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NewFest

NewFest

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 until Tuesday, 30 October 2018

NewFest is…dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience.  We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be.

Through the New York LGBT film festival, presented annually since 1988, and year-round programming, NewFest celebrates fine domestic and international film as part of our mission to break through closet doors and glass ceilings everywhere.


As of 2012 Outfest has partnered with NewFest of New York City. Submissions for Outfest are automatically considered for NewFest.

2018 films...

1985

Dir. Yen Tan, USA, 2017, 85 mins
Set during the early AIDS crisis, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM, CAROL) returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas, keeping quiet about his sexuality and HIV status. Award-winning writer-director and NewFest alum Yen Tan (PIT STOP, CIAO) delivers a poignant period piece about a gay man tying up loose ends — whether it’s with his conservative parents (Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen and Emmy Award winner Michael Chiklis), a high school ex-girlfriend (Jamie Chung), or his younger brother (Aidan Langford, BOSCH), who shows an interest in Madonna and may be following Adrian’s footsteps.
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A Moment in the Reeds

Dir. Mikko Makela, Finland, United Kingdom, 2017, 107 mins
In the Finnish countryside, Leevi, who is home from studying abroad to help his father renovate their lakeside house, encounters Tareq, a Syrian asylum seeker they hire as a handyman. Leevi’s father returns to town on business as tension builds between the two young men, and they give in to their mutual attraction. One of the first LGBT-themed films made in Finland, Mikko Makela’s intimate drama places at its center the freedom and acceptance of sexual and ethnic minorities amid the backdrop of the breathtaking Finnish landscape.
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Bitter Melon

Dir. H.P. Mendoza, USA, 2018, 95 mins
Who knew that the insensitive way some of his Filipino-American family members treat his sexuality would be the least of Declan’s worries when he returns home for the holidays? As he and his siblings tiptoe around his freeloading brother’s volatile personality, long-buried secrets are revealed to set in motion a hilarious plan of revenge. A black comedy with heart, the latest from H.P. Mendoza (FRUIT FLY) deftly explores toxic masculinity and abuse— emotional and physical—with absurdity and true empathy.
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Bixa Travesty

Dir. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscila, Brazil, 2018, 75 mins
Black Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada weaponizes the trans body and music for political protest. Linn and childhood friend Jup do Bairro use extravagantly costumed music performances to dazzle audiences while opposing their country’s white heteronormative order. Figuring her embodied existence as resistance, Linn eschews the role of cis woman, choosing a fluid gender identity instead. Full of funny and intimate moments, the film advocates for personal choice against a society that imposes static gender identity.
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Boy Erased

Dir. Joel Edgerton, USA, 2018, 114 mins
Set in the uber-conservative suburbs of Arkansas, this grippingly vital drama stars Academy Award-nominee Lucas Hedges (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, LADYBIRD) as a young gay man sent to Refuge, a church-run conversion therapy program that aims to “cure” homosexuality, upon the insistence of his Baptist preacher father (Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe) and religious yet conflicted mother (Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman). Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley and adapted for the screen by director and featured actor Joel Edgerton, this urgent drama stirs a challenging yet compassionate portrait of a family—and perhaps country—at odds with its differing ideas of empathy and identity. In addition to powerhouse performances by Hedges, Kidman, and Crowe, the ensemble includes stellar supporting turns from multitalented queer artists Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, and Cherry Jones. BOY ERASED is at once an evocative coming of age story about finding your voice, and a compelling tale of personal survival and family reconciliation in the face of ignorance.
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Boys Shorts

From a fast-paced chase to a lazy summer day, this year’s Boys Shorts explore what it means to bring your full self to both the mundane and the extraordinary moments in life. In cities across the globe, these films capture the contemporary lives of a panoply of gay men from many different backgrounds in 2018.

Malik
Dir. Nathan Carli, France, 2018, 15 mins, French with English subtitles
Assumptions are turned on their heads as we round every corner and follow Malik flee the gritty French ghetto.

Uninvited
Dir. Seung Yeob Lee, South Korea, 2017, 20 mins, Korean with English subtitles
Jungho must adapt to his mother’s surprise visit to his new apartment in Seoul. His mother must adapt to being an uninvited guest that makes her son uncomfortable in his own home.

Sam Did It
Dir. Dominic Burgess, United Kingdom, 11 mins
Sam is about to meet his celebrity idol… the only problem is, Sam works in a hospital morgue… and his idol is dead.

The Things You Think I’m Thinking
Dir. Sherren Lee, Canada, 2017, 15 mins
A burn-victim and amputee brings a first date back to his apartment, where he faces his demons in an attempt to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident.

Foreign Lovers
Dir. Timothy Hickernell, USA, 2017, 19 mins
Sparks ignite when a lonely New Yorker meets a mysterious foreigner in this meditation on life and love in the digital age.

Piscina
Dir. Carlos Ruano, Spain, 2018, 9 mins, Spanish with English subtitles
In this friendly comedy, two brothers on the outskirts of Madrid spend a lazy summer day up to no good before one comes out to the other.

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Canary

Dir, Christiaan Olwagen, South Africa, 2018, 124 mins
Drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan’s love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the Kanaries — the military’s traveling choir — but romance on the battlefield forces him to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity. Examining the effects of nationalism on the soul, while also exploring the tender brotherhood among misfits, this musical comedy revels in the discovery of finding your voice and learning to fly.
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Cherry Grove Stories

Dir. Michael Fisher, USA, 2017, 74 mins
This fascinating documentary captures the unique community of Cherry Grove, Fire Island – from its early days as a center for drag culture to the present day – featuring interviews with residents, old-timers, and captivating new and archival footage. Starting in the 1950s, Cherry Grove provided gays, including the likes of Tennessee Williams, with a safe space to express themselves at a time when interactions by people of the same sex were often the target of police raids. Michael Fisher’s oral history navigates the rich history and unknown stories of this vibrant beachfront community.
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Coby

