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TWIST: The Seattle Queer Film Festival

TWIST: The Seattle Queer Film Festival

Thursday, 11 October 2018 until Sunday, 21 October 2018

Formerly known as The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.


Held annually in October since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.


 

2018 films...

THE HAPPY PRINCE

THE HAPPY PRINCE focuses on the last years of the life of the infamous poet, author, and playwright (Dorian Grey, The Importance of Being Earnest). Now suffering from the effects of two years of hard labor, poverty stricken, and alienated from his wife Constance (Emma Watson) and children, Wilde (Rupert Everett, who also directed) finds his way back to his playboy love Lord Alfred Douglas, better known as Bosie (Colin Morgan); his devoted former lover Robbie (Edwin Thomas); and loyal friend Reggie (Colin Firth).

SIDNEY & FRIENDS

Back by popular demand, the documentary SIDNEY & FRIENDS (Translations 2018) explores the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of Kenya’s intersex and transgender communities. When Sidney’s family disowns him and threatens his life, he flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends.

JUST FRIENDS

Yad (Majd Mardo), a Syrian medical student, leaves behind his life in Amsterdam to move back with his family in a small Dutch town. He settles for a temporary homecare job looking after an ebullient elderly woman, Ans (Jenny Arean), who slyly introduces him to her hunky grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski).


AUTHENTICITY: TRANS SHORTS

These trans shorts are a testament to living authentically, whether it’s running a dog-walking business, sitting by your grandmother’s bedside, applying for a passport, or starting a revolution.

REBELLIOUS ESSENCE (Uporni duh)

Ana Čigon; 2017; Slovenia; 5 min.

This kaleidoscopic animation follows a psychedelic genderfluid cat’s bureaucratic nightmare at the Ministry for Cat Affairs.

FIRST DAY

Julie Kalceff; 2017; Australia; 18 min.

It’s Hannah’s first day of high school—not to mention her first day in public as a girl.

DROPPING PENNY

Jed Bell; 2018; USA; 8 min.

Two trans dog walkers race to get a pup back to her alpha butch mom (Cheryl Dunye, WATERMELON WOMAN, TWIST 2016 retrospective) in this very queer comedy.

BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER

Courtney Hermann; 2017; USA; 15 min.

Ever want to go back in time to meet your previous self? Burton puts his truth before his fear in this portrait of transition, memory, and friendship.

TIME MARCHES ON AND SO DO WE

Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt; 2017; USA; 4 min.

Laverne Cox narrates an animated journey through trans history and resistance.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA!

Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel; 2017; USA; 14 min.

The story of extraordinary trans rights pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the Stonewall riots, is told with glitter, magical realism, and an eye for detail.

MATHIAS

Clara Stern; 2017; Austria; 30 min.; in German with English subtitles

Tough but claustrophobic, MATHIAS is an emotional roller-coaster ride through the eponymous character’s efforts to fit in.


KISS ME!

Océanerosemarie meets beautiful photographer Cécile (Alice Pol) and knows immediately that she is the love of her life. With the help of her eclectic group of friends, family, and past girlfriends—76 to be exact—she takes her best shot at winning Cécile’s heart, but her playful banter makes an unfavorable impression.

GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT

 “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” and, of course, “Freedom! ’90” are just a few highlights from George Michael’s career, cut short by his death at age 53. He created music that defined the ’80s and the ’90s, and this is his final gift to his fans.

LATTER-DAY GLORY

Why are LGBTQ teens in Utah ending their lives at such an alarming rate? Ignoring one Utah lawmaker’s explanation that the spike in youth suicide rates may be the result of his state’s high altitude, two gay ex-Mormons embark on a mission to expose the truth in this documentary.

LEITIS IN WAITING

From the team that brought us KUMU HINA (TWIST, Translations 2014) comes a story from Tonga, the last kingdom in the South Pacific. Leitis (Tongan for transwomen) have long been respected in the culture, but mainstream homophobia and transphobia have begun to infiltrate the island, threatening their livelihoods.


