TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival 2018

Thu, Oct 11 at 8pm

Started as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees. 

Opening Night The Happy Prince

Thu, Oct 11 at 7pm

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THE HAPPY PRINCE focuses on the last years of the life of the infamous poet, author, and playwright (Dorian Grey, The Importance of Being Earnest). Now suffering from the effects of two years of hard labor, poverty stricken, and alienated from his wife Constance (Emma Watson) and children, Wilde (Rupert Everett, who also directed) finds his way back to his playboy love Lord Alfred Douglas, better known as Bosie (Colin Morgan); his devoted former lover Robbie (Edwin Thomas); and loyal friend Reggie (Colin Firth).

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival 2018 Festival Passes

Thu, Oct 11 at 8pm

Full Festival Pass
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Full Festival passes are a great way to see all the films, parties, and special events that are a part of TWIST. Or, if you just want to hob nob with celebrities and other film enthusiasts, get the Party Pass and have access to our 5 biggest films and parties at TWIST: Opening Night, Closing Night, and three Centerpieces! REMEMBER, all passholders are let into the theatres first!

Sidney & Friends

Fri, Oct 12 at 5:15pm

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Tristan Aitchison; 2017; Kenya; 76 min.; in Swahili and English with English subtitles 

Back by popular demand, the documentary SIDNEY & FRIENDS (Translations 2018) explores the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of Kenya’s intersex and transgender communities. When Sidney’s family disowns him and threatens his life, he flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends. The four comrades share what it’s like to grow up and live as trans and intersex people in the face of prejudice and transphobia, disclosing painful secrets of their struggles, sometimes with humor. Together they fight harsh discrimination and discover life, love, and self-worth.
 

Just Friends

Fri, Oct 12 at 7pm

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Ellen Smit; 2018; Netherlands; 81 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles

Yad (Majd Mardo), a Syrian medical student, leaves behind his life in Amsterdam to move back with his family in a small Dutch town. He settles for a temporary homecare job looking after an ebullient elderly woman, Ans (Jenny Arean), who slyly introduces him to her hunky grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski). The two click and escape their family drama with romantic romps, but issues with their overbearing mothers start to test their connection and cultural differences. As pressure builds, Joris and Yad must decide if what they have is worth defying family expectations. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the 2018 Milan International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
 

Authenticity: Trans Shorts

Fri, Oct 12 at 7:15pm

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These trans shorts are a testament to living authentically, whether it’s running a dog-walking business, sitting by your grandmother’s bedside, applying for a passport, or starting a revolution.

REBELLIOUS ESSENCE (Uporni duh)
Ana Čigon; 2017; Slovenia; 5 min.
This kaleidoscopic animation follows a psychedelic genderfluid cat’s bureaucratic nightmare at the Ministry for Cat Affairs.

FIRST DAY
Julie Kalceff; 2017; Australia; 18 min.
It’s Hannah’s first day of high school—not to mention her first day in public as a girl.

DROPPING PENNY
Jed Bell; 2018; USA; 8 min.
Two trans dog walkers race to get a pup back to her alpha butch mom (Cheryl Dunye, WATERMELON WOMAN, TWIST 2016 retrospective) in this very queer comedy.

BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER
Courtney Hermann; 2017; USA; 15 min.
Ever want to go back in time to meet your previous self? Burton puts his truth before his fear in this portrait of transition, memory, and friendship.

TIME MARCHES ON AND SO DO WE
Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt; 2017; USA; 4 min.
Laverne Cox narrates an animated journey through trans history and resistance.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA!
Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel; 2017; USA; 14 min.
The story of extraordinary trans rights pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the Stonewall riots, is told with glitter, magical realism, and an eye for detail.

MATHIAS
Clara Stern; 2017; Austria; 30 min.; in German with English subtitles
Tough but claustrophobic, MATHIAS is an emotional roller-coaster ride through the eponymous character’s efforts to fit in.

Total running time: 94 min.

Vulgar language, explicit sexual situations, and implied violence 

Kiss Me

Fri, Oct 12 at 9:15pm

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Océan Michel & Cyprien Vial; 2017; France; 86 min.; in French with English subtitles

Océanerosemarie meets beautiful photographer Cécile (Alice Pol) and knows immediately that she is the love of her life. With the help of her eclectic group of friends, family, and past girlfriends—76 to be exact—she takes her best shot at winning Cécile’s heart, but her playful banter makes an unfavorable impression. Now brokenhearted but determined, she tries even harder to prove her commitment, break old habits, and win Cécile back before it’s too late. A witty and charming rom-com set in the streets of Paris, KISS ME is sure to delight. 
 

Other screening time: Mon, Oct 15 at 5:00pm

George Michael Freedom: Directors Cut

Fri, Oct 12 at 9:30pm

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George Michael & David Austin; 2017; UK/US; 113 min.

“Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” and, of course, “Freedom! ’90” are just a few highlights from George Michael’s career, cut short by his death at age 53. He created music that defined the ’80s and the ’90s, and this is his final gift to his fans. Capturing his dreams, his life, and his music, this frank and honest documentary takes us through his dedication to his art, his coming out, his court case against Sony Music, and the story of his love for partner Anselmo Feleppa, who died of an AIDS-related illness. Insightful interviews from Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, and Liam Gallagher shine a light on this superstar’s true and abiding passion for his enduring music. 
 

Latter-Day Glory

Sat, Oct 13 at 12pm

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Brandon Deyette; USA; 2018; 74 min.

Why are LGBTQ teens in Utah ending their lives at such an alarming rate? Ignoring one Utah lawmaker’s explanation that the spike in youth suicide rates may be the result of his state’s high altitude, two gay ex-Mormons embark on a mission to expose the truth in this documentary. Through a series of deeply personal and often heart-wrenching interviews with other LGBTQ ex-Mormons—including Tyler Glenn from the rock band Neon Trees—LATTER-DAY GLORY gives a voice to those who have been silenced by rejection, oppression, shame, and the painful realities of growing up gay in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The producer and main subject of the film is makeup and hair artist Jonathon Levi Powell, formerly of Seattle.

Discussion of Suicide

Leitis In Waiting

Sat, Oct 13 at 12:15pm

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Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson & Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu; 2018; USA/Tonga; 72 min.; in English and Tongan with English subtitles

From the team that brought us KUMU HINA (TWIST, Translations 2014) comes a story from Tonga, the last kingdom in the South Pacific. Leitis (Tongan for transwomen) have long been respected in the culture, but mainstream homophobia and transphobia have begun to infiltrate the island, threatening their livelihoods. Enter Joey Joleen Mataele: a passionate leiti and mentor determined to defend the rights of leitis and all LGBTQ Tongans. From her work with the Tonga Leitis Association and the uproarious Miss Galaxy pageant to standing up to a group of Christian fundamentalists, Mataele’s poise and humor stand in defiance of prejudice.
 

