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Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival

Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival

Friday, 24 July 2020 until Sunday, 02 August 2020

Formerly known as The Boston LGBT Film Festival...


The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the largest festival of films by, for, and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and their allies in New England. In 2011 the festival screened 120 films from 27 countries with over 4500 tickets sold. The Boston LGBT Film Festival is also one of the longest running film festivals in North America. Founded by film curator George Mansour in 1984, next year will be our 28th year in existence.

The annual Festival showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, with a focus on media that demonstrates the diversity and depth of our audience.

As New England’s premiere LGBT film organization, the Festival reaches out to the culturally rich and diverse communities of the region through Screenings on Tour and Festival Partnerships, in collaboration with other film festivals.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival aims to stimulate thought and encourage dialogue while offering exposure and continued presence for filmmakers, artists and community organizations.


 

2020 films...

LINGUA FRANCA

Directed by Isabel Sandoval 1h 29m English, Tagalog with English subtitles United States, Philippines

Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga's adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

WHITE LIE

Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas 1h 36m English Canada

Katie Arneson is faking cancer. A university dance major, Katie’s falsified diagnosis and counterfeit fundraising have transformed her into a campus celebrity surrounded by the supportive community she’s always dreamed of: a close-knit group of friends, security in her academic pursuits, and a caring relationship with her girlfriend. Dependent upon a bursary for sick students, Katie learns the funding is in jeopardy unless she can provide copies of her medical records within the week. Enlisting the guidance of several others, she begins the dangerous process of forging the records. This task is costlier and more complicated than initially anticipated, and a panicked Katie descends into a spiral of misguided decisions that take her further and further over the edge.

DANGEROUS DRUGS OF SEX

Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas 1h 36m English Canada

Katsuragi had a successful job when he falls from grace, and tries to commit suicide in drunken despair. A mysterious man, Yoden, suddenly appears and saves him. However, this is only the beginning of a terrible imprisonment and training...

UP AND COMING

This year's up-and-coming program is guaranteed to make you excited about where queer filmmaking is going. Watch as young queer filmmakers touch upon living with AIDS in today's world, see how Melbourne's first gay liberation movement inspired the youth, get a fresh take on what it means to seek comfort from an ex, or what it is like to want to be part of a drag family. This is only the beginning for these young and talented filmmakers, and for many, the first step to a long, fruitful, and most importantly, queer career. This is your chance to be among the first to support them!

BACKING UP BILITIS

Seventeen-year-old closeted Jane creates an underground event in the basement of her suburban home, all on the brink of Melbourne's first gay liberation movement. Directed by Abbie Pobjoy | 2019 | 12 min | Australia | English

FRIENDS LIKE THAT

After getting dumped, Maia seeks solace by crashing with her best ex Alex. Directed by Francesca de Fusco | 2019 | 8 min | United States | English

TRANSIT

Corey’s first night out having fun ends up in a shady gyno run. Directed by Stella Asmon | 2019 | 5 min | United States | English

YOU'RE ALREADY HERE

After a college professor unexpectedly dies, a student discovers the true feelings he had for him. Directed by Michael Austin Nicolo | 2019 | 15 min | United States | English Content Warning: Suicide.

HERE LIES TRUTH

When an obsessed fan threatens the success of New York's wunderkind 'it' writer, Christian St. Clair, his agent and friend must decipher for herself what is truth and what is fiction. Directed by David Elijah | 2019 | 17 min | United States | English

SUREX

The serendipitous reunion of Arianne, Sophia and Émile at a photo exhibition quickly turns into a celebration. However, Arianne finds herself caught in a power play of unspoken tension with her old friends. Directed by Sandrine Maltais | 2019 | 12 min | Canada | English

THRIVE

A hook-up between two young men - they make a connection, but it quickly becomes apparent they're looking for different things. Directed by Jamie Di Spirito | 2019 | 17 min | United Kingdom | English

FOUNDATION

Foundation is about a drag performer, Kasha La Bouche, who is ready to become a star. She finally gets her moment to shine when the famous drag mother, Señorita, enters the bar. Desperately wanting to be a part of a drag family, Kasha tries to slay her final performance. But what Kasha forgot is that she doesn’t need to look too far to find a community of her own amongst her fellow performers. Directed by James Elinski | 2019 | 10 min | United States | English

QUEER ASIAN STORIES (PART 1)

It’s not often that queer Asian stories get brought to the forefront, let alone to the big screen. But last year, in a historic moment for Asia, Taiwan made headlines by legalizing same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the furtherment of LGBTQ+ rights across the continent. This 2-part LGBTQ+ Asian shorts program is an ode to queer Asian love–from India to Taiwan and more, we bring you tales of passion, loss, fear and hope, keeping the spotlight shining bright on queer Asian stories.

Soba-chan's Morning

It was supposed to be a usual morning of a Tokyo married couple... Directed by Sergei Vlasov | 2019 | 5 min | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles

Blossom

This is a journey about a drag queen exploring herself with an abandoned baby at an unconventional night. It is also a story about the searching of one’s the sense of belonging and one’s own. Directed by Han Lin | 2018 | 25 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

U for Usha

Usha, an illiterate single mother who works as a farm labourer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she never knew possible. Directed by Rohan Parashuram Kanawade | 2019 | 21 min | India | Marathi with English subtitles

Tidal

It’s about a tidal like relationship. Ocean, a boy who grew in a small island. He has a taboo relationship with Tide, a sailor who regularly dock the island. On once Tide’s docking. Ocean is going to tell Tide that he had convinced his mother to let him go sailing. On the other hand, Tide has been concealing his married identity to Ocean. And he decided to end their romance. Directed by Yenshun Lee | 2017 | 15 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

We Need to Talk About the Ring

Though same-sex marriage is now legal in her hometown, Xin, resolves to give up her successful career in the U.S. and return home. Xin's parents eagerly await their daughter's return. However, little do they know about Xin's intentions to take advantage of Taiwan's new same-sex marriage laws. Caught between love and family, Xin risks both her family and lover and is forced to own up to her true feelings. Directed by Yi Qi Chen | 2019 | 30 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles curated by Zhei Xie

QUEER MUSLIM SHORTS

Queer Muslim Shorts Program is returning for the second year in a row, and it's more diverse than ever with films from six different countries! This year's program brings you stories about breaking barriers, seeking family acceptance, beautiful friendships, and unexpected connections! Are you ready for the flood of emotions? Curated by Beyza Burcak.

