Sebastiane Award 2018...

Seven films compete for the XIX Sebastiane Award

On September 28, the Gehitu association will present the Sebastiane Award 2018 to the film production screened at the San Sebastian Festival which best reflects the realities, liberties and social progress of the LGBTI collective. Said award, which celebrates its 19th edition this year, will be chosen from among 7 candidates selected in Horizontes Latinos, Perlak, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera and Made in Spain at the Festival’s 66th edition. A short film will participate out of competition.

Similarly, the opening film of the Horizontes Latinos section will be the winner of the Sebastiane Latino 2018 Award for best film of the year on the subject of LGBTI topics, Las herederas (The Heiresses) (Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway, France), directed by Marcelo Martinessi.

The Gehitu association and its Sebastiane Award jury wish to highlight the participation of 13 festivals from 8 countries in the 4th Meeting of Ibero-American LGBTI Festivals. The gathering, which will take place from September 24-26, in collaboration with the San Sebastian Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) by means of its PICE (Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture), aims to build bridges and serve as a framework for reflection and gathering.


Luis Ortega


Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling manifested itself: to be a thief. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime. Killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos “The Angel of Death”. Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity. Altogether, he is believed to have committed over forty thefts and eleven homicides. Today, after more than forty-five years in jail, Carlos Robledo Puch is the longest- serving prisoner in the history of Argentina.


Lukas Dhont


Lara, aged 15, dreams of becoming a ballerina. With her father’s help, she pushes herself to the limit in the interminable endeavour. But her body doesn’t lend itself easily to the discipline imposed upon it, because in fact she was born a boy.


Marcelo Martinessi


Asunción, Paraguay. The relationship between Cela and Chiquita is deteriorating. Particularly since they started selling off the goods they had inherited to confront their complicated financial situation. When Chiquita, the most dynamic of the two, is sent to prison for fraud, Chela is obliged to leave the comfort of her petit bourgeoisie existence and start running a sort of taxi service with her own car, mainly for a group of elderly women. One day she meets Angy – the daughter of one of her clients – a younger and hugely extoverted woman. Together with her sudden work, this new relationship will deeply affect Chela’s life and trigger an internal revolution.


Ignacio Juricic Merillán


Nancy receives the offer from a TV programme on unsolved mysteries to participate in the episode telling the story of her daughter, a young lesbian beaten to death, a crime for which no-one has been declared guilty eight years after it was committed. Nancy confronts her family and each one’s version of the events, as she decides whether or not to participate in the space and learn more about the person her daughter was.


Martín Rodríguez Redondo


Marcos, a 17 year-old farmhand, discovers his sexuality in a hostile atmosphere. Nicknamed “Marilyn” by the other village teenagers, he becomes an object of desire and discrimination. Marcos feels increasingly more penned in.


Albertina Carri


Three women meet by chance at the end of the world and set out on a polyamorous journey which will change them to the extent of returning them to their native city as different people. Subjects who suffer from the established order, from the irreversible nature of passion and from the Utopian approach of a single love, they are caught up in the search for new kinds of relationships, far from possession and pain as the unavoidable finality of love and obeying none of the rules. That’s how they become The Daughters of Fire: a band dedicated to accompanying other women in the search for their own erotica, for the way each one wants to be in a world ignorant of the voluptuousness of detachment.


Gustavo Sánchez


New York, 2007-2017. Over a decade, and filming only with a home video camera and no script, the director delves into the private world of Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar and T De Long; four artists and transgender activists from the city’s underground scene. Little by little, their testimonies reveal fragments of a past –sometimes dramatic, always fascinating and simply extraordinary– that formed their identities and transformed their lives. Their words, fears and hopes take the audience from an outsider’s point of view to being emotionally invested in their destiny.


Ana Galizia

BRAZIL (22 min)

Luiz Roberto Galizia was an important theatre artist in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also my uncle although I did know him.


An incredible film...