Dir. Christian Sonderegger, France, 2017, 78 mins
A paramedic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Coby shares a satisfying life with his supportive girlfriend Sarah, their pack of dogs, two brothers, and his parents. Nearly a decade after transitioning, the quotidian movements of his day-to-day—from receiving a shot of testosterone from his girlfriend to escorting a toddler to the ER—are quietly yet candidly documented by Christian Sonderegger. A contender in the ACID program at Cannes, COBY revolutionizes the use of the now-ubiquitous YouTube transition video as a conduit for telling the stories that rest in the silent white space between video updates.
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Conversations with Gay Elders: Daniel

Dir. David Weissman, USA, 2017, 67 min
“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Director,” says New Yorker and subject Daniel Maloney, 77; and so begins the start of a stimulating interview between Maloney and director David Weissman (WE WERE HERE, THE COCKETTES). A principal dancer with Martha Graham in the 1970s, Maloney recounts his experiences facing racism, serving in the army, moving to New York, and first sexual encounters–all the while carrying on the art so closely linked to culture, community, and civilization: oral tradition. This film is part of a documentary series in which Weissman collaborates with a young editor–in this case, Jake Stein, 24 and newly out–to capture illuminating stories from elders that represent a cross-section of the LGBTQ community.
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Daddy

Dir. Jonah Greenstein, USA, 2018, 75 mins
A homeless man (Alexander Horner) survives in New York by sleeping with men he meets on Grindr. Longing for a better life but also intimacy, he becomes a hustler and falls in love with one of his clients (Thomas Jay Ryan, HENRY FOOL). Gorgeously shot and displaying intimate moments that are at once passionate and melancholic, DADDY explores themes of poverty, sex as currency, and what it is to be human. Jonah Greenstein’s feature debut paints a portrait of gay New York City through the lens of a young man and his encounters.
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Devil’s Path

Dir. Matthew Montgomery, USA, 2018, 88 mins
While searching for his missing brother in a remote gay cruising park, Noah (Stephen Twardokus) sets his sights on a handsome stranger (JD Scalzo). When Noah is viciously attacked, he and his new companion escape through the woods with two menacing thugs in hot pursuit. Lost and frightened, they begin to turn on each other and slowly unravel the truth of what’s really going on around them. This moody, picturesque psychological thriller from first-time director Matthew Montgomery features unexpected twists and turns, and seamlessly blends sharp, opposing perspectives about sex and love with suspenseful set pieces filled with existential dread.
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Drawn This Way 2.0: Animated Shorts

Intimate and inspiring, this collection encapsulates the complexity of the queer experience in all of its brilliance. Both narrative and non-fiction stories utilize the illusion of movement to reveal personal truths, explore new boundaries, and create connections with one another. An inventive and eclectic array of perspectives and forms come together in moving ways.

Bacchus
Dir. Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta, Denmark, 2018, 5 mins
A woman, trapped in the soul-sucking routine of a 9-5, lacking human interaction, is lured into a colorful, mysterious world by a charismatic sensual figure.

Between Us Two
Dir. Wei Keong Tan, Singapore, 2017, 5 mins, Chinese and English with English subtitles
Dreamlike imagery and personal memories explore a mother’s imagined reaction to her son’s marriage to another man.

Contact
Dir. Léa Bancelin, France, 2017, 6 mins, French with English subtitles
An accidental pocket dial conjures up distant memories of a sweet, summer love.

Flash Flood: A Rotoscoped Documentary
Dir. Alli MacKay, Canada/USA, 2017, 6 mins
Trans voices share their intimate relationships with their identities, blended with impressionistic imagery of flash flooding.

I Like Girls
Dir. Diane Obomsawin, Canada, 2016, 8 mins
Four women share the sordid and hilarious tales of their first loves, coming to a deeper understanding of their identities.

Out
Dir. Roscoe Rappaport, USA, 2018, 3 mins
Five people relate their stories of coming out of the closet to their families.

Reach the Sky
Dir. Daniel Sterlin-Altman, Canada, 2018, 6 mins
On the open road, three queer friends on a surprise journey encounter a butch mermaid, Frida Kahlo, a fabulous companion, and a sense of queer pride.

Tailor
Dir. Calí dos Anjos, Brazil, 2017, 10 mins, Portuguese with English subtitles
A transgender cartoonist candidly shares trans people’s experiences and their challenges on his website in Brazil.

He Who Has Two Souls
Dir. Fabrice Luang-Vija, France, 2016, 17 mins
An Inuit youth, “beautiful like a woman, and handsome like a man” embraces all sides of himself in this sumptuous celebration of gender in all forms.

My Little Princess
Dir. Hathaison Gerdprasert, USA, 2018, 5 mins
The beautiful journey of a trans woman as she dances with her supportive and loving father on her wedding day.

Tidal Wave
Dir. Christi Bertelsen, USA, 2017, 3 mins
A memoir about letting go of a lost love while envisioning what could have been.

Mom’s Clothes
Dir. Jordan Wong, USA, 2018, 5 mins
Filmmaker Jordan Wong reflects on being out of the closet, gender, and his mother’s flight through the prism of the fabrics and patterns she wore.

Zoodio 54
Dir. Rodrigo Rodriguez, UK, 2017, 5 mins
Two canine besties go out for a hot night in London’s wildest gay bar, but at the end of the night all they needed was each other.

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Dykes, Camera, Action!

Dir. Caroline Berler, USA, 2018, 60 mins
One of the most glaring omissions in the film canon has been the work of queer women. Thankfully this once-hidden population picked up the camera and transformed the visibility of lesbians in cinema through classics such as GO FISH (1994), THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996), HIGH ART (1998), all of which premiered in New York at NewFest. Pioneering filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, Cheryl Dunye, critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others discuss with humor and depth how they’ve expressed their queer identity through film, while also revealing personal stories from their own experiences of looking for themselves on screen. First-time director Caroline Berler expertly balances films clips with candid interviews, making DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! a joyous response to the days of the celluloid closet, culminating in a groundbreaking celebration of empowerment and visibility for the ages.
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Episodic Showcase

Some of the most well-crafted LGBTQ characters these days can be found in episodic content. This sampler platter of seven new shows gives an authentic, unfiltered look at our community, without the censorship of the networks. Catch them here first, and decide which series to add to your must-binge list.