AYANEH

Set in Switzerland, our story follows Ayaneh, a young refugee from Afghanistan. One day at a public swimming pool she meets Anna and instantly feels attracted to her. As the relationship between the two women develops, Ayaneh is confronted with growing resistance from her religious family. Directed by Nicolas Greinacher | 2019 | 14 min | Switzerland | English, Persian, Swiss German with English subtitles

UNDER THE BLANKET

Yankı is a 17-year-old gay boy. He is under pressure because of his sexual orientation from the neighborhood and his mother. One day, his mom and a neighbor decide to solve this problem. Directed by Kardelen Eren | 2019 | 15 min | Turkey | Turkish with English subtitles

UBUNTU

Mike Mosallam Productions Ubuntu is a coming of age story that follows Hakeem & Darren, best friends and star athletes navigating through the nuances of high school. When pushed to face their collective fears in social settings, Hakeem and Darren realize that staying true to their authentic self and supporting one another is what matters the most. Directed by Aqsa Altaf | 2019 | 15 min | United States | English

CHROMOPHOBIA

A history of a homosexual guy since his existence, his different childhood, his different love, his path, the obstacles envisaged in society, the family and the law, and how he will manifest himself in the end to defend his life his freedom. Viewer discretion advised. Directed by Bassem Ben Brahim | 2019 | 7 min | Tunisia

MARCO

Omar lives a lonely life in London. One evening he meets Marco, a Spanish student newly-arrived in town. As their night together progresses, the truth of Marco’s journey to London will change Omar forever. Directed by Saleem Haddad | 2018 | 22 min | United Kingdom | Arabic, English with English subtitles

I KNOW HER

In the afterglow of a seemingly fated hookup, two women realize that perhaps they have a little too much in common. Directed by Fawzia Mirza | 2019 | 3 min | United States | English

SKIES ARE NOT JUST BLUE

Yara, A., and brothers Monib & Tariq claim their identities as Muslims from diverse backgrounds by negotiating space in the LGBTQ+ community and reflecting on their personal beliefs and experiences. Directed by Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay | 2018 | 25 min | Canada | English, Arabic, Persian with English subtitles

NOBODY

Directed by Chun-Hua LIN 1h 23m Mandarin with English subtitles Taiwan

A strange behaved old man lived in a suite illegally built on top of a building. One day, a girl Zhen-zhen broke into the place, who intended to peek at the affair of her father from the window of the old man’s room. With more frequent visits of Zhen-zhen, neighbors began to suspect that the old man was hiring prostitutes, making even more disapproving of him. Hearing this, Zhen-zhen’s mother was concerned that if Zhen-zhen is involved with the old man. The misunderstandings and rumors resulted in the conflict between Zhen-zhen’s mother and the old man, whose secret is then unintendedly revealed…

DRY WIND (VENTO SECO)

Directed by Daniel Nolasco 1h 50m Portguese with English subtitles Brazil

In July, the dry wind and low humidity dry the skin of a small city residents. Sandro divides his days between the city club, work, soccer with friends and city parties. He has a relationship with Ricardo, his co-worker. But his routine begins to change with the arrival of Maicon, a boy who pikes up his interest and of which everyone knows very little.

DEATH DROP GORGEOUS

Directed by Michael J Ahern, Christopher Dalpe and Brandon Perras-Sanchez 1h 44m English United States

After a failed relationship and business endeavor, Dwayne (Wayne Gonsalves) retreats back to his hometown of Providence, RI. He reluctantly reaches out to his former boss, sleazy club owner Tony Two-Fingers (Brandon Perras- Sanchez), for any bartending shift available. Dwayne secures a meager Tuesday night shift but finds the venue isn’t the same he remembers. A new gaggle of drag queens now reign supreme, and their leader, the young and beautiful Janet Fitness (Matthew Pidge) has dethroned the club’s relic, Gloria Hole (Michael McAdam/Payton St. James). With her pride barely intact, Gloria compromises her traditional, signature style of drag to appeal to the club’s younger audience in a last ditch effort to reclaim the spotlight. As the dejected Dwayne and the aging Gloria try to survive the hostile nightlife, a masked maniac, luring victims through the dating app POUNDR, begins slaughtering young gay men from the club, draining them of blood. Worried this will negatively affect business, Tony pays two corrupt detectives (Michael J. Ahern, Sean Murphy) to cover up the carnage and unmask the killer.

DOUBLE FEATURE : THE WHISTLE/ THE UNLIKELY STORY OF THE LESBIANS OF FIRST FRIDAY

THE WHISTLE: Directed by StormMiguel Florez | 2019 | 56 min | United States | English

A 45 year old Latinx trans man returns to his birthplace - Albuquerque, New Mexico - in search for the origin of a secret lesbian code he learned when he identified as a teenage dyke in the 80s.​ The Whistle is a documentary film that tells the story of a secret code created by and shared among young lesbians in 1970s & 80s Albuquerque as a means of self-­identification and finding community.

THE UNLIKELY STORE OF THE LESBIANS OF FIRST FRIDAY: Directed by Kathryn L Beranich | 2019 | 63 min | United States | English

In the 1980's, a group calling itself First Friday sprung fully formed from the imaginations of a group of lesbians living in the small city of Roanoke, Virginia. Some of the women were locals and some moved to the Roanoke Valley for employment. It was the Reagan era and homosexuals were vilified, especially in the Bible Belt. Spurred on by the pure serendipity of finding each other, the group created safe space, threw fantastic events and grew a community of lasting friendships, all in the shadow of the Moral Majority.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

Featuring international films by a selection of new talents, this year’s lineup includes lyrical works from Spain and Canada, a surreal French comedy, and a bittersweet family story from Israel. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio.

