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Reeling Filmfest

Reeling Filmfest

The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Thursday, 20 September 2018 until Thursday, 27 September 2018

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind in the U.S. and prides itself on showcasing the best lesbian and gay films and videos from around the world. From international feature films to social issue documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrates the rich diversity of work being produced. The festival is not only one of the most important cultural events for Chicago audiences, it also attracts many people from throughout the Midwest who consider the festival to be the highlight of their cinematic year.


 

2018 Films…


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1985

YEN TAN / features / USA / 2018 / 81 mins

In this bittersweet, deeply human drama from award-winning writer-director Yen Tan (PIT STOP; CIAO), Manhattan transplant Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM; CAROL) returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis, hiding both his HIV status and his sexuality from his religious conservative mother (Virginia Madsen, SIDEWAYS) and father (Michael Chiklis, THE SHIELD). Adrian reconnects with his younger brother, who may be questioning his own budding sexuality, and his estranged childhood pal and onetime girlfriend (Jamie Chung), while struggling with whether to reveal his true nature and health challenges.


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49

Brock Yurich / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 10 mins

Based on the events of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in June 2016, four strangers reeling from a large scale attack must come together and help one another heal through love, acceptance, and understanding.


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Ablution

Omar Al Dakheel / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins

The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.


Adonis

SCUD / features / Hong Kong / 2017 / 97 mins

North American Premiere! Renowned for his erotically outrageous films (VOYAGE; UTOPIANS; AMPHETAMINE), Scud pushes the envelope even further with ADONIS, his seventh feature. It’s the story of Yang Ke (Adonis He Fei), an actor with the Beijing Opera, whose dreams of stardom are fading now that he’s pushing 30. When he loses his job and is down on his luck, he finds himself answering ads for “nude outdoor model” gigs and soon ends up participating in what will become his ticket to infamy: a gay porn film that becomes a sensation in the underground. As Ke descends further and further into a world of hedonism as a hotly desired sex worker, he finds himself increasingly emotionally detached. When Ke accepts the invitation of a mysterious, masked client (played by gay porn star Eric East) on his 30th birthday, even he might have found his limits. Filled with the mind blowing visuals and ultra-sexy cast director Scud is renowned for, ADONIS may well be his most provocative film. Contains graphic visual content; viewer discretion advised.


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Alaska is a Drag

SHAZ BENNETT / features / USA / 2017 / 88 mins

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo (Martin L. Washington, Jr.) is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska dreaming of drag superstardom. To escape the monotony of fish guts, Leo and his twin sister hang out at the town’s only gay bar owned by their surly surrogate mom (a hilarious Margaret Cho). Out of necessity, Leo’s learned to defend himself and his fighting skills catch the eye of his cannery boss (Jason Scott Lee), who offers to train him. When Declan (Matt Dallas), the buff new guy in town and the object of Leo’s erotic yearnings, offers to be his sparring partner, Leo has a choice to make – drag, boxing or both? This offbeat dramedy from writer-director Shaz Bennett is the essence of a fish out of water story – literally.


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Analysis Paralysis

JASON T. GAFFNEY / features / USA / 2018 / 91 mins

WORLD PREMIERE! Tyler (co-writer/director Gaffney) seems like the perfect catch. He’s smart, funny and adorably hunky, but he suffers from an unusual anxiety disorder – analysis paralysis, which makes him incapable of taking action without imagining the multiple ways that each possible choice could go wrong. At the behest of his therapist, Tyler fights the disorder by asking out his dreamy neighbor Shane (Kevin Held). Despite the odds (visualized with a multitude of hilarious fantasies), the romance flourishes until Tyler’s affliction comes up against a stumbling block that might finally be too much for the couple: Shane’s rigidly stern parents. You won’t have to fight your resistance to this delightful romantic comedy.


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Anchor and Hope

CARLOS MARQUES-MARCET / features / Spain / 2017 / 112 mins

Eva (Oona Chaplin, GAME OF THRONES; BLACK MIRROR) and Kat (Natalia Tena, HARRY POTTER’S Nymphadora Tonks) live a carefree lifestyle aboard their London canal boat until Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end their bohemian existence, but when her best friend Roger (David Verdaguer) visits from Barcelona and offers to be the sperm donor, the three independent spirits decide to go for a more traditional life. As Eva revels in her pregnancy and Roger fantasizes about his role in this new family, Kat feels like a third wheel, and suddenly what was meant to enrich their lives threatens to pull them apart. This amicable, eccentric romantic drama features a wonderful supporting performance from acting legend Geraldine Chaplin (Oona’s real life mother) as Eva’s no-nonsense mom.


AU

Nicole Allan / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins

When Syd fears her twin sister will abandon her for a new girlfriend, she uses her scientific invention, a portal to another universe, to finally take control of her life. But will she go too far for her sister?


Battle Cry

Kyle Reaume / Shorts / Canada / 2018 / 14 mins

Toronto's most cerebral drag queen and "tragicomedienne" Pearle Harbour aka Justin Miller prepares to take the stage for his new show "Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety" at Buddies In Bad Times – the oldest-running queer theater in the world.


Being Okey

Nina Oppliger, Nadia Lanfranchi & Corinne Pfister / Shorts / Switzerland / 2017 / 34 mins

Eleven years ago, a mob tried to kill Okey and his partner in their hometown in Nigeria, where homosexuality is a crime. They narrowly escape death and flee to Switzerland as asylum seekers – only to be caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life.


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Besties

Tom Gelo / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins

The first episode in a new web series that discusses everything from gay stereotypes, being a gay actor, PreP, poppers and Grindr to the importance of having a platonic soulmate to help get you through the day.