Broad Strokes
Dir. Philip Vernon, USA, 2017, 17 mins
A bittersweet comedy about two queer BFFs experiencing an emotional rollercoaster on New Years Eve.

Razor Tongue
Dir. Rain Valdez, USA, 2018, 6 mins
Rain Valdez stars as a sharp tongued woman who gets the chance to put her skills to use on the radio.

There’s No More We
Dir. David Färdmar, Sweden, 2018, 15 mins, Swedish with English subtitles
A relatable look at the last days of a long term relationship.

Brothers
Dir. Emmett Jack Lundberg and Sheyam Ghieth, USA, 2018, 12 mins
In this groundbreaking show one character’s visit to the gynecologist prompts some major reflections.

Lez Be Honest: I’ll Be All Right
Dir. Jana Heaton, USA, 2018, 19 mins
A lesbian moves back in with her gay best friend, and together they sift through booze, babes, and absurd life decisions in the homotopia of Brooklyn.

Enemies of Dorothy
Dir. Ryan Fisher and Christopher Smith Bryant, USA, 2018, 3 mins
An all queer, all comedy sketch series, taking an absurdist twist on gay life in America. If they’re not offending you, they’re doing it wrong!

West 40s
Dir. Brian Sloan, USA, 2018, 15 mins
A midtown, midlife comedy about five men approaching middle age from different angles.

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Eva + Candela

Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Colombia, 2018, 90 mins
South America’s evocative answer to BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, this stirring portrait captures the dynamic interplay between two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film. The two are, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world. The passion between them creates a seductive and fascinating intimacy. But over time, their relationship evolves, swinging from infatuation to sensuality, which turns to tenderness, and then routine. They never wanted to be a conventional couple, and yet that’s just what they’ve become. Can Eva and Candela withstand the inevitable effects of time to overcome the metamorphosis of their relationship?
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Every Act of Life

Dir. Jeff Kaufman, USA, 2018, 92 mins
Playwright Terrence McNally has redefined contemporary gay theater with an extraordinary body of work that includes The Ritz, Corpus Christi, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, and Love! Valour! Compassion!, to name just a few. But his life offstage has been just as fascinating, encompassing activism, addiction, romance, and the constant pursuit of artistic excellence. McNally shares his story onscreen with the help of friends and colleagues like Angela Lansbury, Rita Moreno, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, and many more, as captured by documentarian and NewFest alum Jeff Kaufman (THE STATE OF MARRIAGE).
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Féminin/Féminin (Season 2)

Dir. Chloé Robichaud, Canada, French, 2017, 121 mins (8 episodes)
Catch up with some of the most charming and relatable ladies in Season 2 of Chloé Robichaud’s (Sarah Prefers to Run) fresh series. Revolving around the intersecting lives of a group of friends in Montrèal, these queer women navigate fear of commitment, the desire for motherhood, generational gaps, infidelity, and more in hilarious and moving ways. With several international awards to its name, the first season was featured on Amazon Prime and Hulu, and on French television channel France 4.
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Feminist Shorts “The F Word”

When you think about feminism, do you think about subverting gender stereotypes assigned to female bodies, female athletes succeeding at the top of their game, or small town societal structures being reshaped? Do you think about women and young girls coming into their own? The beauty of the F word is that it means many different things to each of us, and in a post #MeToo world, we have the power to continue to explore feminism through art, reinterpreting and redefining it for ourselves.

Do I Have Boobs Now?
Dir. Milena Salazar and Joella Cabalu, Canada, 2017, 7 mins
A personal reflection on what it means to be a trans activist and a queer feminist by the woman who started the viral conversation of #DoIHaveBoobsNow.

Breastfriends
Dir. Eleanor Rogers, UK, 2018, 18 mins.
When a new teammate joins the relay team, Ash begins to question her sexuality.

Would You Look at Her
Dir. Goran Stolevski, Macedonia, 2017, 19 mins, Macedonian with English subtitles
When a tomboy competes in an all-male religious ritual, she is also looking to win respect in her small Macedonian village.

Bloom
Dir. Kieran Wheeler, Australia, 2018, 7 mins
When Andrew comes home from a weekend away and finds a single rose petal in his bed, he becomes convinced that his girlfriend has cheated on him.

Dressed for Pleasure
Dir. Marie de Maricourt, Switzerland, 2017, 17 mins, French with English subtitles
Sarah is increasingly subject to her fantasies and sees her sexuality taking up more and more of her attention, especially after Victoria arrives on the scene.

Juck
Dir. Ulrika Bandeira, Julia Gumpert, and Olivia Kastebring, Sweden, 2018, 14 mins, Swedish with English subtitles
This genre-defying film, starring a Swedish dance group, subverts conventions for how we are used to seeing the female body.

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Fish Bones

Dir. Joanne Mony Park, USA, 2017, 82 mins
In her debut feature, director Joanne Mony Park delivers a sensitively-drawn portrait of Hana (Joony Kim) a young woman caught between two worlds; the expectations of her Korean family, and her own needs and desires as a university student and model discovering her queer identity. The film’s quiet attention to detail captures charming moments of self reflection and attraction, as Hana falls for Nico (Cris Gris), a charismatic Latina who lives without the self-consciousness that holds Hana back. The chemistry between these two leads captivates the viewer and heralds the discovery of a bold and exciting new directorial voice to watch.
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For Izzy

Dir. Alex Chu, USA, 2018, 84 mins
A warm, heartfelt film about blending families, featuring powerhouse performances from its all-Asian cast. Beloved late actress Elizabeth Sung plays Anna, a successful business-woman and single mother struggling with a strained relationship with her 20-something queer daughter Dede (Michelle Ang). Her widower neighbor Peter (Jim Lau) is the caretaker of his millennial daughter Laura (Jennifer Soo) who is on the Autism spectrum.  When Laura and Dede form an unlikely friendship they each bond with the other’s parent, ultimately bringing Peter and Anna together to find an unexpected later-in-life romance.
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Gia

Dir. Michael Cristofer, USA, 1998, 126 min
It’s been 20 years since Angelina Jolie chronicled the life of supermodel Gia Carrangi in Michael Cristofer’s now-classic HBO movie. Carrangi, who rose to meteoric fame in late 70s New York, was known for her trademark temper and bold, unapologetic fashion style, but died young from AIDS-related complications. While the film has long been considered essential LGBTQ viewing, it’s rarely enjoyed on the big screen.