Girls Shorts

Sat, Oct 13 at 2:15pm

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When these gals throw a party, EVERYBODY’S invited. Tonight’s agenda includes sex, laughs, secrets, and love.

LESBEHONEST: I’LL BE ALL RIGHT
Jana Heaton; 2017; USA; 19 min.
The best way to get over those breakup blues is to get on the apps, throw yourself a party, and hook up with another woman... or two... or three...

FOXY TROT
Lisa Donato; 2018; USA; 15 min.
Learning to dance is hard enough without having to do it in front of a bunch of heterosexuals.

DIFFERENT (Je suis différent.e)
Ben Lemaire; 2017; France; 2 min.; in French with English subtitles
After coming out, Alix learns that it will get better with the help of her girlfriend Camille.

EASY ABBY (S02 E07): “THRUSH IS ALSO A BIRD”
Wendy Jo Carlton; 2017; USA; 9 min.
Things heat up when Abby hooks up with Alicia while her girlfriend is in Italy.

BOIHOOD
Rhea Bozzacchi; 2017; USA; 7 min.
As they’re getting ready for a party, Maggie gets some not-so-helpful advice from her friends about how to woo a girl. Butch, please!

GRACE AND BETTY
Zoe Lubeck; 2016; USA; 12 min.
On a surprise visit to Grandma Betty’s in this hilarious comedy of manners, Grace tries to keep her sexuality under wraps, but Grandma has secrets of her own.

MAKE OUT PARTY
Emily Esperanza; 2017; USA: 25 min.
Mary Woah is throwing a very special party, and all the cool kids are invited. Are you ready to make out?

Total running time: 89 min.
 

Vulgar language, explicit sexual situations, drug use, and implied violence 

Every Act of Life

Sat, Oct 13 at 2:15pm

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Jeff Kaufman; 2018; USA; 93 min. 

Terrence McNally takes center stage in this dynamic portrait of the prolific and trailblazing playwright that covers six decades of his influential works. Featuring archive performances, celebrity interviews, and readings by friends and colleagues (including Nathan Lane, Rita Moreno, and Chita Rivera), this perceptive and in-depth look at McNally’s struggles and triumphs weaves together an homage to the creative theatrical process that can be enjoyed by everyone. Always at the forefront of pioneering gay plays and characters, from the hilarious THE RITZ to the extremely controversial CORPUS CHRISTI, this is a MASTER CLASS look at an icon who continues to inspire. 
 

Boys Shorts

Sat, Oct 13 at 4:30pm

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These gay short films include first love and last rites, and question the labels we often put on ourselves and others. (And at least one features Alfred Molina!)

SEX NOTES
Will Gordh; 2018; USA; 4 min.
Matt has just a few ideas for Dan to improve their sex life. OK, he has a lot of ideas.

KHOL (OPEN)
Faroukh Virani; 2018; USA; 12 min.
Vijay is forced to revisit family conflicts when he reluctantly returns home to attend his father’s funeral.

THE JEALOUS SEA
Reid Waterer; 2018; USA; 13 min.
Snapshots from a relationship torn apart by jealousy.

TEENAGE THREESOME (Scheideweg)
Arkadij Khaet; 2017; Germany; 4 min.; in German with English subtitles
A game of spin the bottle goes horribly...right?

THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING
Sherren Lee; 2017; Canada; 15 min.
A burn survivor and amputee goes on his first date in ten years.

PUSH PINK
Kai Tillman; 2017; USA; 9 min.
An investigation into how men pee.

SAM DID IT
Dominic Burgess; 2017; USA; 11 min.
Sam meets his celebrity crush in the worst possible way.

ROUTINE
Wes Akwuobi; 2017; USA; 6 min.
Newly out comedian Dwayne realizes that “gay” isn’t the only label he’s been assigned.

FEMME
Alden Peters; 2017; USA; 18 min.
Carson finds the strength to embrace the label many gay men fear the most.

Total running time: 92 min.
 

Nudity, explicit sexual situations, & vulgar language 

L'Animale

Sat, Oct 13 at 4:30pm

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Katharina Mückstein; 2018; Austria; 96 min.; in German with English subtitles

Mati (Sophie Stockinger) and her band of close male friends rule the neighborhood on their motocross bikes, wreaking havoc wherever they go. But unexpectedly, her best pal Sebi (Jack Hofer) falls in love with her—and her enemy Carla (Julia Franz Richter) turns into something new. Mati is suddenly in danger of either losing her standing among her male friends or what she has with Carla. Meanwhile, Mati’s parents slip into a hushed tension when her mother discovers her husband’s attracted to men. As each holds on to their secrets, they question what is more important: appearances or reality? This gratifying coming-of-age drama premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Other screening time: Wed, Oct 17, 5:00pm
 

Freelancers Anonymous

Sat, Oct 13 at 7pm

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Sonia Sebastián; 2018; USA; 82 min.

Billie (Lisa Cordileone) is done putting up with her pointless job and sadistic boss (Alexandra Billings, Transparent). After telling everyone off, she breaks the news to her fiancée Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis), but after meeting a ragtag group of women who strike upon the idea of creating an app for freelancers like themselves, Billie lies to her about her “new job” to buy time until her start-up launches. But will the business plan and financial backers come together in time to save their wedding day? Written by, directed by, and starring a quick-witted cast, this fast-paced romantic comedy gives visibility to women in science and technology. And, as the tagline of the film says, call “Freelancers Anonymous, because your day job sucks ass.”
 

Tucked

Sat, Oct 13 at 7pm

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Jamie Patterson; 2018; UK; 79 min.

This 2018 LA Outfest audience winner for Best Narrative and grand jury winner for International Narrative Feature brings together an Odd Couple pairing of seasoned and brazen comedic elder drag queen Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) and naïve younger protégé Faith (Jordan Stephens). When Jackie receives a terminal medical diagnosis, an unlikely bond of friendship and intimacy develops as they explore unfinished business with an estranged daughter and begin to check off items on Jackie’s bucket list. Buoyed by two sensational lead performances, this celebration of life across generations and cultural, gender, and sexual identities is often hilarious and heartwarming without being mawkish. A truly winsome comedy that is not to be missed! 

Other screening time: Thurs, Oct 18 at 5pm, AMC
 

QTPOC–POV

Sat, Oct 13 at 9pm

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QTPOC perspectives are showcased directly and on their own terms. 

SWEET AND SOUR
Ann Sun; 2017; USA; 6 min.
Wei is having trouble telling his traditional Chinese mother about the man he loves. But at dinner, he finds out more than he ever knew. 

