Fresno Reel Pride hosted a special art and wine reception at Ashtree Studios on Saturday evening, March 22nd. Attendees enjoyed an intimate viewing of the colorful work by local artist and festival sponsor, Aileen Imperatrice, who co-owns the Tower District studio and gallery with her husband, Anthony. They donated 50 percent of the purchase price for all artwork sold that evening to Fresno Reel Pride, as well.
Peter Robertson and Victor Kral also provided light hors d’oeuvres to honor the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State. The trailer to the film, "Kiss the Bride," was also screened, which will be presented at the Tower Theatre on March 28th.
Additionally, it was announced that Fresno Reel Pride has been selected as a recipient for a Fresno Arts Council’s 2008 Horizon Award. The 23rd Annual Horizon Awards winners will be recognized at a public ceremony and reception held in Fresno City Hall’s Council Chambers on Thursday, April 10th. Jon Carroll, festival director, is slated to accept the award on behalf of Fresno Reel Pride, after being introduced by Robin McGehee, community activist.
Fresno Reel Pride is a celebration of gay and lesbian cinema. Today, its festivals and special screenings are premiere cultural events in the San Joaquin Valley. This fall, Fresno Reel Pride will present its 19th annual film festival September 17-21, 2008 at the historic Tower Theatre.