GIRLS SHORTS

When these gals throw a party, EVERYBODY’S invited. Tonight’s agenda includes sex, laughs, secrets, and love.

LESBEHONEST: I’LL BE ALL RIGHT

Jana Heaton; 2017; USA; 19 min.

The best way to get over those breakup blues is to get on the apps, throw yourself a party, and hook up with another woman... or two... or three...

FOXY TROT

Lisa Donato; 2018; USA; 15 min.

Learning to dance is hard enough without having to do it in front of a bunch of heterosexuals.

DIFFERENT (Je suis différent.e)

Ben Lemaire; 2017; France; 2 min.; in French with English subtitles

After coming out, Alix learns that it will get better with the help of her girlfriend Camille.

EASY ABBY (S02 E07): “THRUSH IS ALSO A BIRD”

Wendy Jo Carlton; 2017; USA; 9 min.

Things heat up when Abby hooks up with Alicia while her girlfriend is in Italy.

BOIHOOD

Rhea Bozzacchi; 2017; USA; 7 min.

As they’re getting ready for a party, Maggie gets some not-so-helpful advice from her friends about how to woo a girl. Butch, please!

GRACE AND BETTY

Zoe Lubeck; 2016; USA; 12 min.

On a surprise visit to Grandma Betty’s in this hilarious comedy of manners, Grace tries to keep her sexuality under wraps, but Grandma has secrets of her own.

MAKE OUT PARTY

Emily Esperanza; 2017; USA: 25 min.

Mary Woah is throwing a very special party, and all the cool kids are invited. Are you ready to make out?


EVERY ACT OF LIFE

Terrence McNally takes center stage in this dynamic portrait of the prolific and trailblazing playwright that covers six decades of his influential works. Featuring archive performances, celebrity interviews, and readings by friends and colleagues (including Nathan Lane, Rita Moreno, and Chita Rivera).


BOYS SHORTS

These gay short films include first love and last rites, and question the labels we often put on ourselves and others. (And at least one features Alfred Molina!)

SEX NOTES

Will Gordh; 2018; USA; 4 min.

Matt has just a few ideas for Dan to improve their sex life. OK, he has a lot of ideas.

KHOL (OPEN)

Faroukh Virani; 2018; USA; 12 min.

Vijay is forced to revisit family conflicts when he reluctantly returns home to attend his father’s funeral.

THE JEALOUS SEA

Reid Waterer; 2018; USA; 13 min.

Snapshots from a relationship torn apart by jealousy.

TEENAGE THREESOME (Scheideweg)

Arkadij Khaet; 2017; Germany; 4 min.; in German with English subtitles

A game of spin the bottle goes horribly...right?

THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING

Sherren Lee; 2017; Canada; 15 min.

A burn survivor and amputee goes on his first date in ten years.

PUSH PINK

Kai Tillman; 2017; USA; 9 min.

An investigation into how men pee.

SAM DID IT

Dominic Burgess; 2017; USA; 11 min.

Sam meets his celebrity crush in the worst possible way.

ROUTINE

Wes Akwuobi; 2017; USA; 6 min.

Newly out comedian Dwayne realizes that “gay” isn’t the only label he’s been assigned.

FEMME

Alden Peters; 2017; USA; 18 min.

Carson finds the strength to embrace the label many gay men fear the most.


FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS

Billie (Lisa Cordileone) is done putting up with her pointless job and sadistic boss (Alexandra Billings, Transparent). After telling everyone off, she breaks the news to her fiancée Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis), but after meeting a ragtag group of women who strike upon the idea of creating an app for freelancers like themselves, Billie lies to her about her “new job” to buy time until her start-up launches.

TUCKED

This 2018 LA Outfest audience winner for Best Narrative and grand jury winner for International Narrative Feature brings together an Odd Couple pairing of seasoned and brazen comedic elder drag queen Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) and naïve younger protégé Faith (Jordan Stephens).


QTPOC-POV SHORTS

QTPOC perspectives are showcased directly and on their own terms.

