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  1. Hippopotamus

    Jody Wheeler / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 15 mins
    Left alone to caretake a gay nude resort closed for the season, a man finds himself confronted by what he can see and by what he can't.
    Plays In:
    Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Friday, September 28 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  2. Home Is Where The Heart Is | SHORTS!

    Matters of family and home are highlighted in this program of hard-hitting narrative shorts. A twenty-something gay man visits home for the first time in years and is forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been in ZERO ONE. In LIFE IN DARKNESS, a man wakes up on his birthday in Mosul, Iraq, only to deal with destruction in his relationship, as well as in his homeland; and the bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested in ABLUTION. In KHOL (OPEN), an estranged gay man (Shawn Parikh) must return to his small hometown after his father's sudden death and must manage broken relationships with his sister (Sarayu Blue), his ex (Jason Rogel), and most significantly, his mother. In GUN, the lives of two otherwise unconnected individuals are brought together by a shared struggle of identity and a deadly weapon.

    In This Program: Ablution, Gun, Khol (Open), Life in Darkness, Zero One

    Home Is Where The Heart Is | SHORTS!

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


  3. Home Made

    Diana Khong / Shorts / Canada / 2017 / 10 mins
    Home Made is an intimate, contemplative portrait of two queer tattoo artists navigating an industry traditionally dominated by white, straight, cisgender males. The film weaves together the parallel narratives of Jasmine, a shop owner in Philadelphia, and sally, a stick-and-poke artist in Brooklyn, through their trials and triumphs.
    Plays In:
    No Time Like The Present | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  4. Honey West: The Gloria Fickling Story

    Laura Varela / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 26 mins
    The story of one ground-breaking woman who opened the door to new roles and portrayals of women in books and television.
    Plays In:
    TV Crushes | SHORTS!

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


  5. In My Room

    AYELET ALBENDA / features / Israel, UK, USA / 2017 / 73 mins
    IN MY ROOM is a coming of age film that takes place inside the rooms of six teenagers, and is told entirely out of self-made videos they posted on YouTube. Not YouTube stars, these are just teenagers talking to anyone who is willing to listen. Arieh, a 12-year-old boy loves makeup; Lydia is questioning her gender and begins transitioning to Liam; Rachel struggles daily with anorexia; Lina is Muslim and fighting prejudice; Ryan is a sweet, straight Asian teen who lives for his music; and Sabrina is pregnant at 15. Through cross-editing of the characters, viewer comments, and footage from the entire video blogosphere, their lives are woven into one collective journey. The result is a visual and narrative kaleidoscope of adolescence, a rare invitation to peek inside the world of these fearless kids whose insights are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Scheduled to attend: Ayelet Albenda (director)
    In My Room

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 1:15 PM Buy Tickets


  6. An Instant

    Adrià Guxens / Shorts / Spain / 2017 / 20 mins
    An Instant is a story about friendship, love and the importance of the small moments that endow our lives with meaning.
    Plays In:
    Encrucijados | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  7. An Iraqi Belly Dancer

    Juan David Romero / Shorts / Colombia, Greece, USA / 2018 / 18 mins
    An Iraqi LGBT refugee who is also a belly dancer escapes his country and moves to Greece, seeking safety from a family who wants him dead and hoping to find a home that will grant him a life in peace and tranquility.
    Plays In:
    Many Loves, One Heart | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 5:00 PM Buy Tickets


  8. Jerky

    Tim J. Lim / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    A grieving widower must come to terms with the biggest obstacle in his healing process: his dead husband's dog.
    Plays In:
    Picking Up The Pieces | SHORTS!

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


  9. Jewels

    Bobby B. Grubic / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    The relationship becomes complicated and deceitful when two women confront each other.
    Plays In:
    Date Night | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  10. Just Friends

    ELLEN SMIT / features / Netherlands / 2018 / 80 mins
    Yad (Majd Mardo), a handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city with his parents. A temp job as a domestic working for the energetic Ans (Jenny Arean) leads to Yad meeting her hunky blonde grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski). The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling? Can the possibility of love bridge the cultural differences threatening to tear the seductive heartthrobs apart? This ultra-sexy romantic dramedy offers something beyond the usual pleasures of a young gay love story, and the conflicts with their families have nothing to do with Yad and Joris’s sexuality, marking JUST FRIENDS as a truly modern tale of queer love.
    Just Friends

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  11. Khol (Open)

    Faroukh Virani / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    When his father passes away, Vijay is forced to return home after a 10 year estrangement and must confront a life he fled as well as manage broken relationships with his sister, his ex, and most significantly, his mother.
    Plays In:
    Home Is Where The Heart Is | SHORTS!

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


  12. Kill the Monsters

    RYAN LONERGAN / features / USA / 2018 / 80 mins
    Handsome control freak Patrick (writer-director Ryan Lonergan, A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS), his second half, the charismatic, impulsive, trust fund baby Sutton (Garrett McKechnie, TERRITORY), and the third and newest member of their threesome, darling boy toy Frankie (Jack Ball, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY), live the charmed life of your average, everyday thruple. But when Frankie is stricken with a mysterious illness, the dynamic trio swings into action, heading west in search of a holistic cure. On the way, between fights and makeup sex in nondescript hotel rooms, the unique challenges facing this three-way relationship are probed. Shot in radiant black and white with a lively music score, part gorgeous travelogue, part political allegory, and a full on examination of the quirks and kinks of a loving threesome, KILL THE MONSTERS is the road trip you wish you could take.
    Kill the Monsters

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  13. Leitis in Waiting

    DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON / features / Tonga / 2018 / 72 mins
    Tonga, the tiny island kingdom of Polynesia, is home to the “leitis” – an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific home. Over the course of an eventful year, we follow the gracious but quietly determined Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant, mentors a young contestant rejected by her family, garners the support of a Royal Princess, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, this deftly observed documentary reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.
    Leitis in Waiting

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 5:00 PM Buy Tickets


  14. Lemonade

    Troy Price / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    Kristin Farrell just can’t seem to ever catch a break. But that all changes when she receives a call from her mom that launches her into a whole new world.
    Plays In:
    The Lighter Side | SHORTS!

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


  15. Lesbehonest: I’ll be all right

    Jana Heaton / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 19 mins
    After offhandedly breaking up with her girlfriend, Blaire moves back in with her gay best friend, Michael. Reunited in the homotopia of Brooklyn, they sift through booze, babes, and absurd life decisions. After inviting too many dates to a party, Blaire and Michael band together to wrangle the crisis.
    Plays In:
    What’s Cookin’? | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 5:15 PM Buy Tickets