Monday, September 11th, 7:00pm

Sis

10min

Dimitri Toulias, Dir.
Two estranged sisters, religious Fran and transgender Steph, reconcile their differences during the course of one night where honesty is the only policy.

Heritage (Israel)

24min

Noam, a young gay guy, discovers his father, who just died, had a secret affair with another married man. He Follows and meets that man without telling him who he is. He now holds his father’s secret.

Transit Havana (Germany)

1hr, 36min

Daniel Abma, Dir.
President’s daughter Mariela Castro organizes support and treatment for Cuban transgender people. Is the socialist island changing into a queer paradise?

 

Tuesday, September 12th, 7:00pm

The Third Try

5 min

Alfonso M. Rodriguez, Dir.

AWARD: Best Performance 2017: Rain Dove!

Recently discharged from the hospital, a distressed Lorie is still at a loss for words. Ryan, the pillar of their relationship, brings down her defenses in an attempt to console her. With Lorie on the brink of a complete breakdown, Ryan finally realizes that she too feels helpless. The two agree to embrace this hardship in hopes of moving forward.

Flocker

23 min

Jayson Oaks, Dir.

Love, family and flock collide on a small Texas Christmas tree farm as Emmett and Seth navigate an unclear attraction to one another while avoiding the watchful eye of Mrs. Thibideaux, who just happens to be Seth’s mother and Emmett’s boss.

 

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

2 hr

Jennifer M. Kroot, Dir.

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm

Dusk (UK)

(15min)

Jake Graf, Dir.

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.
A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it’s those that truly define us.

Afterglow (Brazil)

(12min)

Akira Kamiki, Dir.

Afterglow is a sensorial movie about finding the joy of living again. David discovers that his boyfriend Allen is suffering from depression and, on the course of a day, makes him see the beauty and pleasure of the most mundane things.

Mer(r)y Xmas!- Un natale diverso (Italy)

(11min)

Aurora Piagessi, Dir.

Syria (Berta Bertè) is a transgender whore who fights everyday against an hostile world, handing out smiles and tenderness. For her, Christmas’ morning is going to be as any other ordinary day: cold (detached), lonely and contentious; but Syria always shows a warm smile, that hides the hope to spend at least this day not alone. She woke up in her darling client’s bed, Fabio (Emanuele Barresi), waiting to spend an umpteenth and sad day but something special is going to happen…

Tailor

(10min)

Cali dos Anjos, Dir.

TAILOR is a transgender cartoonist that shares in his web page other trans people’s experiences and their challenges in society.

Apricot Groves (Iran)

(1hr, 20min)

Pouria Heidary Oureh, Dir

Award: Best Narrative Feature 2017!

Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Aram met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

 

Saturday, September 16th, 2:00pm

Bride of Frankie

(19min)

Devi Snively, Dir.

In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.

It Gets Better?

(11 min)

Stephen Riscica, Dir.

An older gay man is inspired to record a testimonial after watching a bisexual teenager’s video, assuring him that ‘It Gets Better.’

Mine (UK)

(4 min)

Matthew Morgan, Dir.

The non-donor father in a gay relationship struggles to come to terms with being the father to a child which is not biologically his.

Land of Lost Content (Germany)

(45 min)

Elena Horn, Dir.

Ishimwa Muhimanyi returns to Rwanda after many years to meet his remaining family exploring the role of religion in the genocide and facing memories that only return in fragments, while Nik travels to Serbia wanting to reveal his homosexuality to his family, facing numerous challenges on the way.

Hot Men Cold Dictatorships (Hungary)

(1hr,38 min)

Mária Takács, Dir,

Young Hungarian gays explore the personal dramas of elderly gay men who lived in Communist Hungary.
Has the situation of gay men improved since the fall of communism or is homophobia even worse today?

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm

Counting

(10 min)

Dan Pal, Dir.

AWARD: Best Screenplay 2017!

In 1951 Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality.

In a Heartbeat

(4min)

Beth David & Esteban Bravo, Dirs.

A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams

Lesson #6

(4 min)

A tell-it-like-it-is lesson from an experienced drag queen.

Looking Back at Me

(25min)

Alex Escaja, Dir.

Sade Bolger is an 18-year-old musician from Vermont. Recently having come out as non-binary, this documentary highlights Sade in relation to their passion for music, their unapologetic authenticity, and their place in Vermont in a genuine endeavor to influence the future, both online and in person.

Sisak (India)

(15 min)

Faraz Ansari, Dir.

AWARD: Best in Show 2017!

There’s much talk about the language of love — the beauty, the poesy, the intricacy and the eloquence. But what if the real romance rested between the lines, in pages and moments that pass you by? And what if you learned one day that you could read it all? Soak in the joy, taste the eloquence, breathe in the intricacies and feel the poesy reverberating in the air. But what if you could only sense, only feel and yet do nothing else?

The Lavender Scare

(1hr,16 min)

Josh Howard, Dir.

AWARD: Best Documentary, 2017!

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.