Films

Highlights

Michael Schneider - Board Member

"A very highly regarded foreign entry referencing the intense AIDS struggle, and the continued need for proactive vigilance in our community."

Honors -

François Chalais Award and Grand Jury Prize – Cannes Film Festival

120 BEATS PER MINUTE (120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE)

Saturday October 14th 2017, 9:30 pm

Genre: Drama, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Political

Language: In French and English with English subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

In the early 1990s, with AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, ACT UP-PARIS activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant who...

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Highlights

Honors -

Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress - Film Out (San Diego)
Audience Award Best Narrative Feature - Outfest (Los Angeles)

A Million Happy Nows

Saturday October 14th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Drama, Lesbian, Romance, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

A veteran soap opera star who is tired of being sidelined for younger talent, who also is finding it harder to memorize her script lines, decides not to renew her contract. She and her publicist/partner retire to a beach house. When a doctor’s visit...

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Steve Drukker - Director of Finance and Grants

"A provocative and engrossing film"

Honors -

Official Selection
Frameline (San Francisco)
Outfest (Los Angeles)

After Louie

Sunday October 8th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Drama, Gay

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

Sam (Alan Cumming), is an artist/ activist from ACT UP who lived through the early years of HIV/AIDS. He is scarred and still struggling with survivor’s guilt. He is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their uninhibited use of...

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Honors -

Official Selection
BFI Flare (London)
Frameline (San Francisco)

Against The Law

Saturday October 14th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Documentary, Drama, Gay, Historical, Historical Fiction, Political, Suspense

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

The film follows the affair between celebrated Fleet Street journalist Peter Wildeblood and serviceman Eddy McNally. The exposure of their relationship had devastating consequences, leading to public vilification and prison sentences for Wildeblood and...

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Highlights

Honors -

Best LGBT Film - London Independent Film Festival

B&B

Friday October 13th 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Crime, Drama, Gay, Mystery, Suspense, Thiller

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

Handosme gay Londoners Marc and Fred plan a weekend of mischief, returning to bait the owner of a remote B&B who they successfully sued a year prior for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest, with far more sinister...

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Battle Of The Sexes - 954GLOW Screening (NEW DATE)

Thursday September 21st 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Historical, LGBTQ, Political, Romance

Category: 954 GLOW

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal...

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Beach Rats

Thursday August 17th 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Drama

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Frankie, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn, is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends...

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Highlights

Jury Winner -

Honorable Mention Best Documentary

Lauren Fiarbanks - Public Relations

Festival Pick

Honors -

Official Selection
SXSW (Austin)
Seattle International Film Festival
Frameline (San Francisco)

Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall

Saturday October 14th 2017, 2:45 pm

Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ, Musical

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project: the full-scale original musical, Straight Outta Oz. From small town Texas to big-time show business comes an inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art. He struggles...

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Candie Boy

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

Leone has recently received a good mark at school and now he knows very well what to ask to his parents as gift: the pink dressed doll 'Candie'.

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Linda Watson - Board Member

Festival Pick

Honors -

Official Selection
Reeling Film Festival (Chicago)
Giffoni Film Festival
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Cat Skin

Sunday October 8th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Drama, Lesbian, Romance

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

17-year-old Cat is a shy and troubled photography student. Her life is illuminated when her voyeuristic nature behind the camera lens sparks a chance encounter with a beautiful music student named April. Their relationship blossoms, while circumstances...

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Chasing Unicorns

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies' Shorts Program

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

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Highlights

Jury Winner -

Best Documentary

Honors -

Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary - Outfest (Los Angeles)
AT&T Audience Award Best Documentary - Frameline (San Francisco)

CHAVELA

Sunday October 15th 2017, 3:00 pm

Genre: Documentary, Historical, Lesbian

Language: In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Chavela Vargas is a legendary, chanteuse who revolutionized music in Mexico and challenged the stereotypical macho and hetero cultural norms of the times. With her masculine dress, raspy voice and cigar-smoking, gun-toting persona, Vargas was an unabashedly...

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Highlights

Tommy Dorfman - Lavender Award Honoree

Victor Gimenez - Executive Director

"A great slice of life film showcasing a new nuclear family."