Revisit it with us, your NewFest family and soak up the sultry scenes between Jolie and costar Elizabeth Mitchell, as well as revelling in supporting roles from icons Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway as Gia’s mother and modeling agent respectively.
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Girls Shorts

From friendship to dating to marriage, these shorts look at love and intimacy through many different lenses and paint a picture of strong, vulnerable, funny, and stubborn women who shine on the big screen. The heartbreak and joy of everyday life weave together in this collection of stories that span cultural and generational gaps too often overlooked in film.

Ice Cold
Dir. Sekiya Dorsett, USA, 2018, 13 mins
A blushing bride experiences the best and worst wedding day in history.

Girl Friend
Dir. Chloe Sarbib, USA, 2017, 13 mins
When the line between friendship and romantic love becomes confusing, Sophie will do whatever it takes to make things go back to the way they were.

Undone
Dir. Francesca Castelbuon, United Kingdom, 2018, 15 mins
After an intimate night together, two co-workers must come to terms with their feelings for each other.

The Half-Wall
Dir. Ida H. Eldøen, Norway, 2018, 6 mins, Norwegian with English subtitles
A couple’s lunch break does not go as planned— a conversation about bathroom renovations spirals into a series of miscommunications and a short rumination on life’s misunderstandings.

The Inherent Traits of Connor James
Dir. Ally Pankiw, Canada, 2017, 13 mins
A bittersweet look at unconventional family structures and the lengths we’ll go to to keep someone in our lives.

Hudson
Dir. Shae Xu, USA, 2017, 10 mins
A young divorced mother tries to reveal to her teenage son her new relationship with a woman.

Yes But No Thanks
Dir. Shae Xu, USA, 2017, 10 mins
When Émilie’s massive crush on her older next-door neighbor goes unnoticed, the young teen acts up in this exploration of admiration, power games, maternal tenderness, and sexual attraction.

Salamagan
Dir. Elisa Oh, USA, 2017, 13 mins
Ana’s secret girlfriend helps her and her Catholic, Filipino mom clean their home, but that doesn’t make it any easier to introduce her girlfriend openly to her family.

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HalloKween Shorts

Real and mental demons plague our protagonists in this Halloween-focused line-up. From a hospital psych ward to high school hallways, and from online conversations to inner-monologues, we cover the scariest grounds on earth in this program of horror shorts.

The Cleanse
Dir. Lucas Omar, USA, 2018, 13 mins
Kayden gets hazed by the Queer Clique: No food. No sex. Just juice. With so much abstaining, it’s hard to know what’s really going on and what these cravings are doing to his mind and body.

The Cure
Dir. Mike Olenick, USA, 2017, 20 mins
In this sci-fi soap opera, a family desperately searches for ways to cure their fears of loneliness.

Bear
Dir. Fred Guerrier, USA, 2018, 13 mins
A bear suit-wearing dancer receives unwelcome visits from a lovestruck stalker and his estranged father’s ghost.

Vacation Rental
Dir. Matt Newton, USA, 2018, 11 min
A romantic getaway in Palm Springs turns deadly.

Little Bill’s Peep Show
Dir. Kevin Rios, USA, 2017, 9 mins
Little Bill must come to terms with the aftermath of his reaction to an intimate moment online.

Quiet Room
Dir. Sam Wineman, USA, 2018, 30 mins
Michael’s suicide attempt awakens a psych ward demon. Now, he must fight to stop her before she kills everyone he’s connected with in the hospital.

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Hard Paint

Dir. Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, Brazil, 2017, 117 mins
Online, Pedro smears neon paint across his body for pay-per-view voyeurs hungry for his webcam erotica. IRL, he rarely sees the sun or speaks to another soul in Porto Alegre. After catching word of a rival ripping off his rainbow-colored act, he ventures from the shadows to settle their score — but finds an unlikely new friend in the process. This Berlinale Teddy Award winner conjures a dark, sensual atmosphere of alienation and discovery. We’re proud to welcome this young filmmaking duo back to the festival for the third time after their previous feature Seaside and mini-series O Ninho (THE NEST).

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Hip to be Queer: Youth Shorts

Pop Rox
Dir. Nate Trinrud, USA, 2018, 13 mins
Jesse has something to tell her best friend Roxanne: she has a huge crush on her.

Suitable
Dir. Thembi Banks, USA, 2017, 13 mins
Brandy, a tomboy, comes to terms with who and what she wants when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom.

Darío
Dir. Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo Gil, Germany, 2018, 15 mins, Spanish with English subtitles
Torn between dancing in the street carnival or following his mother’s wishes, Dario must decide to express himself authentically or hide his true colors.

Bo & Mei
Dir. Camille Liu Nock, United Kingdom, 2017, 15 mins
A young Chinese immigrant stands up against the prejudices they experience from both the outside world and within their home.

Spark
Dir. Aharonit Elior, USA, 2017, 6 minutes
An introverted girl searches for connection to another person — marked by the arrival of fiery halo.

Maybe
Dir. Kat Cole, USA, 2018, 10 mins
Amongst the backdrop of idyllic Honolulu, Lauren works up the courage to say hello to an androgynously cool teen named Skye.

