Film is a dynamic medium with the power to educate, inspire, intrigue and bring people together. PQFF has been bringing provocative and entertaining queer cinema to Portland for nearly two decades.
Director Yen Tan will appear live via Skype
1985 follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
This Victorian dramedy re-imagines the personal life of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. It destabilizes the widely held perception that she was a reclusive spinster by showcasing her “hidden persona”: a lively and comedic personality who was romantically involved with her best friend/sister-in-law. Starring Molly Shannon and Susan Ziegler and directed by Madeleine Olnek.
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS
Leevi returns from university in Paris to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering and getting to know one another during the Finnish summer.
THE VERY BEST OF HUMP!
Each year HUMP! titillates audiences with the finest selection of amateur porn short films around in their annual festival. The Very Best of HUMP! is a collection of featured shorts spanning the last 10 years of the festival, 2008 to 2017.
ANCHOR AND HOPE
In their mid-30s, Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat’s (Natalia Tena) humble, yet carefree, lifestyle in their London canal boat gets turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end the bohemian lifestyle she’s always envisaged with Eva. When Kat’s best friend, Roger (David Verdaguer), drops in from Barcelona to party with the ladies, however, the three of them toy around with the idea of creating a baby together.
CALL HER GANDA
Director PJ Raval in attendance
When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case – Virgie Suarez – an activist attorney, Meredith Talusan – a transgender journalist, and Julita Nanay – Jennifer’s mother – galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.
MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT
Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift’s legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges. Directors Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon delve into a rich archive of materials left behind by Montgomery Clift and his brother Brooks, wrestling with questions of family, legacy, representation and who ultimately gets to say what a person’s life is allowed to mean.
ROOM TO GROW
Director Jon Garcia and subjects in attendance
Documentary chronicling the lives and stories of seven LGBTQ+ teens and families in cities across the country including Portland, offering an up-close and intimate glimpse into their daily lives as they endeavor to find an identity that fits and a place in their communities.
The first feature-length drama about AIDS, Buddies has long been unavailable. But is now re-issued in this new 2K digital restoration. Arthur J. Bressan Jr. created this gay indie masterpiece in 1985. When 25-year-old David volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, Robert, a 32-year-old who has been abandoned by his friends and lovers. Buddies happens within Robert’s Manhattan hospital room; we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Bressan and Buddies achieve a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.
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, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.
Approximately 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. Transmilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.
Freelancers Anonymous is a quick-paced comedy feature about a group of women who come together to launch a tech start-up company. The story follows Billie who, on impulse, quits her soul-sucking office job and is left to figure out “now what?” She meets a ragtag group of women who are also looking for employment, and is struck with the idea of cultivating their skills to create an app for freelancers.
When veteran drag queen Jackie Collins receives a diagnosis with six weeks 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.
ALONE IN THE GAME
Sports continues to be an unsettling environment for many LGBTQ people on and off the field. Homophobia, transphobia, and a culture of secrecy strongly persist in American sports, often seen as the final frontier for LGBTQ equality. Alone in the Game is a powerful documentary that enters into the old boys’ club world of sport and examines this major dilemma.
Celebrity chef Erasmus (Steve Coogan) and his partner Paul (Paul Rudd) have a happy and rather self-indulgent life together. Their perfect existence is turned upside down when, at a dinner party, Erasmus is confronted by the grandson he never knew he had. With the child’s father in prison it seems he has nowhere else to go and so, after much debate they decide to take him in.