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Out Here Now

Out Here Now

Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Thursday, 21 June 2018 until Thursday, 28 June 2018

OUT HERE NOW - the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival is one of the region's most visible and highly-regarded LGBT cultural programs and the city's oldest and best-attended community film program.

Awards & Prizes

In addition to the films chosen as our Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Selections, the festival bestows special these honors and honorariums to filmmakers.

• Celebration of Courage Award - Documentary - $500.00
• Jury Award - Feature Film - $500.00
• Director's Showcase Selection - Director & Film - $500.00

• Audience Awards - Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Dramatic Short, Best Comedy Short - $100.00 each

• Out Here Now Short Film Competition - Our closing night event where short films (under 10 minutes) pre-selected by our screening team are presented to the audience. The audience vote at this showcase determines the winner of a $100.00 cash prize awarded to the filmmaker.


 

2018 films...

EVENING SHADOWS

Directed by Sridhar Rangayan
112 minutes  | India |  2018

For its landmark accomplishment as the first Indian LGBTQ feature film to receive a family-friendly certification board from the Indian censor board and for its timely look at the cultural and social conflicts surrounding sexual and gender equality in India. 

While gay rights and marriage equality has been embraced by most countries, a small town in Southern India lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality. In such a milieu when a young gay man Kartik, comes out to his mother Vasudha, her entire world comes crashing down. She has no one to turn to dispel her fears and doubts, to understand her loving son’s truth. Moreover as a woman, trapped within a patriarchal conservative society, her biggest challenge is to deal with her dogmatic husband Damodar, and the conservative society around her.

The Ordinance Project

At the height of the AIDS crisis, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri debated whether or not to amend its Civil Rights Ordinance to prevent discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS. It quickly became the most highly contested piece of legislation in Kansas City's history, galvanizing both supporters and opponents while exposing a social divide that is still felt today.

NORTHERN COURAGE

This year's Celebration of Courage - Short Film Showcase features five powerful and resonant stories from emerging filmmakers all with a Canadian connection. You're invited to open your mind (and your heart) and help select the winner from among these honored finalists.

DUST

When Amy arrives home from university, 12-year old Logan sees changes in his sibling for the first time - his brother Isaac is a few months into the process of becoming Amy. Each family member reacts differently: Jane thinks it's cool she has a new sister; Mom is forced to confront a reality she's put off dealing with. But this story is Logan's – chronicling his difficulty accepting his brother's transformation, and the idea that Isaac is gone.

Directed by J. Adam Brown
17 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

MARGUERITE

For several years now Marguerite, a diabetic woman in her seventies, has been getting daily visits from Rachel, her home health nurse. In spite of her declining condition, Marguerite has been gradually emerging from her loneliness as she experiences moments of tenderness and sensuality, under Rachel’s care. Discovering Rachel’s homosexuality plunges Marguerite into her own unacknowledged desires and unfulfilled longing. As Rachel becomes aware that Marguerite was never able to surrender to her heart’s desire, she is moved to help her make peace with her past in a moment of unalloyed intimacy.

Directed by Marianne Farley
19 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

PRE-DRINK

Directed by Marc-Antonie Lemire
23 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.

SILVIA IN THE WAVES

Directed by Giovana Olmos
13 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.

THE THINGS YOU THINK I'M THINKING

A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten years ago.

Directed by Sherren Lee
14 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

A sextet of films about love, lust and relationships. Short on time? We have just the solution. Scroll down and see.

AN INSTANT

A year. A boy. An instant. Hugo is a boy who lives anchored in the routine, focused on his tasks and responsibilities. Unable to look forward, he lets opportunities pass, stalling in the past. On the contrary, Cosmo is a free soul that lives without looking back, always going from one place to another no matter where. One summer afternoon their gazes cross by chance. It is only an instant, but it will be the birth of a relationship that will make them stop for the first time to live the present. AN INSTANT is a story about friendship, love and the importance of the small moments that endow our lives with meaning.SPECIAL

Directed by Adrià Guxens
20 minutes  |  SPAIN   |  2017

A STRANGER TO MYSELF

A young guy hopes to fill his inner emptiness by having sex with strangers

Directed by Jannik Gensler
12 minutes  |  Germany  |  2017

DIX (TEN)

One little guy decided to meet Prince Charming, and then there were two. 
There were two, and three, and up to ten. Till the day when… Ten little friends came together again. One of them met the wrong kind of person, and then there were nine. Nine little friends…

Directed by Villette Franck
10 minutes  |  FRANCE  |  2017

THE JEALOUS SEA

When Carlos discovers pictures his photographer boyfriend took of a nude male model, he becomes engulfed in jealousy.

