Summary Information
Title: Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Records
Collection Number: CTC.1994.02
Creator: Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1987-1994
Collection Dates: 1980-1994
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language: English

The material in this collection is in English.

Abstract:
The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is an annually held educational and cultural complement to the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society’s year round program meant to foster appreciation and visibility through film media. The Festival hosts members of the film industry from Pittsburgh, Ohio, and West Virginia; it aims to educate, enlighten, and entertain audiences while increasing unity, community, and pride among lesbians and gay men of the tri-state region. The collection primarily comprises budgeting and programming plans, Festival bylaws, grant applications, press coverage, and information on other gay and lesbian film festivals in the United States between 1980 and 1992.
Publisher:

ULS Special Collections Department
University of Pittsburgh Library System
Hillman Library, Room 363
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-8190
uls-specialcollections@mail.pitt.edu
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Ashley Palchak.
History

The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (PILGFF) began in 1982 as the Lesbian and Gay Film Series, a project of the Pittsburgh’s Lesbian and Gay Community Center, with the goal of providing opportunities for viewing media by and about lesbian and gay people and their experiences. In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Gay and Lesbian Alliance, the Film Series was stationed in Oakland. In 1985 the Film Series moved off-campus and became a separate event, formed its own Board of Directors, and launched the first film festival in 1986 with the cooperation of Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

In 1987, with Richard Cummings as Executive Director, the Film Festival incorporated, was granted non-profit status, and applied for funding as a major presenter of lesbian and gay media in Pennsylvania and the nation. The annual Film Festival has grown to a ten-day program each October presenting over fifty films and videos in a number of venues, as well as producing, hosting, and participating in a wide array of cultural and community events throughout the year. Originally only hosting audiences at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Oakland Screening Room and Fulton Theatre, the Film Festival has expanded into a multi-venue event and presents at several theatres, including Pittsburgh’s Byham and South Side Works theatres. With an increase in programming and attendance, the Film Festival has continued to augment funding and media coverage, receiving grants from the Chicago resource Center, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lambda Foundation.

The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival highlights major feature films of interest to the lesbian and gay community, as well as provides a venue for independent film and video from the United States and abroad. The Film Festival also sponsors an educational symposium featuring an internationally acclaimed figure in lesbian and gay media. Past speakers have included independent filmmakers Isaac Julien, Peggy Gilpin, Cheryl Dunye, Rob Marshall, and art critic and AIDS activist Douglas Crimp.

In 2006, the organization changed its corporate name to the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society in order to show its dedicated commitment to become an organization that provides year round activities. The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society is now the presenter of the Annual Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (PILGFS) collection is composed of bill receipts, programming information, public and private grant applications, and information on other gay and lesbian film festivals in the United States between 1988 and 1994. The first series comprises budgeting plans, Festival bylaws, billing invoices and receipts, programming information, public and private grant applications, as well as correspondence between Richard Cummings and festival personnel. Included in this series are detailed reports on the Festival’s application and receipt of funding and grants from the Chicago Resource Center, the Lambda Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Media coverage on the Festival is included from several local Pittsburgh publications. Finally, the Film Festival’s grant application and lawsuit with the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in 1993 are present. The second series includes programs and press coverage on other gay and lesbian film festivals collected by the PILGFS. These materials often make mention of the Film Festival in Pittsburgh, as well as served as tools for planning in the early years of the PILGFS.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Film festivals -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Gay and lesbian film festivals -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Gay and lesbian film festivals -- United States
  • Gay culture -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Gays -- Social life and customs
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures
  • Lesbians -- Social life and customs
  • Lesbians in motion pictures

Corporate Names
  • Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (Pa.).
  • Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Locations
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Popular culture

Occupations
  • Gays in motion pictures

Genres/Forms
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Grant proposals
  • Grants
  • Programs (Documents)
  • Theater programs

Category
  • Theater

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Records, 1983-1994, CTC.1994.02, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Ashley Palchak in March 2010.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Office files, 1984-1994

Scope and Content Notes:

The first series comprises budgeting plans, Festival bylaws, billing invoices and receipts, programming information, public and private grant applications, as well as correspondence between Richard Cummings and festival personnel. Included in this series are detailed reports on the Festival’s application and receipt of funding and grants from the Chicago Resource Center, the Lambda Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Media coverage on the Festival is included from several local publications, including Pittsburgh’s Out Magazine and City Paper. Their grant application and lawsuit with the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in 1993 are present. The materials are arranged in chronological order by festival year.


Box 1
Folder 1 Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Community Center Film Series, 1984
Folder 2 Film Festival - invoices and correspondence, 1986
Folder 3 Film Festival - invoices, 1987
Folder 4 Film Festival - programs, 1987
Folder 5 Film Festival - press clippings, 1987
Folder 6 Lambda Foundation -grant, 1987
Folder 7 Film Festival -bylaws, 1988
Folder 8 Film Festival - tax information, 1988-1989
Folder 9 Film Festival -press clippings, 1988
Folder 10 Film Festival - programs, 1988
Folder 11 Chicago Resource Center -grant, 1988
Folder 12 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - grant, 1988
Folder 13 Film Festival - invoices, 1989
Folder 14 Film Festival - press clippings, 1989
Folder 15 Film Festival -programs, 1989
Folder 16 Chicago Resource Center - grant, 1989
Folder 17 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - grant, 1989
Folder 18 Film Festival - invoices, 1990
Folder 19 Film Festival - press clippings, 1990-1991
Folder 20 Film Festival - programs, 1990
Folder 21 Chicago Resource Center - grant, 1990

Box 2
Folder 1 Lambda Foundation - grant, 1990
Folder 2 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - grant, 1990
Folder 3 Film Festival - invoices, 1991
Folder 4 Film Festival - press clippings, 1991
Folder 5 Film Festival - programs, 1991
Folder 6 Film Festival - report, 1991
Folder 7 Chicago Resource Center - grant, 1991
Folder 8 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – grant and press clippings, 1991
Folder 9 Pennsylvania Humanities Council - grant, 1991
Folder 10 Pittsburgh Foundation - grant, 1991
Folder 11 Film Festival - invoices, 1991
Folder 12 Film Festival - press clippings, 1992
Folder 13 Film Festival - programs, 1992
Folder 14 Chicago Resource Center - grant, 1992
Folder 15 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture - grant, 1991
Folder 16 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - grant, 1992
Folder 17 Film Festival - press clippings, 1993
Folder 18 Film Festival - programs, 1993
Folder 19 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture - grant, 1993
Folder 20 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture - lawsuit, 1993
Folder 21 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - grant, 1993
Folder 22 Pittsburgh Foundation - grant, 1993
Folder 23 Film Festival - press clippings, 1994
Folder 24 Lambda Foundation - grant, 1994
Folder 25 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture - grant, 1994
Folder 26 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts - grant, 1994

Series II. Other Lesbian and Gay film festivals in the United States, 1980-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

The second series includes information on other gay and lesbian film festivals collected by the PILGFS. The information collected consists of programs and press coverage. These materials often make mention of the Film Festival in Pittsburgh, as well as served as tools for planning in the early years of the PILGFS.


Box 3
Folder 1 Chicago International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1988-1992
Folder 2 Los Angeles International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1988-1992
Folder 3 Miscellaneous film festivals, 1989
Folder 4 New York International Festival of Lesbian & Gay Film, 1980-1991
Folder 5 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1986-1989
Folder 6 Washington D.C. International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1988