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Appalachian Queer Film Festival returns to West Virginia

September 26, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Queer Film Festival is making its way back to screens in West Virginia after a short hiatus.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the festival will be from Friday to Sunday at the Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema in Charleston.

Organizer Jon Matthews says the festival opened successfully in Lewisburg in 2015, but lost funding after a 2016 study by the Koch Brothers on government waste was critical of the festival.

The newspaper reported that the study said taxpayers would find the films “objectionable.” Matthews says the festival was targeted for its use of the word “Queer.”

He says the festival fought to stay alive as it opens minds in and about Appalachia. He says it took time off to gather support.

Matthews says everyone is welcome.