Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: This documentary looks at two gay bars in rural Mississippi, welcoming to everyone in the queer community and both a real oasis.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 76 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Malcolm Ingram
Writer: Malcolm Ingram
Starring: Jim Bishop, Terry Capps, Jackie Cox, Bill Curtis, Rick Gladish, Charles ‘Butch’ Graham, Geoff Kates, Jack McCrory, Fred Phelps, Cindy Sartin, Debbie Shutawk, Charles Smith, Lum Weaver, Martha Weaver, Tim Wildmon

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Small Town Gay BarFor many lgbt people, the bars have historically been the only place for many to come and be themselves and feel a sense of community and family. In small town Bible Belt America, they can be even more important to escape from the realities of closeted lives and oppression.

This documentary looks at two gay bars in rural Mississippi, welcoming to everyone in the queer community and both a real oasis in economically depressed areas with decidedly conservative cultures. Rumors is owned by Rick, a man who isn’t out to his family, and Crossroads is a much wilder, anything goes bar that is closed down for violations.

During the filming, Lori purchases Crossroads and brings it back to life as Different Seasons with the help of her partner Ruby. For Lori, it isn’t really about the money. It’s about creating an environment where everyone can just be at ease. The bar happens to be located in Meridian, Mississippi, the birthplace of Fred Phelps, and we are treated to an interview with the anti-gay hatemonger who pickets the funeral of Scotty Weaver, beaten to death for being gay.

It’s a slice of life film in which we see lgbt folks who have chosen to or must stay in these small towns, rather than dashing for the more accepting cities. Produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. (AB)