Something About Alex
Dir. Reinout Hellenthal, Netherlands, 2017, 19 mins, Dutch with English subtitles
Troubled Alex has always turned to his sister’s boyfriend for support, but when the couple decides to move, Alex must confront himself.

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I Hate New York

Dir. Gustavo Sánchez, Spain, 2018, 75 mins
From 2007 to 2017, Gustavo Sánchez followed seasoned transfemme artists Chloe Dzibulo, Sophia Lamar, and Amanda Lepore around Manhattan’s rapidly-changing East Village with a humble Sony Handycam, capturing hundreds of hours of footage. I Hate New York is the result of these intimate conversations between the debut filmmaker and his triptych of captivating and driven female artists. In yellow cabs, Tompkins Square Park, and impossibly small apartments, Dzibulo, Lamar, and Lepore offer their unfiltered thoughts on everything from success and rivalry to gentrification and the utter pointlessness of nostalgia. These interviews are supplemented by commentary from the women’s fellow Village characters and creatives, including Penny Arcade, Bibbe Hansen, T De Long, and iO Tillett Wright.

Through patient and devoted direction, Sánchez has created a documentary that offers unprecedented access to three transwomen who not only made their mark on New York’s ephemeral underground, but lived to see middle age. Despite its name, I HATE NEW YORK is a hopeful love letter to a hostile city and the transwomen who’ve called—and continue to call—NYC home.
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Jules of Light and Dark

Dir. Daniel Laabs, USA, 2018, 85 mins
In present-day Texas, Maya (Tallie Medel) and her on again, off again girlfriend Jules (Betsy Holt) total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy (Robert Longstreet), a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires, in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least figure out what that might be).

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK is an iridescent coming-of-age story boasting the rural isolation of Deb Shoval’s AWOL and the wanderlust of Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN HONEY. Defined by earnest, full performances and a blue palette, Daniel Laabs’ first feature solidly articulates the universality of queer loneliness and uncertainty across genders and generations.
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Killer Unicorn

Dir. Drew Bolton, USA, 2017, 75 mins
Flaunting lewks and flouting conventional taste, this deliriously campy romp dashes through slasher tropes with deadly Brooklyn attitude and a distinctively queer spirit. Following a traumatic experience at “Brooklyn’s Annual Enema Party,” party boy Danny is haunted by a hunky masked stranger who causes a massacre of Brooklyn nightlife. Featuring a bevy of Brooklyn’s biggest drag divas, including Bushwig co-founder Horrorchata, this crass creation of cult fervor is John Waters meets John Carpenter. And watch out–these queens aren’t the only ones who came to slay.
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Knife+Heart

Dir. Yann Gonzalez, France, 2018, 110 mins
A Cannes 2018 Official Selection, this steamy and seedy ode to cinema and postured pulp comes from visionary director and NewFest alum Yann Gonzalez (YOU AND THE NIGHT). Vanessa Paradis stars as a no-nonsense gay porn producer on films such as “HOMOCIDE” and “ANAL FURY” who’s befuddled by a crush on her editor (Kate Moran) and the fact that her cast and crew are being knocked off one-by-one by a leather-clad madman. Shot on lush 35mm and featuring a pulsating original score from M83, KNIFE + HEART is a gloriously and gorgeously gory take on the modern slasher flick set in the world of 70s Paris. Celluloid lovers unite—the giallo subgenre has finally gone full-blown queer.
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Lez Bomb

Dir. Jenna Laurenzo, USA, 2018, 90 mins
A gut-busting multigenerational comedy of errors following Lauren, a young woman who comes home for the holidays with some life changing news: she has a girlfriend. Little does Lauren know, the eccentric cast of characters that makes up her family have their own string of surprises as well. As it turns out, there is no good time to drop the “lez bomb.” Produced by Bobby Farrelly (THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY) and featuring Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern and Steve Guttenberg.
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Looking For?

Dir. Tung-Yen Chou, Taiwan, 2017, 61 mins
Explore the mysteries of dating apps in this charming, infectious documentary that lays all the sexy details out on the table. Young Taiwanese filmmaker Tung-Yen Chou searches for a love of his own, as he questions gay men around the world about their intimate experiences on hookup apps. Can Grindr lead you to the love of your life? This refreshingly raw and far too relatable look into digital romance is a snapshot of the moment.
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Love, Scott

Dir. Laura Marie Wayne, Canada, 2018, 76 mins
After being violently attacked on the street, openly gay musician Scott Jones is left paralyzed from the waist down. Told through the eyes of Scott’s close friend, this heartbreaking and inspiring portrait of grief traces the journey from convalescence to recovery to finally forgiveness. Scott revisits the location of the attack and rebuilds his life as a choir conductor and public speaker. This poignant documentary depicts the universal struggles of LGBTQ people and the people who love them through an incredibly intimate and personal story.
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Making Montgomery Clift

Dir. Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon, USA, 2018, 88 mins
The iconic Hollywood actor Montgomery Clift—described in many accounts as “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented” by his sexuality—is brought to new light by his nephew Robert Clift, who uncovers never-before-seen footage and exclusive audio interviews collected by the filmmaker’s father. The viewer gains insight into a fresh portrait of the legendary actor who was unashamed of his sexuality, maintained a great sense of humor, and even defied the studio system. Robert’s access to interviews with family and close friends of Monty turn against the faulty narrative made popular by previous biographies and documentaries that considered him “the slowest suicide in Hollywood history.” Thoroughly well-researched and edited, Robert—along with co-director Hillary Demmon— brings to the surface a personal account of his uncle Monty and his father Brooks Clift that forces us to ask: Why was so much of Monty’s story left out? How were previous accounts so wrong? Who do we trust to write our history? MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT brings the star out of the archive, and further out of the closet.
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Man Made

Dir. T Cooper, USA, 2018, 98 mins
From surgeries and T parties to the struggles and joys of transitioning, follow four men as they prepare for Trans FitCon, the only bodybuilding competition exclusively for trans men. Glimpse the intimate relationships between these men and their partners, family, and children as they train throughout the year. This powerful documentary from director T Cooper and executive producer Tea Leoni culminates in a triumphant gesture of acceptance and an understanding of the shared struggles among them as they take the stage and embody their true selves.
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Mapplethorpe

