAD panel discussions are free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP, so plan accordingly. Panel discussions are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Priority entry will be given to 2012 Sundance Film Festival pass holders.


Relying on the Kindness of Strangers: Funding Film Through Social Media

The advent of online social networking has opened up new fundraising strategies for filmmakers. The panel will address the difficult road that LGBT-inclusive and independent films travel before and after being made.
Discussion begins Saturday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

Keep the Lights On: What Modern Queer Cinema Looks Like

From the film Keep the Lights On

Addressing issues facing the contemporary gay community, including fidelity and addiction, Keep the Lights On also tells a deeply personal story that unfolds with startling authenticity. Join writer/director Ira Sachs (of award-winning Forty Shades of Blue fame) and others for a discussion on the film’s creation and its place in the queer cinema canon.
Monday, Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m.

Love Free or Die: Bishop Robison Between the LGBT Community and The Church

Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church became the first openly-gay man to be elected to that position in 2003. His appointment started a movement that has altered how the Episcopal Church relates to the LGBT population, which has been an emotionally-charged and complex relationship. The new documentary Love Free Or Die takes a closer look at this relationship through the eyes of Bishop Gene Robinson. Join Bishop Robinson, director Macky Alson and other key players as they discuss making the documentary and discus the future of LGBT people and the church.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m.