ALL FILMS & EVENTS
Real Talk | DOC SHORTS!
This collection of short documentaries uplifts voices of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people from all walks of life, both young and old. In BLUSH we see a portrait of a gender-bending relationship between performance artist Hannah and her lover Antonio, a veteran Drag Queen; the first episode of locally-produced web series AMERICA IN TRANSITION, LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF AGAIN puts the life of a trans woman and survivor front and center as she tells her story of struggling to reconnect; and, featuring Reeling alum Fawzia Mirza, POSHIDA unveils the grim realities of Pakistan's LGBTQ community at a time when their basic human rights are under fire.
RED CARPET Reception + Hurricane Bianca | OPENING NIGHT!
Red-hot standup comedian Roy Haylock and his alter ego, the outrageous drag diva Bianca Del Rio, star in this hilarious dragtastic revenge comedy from Columbia College graduate writer-director Matt Kugelman. When demure Richard gets hounded out of his teaching job in a small Texas town for being gay, his other half, the dragtastic diva Bianca Del Rio exacts a hilarious revenge. Kugelman’s directorial debut, a laugh out loud John Waters/TOOTSIE hybrid, offers a divine showcase for Haylock’s massive talents. Haylock’s cyclonic life force Bianca Del Rio, season six champion of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, is joined onscreen by a host of queer icons: Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Bianca Leigh, and none other than RuPaul himself.
Relationships Can Be Complicated | A DYKE DELICIOUS PROGRAM
Lesbian relationships can be, well, complicated. Whether it’s juggling a long-distance relationship in ALLO?; planning a family with your brother’s sperm in SPUNKLE starring Dyke Delicious favorite Fawzia Mirza; re-connecting with an old flame in GREAT ESCAPE; re-enacting loving moments with an ex in FAKE IT; embarking on a forbidden relationship with a teacher in THE CRICKET AND THE ANT; or living with lesbian house-mates in ANGELINO HEIGHTS starring Guinevere Turner.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ Tuc Watkins stars in writer-director Nick Corporon’s romantic road film as Jonathan, a lonely, middle-aged man who hires a hunky male prostitute (Devon Graye) in San Francisco to join him on a trip to the Grand Canyon and insists on a daddy-boy toy relationship with very specific rules. But as the duo draws nearer to their geographical destination, the emotions of both men spill out and threaten to expose the carefully constructed world Jonathan has paid to create.
The Revival: Women and The Word
Music. Poetry. Sisterhood. Drama. That’s the tip of the iceberg when Sekiya Dorsett turned her lens on five young women as they journeyed across America in a cramped minivan determined to tell their truth. In the process, this dynamic quintet emerged as poetry rockstars – all of it captured in Dorsett’s fiery, fierce movie, which presents queer women of color as you have never seen them before.
Veteran writer-director Rob Williams returns with this jaunty yet probing romantic trio of interconnected stories of gay love at the holidays – an appropriate companion to Williams’ endearingly wacky MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY. These sexy, thought provoking and charming stories combine and are resolved when the characters come together for a rousing, heartwarming New Year’s Eve celebration. Get your Christmas spirit on with this what Edge Magazine has dubbed “a sweet holiday fairytale.”
Awkward but adorable teen Neil (TEEN WOLF’s Michael Johnston) and his more confident new gal pal Julia (Hannah Marks, THE RUNAWAYS, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS) are writers of slash fiction – erotic fan fiction focused on same sex sci-fi fantasies. Neil is invited by the older Denis (WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER’s Michael Ian Black), a well-regarded elder statesman of slash fiction – to read at an upcoming convention and Neil and Julia eagerly make plans to attend and delve further into their fantasies. Camp re-enactments of Neil’s gay sci-fi fantasies are a hilarious and lusty highlight of this wonderfully winsome and charming debut film from writer-director Clay Liford that delightfully explores the boundaries of space…and sexuality.