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Between Here and Now

Jannik Splidsboel / Shorts / Denmark / 2018 / 22 mins

Tony, an Italian man on holiday, meets Oscar in a Copenhagen bar. What seems like a one-night stand becomes more complicated and the two men form a fragile friendship based on mutual loneliness.


Bob the Drag Queen Talks Sex

Brian Emerick / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins

Bob the Drag Queen, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Winner, discusses condom use, sexual health disparities for gay Latino and African-American men, slut shaming, and more!


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Bobbi and Sheelagh

Barb Taylor / Shorts / Canada / 2018 / 12 mins

Bobbi meets a mythological creature whose ancient battle for acceptance helps Bobbi overcome her own fear of being a lesbian. This animated short was created in a traditional method with thousands of hand painted cells and pencil crayon backgrounds. Featuring Canadian actor Nisha Ahuja and Irish actor Mel Bradley.


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BROTHERS

Emmett Jack Lundberg & Sheyam Ghieth / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins

BROTHERS is a new web series that offers an intimate look at the everyday lives of a group of four trans masc friends living in Brooklyn, NY.


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Buddies

ARTHUR J. BRESSAN, JR. / features / USA / 1985 / 81 mins

When timid 25-year-old New Yorker David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32-year-old gay activist from California who has been abandoned by his friends and lovers. With each subsequent visit to his hospital room, the growing bond between the two men unfolds as Robert recalls his life as a handsome, confident and pioneering gay activist to David, who records his thoughts about their visits in a journal. This early queer cinema classic, the first dramatic feature film about AIDS, has long been unavailable and will be shown in a new digital restoration. Reeling’s connection to Buddies couldn’t be more personal: it played on opening night of the festival in 1985 to a sold-out crowd at the Music Box with director Bressan in attendance.


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Burton Before and After

Courtney Hermann / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins

Fifteen years after Burton began his gender-affirming transition, his longtime friend Courtney calls him up with news that she has uncovered a cache of home video footage from that time period.


Call Her Ganda

PJ RAVAL / features / Phillipines, USA / 2018 / 98 mins

When Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina and alleged sex worker, is found dead in a motel room, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Pemberton solicited Jennifer at a disco while on liberty leave, brutally murdering her when he discovered she was transgender. Amidst a media storm and police inquiry, three women intimately invested in the case pursue justice – an activist attorney, a transgender investigative journalist, and Jennifer’s mother – taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperial rule that have allowed previous American perpetrators in the Philippines to evade consequences. Part human interest story, part investigative exposé, the Hollywood Reporter calls CALL ME GANDA “As suspenseful as it is moving.”


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Canary (Kanarie)

CHRISTIAAN OLWAGEN / features / South Africa / 2018 / 122 mins

Seventeen-year-old Johan is a small-town boy whose love for Boy George and Depeche Mode makes him an easy target for bullying from the neighborhood kids. When he gets drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan is accepted into the Kanaries, the military’s traveling choir. Johan’s innate musical gifts are embraced by his fellow misfits, but as the tour continues, his eyes are opened to the oppression and injustice around him. At the same time, his long-repressed sexual identity, heightened by an illicit affair with one of his fellow songbirds, threatens to push him into the danger zone. Set in the mid-80s, this dramedy with vibrant musical numbers artfully explores issues of sexuality, patriotism, and the power of individuality – all set to a throbbing new wave beat.


Christabel

ALEX LEVY-HELLER / features / Brazil / 2017 / 112 mins

Deep in the vast tropical savannah of Brazil’s Cerrado region, Christabel, the only daughter of a rural farmer, finds a woman late one night in the forest who says she's been attacked by men. Christabel offers her shelter in the home she shares with her father. Enthralled by the mysterious Geraldine’s independent spirit, the tenderhearted Christabel soon finds herself falling under the older woman’s sultry spell. Geraldine claims to be the daughter of one of Christabel’s father’s sworn enemies and urges him to journey to meet her father and reconcile. Once alone, the seductive tension between the two women builds to a passionate encounter that Christabel has secretly desired, but Geraldine’s motives may be less than pure. This moody, erotic film, a sensual melding of gothic romance and the supernatural, was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s legendary poem.


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Cocoa Fondue Show, The

Andrew Wyatt Arnold / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 16 mins

Budding starlet Cocoa Fondue prepares to shoot the pilot of her very own variety show! Featuring Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Manila Luzon, Vivian Rubio, and Anita Procedure.


Conversations With Gay Elders: Kerby Lauderdale

DAVID WEISSMAN / features / USA / 2017 / 69 mins

With astonishing detail, honest insight, and unadorned poignancy, Kerby Lauderdale, a man in his late 70s, recounts the major events that shaped his life and identity as a gay man, in this intimate filmed conversation with David Weissman, the acclaimed director of the award-winning documentaries WE WERE HERE and THE COCKETTES. Weissman leads Lauderdale through a fascinating tour of this “regular guy’s” life – from his vivid recollections of his sexual awakening, through a first college romance, to a lengthy marriage to a woman, and an eventual coming out that led him to a 14-year partnership with a man during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Lauderdale is expressive, sincere and deeply touching as he recalls his journey to wholeness. The film is an installment of Weissman’s ongoing intergenerational oral history documentary series.


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Country Noise

LISA MILLER / features / Germany / 2017 / 102 mins

After years of indulging in the cosmopolitan high life of Berlin, Toni finds herself broke and in a 20-something crisis. She decides to return to Bubenhausen, the small town she once called home. Saddled with a sullen father and a conservative, prejudiced mother, not to mention a dead-end gig as an intern for a local newspaper, life is anything but a cabaret for Toni. “Hip” is not the word for Bubenhausen, but things look up when the pink-haired Toni is assigned to cover the local Carnival celebration and she reconnects with her childhood friend, the fun-loving, lip-pierced, trombone player, Rosa. These two kindred spirits do their best to shake up humdrum Bubenhausen – but Rosa’s crush on the proudly gender-fluid Toni may or may not be reciprocated – and it might finally be time for her to grow up. Miller’s liberating, raucous comedy was an official entry of the Berlin International Film Festival.