MASKS
Mahaliyah Ayla O; 2018; USA; 22 min.
Saba and Maya are having a fun night out at a gay nightclub when a shooting occurs, after which Saba must grapple with being outed to her family. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short at Frameline. 

I LIVE HERE
Shane Watson; 2017; USA; 18 min. 
New to the Bay Area, Stevie is getting to know his two roommates, who are taking him around to their favorite gay spots. A misunderstanding involving the police changes their lives forever. 

QUARE LIFE
M Shelly Conner; 2018; USA; 10 min.
Michelle thinks she is living the dream until her marriage proposal goes nowhere and her work is up in the air. At least her friends and family are there to save the day. 

THE T
Bea Cordelia & Daniel Kyri; 2018; USA; 43 min. 
Former lovers Jo (a white trans woman) and Carter (a queer black man) and their new friend Emerie (a Latina trans woman) navigate family, face challenges, and party together. Produced by Open Television, a platform for intersectional series. 

Total running time: 99 min.

Graphic violence, explicit sexual situation and drug use. 
 

Kill The Monsters
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Sat, Oct 13 at 9:30pm

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Ryan Lonergan; 2018; USA; 80 min.

In this comic fantasia, Frankie (Jack Ball, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, SLGFF 2015) becomes the third in the relationship of Patrick (writer-director Ryan Lonergan) and Sutton (Garrett McKechnie). But when Frankie mysteriously falls ill, the newly formed “throuple” decide to find the treatment he needs. Their cross-country journey mirrors everything from the founding of America, the Civil War, and the Great Depression to the Middle East conflict and American exceptionalism. Featuring stunning black-and-white photography, wickedly funny dialogue, lots of nudity and sex, and a premise that is literally one for the ages, KILL THE MONSTERS is a historical, absurdist delight. 

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Leandro Goddinho; 2017; Germany; 5 min.
A connection is made when an African refugee visits Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims.
 

Making Montgomery Clift

Sun, Oct 14 at 12pm

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Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon; 2018; USA; 87 min.

This deeply personal and ambitious look into the legacy of classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift was painstakingly created by his nephew Robert, who also narrates. A treasure trove of hidden memorabilia and unearthed film and audio reels collected by Monty’s brother Brooks, along with interviews with his biographer, friends, and lovers, breathes much insight into this often misunderstood and fiercely independent man, who was insatiably committed to his craft. This is a must-see for film aficionados but also an engrossing portrait of obsessed family members trying to discover elusive truths and to set the record straight as to what has been sensationalized in the tabloids as “the slowest suicide in show business.” 
 

All the Feels: Shorts Program

Sun, Oct 14 at 12:15pm

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Families bring us joy and pain, comfort and anxiety. These shorts illustrate the emotional heights of family life—but also the depths, in which hope for reconciliation and love endures.

MALIK
Nathan Carli; 2018; France; 15 min.; in French with English subtitles
In this thriller, Malik prepares to leave town with his lover without telling his family, but at the last minute, things go wrong. 

HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS
Jeannette Buck; 2018; USA; 14 min.
It’s complicated: Heather’s moms divorced and remarried, so Heather now gets four awkward conversations about sex and four people who love her in this lighthearted story about modern family life. 

CONCERN FOR WELFARE
Fadia Abboud; 2018; Australia; 12 min.; in English and Arabic with English subtitles
Ali is a Lebanese lesbian cop in Australia. Her biggest adversary is her brother—and a random dead guy. 

SILVIA IN THE WAVES (Silvia dans les vagues)
Giovana Olmos; 2017; Canada; 13 min.; in French with English subtitles
Silvia’s son wants to honor her in the way she would have wanted, while her wife wants a regular burial. 

ARE WE GOOD PARENTS?
Bola Ogun; 2017; USA; 9 min.
In this upbeat portrayal of parents who try (too?) hard, their daughter’s surprising announcement that her homecoming date is a boy has them questioning everything.

WE LOVE MOSES
Dionne Edwards; 2016; UK; 15 min.
When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And discovered sex. This loving sketch of a sister’s relationship with her gay brother gives no easy answers. 

THERE YOU ARE
Lisa Donato; 2018; USA; 16 min.
Jessica, a trans lesbian, journeys home, navigates mixed family reactions, and makes a final, life-changing connection with her grandmother in this artistic and thoughtful short.

Total running time: 94 min.

Vulgar language & explicit sexual situations

Bao Bao

Sun, Oct 14 at 2:15pm

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Shie Guang-cheng; 2018; Taiwan/UK; 96 min; in Mandarin with English subtitles

Married lesbians Cindy and Joanne (Emmie Rays and Huan-Ru Ke), Taiwanese expats in London, are expecting their first child with gay couple Charles and Tim (Yukihiko Kageyama and Li-Yun Tsai). But a series of misunderstandings about who will parent the unborn child shatters Cindy, who leaves her marriage and flees to Taiwan, where her childhood best friend Tai (Tzu-I Yang) takes care of her, promising to raise the baby with her. Told through an array of flashbacks and anchored by moving performances, this moving feature film debut by Shie Guang-cheng explores sensitive issues that affect many same-sex families. 

Moroni For President

Sun, Oct 14 at 2:30pm

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Saila Huusko & Jasper Rischen; 2017; USA; 76 min.; in English and Diné with English subtitles

Determined to make radical change on the reservation where he grew up—the largest in the United States and plagued with widespread poverty and a lack of basic resources—Moroni Benally, a young, gay, Mormon professor at the University of Washington, launches an impassioned campaign for president of the Navajo Nation. The underdog candidate soon learns that theory is quite different than practice when it comes to down-and-dirty politics and challenging the status quo in this candid, honest examination of modern Native American life.
 

When the Beat Drops

Sun, Oct 14 at 4:30pm

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Jamal Sims; 2018; USA; 86 min. 

Category is…bucking realness! In the tradition of PARIS IS BURNING, this energetic, endearing documentary delves into “bucking,” from its origins at historically black colleges in the South, through its evolution at underground queer clubs. Candid conversations with the performers illustrate their dedication and the risks they take. Inspired by the dance routines and pageantry of marching bands, bucking has become what voguing was to the ballroom scene of the late 1980s: a true form of self-expression and freedom. Directed by renowned choreographer Jamal Sims and featuring an ecstatic dance competition celebrating athleticism and artistry, this film will keep you tapping your feet from beginning to end. Winner of the Frameline42 Outstanding Documentary Jury Award.
 

The Heiresses
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Sun, Oct 14 at 4:30pm

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THE HEIRESSES (Las herederas)
Marcelo Martinessi; 2018; Paraguay/Germany/Uruguay/Brazil/Norway/France; 98 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

After her longtime partner Chiquita is sent to jail, middle-aged Chela (Ana Brun, winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival) decides to escape her reclusive lifestyle and become a taxi driver for her wealthy neighbors in Asunción. A new friendship with a young and free-spirited client empowers Chela to break out of her emotional prison. This assured debut film is a complex character study and also a social commentary on Paraguay’s bourgeoisie.