Directed by Reid Waterer
13 minutes  |  USA |  2017

LUBER

"Luber" is short comedy about Elliott (writer/director Jeff Sumner), a single awkward businessman who finds himself attracted to his hunky, ride-share driver Dash (Sean Held), but must fight for a chance with him when they pick up an annoying passenger, Gregory (Jason Boegh), who wants the driver for himself.

Directed by Jeff Sumner
11 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

SILVER LAKE AFTERNOON

Michael is 33 and he's never been with a guy. His first encounter is going to be awkward...and also kinda grea

Directed by Rebecca Holopter & Michael Osborne

11 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION

Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen but between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, a once invisible population became seen and heard, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, critic B. Ruby Rich and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film. 

Directed by Caroline Berler
60 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

IDEAL HOME

Kansas City's own Paul Rudd (who's totally rockin' the dad beard) paired with British comedian Steve Coogan in a delightful rom-com with sardonic wit! They co-star as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has a thing or two to teach them about the value of family. With Jack Gore, Alison Pill and Jake McDoran.

Directed by Andrew Fleming
91 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

LATINX VOICES

Five vibrant and emerging voices of LGBTQ cinema with illuminating and revealing Latinx stories of diverse sexual and gender experiences are featured in this showcase hosted by poet and community organizer Alex Martinez and co-presented by Brown Pulse/Brown Voices.

THREE SIBLINGS

Three siblings with different gender identities and sexual orientations bring us into their world during São Paulo's LGBT Pride Month. We learn about their relationships with each other, and how they work to overcome rampant homophobia and transphobia that exists in Brazil.

Directed by Sheena Rossiter
22 minutes  |  BRAZIL/CANADA  |  2018

JUAN GABRIEL IS DEAD

On the day famous mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day would be if he were a girl. Maybe this way his feelings toward Beto would be seen as normal.

Directed by Tavo Ruiz
15 minutes  |  MEXICO   |  2018

GUARDIAN

Directed by Nicolas Jara
15 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

Manuel is a gay Latino teen who lacks guidance and support. Even though his mother, Anna deeply cares for him, she is only able to prove and instill her love through video tapes made from afar. Keeping his sexuality and boyfriend a secret from his homophobic father, Manuel must decide the life he wants to live or end.

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN SAO PAOLO

Directed by Akira Kamiki
14 minutes  |  BRAZIL   |  2018

On a Sunday, two young photographers walk around São Paulo trying to connect with the city, and slowly fall in love with each other.

ELENA

In the midst of her family’s rejection, Elena wants to experience her own sexuality. A poetic film that explores love and freedom in the heart of a young woman. 

Directed by Ayerim Villanueva
20 minutes  |  COSTA RICA   |  2018

KC-Q

Enjoy five new films brimming with local ingenuity. The scripts, the themes and the even the directors themselves have their filmmaking origins from the Kansas City area. Proceeds from this program benefit the OUT HERE NOW Filmmakers Fund which supports creative works by, for and about the regional LGBTQ+ community.

ETERNAL HARVEST

Using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, Eternal Harvest is a short film by Kansas City based writer, artist and actor David Wayne Reed about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm.

Directed by David Wayne Reed
12 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

HUMAN IS HUMAN

The story of Parker Liu, an individual who is currently transitioning from female to male. This documentary serves a platform for Liu to speak about his specific life experiences. Liu touches on topics of family acceptance, coming out, cultural norms, and future plans.

Keegun Selley is a Kansas City native filmmaker and photographer, currently studying at Avila University.

Directed by Keegun Selley

7 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

DRAGTIVISTS

Directed by Savannah Rodgers

7 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

A short documentary about the intersection of activism and drag performance shot in Lawrence, Kansas. Savannah Rodgers is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. She serves on the board of the KC Film Society and is an artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation.