SWEET AND SOUR

Ann Sun; 2017; USA; 6 min.

Wei is having trouble telling his traditional Chinese mother about the man he loves. But at dinner, he finds out more than he ever knew.

MASKS

Mahaliyah Ayla O; 2018; USA; 22 min.

Saba and Maya are having a fun night out at a gay nightclub when a shooting occurs, after which Saba must grapple with being outed to her family. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short at Frameline.

I LIVE HERE

Shane Watson; 2017; USA; 18 min.

New to the Bay Area, Stevie is getting to know his two roommates, who are taking him around to their favorite gay spots. A misunderstanding involving the police changes their lives forever.

QUARE LIFE

M Shelly Conner; 2018; USA; 10 min.

Michelle thinks she is living the dream until her marriage proposal goes nowhere and her work is up in the air. At least her friends and family are there to save the day.

THE T

Bea Cordelia & Daniel Kyri; 2018; USA; 43 min.

Former lovers Jo (a white trans woman) and Carter (a queer black man) and their new friend Emerie (a Latina trans woman) navigate family, face challenges, and party together. Produced by Open Television, a platform for intersectional series.


KILL THE MONSTERS

Featuring stunning black-and-white photography, wickedly funny dialogue, lots of nudity and sex, and a premise that is literally one for the ages, KILL THE MONSTERS is a historical, absurdist delight.

MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT

This deeply personal and ambitious look into the legacy of classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift was painstakingly created by his nephew Robert, who also narrates. A treasure trove of hidden memorabilia and unearthed film and audio reels collected by Monty’s brother Brooks, along with interviews with his biographer, friends, and lovers, breathes much insight into this often misunderstood and fiercely independent man, who was insatiably committed to his craft.


ALL THE FEELS: FAMILY SHORTS

Families bring us joy and pain, comfort and anxiety. These shorts illustrate the emotional heights of family life—but also the depths, in which hope for reconciliation and love endures.

ARE WE GOOD PARENTS

Bola Ogun; 2017; USA; 9 min.

In this upbeat portrayal of parents who try (too?) hard, their daughter’s surprising announcement that her homecoming date is a boy has them questioning everything. 

HEATHER HAS 4 MOMS

Jeannette Buck; 2018; USA; 14 min.

It’s complicated: Heather’s moms divorced and remarried, so Heather now gets four awkward conversations about sex and four people who love her in this lighthearted story about modern family life.

CONCERN FOR WELFARE

Fadia Abboud; 2018; Australia; 12 min.; in English and Arabic with English subtitles

Ali is a Lebanese lesbian cop in Australia. Her biggest adversary is her brother—and a random dead guy.

MALIK

Nathan Carli; 2018; France; 15 min.; in French with English subtitles

In this thriller, Malik prepares to leave town with his lover without telling his family, but at the last minute, things go wrong.

WE LOVE MOSES

Dionne Edwards; 2016; UK; 15 min.

When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And discovered sex. This loving sketch of a sister’s relationship with her gay brother gives no easy answers.

THERE YOU ARE

Lisa Donato; 2018; USA; 16 min.

Jessica, a trans lesbian, journeys home, navigates mixed family reactions, and makes a final, life-changing connection with her grandmother in this artistic and thoughtful short.

SILVIA IN THE WAVES (Silvia dans les vagues)

Giovana Olmos; 2017; Canada; 13 min.; in French with English subtitles

Silvia’s son wants to honor her in the way she would have wanted, while her wife wants a regular burial.


BUILDING EMPATHY THROUGH INNOVATION: VIRTUAL REALITY STORYTELLING PANEL (Free Program)

AUTHENTICALLY US: STORIES FROM THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY introduces viewers to a diverse group of transgender and gender-diverse people using interactive virtual reality (VR). This project comes at a critical time in the fight for transgender equality.

BAO BAO

Married lesbians Cindy and Joanne (Emmie Rays and Huan-Ru Ke), Taiwanese expats in London, are expecting their first child with gay couple Charles and Tim (Yukihiko Kageyama and Li-Yun Tsai).