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Daddy Issues

AMARA CASH / features / USA / 2018 / 86 mins

Maya Mitchell (Madison Lawlor) is a talented queer artist on the verge of a first love that is more complicated than anything she could ever imagine. She spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the alluring Jasmine Jones (Montana Manning), an aspiring designer who is in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with Simon Craw (Andrew Pifko), a neurotic sugar daddy. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, they begin a romantic relationship that provides Maya her every dream of first love and gives Jasmine the creative inspiration she needs to jump start her career. It's all gumdrops and fairytales until a bizarre love triangle soon emerges – thanks to those pesky daddy issues. Cash’s visually eye-popping, wildly offbeat tale of a twisted relationship has been described as being the lovechild of Wes Anderson and David Lynch.


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Dario

Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil / Shorts / Colombia, Germany / 2018 / 15 mins

A 17-year-old boy from Barranquilla, Colombia, loves to dance in a carnival dancing group, but does so in secret in order to avoid his mother's judgment and disapproval.


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Decolonizing Sexuality: San Francisco’s Two Spirit Powwow

Matika Wilbur / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 4 mins

Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has been traveling for the past five years photographing Indian Country in the pursuit of one goal: To Change the Way We See Native Americans.


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Deviant

Benjamin Howard / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 10 mins

In the early 1960s, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electrotherapeutic conversion therapy.


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Devil’s Path

MATTHEW MONTGOMERY / features / USA / 2018 / 86 mins

In the early ‘90s, two strangers, Noah (Stephen Twardokus) and Patrick (JD Scalzo) meet in a wilderness park where gay men cruise for sex. What seems like a random encounter quickly descends into a horrific nightmare. With recent disappearances and attacks, the two men soon find themselves on the run, drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse. As they flee further into the woods they begin to understand that the greatest danger may be closer than either of them realizes. Will these strangers be able to work together to survive or will their own secrets and lies lead them to be the next two victims? Gay indie acting fave Montgomery (PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER; SOCKET; FINDING MR. WRIGHT) makes his directorial debut with this creepy, sexy thriller that will have you guessing until the last moment.


Don’t F*ck With England

Rocket Ear / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 3 mins

DON'T F*CK WITH ENGLAND is a love story of words, whips, fries, and chips.


Duality

VISHAL VASANT AHIRE / Shorts / India / 2017 / 15 mins

Rajjo, a member of the Hijra (intersex/transgender) community in India develops a crush on a girl but realizes that neither his community nor the world at large completely approve of his existence. (Warning: attempted sexual assault - multiple perpetrators, violence)


Duplicity

Nathan Miller / Shorts / United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 mins

On one night, in the same apartment, two dates take place. One is between Rose and her boyfriend. The other is supposed to be between Rose's sister Lily and a new romantic interest of hers. But Lily decides to stir up trouble – it's just supposed to be a bit of fun, but Rose soon finds herself on the precipice of betrayal.


Dylan Dylan

Sylvain Coisne / Shorts / France / 2017 / 16 mins

Dylan, the foster son of Yanis and Hugo, passed away a few months ago. The men struggle to understand each other's emotions and their insurmountable loss.


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Erin’s Guide To Kissing Girls

Julianna Notten / Shorts / Canada / 2017 / 15 mins

Erin, a spunky twelve year-old,attempts to woo the coolest girl in school with the help of her best friend, Liz.


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Evoke

Asia LeMasters / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 16 mins

Two young lovers reminisce about their past, desperate to find the truth behind their dissolution.


Expiration Date

Shwenn Shunya Chang / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 4 mins

EXPIRATION DATE is a poetic, animated story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy and innocent love.


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Femme

Alden Peters / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 18 mins

Carson, a gay twenty-something looking for love on all the wrong apps, gets rejected by an online hookup for being too 'femme'.


Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley

Aaron curtis / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 8 mins

FIGHTING TWO WARS: THE STORY OF THALIA JANE AINSLEY is about a Vietnam war veteran who transitioned later in life.


The Fix

Edward Jack / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 10 mins

A surreal farce about a man with a big, throbbing, veiny secret: he can't stop thinking about dick.


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Forget-me-not

Ferran Navarro-Beltrán / Shorts / Spain / 2018 / 8 mins

Irene and Luisa, two 70-year-old women, go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of coincidences will cause their paths to cross.


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Foxy Trot

Lisa Donato / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 15 mins

A married lesbian couple take ballroom dance lessons in a very heteronormative class.


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Freelancers Anonymous | OPENING NIGHT!

SONIA SEBASTIAN / features / USA / 2018 / 81 mins

Reeling’s 36th edition kicks off with this Chicago-based fizzy screwball comedy. Stuck in a dead-end job with an impossible-to-please boss played by a hilarious Alexandra Billings (TRANSPARENT, GOLIATH), Billie (Lisa Cordileone, EASY ABBY) has a meltdown and quits. Now what is she going to tell her demanding fiancé Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis, ALMOST ADULTS) who’s planning a lavish wedding? When she meets a ragtag group of other underemployed women, Billie is struck with the idea of cultivating their skills to create an app for freelancers. Billie takes the risk of her life, lying to Gayle in order to buy time. When the wedding and app launch party are booked for the same day, will the sly, resourceful Billie be able to keep it all together? This delightful romp from director Sonia Sebastian (GIRL GETS GIRL) features an outstanding supporting cast of seasoned laugh getters including Jennifer Bartels (AMERICAN WOMAN; BROKEN), Megan Cavanagh (A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN; SCROOGE & MARLEY), and Amy Shiels (TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN).