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Ferran Navarro-Beltrán; 2018; Spain; 8 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles
An unexpected conversation brings two older women together during a visit to the cemetery.
 

My Best Friend

Sun, Oct 14 at 7pm

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Martín Deus; 2018; Argentina; 91 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a quiet, bright teenager better at music than sports, lives in a small town at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia. One day,  tough but shy Caito (Lautaro Rodríguez), the son of a family friend, moves in while his father cares for his sick brother back in Buenos Aires. Despite their differences, the boys are forced to share space and soon become friends. Caito’s rebelliousness helps Lorenzo express his repressed instincts and awaken his innermost passions, and forces Lorenzo’s parents to reexamine a dark chapter of their past. Caito, too, has a secret, which Lorenzo will have to keep. 

Other screening time: Tues, Oct 16 at 5 pm
 

Documentary Centerpiece Film & Gala: Transmilitary

Sun, Oct 14 at 7pm

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While the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military was lifted in 2016, given the current administration’s stance, the futures of these warriors (as well as an estimated 15,500 others) remain uncertain. This timely, powerful documentary debut won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

1985
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Sun, Oct 14 at 9:30pm

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Yen Tan; 2018; USA; 85 min.

Michael Smith (Gotham) shines in this compassionate drama set in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Adrian, a closeted gay man, returns to his conservative hometown for Christmas, weighed down with secrets and trauma. As Adrian reconnects with his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis), he struggles with telling them the truth about his life, a truth more vital in light of a new bond with his younger brother. Winner of the LA Outfest Jury Prize for Outstanding Screenplay, 1985 is a stunning work about the things often left unsaid. 

LIONHOOD
Jason Karman; 2018; Canada; 2 min.
Two teenage hockey players reveal their attraction to the game—and each other. 
 

Kiss Me

Mon, Oct 15 at 5pm

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Océan Michel & Cyprien Vial; 2017; France; 86 min.; in French with English subtitles

Océanerosemarie meets beautiful photographer Cécile (Alice Pol) and knows immediately that she is the love of her life. With the help of her eclectic group of friends, family, and past girlfriends—76 to be exact—she takes her best shot at winning Cécile’s heart, but her playful banter makes an unfavorable impression. Now brokenhearted but determined, she tries even harder to prove her commitment, break old habits, and win Cécile back before it’s too late. A witty and charming rom-com set in the streets of Paris, KISS ME is sure to delight. 

Other screening time: Friday, Oct 12 at 9:15pm
 

Postcards From London

Mon, Oct 15 at 7pm

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Steve McLean; 2018; UK; 89 min.

Travel to a strikingly refreshing, neon-drenched, ultra cool, imaginary version of London’s Soho in this not-so-usual rent boy story. Harris Dickinson (the sexy star of BEACH RATS in another riveting performance) stars as Jim, a newcomer to the high-end escorts known as the Raconteurs, who specialize in knowledge of literature and art. Jim begins to suffer from Stendahl syndrome, a rare psychosomatic disorder that causes him to become emotionally overwhelmed and hypersensitive to the beauty of art. With clever reimaginings of the painter Caravaggio and hyperreal, highly stylized photography, this stunningly original, witty, and light-hearted postmodern tale is a tribute to the arts to be remembered. 

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Mon, Oct 15 at 7:15pm

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Caroline Berler; 2018; USA; 60 min.
A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen—complete with juicy clips and stories—director Caroline Berler’s accomplished first documentary goes beyond Hollywood myth-making to show how women, lesbians, and people of color helped transform the queer imagination. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Desiree Akhavan, and Vicky Du (among others) discuss confronting mainstream image-making and creating work that pushes boundaries, tells great stories, and reflects diversity and desire. A delightful behind-the-scenes exploration of ’70s lesbian cinema, ’80s activism, ’90s New Queer Cinema, and 21st-century pop froth, this is a shoo-in for Best Access to Copyrighted Archival Material and a gift to all cinema lovers.

Viewfinder: Shorts Program

Mon, Oct 15 at 9pm

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Perform, dress-up, and dance—these queers are ready to thrust their way to new heights in imaginative and fantastical ways. 

TZANIZID (WAKE UP) 
Beric Manywounds; 2017; Canada; 6 min.
Two-spirit performer and storyteller Beric Manywounds takes us on an intimate and enthralling dance experience. 

LATE NIGHTS IN THE LAB
Clyde Petersen; 2018; USA; 3 min.
Hot for queer teacher at an experimental college, in song. 

SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT
Daniel Moshe; 2018; Austria; 4 min.
Become entranced in a carnival of mysterious phenomena. Frogs, bunnies, beavers, oh my.

TALENT NIGHT AT AUSCHWITZ: BUNK FIVE
Max Rifkind-Barron; 2018; USA; 18 min.
This gripping short is a vignette of the imaginative song and dance a young boy uses to transcend trauma. 

UNBOXED
Sam Matthews; 2018; Australia; 6 min. 
This experimental dance short is a romantic account of gender diversity, with prose intersecting movement.

CROOK: “LAVENDER” 
Matthew Kaundart; 2017; USA; 8 min.
A mesmerizing, poetic dance montage that explores gender, sexuality, and the pursuit of love. 

POW (PISS OFF, WAR)
Werther Germondari & Maria Laura Spagnoli; 2018; Italy; 9 min.
The queer agenda stops for no one, and no war. 

HEAVEN’S RAGE 
Mark Crane; 2017; UK; 14 min.
A portrait of the power of escaping to imaginary worlds through literature.

DANCES 
Ramon Watkins; 2018; Australia; 6 min.
Tinder conversations take shape in this evocative contemporary dance.

JUCK (THRUST)
Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert & Ulrika Bandeira; 2018; Sweden; 17 min.; in Swedish, with English subtitles 
The positions of object and subject provoke, inspire, and break norms, asking “what is femininity?”

Total running time: 91 min.
 

Hard Paint

Mon, Oct 15 at 9:15pm

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Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon; 2018; Brazil; 118 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

In this love story set in southern Brazil and punctuated with both genuine suspense and pure joy, socially awkward Pedro, traumatized by frequent bullying, finds relief only when he transforms into online adult webcam performer NeonBoy. When he discovers a rival using the same technique, an intense mutual sexual attraction develops. Having suffered the loss of his immediate family and fearing criminal charges, Pedro begins to face his past and battle his inner demons. Fueled by a memorable electronic dance soundtrack, this seductively colorful triptych (winner of multiple prestigious film festival awards) is a thrilling tale of survival in a city that’s literally sinking.
 