MORONI FOR PRESIDENT

Determined to make radical change on the reservation where he grew up—the largest in the United States and plagued with widespread poverty and a lack of basic resources—Moroni Benally, a young, gay, Mormon professor at the University of Washington, launches an impassioned campaign for president of the Navajo Nation.

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS

Category is…bucking realness! In the tradition of PARIS IS BURNING, this energetic, endearing documentary delves into “bucking,” from its origins at historically black colleges in the South, through its evolution at underground queer clubs. Candid conversations with the performers illustrate their dedication and the risks they take.

THE HEIRESSES

After her longtime partner Chiquita is sent to jail, middle-aged Chela (Ana Brun, winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival) decides to escape her reclusive lifestyle and become a taxi driver for her wealthy neighbors in Asunción.

MY BEST FRIEND

Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a quiet, bright teenager better at music than sports, lives in a small town at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia.

TRANSMILITARY

While the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military was lifted in 2016, given the current administration’s stance, the futures of these warriors (as well as an estimated 15,500 others) remain uncertain. This timely, powerful documentary debut won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

EVA + CANDELA

Candela directs films; Eva acts in them. Their love story unfolds in shifting time frames, from their initial passionate meeting on a film set through the ups and downs of their relationship.

1985

Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) shines in this compassionate drama set in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Adrian, a closeted gay man, returns to his conservative hometown for Christmas, weighed down with secrets and trauma.

KISS ME!

Océanerosemarie meets beautiful photographer Cécile (Alice Pol) and knows immediately that she is the love of her life. With the help of her eclectic group of friends, family, and past girlfriends—76 to be exact—she takes her best shot at winning Cécile’s heart, but her playful banter makes an unfavorable impression.

POSTCARDS FR0M LONDON

Travel to a strikingly refreshing, neon-drenched, ultra cool, imaginary version of London’s Soho in this not-so-usual rent boy story. Harris Dickinson (the sexy star of BEACH RATS in another riveting performance) stars as Jim, a newcomer to the high-end escorts known as the Raconteurs, who specialize in knowledge of literature and art.

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen—complete with juicy clips and stories—director Caroline Berler’s accomplished first documentary goes beyond Hollywood myth-making to show how women, lesbians, and people of color helped transform the queer imagination.


VIEWFINDER SHORTS

Perform, dress-up, and dance—these queers are ready to thrust their way to new heights in imaginative and fantastical ways.

TZANIZID (WAKE UP)

Beric Manywounds; 2017; Canada; 6 min.

Two-spirit performer and storyteller Beric Manywounds takes us on an intimate and enthralling dance experience.

LATE NIGHTS IN THE LAB

Clyde Petersen; 2018; USA; 3 min.

Hot for queer teacher at an experimental college, in song.

SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT

Daniel Moshe; 2018; Austria; 4 min.

Become entranced in a carnival of mysterious phenomena. Frogs, bunnies, beavers, oh my.

TALENT NIGHT AT AUSCHWITZ: BUNK FIVE

Max Rifkind-Barron; 2018; USA; 18 min.

This gripping short is a vignette of the imaginative song and dance a young boy uses to transcend trauma.

UNBOXED

Sam Matthews; 2018; Australia; 6 min.

This experimental dance short is a romantic account of gender diversity, with prose intersecting movement.

CROOK: “LAVENDER”

Matthew Kaundart; 2017; USA; 8 min.

A mesmerizing, poetic dance montage that explores gender, sexuality, and the pursuit of love.

POW (PISS OFF, WAR)

Werther Germondari & Maria Laura Spagnoli; 2018; Italy; 9 min.

The queer agenda stops for no one, and no war.

HEAVEN’S RAGE

Mark Crane; 2017; UK; 14 min.

A portrait of the power of escaping to imaginary worlds through literature.

DANCES

Ramon Watkins; 2018; Australia; 6 min.

Tinder conversations take shape in this evocative contemporary dance.