Honors -

Teddy Award Best GLBT Film - Berlinale (Berlin)
Best Feature Film - Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival

CLOSE KNIT (Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa) - OPENING NIGHT FILM

Friday October 6th 2017, 8:00 pm

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life, Trans

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

Venue: NSU Art Museum - Fort Lauderdale

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Lavender Award Recipient Tommy Dorfman will be honored


After being abandoned by her mother yet again, 11-year-old Tomo moves in with her good-natured uncle Makio, only to find that he is now living with his transgender...

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Counting

Saturday October 14th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Drama

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

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.

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Curmudgeons

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Venue: Savor Cinema

Jury Winner Best Short Film

A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

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Honors -

Official Selection
Berlinale (Berlin)
Outfest (Los Angeles)

Dream Boat

Saturday October 7th 2017, 2:45 pm

Genre: Documentary, Gay, Slice of Life

Language: In English, German, French and Arabic with English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Once a year, the Dream Boat sets sail for a gay-men-only cruise. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on a quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom –...

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Etage X

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies Shorts Program

Language: In German In English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise by the time the elevator gets stuck.

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Highlights

Marcos Duszczak - Producer

Hawke Family - Aspen, Jordan, Jessica, & Mandi Hawke

Robert Lamarche - Executive Director - Advocates for Children & Families

Families Like Yours

Sunday October 8th 2017, 12:45 pm

Genre: Documentary, Historical, LGBTQ

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Through candid interviews and humorous real life stories, Families Like Yours demystifies LGBT families and their lives, showcasing that they are just as loving, busy, and complicated as any other family.The film follows six families as they attempt...

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Honors -

Official Selection
Berlinale (Berlin)
Frameline (San Francisco)
Outfest (Los Angeles)

Freak Show

Friday October 13th 2017, 9:15 pm

Genre: Comedy, Drama, LGBTQ

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

In the vein of Clueless and Napoleon Dynamite, Freak Show tells the moving, heartwarming, and hilarious story of Billy Bloom, a boldly confident, wildly eccentric teenager, who faces intolerance and persecution at his ultra conservative...

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Highlights

Jury Winner -

Best Narrative Feature

Honors -

Manner Jury Award Best Film - Berlinale (Berlin)
Best Director World Dramatic Competition - Sundance
Audience Award Best Film - Frameline (San Francisco)

God's Own Country

Saturday October 7th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Drama, Explicit, Gay, Romance, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

Johnny Saxby works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary...

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Goddess (Devi)

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies' Shorts Program

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

A young closeted lesbian risks both family and tradition, as she embraces her attraction for her childhood maid, Devi.

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Paddy Quinn - Director/Actor

Kelly Coffey - Producer

Joe Bilancio - Programming Director

"...a gem in many ways and one of the Do-Not-Miss films in the festival!"

Honors -

Best Narrative Feature - The GI Film Festival (Washington D.C.)

High Low Forty

Saturday October 7th 2017, 9:30 pm

Genre: Drama, Gay, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

Director & Actor Paddy Quinn and
Producer Kelly Coffey will be present


After Billy Cooper was discharged from the Army, he went back home to Texas, but left barely an hour later. Ten years later, Billy’s little brother Joe travels...

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Highlights

Honors -

Audience Award Best World Dramatic Feature - Sundance
Best Actor & Best Mexican Feature - Guadalajara International Film Festival

I Dream In Another Language

Saturday October 7th 2017, 9:30 pm

Genre: Drama, Gay, Mystery, Slice of Life

Language: In Spanish with English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

An indigenous language (Zikril) is in peril as its last two speakers had a quarrel in the past and haven't spoken to each other in over 50 years. Martín, a young linguist, will undertake the challenge to bring the old friends back together so he can...

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Highlights

Honors -

Audience Award Best Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival
Festival Golden Slipper (Beast Feature Film for Youth) - Zlin Film Festival for Children & Youth

Just Charlie

Saturday October 14th 2017, 5:00 pm

Genre: Drama, LGBTQ, Trans

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

Football star Charlie has the world at his feet and his future stardom is seemingly mapped out, but the teenager only sees a nightmare. Trapped in the body of a boy, Charlie is torn between wanting to live up to her father’s expectations and shedding...