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Frozen Princess

Pablo Guerrero / Shorts / Spain / 2017 / 16 mins

Several days before the Epiphany holiday, Antonio and Carmen read the letter that their son has written to the three Wise Men. The child’s dearest wishes will eventually test the convictions and love of his parents.


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Funny Story

MICHAEL GALLAGHER / features / USA / 2018 / 87 mins

When narcissistic, womanizing TV star Walter Campbell (Matthew Glave, GRACE AND FRANKIE; FEUD; THE WEDDING SINGER) discovers that his latest fling is pregnant, he figures he better break the news to his estranged adult daughter Nicole (Jana Winternitz, THE THINNING) in person by crashing her vacation in Big Sur. As a favor to Nic, he agrees to bring her friend Kim (Emily Bett Rickards, ARROW), along with him on the drive. When they arrive at their destination, Walter realizes he’s unknowingly invited himself to his daughter’s wedding with Kim. Surrounded by Nic’s closest gal pals, he’s a fish out of water. But that isn’t the biggest problem – he’s learned something about Kim on the trip up that might mean he has to ruin the wedding. What’s a father to do? Gallagher’s delightfully dark wedding dramedy, a Slamdance Festival favorite, offers some surprisingly insightful answers.


Getting Started

Andrea Meyerson / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 22 mins

When Grace decides to come out to her grandmother, she finds something she wasn't expecting.


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GIRL TALK

Erica Rose / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 17 mins

Girl Talk follows 20-something Mia, as she explores the disparity between emotional and physical intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing couple.


Grace and Betty

Zoe Lubeck / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 12 mins

When Grace decides to come out to her grandmother, she finds something she wasn't expecting.


Graham and Zeke

Cheryl Monique / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 8 mins

A transgender couple from Smyrna, Tennessee, shares their insights surrounding life, love, and pet snakes.


Grandmother and Me

Kat Cole / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 7 mins

For transman Del, visiting his 100-year old grandmother is an exercise in subterfuge, as she does not know that he has transitioned. Out of love for her, Del pretends to be a woman each time he visits his grandmother, and his fiancé captures him as he prepares to see her once again.


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A Great Ride

Deborah Craig with Veronica Deliz / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 28 mins

“A Great Ride” is a documentary about several California lesbians who are aging with dynamism and zest for life.


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Grip

Bryan Louie / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 10 mins

A young man trying to go clean is haunted by his addiction.


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The Happy Prince | SPECIAL PRESENTATION

RUPERT EVERETT / features / UK / 2017 / 105 mins

SPECIAL PRESENTATION! The multi-talented Rupert Everett, one of filmdom’s first openly gay actors, brings his dream project to the screen – a study of the sunset years of legendary writer and wit Oscar Wilde. Hailed as a “brilliant tour de force,” we encounter Wilde at the end of the 19th century when the sophisticated dandy was the darling of London society. But his open homosexuality was his undoing and after a much publicized, notorious trial, Wilde is sent to prison. Impoverished and stricken by ill health upon his release, he goes into exile in Paris, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant bon mots that defined him. After a half-hearted attempt to reconcile with his wife Constance (Emily Watson, BREAKING THE WAVES, ANGELA’S ASHES), he heads back into the arms of his young lover Lord Douglas (Colin Morgan, MERLIN; HUMANS), an emotionally disastrous decision. Supported by loyal friends, including Reggie Turner (Oscar winner Colin Firth) who try to protect him from his own excesses, Wilde reflects on his life while observing from an ironic distance with detachment and humor his reduced circumstances. Everett wrote the script, makes his directorial debut with THE HAPPY PRINCE and caps his extraordinary acting career with a deeply moving performance. “Rupert Everett is magnificent in a dream role,” THE GUARDIAN raved and so he is. Rupert Everett is scheduled to attend the screening.


Happy Valentine’s Day

Judy Febles / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 2 mins

A young daughter creates a hand made Valentine's Day card to her crush. The mother is curious to who this card is going to, she assumes it's for a boy in her class but soon discovers it is not.


He Loves Me

KONSTANTINOS MENELAOU / features / Greece, UK / 2017 / 72 mins

Convinced a holiday away from the city will help mend their rocky relationship, two young men hitchhike to a remote seaside enclave, filling their days and nights with passionate lovemaking in the crystal clear water and making excursions into the rocky outcrops for sensuous alone time under the sun. A narrator articulates their inner thoughts as they frolic in the sand and surf, but even in this golden paradise, doubts they left behind catch up to them, leading to an emotionally charged confrontation that will either result in the crumbling of their already fragile relationship, or an opportunity to once again discover the spark that united them in the first place. HE LOVES ME, frank in its depiction of sex, is an exploration of the unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the odds.


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Heather Has Four Moms

Jeanette L. Buck / Shorts / UK, US / 2018 / 14 mins

When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”. Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story. Times four.


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Hijo Prodigo

Amalia Ramirez Atiles / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins

A short film about a closeted gay teenager coming back home in order to come out to his conservative latino family


Hippopotamus

Jody Wheeler / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 15 mins

Left alone to caretake a gay nude resort closed for the season, a man finds himself confronted by what he can see and by what he can't.  


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Home Made

Diana Khong / Shorts / Canada / 2017 / 10 mins

Home Made is an intimate, contemplative portrait of two queer tattoo artists navigating an industry traditionally dominated by white, straight, cisgender males. The film weaves together the parallel narratives of Jasmine, a shop owner in Philadelphia, and sally, a stick-and-poke artist in Brooklyn, through their trials and triumphs.