JUCK (THRUST)

Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert & Ulrika Bandeira; 2018; Sweden; 17 min.; in Swedish, with English subtitles

The positions of object and subject provoke, inspire, and break norms, asking “what is femininity?”


HARD PAINT

In this love story set in southern Brazil and punctuated with both genuine suspense and pure joy, socially awkward Pedro, traumatized by frequent bullying, finds relief only when he transforms into online adult webcam performer NeonBoy.


BLANKET FORT FILMS PRESENTS APERTURE (Free Program)

The student showcase for graduates of the Blanket Fort Films Motion Picture Program. An eclectic mix of the shocking, sad, and funny moments of Queer life from a variety of perspectives, Aperture breathes new life into local Queer cinema. Program includes:

BAD THEOLOGY (Samira Shifteh),  

MANHUNTER (Deva Smith),

I KNOW HOW YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE (L Fried & Yeni Sleidi),

MOTHER TONGUE (Yeni Sleidi).


HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY (Free Program)

Are you new to transgender concepts? Want to learn how to be a good ally? Join us for BEAUTY, a heartwarming documentary short about trans youth and their parents, and then stick around for a discussion with representatives from Gender Diversity.


CHANCE ENCOUNTERS SHORTS

A one-night stand, love (and lust) at first sight, and that moment when you realize you’ve finally met “the one” are just some of the things that could happen when you have a chance encounter.

SET ME AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART

Omer Tobi; 2017; Israel; 13 min.; in Hebrew with English subtitles

A chance encounter at the bathhouse turns into a lesson in love.

PRE-DRINK

Marc-Antoine Lemire; 2017; Canada; 23 min.; in French with English subtitles

Alexe, a trans woman, and Carl, a gay man, have been best friends forever. What happens to that friendship when they unexpectedly end up in bed together?

VERTICAL LINES

Kyle Reaume; 2018; Canada; 15 min.

New couple Dave and Andrew reach another level of closeness in their relationship when secrets are revealed.

BROKEN SUNFLOWER HEARTS

Miguel Angel Caballero; 2018; USA; 14 min.

Sometimes love isn’t enough and some things are not meant to be.

PHOTOMATON

Roberto Fiesco; 2018; Mexico; 6 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

On a cloudy day, two construction workers make a connection in a photo booth.

DARÍO

Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil; 2018; Colombia; 15 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

17-year-old Darío just wants to dance in Carnaval, but his conservative mom won’t allow it.


MONTANA

After her grandfather’s death and a 15-year absence, Efi (Noa Biron) returns to her family in the picturesque Mediterranean coastal town of Acre, where she begins a torrid affair with Karen, the sultry, married mother of two who now lives in Efi’s childhood home.


IN THE DARK SHORTS

After the sun sets, our darkest impulses come out to play.

SELL YOUR BODY

Jaanelle Yee; 2017; USA; 11 min.

In this darkly comic update of a classic urban legend, a medical school dropout learns just how far she’s prepared to go to keep herself afloat.

FISH TANK

Neal Mulani; 2017; USA; 6 min.

A young virgin may be in over his head when an older man invites him over to play.

SHADOW ANIMALS (Skuggdjur)

Jerry Carlsson; 2017; Sweden; 21 min.; in Swedish with English subtitles

Shadows lurk outside a safe space where ritualistic behavior keeps evil at bay.

INSTINCT

Maria Alice Arida; 2017; USA; 19 min.

A lonely gallery owner and a young performance artist seduce each other at the opening of an art show. There will be blood.

ROLE PLAY

Sara Sahin; 2018; USA; 19 min.

Two strangers meet in a hotel room for a night of erotic power play that goes too far when reality and infidelity invade their fantasy.

DISFORIA

Lio Mehiel & Heidi Hartwig; 2018; USA; 8 min.

When Jack returns home for Christmas and finds his family has abandoned their homestead, he is forced to confront the fear of isolation that comes from living our true selves.

CONTACT

Teal Greyhavens; 2017; USA; 13 min.

Two lovers have a tryst on a lush green hillside before everything goes wrong.