SINNER

A day in the life of closeted high school senior Jeremiah. With a religious upbringing, and a conservative mother, Jeremiah tries to fight his attraction to other boys, in particular his classmate Evan. With his struggle Jeremiah's mental health becomes jeopardized. After a heated confrontation with his mother Jeremiah is left to decide whether he wants to deny who he is to please his mother or accept who he is. Filmmaker Joshua Steven Allred based his film on his teenage years in Kansas City. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Directed by Joshua Steven Allred
14 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

TAYLOR SWIFT - Look What You Made Me Do (Captain What Remix)

Directed by Hunter Harding
5 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

When a homophobic father learns his teenage son is gay, he responds by committing him to a psychotic, experimental gay-conversion surgeon. Hunter Harding is a director, editor and effects artist who just graduated from the University of Kansas.

MAN MADE

MAN MADE takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). MAN MADE is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.

​The strength on display in MAN MADE transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of MAN MADE, it's not about winning—it's about being seen.

Directed by T Cooper
98 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

LOVING & LAUGHING

This year's Out Here Now Comedy Showcase is proud to bring you films by, for and about women. Laugh along with new works from creative women behind such previous festival favorites such as LAUGHING MATTERS, SIGNATURE MOVE and HAPPY F*CKING VALENTINE'S DAY. Each of these film is vying for your vote for Best Comedy Short. Come have some fun. Bring your friends or meet up with some new ones. Get your ballot at the box office along with your ticket. 

GETTING STARTED

After meeting online, Tori and Joy finally have their first date. Chemistry ensues immediately, but will their mutual attraction be enough to overcome some of the challenges presented.

Directed by Andrea Meyerson
22 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

FOXY TROT

Kat & Milo, two fiercely independent women, have been together for five years, married for two. Lately, their relationship has felt disconnected. Milo decides to mix things up and takes Kat to a local dancehall to learn the basics of ballroom dancing. A spontaneous date night. There’s just one thing they forgot to discuss – WHO’S THE LEAD? Based on a personal essay that was published in the LA Times by director/writer, Lisa Donato, FOXY TROT is a whimsical, romantic comedy about a married lesbian couple who unexpectedly face their relationship issues in a heteronormative ballroom dance class.

Directed by Lisa Donato
10 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

SCARY LUCY

After seeing a dreadful statue dedicated to her comedic idol, Lucille Ball, a risk averse comedienne battling a recent breast cancer diagnosis makes it her mission to destroy Scary Lucy.

Directed by Marteene Diaz
20 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

​HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS

Directed by Jeanette Buck
15 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

When Mom Number Four reads Heather's diary, she discovers 14 year old Heather's plan to lose her virginity. Mom Four must persuade the other moms that it's time to talk to Heather about birth control. While the moms come to terms with the fact that Heather is no longer a little girl, Heather comes to realize she still needs her moms. It's a Mother-Daughter Story times four.

BOYS LIFE

Young gay men on the threshold of adulthood. From first crush to first encounters. From one night stands to what happens next. It's all here...including a new film that picks up from where a gay classic left off. This exclusive Saturday night fourplay is our homage to the legendary gay film series, BOYS LIFE, which began in 1994 and became the most popular gay anthology DVD series ever made with its enticing stories of love, lust and liberation.

THE DARE PROJECT

Spanning across 14 years and capturing two turning points in the lives of Ben and Johnny, THE DARE PROJECT is an enticing two part film about sexual attraction and an enduring connection....that is also a uniquely remarkable feat for the lead actors and director.

In the original, first part of DARE, Ben is 17.  A closeted, outcast teenager who dares to connect with the untouchable Johnny during a champagne-fueled night in a swimming pool. What happens rocked both of their worlds in surprising ways. After this high school encounter they never saw each other again. Until now.

In the new, second part of DARE, 30-something Ben is shocked to run into Johnny totally by chance at a party in the hills of Los Angeles… with a pool. They find their original magnetic connection is still strong, but what can they do about it? Still struggling with his inability to find intimacy, Ben may find the answers to his problem from the most unlikely and most provocative of sources.

Directed by Adam Salky
33 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

SOMETHING NEW

After a break up, Jonah struggles to open up to a new relationship with awkward/hilarious/disastrous results. Featuring the charming and talented Ben Baur from last year's festival hit, SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER.

