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Cinema Systers Film Festival

Cinema Systers Film Festival

Thursday, 26 May 2022 until Sunday, 29 May 2022

This is the ONLY All Lesbian film festival in the USA!

The mission of this festival is to uplift the visions and voices of women filmmakers and provide a public outlet for their art.

Cinema Systers intend to strengthen and connect this diverse community of women/womyn and build bridges among audiences, filmmakers and the community at large through the exhibition of lesbian produced films and other events planned throughout the weekend.

JURIED:
"Lily Tomlin Award" (Best of Fest)

"Best Short Film"

"Best Feature"

"Best Documentary"

"Best Experimental Film"

"Best Music Video"

"Audience Choice" Awards!


 

2022 films...

REDLINE

A strange call, from a broken vintage phone. The caller invited her for a date. She didn’t know who the caller was but she accepted the invitation and she is going on an adventure which she didn’t expect at all.

By Kiliána Kilián

TIME AND AGAIN

Eleanor and Isabelle meet again, sixty years after their relationship break up.

By Rachel Dax

ROAD OF BYGONES

The story of three very different women who embark on an adventure to retrieve the ashes of a figure from the past. Road of Bygones is a story of humanity, discovery, and the hills and valleys of unique relationships between women.

By Astrid Ovalles

CREME BRULEE

An insecure woman realizes the value of true love when she's caught lying to the woman of her dreams.

By Dawn Spinella

ONCE A FURY

Documentary profiling former members of the Furies, a notorious 1970s lesbian separatist collective that published a national newspaper and planned to seize state power. Featuring interviews with 10 of the original 12 Furies, photography by JEB (Joan E. Biren), and archival materials.

By Jacqueline Rhodes

THE UNLIKELY STORY OF THE LESBIANS OF FIRST FRIDAY

In the 1980's, a group calling itself First Friday sprung fully formed from the imaginations of a group of lesbians living in the small city of Roanoke, Virginia.  Spurred on by the pure serendipity of finding each other, the group created safe space, threw fantastic events and grew a community of lasting friendships, all in the shadow of the Moral Majority.

By Kathryn L Beranich  

LAYNIE NEEDS A LIGHT

Laynie Needs a Light takes place in one thrilling night when a woman pops into a local speakeasy for a drink only to become the object of a stranger's menacing affection.

By Jill Harrigan

K&A: LOST & FOUND

Karly and Alex pretend to get kidnapped so they can use the ransom money to pay rent.

By Katie Shannon  

ROADKILL

Tillie's lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.

By Aliza Brugger

8,000

When Ryann has yet another painful orgasm, her best friend Noor finally convinces her to visit a local Chicago sex shop, Early to Bed. At Early to Bed, Noor introduces Ryann to a plethora of toys and lubricants. She teaches Ryann that sex should be fun, can be less painful and even pain free. Featuring local Chicago hip hop and indie artists, this light hearted comedy focuses on a serious issue: chronic pelvic pain.

By Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke  

INVISIBLE WYOMING

This is a short documentary (35 minutes) about the LGBT culture in Wyoming, with a special emphasis on the town of Casper.

By Patricia McInroy  

DON'T LET GO

When Sam and Reggie get engaged, their future seems bright--until a terrible car accident leaves Reggie in a coma. And Sam must confront Reggie's homophobic mother to fight for a place at her hospital bedside before it's too late.

By Mel Orpen

ENOUGH SILENCE

An insight to what life is like after sexual assault, Enough Silence addresses the aftermath of rape and sexual abuse, the journey to breaking the silence, and healing and rebuilding of oneself after having experienced such trauma.

By Julia Reynes

ON THE SIDELINES

After almost 50 years of Title IX, gender discrimination is still taking place within collegiate sports. These are the people standing up for the student athletes.

By Valerie Betts  

HANGRY

When teenage Rae realizes her stepfather has been stealing her mother's medication as her mother inches closer and closer to death, she has to make a decision regardless of her morality...Quiet. Calculated. Strong. And now fearless. LeRoy will find out who his stepdaughter is when her back is against the wall...literally.

By Bola Ogun

COLOR ME IN

For her senior thesis, Tatum Poirier, directed, edited, and wrote a grouping of 8 short films that utilize color theory to tell her personal experiences while coming out as a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Each film was shot in a specific color of the rainbow to highlight specific emotions that have shaped her identity today.

By Tatum Poirier

GOING STEADY

A short film about a young woman's wild imagination about the relationship she truly desires in 1950s Kansas.

By Brydie O'Connor

7:58      Brooklyn, New York, USA

TRACES

The short video diary is about someone who hides in the woods because of who he is and who he loves, far from his family and their condemnations.

By Anja Elena Masling  

GOSPEL ISLAND

Born and raised in the south, Mare is a young queer woman unpacking generational trauma in hopes of leading her most authentic life. Now living alone she begins to organize her internal account of past relationships, while simultaneously preparing for a cross country move.

By Rebecca Goodman  

DANCE ME TO THE END OF TIME

Dance Me To The End Of Time is a deeply personal film about love in the face of death. Award Filmmaker Melanie Chait documented the last four years of her life-partner, theatre director Nancy Diuguid’s life, as she fought breast cancer. The film powerfully explores the impact of pesticides not only on the environment but also on the human body.

