The East Village Queer Film Festival" (EVQ) celebrates queer film in all it's glorious diversity. We welcome filmmakers who entertain, explore and promote queer-themed issues and as well as the downtown avant garde. EVQ's further goal is community building through queer cinema. EVQ promotes the work of queer film and fosters a highly inclusive environment for all artists. You don't have to be LGBT to submit your film but you do have to be Queer!
direction by Antonio Padovani, written by Antonio Padovani & Cristiana Regini
11 mins (Italy)
Anna is coming: finally, a night together, a night awaited for so long, but the anticipation now makes her uneasy and scares her. Something is troubling her. The fear of breaking a taboo? Feelings of inadequacy? Her conscience? An undefined sense of guilt? All things that can kill. Literally.
direction by Scott Simonsen
12 mins (US)
After beating up the school bully with dildo nunchucks, Wren, who dresses as a girl from the waist down and a boy from the waist up, was put on trial with threat of expulsion. As he is tried by the honor council it becomes clear that the situation is not so black and white and that everyone must adjust see through different eyes to understand what is right.
direction by Rob Roth, written by Michael Cavadias
17 mins (US)
An apparently normal little boy is actually two conjoined twins, joined so seamlessly that he appears to be just one boy. “Junkie Doctors” is a short film directed by Rob Roth and written by Michael Cavadias. The film features Will Janowitz (Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Taking Woodstock), Michael Cavadias (Wonderboys, The Mystery of Claywoman, Girls), Cole Escola (Difficult People, Mozart in the Jungle), Erin Markey (A Ride on the Irish Cream, Our Hit Parade), Angela DiCarlo (The Mad World of Miss Hathaway) and Mauro Von Waldenberg.
LOST SAILOR AND THE UNTAMED SISTERS OF LESBOS
direction by Jeremy von Stilb, Tish Sparks
8 mins (US)
A young Navy seaman is drawn into a mystical journey of self-discovery when he hears a mysterious siren's song.
GANG GIRLS 2000
direction by Katrina Del Mar
27 mins US
Four foxy girl gangs tear it up on the streets of the Lower East Side, and rumble on the beach at Coney Island. In Glorious GlitterVision! In Luxurious Leatherama! What these girls do you will Not Believe! Bike riding ChicKettes! Truck driving Sluts! ! Yes, ladies and gentlemen this is IT! The Cinematic Triumph of Katrina del Mar’s unfettered imagination! Shot in glorious super 8mm on the rough streets of New York City! A cast of 30 beautiful women driving fast cars, wearing tight pants, eating candy, fighting, kissing and riding horses! A World without men featuring four Dangerous and Foxy Gangs!
2000 YEARS OF DRAG: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
direction by Dorian Electra, Imp Queen
4 mins (US)
Dorian Electra is joined by drag queens Imp Queen, Lucy Stoole, Eva Young, The Vixen, and trans rapper, London Jade to take us through the history of drag to show how it has shaped the way we can redefine gender and create who we are.
BORN TO LOVE YOU
direction by Antone Martinez
4 mins (US)
In the music video for L|M|T's "Born To Love You", directors antone and Bambi Turner explore themes of conflict, connection and memory through modern dance choreographed by Shaunna Vella. When opposites attract the results can be explosive.
direction by Julia Rose Camus
6 mins (US)
A young college student learns to balance his work and social life while navigating questions of identity and sexuality by repeatedly losing and finding himself in EDM beats.
