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  1. 1985

    YEN TAN / features / USA / 2018 / 81 mins
    In this bittersweet, deeply human drama from award-winning writer-director Yen Tan (PIT STOP; CIAO), Manhattan transplant Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM; CAROL) returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis, hiding both his HIV status and his sexuality from his religious conservative mother (Virginia Madsen, SIDEWAYS) and father (Michael Chiklis, THE SHIELD). Adrian reconnects with his younger brother, who may be questioning his own budding sexuality, and his estranged childhood pal and onetime girlfriend (Jamie Chung), while struggling with whether to reveal his true nature and health challenges.
    1985

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  2. 49

    Brock Yurich / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 10 mins
    Based on the events of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in June 2016, four strangers reeling from a large scale attack must come together and help one another heal through love, acceptance, and understanding.
    Plays In:
    Picking Up The Pieces | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  3. Ablution

    Omar Al Dakheel / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.
    Plays In:
    Home Is Where The Heart Is | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  4. Adonis

    SCUD / features / Hong Kong / 2017 / 97 mins
    North American Premiere! Renowned for his erotically outrageous films (VOYAGE; UTOPIANS; AMPHETAMINE), Scud pushes the envelope even further with ADONIS, his seventh feature. It’s the story of Yang Ke (Adonis He Fei), an actor with the Beijing Opera, whose dreams of stardom are fading now that he’s pushing 30. When he loses his job and is down on his luck, he finds himself answering ads for “nude outdoor model” gigs and soon ends up participating in what will become his ticket to infamy: a gay porn film that becomes a sensation in the underground. As Ke descends further and further into a world of hedonism as a hotly desired sex worker, he finds himself increasingly emotionally detached. When Ke accepts the invitation of a mysterious, masked client (played by gay porn star Eric East) on his 30th birthday, even he might have found his limits. Filled with the mind blowing visuals and ultra-sexy cast director Scud is renowned for, ADONIS may well be his most provocative film. Contains graphic visual content; viewer discretion advised. For mature audiences only. Scheduled to attend: Scud (director/writer/producer).
    Adonis

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Tuesday, September 25 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  5. Alaska is a Drag

    SHAZ BENNETT / features / USA / 2017 / 88 mins
    Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo (Martin L. Washington, Jr.) is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska dreaming of drag superstardom. To escape the monotony of fish guts, Leo and his twin sister hang out at the town’s only gay bar owned by their surly surrogate mom (a hilarious Margaret Cho). Out of necessity, Leo’s learned to defend himself and his fighting skills catch the eye of his cannery boss (Jason Scott Lee), who offers to train him. When Declan (Matt Dallas), the buff new guy in town and the object of Leo’s erotic yearnings, offers to be his sparring partner, Leo has a choice to make – drag, boxing or both? This offbeat dramedy from writer-director Shaz Bennett is the essence of a fish out of water story – literally.
    Alaska is a Drag

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 5:00 PM Buy Tickets


  6. Analysis Paralysis

    JASON T. GAFFNEY / features / USA / 2018 / 91 mins
    Tyler (co-writer/director Gaffney) seems like the perfect catch. He’s smart, funny and adorably hunky, but he suffers from an unusual anxiety disorder – analysis paralysis, which makes him incapable of taking action without imagining the multiple ways that each possible choice could go wrong. At the behest of his therapist, Tyler fights the disorder by asking out his dreamy neighbor Shane (Kevin Held). Despite the odds (visualized with a multitude of hilarious fantasies), the romance flourishes until Tyler’s affliction comes up against a stumbling block that might finally be too much for the couple: Shane’s rigidly stern parents. You won’t have to fight your resistance to this delightful romantic comedy. ***Scheduled to attend: Jason T. Gaffney (director/writer/producer/actor), Matt Gorlick (producer), Kevin Held (actor), Suzanne Brockmann (producer), Ed Gaffney (producer/writer)***
    Analysis Paralysis

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Thursday, September 27 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  7. Anchor and Hope

