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The OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival rings in the new year with a special reception and fundraiser for its annual “Key West in Winston-Salem” event Saturday in the ACE Theatre Complex, located on the main campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

The festival, which hosted its sixth annual event last October (its largest ever) and prepares to embark on its 17th season of film screenings, has teamed with Wake Forest Men’s Health for an evening of celebration. Your admission is your donation to the festival, and sponsorships are also available.

Wake Forest Men’s Health will provide beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as a discussion regarding state-of-the-art management for men’s health and wellness featuring Dr. Kyle Scarberry and Dr. Ryan Terlecki.

The reception and health seminar will be followed by an encore screening of Primos (Cousins), the critically acclaimed drama that made its Southeastern U.S. premiere at last year’s festival. The screening will itself be followed by a special Q&A from Brasilia, Brazil, with writer/co-director/star Thiago Cazado and co-director/cinematographer Mauro Carvalho, who had attended the festival. (Translation assistance will be provided by Carolina Queiroz.)

Described as “a bright and breezy watch that has its heart in the right place” by Andrew McArthur of Culture Fix, Primos stars newcomer Paulo Sousa as a withdrawn teenager drawn to a distant cousin (played by Cazado) recently released from jail. “(Primos) … hits the spot thanks to charming central performances, an uplifting tone, and positive message at its heart,” McArthur wrote.

Last year’s festival followed what was one of the screening series’ most successful years, following the screenings of such crowd-pleasers as The Fabulous Allan Carr, Rebels on Pointe, The Cakemaker, Tucked, and A Million Happy Nows.

The 10th annual “Key West in Winston-Salem” is scheduled for June 6, featuring cocktails, island-inspired cuisine, female impersonators, and male dancing. At this time, Primos filmmaker/star Cazado is slated to be one of the event’s dancers, and there will be a special tribute to Michael Brodie (“Andrea Carlisle/Chocolate”), followed by a downtown after-party.

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Wanna go?

The OUT at the Movies reception and screening of Primos (Cousins) will take place 6 p.m. on Saturday at the ACE Theatre Complex, located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, call (336) 918-0902 or email rex@outatthemovies.org. The official OUT at the Movies website is www.outatthemovies.org/.

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