My Best Friend

Tue, Oct 16 at 5pm

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Martín Deus; 2018; Argentina; 91 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a quiet, bright teenager better at music than sports, lives in a small town at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia. One day,  tough but shy Caito (Lautaro Rodríguez), the son of a family friend, moves in while his father cares for his sick brother back in Buenos Aires. Despite their differences, the boys are forced to share space and soon become friends. Caito’s rebelliousness helps Lorenzo express his repressed instincts and awaken his innermost passions, and forces Lorenzo’s parents to reexamine a dark chapter of their past. Caito, too, has a secret, which Lorenzo will have to keep. 
 

Other screening time: Sun, Oct 14 at 7:00pm

Montana

Tue, Oct 16 at 7pm

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Limor Shmila; 2017; Israel; 74 min.; in Hebrew with English subtitles

After her grandfather’s death and a 15-year absence, Efi (Noa Biron) returns to her family in the picturesque Mediterranean coastal town of Acre, where she begins a torrid affair with Karen, the sultry, married mother of two who now lives in Efi’s childhood home. When confronted by the close relationship between her uncle and Karen’s young daughter, Efi struggles to face and expose traumatic family secrets both old and new. More than a story about the complicated interweaving of family dynamics and social norms, MONTANA illustrates the inevitable impact of disrupting the cycle of sexual abuse and breaking the silence in which it thrives. With its nuanced performances and sleepy seaside setting, MONTANA premiered to much acclaim at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. 

Chance Encounters: Shorts Program

Tue, Oct 16 at 7pm

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A one-night stand, love (and lust) at first sight, and that moment when you realize you’ve finally met “the one” are just some of the things that could happen when you have a chance encounter.

SET ME AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART
Omer Tobi; 2017; Israel; 13 min.; in Hebrew with English subtitles
A chance encounter at the bathhouse turns into a lesson in love.

PRE-DRINK
Marc-Antoine Lemire; 2017; Canada; 23 min.; in French with English subtitles
Alexe, a trans woman, and Carl, a gay man, have been best friends forever. What happens to that friendship when they unexpectedly end up in bed together?

VERTICAL LINES
Kyle Reaume; 2018; Canada; 15 min.
New couple Dave and Andrew reach another level of closeness in their relationship when secrets are revealed.

BROKEN SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Miguel Angel Caballero; 2018; USA; 14 min.
Sometimes love isn’t enough and some things are not meant to be.

PHOTOMATON
Roberto Fiesco; 2018; Mexico; 6 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles
On a cloudy day, two construction workers make a connection in a photo booth.

DARÍO
Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil; 2018; Colombia; 15 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles
17-year-old Darío just wants to dance in Carnaval, but his conservative mom won’t allow it.

Total running time: 86 min.
Explicit sexual situations, discussion of suicide & self harm 

In The Dark: Shorts Program

Tue, Oct 16 at 9:15pm

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After the sun sets, our darkest impulses come out to play.

SELL YOUR BODY
Jaanelle Yee; 2017; USA; 11 min.
In this darkly comic update of a classic urban legend, a medical school dropout learns just how far she’s prepared to go to keep herself afloat.

FISH TANK
Neal Mulani; 2017; USA; 6 min.
A young virgin may be in over his head when an older man invites him over to play.

SHADOW ANIMALS (Skuggdjur)
Jerry Carlsson; 2017; Sweden; 21 min.; in Swedish with English subtitles
Shadows lurk outside a safe space where ritualistic behavior keeps evil at bay. 

INSTINCT
Maria Alice Arida; 2017; USA; 19 min.
A lonely gallery owner and a young performance artist seduce each other at the opening of an art show. There will be blood.

ROLE PLAY
Sara Sahin; 2018; USA; 19 min.
Two strangers meet in a hotel room for a night of erotic power play that goes too far when reality and infidelity invade their fantasy.

DISFORIA
Lio Mehiel & Heidi Hartwig; 2018; USA; 8 min.
When Jack returns home for Christmas and finds his family has abandoned their homestead, he is forced to confront the fear of isolation that comes from living our true selves.

CONTACT
Teal Greyhavens; 2017; USA; 13 min.
Two lovers have a tryst on a lush green hillside before everything goes wrong.

Total running time: 97 min.
 

Sorry Angel

Tue, Oct 16 at 9:15pm

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Christophe Honoré; 2018; France; 128 min.; in French with English subtitles

Acclaimed openly gay French filmmaker Christophe Honoré details the complicated love story of two men who come from distinctly different places, both geographically and emotionally. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps), a 35-year-old writer who has AIDS and a young son, and Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a 22-year-old student eager to explore his burgeoning sexuality, struggle to establish a more meaningful relationship after a chance encounter. An engrossing story of sexual awakening, unrequited love, youthful optimism, and the mental and physical anguish of the AIDS epidemic in the early ’90s, SORRY ANGEL vividly illustrates our universal desire to transcend life’s cruel realities. 
 

L'Animale

Wed, Oct 17 at 5pm

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Katharina Mückstein; 2018; Austria; 96 min.; in German with English subtitles

Mati (Sophie Stockinger) and her band of close male friends rule the neighborhood on their motocross bikes, wreaking havoc wherever they go. But unexpectedly, her best pal Sebi (Jack Hofer) falls in love with her—and her enemy Carla (Julia Franz Richter) turns into something new. Mati is suddenly in danger of either losing her standing among her male friends or what she has with Carla. Meanwhile, Mati’s parents slip into a hushed tension when her mother discovers her husband’s attracted to men. As each holds on to their secrets, they question what is more important: appearances or reality? This gratifying coming-of-age drama premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Other screening time: Sat, Oct 13 at 4:30pm
 

Feature Centerpiece Film & Gala: Riot

Wed, Oct 17 at 7pm

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Jeffrey Walker’s RIOT shines a light on Australia’s gay rights movement in the 1970s, chronicling the creation of Sydney’s LGBT Mardi Gras—but more importantly, illustrating why it was needed and vividly bringing to life those passionate individuals who were unwavering in their fight for recognition and equality.

Venus

Wed, Oct 17 at 7:15pm

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Eisha Marjara; 2017; Canada; 95 min.

“I’m his father...mother… I’m working that part out.” While transitioning to female and trying to live up to her Indian family’s cultural expectations, Sid discovers she is the father of a teenage son. Her son Ralph (Jamie Mayers) gets more than he expected when he meets his other bio-parent, and Sid discovers Ralph wants to be more Indian than Sid has ever allowed herself to be, whether in terms of music or language or food. Featuring a strong lead performance by Debargo Sanyal (POTTERSVILLE) and set in beautiful Montreal, this crowd-pleasing dramedy is a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.
 