THE SLIPPERS pulls back the Wizard’s curtain on the unbelievable story and cultural impact of the ultimate movie collectible – the glittering ruby slippers Garland wore as Dorothy in the 1939 classic THE WIZARD OF OZ. Morgan White’s film goes behind the scene to detail the fascinating journey of the ruby slippers after their sale at the infamous 1970 MGM auction. Any devoted fan of THE WIZARD OF OZ will be over the rainbow for this fascinating, mysterious and ultimately heartwarming saga of the most recognizable movie prop ever created.
Southwest of Salem: The Story of The San Antonio Four
HBO’s THE JINX, Netflix’s MAKING A MURDERER, the podcast SERIAL, the PARADISE LOST films, and now SOUTHWEST OF SALEM, director Debroah S. Esquenazi’s riveting expose of a real-life miscarriage of justice that forever changed the life of four young Latina lesbians who were unjustly tried and convicted after being accused of satanic ritual abuse. An award winning hit with festival juries and an audience favorite, this engrossing film is truly unforgettable.
“Steamy,” might seem like a stereotypical word to describe this hot, hot drama but it’s also fittingly apt to describe director Andrew Ahn’s directorial debut about a shy Korean-American teenager who takes a job at the Los Angeles bathhouse he once visited with his parents for traditional family steam baths. But once on the job, he discovers a different side to the place and indulges in a series of anonymous hookups that eclipse his erotic gay fantasies.
In this dark comedy from director Carly Usdin, new lesbian couple Jasmine (Brittani Nichols, TRANSPARENT) and Penn, accept a luncheon invitation from Jordan and Billie, who seem to be living the lesbian dream in sunny Los Angeles. But when Jasmine and Penn discover an anonymous suicide note, it changes their perspective entirely – perhaps all is not quite what it seems between their oh-so perfect hosts. A delightful, laid-back, modern day drawing room comedy of manners with an improvisatory feel, SUICIDE KALE is a delight.
Fernando is on holiday with his closest male friends in a beautiful country house in a suburb of Buenos Aries. On their own in a “men only” environment, the hunky young studs bask in the hot sun, play in the pool, smoke pot and drink, most often half-naked or naked. Fernando invites Germán, a dark-haired Brad Pitt look-alike to join them. As the emotional intimacies and the sexual lethargy ripen in the baking heat, Germán begins to realize that he might not be the only gay man in residence. The latest homoerotic slow burn from director Marco Berger (co-helming with Martin Farina), TAEKWONDO is his most sensual treat yet and is sure to raise the temperature of male voyeurs to the boiling point.
Winner of the prestigious Teddy award for Best Feature Film at this year’s Berlinale, Handl Klaus’ sophomore effort is a sensual relationship drama that unexpectedly delivers an out of the blue bolt of lightning that haunts Stefan and Andreas, the Austrian couple at its center. The Garden of Eden-like existence of Stefan and Andreas is shattered after a shocking and unexpected incident alters the perceptions that the duo has of one another and their understanding of themselves. TOMCAT is a provocative, stirring examination of what happens to a loving couple when trouble snakes its way into paradise.
Totally Transfixed | QUEER SHORTS!
From charming narratives to experimental musical shorts, these films are jam packed with stories from the queer, trans, and gender nonconforming communities; from dealing with everyday dysphoria to coming home for Thanksgiving for the first time after transitioning. In HARD PACK, a young trans guy (played by model/musician Madison Paige) takes too much testosterone and experiences the rush of consequences; a queer Vietnamese American teen attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience as a Vietnam War refugee in NUOC; and a young Israeli transgender man reconnects with his childhood friend for the first time since his transition in THE FRIEND FROM TEL AVIV.
Upstairs Inferno | DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE!
On June 24, 1973 an arsonist set fire to the New Orleans gay bar the Up Stairs Lounge, trapping patrons and killing 32. Until the tragic events in Orlando earlier this year, it was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. Yet, few people inside the community – let alone the mainstream public – have ever heard about the tragedy. Robert L. Camina’s heart wrenching film features never-before-seen photographs, news footage and evidence as well as interviews with witnesses and survivors – many of who haven’t discussed the fire until now. The film is narrated by NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author Christopher Rice, a longtime New Orleans resident and prominent member of their gay community.