Honey West: The Gloria Fickling Story

Laura Varela / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 26 mins

The story of one ground-breaking woman who opened the door to new roles and portrayals of women in books and television.


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In My Room

AYELET ALBENDA / features / Israel, UK, USA / 2017 / 73 mins

IN MY ROOM is a coming of age film that takes place inside the rooms of six teenagers, and is told entirely out of self-made videos they posted on YouTube. Not Youtube stars, these are just teenagers talking to anyone who is willing to listen. Arieh, a 12-year-old boy loves makeup; Lydia is questioning her gender and begins transitioning to Liam; Rachel struggles daily with anorexia; Lina is Muslim and fighting prejudice; Ryan is a sweet, straight Asian teen who lives for his music; and Sabrina is pregnant at 15. Through cross-editing of the characters, viewer comments, and footage from the entire video blogosphere, their lives are woven into one collective journey. The result is a visual and narrative kaleidoscope of adolescence, a rare invitation to peek inside the world of these fearless kids whose insights are both heartbreaking and inspiring.


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An Instant

Adrià Guxens / Shorts / Spain / 2017 / 20 mins

An instant is a story about friendship, love and the importance of the small moments that endow our lives with meaning.


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An Iraqi Belly Dancer

Juan David Romero / Shorts / Colombia, Greece, USA / 2018 / 18 mins

An Iraqi LGBT refugee who is also a belly dancer escapes his country and moves to Greece, seeking safety from a family who wants him dead and hoping to find a home that will grant him a life in peace and tranquility.


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Jerky

Tim J. Lim / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins

A grieving widower must come to terms with the biggest obstacle in his healing process: his dead husband's dog.


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Jewels

Bobby B. Grubic / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins

The relationship becomes complicated and deceitful when two women confront each other.


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Just Friends

ELLEN SMIT / features / Netherlands / 2018 / 80 mins

Yad (Majd Mardo), a darkly handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city with his parents. A temp job as a domestic working for the energetic Ans (Jenny Arean) leads to Yad meeting her hunky blonde grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski). The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling? Can the possibility of love bridge the cultural differences threatening to tear the seductive heartthrobs apart? This ultra-sexy romantic dramedy offers something beyond the usual pleasures of a young gay love story, and the conflicts with their families have nothing to do with Yad and Joris’s sexuality, marking JUST FRIENDS as a truly modern tale of queer love.


Khol (Open)

Faroukh Virani / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins

When his father passes away, Vijay is forced to return home after a 10 year estrangement and must confront a life he fled as well as manage broken relationships with his sister, his ex, and most significantly, his mother.


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Kill the Monsters

RYAN LONERGAN / features / USA / 2018 / 80 mins

Handsome control freak Patrick (writer-director Ryan Lonergan, A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS), his second half, the charismatic, impulsive, trust fund baby Sutton (Garrett McKechnie, TERRITORY), and the third and newest member of their threesome, darling boy toy Frankie (Jack Ball, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY), live the charmed life of your average, everyday thruple. But when Frankie is stricken with a mysterious illness, the dynamic trio swings into action, heading west in search of a holistic cure. On the way, between fights and makeup sex in nondescript hotel rooms, the unique challenges facing this three-way relationship are probed. Shot in radiant black and white with a lively music score, part gorgeous travelogue, part political allegory, and a full on examination of the quirks and kinks of a loving threesome, KILL THE MONSTERS is the road trip you wish you could take.


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Leitis in Waiting

DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON / features / Tonga / 2018 / 72 mins

Tonga, the tiny island kingdom of Polynesia, is home to the “leitis” – an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific home. Over the course of an eventful year, we follow the gracious but quietly determined Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant, mentors a young contestant rejected by her family, garners the support of a Royal Princess, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, this deftly observed documentary reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.


Lemonade

Troy Price / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins

Kristin Farrell just can’t seem to ever catch a break. But that all changes when she receives a call from her mom that launches her into a whole new world.


Lesbehonest: I’ll be all right

Jana Heaton / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 19 mins

After offhandedly breaking up with her girlfriend, Blaire moves back in with her gay best friend, Michael. Reunited in the homotopia of Brooklyn, they sift through booze, babes, and absurd life decisions. After inviting too many dates to a party, Blaire and Michael band together to wrangle the crisis.


A Lesson in Love

Darcy Long / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 5 mins

Bud and Don have shared 41 years of love and gratitude in the wake of gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic. Take a moment to listen to the story of Ben, Don's first partner, who succumbed to AIDS in 1995.


Life in Darkness

Ali Raheem / Shorts / Iraq / 2018 / 9 mins

It's about a gay couple living under the conditions of ISIS in Mosul


Little Bill’s Peep Show

Kevin Rios / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 8 mins

After an intimate moment is shared online, Little Bill tries to cope with the consequences of being a homophobic bully.


Little Boy Blue (Mors lilla Olle)

Andreas Samuelson and Nader Pahlevani / Shorts / Sweden / 2017 / 10 mins

A boy and his two fathers are visited at night by a mysterious stranger.


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Love Wins

Robin Kampf / Shorts / USA / 2016 / 30 mins

The story of two women who fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo.


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Luber

Jeff Sumner / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 13 mins

A single awkward businessman finds himself attracted to his hunky, ride-share driver, but must fight for a chance with him when they pick up an annoying passenger, Gregory (Jason Boegh), who wants the driver for himself.


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Magic H8 Ball

Dan Hass / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 15 mins

Burned by a cheating boyfriend (and some mild chlamydia), a heartbroken pushover turns to a mysterious Magic 8 Ball for the answers. But as he starts giving into his impulses, he risks his hurt turning into hate—and losing all control.