SORRY ANGEL

Acclaimed openly gay French filmmaker Christophe Honoré details the complicated love story of two men who come from distinctly different places, both geographically and emotionally.

L'ANIMALE

Mati (Sophie Stockinger) and her band of close male friends rule the neighborhood on their motocross bikes, wreaking havoc wherever they go. But unexpectedly, her best pal Sebi (Jack Hofer) falls in love with her—and her enemy Carla (Julia Franz Richter) turns into something new.

RIOT

Jeffrey Walker’s RIOT is a fictional re-telling of the true story of Australia’s gay rights movement in the 1970s, it chronicles the creation of Sydney’s LGBT Mardi Gras—but more importantly, illustrating why it was needed and vividly bringing to life those passionate individuals who were unwavering in their fight for recognition and equality.

VENUS 

“I’m his father...mother… I’m working that part out.” While transitioning to female and trying to live up to her Indian family’s cultural expectations, Sid discovers she is the father of a teenage son.

BIXA TRAVESTY

Passionate, provocative, and extremely unapologetic, Linn da Quebrada electrifies the stage with daring performances of resistance against heteronormativity and machismo—complete with extravagant costumes and lots of twerking.

MARIO

Determined and skilled soccer player Mario (Max Hubacher) has been working for this moment his entire life—he’s being scouted by major European soccer teams. When he is paired with the equally talented Leon (Aaron Altaras) to increase their viability,  a friendship begins that quickly includes something more: a stolen kiss, a long embrace.

TUCKED

This 2018 LA Outfest audience winner for Best Narrative and grand jury winner for International Narrative Feature brings together an Odd Couple pairing of seasoned and brazen comedic elder drag queen Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) and naïve younger protégé Faith (Jordan Stephens).

CANARY (Kanarie)

At the height of apartheid, Johan (comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout), a small-town army draftee with an affinity for Depeche Mode and Boy George, joins the South African military’s traveling glee club—the “Canaries”—for his compulsory two-year service.

THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR

Did you know that The Advocate proclaimed 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans? That year, anti-transgender laws known as “bathroom bills” were on the ballot in our very own state, throwing the safety of the transgender community—and public ignorance surrounding their identities—into the spotlight and into the voting booth.


TRACING DESIRE SHORTS

Desires rise to the surface in this eclectic collection of provocative and at times explicit queer short films from around the world.

MARGUERITE

Marianne Farley; 2017; Canada; 19 min.; in French with English subtitles

A diabetic woman in her seventies learns to make peace with herself and her repressed sexuality after befriending her caretaker.

JUST PAST NOON ON A TUESDAY

Travis Mathews; 2018; Brazil/USA; 22 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

A young man spends a sex- and drug-fueled afternoon with a friend of his deceased lover.

FIG TREE

Ana Quintanilla; 2018; USA; 5 min.; no dialogue

Haunted by memory and loss, a young woman is confronted by the apparition of her past lover.

LATIFUNDIUM (Latifúndio)

Érica Sarmet; 2017; Brazil; 11 min.; in Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles

Experimental queer porn that expands our notions of body, its desires, and its limitless forms.

DRESSED FOR PLEASURE (Je fais où tu me dis)

Marie de Maricourt; 2017; Switzerland; 17 min.; in French with English subtitles

Twentysomething and disabled, Sarah lives with her cold parents, filling her mind with kinky fantasies, until the new housekeeper helps her realize her own burgeoning sexuality.

ISLANDS (Les îles)

Yann Gonzalez; 2017; France; 24 min.; in French with English subtitles

Characters intertwine in this hauntingly erotic, dreamlike exploration of love and desire. Winner of the Queer Palm Best Short Film Award at Cannes Film Festival


SHAKEDOWN

Leave your inhibitions at the door as the queens of SHAKEDOWN break it down for you in this festival circuit favorite. For 15 years, LA’s underground nightclub Shakedown created a haven for African-American lesbians to worship at the altar of Egypt, Jazmyne, and a team of gorgeous dancers assembled by founder Ronnie Ron.