Lazzaro is a beautiful peasant whose sweet nature finds people mistaking him for simple-minded – happily doing the bidding of anyone in his local village. An insular community, the village is ruled over by the Cruella-esque Marchesa who hasn’t let on that sharecropping is no longer legal. Set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix, life here looks like it is unfolding a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music. Lazzaro finds an unlikely friend in the Marchesa’s petulant, bleach-blonde son Tancredi, who convinces his hapless ally to help him stage his fake kidnapping to steal the ransom from his loathed mother. But their plans are soon derailed. Working again with Hélène Louvart (who also shot LFF films Maya and Petra) and shooting on lustrous 16mm, Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history. (There are echoes of Pasolini, Jarman and Fellini in terms of theme and the film’s anarchic style.) Rohrwacher deservedly shared the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this kaleidoscopic work; like any gem, hold it up to the light and you’ll see something different each time.

The First (Official Trailer) • A Hulu Original...

Five people will try to fulfill the destiny of eight billion.

The full, first season of The First premieres September 14 on Hulu.

Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.

1985 / Official Theatrical Trailer...

In Theaters This Fall

Starring: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung
Director: Yen Tan

Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, “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 an 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).

Suspiria - Official Trailer...

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Suspiria is in New York and Los Angeles theaters October 26, expanding nationwide November 2.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Chloe Grace Moretz.

From director Luca Guadagnino.

Guy Pearce...

Guy Pearce

Good for you, Mr Pearce...it's acting, it shouldn't be about sexuality. Best woman or man for the job...that's what it should come down to...and, Mr Pearce did do a damn fine job as a drag queen!

“I do think it’s dangerous, personally. I feel, like, in any of this sort of stuff you have to take each situation… We copped a bit of flak at the time [when I played a drag queen alongside fellow straight actors Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert], ‘Why are there three straight actors playing three gay roles?’ It’s a difficult subject to get into.

I think resilience is going out the window, which is a shame. People love to be offended, which is a really offensive thing to say. Somebody is going to be offended by me saying that.

Everybody has something in themselves they feel is fragile, delicate, misunderstood, not heard, and we want that part of ourselves to be heard. We’re not relating to each other, we’re just all going, ‘I need to be heard now and I’m going to be offended until I’m heard’.

And if you cast that person in that role, ‘I’m not heard, therefore I’m offended, therefore that’s wrong, end of conversation’.

What’s happening to us?

It’s like we’re all functioning in the world as if it’s road rage and these are our cars and we’re behind the safety glass of Twitter and all that stuff. There are a lot of people who are hideously offensive out there and that needs to be addressed, but there’s a whole gamut of stuff and [people jump] on bandwagons and it’s really hard for all of us to know what to say or do.”

Guy Pearce to The Guardian, discussing the casting “backlash” of straight actors playing gay/trans roles



From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption: “Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry.

Sauvage 2018 Official Trailer...

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

GREEN BOOK Official Trailer...

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Directed By: Peter Farrelly

Starring: Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

What Men Want (2019) - Official Trailer ...

Mel Gibson's 2000 movie What Women Want gets a re-make!

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.’


Slaughterhouse Rulez: Official Trailer...


Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they’re about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival…

Sony Pictures Releasing International presents a Catalyst Global Media production in association with Stolen Picture and Sony Pictures International Productions Slaughterhouse Rulez. Starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Casting by Colin Jones. Co-Producer Huberta Von Liel. Visual Effects Supervisor Sebastian Barker. Costume Designer Colleen Kelsall. Music by Jon Ekstrand. Editors David Freeman, Victoria Boydell, Peter Christelis. Production Designer Matthew Button. Director of Photography John De Borman B.S.C. Executive Producers Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Diego Suarez Chialvo, Josephine Rose. Story by Luke Passmore and Crispian Mills & Henry Fitzherbert. Screenplay by Crispian Mills & Henry Fitzherbert. Produced by Charlotte Walls. Directed by Crispian Mills.

In theaters October 31.

Iris Prize 2018 Best British Short nominees...

Iris15 outstanding LGBT+ films; 15 diverse stories representing the past, present & future of queer life here in the UK. These are your 2018 Iris Prize Best British Short nominees, sponsored by Pinewood Studios.


