23rd annual Newfest opens at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater with We Were Here, closes with Gun Hill Road.

New York's premier Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, NewFest, is partnering with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to co-present opening and closing night of the festival. Opening Night (July 21) will feature David Weissman's moving documentary portrait of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, We Were Here, and New York's own Rashaad Ernesto Green will headline the Closing Night festivities (July 28) with his debut feature Gun Hill Road.  These screenings mark the beginning of a new relationship between two pioneering film organizations.

On Opening Night, we are thrilled that legendary film producer Christine Vachon will be presented with the first annual NewFest Visionary Award. Vachon was instrumental in the development of the New Queer Cinema movement, producing such classics as Todd Haynes’ Poison, Tom Kalin’s Swoon and the lesbian favorite Go Fish (from NewFest board member Rose Troche.) Vachon’s credits also include Dirty Girl by Abe Sylvia, which will screen at this year’s NewFest. She will also participate in a special free event, a DISCUSSION WITH CHRISTINE VACHON at the Film Society’s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Friday, July 22nd. The event will be open to the public and admission will be free! Watch our website for more details.

Tickets for the Opening and Closing Night screenings at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center are only available online at newfest.org or in person at the LGBT Community Center, SVA, and Cinema Village.

For the complete schedule and ticketing information, visit newfest.org.


About NewFest
NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience. We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be. Through the New York LGBT film festival, presented annually since 1988, and year-round programming, NewFest celebrates fine domestic and international film and video across a host of media channels as part of our mission to break through closet doors and glass ceilings everywhere.