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LATINX SHORTS

I loved each of these diverse stories, all are connected by a common thread of lyricism and saudade. You'll see a young man finding strength in a lost connection, two lovers parting, a long kept secret unveiled, and much more. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio

ENCOUNTER

Arcelia and Lulu have been together and away from their families for many decades. Now that they are old, they only depend on each other and no one else. In another part of the city, Julian struggles to explore his identity while living under the umbrella of his conservative mother and macho minded grandfather. A sudden event will draw an unexpected path between Arcelia and the young Julian. Directed by Ivan Löwenberg | 2019 | 18 min | Mexico | Spanish with English subtitles

THE LAST ROMANTICS

Two young men share different points of view of the same sexual encounter in a public space. Directed by João Cândido Zacharias | 2019 | 12 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles

SCREENSHOTS FOR A GOODBYE

How do we say goodbye? How do we say goodbye when something is broken? What happens when something is broken and we don’t know exactly what? Andrea and Maca are facing the day after a break-up and they are going to struggle with all the difficulties that come after a goodbye. How hard is to say goodbye to someone you have loved? Directed by Ruth Caudeli| 2019 | 10 min | Colombia | Spanish with English subtitles

ZUCCHINI CAKE

A story about self acceptance; a seemingly happy couple find themselves in disarray as they go through the process of accepting one of them is transgender. Directed by Fernando Díaz | 2019 | 18 min | Venezuela | Spanish with English subtitles

HAIKU FROM A DEAD POET

A poetry film made entirely with a cell phone exploring the regret and longing of a Brazilian immigrant in London. Directed by Akira Kamiki | 2020 | 5 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles

CARLITO LEAVES

A short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever. Directed by Quentin Lazzarotto | 2018 | 8 min | Peru, France | Ese Ejja with English subtitles

THE ORPHAN

Jonathas has been adopted but then returned due to his 'different' way. Inspired by true events. Directed by Carolina Markowicz | 2018 | 15 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles FIVE MINUTES A DAY Jefferson and Jorge live now under the same roof. Directed by Bob Yang, Frederico Evaristo | 2018 | 10 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles

TRANS SHORTS (PART 1)

The first of two trans-themed shorts programs in this year’s fest begins with a mermaid and ends with a unicorn. It dances in many places, and tells many stories. Come along on this journey to many lands and spaces, many views and faces, of trans experience. Curated by Diane Griffin

CHRISHNA OMWIRI

Chrishna became a woman again. As the water goes by, she remembers and tells us. The spirits of the river watch. Directed by Claire Doyon | 2019 | 12 min | France | French with English Subtitles

DANCE, DANCE, EVOLUTON

Dance, Dance, Evolution is a short documentary film exploring transgender people’s relationship to dance. Directed by Jules Roskam | 2019 | 18 min | United States | English

LADIES, GENTLEMEN, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN

A short essay film attempting to formally combine day-to-day props and itineraries in Beirut. These elements, whether formally gendered or transformed into something that is, all become part of a personal narrative where I am made aware of my gender. This experiment challenges the notion of the binary as I navigate through the city as both male, female, and neither. Directed by Ash Wadi | 2019 | 10 min | Lebanon | Arabic with English subtitles

DOWN DOG

In the two weeks they’ve known one another, yoga instructor Tammy hasn't had a chance to talk to Marcus about her trans experience. Does she have to? A question considered by thousands of transgender people daily. Directed by Shae Xu | 2019 | 9 m | United States | English

TRANS IN TRUMPLAND: REBECCA'S STORY

Rebecca is a woman of transgender experience. An immigrant from Mexico, Rebecca has had to fight for everything she has; womanhood, asylum, and community. In this short documentary, we explore all the ways in which Rebecca is a beacon of resilience in the face of an increasingly hostile political climate. Directed by Anthony Zosherafatain | 2019 9 min | United States | English WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.

MILLER & SON

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the balance of her compartmentalized life. Directed by Asher Jelinsky | 2019 | 21 min | United States | English

A BRIEF HISTORY OF A UNICORN

"A young girl who is fascinated by unicorns comes into conflict with her parents and her catholic school when she demands that her confirmation sponsor be her aunt, who is a transgender woman." Directed by Mina Sewell Mancuso | 2019 | 15 min | Canada | English

FIREFLIES

Directed by Bani Khoshnoudi 1h 27m English, Spanish and Persian with English subtitles Dominican Republic, Greece, Mexico, Unites States

Ramin has landed in the Mexican port city of Veracruz, lost on his way to Europe after fleeing persecution in Iran. With a boyfriend back home, Ramin is desperate to return to Tehran, but with little money finds himself stuck in the transitory city. In between learning Spanish and working menial jobs, he meets the enigmatic Guillermo, whose scarred body and tales of gang life belie the growing closeness between the two men.

ASK ANY BUDDY

Directed by Evan Purchell 1h 18m English United States

Long before LOVE, SIMON and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME became common fare at the multiplex, the only places gay men could see their lives and lusts depicted on screen was at their local “all-male” adult cinema. From coming out stories to romances, from bizarro horror to camp comedies, the hundreds of films churned out by the gay adult film industry throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s were a driving force behind the growth of gay culture and constitute a largely forgotten cinematic document. A video companion to the Artforum “Best of 2018” Instagram feed of the same name, ASK ANY BUDDY compiles fragments from over 125 movies to create a kaleidoscopic snapshot of the era. With rare footage shot at dozens of real, legendary, and long since demolished queer cruising spots and social spaces, ASK ANY BUDDY is a funny, sexy portrait of urban gay life in the years following the Stonewall Riots—or at least how it looked in the movies.

I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME

Directed by Karen Bernstein, Nevie Owens 1h 22m English United States

In the 1980s, an Army wife-turned-glamorous party girl named Tish ruled New York City’s downtown nightlife, often out on the scene with the likes of Michael Musto. Just a few years later, after more than a decade as a woman, Tish transitioned back to being Brian. Now, in his sixties, Brian reflects on the unique and fascinating turns his life has taken as he’s learned how to feel comfortable in his own skin.

BREAKING FAST

Directed by Mike Mosallam 1h 32m English and Arabic with English subtitles United States

Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan. As they learn more about each other, they fall in love over what they have in common and what they don't.

QUEEN OF LAPA

Directed by Carolina Monnerat, Theodore Collatos 1h 13m Portuguese with English subtitles Brazil

Larger-than-life actress, cabaret performer, activist, and proud sex professional since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz - arguably one of Brazil’s most recognizable transgender personalities, shapes a new reality for a new generation of transgender sex workers in her hostel by providing a safe working environment in the dangerous neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. Queen of Lapa explores the day-to-day lives, quests for love, housemate rivalries in a turbulent political climate under matriarch Muniz’s watchful and guiding eye.