#20GAYTEEN SHORTS

Whether you’re in the city or the country, whether you’re rich or poor, we all share the experience of growing up queer.

SHARE

Barna Szász & Ellie Wen; 2018; USA; 13 min.

Tim, an 18-year-old Instagram influencer with thousands of followers, still struggles to come out to his family.

POP ROX

Nate Trinrud; 2017; USA; 14 min.

On the night that Jesse is going to reveal her crush to her best friend Roxanne, a new girl crashes their party.

SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX (Anders)

Reinout Hellenthal; 2017; Netherlands; 19 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles

On the surface, Alex is just another surly, mopey teenager. Inside, his true identity is primed to explode.

KICK THE CAN (Tarro)

Andrés E. Losada; 2017; Colombia; 5 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

In this nostalgic short about the brink of manhood, summer games satiate forbidden desires.

BEAUTY

Christina Willings; 2018; Canada; 24 min.

Trans youth and parents talk about their real-life experiences in this bubbly documentary.

MAYBE

Kat Cole; 2018; USA; 10 min.

Lauren, a young Filipino-American in Honolulu, is fascinated by the queer group of friends she sees on a walk along the seawall.

CANDACE

Emma Weinstein; 2017; USA; 9 min.

At the end of high school, best friends Candace and Charlie find it hard to say goodbye before they go off to college.


MAPPLETHORPE

Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of New York’s underground gay male BDSM scene, male nudes, female bodybuilders, and bound-up penises helped fuel the notorious culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s.

WHITE RABBIT

Vivian Bang (YES MAN, Sullivan & Sons) delivers an extraordinary performance as Sophia, a Korean-American performance artist living in LA and struggling with her recent breakup. When she meets free-spirited photographer Victoria (Nana Ghana), she discovers a strong connection developing.

DRAG ROAST OF HEKLINA

Enjoy or flee this filmed insanity, where the queens are bringing down The Queen herself. Starring Heklina aka Stefan Grygelko, founder of San Francisco’s infamous drag show Mother (formerly known as Trannyshack), this roast is a no-holds-barred catfight.

TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY

After a painful breakup and sudden unemployment, bisexual Emily is looking for a new life. She moves in with her best friend Rosa and finds a job working for a local dominatrix, the very hot Nikki. Not only is Nikki a curiosity but so is her boyfriend Ben, and it dawns on Emily that she wants to date both of them.

THE GENTLEMAN BANK ROBBER

Imprisoned for petty theft, rita “bo” brown was radicalized in prison. Once released, she robbed banks in Seattle as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a Pacific Northwest underground revolutionary group, evading capture by being continually misidentified as a man.


SATURGAY MORNING CARTOONS

Get your jammies on and pour yourself some Froot Loops for this adult-oriented collection of animated shorts that will entertain and inspire.

BUTTON OUT!

Kathleen Mullen; 2018; Canada; 4 min.

The history of the LGBT movement, as told by activists.

FLASH FLOOD

Alli MacKay; 2017; Canada; 6 min.

Thoughts on the transgender experience—from those who know it firsthand.

MANIVALD

Chintis Lundgren; 2017; Estonia/Canada; 13 min.

A fox finds a new family.

TRIGGER HAPPY

Anne T. Hanson & Wendy Jo Carlton; 2018; USA; 3 min.

A young voter is forced to consider the discriminatory political agenda behind making America GREAT!

I LIKE GIRLS

Diane Obomsawin; 2016; Canada; 8 min.

The origins of love.

TAILOR

Calí dos Anjos; 2017; Brazil; 10 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

Trans and genderqueer people rise to the challenges they encounter in society.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JACKIE SHANE?

Sonya Reynolds & Lauren Hortie; 2014; Canada; 9 min.

The story of a gender revolutionary in 1960s Toronto nightlife.

STEPS TO BALANCE 1-5

Molly Garrett; 2017; USA; 3 min.

A “Take On Me” take on bodies and motion.