Directed by TJ Marchbank
15 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

FEMME

Directed by Alden Peters
18 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

Carson, a gay twenty-something looking for love on all the wrong apps. After being shamed by an online hookup for being too "femme", Carson must confront his own notions of masculinity and gender roles within the LGBTQ community. Set in Hell's Kitchen, the center of New York City gay life, Carson embarks on a hilarious journey towards self discovery and acceptance by way of a manic existential crisis. Along with 8 million others.

TURN IT AROUND

Directed by Niels Bourgonje
10 minutes  |  NETHERLANDS   |  2018

At a house party fifteen year old Bram is surrounded by friends and draws the attention of many pretty girls. But he has no interest in them. He has fallen hopelessly in love with the pretty boy on the dance floor: seventeen year old Florian.  It is love at first sight. There is only one problem: no one knows that Bram is gay. As the evening progresses and the tension rises between the two boys, Bram realizes that he has to make a choice. When a game of spin the bottle starts, he decides to twist the fate of the evening, and maybe his whole life. 

EVERY ACT OF LIFE

The groundbreaking life and work of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally - a personal journey through 5-decades of the American theatre, the struggle for LGBT rights, triumph over addiction, finding true love, and the need (now more than ever) for writers and artists to shape society's values.

EVERY ACT OF LIFE is the first cinematic portrait of one of the world's most honored and risk-taking playwrights. The film weaves together immersive storytelling, rare footage and photos, new performances, film of classic plays, and intimate access to Terrence’s personal life. Featuring Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, plus the voices of Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston, & Meryl Streep.

 With interviews from Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Zoe Caldwell, Brent Carver, Dominic Cuskern, Tyne Daly, Jason Danieley, Edie Falco, Stephen Flaherty, Malcolm Gets, John Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, Sheryl Kaller, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Tom Kirdahy, Justin Kirk, Larry Kramer, Paul Libin, Joe Mantello, Marin Mazzie, Lynne Meadow, Rita Moreno, Jack O’Brien, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, Don Roos, John Slattery, Micah Stock, Stanley Tucci, Richard Thomas, John Tillinger, Darko Tresnjak, Frederick Weller, and Patrick Wilson, and Edie Windsor.

Directed by Jeff Kaufman 
80 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

SAY YES

From the director OUT HERE NOW favorites COFFEE DATE and TRU LOVED comes a touching and tender look at marriage, commitment and boundaries of love.

A young woman (Leah McKendrick) diagnosed with cancer tries to play matchmaker between her soon-to-be widowed husband (Patrick Zeller) and her bisexual twin brother (Matt Pascua). The conflict/resolve with terminal illness, mortality, compassion and sexual fluidity are all touched upon in this poignant and heartfelt film. With Shari Belafonte, Alberto Manquero, Stefanie Estes & Alexandra Paul.

Directed by Stewart Wade
96 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

PORCUPINE LAKE

Two girls dangling on the brink of adulthood enjoy a summertime of fleeting childhood adventures, in the latest by Slovakian-Canadian director Ingrid Veninger.

​During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.

Directed by Ingrid Veninger
85 minutes  |  CANADA  |  2017

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS

This year's Centerpiece Selection is an intimate drama about the chance encounter of two men by the Finnish lakeside. Leevi, who has left Finland behind to study abroad, returns for the summer to help his father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a Syrian asylum seeker, has also been hired to help, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, the two young men give into their mutual attraction, spending a few midsummer days discovering one another.

Among the first queer-themed feature films made in Finland, A Moment in the Reeds casts the long-marginalized voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.

Directed by Mikko Maleka 
107 minutes  | FINLAND   |  2018

FEARS FOR QUEERS

It's baaaack....  Our frightfully popular horror/thriller showcase returns with a new set of chillingly fine offerings designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

MEET UP

Directed by Mark Abramowitz
25 minutes  | USA   |  2018

With the promise of weed and a "good time," an emotionally starved gay man decides to give an enigmatic stranger a ride home, completely unaware what the night will unfold.

THE QUIET ROOM

When Michael's attempt at suicide awakens a psych ward demon, he must stop her before she kills everyone in the hospital he connects with.