INTIMACY / INTIMITÄT
direction by Susanne Steinmassl
3 mins (Germany)
Single INTIMITÄT from Candelilla’s 2017 album CAMPING via Trocadero / ZickZack Records
MORE LOVE: LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT
direction by Neelu Bhuman
1 mins (US)
The following Assata Shakur poem describes this film:
let’s make a future, lets make this pretty,
make it good, make it sweet, make it juicy,
make it real, make it, you know something
other than pre-packaged bullshit...'
by Assata Shakur
TGF: MARATHON GAY SEX FOR MANLY MEN
direction by Johnny Chiba
3 mins (NYC)
Kneepad Nikki, Doc Octocock and Joe Testículo created TFG’s self titled album during the summer of 2015. Dicks were sucked, bagels were eaten and hits were created. The lead single, ‘Marathon Gay Sex For Manly Men’ was recorded first; followed by 9 other homoerotic hymns. Joe explains, ‘I saw potential audiences for TFG that Nikki was unable to see; queercore, grindcore, electronic music, even Howard Stern fans. I also pointed out the similarities between TFG and the movie Bruno, which made millions of dollars for its studio and star. We’re not aiming that high; but the money coming in from downloads and streaming should cover our lube and condom bills for the year.’
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
direction by Campbell X, written by Jacquie Lawrence
60 mins (UK)
Enter a world where love, sex and suspense meet betrayal, cruelty and heartbreak. Fran and Cam, thrown joyously together again after a heartbreaking split, find their future unexpectedly compromised by the consequences of a random act Cam committed during their time apart. Meanwhile Gemma and Jude, newly in love, are torn apart by Gemma’s fake fiancé whose horrific secret Jude has just discovered. Then there is Brooke and Nicola, married for seven years, whose future is threatened by something ominous and sickening that they seemingly have no control over. This is the world where the survival of love is all that matters, and a world where being different is ultimately the new normal.
FAGGOT / Tarlouze
direction by Sebastien Belier, written by Aurelien Balthazard Cojean
11 mins (France)
Nicole realizes her son could be gay, and tries to get used to this brand new world. FAGGOT features Fabienne Lepac, Aurélien Balthazard Cojean, Arthur Le Coz, Chanchan, Nadine Le Bihannic and Sébastien Bélier.
direction by Graham Cantwell
21 mins (Ireland )
LILY: a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
Direction by Jay Palmieri Jr.
37 mins (NYC)
Thriller. Winner of 18 Awards.
When Roe (Christina Toth), a bulimic fashion model, moved to New York she thought her dark family secrets were finally behind her, but after a chance encounter with Evan (Danielle Kronenberg), a young fashion photographer with a history of sexually manipulating her models, Roe finds that her animalistic ways can't be tamed after all.
direction by Tyler Byrnes
9 mins (NYC)
When a young man suffering from an eating disorder is pressured to stay for breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an otherworld where their anxieties and frustrations are made horrifyingly real. BREAKFAST, produced by Polygraphic Productions, is a queer psychological horror short film written and directed by Tyler Byrnes, featuring Alton Alburo and Tommy Bernardi. Uncanny stop-motion animation and industrial aesthetics disturb images of the body.
direction by Brandon Cordeiro
9 mins (NYC)
In the directorial debut of local filmmaker, Brandon Cordeiro In 1997 a mother brings her eight-year-old son to a public AIDS memorial on a beach in Provincetown, Ma. Provincetown, a small harbor village at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was already a home to the LGBT community for a few decades when AIDS devastated its population in the mid- 1980s. ribbons is a short film that explores an episode in the life of a second generation Portuguese boy when his mother brings him to a community memorial service by the sea. The boy experiences firsthand the loss incurred by the epidemic, but also his community’s inspirational response to it; an event that as an adult helps him understand the power of forming a bond with a kindred tribe.
direction by Benjamin Shalom-Rodriguez
8 mins (NYC)
On vacation for a friend's wedding, boyfriends Francisco and David get into a trivial argument that quickly escalates. BETTAS stars Jose Diaz-Oldenburg and Nick Ley.
A DAVID LYNCH MOVIE
directed by Francine Daveta
20 mins (US NYC)
"A David Lynch Movie" is a short film inspired by the works of David Lynch featuring a music video by Schäffer the Darklord & the cast of The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque.
directed by Melanie Notinger
12 mins (US NYC)
A millennial comedian with severe social anxiety gets emboldened by dark fantasies starring a bartender at her work. CHOKE ARTIST stars Melanie Notinger and Sierra Tothero.