Bixa Travesty

Wed, Oct 17 at 9:30pm

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Kiko Goifman & Claudia Priscilla; 2018; Brazil; 75 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

Passionate, provocative, and extremely unapologetic, Linn da Quebrada electrifies the stage with daring performances of resistance against heteronormativity and machismo—complete with extravagant costumes and lots of twerking. Da Quebrada, a black transwoman (and self-proclaimed bixa travesty, reclaiming the Portuguese for “tranny fag”) uses spoken word, rap, and high-energy dance to explore gender, race, and sexuality in Brazil’s urban slums. Meanwhile, private moments reveal probing conversations with her mother and da Quebrada’s own cancer treatment. Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, this dazzling documentary exquisitely illustrates the power of rebellious art and radical honesty.

Mario

Wed, Oct 17 at 9:30pm

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Marcel Gisler; 2018; Switzerland; 124 min.; in German with English subtitles

Determined and skilled soccer player Mario (Max Hubacher) has been working for this moment his entire life—he’s being scouted by major European soccer teams. When he is paired with the equally talented Leon (Aaron Altaras) to increase their viability,  a friendship begins that quickly includes something more: a stolen kiss, a long embrace. As their love becomes undeniable, rumors intensify, threatening their future. Winner of the Swiss Film Award for Best Actor, Hubacher gives a rich, emotional performance in the role of a man facing the loss of his lifelong dream or his once-in-a-lifetime love. 
 

Tucked

Thu, Oct 18 at 5pm

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Jamie Patterson; 2018; UK; 79 min.

This 2018 LA Outfest audience winner for Best Narrative and grand jury winner for International Narrative Feature brings together an Odd Couple pairing of seasoned and brazen comedic elder drag queen Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) and naïve younger protégé Faith (Jordan Stephens). When Jackie receives a terminal medical diagnosis, an unlikely bond of friendship and intimacy develops as they explore unfinished business with an estranged daughter and begin to check off items on Jackie’s bucket list. Buoyed by two sensational lead performances, this celebration of life across generations and cultural, gender, and sexual identities is often hilarious and heartwarming without being mawkish. A truly winsome comedy that is not to be missed! 

Other screening time: Sat, Oct 13 at 7:00pm, NWFF
 

Canary (Kanarie)

Thu, Oct 18 at 6:30pm

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Christiaan Olwagen; 2018; South Africa; 123 min.; in Afrikaans with English subtitles

At the height of apartheid, Johan (comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout), a small-town army draftee with an affinity for Depeche Mode and Boy George, joins the South African military’s traveling glee club—the “Canaries”—for his compulsory two-year service. On the nationwide tour to promote the military and the state, his growing feelings for a fellow choir member cause him to question his long-repressed sexuality and his patriotism—and to find his voice. Featuring award-winning actor Gerard Rudolph, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, and a host of cameo roles by some big names in South African TV and film,  this coming-of-age musical hits all the right notes.
 

The Most Dangerous Year

Thu, Oct 18 at 7pm

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Vlada Knowlton; 2018; USA; 90 min.

Did you know that The Advocate proclaimed 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans? That year, anti-transgender laws known as “bathroom bills” were on the ballot in our very own state, throwing the safety of the transgender community—and public ignorance surrounding their identities—into the spotlight and into the voting booth. Seattle-based filmmaker Vlada Knowlton, whose youngest daughter is trans, teamed up with Gender Diversity, a community organization supporting families with trans kids, to document this present-day civil rights movement in our own backyard.
 

Tracing Desire: Shorts Program

Thu, Oct 18 at 9:15pm

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Desires rise to the surface in this eclectic collection of provocative and at times explicit queer short films from around the world.

MARGUERITE
Marianne Farley; 2017; Canada; 19 min.; in French with English subtitles 
A diabetic woman in her seventies learns to make peace with herself and her repressed sexuality after befriending her caretaker. 

JUST PAST NOON ON A TUESDAY 
Travis Mathews; 2018; Brazil/USA; 22 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
A young man spends a sex- and drug-fueled afternoon with a friend of his deceased lover. 

FIG TREE
Ana Quintanilla; 2018; USA; 5 min.; no dialogue
Haunted by memory and loss, a young woman is confronted by the apparition of her past lover.

LATIFUNDIUM (Latifúndio)
Érica Sarmet; 2017; Brazil; 11 min.; in Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles
Experimental queer porn that expands our notions of body, its desires, and its limitless forms. 

DRESSED FOR PLEASURE (Je fais où tu me dis)
Marie de Maricourt; 2017; Switzerland; 17 min.; in French with English subtitles
Twentysomething and disabled, Sarah lives with her cold parents, filling her mind with kinky fantasies, until the new housekeeper helps her realize her own burgeoning sexuality.

ISLANDS (Les îles)
Yann Gonzalez; 2017; France; 24 min.; in French with English subtitles
Characters intertwine in this hauntingly erotic, dreamlike exploration of love and desire. 

Total running time: 98 min.

DEAF FRIENDLY
 

Shakedown

Thu, Oct 18 at 9:30pm

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Leilah Weinraub; 2017; USA; 71 min.

Leave your inhibitions at the door as the queens of SHAKEDOWN break it down for you in this festival circuit favorite. For 15 years, LA’s underground nightclub Shakedown created a haven for African-American lesbians to worship at the altar of Egypt, Jazmyne, and a team of gorgeous dancers assembled by founder Ronnie Ron. Director Leilah Weinraub’s mixtape-inspired love letter blends over a decade of explicit performance and backstage video footage with present-day intimate conversations to paint a portrait of a community—and preserve its history long after its dissolution.
 

#20GayTeen: Shorts Program

Fri, Oct 19 at 5pm

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Whether you’re in the city or the country, whether you’re rich or poor, we all share the experience of growing up queer.

SHARE
Barna Szász & Ellie Wen; 2018; USA; 13 min.
Tim, an 18-year-old Instagram influencer with thousands of followers, still struggles to come out to his family.

POP ROX
Nate Trinrud; 2017; USA; 14 min.
On the night that Jesse is going to reveal her crush to her best friend Roxanne, a new girl crashes their party.

SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX (Anders)
Reinout Hellenthal; 2017; Netherlands; 19 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles
On the surface, Alex is just another surly, mopey teenager. Inside, his true identity is primed to explode.

KICK THE CAN (Tarro)
Andrés E. Losada; 2017; Colombia; 5 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles
In this nostalgic short about the brink of manhood, summer games satiate forbidden desires.

BEAUTY
Christina Willings; 2018; Canada; 24 min.
Trans youth and parents talk about their real-life experiences in this bubbly documentary.

MAYBE
Kat Cole; 2018; USA; 10 min.;  
Lauren, a young Filipino-American in Honolulu, is fascinated by the queer group of friends she sees on a walk along the seawall. 

CANDACE
Emma Weinstein; 2017; USA; 9 min.
At the end of high school, best friends Candace and Charlie find it hard to say goodbye before they go off to college.