Dir. Ondi Timoner, USA, 2018, 102 mins
Emmy-nominee Matt Smith (DOCTOR WHO, THE CROWN) plays renegade queer artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Set in the gay leather communities and highbrow galleries of New York City in the 70s and 80s, Ondi Timoner’s biopic is an unflinching look at the life and career of the icon made famous for his striking black-and-white images of phalluses and flowers. This film takes a chronological look at the influences and practices that captured male homo-erotic desire so poignantly in the face of the devastating toll of the AIDS crisis.
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Mario

Dir. Marcel Gisler, Switzerland, 2018, 119 mins
Mario, a German soccer player, faces a harrowing decision when he must choose between pursuing his career on the field or his forbidden love for Leon, his roommate and a new player on the team. As rumors unfold in the locker room and spread to higher ranks, Mario attempts to deny them, and asks his girlfriend Jenny to pretend they are together. The torment caused by this macho world is reflected in Mario’s mother, who, in one memorable scene, refuses to be photographed during a magazine photoshoot with Jenny and her son, her eyes consumed with anguish.
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Our Queer History  - Shorts Program

Histories are reconstructed then deconstructed in magnificent textures and styles to celebrate and reflect on the narratives of lives on the fringes: from Italian exiles on a remote island in the 1930s, to British farmers in the early 21st century, to families and spaces intimately shaped over years by HIV/AIDS. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of NewFest, we look back on the past three decades and further not only to remember but also to discover.

The Red Tree
Dir. Paul Rowley, Ireland/USA/Italy, 2018, 22 mins, Italian with English subtitles
The buried history of Mussolini’s prison island for gay men.

Happy Birthday, Marsha!
Dir. Reina Gossett, Sasha Wortzel, USA, 2016, 14 mins
When street queen Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson fights back against a routine police raid of a gay bar in 1969, she gives birth to a movement.

Queer Cruising Double Feature: Gay Semiotics & AveMaria
Dir. Jeff Verlanic, USA, 2018, 20 mins
Dive into a stylish encyclopedia of gay semiotics then cruise for action in Manhattan movie theater in this experimental double bill.

Atlantic Is A Sea of Bones
Dir. Reina Gossett, USA, 2017, 7 mins
Follow Egyptt LaBejia through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, revealing how historical and systemic violence haunt our contemporary landscapes.

Mark Me
Dir. Erin Batchelder, USA, 2017, 26 mins
An oral history told through old photos and cut-out animation about the multigenerational impact of the AIDS Crisis on one Irish Catholic family.

Landline
Dir. Matt Houghton, United Kingdom, 2018, 12 mins
In 2010, a chaplain in the British countryside sets up a helpline for gay farmers; journey into the lives of those who called.

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Queer Jewish Shorts

From the U.S. to Israel, this program brings together six short films that examine what it is to be queer and Jewish, and how religion can be a guide for some but an obstacle for others.

Summer
Dir. Pearl Gluck, USA, 2018, 19 mins, English and Yiddish with English subtitles
In a religious sleepaway camp, two teenage girls discover an unholy book that neither of them are prepared for.

Heritage
Dir. Yuval Aharoni, Israel, 2017, 26 mins, Hebrew with English subtitles
When Noam discovers that his father, who has recently died, had a secret affair with a married man, he decides to meet him, forcing his own relationship with another man into disarray.

A Prayer
Dir. Alon Borten, USA, 2017, 14 mins
Maya, a religious Jewish woman, admits her newfound attraction to a woman at synagogue to her husband, forcing her to question her identity and to ask for the unthinkable.

Paperock
Dir. Hillel Rate, Israel, 2017, 11 mins, Hebrew with English subtitles
An ultra-orthodox young Jewish woman cannot recognize the brother she has not seen in years, and realizes that in order to reestablish their bond, she must accept his new identity.

Of Origins, Part 1: Hannah
Dir. Irit Reinheimer, USA/Germany, 2016, 9 mins
Part 1 in this series of short experimental films about the lives of a group of German Jewish feminists in the early and mid-20th century incorporates a love letter from the filmmaker and uses home movies, archival images, and animation to orient the viewer in a queer bond forged across time.

The Rabbi
Dir. Uriya Hertz, Israel, 2017, 20 mins
When Gadi, a rabbinical student, shares his forbidden secret with Michael, his rabbi, Michael’s beliefs come into question and latent feelings are brought to the surface.

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Rafiki

Dir. Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon, 2018, 83 mins
Fresh from its triumphant Cannes premiere, RAFIKI is a must-see film that delivers a beautifully acted, nuanced portrayal of being queer in Nairobi. This vibrant romance follows the burgeoning relationship between Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), the playful Beyonce-wannabe who lives in the city’s affluent Skyview Towers, and Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), the shy, responsible tomboy who hangs out on the overcrowded Slopes estate with the local Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi) boys. The film’s delicious pink-hued color palette is part of the African film aesthetic known as the afrobubblegum movement, and sets the joyous tone for this rare look at first love between two women in Kenya. Banned in its home country of Kenya for its positive depiction of two young women in love, RAFIKI is a global call to action that proves a work of art does not have to be explicit in order to stir resist in the face of oppression.
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Reinventing Marvin

Dir. Anne Fontaine, France, 2017, 116 mins
Martin Clement is about to give the performance of his life: his life story, that is, in an autobiographical stage play. As a child, young Marvin Bijoux was bullied by homophobic classmates at school and misunderstood by his often-neglectful parents, making him feel like a lonely outsider in his small rural French village. But when a kind school principal guides him to join the drama club, Marvin discovers his gifts for play-acting the misery that surrounds him. When he qualifies to attend a theatrical school, Marvin acts the role of the brash straight stud until he meets an older mentor who encourages him to acknowledge his sexuality and to exorcise his pain by putting it all on the stage.