QUEERING THE SCRIPT

Directed by Gabrielle Zilkha 1h 30m English United States

Queerness on television has moved from subtext, in series such as “Xena: Warrior Princess”, to all- out multi season relationships between women, as seen on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Lost Girl”, and “Carmilla”. But things still aren’t perfect. In 2016, a record number of queer women died on fictional shows, which broke the hearts of queer fans and launched a successful fight for better, more diverse LGTBQ2S+ representation. Stars such as Ilene Chaiken, Stephanie Beatriz, Lucy Lawless and Angelica Ross join with the voices of numerous kickass fangirls in this fast-paced history of queer women’s representation of contemporary television.

DEATH WILL COME AND SHALL HAVE YOUR EYES

Directed by José Luis Torres Leiva 1h 28m Spanish with English subtitles Chile, Alemania, Argentina

Two women that have shared a whole life together, find themselves facing the imminent illness of one of them. The sick woman decides against going through any treatment and they move to a small cottage in the woods to wait for death to come to their lives. Thus, they will take up again the love that time and routine had buried. Little by little, they fortify their relationship, while outside the cottage, death waits for its moment.

LEMEBEL

Directed by Joanna Reposi Garibaldi 1h 36m Spanish, Castilian with English subtitles Chile

Writer, Visual Artist and pioneer of the Queer movement in Latin America, Pedro Lemebel shook up conservative Chilean society during Pinochet's dictatorship in the 1980s. Body, blood and fire were protagonists in his work that he attempted to perpetuate in the last eight years of his life in a film he was never able to see finished. In an intimate and poetic journey through his risky performances dealing with homosexuality and human rights, "Lemebel" portrays a culmination of yearning immortality.

MEN'S SHORTS: VIRTUALLY YOURS

Missed connections and true connections through walls and wires, and how do we connect. This group of gents are just trying to make connections. Curated by Shawn Cotter. Viewer discretion advised.

TOUCHSCREEN

Brian drifts through life using a computer monitor as his window to the world outside, unable to connect meaningfully with people on the other side of his screen. After an unusual online encounter, Brian is challenged to step out from behind his computer and shatter long-lived inhibitions to claim the touch of another human being. Directed by Arthur Halpern | 2019 | 16 min | United States | English

DON'T BLAME JACK DON’T BLAME JACK

Follows the newly diagnosed, manic-depressive, Jack, as he battles with the thought of life without his beloved ‘mania’. Now on a daily cocktail of anti-psychotics and anti-depressants Jack searches for the adrenaline fuelled, extraordinary manic highs in the most ordinary of places. Jack escapes his drab, routine-filled existence by jumping into the arms of strangers, searching for moments of magic. Directed by Dale John Allen | 2019 | 30 min | United Kingdom | English

RENOVATION

Francisco is unhappy about his body. Directed by Fábio Leal | 2018 | 15 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles JEFF DRIVES YOU A lonely gay man falls in love with an artificially intelligent car over the course of a road trip. Directed by Aidan Brezonick | 2019 | 17 min | United States | English

FOR FUCK'S SAKE, CHRISTIAN, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE A PORN FILM

Christian and I waiting in his flat for men which want to be filmed during having sex with him. Directed by Jan Soldat | 2019 | 9 min | Austria

DELIVERY BOY Local delivery boy Chunho falls in love after delivering dumplings to Eric, an American lawyer living in Hong Kong. Their love for food and cheesy 70s music bring them together, but the class difference between the two of them eventually gets in the way. Directed by Hugo Kenzo | 2019 | 15 min | Hong Kong | Chinese, English with English subtitles

SUCKMEOFF, PRINCESS!

A menagerie of colorful busby berkeley dicks and heartbreaking autobiographical anecdotes. Directed by Tristan Scott-Behrends | 2019 | 2 min | United States | English

NEXT LEVEL SHIT

Taylor (Ben Baur) prepares obsessively for the perfect third date with dreamboat Chris (Daniel K. Isaac), but his efforts backfire, sending the relationship spiraling to a whole new level of intimacy. Directed by Gary Jaffe | 2018 | 11 min | United States | English

STALLS

Jonathan goes to the restroom in the middle of an opera performance. He has a very specific mission. He takes off his marriage ring and opens the secret golden glory hole hidden inside one of the stalls. Now, he waits for someone to come in so he can be on his knees. His heart accelerates as each new guy comes into the restroom. Finally, after taping his feet in what looks like a tap-dancing sequence he is able to find another man willing to give him what he wants. Directed by João Dall'Stella | 2019 | 2 min | United States | English

WELCOME TO THE USA

Directed by Assel Aushakimova 1h 35m Russian, Kazakh with English subtitles Kazakhstan

Aliya has just won the lottery: the Green Card Lottery that will enable her to emigrate to the United States. In this wonderfully observed slice-of-life portrait of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Aliya navigates keeping her aging mother company, an affair with a taken woman, her sister’s unhappiness in a strict Muslim marriage, and the futility of living in a place with little opportunity to build the life you desire — all while trying to find a way to tell them she’s leaving it behind.

CHANGING THE GAME

Directed by Michael Barnett 1h 28m English United States

Transgender high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.

QUEER JAPAN

Directed by Graham Kolbeins 1h 39m Japanese with English subtitles

Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan. From shiny pride parades to playfully perverse underground parties, Queer Japan pictures people living brazenly unconventional lives in the sunlight, the shadows, and everywhere in between. Dazzling, iconoclastic drag queen Vivienne Sato peels back the layers of language and identity. Maverick manga artist Gengoroh Tagame tours the world with his unapologetically erotic gay comics. Councilwoman Aya Kamikawa recounts her rocky path to becoming the first transgender elected official in Japan. At legendary kink-positive hentai party Department H, non-binary performance artist Saeborg uses rubber to create a second skin. Culled from 100+ interviews conducted over 3 years, Queer Japan features dozens of individuals sharing their experiences in their own words.

15 YEARS

Directed by Yuval Hadadi 1h 30m Hebrew with English subtitles Israel

Yoav's demons start haunting him after his best friend becomes pregnant, without telling him, and after his boyfriend of 15 years starts talking about children, too. His life unravels, and self-destruction seems inevitable.