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Many Loves, One Heart: Stories of Courage and Resilience

Sarah Feinbloom, Diana Fox / Shorts / Jamaica, USA / 2017 / 18 mins

Jamaica has frequently been cited by international press and human rights organizations for egregious homophobic violence. This is the story of the nascent LGBTQ+ movement in Jamaica, highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies.


Mapplethorpe

ONDI TIMONER / features / USA / 2018 / 102 mins

Matt Smith (THE CROWN; DR. WHO) gives a fearless, unabashedly sexy performance in this long awaited biopic as Robert Mapplethorpe, arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century, who discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City through the ‘70s and into artistic renown in the ‘80s before his untimely passing from AIDS in 1989. Timoner’s unapologetically frank movie explores Mapplethorpe’s life as he and then girlfriend Patti Smith (Marianne Rendon, IMPOSTERS) move into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Photographing his new found circle of friends of artists, musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground, Mapplethorpe soon discovers his unique photographic gifts. Enabled and emboldened by his lover and art patron, Sam Wagstaff (Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey), Mapplethorpe’s erotically charged photos shocked the art world, setting off a firestorm of controversy that is still being played out today in the court of public opinion.


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Marguerite

Marianne Farley / Shorts / Canada / 2017 / 19 mins

An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that becomes the catalyst for an introspective look at the past and unearthed desires.


Mathias

Clara Stern / Shorts / Austria / 2017 / 30 mins

A young transgender man feels solid in his choice to present authentically, but struggles to settle into his daily life, from finding a new job to dealing with the girlfriend he's had since before his transition.


Maybe

Kat Cole / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 10 mins

After a chance encounter in Waikiki, a young Filipina teen explores her sexuality in secret.


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A Moment in the Reeds

MIKKO MAKELA / features / Finland, UK / 2017 / 108 mins

Leevi, who has been living in Paris while attending college, returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a handsome, soft-spoken recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, leaving them on their own, the two young men warily establish a connection that leads to a hot love affair set against the idyllic Finnish summer. Looming over the budding romance is the father’s imminent return, the inevitability of Leevi returning to Paris, as well as Tareq’s complex relationship with his family in Syria. Timely and thought provoking, writer-director Makela’s movie is also the first independent LGBT film ever made in Finland.


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My Big, Gay Italian Wedding

ALESSANDRO GENOVESI / features / Italy / 2018 / 89 mins

In this merry romantic comedy, tall drink of water Antonio and his cuddly bear of a boyfriend Paolo happily cohabitate in Berlin and are finally taking the plunge. They decide to celebrate in the small village in Italy where Antonio grew up. Though his mother is immediately supportive, her husband Roberto, the town Mayor, is much more reluctant. Paolo, who is estranged from his conservative mother, must also get her to the nuptials as a condition of Antonio’s mom attending and paying for the whole shebang – a lavish ceremony dreamed up by Italy’s most renowned wedding planner. Then there’s the problem of Antonio’s female stalker who insists that she, not Paolo, is his one true love. Throw in a couple of wacky roommates and the aisle to the altar is paved with hilarity, hijinks and lots of love in this warm-hearted commedia d’amore.


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My Brother Blake

Joseph Ressler / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 20 mins

One twin documents the journey of his trans brother Blake's struggle with mental illness, drug addiction, and gender transition over the course of one tumultuous year.


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Naughty Amelia Jane

Risheeta Agrawal / Shorts / Czech Republic, India / 2017 / 12 mins

The film is a satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society’s "conventional social order of things”, told through the story of two young girls who were in love.


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Ojos Tristes

Andrew Arnold / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 19 mins

A closeted Chicano teen, Mateo, travels from El Paso, TX to visit his sister, Lupita, a struggling actress in Hollywood. But, what Lupita doesn’t know is that Mateo has plans to meet someone else in Los Angeles while he's there.


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Out on the Streets

John Haley / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 17 mins

Two young gay men experiencing homelessness in Chicago face the reality of life on the streets in their personal journeys to self-acceptance.


Passage to Womanhood

Inaya Graciana Yusuf / Shorts / Malaysia, USA / 2017 / 30 mins

A fierce group of Muslim trans women stand their ground against social marginalization in secular Malaysia. Redefining femininity in Islam, they are painting their own portrayal of womanhood.


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Pool

Leandro Goddinho / Shorts / Brazil / 2016 / 29 mins

POOL is about gay persecution during the Nazi period and the achievement of LGBT civil rights in contemporary history.


Prom Night

Jenna Larson / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 11 mins

Closeted prom nominee Callie is forced to make a life altering decision on the night of her senior prom.


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The Queens | DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

MARK SAXENMEYER / features / USA / 2018 / 99 mins

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE! Using the framework of Chicago’s 35 year old Miss Continental Pageant as its backdrop, Saxenmeyer’s entertaining and insightful documentary explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation in all its glittery glory. The journeys of several contestants are explored as they plot their paths to victory. Along the way we meet several other entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community who share the dazzling highs and unique challenges of their lives on and offstage. The film also delves into the rich history of The Baton, Chicago’s historic female illusion showplace (now in its 49th year). A warm profile of Jim Flint, pioneering LGBTQ rights pioneer and local legend, owner of the Baton and the pageant, is also included. Part RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, part POSE, part MISS AMERICA, and all absolutely fabulous, this is THE QUEENS.


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The Quiet Room

Sam Wineman / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 28 mins

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


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Real

Cass Dennis / Shorts / Australia / 2018 / 20 mins

REAL tells the story of a teenage girl struggling to find her place, who takes comfort in the strength and perseverance of a fictional television character.