This sweeping drama from director and co-writer Anne Fontaine (THE INNOCENTS, COCO BEFORE CHANEL) captures a life in the theater, as we see timid young Marvin (Jules Porier) blossom into adult Martin (Finnegan Oldfield, NOCTURAMA) — with a little help along the way from Isabelle Huppert, playing herself. Fontaine masterfully spins a powerful yet subtly heartbreaking tale that reminds us that no matter how far we get from our upbringing, a piece of it remains with us always.
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Retablo

Dir. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, Peru/Germany/Norway, 2018, 95 mins
As his name suggests, fourteen year-old Segundo Paucar (Junior Behar) is his father Noé’s (Amiel Cayo) most devoted apprentice. Together, they craft intricate storyboxes—consisting of a cabinet, hand-painted figurines, and a lot of heart—for Peruvian families. Upon discovering his father with another man, Segundo struggles to accept his father’s delicate touch and its beautiful byproducts. With this award-winning debut feature, Alvaro Delgado Aparicio emphasizes his devotion to the touching and fraught power structure that afflicts fathers and sons. In RETABLO, patience in art and relationships might be tragically condemned by society, yet they are fiercely rewarded by family.
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Room to Grow

Dir. Matt Alber and Jon Garcia, USA, Canada, 2018, 87 mins
For many queer people, some of our toughest years were when we were teenagers living at home. Homophobic parents and school environments often made life unbearable. Now meet the next generation of queer youth, as they forge a path of love, with the support of their families. In the face of one of the harshest political climates, with homophobia and racism on the rise, these fearless teenagers are claiming their identities and taking the world by storm. ROOM TO GROW is an intimate look into what it means to be an LGBTQ teen today.
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Sidney & Friends

Dir. Tristan Aitchison, Scotland/Kenya, 2018, 75 mins
Six people from Nairobi share their candid reality of what it’s like to live as a targeted gender minority, in a region known for the prejudice and discrimination against its LGBTI population. When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi where he befriends an underground community. Documentarian Tristan Aichitson discovered this network of trans and intersex people fighting to survive on the edge of Kenyan society, and spent three years capturing their voices in interviews. These are their stories.
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Silvana

Dir. Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, and Christina Tsiobanelis, Sweden, 2017, 94 mins
Years before Hayley Kiyoko and King Princess refused to apologize for being out in love and art, Silvana Imam climbs Sweden’s charts as an openly lesbian creator and one of her country’s only female rappers. Born to Lithuanian and Syrian immigrants, Imam is furiously political and playfully queer, taking her country to task for its racism while spitting verses about lesbianism. Silvana is many films in one: a travel log, a tour diary, an experimental film, and a public service announcement on one of the European Union’s flawed superpowers.

Filmed from 2014 to 2016, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, and Christina Tsiobanelis’ portrait of the artist is an intimate time capsule of the feminist artist’s meteoric rise to superstardom and the early days of her relationship with a fellow musician, the Swedish pop star Beatrice Eli.
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Solace

Dir. Tchaiko Omawale, USA, 2018, 80 mins
A visually arresting debut from director Tchaiko Omawale, this dark and dangerous coming of age tale tackles themes of mental wellness while exploring the confusion of an adolescent crush. Recently orphaned teen Sole (Hope Olaide Wilson) is sent to live with her estranged relatives. Quickly becoming infatuated with the rebellious girl next door, Sole falls in with a crowd of queer misfits that light up her dark days. Emmy-winner Lynn Whitfield delivers a satisfying turn as deeply hypocritical Aunt Irene, and emerging artist Syd (of R&B group The Internet) will satisfy those with their finger on the pulse of music from the margins.
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The Carmilla Movie

Dir. Spencer Maybee, Canada, 2017, 94 mins
THE CARMILLA MOVIE picks up five years after the events of the award-winning global phenomenon digital series Carmilla. Laura (Elise Bauman) and former vampire Carmilla’s (Natasha Negovanlis) domestic bliss is interrupted by an unknown supernatural threat when Carm shows signs of re-vamping and Laura starts having ghostly dreams. Catch up on seasons 0-3 on YouTube and then join us to celebrate the power of the audience, as our favorite lesbian vampires are reunited in this fan-demanded feature film.
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The Heiresses

Dir. Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France, 2018, 98 mins
Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) are a middle aged lesbian couple living in present day Asunción, Paraguay. Descendants of Paraguayan aristocracy, the women have enjoyed a silver spoon lifestyle together for thirty years. When the couple is abruptly hit by financial hardship, they scramble to find work and auction off their respective heirlooms—silver spoons included—to stay afloat. When Chiquita is imprisoned for her fraudulent side hustle, Chela begins working as a taxi driver, gradually building new relationships and autonomy for the first time in her life. Each caged—one by a gutted lovenest, the other by razor wire—an irremediable distance grows between the two women.

Set in writer-director Marcelo Martinessi’s hometown, THE HEIRESSES embraces minimal dialogue, a twilight palette, and unconventional beauty to tell a melancholy yet satisfying story of new beginnings.
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The Marriage

Dir. Blerta Zeqiri, Kosovo/Albania, 2018, 97 mins
A decade after the bitter Kosovo war and unaware if her parents survived, Anita’s wedding plans with Bekim slowly come together—until his best friend comes back to town. Tensions grow, as a triangle of love, lust, and drunken nights spilling secrets form. Kosovo’s Oscar submission for Foreign Language category is a culturally infused drama about unforgettable partnerships an isolated society struggles to accept, giving a tiny glimpse of hope that embracing who you are should be the norm.
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The Skin of the Teeth

Dir. Matthew Wollin, USA, 2018, 80 mins
This sinister drama-thriller evokes the feel of a contemporary film noir, with a shades of GET OUT-meets-Grindr. When Josef arrives at John’s apartment for a date, their prickly energy slowly gives way to an unusual and genuine chemistry. But after Josef takes a pill with unclear effects, the night takes a shocking turn, and he is plunged into a surreal interrogation of just who and what he is. Pascal Arquimedes’ compelling lead performance keeps the viewer holding their breath from beginning to end.
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Three’s Company - Shorts Program

Enjoy the experience of polyamory without all the drama in this queer collection of threesomes. As relationships evolve, so must our art. And this collection of powerful films about modern dating is an example of how to use art to push back on societal norms and redefine the lives we want to live.