Total running time: 94 min.
 

Non-explicit sexual situations, drug use & discussion of suicide

MAPPLETHORPE

Fri, Oct 19 at 6:45pm

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Ondi Timoner; 2018; USA; 102 min.

Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of New York’s underground gay male BDSM scene, male nudes, female bodybuilders, and bound-up penises helped fuel the notorious culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Bold and beautiful, this biopic follows the queer artist’s life, from dropping out of college, befriending a young Patti Smith, and moving into the infamous Chelsea Hotel to becoming lovers with art collector Sam Wagstaff, living lavishly (and dangerously) as his fame grew, and dying of AIDS-related causes at 42. The iconic photographer is sumptuously played by Matt Smith (star of Dr. Who and Prince Philip on The Crown) in this compelling feature-film debut by director Ondi Timoner (DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC).

White Rabbit
with Salamagan

Fri, Oct 19 at 7:15pm

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Daryl Wein; 2018; USA; 71 min.

Vivian Bang (YES MAN, Sullivan & Sons) delivers an extraordinary performance as Sophia, a Korean-American performance artist living in LA and struggling with her recent breakup. When she meets free-spirited photographer Victoria (Nana Ghana), she discovers a strong connection developing. The only problem is…are her feelings reciprocated? This quirky dramedy based on Bang’s own performance work burrows into the rabbit hole of love and self-expression. 

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Elisa Oh; 2018; USA; 12 min.
Ana and her Filipino mother are cleaning out a hoarder’s house when her girlfriend shows up to help.
 

The Drag Roast of Heklina

Fri, Oct 19 at 9:15pm

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Cheyenne Picardo; 2018; USA; 78 min.

Enjoy or flee this filmed insanity, where the queens are bringing down The Queen herself. Starring Heklina aka Stefan Grygelko, founder of San Francisco’s infamous drag show Mother (formerly known as Trannyshack), this roast is a no-holds-barred catfight. The panel includes Jackie Beat as the host and other terribly bad dragons, including Julie Brown (CLUELESS), Peaches Christ, Sister Roma, Bob the Drag Queen, and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Alaska Thunderfuck and Seattle’s very own Jinkx Monsoon. Anything goes in this true slay, from sexual innuendos to downright dirty tricks, until Heklina has the last laugh fo’ real.
 

Two in the Bush: A Love Story
with Cake

Fri, Oct 19 at 9:30pm

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Laura Madalinski; 2018; USA; 97 min. 

After a painful breakup and sudden unemployment, bisexual Emily is looking for a new life. She moves in with her best friend Rosa and finds a job working for a local dominatrix, the very hot Nikki. Not only is Nikki a curiosity but so is her boyfriend Ben, and it dawns on Emily that she wants to date both of them. As Emily starts to pursue her dreams of becoming a documentarian, her possibilities begin to open up. With TWO IN THE BUSH, director Laura Madalinski has created an entertaining and fun-loving view of sex work, polyamory, and bisexuality.

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Anne Hu; 2016; USA; 9 min.
In this biting satire, a female sex robot turns out to be more than Eliza and her husband can handle.
 

Gentlemen Bank Robber/Lives: Visible

Sat, Oct 20 at 12pm

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Julie Perini; 2017; USA; 46 min. 

Imprisoned for petty theft, rita “bo” brown was radicalized in prison. Once released, she robbed banks in Seattle as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a Pacific Northwest underground revolutionary group, evading capture by being continually misidentified as a man. Chronicling her life and work as a political and prison reform activist, this captivating portrait of a charming queer ideologue draws attention to the little-known history of militant direct action. 

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LIVES VISIBLE
Michelle Citron; 2017; USA; 35 min. 
2,000 long-hidden snapshots reveal pre-Stonewall butch/fem life in Chicago.
 

Saturgay Morning Cartoons: Shorts Program

Sat, Oct 20 at 12:15pm

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Get your jammies on and pour yourself some Froot Loops for this adult-oriented collection of animated shorts that will entertain and inspire.

BUTTON OUT!
Kathleen Mullen; 2018; Canada; 4 min.
The history of the LGBT movement, as told by activists.

FLASH FLOOD
Alli MacKay; 2017; Canada; 6 min.
Thoughts on the transgender experience—from those who know it firsthand.

MANIVALD
Chintis Lundgren; 2017; Estonia/Canada; 13 min.
A fox finds a new family.

TRIGGER HAPPY
Anne T. Hanson & Wendy Jo Carlton; 2018; USA; 3 min.
A young voter is forced to consider the discriminatory political agenda behind making America GREAT!

I LIKE GIRLS
Diane Obomsawin; 2016; Canada; 8 min.
The origins of love.

TAILOR
Calí dos Anjos; 2017; Brazil; 10 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
Trans and genderqueer people rise to the challenges they encounter in society.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JACKIE SHANE?
Sonya Reynolds & Lauren Hortie; 2014; Canada; 9 min.
The story of a gender revolutionary in 1960s Toronto nightlife.

STEPS TO BALANCE 1-5
Molly Garrett; 2017; USA; 3 min.
A “Take On Me” take on bodies and motion.

EXPIRATION DATE
Shwenn Shunya Chang; 2017; USA; 5 min.
Love seen through a refracted lens.

THE PHANTASMAGORIA OF OFFENSE: THE MALE VERSION
Jess Irish; 2018; USA; 7 min.
A brief history of the queer art movement. 

OPEN RECESS
Amy Jingyi Xu; 2016; USA/Canada; 3 min.
First love on the playground.

SPARK
Aharonit Elior; 2017; USA; 6 min. 
A spark ignites a new flame and a new relationship.

REACH THE SKY
Daniel Sterlin-Altman; 2018; USA; 6 min.
Finally, a gay fantasia that we can all “be-weave” in.

Total running time: 83 min.
 

Evening Shadows

Sat, Oct 20 at 2:15pm

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Sridhar Rangayan; 2018; India; 102 min.; in Hindi with English subtitles

A mother’s love for her son is the glue that holds this moving family drama together, despite strict social mores and a bigoted father that threaten to tear them apart after Kartik is pressured into coming out. Old traditions still thrive in small-town southern India, and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code made homosexual acts punishable by law until very recently. Careful direction by award-winner Sridhar Rangayan, an emotionally anchoring performance by Mona Ambegaonkar, and haunting songs by renowned singer Shubha Mudgal are the heart of this story about coming to terms with emotional truths from both the parents’ and child’s perspectives.
 

Strowlers & Panel

Sat, Oct 20 at 2:30pm

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Ben Dobyns & L. Gabriel Gonda; 2018; USA; 40 min. 