MONSURA IS WAITING
directed by Kevin Newbury, written by David Johnston
15 mins (US NYC)
After an eye-opening night out with a friend, a sister must decide whether to save her sister, or save herself. Everyone needs a Savior. Award-winning playwright David Johnston and acclaimed stage director Kevin Newbury bring you a short film comedy of sequins and redemption. Two aging showgirls, one giant moth, one helluva night in Bridgeport.
directed by Yudho Aditya
21 mins (US/Indonesia)
In a time of great expectation and pressure stemming from the traditions of his upbringing, Aris-a gay Muslim teenager living in rural Indonesia-finds himself increasingly drawn to his well-traveled English teacher despite his upcoming marital preparations to a woman he harbors no romantic feelings for. With his whole life planned out for him by his overprotective mother, Aris struggles with the conflicting notions of tradition, duty and his own personal idea of happiness.
A DELICATE LOVE
directed by Rachel Dax
18 mins (UK)
A young man’s first taste of love leads to a collision of fantasy and food! Peter, a Maths student, works part-time in a delicatessen. When a handsome and sophisticated older man purchases exquisite delicacies, Peter cannot help but be drawn to him and his fantasy life gets way out of hand… A Delicate Love explores the pains and pleasures of coming out and the overwhelming power of fantasy.
ALMOST SAW THE SUNSHINE
directed by Leon Lopez
29 mins (UK)
Trainee accountant Rachel, is a career driven, transgender woman, ‘too busy for love’. But after a series of coincidental encounters with handsome Nathan, she impulsively takes a chance on a one night stand. When the cracks begin to appear, and Nathan’s struggles with his attraction towards a transgender women surface, Rachel chooses to end the affair, leading to disastrous consequences.
directed by Jean-Marie Villeneuve
9 mins (France)
Gilbert, a quirky young man, is out for a Sunday jog in the forest. When a muscular, athletic man passes him at tremendous speeds, Gilbert is left confused, curious and ultimately aroused by his secret.
PERPETUAL / Mørke Rum
directed by Peter Ahlen Lavrsen, written by Jakob Holte Stridsbaek
26 mins (Denmark)
Mørke Rum (PERPETUAL) is an unconventional love story that centers around a private booth at a seedy sex club. The young Sebastian explores his sexuality and seeking sex/love online. He meets the older Jacob, who takes him to a sex club. In the new and frightening surroundings Sebastian surrender and in their subsequent meetings love sprouts, at least for Sebastian. Outside the darkness of intense togetherness, the reality penetrates. Jacob is full of lust and not love. So when Sebastian’s hopes are disappointed and Jacob pulls away, Sebastian return to the dark room to restore the lost with a stranger.
NEFERTITTY IN SPACE
Directed by Lola Rock’n’Rolla
31 mins US NYC
The blaxploition "Barbarella". Lola Rocknrolla's follow up to "Nefertitty". She's one bad ass muthuh...shut yo pie hole! In this episode Nefertitty (Maine Anders) must stop the Albino Queen from Aberdeen (World Famous Bob) before she uses her white saber to gentrify the world. Aberdeen has taken over a space station and there is only one person that can bring her back to earth and to justice. Also starring Kitten and Lou, Basil Rodericks, Legs Malone and many more.
directed by Craig Harwood
17 mins (US)
Haunted by his mother’s drowning, a genderqueer teen, is forced to spend the day with his father's new health freak girlfriend, but he isn't interested in the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, walks on the beach or motherly advice.
directed by Jake Graf
15 mins (UK)
Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts him.
directed by Jessica Adler, written by Kate Montgomery
10 mins (US NYC)
With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself. CHRISTINE stars Jordan Jones & Logan Reinhart.
directed by Dorian Carli-Jones, written by Tyler Byrnes, Dorian Carli-Jones
9 mins (US NYC)
A gay man is forced to give up the last remaining vestige of yet another failed relationship: his ex's jacket. But during the post-breakup stuff exchange, belongings are not the only things that get swapped.