EMILIA

Directed by César Sodero 1h 37m Spanish with English subtitles Argentina

Two women that have shared a whole life together, find themselves facing the imminent illness of one of them. The sick woman decides against going through any treatment and they move to a small cottage in the woods to wait for death to come to their lives. Thus, they will take up again the love that time and routine had buried. Little by little, they fortify their relationship, while outside the cottage, death waits for its moment.

FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES

Directed by Toshio Matsumoto 1h 45m Japanese with Englih subtitles Japan

Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya, from SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO). One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within- a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image + sound. Featuring breathtaking black-and- white cinematography by Tatsuo Suzuki that rivals the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, FUNERAL PARADE offers a frank, openly erotic and unapologetic portrait of an underground community of drag queens. Whether laughing with drunken businessmen, eating ice cream with her girlfriends, or fighting in the streets with a local girl gang, Peter’s ravishing Eddie is something to behold. “She has bad manners, all she knows is coquetry,” complains her rival Leda – but in fact, Eddie’s bad manners are simply being too gorgeous for this world. Her stunning presence, in bell- bottom pants, black leather jacket and Brian Jones hair-do, is a direct threat to the social order, both in the Bar Genet and in the streets of Tokyo. A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, FUNERAL PARADE is being beautifully restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for re-release in 2017.

WOMEN'S SHORTS

Love, break-ups, hook-ups, Fundamentalist Christians, and surprisingly no cats, round out this year's women's shorts program. Curated by Katie Shannon.

AFTER YOU LEFT

Andrea, unable to move on from her past relationship, must meet up with her ex-girlfriend, Alex, to get her last few items from their prior life together. As they interact for the first time in months, they are suddenly surrounded by each other's familiarity, but also reminded that this is likely the last time they will see each other. Directed by April Maxey | 2019 | 9 min | United States | English

MISS CHAZELLES

Clara and Marie are rivals. Clara is the first successor while Marie won the famous prize Miss Chazelles-sur-Lyon. While in the village the tension rises between the Clara’s friends and the Marie’s family, the two girls seem to maintain an ambiguous relationship. Directed by Thomas Vernay | 2019 | 22 min | France | French with English subtitles

MY WORLD IS YOURS

Shams and Stella are in love. Shams hasn’t told Stella that she seeks asylum, nor about Hanine who’s still in Palestine waiting for Shams to help her come to Sweden. Stella works at the Migration office. When Shams has her interview with Swedish Migration Board, Stella shows up as the assistant judge. Shams has to tell the truth to get asylum. Directed by Jenifer Malmqvist | 2019 | 30 min | Sweden | Swedish with English subtitles

GOD'S GRACIE

When Gracie, a thirteen year-old Fundamentalist Christian, meets Heidi, an agnostic lesbian driving back from her mother’s funeral, Gracie must find a new approach to save a soul. Directed by Chateau Bezerra | 2018 | 14 min | United States | English

TREACLE

A story of two friends, Belle, and Jessie, who go on a weekend away to help Jessie get over a recent breakup. Road tripping through California, we follow them over the course of 24 hours as Belle convinces Jessie to not cancel the trip she’d originally planned to go on with her ex. Lines begin to blur between them when the always heterosexual Jessie in her drunken, post breakup loneliness kisses bisexual Belle. TREACLE aims to give a voice to the ‘B’ in ‘LGBT’. Directed by Rosie Westhoff | 2019 | 18 min | United States/United Kingdom | English

THE CONRADS

Joss Conrad's wife Cammie has always wanted to be a mother, but recently learned she was unable to conceive. Joss, on the other hand, has never seen herself fit to be a mom. Still, she loves Cammie enough to give pregnancy a try, secretly hoping the low odds of IVF will be in her favour. Much to her dismay, she discovers she is pregnant while Cammie is out of town attending a conference. With a few days of solitude, she is faced with a decision that will change both of their lives forever. Directed by Teryl Brouillette | 2018 | 14 min | United Kingdom | English Content Warning: Abortion.

I KNOW HER

In the afterglow of a seemingly fated hookup, two women realize that perhaps they have a little too much in common. Directed by Fawzia Mirza | 2019 | 3 min | United States | English

TRANS SHORTS 2: DOCUMENTARY

The second of two trans-themed shorts programs goes deep into specific aspects of the trans experience, from unresolved issues of childhood pain and broken friendship, to an exploration of the beauty standard from the point of view of a transgender surgeon, to a gorgeous and ecstatic vision of Ballroom as it exists in French Guyana. Curated by Diane Griffin

ACROSS, BEYOND, AND OVER

Across, Beyond, and Over is a hybrid documentary about two estranged trans men who used to date in middle school reconnecting over a long weekend to develop a film about their past. Through the pre-production process and writing exercises, they are forced to reconcile the differences in how they want to portray themselves, their relationship, and their trans identities. Directed by Brit Fryer | 2019 | 12 min | United States | English

TRANSLATING BEAUTY

The millennial generation has given rise to new voices and brought visibility to the transgender community – a part of society with a unique relationship to beauty. Translating Beauty explores beauty as a concept but through the lens of trans women and how their unique connection to it is working to redefine beauty standards for all women. Directed by Anita Ayres and Elizabeth Trojian | 2019 | 45 min | Canada | English WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.

FABULOUS

Lasseindra Ninja, the main character of the film, is a professional transgender dancer born in 1986. She’s a well-known artist in France’s voguing scene. After building her career through the balls of New York, France and Brazil, among many other main stages, she comes back to her home country to introduce voguing in French Guiana. By the means of her workshop, we catch a glance of its emergence and its impact on self-empowerment for a consolidating LGBTQ community. A glimpse of self-liberation and freedom of expression through the body. Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste | 2019 | 46 min | French Guyana | French with English subtitles

COMEDY SHORTS

Who hasn't forgotten someone's name after a long night, or had a supernaturel power take over them, or wanted to cure their gay dog of their homosexuality, or just run for president. Hopefully this and much more will make you laugh in our comedy program.