Director: Joseph A. Adesunloye

UK, 15 mins

Friends Adam (Guetan Calvin Elito) and Luke (Adam Strawford) are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a fun, carefree night without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare.

Joseph a. Adesunloye is an award winning British-Nigerian Filmmaker. Joseph graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a Masters of Arts English Literature & Film Studies. He later attended the London Film Academy where he completed a filmmaking diploma, focusing on directing and screenwriting. Joseph’s new short film 46 had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in 2017, where 46 was nominated ‘Best UK Short’ for its outstanding and bold treatment of the subject. 

A Long Line of Glitter

Director: Asten Holmes-Elliott

UK, 16 mins

With contributions and participation from over 50 members of the LGBT+ community in and around Glasgow, A Long Line of Glitter is an often-touching overview of Queer life in Scotland’s largest city. Some interviewees grew up there, others saw Glasgow as a place of refuge, whether it was from hometowns further down the line or even – in one case – the far side of the world.

Asten Holmes-Elliott is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines ideas of identity, otherness and belonging. They use a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, photography and filmmaking to research, archive and historicise fringe communities and resist their erasure and exclusion. Asten uses unconventional gallery space to encourage accessibility and approachability whilst amplifying visibility and community cohesion. Many exhibitions are interactive, where both artist and audience become performer and subject. They have worked with the BBC, The Wellcome Collection, the GOMA and the Tate Artist Rooms – their work has been shown worldwide.

Bachelor, 38

Director: Angela Clarke

UK, 15 mins

Bryan Bale grew up in Cardiff at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal. As a young man in the 1960s he moved to London, enjoying everything the city had to offer, and he met the love of his life. With stories that are funny and intensely moving in equal measure, Bryan reflects on the past, while embracing his present and future.

Currently Head of Development at Avanti Media, Angela has 14 years factual experience producing, directing and developing international co-production documentaries for television. In 2017, she decided to branch out into the world of independent filmmaking, and produced and directed her first independent short film, Bachelor, 38. She was also selected by Sheffield Docfest to attend their Future Producer School programme in 2018, and with her second short in production, she is now developing her first independent feature.

Beyond ‘There’s always a black issue Dear’

Director: Claire Lawrie

UK, 30 mins

From photographer and filmmaker Claire Lawrie, this charming documentary is a timely exploration of the role black British people played in the LGBT+ movement and how their voices and experiences were often airbrushed out of Queer history.

Claire Lawrie’s background is in still photography, her portraits and visual art projects often foreground the construction of identities. Claire Lawrie received her BA in Photography from the London College of Communication in 2011. She has won Bartur, Birth Rites, Life Framer and BJP Portrait of Britain. She lives in London, with her two teenage sons and her husband and works as a freelance photographer, and will be studying at UCA Farnham to gain her MFA photography this year.


Director: Jesse Lewis Reece

Producer: Ike Newman & Ania Polewiak

UK, 25 mins

Teenager Jay (Elijah Harris) moves to a new town and joins the local boxing gym, Sharky’s, where he’s taken under the wing of its owner, the aggressive disciplinarian Shane (Kru Lundy). But Jay and Shane have a shared history and a bond that goes beyond the ropes of the boxing ring, and secrets that will cause them to question everything they think they know.

Clothes and Blow

Director: Sam Peter Jackson

Producer: Sam Peter Jackson & Ricardo Noel Frutuoso

UK, 23 mins

For American voice over artist Daniel (David Menkin), life in London is one long autopilot ride of demanding clients and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother Stephanie (Nancy Baldwin) decides to visit with less than 24 hours’ notice, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is living his life.

Sam’s play Public Property premiered at Trafalgar Studios and earned a 2010 WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best New Comedy. A Berlin production and tour followed in 2014 and 2018. In 2013 he was selected for the BFI’s Think-Shoot-Distribute. His films Trick or Receipt and Baklava were nominated for the Reed Short Film Award and Trade Marked won Best Comedy at the Geek Short Film Festival. His film The Bathroom premiered at the BFI for LOCO 2015 and is regularly broadcast on Shorts HD. Sam recently worked as a Performance Director on Breaking Fourth’s new VR film Lucid.