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The Red Tree

Paul Rowley / Shorts / Ireland/Italy / 2017 / 20 mins

Narrated by renowned Italian actor Leo Gullotta, THE RED TREE is a short documentary that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini's Fascist regime.


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Red Velvet

Liat Shukrun / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 13 mins

Ever wondered what people say most often before dying a violent death? Hint: It's a familiar four letter word.


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The Rest I Make Up

MICHELLE MEMRAN / features / USA / 2018 / 89 mins

María Irene Fornés has been called “America’s Great Unknown Playwright.” She’s written more than 40 plays, won nine OBIE awards, been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and mentored thousands of playwrights across the globe. Theater luminaries like Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, and Edward Albee have credited Irene as an inspiration and influence. When she stopped writing in 1999 due to dementia, a friendship with a young female writer reignites her creative spirit. The camera becomes a catalyst, capturing Irene’s ability to teach, to inspire, and to turn the scraps of everyday life into moments worthy of wonder and delight. Memran’s film captures Irene’s memories – of creative triumphs, groundbreaking friendship, female love affairs long and short – weaving together present and past while moving mentor and student towards an ever-deepening connection in the face of forgetting. A warm, lively portrait of a virtuosic theater artist is the result.


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Riot

JEFFREY WALKER / features / Australia / 2017 / 106 mins

RIOT tells the story of the courage and passion behind Australia’s first Gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. In the late 1970s when homosexuality is still a crime in Sydney, a group of activists – some friends, some lovers, some just committed to their search for equality – don fancy dress, join hands and parade down Oxford Street – unaware that angry police lie in wait and that history is about to written. Gay rights pioneer Lance Gowland, uncompromising and utterly charming, is the leader of this eclectic band that includes a passel of his lovers, a lesbian couple fighting a losing custody battle, and others. Damon Herriman is superb as Gowland, heading a marvelous ensemble cast playing the real-life figures. Walker’s spirited, moving retelling of Australia’s Stonewall crackles with energy and fiery passion, culminating in the riot that finally changed hearts and minds Down Under.


Sariwala

Shayon Maitra / Shorts / India / 2017 / 9 mins

Raghu is a poor boy who is obsessed with a beautiful, ornate sari that is sold in the sari shop where he works. When a bride-to-be selects his favorite sari as her own, Raghu is crushed to lose his prized possession to someone who doesn't understand its true value.


Shakedown

LEILAH WEINRAUB / features / USA / 2018 / 82 mins

“Shakedown” was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene. Inspired by transwoman Mahogany who, as the mother of the scene, presided over queer strip shows and balls in the 1980s, butch Ronnie Ron created, produced, and presented these new shows. Showing the protagonists backstage and in interviews, this intimate chronicle reveals that Shakedown was more than just a strip club. As one of the few spaces for the lesbian subculture, Shakedown brought together and galvanized a queer community of color. Director Weinraub, well-known as the one-time CEO of the high fashion streetwear clothing brand Hood By Air, participated in the scene, shooting 400 hours of footage which she has edited into a swirling, intoxicating mass of raw female pleasure that has been critically hailed as a new form of documentary.


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Shala

João Inácio / Shorts / Brasil / 2016 / 11 mins

SHALA is the story of Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in the Amazon who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices.


She’s Marrying Steve

Erika Kramer / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 21 mins

A 20-something woman gets invited to her ex-girlfriend's wedding to a man and decides to go. Despite her disapproval of the wedding, she travels to Connecticut for the weekend where she reunites with old friends and her ex, gaining a new perspective on her past relationship.


Shoebox

Pascal Halim / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins

Two young men share an unexpected encounter that pushes them out of their comfort zones.


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The Sh*t! An Opera

Kevin Rios / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 6 mins

After taking the biggest sh*t of his life, a 'top-only' diva will do whatever it takes to become a power bottom.


Sink

Cloudy Rhodes / Shorts / Australia / 2018 / 7 mins

When tragedy strikes a young girl in love, she wants to express her grief, but can’t.


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Sirene

Zara Dwinger / Shorts / The Netherlands / 2017 / 26 mins

A 15-year-old boy notices that he feels different than other boys his age. When he becomes friends with an enchanting girl, he gets tangled up in his confusion even more.


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Sisak

Faraz Arif Ansari / Shorts / India / 2017 / 16 mins

Set in the fast-paced environs of the typically bustling Mumbai local train system, this short details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys.


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Snapshots

MELANIE MAYRON / features / USA / 2018 / 91 mins

Set in the present with flashbacks to the early ‘60s, SNAPSHOTS brings together three generations of women – matriarch Rose (Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, CARRIE; TWIN PEAKS; THE HUSTLER), her daughter Patty (Brooke Adams, DAYS OF HEAVEN; THE DEAD ZONE; INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS), and granddaughter Allison (Emily Baldoni, RECKLESS; COHERENCE). Each year Patty and Allison spend a laughter-filled girl’s weekend with gran at her lakeside home. But this year will be different. Allison’s discovery of forgotten photos leads Rose on a trip into her past…to memories of the love of her life – the beautiful, free spirited Louise (Emily Goss), her one time next door neighbor. Rose’s secret past is set to collide with Allison’s secret future in this powerfully acted family drama from renowned actor-director Melanie Mayron (THIRTYSOMETHING; JANE THE VIRGIN; GLOW; GRACE AND FRANKIE).


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Some Girls

Cait Lyn Adamson / Shorts / United Kingdom / 2017 / 19 mins

Shy and quiet Mina vies for the affections of Lana – but, as she's swept up in the excitement of teen rebellion and discovery, struggles to fulfill her desires and come to terms with her sexuality.


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Something About Alex

Reinout Hellenthal / Shorts / The Netherlands / 2017 / 19 mins

A 14-year-old boy, Alex, develops a close friendship with his older sister's boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.