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KISS ME (Embrasse Moi)

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Genre: Comedy, Lesbian, Romance

Language: In French with English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Océanerosemarie is full of life, and of friends but mainly of ex-girlfriends, 76 to be exact…but who’s counting! Things change when she meets Cécile, the this-time-it’s-for-real woman of her dreams! It is time for Océanerosemarie to grow up in...

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Ladies Shorts Program

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Playful, powerful, poignant and perfectly entertaining shorts from around the country. Etage X Director: Francy Fabritz, Germany, 14 mins In German with English subtitles

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Highlights

Jury Winner -

Honorable Mention Best Narrative Feature

Honors -

Best Film - Havana Film Fest of New York

LAST DAYS IN HAVANA (Últimos días en La Habana)

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Gay, Slice of Life

Language: In Spanish with English subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

A tragicomedy that tackles the subject of friendship in a city on the verge of substantial change. Miguel and Diego are neighbors and friends. Miguel is a dishwasher who dreams of settling in New York waiting for a visa that never seems to arrive. Diego...

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Little Potato

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Venue: Savor Cinema

Wes Hurley's autobiographical tale of growing up gay in Soviet Union Russia, only to escape with his mother, a mail order bride, to Seattle to face a whole new oppression in his new Christian fundamentalist American dad.

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Love The Sinner

Sunday October 15th 2017, 12:45 pm

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Logline: LOVE THE SINNER IS A PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY EXPLORING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND HOMOPHOBIA IN THE WAKE OF THE SHOOTING AT PULSE NIGHTCLUB IN ORLANDO. Synopsis: Queer filmmaker Jessica Devaney grew up deeply immersed...

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Highlights

Jules Bruff - Writer/Actor

Wendell Etherly - Director

Honors -

Official Selection
Reeling Film Festival (Chicago)
Cinema Diverse (Palm Springs)

Market Value

Friday October 13th 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Drama, Lesbian, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Carrie and Audrey, together more than 15 years, and their son Brian really do have the average American family: they love, they laugh, they fight a little, but they get through everyday together with love and understanding. However, one day Audrey is...

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Highlights

Jury Winner -

Best Short Film - Curmudgeons

Jury Winner -

Honorable Mention Best Short Film - The Whole World (El Mundo Entero)

Men's Shorts Program

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Venue: Savor Cinema

From young to old, we witness the joys and the sorrows of our community and celebrate all that is the community we are a part of. Ruby Full of Shit (Ruby Pleine De Marde) Director: Jean-Guillaume...

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Naughty Amelia Jane

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies' Shorts Program

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

This film is a satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society towards anything that goes against the "conventional social order of things”, told through a story of two girls who may or may not have had a connection. This is a story about speculation. This...

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Highlights

Malic White - Actor

Honors -

Shout Audience Award - Sidewalk Film Festival (Birmingham)
Best Director - Kaleidoscope Film Festival (Little Rock)

Princess Cyd

Saturday October 14th 2017, 9:15 pm

Genre: Drama, Lesbian, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

16-year-old Cyd decides to escape her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda. After arriving, Cyd encounters a young barista, Katie. They meet up after Katie’s shift and a new, charged relationship begins. We navigate...

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Amanda Musa - Media Intern

Festival Pick

Honors -

Best Documentary - San Luis Bispo International Film Festival
Audience Award Best Documentary - OUTshine Film Festival, Miami Edition

Rebels On Pointe

Saturday October 14th 2017, 5:00 pm

Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ, Musical

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family and love, Rebels on Pointe is a film celebrating the famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo . The all-male, comic ballet company was founded in the 70s on the heels of New York’s Stonewall...

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Alexis Bosch - Marketing Director

"...brilliant cinematography set in a haunting Icelandic landscape."

Honors -

Artistic Vision Award - Outfest (Los Angeles)

Rift

Sunday October 8th 2017, 9:30 pm

Genre: Gay, Horror, Suspense, Thiller

Language: In Icelandic with English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Months after they broke up, Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, who sounds distraught. Gunnar drives up to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers that there's more going on than he imagined. As the...

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Ruby Full of Shit (Ruby Pleine De Marde)

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Language: French with English Subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

During the holidays, Denis finds himself spending Christmas dinner with his lover Carl's family. Fiercely Catholic and stubbornly traditional, Carl's family are completely unaware of their son's relationship with Denis. However, a psychological cat and...

