See also: Ten Films to Look For in 2015
Yes, the weekend is packed with award-winning, local, national, and international films, but Desperado's mission goes beyond sharing great films with audiences to opening the community up to diversity and inclusiveness.
The festival kicks off Friday, January 23, at 8 a.m. with the Diversity Leadership Alliance Workshop that includes diversity training and leadership guidance. The workshop is free and open to the public and there will be a screening of film Back On Board: Greg Louganis, which documents the life of the Olympic gold medal-winning diver who came out publicly and openly discussed being HIV positive in the 1980s. Louganis will speak after the movie is shown.
Louganis will lead a Q&A following the more formal showing of Back On Board: Greg Louganis that night after the Desperado 2015 opening reception.
The story of one of the first legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. who filed the first federal lawsuit for equal treatment of same-sex marriages, Limited Partnership, leads the lineup of films Saturday, January 24, after the showing of the 2015 Student Film Competition Winner, Tomorrow.