Spark

Aharonit Elior / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 6 mins

SPARK is an animated short about finding someone to ignite the flame inside.


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Spectrums

Zohar Melinek Ezra, Afek Testa Launer / Shorts / Israel / 2017 / 15 mins

A documentary series that follows the social, political, and spiritual lives of ten members of the transgender community in Israel.


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Still Waiting In The Wings

Q ALLAN BROCKA / features / USA / 2018 / 110 mins

That adorable, unlikely couple from 2014’s musical comedy WAITING IN THE WINGS are back in this equally delightful sequel. Buff Tony (Adam Huss) is still shaking his moneymaker at the gay strip club while Anthony (co-writer, director Jeffrey A. Johns) is still dreaming of Broadway glory while working with his fellow wanna-be stars as a singing/dancing waiter. In-between the hilarious musical numbers, competition is heating up backstage at the restaurant. Anthony’s still just as naïve as ever and doesn’t figure out that his new bestie at work is scheming to take his place and grab his audition spots. And to Tony it looks like Anthony is cheating – nothing to sing about. Queer movie maven Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE and the EATING OUT series) keeps the action zipping along in this frothy and very sexy comedy that will be nirvana for showtune queens. The cast includes a host of cameos from Broadway legend Chita Rivera to Bruce Vilanch, Cindy Williams, Sally Struthers, Lee Meriwether, Ed Asner, Patricia Richardson, and Seth Rudetsky.


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Studio 54 | CLOSING NIGHT!

MATT TYRNAUER / features / USA / 2018 / 98 mins

Studio 54 was the epicenter of ‘70s hedonism – a pulsating pleasure palace that not only redefined the nightclub but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, one introverted and straight, the other flamboyantly gay, seemed to come out of nowhere. The extraordinary success of the first of the mega clubs with its restrictive door policy and mix of sex, drugs and glamorous celebrities is detailed, as are the factors that brought the phenomenon crashing down. Underneath all the glittery excess is the story of the two owners. Schrager finally opens up to filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO; SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD) about his improbable friendship with the late Rubell, a victim of AIDS. Thirty-nine years after the velvet rope was first slung across the Studio 54’s hallowed threshold, here is the film that finally tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.


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Summer

Pearl Gluck / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 19 mins

Two teenage girls in a Hasidic sleepaway camp, despite their every effort to maintain their purity, explore a forbidden book which leads them to a sexual awakening neither of them are prepared to encounter.


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Sununú: The Revolution Of Love

Olivia Crellin / Shorts / United Kingdom / 2017 / 24 mins

Trans dad Fernando Machado became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador last year. This film is an intimate and touching portrayal of a couple tackling first-time parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles in their lives and in politics.


Taiwan! Let’s Get Married!

Larry Tung / Shorts / Taiwan, USA / 2018 / 18 mins

A short documentary about Taiwan's quest to become Asia's first country to legalize same-sex marriage.


Tell Me Twice

Caitlin Stickels / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 13 mins

When Natalie spontaneously runs into her ex at a party, she is forced to confront her feelings for her new love interest.


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Thank You Come Again

Chelsea Steiner / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 22 mins

Uptight academic Riley starts a new job at the Pleasure Chest, where the colorful, queer team of misfits introduce her to the irreverent world of the sex toy industry. The employees work together to improve the sex lives of their diverse clientele – and their prudish new co-worker.


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That’s my Boy

Akhil Sathyan / Shorts / India / 2016 / 24 mins

THAT'S MY BOY is a touching look at the successful and remarkable life of Sonu, a transgender man thriving in India.


Two Minds Are Better Than One

Felix Guerra / Shorts / Australia / 2016 / 10 mins

Two pavement artists based in Melbourne, Australia share a unique relationship and system of collaboration that allows them to flawlessly combine their ideas to create fantastic original art works as one.


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Up or Out

Natasha Straley / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins

Fate pits two anonymous lovers against each other at work.


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Waffles

Foster Wilson / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 5 mins

The morning after a casual one-nighter with an older woman, Gina scrolls through her Facebook feed, only to discover that the person in bed beside her is the epitome of everything she loathes in this world. Staring hypocrisy square in the face, this young gay millennial must choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles.


Wild Beasts

Sverre Kvamme / Shorts / Norway / 2017 / 10 mins

In the middle of the winter in Northern Norway and surrounded by a wild group of kids, a young boy’s impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend.


Wild Nights with Emily | NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE

MADELEINE OLNEK / features / USA / 2018 / 84 mins

NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE Molly Shannon (SNL; DIVORCE; SUPERSTAR) is the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this black comedy by writer-director Olnek (THE FOXY MERKINS, CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME) that explores the hidden aspects of Dickinson’s life. Dickinson’s persona has been that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower too sensitive for this world. But through the lens of Olnek, Dickinson’s vivacious and irreverent side is revealed, along with her lifelong romance with her sister-in-law Susan Dickinson (Susan Ziegler, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS; DON’T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23). Incorporating Dickinson’s letters and poems into its fabric, and hailed as, “the best lesbian comedy in years,” here at last is the full-bodied woman, creatively stimulated by her lifelong secret love affair, emerging from the confines of her stereotypical public persona at long last.


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The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners – Part I: Refuge

Leandro Goddinho / Shorts / Germany / 2017 / 10 mins

The journey of a gay African refugee seeking asylum in Germany.


The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners – Part II: The Kiss

Leandro Goddinho / Shorts / Germany / 2017 / 5 mins

An African refugee visits the Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under the Nazi regime in Berlin, Germany.


Zero One

Nick Neon / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 24 mins

When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he's forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been.


 

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