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Dayton LGBT Film Festival Returns To The Neon

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This year, The Neon in downtown Dayton asks the question "What do Bette Midler, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Laura Linney, Ian McKellen and Laverne Cox all have in common?" To find out the answer, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Neon manager, Jonathan McNeal.

McNeal joined us in the WYSO studios recently to provide a rundown of the films that will be showing in this year's Dayton LGBT Film Festival. In the interview, you'll also find out what question McNeal says he hasn't received from the press or from anyone he's talked to about the festival.

The Neon manager says weekend passes sold out very quickly this year - a testament to the festival's popularity - but at the time of this taping, individual tickets were still available for all shows.

From Friday to Sunday, Oct. 13-15, the festival will screen 17 films altogether. The festival will highlight a variety of short and feature-length films, "with ties to the LGBT community."  McNeal says within the selection of comedies, International dramas, narratives, and documentaries, there will be something for everyone.

Several visiting guest artists involved with some of the films will also make an appearance at the festival, including Jill Alexander, co-star of SENSITIVITY TRAINING. McNeal says that only after selecting the film for the festival did the selection committee find out that Alexander attended Beavercreek High School.

You can get more details on the weekend in our interview, or check out the festival website below.

THE NEON is located at 130 E. 5th St in downtown Dayton. For additional information, you can visit the – www.daytonlgbt.com - or call THE NEON at (937)222-8452.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.