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Ithalie Gonzalez - Media Associate

Festival Pick

Honors -

Jury Award, Honorable Mention, First Feature Film – Frameline (San Francisco)
Jury Award Outstanding Actor – Outfest (Los Angeles)
FIPRESCI Prize Best Film - Goteborg Film Festival

SATURDAY CHURCH - CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Sunday October 15th 2017, 6:00 pm

Genre: Drama, LGBTQ, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: Savor Cinema

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Working single mother, Amara, leaves her two boys at home with their domineering Aunt Rose. Rose has her eyes on the older son Ulysses as he steals nylons and wears his mother’s shoes. Ulysses is just beginning to explore...

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Shelby's Vacation

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies' Shorts Program

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Lost in more ways than one, vacationer Shelby lands at a mountain resort where she and lodge manager Carol go on a journey to let go of idealized future and past relationship fantasies to learn to live in the present.

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Sissy Man

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Venue: Savor Cinema

In​ ​1969,​ ​LGBTQ​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women​ ​unleashed​ ​a​ ​full-​ ​blown​ ​riot​ ​on​ ​the​ ​police​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​Stonewall Inn​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.​ ​In​ ​the​...

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Swimming Pool (Piscina)

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Language: Spanish with English Subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

Santi and Jota are two guys living in the outskirts of Madrid. Like many others, they have decided not to study or work and they spend their precious time drinking beer cans in the park, going to sleazy clubs and talking about the hottest girls in the...

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Highlights

Honors -

Golden Hazelnut for Best Actor & Actress - Leskovac International Film Festival
Best International Film - Santa Barbara International Film Festival

THE CONSITUTION (Ustav Republike Hrvatske)

Friday October 13th 2017, 9:30 pm

Genre: Drama, LGBTQ, Mystery, Political

Language: In Croatian with English subtitles

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

Four very different people live in the same building, but avoid each other because of the differences in how they live, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each...

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Highlights

Ever Mainard - Actor

Jennifer Kriz - Vice-Chair

"one of the funniest films of the festival!"

Honors -

Grand Jury Prize Outstanding Actress - Outfest (Los Angeles)

The Feels - Ladies' Spotlight Film

Saturday October 7th 2017, 7:15 pm

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Lesbian, Slice of Life

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

LADIES' SPOTLIGHT FILM

Actor Ever Mainard will be present

Andi and Lu are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted,...

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Mark Gilbert - Chair

"..a story for all ages to appreciate and is a film everyone should see..."

Honors -

Best Documentary Freedom Award - Film Out (San Diego)
Best Documentary - Qfest LGBT Film & Video Festival (New Jersey)

THE LAVENDAR SCARE

Sunday October 15th 2017, 12:45 pm

Genre: Documentary, Historical, LGBTQ

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

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...

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The Real Thing

Sunday October 8th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Ladies' Shorts Program

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

A Soldier returns home to meet his recently-transitioned daughter for the first time.  She deals with the everyday tribulations of being a trans kid in America.

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Honors -

Spotlight Audience Award - SXSW (Austin)
Audience Award Best Documentary - Film Out San Diego

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Sunday October 8th 2017, 2:45 pm

Genre: Documentary, Historical, LGBTQ

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

This film 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 (Tales of the City) have inspired millions to claim their...

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The Whole World (El Mundo Entero)

Saturday October 7th 2017, 5:00 pm

Category: Men's Shorts Program

Language: Spanish with English Subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

Jury Winner Honorable Mention Best Short Film

As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans... more or less 'together': she devises them and he obeys. But this year,...

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Highlights

Honors -

Fipresci Prize - Goteborg Film Festival

Tom Of Finland - Centerpiece Film

Thursday October 12th 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Drama, Gay, Historical Fiction, Suspense

Language: In Finnish with English subtitles

Venue: Savor Cinema

FILM IS SOLD OUT - RUSH LINE ONLY CENTERPIECE FILM Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing....

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WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’

Thursday July 20th 2017, 7:00 pm

Genre: Documentary

Category: 954 GLOW

Language: English

Venue: The Classic Gateway Theatre

From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess,” the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions...

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