Directed by Sam Wineman
27 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

HIPPOPOTAMUS

Directed by Jody Wheeler
16 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

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. When everything is visible, when nothing is hidden, it's not just about what you see. It's also about what sees you.

HORROR, SEX AND HAIR CURLERS

Directed by Phillippe Solange
18 minutes  |  FRANCE   |  2018

Today, Françoise is spying on her husband Robert, who she suspects of cheating on her. The hairdresser is right to trust her instinct... She spots Robert stepping inside a gay sex club with a young man, as handsome as he is mysterious. Françoise is furious but she has no idea how weird and horrific this day is about to get!

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS

OUT HERE NOW favorite Jeffrey Johns is back...with a new musical adventure featuring some very familiar faces including Kansas City's beloved own, Ed Asner.

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS follows the trials and triumphs of of actors waiting tables in Times Square.  While dreaming of the Broadway stage, the reality of slinging hash under florescent lights mixes sweet aspirations with bitter drama. There's no people like show people and there's no telling what can happen when they're pitted against each other.  

Nick Adams, Ed Asner, Carole Cook, Lee Meriwether, Patricia Richardson, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Bruce Vilanch, and Cindy Williams round out this heartwarming homage to Broadway with some delightful cameos.  

Directed by Q. Alan Brocka
107 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

TRUTH UNFOLDING

Compelling and revealing stories from near and far delve into nuances of LGBT experiences through memorable and moving performances. The honored finalists for Best Dramatic Short are presented in this twilight showcase. 

DYLAN DYLAN

Dylan, Yanis and Hugo’s foster son, passed away a few months ago. The men struggle to understand each other's emotions and dealing with their loss seems impossible.

Directed by Sylvain Coisne
16 minutes  |  FRANCE   |  2018

SEEING GLORY

Gloria prepares a feast of the senses for the rapidly ailing Eva in an attempt to share a perfect evening and be seen for the woman she truly is. Writer-director Rick Hamilton's newest film is a bittersweet story of fine wine, dementia and the immortal words of Virginia Woolf.

Directed by Rick Hamilton
14 minutes  |  USA  |  2018

SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX

Directed by Reinout Hellenthal
18minutes  |  NETHERLANDS |  2017

Alex, a troubled and isolated teenager, finds a true and supportive friend in Hendrik, his sister's boyfriend. When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him.

SUNSET

In the days following Pearl Harbor, a young man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York with his streetwise male lover

Directed by Katie Enns & Gary Jaffe
15 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

TRISTAN

Recently, Tristan and his husband had a little girl together. But when he arrives to the nursery, Tristan realizes that not everyone sees his paternity the way he does.

Directed by Sonam Larcin & Gaspard Granier
11 minutes  |  BELGIUM   |  2017

VENUS

Genders, generations and cultures collide in this comedy about the modern family unit. VENUS is a beautiful and heartfelt story of a South Asian transgender woman, who sees her life flipped on its head when she meets a “white” teenaged son she didn’t know she had. 

​Sid is under pressure to marry a nice Indian girl and raise a family. Sid’s East Indian mother yearns to have grandchildren. Her dreams are about to come true, but not in the way she could’ve ever imagined. When Sid comes out as a woman, a 14 year old boy named Ralph literally shows up at her door announcing that Sid is his parent. Ralph is surprised to discover that his biological father is now a woman, but thinks having a transgender parent is pretty cool. But Ralph hasn’t told his mother and step dad that he’s tracked down Sid. And then there is Sid’s boyfriend Daniel, who has yet to tell his family of his relationship with her. Daniel is nowhere near ready to accept Ralph as a step son and complicate his life further.

​Sid’s coming out has a snowball effect that forces everyone out of the closet and become real. What happens when gender, generations and cultures collide to create a truly modern family?

Directed by Eisha Marjara
95 minutes  |  CANADA   |  2018

TRANS YOUTH

This brave new film follows a handful of young trans in Austin, Texas as they forge and fortify their adult identities. In an early scene, Elliot, a youth with choppy green hair, recounts how their father says trans people are ‘destroying the fabric of America.’ In the next scene, holding their phone in a shaking hand, they tell their mother, their father’s voice in the background, that they’re transgender.