EXPIRATION DATE

Shwenn Shunya Chang; 2017; USA; 5 min.

Love seen through a refracted lens.

THE PHANTASMAGORIA OF OFFENSE: THE MALE VERSION

Jess Irish; 2018; USA; 7 min.

A brief history of the queer art movement.

OPEN RECESS

Amy Jingyi Xu; 2016; USA/Canada; 3 min.

First love on the playground.

SPARK

Aharonit Elior; 2017; USA; 6 min.

A spark ignites a new flame and a new relationship.

REACH THE SKY

Daniel Sterlin-Altman; 2018; USA; 6 min.

Finally, a gay fantasia that we can all “be-weave” in.


EVENING SHADOWS

A mother’s love for her son is the glue that holds this moving family drama together, despite strict social mores and a bigoted father that threaten to tear them apart after Kartik is pressured into coming out.

STROWLERS

In this open-source series filmed in Seattle, magic is real—and it’s getting stronger. Some fear it; others risk their lives for it. Our heroine Whit enlists the help of “strowlers” (who want to keep magic free) to protect a charmed young girl. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Amanda is developing a magic-hunting device for the government! Can true love survive such unlikely circumstances?

ROOM TO GROW

ROOM TO GROW is a refreshingly positive documentary about LGBTQ youth during some of the most formative years of their lives. Being a teenager can be exciting, awkward, and stressful, but even so, these queer teens are undaunted, surviving, and thriving.

PATERNAL RITES

Part road movie, part experimental animation, part found-footage collage, PATERNAL RITES takes its inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and filmmakers such as Jenni Olson and Marlon Riggs to deeply explore the American family and its false dreams of normalcy.

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK

Stunning cinematography highlights the beauty of rural Texas, where college students Maya and her girlfriend Jules are trying to figure out where their lives are headed. After a rave and a devastating car accident, Maya’s life is forever changed when she meets Freddy, an older, closeted gay man, and an unlikely friendship is formed through this stranger’s simple act of kindness.

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS

The Imperial Council, founded in San Francisco in 1965, is one of the oldest, most influential LGBTQ organizations in the world, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and shaping gay culture. Unfortunately, most LGBTQ people are unaware of these brave men and women, including Imperial Council founder, activist and performer José Sarria, who fought for the rights they enjoy today.

SODOM

Two men stumble upon each other after dark in this intimate and sensual drama about courage and shame from different generational perspectives. Will, an aspiring soccer player young enough to have grown up in a time of tolerance, is handcuffed naked to a street lamp, whereupon fortysomething Michael, a strikingly handsome but damaged former pianist, rescues him.

ANCHOR AND HOPE

Living on a riverboat on London’s picturesque Regent’s Canal, a bohemian lesbian couple—boat remodeler Kat (Natalia Tena of the HARRY POTTER series) and part-time salsa instructor Eva (Oona Chaplin of Game of Thrones)—find themselves on a bittersweet journey of love when they decide to start a family.

THE COMING BACK OUT BALL

Go down under in this grand tribute to LGBTQI seniors as they are invited to a celebratory ball in their honor during the contentious marriage equality debate in Australia. Often forced back into the closet in care facilities—or simply assumed to be heterosexual after they turn grey—this cast of wildly colorful characters share their fascinating life stories with insight and humor.

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS

There’s no business like show business in this extravagant sequel to WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL. Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE, EATING OUT) revives all the camp and whimsy of his prior films, showcasing starving actors (returning WAITING stars Jeffrey A. Johns, Adam Muss, and Lee Meriwether, as well as Joe Abraham) still trying to hit it big and make the leap from The Café Broadway Times Square to Broadway.

RAFIKI

This remarkable achievement by director Wanuri Kahiu—the first LGBTQ Kenyan film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section)—received a 10-minute standing ovation but has been banned in Kenya for its “clear intent to promote lesbianism.” Closing our festival with a moving, sexy, and unapologetically queer film about fighting for love is a reminder that our work continues. Through Kena and Ziki’s strength, we find the hope we need so much today.


 

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