Triads
Dir. Matt McClelland, USA, 2018, 25 mins
Triads is the story of three gay men trying to find acceptance by looking beyond the normal confines of a relationship.

Between Walls
Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Colombia, 2017, 19 mins, Spanish with English subtitles
When Isabella, Mario, and Cristina meet in a motel room for a night of sex, it’s clear that each of them are there for very different reasons. Is it possible that strangers are the ones who know us best?

Threesome
Dir. Jessica King, USA, 2018, 3 mins
A queer couple negotiates whether or not to have a threesome in this quick and sexy short.

Girl Talk
Dir. Erica Rose, USA, 2018, 17 mins
A contemporary tale set in an urban, queer community that follows Mia as she explores emotional and physical intimacy.

Sell Your Body
Dir. Jaanelle Yee, USA, 2017, 12 min
A med school dropout in crippling student debt swipes a wild, kinky couple on a dating app to make some fast cash.

Cake
Dir. Anne Hu, USA, 2017, 10 min
A bi woman tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage with her husband by surprise ordering a female sex robot for them to share.


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Trans and Non-Binary Shorts

A blend of documentary and fiction films showing an inclusive array of protagonists facing personal obstacles and experiencing universal life lessons. These endearing films show us the humanity within our community and the various ways we can transcend gender.

Fran This Summer
Dir. Mary Evangelista, USA, 2018, 11 mins
Teenage lovebirds Francis and Angie spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

Disforia
Dir. Heidi Hartwig and Lio Mehiel, USA, 2018, 8 mins
This queer coming of age story presents two simultaneous realities that ultimately ask us to consider the burden of hidden identity and how we might make space for those different than ourselves.

Pre-Drink
Dir. Marc Antoine-Lemire, Canada, 2018, 23 mins, French with English subtitles
After deciding to have sex together for the first time, the events of an evening spent together push two best friends to the edge.

Muxes
Dir. Ivan Olita, Mexico, 2017, 10 mins, Spanish with English subtitles
Just outside Oaxaca, the local Zapotec people have made room for a third category: men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between the two genders.

I Am Mia
Dir. Matthias Salzburger, UK, 2018, 14 mins
A boxer struggles to stay focused on her next fight after shocking the world with news that she’s trans.

These Are My Hands
Dir. Evi Tsiligaridou, UK, 2018, 8 mins
A beautiful poem by radical British playwright Jo Clifford that brings to life the wounds, challenges, and victories within the very personal journey of transgender embodiment.

Nicky
Dir. Heath Daniels, USA, 2017, 2 mins
An artistic rebuttal to the expectations and disappointments of gender.

Something To Cry About
Dir. Jules Rosskam, USA, 2018, 12 mins
Three trans-masculine identified people articulate the difficulties of expressing intimacy between men, the complexities of desire, and the gift of a good cry.


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TransMilitary

Dir. Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, USA, 2017, 93 mins
At the risk of being discharged and losing their livelihoods, trans service members come out to top brass at the Pentagon to challenge the transgender military ban. From 2015 to the present day, we follow four trans service members—Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace, and First Lieutenant El Cook—as they fight to defend their equal right to serve their country.
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Tucked

Dir. Jamie Patterson, United Kingdom, 2018, 80 mins
When veteran drag queen Jackie Collins receives a diagnosis with six weeks left to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations, TUCKED marks the first queer film from prolific young British director Jamie Patterson.
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Two in the Bush

Dir. Laura Madalinski, USA, 2018, 97 mins
After losing her job, Emily arrives home early from work to find her girlfriend in the throes of passion with someone else. In an instant, her entire life is turned upside down. Moving in with her best friend, Emily lands a new gig working for a dominatrix, and promptly falls for her new boss, and her boss’s boyfriend. In this wise and witty look at the world of bisexuality, polyamory and dungeons, filmmaker Laura Madalinski asks us to consider what risks are worth taking for love.
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Wigged Out: Drag Shorts

In celebration of Emmy-winning show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and its tenth year of taking the untucked revolution to TV, we exalt the art of drag and the fearless queens who inspire and wow us with their jaw-dropping talents and vital stories on and off the runway. By turns hysterical and moving — and starring beloved queens such as Bob the Drag Queen and Latrice Royale — these films add up to one enormous eleganza extravaganza that will leave you gagged.

The Cocoa Fondue Show
Dir. Andrew Wyatt Arnold, USA, 2017, 16 mins
ALL ABOUT EVE meets drag extravaganza in this backstage comedy about rival starlets on the set of a new variety show.

Maxxx
Dir. Stevie Rappa and Nathaniel Vidal, USA, 2017, 9 mins
Drag King Maxxx Pleasure finds a home in the Brooklyn drag community, an eclectic group of artists playing freely with gender and identity.

Marabou
Dir. Tiffany J. Johnson, USA, 2017, 19 mins
With days to live, legendary drag queen Marabou Larrieux (Latrice Royale) reflects on her legacy during one last interview, leading up to her greatest confession of all.

Run(a)way Arab
Dir. Amrou Al-Kadhi, United Kingdom, 2017, 12 mins, English and Arabic with English subtitles
A drag queen delves into memories of his mother, exploring the ways in which he channels her onstage to keep their lost relationship alive.

Hoosier
Dir. Aaron Cook, USA, 2018, 15 mins
A celebration of queer life in small town Indiana.

Queen of Hearts
Dir. Lindsey Addawoo and Kyisha Williams, Canada, 12 mins
The true story of one person’s journey from a tortured childhood to a thriving adulthood in New York City.


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