6:23 AM

Starring Charlotte Ritchie and Jade Anouka, 6:23am is a story of two women who met in a club early this morning, are watching the sun come up together, when one of them realises something which could ruin everything. Directed by Geoffrey Breton | 2019 | 4 min | United Kingdom | English

POLTER

José faces a paranormal event that breaks into his home. As he fights for his life against the supernatural powers, Jose will have to discover the secret behind the phenomena if he wishes to regain control of his home. Directed by Álvaro Vicario | 2019 | 10 min | Spain | Spanish with English subtitles

SQUARE ONE

A semi-autobiographical film about the writer/director's experiences of being in a closeted relationship. And of using fishing as a way to avoid sex. Directed by Emily Jo Sargent | 2019 | 12 min | United Kingdom | English

A SINGLE EVENING

Minnie is a single bisexual woman, navigating her way through yet another lonely night. Filled with pop R&B songs, personified dating apps, and annoyingly cute couples, this musical explores the value of solitude and the strength in independence. Directed by Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena | 2019 | 13 min | United States | English

SOBA-CHAN'S MORNING

It was supposed to be a usual morning of a Tokyo married couple... Directed by Sergei Vlasov | 2019 | 5 min | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles REPUGNANT Grace must prove that her pray-away-the-gay dog therapy works by trying to "cure" Fergis the pug of his homosexuality. Directed by Kyan Krumdieck | 2019 | 12 min | New Zealand | English

WHEN ABBY MET EMMY

When an offbeat young woman encounters her perfect match in a movie theatre, she must summon the courage to win her dream girl’s heart. Directed by Kevin Walls | 2019 | 10 min | United Kingdom | English

THE OFFICE IS MINE

When a new hire seemingly threatens his social standing at work, the usually amicable Zac begins to unravel. Fueled by paranoia that he's being replaced, Zac finds himself propelled on a collision course with the newcomer. As the situation becomes increasingly unpredictable and violent, only one thing is for sure: The office isn't big enough for the both of them. Directed by Michael Varati | 2019 | 14 min | United States | English

CANDIS FOR PRESIDENT

In a world where anything is possible, as evidenced by our current (Reality TV) president, Transgender actress, Candis (Candis Cayne), sets out to become the President of the United States with the help and sometimes detriment, of her sarcastic television producer sidekick, Andrea (Andrea Metz). Directed by Michelle Peerali | 2019 | 12 min | United States | English

QUEER LIVES: OUR STORIES, OUR COMMUNITY

A mixture of Documentary and narrative shorts that highlight the stories of our community. Curated by Shawn Cotter and Zhei Xie

SYLVIE

In the suburbs of Toulouse, a group of queers and migrants are squatting a pink house. They find traces of the previous occupants, and try to live with the memory of a crime. Directed by Clem Hue | 2019 | 21 min | France | French With English subtitles

EVERYBODY'S TYPE

With 30-inch hair, razor-sharp nails and a sensational sashay, Swedish make-up artist Daniel Sällström is every bit the perfect blonde bombshell. After collaborating with director Isaac Lock on Fashion Disciples: Black, he returns in this provocative project to celebrate his siren alter ego, Innitbabes. Directed by Isaac Lock | 2019 | 3 min | United Kingdom | English

VINCY

Music. Love. Queerness. Asian identity. The meaning of those terms in the words of non-binary singer-songwriter Vincy. Directed by Hugo Kenzo, Sophia Shek | 2019 | 7 min | Hong Kong | English

LIGHT ON PATH, FOLLOW

Joaquín, transgender person living in rural 1990s New England, is 8-months pregnant. After encountering a mysterious spirit in the forest, Joaquín goes into labor early. Is this spirit haunting or guiding Joaquín as they await their midwife? Directed by Elliot Montague | 2019 | 15 min | United States | English

YELLOW PERIL: QUEER DESTINY

An experimental documentary that explores the nuances of queer diasporic, Chinese culture. The narrative follows the story of the Vancouver-based drag artist "Maiden China" (aka Kendell Yan). Directed by David Wayne Ng | 2019 | 20 min | Canada | English

PERFECTLY FRANK

PERFECTLY FRANK is a short documentary chronicling the life of Frank Vilardi a retired accountant from Long Island, who after being married for nearly 50 years, came out in his late 60's. Directed by Dan Hunt | 2020 | 11 min | United States | English

NICE CHINESE GIRLS DON'T

Kitty Tsui, Chinese American writer, poet, body builder, and lesbian activist, was a founding member of Unbound Feet, the first Asian American Women's Performance Group. In Nice Chinese Girls Don't, Tsui brings to life her coming of age in San Francisco in the 1970s, her challenges, and her continued rise to celebrity by being re-discovered by a whole new generation of Feminists. This is the first documentary about a Chinese American Lesbian. Kitty Tsui tells of her arrival as an immigrant to San Francisco and, amidst the anti-Vietnam war protests, finding her way to San Francisco State, which influenced her on her path as an activist and poet. An award winning author, she has penned three books and been included in over eighty anthologies worldwide. She has a forthcoming book from Sinister Wisdom with her new and old poems, and a reprint of "Words of a Woman Who Breathes Fire," a Sapphic classic. Directed by Jennifer Abod | 2019 | 20 min | United States | English

QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (QPOC) SHORTS

“A Love Note to Black People; Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.” - Alicia Garza As a QPOC living in Boston, I have a message for my fierce, valiant, black and brown warriors out there on the front lines right now. In those moments when you have become so undoubtedly and existentially exhausted (as we all are), remember this: utilize the strength in our allies, as we have never seen such a profound volume of support for any of our plights. Myself? I will channel my rage and sadness into the opportunity to show this program. I will utilize Wicked Queer 2020, xerb.tv and the support of my team so we can rejoice and recharge. We will give black filmmakers and actors the platform they need, so they can tell OUR stories to a world that is finally ready to listen to us. - Kimya Monteiro, Wicked Queer Programmer.

PINEAPPLE

An ambitious artist struggles to bury her envy when her idle girlfriend captivates the art world with an accidental masterpiece. Directed by Max Lincoln | 2019 | 13 min | United Kingdom | English

THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET

Carey, a 14 year old boy nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own. When Carey's mother (Tasha Smith, EMPIRE) tasks Carey's father (Malik Whitfield, THE TEMPTATIONS) with getting a picture of Carey and his date, a moment of tension arrises as Carey becomes elusive and tries to thwart his father's objective. Directed by Morgan Jon Fox | 2019 | 8 min | United States | English

2 DOLLARS

Syd works at one of the worst property management firms in the city. As a black queer masculine of center artist, Syd deals with the daily slights from ignorant co-workers, an oblivious boss, and a killer workload. Louise, a gambling-addicted coworker, pressures Syd into contributing to the office lotto pool. The following morning, Syd learns that they have won the lotto or so they think. In an act of rebellion, Syd trashes the office that has caused her so much pain and when confronted, finds the courage to leave this life behind and pursue their dreams. Directed by Robin Cloud | 2019 | 15 min | United States | English

OUTDOORING

A young man attends his nephew's Ghanaian baptism with a plan: steal the donated money and keep his sexuality hidden from his family. Directed by Maxwell Addae | 2018 | 16 min | United States | English

WHERE MY GIRLS?

