At drive-in theaters, the best seats are reserved for punctual elitists and fashionably-late monster trucks. Avoid the perils of Hobbesian parking battles by settling into a cozy seat with today's Groupon to the 24th Annual Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, presented at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College. Choose between two options:
- For $15, you get two tickets for either the evening gala screening on May 27 or June 4 (a $30 value).
- For $9, you get two tickets to a matinee screening or evening program May 26–June 4 (an $18 value), excluding the May 27 and June 4 gala screenings.
The 24th Annual Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival trains a spotlight on diverse, creative narratives from gay and lesbian culture with more than 50 documentaries, shorts, and feature-length films to please cinephiles ages 18 and up. At 7:30 p.m. each night of the week-long program, comical shorts from Slamdance and dramatic features from Sundance shine alongside star-studded thrillers such as The Green, featuring Emmy Award-winner Julia Ormond, Cheyenne Jackson of Glee, and the problem-causing diamond from Titanic. On weekends, the curtain rises earlier for matinees and late afternoon shows that precede the regular evening program. Guests attending the opening and closing night galas can spiffy up in flowing gowns in order to groove elegantly to live music and comfortably smuggle home leftover popcorn.
Reels unravel at Cinestudio, a Trinity College lecture hall that students converted into a Machine Age picture house more than 40 years ago. In addition to passively absorbing both the silver screen's flickering dramas and the pulverized gummi bear particles filling the atmosphere, all festival-goers can quiz directors during Q & A sessions, discreetly compete during silent auctions, and feast at the Cinema Café after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.