In this open-source series filmed in Seattle, magic is real—and it’s getting stronger. Some fear it; others risk their lives for it. Our heroine Whit enlists the help of “strowlers” (who want to keep magic free) to protect a charmed young girl. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Amanda is developing a magic-hunting device for the government! Can true love survive such unlikely circumstances? Filmmakers and fans worldwide have contributed to this unique cinematic universe, told from the point of view of people on the fringes—artists, revolutionaries, immigrants, dreamers—resisting the powerful forces that want to limit free self-expression. After the screening, see clips from spin-offs and learn how you can become a strowler yourself with director Ben Dobyns and producer Lindy Boustedt, both of Seattle.

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Room To Grow

Sat, Oct 20 at 4:30pm

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Matt Alber & Jon Garcia; 2017; USA; 88 min.

ROOM TO GROW is a refreshingly positive documentary about LGBTQ youth during some of the most formative years of their lives. Being a teenager can be exciting, awkward, and stressful, but even so, these queer teens are undaunted, surviving, and thriving. With the support of their families and allies, they display incredible resilience given today’s political climate, expressing and exploring their identity. Portland-based directors Matt Alber (best known as a singer-songwriter) and Jon Garcia (THE FALLS, SLGFF 2012; THE FALLS: TESTAMENT OF LOVE, SLGFF 2013; THE FALLS: COVENANT OF GRACE, SLGFF 2016) bring us this poignant and hopeful portrait of teenage empowerment.
 

Paternal Rites

Sat, Oct 20 at 4:45pm

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Jules Rosskam; 2018; USA; 82 min.

Part road movie, part experimental animation, part found-footage collage, PATERNAL RITES takes its inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and filmmakers such as Jenni Olson and Marlon Riggs to deeply explore the American family and its false dreams of normalcy. By painting a portrait in fragments, filmmaker Jules Rosskam creates an extraordinarily intimate examination of the relationship between trauma and memory, the structuring power of absence, the development of his own trans masculinity and Jewish identity, and the healing power of being present. Criterion refers to this beautifully rendered film as “gorgeously crafted and breathtaking…unlike any you’ve ever seen before.” 

50 Years of Fabulous

Sat, Oct 20 at 7pm

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Jethro Patalinghug; USA; 2018; 82 min.

The Imperial Council, founded in San Francisco in 1965, is one of the oldest, most influential LGBTQ organizations in the world, played a pivotal role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and shaping gay culture. Unfortunately, most LGBTQ people are unaware of these brave men and women, including Imperial Council founder, activist and performer José Sarria, who fought for the rights they enjoy today. In 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS, writer-director Jethro Patalinghug documents the historical evolution of the Imperial Council, from its mid-’60s inception to today’s struggle to find relevance amid social progress and a newly empowered political movement committed to curtailing a half century of civil rights achievements. Keep an eye out for some footage chronicling the Seattle chapter. 
 

Jules of Light and Dark
with Pond Illusion

Sat, Oct 20 at 7pm

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Daniel Laabs; 2018; USA; 85 min.

Stunning cinematography highlights the beauty of rural Texas, where college girlfriends Maya and Jules are trying to figure out where their lives are headed. After a rave and a devastating car accident, Maya meets Freddy, an older, closeted gay man, and an unlikely friendship forms through his simple act of kindness. Their chance meeting makes them rethink their lives and the choices they have made in this poetic story about coming of age—at any age—and finding your truth in a small town.

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Ezell Polanco Hampton; 2018; Canada; 9 min.
Time’s passing is explored in Leah and Abigail’s relationship, from initial bliss to breakup and everything in between.

Implied violence & explicit sexual situations
 

Sodom

Sat, Oct 20 at 9pm

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Mark Wilshin; 2017; UK; 94 min.

Two men stumble upon each other after dark in this intimate and sensual drama about courage and shame from different generational perspectives. Will, an aspiring soccer player young enough to have grown up in a time of tolerance, is handcuffed naked to a street lamp, whereupon fortysomething Michael, a strikingly handsome but damaged former pianist, rescues him. While unshackling Will’s hands—and inhibitions—at Michael’s loft, the older man’s demons from a wrecked relationship with a long-time partner are unleashed, compelling both men to keep looking back. Beautifully filmed, smartly written, and well acted, writer-director Mark Wilshin’s debut brims with chemistry and self-discovery.
 

Anchor & Hope

Sat, Oct 20 at 9:15pm

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Caroline Berler; 2018; USA; 60 min.
Living on a riverboat on London’s picturesque Regent’s Canal, a bohemian lesbian couple—boat remodeler Kat (Natalia Tena of the HARRY POTTER series) and part-time salsa instructor Eva (Oona Chaplin of Game of Thrones)—find themselves on a bittersweet journey of love when they decide to start a family. They ask Roger, an itinerant old college friend from Spain, to donate his sperm. One problem: no one is sure what role they want to play—or are capable of playing—in the baby’s life, and their confidence wanes to dire levels as the reality of a child looms large. One of the best lesbian dramas of the year, ANCHOR AND HOPE (written by Jules Nurrish) examines friendship, love, and getting everyone on board.

The Coming Back Out Ball

Sun, Oct 21 at 12pm

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Sue Thomson; 2018; Australia; 82 min.

Go down under in this grand tribute to LGBTQI seniors as they are invited to a celebratory ball in their honor during the contentious marriage equality debate in Australia. Often forced back into the closet in care facilities—or simply assumed to be heterosexual after they turn grey—this cast of wildly colorful characters share their fascinating life stories with insight and humor. Determined to come back out after decades of discrimination and isolation, these elders celebrate their gender and sexual identities with a vigorous newfound freedom. Filled with exuberant performances from the gala, this genuine and rare look at the struggles and joys of aging will have you standing and cheering. 
 

Still Waiting In The Wings

Sun, Oct 21 at 2:15pm

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Q. Allan Brocka; 2018; USA; 109 min.

There’s no business like show business in this extravagant sequel to WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL. Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE, EATING OUT) revives all the camp and whimsy of his prior films, showcasing starving actors (returning WAITING stars Jeffrey A. Johns (screen-writer), Adam Muss, and Lee Meriwether, as well as Joe Abraham) still trying to hit it big and make the leap from The Café Broadway Times Square to Broadway. This musical also features star-studded cameos by Cindy Williams, Bruce Vilanch, Chita Rivera, the Perry Twins, and perennial EATING OUT ally Rebekah Kochan.
 

Closing Night: Rafiki

Sun, Oct 21 at 7pm

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This remarkable achievement by director Wanuri Kahiu—the first LGBTQ Kenyan film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section)—received a 10-minute standing ovation but has been banned in Kenya for its “clear intent to promote lesbianism.” Closing our festival with a moving, sexy, and unapologetically queer film about fighting for love is a reminder that our work continues. Through Kena and Ziki’s strength, we find the hope we need so much today.


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