FURIOUS JACK & OTTER, ALONE
directed by Ethan Roberts
6 mins (US)
A lonely young man rhythmically narrates his leap from isolation to ecstasy when he meets a beautiful stranger in a bar. Sitting alone at the bar of a shadowy dance club, Otter drinks beer after beer, attempting to combat his inability to connect with other gay men. Suddenly he finds himself next to Jack, an ineffably intoxicating young man who is similarly alone. The two descend into the lamp-lit streets and alleys of the city, together escaping the thought of another lonely night.
directed by Ashley George
18 mins (US NYC)
Dreamy teen drama exploring young love, sexuality and friendship dressed in grungy 90s nostalgia. A confused teen girl drags her female best friend and lover to a guy’s house one rocky afternoon. While she experiments with her blurry sexuality, she also sacrifices their young love and friendship.
FAGS IN THE FAST LANE
directed by Josh Sinbad Collins
90 mins (Australia)
Starring ‘Queen of Erotica’ Miss Kitten Natividad, cult retro rocker King Khan, Mexican Elvis El Vez, narration by Aussie rock devil Tex Perkins and a stomping sound track by some of Melbourne’s finest garage rockers, ‘Fags in the Fast Lane’ is set in a hyper-real world packed with bizarre characters, revolting villains, and larger than life heroes. When Beau and his Herculean sidekick set off to avenge a spree of violent attacks on their fellow gays, he is waylaid on a vital mission for his beloved mama, Kitten, when her GILF bordello is robbed by the giantess leader of a grotesque burlesque show. With the help of a lethal cross dressing Persian Princess and a Bollywood eunuch assassin, this unlikely team of avengers set off to retrieve the lost booty in a full-throttle, rock ‘n’ roll feast of camp destruction and dangerous dance numbers. Will they be able to recover Kitten’s beloved jewels and magical golden phallus? They’d better!
directed by Taryn Brooke, written by Taryn Brooke & Jared Evan
5 mins (US - NYC)
In this silent dark comedy, on a night out by herself, a transgender female tries to navigate a busy bar and attempts to overcome her fear of and increasing need to use the bathroom with the gender she identifies with.
CHANGE OF PLANS
directed by Alexandra Serio
10 mins (US NYC)
Clare, a 30-something New Yorker, is mending a broken heart and ego after her last relationship ended in catastrophe. She's moving out in an attempt to move on with the help of some newly acquired New Age spiritual practices and a lot of crystals. However, the clarity she so desperately seeks arrives unexpectedly following a visit from a friend spurring a change of plans.
directed by Anna Bridgforth
5 mins (US)
A teaser video introducing BY NIGHT, a narrative series of vignettes that tell the story of the many varied characters who live and work within the burlesque and cabaret nightlife community in New York City and the duality of their lives. Some embrace this dichotomy and some struggle with it, but all of them chose this world for a reason...
directed by Jordan Rennick, written by Tim Blaine
3 mins (US NYC)
Minutes before his backyard wedding, Richie suddenly decides he's not mature enough to be a husband. His best friend, Mike, discovers him freaking out in the kitchen. Mike has five minutes to listen to Richie's neurotic fears, calm him down, and convince him to walk back outside and get married.
THE CRUEL TALE OF THE MEDICINE MAN
directed by James Habacker
100 mins (US NYC)
Mr. Choade, the director of The House of Choade, a Grand Guignol theatre, has made an evil bargain with the Medicine Man, who has promised to help him make an artistic leap. A young girl, Linda, who has just been released from a mental hospital, gets a job performing at the House of Choade and becomes embroiled in these machinations. Linda's ex-girlfriend Roxy reconnects with her and attempts to save her. This film, a dark comedy by first time director James Habacker, was shot in Manhattan and features many luminaries from the downtown performance art scene centered around the Slipper Room.