    CARLOS MARQUES-MARCET / features / Spain / 2017 / 112 mins
    Eva (Oona Chaplin, GAME OF THRONES; BLACK MIRROR) and Kat (Natalia Tena, HARRY POTTER’S Nymphadora Tonks) live a carefree lifestyle aboard their London canal boat until Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end their bohemian existence, but when her best friend Roger (David Verdaguer) visits from Barcelona and offers to be the sperm donor, the three independent spirits decide to go for a more traditional life. As Eva revels in her pregnancy and Roger fantasizes about his role in this new family, Kat feels like a third wheel, and suddenly what was meant to enrich their lives threatens to pull them apart. This amicable, eccentric romantic drama features a wonderful supporting performance from acting legend Geraldine Chaplin (Oona’s real life mother) as Eva’s no-nonsense mom.
    Anchor and Hope

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  8. AU

    Nicole Allan / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    When Syd fears her twin sister will abandon her for a new girlfriend, she uses her scientific invention, a portal to another universe, to finally take control of her life. But will she go too far for her sister?
    Plays In:
    TV Crushes | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Sunday, September 30 3:00 PM Buy Tickets


  9. Battle Cry

    Kyle Reaume / Shorts / Canada / 2018 / 14 mins
    Toronto's most cerebral drag queen and "tragicomedienne" Pearle Harbour aka Justin Miller prepares to take the stage for his new show "Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety" at Buddies In Bad Times – the oldest-running queer theater in the world.
    Plays In:
    Drag, Dick, & Other Four Letter Words | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  10. Being Okey

    Nina Oppliger, Nadia Lanfranchi & Corinne Pfister / Shorts / Switzerland / 2017 / 34 mins
    Eleven years ago, a mob tried to kill Okey and his partner in their hometown in Nigeria, where homosexuality is a crime. They narrowly escape death and flee to Switzerland as asylum seekers – only to be caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life.
    Plays In:
    Lessons In Love | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  11. Besties

    Tom Gelo / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    The first episode in a new web series that discusses everything from gay stereotypes, being a gay actor, PreP, poppers and Grindr to the importance of having a platonic soulmate to help get you through the day.
    Plays In:
    Love, Laughs, and Hookup Apps | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  12. Between Here and Now

    Jannik Splidsboel / Shorts / Denmark / 2018 / 22 mins
    Tony, an Italian man on holiday, meets Oscar in a Copenhagen bar. What seems like a one-night stand becomes more complicated and the two men form a fragile friendship based on mutual loneliness.
    Plays In:
    Love, Laughs, and Hookup Apps | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  13. The Bloom of Youth | SHORTS!

    Folks of all ages can relate to this program of shorts that speaks to the confusion we often face as we first explore who we really are, and how we are shaped by the experiences we have as adolescents. In DEVIANT, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electrotherapeutic conversion therapy in the 1960s. In VILLDYR (WILD BEASTS), a young Norwegian boy’s impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend. SHALA is the story of a young boy living in an orphanage who has a hard time being adopted because of prejudice. A 15-year-old boy notices that he feels different than other boys his age in SIRENE; and in SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX, a 14-year-old boy navigates a close friendship with his older sister's boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.

    In This Program: Deviant, Shala, Sirene, Something About Alex, Wild Beasts

    The Bloom of Youth | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Sunday, September 30 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  14. Bob the Drag Queen Talks Sex

    Brian Emerick / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins
    Bob the Drag Queen, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Winner, discusses condom use, sexual health disparities for gay Latino and African-American men, slut shaming, and more!
    Plays In:
    Drag, Dick, & Other Four Letter Words | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  15. Bobbi and Sheelagh

    Barb Taylor / Shorts / Canada / 2018 / 12 mins
    Bobbi meets a mythological creature whose ancient battle for acceptance helps Bobbi overcome her own fear of being a lesbian. This animated short was created in a traditional method with thousands of hand painted cells and pencil crayon backgrounds. Featuring Canadian actor Nisha Ahuja and Irish actor Mel Bradley.
    Plays In:
    The Lighter Side | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Friday, September 28 7:00 PM Buy Tickets