​While trans identity is more visible than ever — the subject of television shows, talked about in the media, and tied up in controversial legislation — films that take us directly into the lives of trans youth are rare. TRANS YOUTH, by closely following seven different subjects as they navigate both the tumult and the ecstasy of growing up, lets us get to know them as individuals rather than stereotypes.

Directed by Rebecca Adler
94 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

Hermit or sexpot? Molly Shannon stars as poet and fully lesbian Emily Dickinson in a brilliantly quirky comedy that challenges how history gets recorded.  Writer/Director Madeline Olnek restores Dickinson’s true nature as an LGBTQ hero and model for new wave feminism. Amy Seimetz. Susan Ziegler and Brett Gelman co-star

With the title taken from her raciest poem, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY sheds new light on the life of famously reclusive poet, revealing her hidden romance with her brother’s wife, and the irreverent side of Dickinson that the world at large never saw. Exploring the fierce rivalry between her brother’s wife and his mistress—who published Dickinson’s poems after her death—the film is also about the struggle to bring to life the work of one of history’s most gifted poets.

Directed by Madeleine Olnek 
90 minutes  |  USA   |  2018

2018 SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Join us for this popular closing night event where you vote to decide which of these mini-short films (less than 10 minutes each) will earn a $100 cash prize. 

A+A

An intimate look into the relationship between two young women told through the lens of one of them. It explores the politics found in love, while also questioning the role of the self in relationships.

Directed by Nina Sielski Elizalde  |  7 minutes

DISCREET

Two young men who live in the same neighborhood run into each other. Their random discussion about what they did last night will take a very unexpected turn.

Directed by David Chausse, Simon Frenay  |  6 minutes

EXPIRATION DATE

A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy and innocent love.

Directed by Shwenn Shunya Chang |  5 minutes

HOPELESSLY

Darren is determined to find a connection, no matter how many people he has to go through. Explore the day in the life of a queer, polyamorous relationship, in all it's awkward beauty.

Directed by Tony Clemente, Jr.  |  5 minutes

LOVE LETTER RESCUE SQUAD

“Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it.” With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. More than 40 years later, Deb must consider the future of the collection

Directed by Megan Rossman  |  7 minutes

SPARK

A girl finds someone to spark her flame.

Directed by Aharonit Elior |  6 minutes

MICHAEL JOSEPH JASON JOHN

A short romantic thriller that explores the emotional aftermath of a one-night stand (and the inherent risks of hook-up culture) as a lonely man imagines what life might be like with a mysterious stranger he picks up on the New York City subway.

Directed by Scott T. Hinson |  10 minutes

THE WORLD CAN WAIT

Vic is a popular lesbian character in a hit television series. But when the Executives in charge of the show gather to decide her fate, she finds herself having to fight for her survival.

Directed by Deborah Espect  |  8 minutes

THIRST

A gay man leaves another disappointing hook up and wonders why he feels so alone. Maybe its everyone else. Maybe its him.

Directed by Eoin Maher | 9 minutes

TODAY

Here is the simple story and reality of two lovers, living in a world that forbids their love

Directed by Florent Sabtier  |  3 minutes

WELCOME TO THE WORLD

A daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in one continuous 7-minute take, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.

Directed by Albert M. Chan  |  7 minutes

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING

In this merry movie of matrimony, happily engaged Antonio brings his fiancé Paulo to the exquisite old Italian village of his birth to meet his headstrong parents and reveal his sexuality, setting out on a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition understand that love is love.

​It was love at first sight for happy couple Antonio and Paulo, and they now live peacefully in a Berlin apartment with their quirky and musical landlord, Benedetta. On the day of their engagement, their new roommate arrives, the depressed cross-dressing Donato and they all embark on a journey to finally reveal their relationship to their families. Their first stop is the exquisite old Italian village where Antonio's father is the mayor and his mother is the headstrong matriarch. In a whirl of surreal yet sentimental chaos, Antonio & Paulo are met with stringent conditions related to their wedding ceremony. Can a city founded on religious tradition embrace the new, modern family? Let's just say...you'll be delighted to see what enfolds in our closing night romantic comedy. 

Directed by Alessandro Genovesi
90 minutes  |  ITALY   |  2017


 

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