New York's premier LGBT Film Festival—one of the world's most comprehensive showcases of international LGBT film—returns for its 24th annual edition, and its first in partnership with Los Angeles’ Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As always, the program includes a compelling collection of narratives, documentaries, shorts and panels.
Don't miss Tuesday's Closing Night film, Marialy Riva's Sundance award-winner Young & Wild: $25 ticket includes after party with open bar till midnight! The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a riot of sex, defiance, impulse and experimentation splashed on the screen.”
Opening Night! Director Joshua Sanchez, playwright Christopher Shinn, and actor E.J. Bonilla in person at 7:00 p.m. showing on July 27! Tickets (screening + party): $50.
This powerful debut feature, based on a play by Christopher Shinn, follows four characters—a teenager, an older man he meets online (Wendell Pierce), and a young couple.
Closing Night! Director Marialy Rivas and actress Alicia Rodriguez in person on July 31: $25 ticket includes after party with open bar till midnight!
A Chilean teen gets caught between her male and female lovers and her evangelical family in director Marialy Rivas’ fearless and explicit film.
Free event! Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and subjects Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland in person!
Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List) explores the lives of some of the fashion world's most legendary models, highlighting the complex relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty.
Director Andrea Esteban in person July 30!
A 23-year-old Spanish filmmaker and her girlfriend take us on an entertaining journey across Europe, giving us rare insight into the lives of young lesbian and trans artists living in Madrid, Berlin and London. Screening with The Queen of My Dreams (Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan, 2011).
Free event in the Furman gallery! Join New York icon, Charles Busch, for a candid conversation with Michael Riedel about his legendary career as performer and writer of both stage and screen.
In person: director Thom Fitzgerald and star Ryan Doucette!
A randy lesbian couple (Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker) embark on a road trip when their granddaughter tries to break them up in this raucous, heartfelt comedy from director Thom Fitzgerald.
Fifty years after their groundbreaking sex-changes, a quintet of fabulous European transwomen reunite to celebrate their daring youth and famous French doctor in this elegant, funny documentary. Screening with Taboo / Leben Will Ich! (Chiara Grabmayr, 2011).
Director Travis Mathews in person July 30!
In this funny, explicit drama featuring real sex and throbbing indie dance music, a young San Francisco artist tries to reconnect with his ex-boyfriend on the eve of his departure. Screening with Beautiful Bitch / Belle Salope (Philippe Roger, 2010).
Director Kieran Turner in person July 28!
Best known today as Morrissey’s favorite singer, glam-rock star Jobriath was once set to be the gay American David Bowie, until audiences and critics rejected the flamboyant star. Using rare archival performance footage, the film shines a light on an unjustly forgotten talent.
This sensual Swedish romantic drama, about a bride-to-be who embarks on a passionate affair with a new love, vibrantly portrays one woman’s journey toward self-discovery.
Director Macky Alston in person July 29!
Director Macky Alston's riveting, Sundance-award winning documentary follows New Hampshire's openly gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson as he confronts the central role that religious institutions have played in fostering homophobia and hatred.
Director Aurora Guerrero in person July 30!
A studious Latina teen breaks out of her shell with the help of her feisty, alluring neighbor in this Sundance favorite from writer-director Aurora Guerrero.
Director Erin Greenwell and cast members Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Raul Castillo, Harris Doran, Robert Salerno, Haley Murphy, Sonora Chase and Hunt Block in person July 28!
Erin Greenwell’s sweetly subversive small-town comedy juggles the story of a receptionist trying to reunite with her long-lost father and a lesbian mechanic torn between her girlfriend and her crush. Screening with Half (Alex Bohs, 2011).
Director Sally El Hosaini in person July 28!
A fateful turn of events forces a 14-year-old British Arab boy and his handsome older brother, a member of a local gang, to confront their inner demons in Sally El Hosaini’s gorgeous debut film.
Free Event in the Furman Gallery!
David, a long single gay librarian in his late-thirties, is dealing with the cracks that have formed in his once solid support network. But things start to crystallize and creep to the surface for David and those close to him, when he discovers his elderly Aunt has died and he must leave NYC to plan her funeral.
This masterful Belgian coming-of-age film set in the 1960s follows the relationships of a young gay teen, his best friend and former beauty-queen mother.
Writer-director Ash Christian and cast members Michael Urie, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Tobias Segal in person July 28!
Writer-director Ash Christian (Fat Girls, Mangus!) returns with a Woody Allen-esque dysfunctional family comedy starring Christine Lahti, Thora Birch, Michael Urie, Brittany Snow, and Eddie Kaye Thomas.
A smash hit in its native Philippines, this over-the-top camp comedy goes all out: drag-queen zombies, serial killers with laser guns, and a witch’s curse that turns a ladies’ man gay overnight! Presented with the New York Asian Film Festival.
Director Coley Sohn and star Haley Joel Osment in person!
When life with her overprotective mother becomes too much, Bethany (Ashley Rickards) runs away to live with her dad and his much younger boyfriend (Haley Joel Osment). As Bethany saves up to attend the fashion school of her dreams, her mom starts scheming to get her back.
Explore the pursuit of love, lust, danger, and desire in this program featuring some of the most compelling gay and lesbian shorts of the year: It Gets Bitter (Laura Terruso), Hunting Season (Jon Marcus), Polaroid Girl (April Maxey), Hatch (Christoph Kuschnig), First Birthday / Dol (Andrew Ahn), Salas S.A.L. (Palacio Rojo), Prora (Stéphane Riethauser).
Relationships at a turning point take center stage in this not-to-be-missed program of dynamic and entertaining LGBT shorts from the US and around the world: Jackpot (Adam Baran), The Thing (Rhys Ernst), Coffee & Pie (Douglas Horn), The Eyes and the Ice (Ian Samuels), Two Bodies (Nijla Mumin), The Shower / La Ducha (Maria José), I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard (Matt Wolf).
Director Campbell X in person July 28!
In this romantic comedy a sexy, black, butch lesbian and her cute-twink BFF look for love and commitment in London’s urban LGBT scene. Screening with First Date (Janella Lacson, 2012, USA, 5m).