Director: Andres Heger Bratterud

Producer: Devorah Corona

UK, 22 mins

72-year-old Stuart has been suppressing his sexuality since childhood. He is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a member of a tightly knit community, but going door-to-door to spread the word risks exposing his secret life to those around him, leading to their judgement and condemnation.

After studying philosophy and psychology at the university of Oslo, making shorts and commercials on the side, Andres got employed as a writer, producer and director for Gyro Media in Oslo, where he’s made award winning brand related films for small and big screens since 2007. In 2009/2010 he studied film production in NYC, and his screenplay for the feature film BOUND earned him a distinction on his MA at the London Film School. In 2017 he signed with Sølvsuper as a commercials director, and he is currently developing a drama series with Ape&Bjørn in Oslo.

Crashing Waves

Director: Emma Gilbertson

Producer: Amir Majlessi

UK, 4 mins

Two young men meet on an inner city housing estate, against a backdrop of high rises residential buildings. Are they about to fight or kiss? Crashing Waves explores the tension between both possibilities through expertly choreographed dance in the unlikeliest of settings.

Emma Gilbertson is a UK filmmaker originally from Liverpool. She has a keen interest in films about working class, queer and female identity. She graduated from the University of Creative Arts last year, where her graduation film “DECKED” was nominated for a learning on screen award. With the support of Screen South, Emma recently completed “Crashing Waves” – a queer dance film which explores sexuality and working class themes. Emma currently interns for Hurricane Films where she reads scripts to review them for potential production. Her ultimate ambition is to be a feature film and music video director.

Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone

Director: Stephen Isaac-Wilson

Producer: Anais Bremond

UK, 16 mins

From the galvanising effect of “Section 28” through to the alternative fringe of the Second Summer of Love, nights such as HomoElectric and Flesh became a hub of the queer rave scene in Manchester. Fleshback is a celebration of those eventful times, exploring the vivid history, enduring legacy and present landscape of this colourful world.

Stephen Isaac-Wilson is a London based director who has directed films for Channel 4, i-D, Victoria Miro and the Tate, and worked with artists including Jorja Smith, Isaac Julien, Jay Boogie and Klein. Stephen grew up in south east London, and in 2013 was accepted onto the BBC’s prestigious production trainee scheme, where he began his filmmaking career. In 2015-16, he worked across the Emmy award-nominated series about LGBT rights, ‘Gaycation’, presented by Ellen Page.

Last year he was commissioned to direct a portrait film for the Tate’s Queer British Art exhibit and also produced a 40-minute Mykki Blanco documentary about black queer alternative culture in Johannesburg. Stephen combines both his journalistic background with his visual art sensibilities, to tell beautifully emotive and thought-provoking stories. His work has been screened at the ICA, Tate and the Barbican, as well as a handful of independent festivals.

Ladies Day

Director: Abena Taylor-Smith

Producer: Loran Dunn

UK, 9 mins

Amma (Savannah Steyn) is paying a visit to the hairdressers. On the doorstep, she refuses a kiss from her girlfriend Jade (Jade Avia), in case anyone inside should see them. What follows is a slice of life, observed from the salon chair, as Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.

Abena Taylor-Smith is a UK based writer and filmmaker from Sheffield. Her work has been published in award-winning magazines such as gal-dem, Black Ballad and Diva. Ladies Day is her first short film. It was made through ShortFLIX- a Creative England, Sky Arts and National Youth Theatre talent development scheme for new entrants to the film industry.


Director: Nathalia Syam

Writer: Nathalia Syam and Neetha Syam

Producer: Dominique Unsworth

UK, 4 mins

While a young man, Jas (Harvey Dhadda) prepares to impress his potential bride, his mind strays to a painful secret. In the briefest of snapshots, director Nathalia Syam highlights the conformities of tradition along with the freedom allowed by embracing your true identity.