In the underground hip hop scene of New York, the old adage “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” rings true for many rappers seeking to make a name for themselves. But in a scene that struggles to stay genuine in the face of clout chasers and rising rents, making it has taken on a more ambiguous meaning. In this short documentary, three queer women reflect on the creativity, community, and hustle required to make it in a culture that has left them to their own devices. “Where My Girls” is an homage to the everyday struggle facing marginalized artists and the scrappy DIY attitude that first gave rise to hip hop. Directed by Mads Engel | 2019 | 22 min | United States | English

GO GO, BOY

Bobby is a boy living in the middle of the WWF craze, a world in which hyper masculinity and brawn are all the rage. But when Bobby looks at himself in the mirror, he sees someone a little... different. Bobby pulls out a flyer with a different kind of men on it — dancers — and imitates them, transporting himself into a fantasy world, floating across the stage effortlessly, dancing to his own beat. In this new world, he can be free of the wrestling ring’s ropes and society’s expectations of who he should be. Here, he is allowed to feel accepted, worthy, and fabulous. Directed by Orianna Opice | 2019 | 6 min | United States | English

MC JESS

Jessica has to face everyday prejudice. She seeks in art a way of expressing herself and overcoming her insecurities. Directed by Carla Villa-Lobos | 2018 | 20 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles

...AND THEN SHE KISSED ME!!

A love story between two girls who find happiness in each other. Inspired by the re-interpretation of a classic rock song, "And Then He Kissed Me." Directed by Alexia Khodanianhttps | 2019 | 2 min | United States | English

TWILIGHT'S KISS (SUK SUK)

Directed by Ray Yeung 1h 32m Cantonese with English subtitles Hong Kong

TWILIGHT’S KISS (SUK SUK) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day PAK, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets HOI, 65, a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.

PIER KIDS: THE LIFE

Directed by Elegance Bratton 1h 25m English United States

PIER KIDS: THE LIFE follows the director over the course of three years as he films three gay and transgender youth of color who have become, like the director once was, homeless on the same street the Gay Rights Movement began so long ago.

SENIOR MOMENTS

Senior Moments is a unique look at the stories that celebrate the 'golden years' of the LGBTQ community. Every grey hair is earned with pride. Curated by Joe McGovern.

AFTER THAT PARTY

Leo had never imagined he would see his Father kissing another man in the middle of a party... Until it happened. Now, with the help of Carol, his best friend, he has to find the most perfect way to tell his Father that he found out about his secret. Directed by Caio Scot | 2019 | 15 min | Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles

BIRD OF PARADISE

A queer geriatric nurse learns one of life hardest lessons when he falls in love with one of his elderly patients. Directed by Alexander Zorn | 2019 | 13 min | United States | English

THE GIFT OF WINTER

A lonely, widowed man whose partner died twenty years ago has given up his life mourning and praying for his return --- until one day he actually does. Directed by Robin Wang | 2019 | 11 min | United States | English

NIGHT AND DAY

Night and Day is a story of two lives, an uncle and his nephew. Neither has ever met. In fact the nephew never knew of his uncle's existence until his own coming out to his family. These two men lived very different lives due to the time periods in which they were born. The story is uniquely told via a puppet stage and marionettes. Directed by Peter Anthony | 2019 | 10 min | United States | English

PERFECTLY FRANK

PERFECTLY FRANK is a short documentary chronicling the life of Frank Vilardi a retired accountant from Long Island, who after being married for nearly 50 years, came out in his late 60's. Directed by Dan Hunt | 2020 | 11 min | United States | English

ADELINE

An elderly woman at the end of her life reminisces her years spent at a boarding school for girls. Directed by Audrey Biche | 2019 | 9 min | France | French with subtitles

THE 44 SCARVES OF LIZA MINNELLI

A filmmaker purchased 44 of Liza Minnelli’s used scarves at auction and sent them to 43 friends asking them to make images which suggested “Minnelli metaphor.” This project is the result… Directed by Russell Brown | 2019 | 11 min | United States | English

SUNDOWN

An elderly man gets a visit from his childhood best friend, who appears to him as a teenager. Directed by Erik Gernand | 2019 | 10 min | United States | English

QUEER ASIAN STORIES (PART 2)

It’s not often that queer Asian stories get brought to the forefront, let alone to the big screen. But last year, in a historic moment for Asia, Taiwan made headlines by legalizing same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the furtherment of LGBTQ+ rights across the continent. This 2-part LGBTQ+ Asian shorts program is an ode to queer Asian love–from India to Taiwan and more, we bring you tales of passion, loss, fear and hope, keeping the spotlight shining bright on queer Asian stories. Curated by Zhei Xie.

XIAO XAN

Xiao Xian is in charge of finishing a dress. Her mother has decided that she is going to take care of it that night, and she obeys, as usual. Sheng Xia, her best friend, shows up at her house to convince her to go partying. Xiao Xian accepts, but she cannot imagine what will end up happening that night. Directed by Jiajie Yu Yan | 2019 | 17 min | Spain | Chinese and Spanish with English subtitles

SUNSHINE IN THE RUINS

In the afternoon, Zih Sin and Sheng Ya are not interested in the explanation about hundred-year village, so they ignore their tour guide to wandering around here. It’s surprising that everything is fantastic in the ruins for them. Therefore, they decided to leave the group and make an unmanned explorations in this village by themselves... Directed by Chou Yu Cheng | 2019 | 12 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

MISS MAN

After being shunned by his homophobic father for his sexuality and his lover for not being a woman, Manob finds himself travelling to the city for a sex change operation. However, as he struggles with his identity, he faces challenges and questions he may not be ready to confront yet. Directed by Tathagata Ghosh | 2019 | 25 min | India | Bengali with English subtitles Content Warning: Parental abuse, self-harm.