By Melanie Chait  

AT LAST

A timid high school girl reveals her truth during the most important night of the year.

By Lorena Gordon 

THE HIGHER SPIRIT

Coming home from the holidays is something most families cherish. After this holiday, Christmas will never be the same in the Higher-Mills family. Coming from mixed backgrounds adopted siblings Smythe, Hanna, Bea, Shane, and Lonny along with their parents Pat and Samantha, will have to search for a HIGHER SPIRIT to get them through this holiday season.

By B. Danielle Watkins, Onyx Keesha, Gino R Payne

DON'T TEXT YOUR EX

Surviving a global pandemic being queer, cute and still in love with your ex.  

By Jo Güstin

ATARAXIA

Ataraxia is a film about 32-year-old female-bodied, queer identified photographer, Mickey, who, due to experiences with trauma and rape as a teenager, has built her adult life around making “safe” choices and hiding behind the lens of her camera. Until she meets Olivia, a 30 year old “straight” woman who pushes Mickey’s understanding on what it means to actually live and not just to survive.

By Haley Seppa  

CAN WE ORDER FIRST?

"Can We Order First?" is a coming out story with a comic unexpected twist.

By Anca Vaida & Maia Kipping

WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST TICK?

Painter Rachel Yoder of British Columbia paints grids, lines and squares. But why? 

Find out why a line is so much more than a line. It's what makes Rachel Tick.  

By Nancy Rosenblum

LOVERGIRL

Dakota's had a crush on Danny for the longest time. She's never made a move, despite her best friend Cameron's encouragement, because she assumes that Danny is straight. But once Danny comes out to Dakota as bisexual, it's all systems go. The only problem is, her romantic gestures keep backfiring. Will this lovergirl win over the woman of her dreams?

By Shawna Khorasani

SHELBY'S VACATION

When Shelby sets out from L.A. on a much-needed vacation to mend her heart from its latest unrequited crush, she ends up at a rustic mountain resort where she meets manager Carol, who has her own fantasies that get in the way of creating a real relationship. Their casual vacation encounter turns into something more profound than either of them had bargained for as they learn what holds them back from living life fully in the present.

By Vickie Rose Sampson

LIFE IN SYNCRO

There was something different and enthralling about watching women of all ages fly across the ice in synchronicity. As I learned more about the sport, I found an almost feminist utopia, a space were girls and women thrive in the near absence of men.

By Angela Pinaglia

THE ARCHIVETTES

Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. “This documentary explores how this group came together to combat lesbian invisibility and create “a place that says yes.”

By Megan Rossman

CUPPING THE FLAME OF WOMEN'S CULTURE

For over 20 years The Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club was a premiere showcase for lesbian performers in the San Francisco Bay Area. This documentary explores the importance of creating space for alternative women's culture by weaving interviews and archival photos with highlights of that momentous concert.

By Helene Rosenbluth

29:55         Oakland, CA, USA

MARISA ANDERSON: PURE FORM

Marisa Anderson’s instrumental music is full of texture and moods—it can evoke landscapes or the light at a certain time of day. Known internationally for her guitar mastery, Anderson walks us through her evolution as player and composer.

By Claudia Meza

IN PLAIN SIGHT

In Plain Sight is a documentary film about LGBTQ women in the rural upper Midwest who want to stay. 

By Carly Thomsen

HOUSE OF LA REINE

On the eve of the grand opening of her inclusive bohemian bar and performance space, Celia struggles with insecurities about living up to the legacy of her relative who once reigned the stages of Paris.

By Lisa Marie Tedesco

STRONG WOUNDS

Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives.

By Catherine Crouch

24 TH MICHIGAN WOMYN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL [1999]

This documentary has never been publicly aired on television, or in theaters. Take this opportunity to view what was, and to dream about what still can be. Nat & Michelle lived in Manhattan and went to Michfest almost every summer during their 28 year relationship. This documentary expresses their love for the womyn's community that was created there.

By Natalie Williams, with DykeTV.org Editors

REFLECTIONS

A young woman, about to get married, has to make a difficult decision whether or not to risk it all and confess a secret that could change everything.

By Vickie Rose Sampson

#DAUGHTERFAIL

When a queer's mother moves into a nursing home, revelations occur but COVID-19 thwarts a reunion.

By Krissy Mahan

YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY

You Drive Me Crazy is a dark comedy/thriller about a GPS who takes revenge on a cheating husband. “You Drive Me Crazy” is a cautionary tale about our obsessive reliance on technology. 

By Vickie Rose Sampson

RE-SISTER

Musician Jill Sissel teams up with filmmaker Val Whitcomb for an inside look at a peaceful protest during the Women's March.

By Valerie Whitcomb

DANCING ON A RAINBOW: NOTES FROM A BUTCH PROF

A short, playful, sexy video about a butch dyke/trans professor.

By Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

THE DUMMY

Quirky, funny and poignant, this film follows Marin County Recycle artist KHo counting down the days to the 2020 election. Relying on items she finds in the neighborhood -- most prominently a pink pussyhatted mannequin and a chalkboard -- she unrelentingly voices her protest.

By K Ho

MISSING

By B. Danielle Watkins