Nathalia is a filmmaker who works on films between the U.K and India and has directed a total of four short-films, which has been screened at festivals. Her films often portray social themes where viewers can relate and connect to the characters through real-life situations that are plausible. Nathalia hopes to continue making films that reflects the conflicts faced by characters within their own diverse and socio-cultural environment.


Director: Dean Anderson

Writer: Matthew Bates

Producer: Sungjun Youn

UK, 16 mins

18-year-old Aaron (Aiden Nord) is stuck in a small town, helping his father Terry (Howard Harling) in a job he hates. His life is soon turned upside-down when he meets Mike (Miles Higson) at a party. Aaron tries to deny his feelings but an unexpected kiss changes everything. Soon, he discovers that some secrets are harder to keep than others.

Dean is a writer/director. He is studying his MFA in Filmmaking at the Northern Film School, where he is specialising in Directing. Dean has directed a number of micro shorts in the past but considers Poof his first major project. He is directing his next short in the coming months and is working on writing his first feature film.

The Unlimited House of Krip

Director: Garry Robson / Jane Farley

Producer: Adrian Turrell-Watts

UK, 28 mins

Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), Garry Robson (Director of Fittings Multimedia Arts) and legendary Vogue “Mother” Darren Suarez formed the first ever “House” of deaf and disabled performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball in 2017. The company, and this film, explore the traditions of the international Houses of the Vogue movement while bringing their unique perspective to the party.

Garry is one of the most respected directors and innovators in Disability Led performance, working both in the U.K. and internationally.
He’s directed over 30 professional productions, receiving Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and a Herald Angel. He has been a Drama advisor for both the Arts Council of England and the Scottish Arts Council and was an Unlimited Awards panel member for the Cultural Olympiad. He was Artistic Director of DaDaFest International 2008 and 2010 , establishing DaDaFest as the key International Festival for Deaf and Disability Arts and performance worldwide.


Director: Kenneth O'Toole

Producer: Darren Baba and Kenneth O'Toole

UK, 8 mins

Nathan (Asan N’Jie) and Zoe (Merika Vine) are catching up in a late night café and discussing plans for Zoe’s wedding and hen party, but when Nathan dons a feather boa, he catches the attention of another customer, Omar (Michael Fatogun). What follows is the story of two possible outcomes, one of hatred and one of desire, but which is the fantasy and which is the reality?

Born and raised in the city of Liverpool, Kenneth is a London-based director. His first film, DENISE, a silent short about an ageing drag queen, played at ten international film festivals including OUTFEST. Kenneth worked throughout production on several feature films, including A UNITED KINGDOM and GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, before writing and directing TWO, his second short film.

Wren Boys

Director: Harry Lighton

Writer: Harry Lighton & John Fitzpatrick

Producer: Sorcha Bacon

UK, 11 mins

It’s the day after Christmas, and Father Conor, a priest from County Cork, drives his nephew to prison to visit one of the inmates. This is modern Ireland, a country that’s often critical of tradition and willing to embrace modern values, but within the prison walls different rules apply, and life is often overshadowed by the threat of violence.

Harry is an BAFTA-nominated writer and director based in London. His first short film, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, was nominated for Best British Short at the U.K. Film Festival and Iris Prize Festival and officially selected by BAFTA and Academy recognised festivals including Edinburgh, East End and New Orleans. In 2017, the BFI named him as one of six emerging LGBT filmmakers to receive year-long mentorship. Wren Boys is his second short which premiered in competition at the BFI London Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a British Independent Film Award. Since then it’s won a number of awards including Best Short Film at the UK Film Festival and the London Calling Jury award, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA. Harry is currently in development for his first feature with BBC Films.

TRANSform Hollywood...


Is this the letter that will kill all tran*films and series stone dead?

It certainly looks that way...especially after the Scarlett Johansson debacle!

Producers, directors and A-list celebrities are going to run - à toute vitesse - in the opposide direction from trans*stories...with these her demands!

It is actually quite simple...who wants to be told how to spend their own money.

Yes, by all means, be involved...in consultation, in production...but, Hollywood is big business...and, big names can turn a frog into a prince.