GENTLEMAN SPA

Hao, a chubby gay man, works as a janitor at a gay spa. For him, romantic relationships are an unreachable dream. One day, an attractive customer, Kai, walks into the place, and Hao has the opportunity to massage him. As they talk and get to know each other, they bond. However, things do not go as smoothly as Hao expected… Directed by Yu Jhi-han | 2019 | 18 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

HO´AI/ONGOING.MEMORY

 Centering on the story of a queer Vietnamese American woman, Hoài (Ongoing, Memory) explores the collapsing and intersecting realities of heartbreak: from romantic partnerships, families, and nation states. Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le | 2018 | 11 min | United States | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

On the eve of an important ruling, the Taiwan Supreme Court Judge receives an unexpected letter. Directed by Bob Yang & Frederico Evaristo | 2019 | 14 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS: ON QUEER UTOPIAS

Dreaming of states of being where we can dream, love, fuck, and exist on our own terms. Curated by Shawn Cotter.

END OF STORY

Part introspective free-fall, part homage to the filmmakers who nurtured me, this movie uses several series created in the last two years as material to consider the powers of context, order, and sensory overload in considering a story. Directed by Frankie Symonds | 2019 | 12 min | United States | English

EADEM CUTIS: THE SAME SKIN

"I just want to be seen as the one I am today“ – In this experimental animated documentary John takes the viewer with him into the world of body and identity. Directed by Nina Hopf | 2019 | 6 min | Germany | German with English subtitles

RUN!

RUN! is a queer, experimental, anti-war film. Production began in the summer of 2017, during Trump’s escalation of nuclear war and shortly after he announced his transgender military ban. While many mainstream LGBT organizations and their allies committed to fight against the trans military ban, RUN! is aligned with radical queer activists who have responded with critiques of the US military for their violence around the globe, destruction of the environment, and the trauma inflicted on service members and veterans. (https://queertranswarban.wordpress.com). Directed by Malic Amalya | 2019 | 11 min | United States | English

CLOSETED LESBIAN

This is a late apology, a late loveletter, a late goodbye. Directed by Bia Lee | 2020 | 6 min | Brazil | English, Portuguese with English subtitles WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.

HIS EYES BEHIND MINE

Based on a personal story. An emotional journey through love, sex, obsession, and violence. Directed by Ziwei Qin | 2019 | 6 min | United States | English

ROSES

In “Roses” director João Queiroga merges performance and documentary media to poetically tell the story of his first sexual experience as a young teenager in performative documentary film. Directed by Joao Queiroga | 2019 | 2 min | United States | English

THE FATHERS PROJECT: WHAT IF AIDS NEVER EXISTED? Episodes 1-5 (Uncensored Version) Fathers is a sci-fi short docu-series that imagines the world if AIDS never happened and a generation lived to change the world. A queer utopia named Stonewall Nation has been founded by a generation of activist and artists, Vito Russo has become our first gay president, the Gay Mens Health Force has invented poppers that cure STD's, and gay Mardi Gras Krewes have provided care for LGBT elderly. By 2020, a new queer religion has been created. Directed by Leo Herrera | 2019 | 40 min | United States | English

GTFO

Back by popular demand. Get The Fuck Out shorts: a potpourri of mystery, sexiness, breakfast food, song, a little slap and tickle, and perhaps a dance number or two. Please don't bring your mom unless she's cool. Love and kisses Wicked Queer.

BLAME IT ON TOBY

BLAME IT ON TOBY – Arthur Prentiss-Wilcox (Kevin J. O'Connor - Lord of Illusions, The Mummy, There Will Be Blood), one of the World’s wealthiest men, is also one its most eccentric. For starters, he is never seen in public without his closest confident – Toby – the doll that was given to him for his sixth birthday and is rumored to be responsible for the death of dozens. Despite his infamous reputation, a young gay couple, Calvin and Edward, become ensnared in Arthur’s world with horrifying consequences. Directed by Richard Knight, Jr. | 2019 | 22 min | United States | English

STINKHORN

Set in a campy western mining town, Stinkhorn tells the tale of a lady blacksmith named Dusty and her naughty trickster paramour, Blaze. At night Blaze turns Dusty’s apprentices into horses and rides them all night long, Finally, Cassidy, the clever apprentice hatches a plan. A psychedelic trip wrapped in a queer western, Stinkhorn is a magical who-rides-who tale with a twist. Combining live-action, drawings, miniatures and animation, Stinkhorn is the second story in, Fairy Fantastic!, a gender diverse folk and fairy tale series. Directed by Hilary Harp & Suzie Silver | 2019 | 13 min | United States | English

SEAHORSE

Mars, a pregnant boy, must confront the tabloid persona created by his fame-obsessed mother on the final day of his pregnancy. Directed by Drew Praskovich | 2019 | 12 min | United States | English

ABOUT A SHORT FILM

Comedian Kevin Yee makes a short film about making a short film. OMG so meta! Directed by Kevin Yee | 2018 | 6 min | United States | English

GO CRAZY WITH CRAZY

Ben goes to audition for Joey’s film after learning Joey is not who he says he is. Directed by Ayana Barber | 2019 | 10 min | United States | English

MAGGIE MYSTERIES

A Murdoch Mysteries Parody. Maggie is the first woman and newest detective on the constabulary facing all of the challenges of being a super smart butch in a dress in 1910. It’s her first day on the job and Maggie is forced into the menial task of searching for a lost dog instead of finding a contract killer by the blatantly misogynistic/ethnocentric/homophobic sergeant. He also assigns her a chaperone to keep her in line. Of course, in the end, Maggie wins the day (and the girl and the dog and solves the big case), but not the medal. But maybe, it was a little too much winning in the girl department – after all, it was just ONE kiss… Directed by Shannon McDonough | 2019 | 9 min | Canada | English

EAT THE RAINBOW

EAT THE RAINBOW is a musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeny. He doesn’t look or act like anyone else which causes fear and panic and eventually demand for him to leave the neighborhood. Cousin Wonderlette befriends Bayani and together they take on the opposition led by manipulative and unscrupulous realtor Lobelia Gerber. Directed by Brian Benson | 2019 | 20 min | United States | English