Scarlett Johansson could have turned Rub & Tug from a small film into a massive one...she has that star power! Now, production has been pulled and - more than likely - this story will never be told...with such a huge budget!

Well done...you have all gone and shot yourselves in your collective foot!

GLAAD & 5050by2020 are behind this...they have done more damage than good!

And, for Jill Soloway to be a signatory is staggering...she who cast a cis-man in a trans*role...!


From your transgender and nonbinary colleagues, and our allies

Dear Hollywood,

We know that the best storytelling is diverse storytelling, and it’s clear that Hollywood is at a tipping point. Studios and production companies are bringing more people into the creative process, hearing their stories, and creating better films and TV shows because of it. It is time for transgender people to be included in this conversation.

First, some things you should know. As a community, trans people are fighting every day to be seen and accepted as human beings. The Administration in Washington D.C. is trying to erase trans people from our culture by banning us from serving in the military, allowing health insurance companies to deny us medical care, and refusing to protect trans youth in schools. In the past 18 months, at least 44 trans people have been murdered in the U.S., almost all of them trans women of color. The unemployment rate of trans people is 3 times the national average – and 4 times for trans people of color. Thirty percent of trans people live in poverty – twice the national average. When visiting the doctor, one in three trans people have been verbally harassed by the doctor or denied medical care. Transgender Americans face bullying in school, discrimination on the job, and violence on the street. Perhaps most alarmingly, because the culture is so transphobic, 40% of trans people report attempting suicide, compared to 4.6% of the general population.

That’s a lot of negative information, but we hope it helps explain why transgender people are pushing so hard to be heard. It's because we are struggling to survive.

The world is unsafe for trans people - and we can do better.

In the US, 80% of people say they don't know a trans person in their family, workplace, or school. That’s where Hollywood comes in. Hollywood tells the stories that help people understand how to feel about themselves and how to feel about people around them who are different. As Roger Ebert said, film is an empathy machine. We know projects like Ellen, Will & Grace, Brokeback Mountain, Milk, and Moonlight helped destroy stereotypes about gay and lesbian people, and the timeline for marriage equality would have been remarkably different without them. Recently, women and people of color have made it clear they want more authentic stories about their lives in films and on TV. Trans people feel the same way.

We are grateful that Hollywood is starting to embrace these myriad points of view. We also know that some people feel we are being overly sensitive about exactly how these trans stories are developed and told. As trans people, we have grown up watching stories told about us by people who haven’t done their homework when it comes to the trans community. We have been portrayed almost exclusively as tragic victims, psychotic killers, and one-dimensional stereotypes. We have been confused with drag queens, seen our history erased in historical films, and been ridiculed for gender expressions that don’t conform to social norms.

We believe that we are at an unprecedented cultural moment -- a moment when we can ask Hollywood to use its power to improve the lives of trans people by changing America’s understanding about who trans people are. We want to help you tell our stories - and we need your help to do it.

This is about more than diversity and inclusion. It’s about empowering trans people and sharing with us the tools and access that have been offered to you throughout your career. It's about offering people who are different from you the confidence and the sense of belonging that inspires the very best art.

We know Hollywood is a business, as well as a creative community. We are not asking you to stop making money. We are asking to be brought to the table, so that our knowledge, talent, and stories can help improve your work and increase its value.

TRANSform Hollywood, a guidebook created by GLAAD and 5050by2020, downloadable HERE in color and HERE in black and white, is an invitation to begin co-creating this future by changing the way trans people are portrayed in media and culture. In the guide, you’ll find:

  • Information about how to find trans actors and cast trans roles authentically
  • Advice on engaging with trained and experienced trans creators as you develop your work
  • Suggestions on where to find projects created by trans people that you can develop for film and television
  • Tips on how to make all of your work more trans-inclusive, even if it’s not specifically about trans characters

We believe that when trans people are empowered to help Hollywood tell our authentic stories, it will improve how trans people are treated in the real world. Those negative statistics above will become a part of our history, not our present. Let’s work together to create a beautiful, diverse, and inclusive world in which trans people are fully accepted as equal human beings.

Signed by trans people working within these organizations, and our cisgender allies who support us...


Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open...

Lizzie Official Trailer...

In Select Theaters September 14

Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”) stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill (The Boy (2015), “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”) explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.

Chloë Grace Moretz...

Chloe Mortez...slams Boy, Erased: 'Queer films should be made by queer people'

Sometimes, some people should think before they speak...Ms Mortez, star of the [other] conversion therapy drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post, has spoken to the Los Angeles Times...something she will [hopefully] live to regret. We could use [much] stronger words to describe the nonsense she spouted...but, we'll just use the word 'silly' - we have only one question: If [all] 'queer' films are to be made by 'queer' people, it follows that only 'queer' people can play 'queer' characters? Oops!

Sour grapes and appropriation...what a hideous combination!

And...please remember many LGBT people do not identify as 'Queer' - stop using this word as a collective. It - most definitely - is not!


Buddies 1985...The First Feature Movie About The AIDS Epidemic Restored After 33 Years.


“Buddies,” was the first feature film about AIDS released in 1985, preceding An Early Frost  by two months.  It was a snapshot of the incredible struggle and fight between life and death for gay men in New York City during the darkest hours of the epidemic.

The movie made its debut at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 1985, and then went on to independent art-house runs in New York, Boston, Chicago and other cities before being lost and forgotten for over 30 years.

“Buddies” is about  Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32-year-old gay man dying of AIDS, who is visited at the hospital by David (David Schachter), a 25-year-old volunteer “buddy.” Man gay men (and lesbians) volunteered as “buddies” in New York City to take care for the many gay men who were alone and came down with the deadly disease . Robert and David develop a friendship that eventually becomes intimate. The film ends with Robert’s death; David, emboldened by Robert’s activist spirit, pickets the White House.(Ronald Reagan who was President at that time turned his back on thousands of gay men who were dying from the dreaded disease.)

Our review is here

To buy it, click on the pic!

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Trailer...


Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time.

Arriving in limited theaters and on Digital HD and VOD platforms August 17, 2018.

I Think We're Alone Now - Teaser Trailer...

Del (Peter Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race is wiped out, he lives in his small, empty town, content in his solitude and the utopia he's methodically created for himself - until he is discovered by Grace (Elle Fanning), an interloper whose history and motives are obscure. Worse yet, she wants to stay.

Final Score Official Trailer...

After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

The Festival - New trailer...

When Nick's (Joe Thomas) girlfriend dumps him at graduation, he has a colossal meltdown in front of the entire university. He's convinced his life is over, but his best mate Shane (Hammed Animashaun) has the perfect solution: three days at an epic music festival.

What Keeps You Alive - Official Red Band Trailer...

Directed by: Colin Minihan

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac

How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor hidden dimensions drives this thrillingly unpredictable, blood-stained fear trip. Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen) are a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie’s family. From the moment they arrive, something changes in Jules’ normally loving wife, as Jackie (if that even is her real name) begins to reveal a previously unknown dark side—all building up to a shocking revelation that will pit Jules against the woman she loves most in a terrifying fight to survive. Defying expectations at every turn, Director Colin Minihan delivers a nerve-twisting cat and mouse thriller built around a shattering tale of heartbreak and betrayal.

Opening in theaters and VOD August 24

Peterloo - Teaser Trailer | Amazon Studios...

Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

Blue Iguana - Official Trailer...

In theaters, on demand and on iTunes August 24!

Small time crooks Eddie and Paul are in over their heads when a cute London lawyer hires them to steal a rare jewel. Meanwhile, a mullet-haired gangster wants the gem for himself. Bullets and sparks fly in this pond-hopping comedic caper.

Five films to compete for the VI Sebastiane Latino Award...

San Sebastian Film Festival

The award given by Gehitu will recognise the film that best represents sexual and gender diversity...

The Jury of the Sebastiane Latino Award, composed of members of GEHITU, the Basque association of gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals, has selected as finalists the films Marilyn, Mi mejor amigo, Las Herederas, Las hijas del fuego and Retablo.

The Award goes to the Latin American feature film released during the previous year that best defends the demands and values of lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bisexuals.

 “Many of them show the life of LGBTI people in the rural world and some of them are sexually explicit, demonstrating the capacity of Latino LGBTI films to take cinema to borders we need to cross,” says GEHITU.

In 2017 the Sebastiane Latino went to the Chilean production by Sebastián Lelio, Una mujer fantástica which, starring Daniela Vega, represented a “historic milestone” for Latino cinema and the international trans community, in a year when the LGBTI pride celebrations were seeking to obtain respect and recognition for transsexuality.

This sixth edition of the GEHITU Award continues its backing of Latin American LGBT+ films in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival. In addition to presenting the award to the winner, to be announced in August, the 4th Meeting of Ibero-American LGBT Film Festivals will also take place at the coming edition of the Festival.

Sebastiane 6 2018

Martín Rodríguez Redondo (Argentina, Chile)
Marcos, a 17 year-old farmhand, discovers his sexuality in a hostile atmosphere. Nicknamed ‘Marilyn’ by the other village teenagers, he becomes an object of desire and discrimination. Marcos feels increasingly more penned in.

Martín Deus (Argentina)
Lorenzo is a quiet adolescent who lives with his parents and younger brother in a town in Argentine Patagonia. One day, the son of a family friend called Coaíto moves south, coming to live in Lorenzo’s house. His family is going through difficult times and is unable to take proper care of him. Coaíto is very shy and hardly says a word.

Albertina Carri (Argentina)
Three women meet by chance at the end of the world and set out on a polyamorous journey which will change them to the extent of returning them to their native city as different people. Subjects who suffer from the established order, from the irreversible nature of passion and from the Utopian approach of a single love, they are caught up in the search for new kinds of relationships, far from possession and pain as the unavoidable finality of love and obeying none of the rules. That’s how they become The Daughters of Fire: a band dedicated to accompanying other women in the search for their own erotica, for the way each one wants to be in a world ignorant of the voluptuousness of detachment.

Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany - Brazil - Norway - France)
Tells the story of two women from well-to-do families in Paraguayan society who had inherited sufficient means to live comfortably. But now they have turned 60, the money is running out and their situations have changed.

Álvaro Delgado Aparicio (Peru, Germany, Norway)
Segundo Paucar, a 14 year-old boy, wants to become a great history teacher, like his father, to continue the family legacy. On his way to a community celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally sees his father in a situation which brings his world tumbling down around him. Trapped in a chauvinist environment, Segundo will try to deal in silence with everything that's happening to him.

WHAT THEY HAD | Official Trailer...

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.



From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez

Based on the Graphic Novel ("Manga") Series: "Gunnm" By Yukito Kishiro

Produced by: James Cameron and Jon Landau

Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

SHAZAM! - Official Teaser Trailer...

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard.

Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers.

A New Line Cinema production, “Shazam!” is set for release on April 5, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Aquaman - Official Trailer...

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).

Glass - Official Trailer...

In Theaters January 18, 2019

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable’s Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider and Kevin Frakes, who executive produce. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum also serve as executive producers.

I Am Vengeance Official Trailer...

When ex-soldier turned mercenary, John Gold, learns of the murder of his best friend, he sets off on a mission to find out what happened. What he discovers is a sinister conspiracy and he sets about taking down those responsible one by one.

SECOND ACT | Official Trailer...


Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

MID90S Official Trailer...

One boy's coming-of-age in Los Angeles during the tail end of the 20th century, as he struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood and ambles around with his skate rat buddies

Mid90s is the new comedy movie by Jonah Hill, starring Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges.

Songwriter: Ed Sheeran [OFFICIAL TRAILER]...

'Songwriter' is an intimate and personal look into the writing process of one of the world’s biggest artists – Ed Sheeran. Filmed by Murray Cummings, ‘Songwriter’ details the creation of Sheeran’s third studio album ‘÷’ and gives authentic insight into his life through never-before-seen home videos. Witness his creativity firsthand, from the very first chord to the finishing touch – the sounds become the songs on August 28, exclusively on Apple Music.

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