THU - 9/20 7pm Theatre One
Short: Mariquita (13 min)
One Sunday at an upscale Miami home, a 10-year old boy takes advantage of his tia's well-attended birthday party to make a very personal announcement to his family–– and a very special home movie for the internet–– proclaiming he is gay.
Feature: Yossi (83 min)
This sequel to the award-winning Yossi & Jagger (2003) brings back actor Ohad Knoller as Yossi. Now working as a Doctor in Tel Aviv, Yossi is a closeted gay man haunted by the loss of his friend and lover, Jagger, who died while serving in the Israeli army. Yossi lives a lonely and solitary existence, until a chance encounter with a group of soldiers ignites his desire to live again.
THU - 9/20 Opening Night Party
FRI - 9/21 11am Theatre Two
Short Series: Of an Age (1) 75 min
A fascinating series of short films that focus on aging from both sides - childhood and retirement, and from two perspectives - that of being the older person, and that of dealing with an elderly parent. NOTE: A detailed Film Listing for this series is shown at the bottom of this page.
FRI - 9/21 11:30am Theatre Three
Short Series: Of an Age (2) 67 min
Childhood, motherhood, and finding love. A fresh look at growing up, finding relationships, and the definition of equality. NOTE: A detailed Film Listing for this series is shown at the bottom of this page.
FRI - 9/21 1pm Theatre Two
Short: Fags After Dark (13 min)
What starts as something that could be written off as schoolboy bullying quickly escalates into something much more insidious, and through a series of hate-fueled events, three lives are ended in one night, in a dark park.
Feature: Raid of the Rainbow Lounge (103 min)
This amazing documentary recounts the widely publicized and controversial 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar that resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. Following sordid allegations and outrage, many changes would occur in the city, and Fort Worth would eventually become a leader in LGBT equality. Narrated by television icon and Emmy nominated actress, Meredith Baxter.
FRI - 9/21 1:30pm Theatre Three
A LOOK AT LEATHER: SPONSORED BY THE TOOL SHED
Sisterhood of the Sash:
International Ms Leather at 25
The largest Leatherwomen's contest in the world, International Ms Leather upholds the sexiness and strength of Leatherwomen, their accomplishments and acts of service. IMsL recently celebrated its 25th year and to commemorate that milestone, former IMsL titleholders gathered to cheer on the 2011 contestants and share their memories about the event’s history and reflect on the diversity, evolution and progress of its community. Conceived by Glenda Rider and filmed, directed & edited by Princess Kali and Graydancer for Kink Academy (with special editorial assistance from Christina), Sisterhood of the Sash: International Ms Leather at 25 documents the IMsL 2011 contest, its sexy events and performances (think Seduction) and titleholders talking about the titleholding experience. When asked about the film, Christina said, "Overall, the film celebrates Leatherwomen’s historical journey and evolution, and it shows how our badassery is most often balanced by community service, support and outreach."
Feature: Kink Crusaders
(International Mr. Leather (IML)) (74 min)
Whether you're vanilla or kinky, straight or gay, or somewhere in between, the sexy, outrageous and profoundly moving 'Kink Crusaders' will turn your perceptions of what Leathermen are inside out. Follow the journeys of International Mr. Leather (IML) contestants who transform their lives through a competition that celebrates the art and beauty of masculinity.
FRI - 9/21 4pm Theatre Two
Short: I like My Boyfriend Drunk (2 min)
Feature: Bad Boy Street (80 min)
Two men embark on an unconventional romance in Todd Verow's sexy Parisian-set drama. Claude finds a young man passed out in the street and, taking pity on him, decides to take him to his apartment to safely sleep. Awakening the next morning, the sexy stranger soon makes a play for his forty-something host, kick-starting a passionate romance. But will the chance meeting develop into more than just lust or will the pair's differences drive them apart? An accomplished, serious and very modern gay romance.
FRI - 9/21 4:30pm Theatre Three
Short: Troy: Naked Boys Singing Behind Bars (13 min)
Feature: Elliott Loves (92 min)
Writer/Director Terracino’s feature debut centers around Elliot - a handsome and charismatic young man who is, unfortunately, consistently unlucky in love. Elliott goes through a series of promising relationships, none of which manage to last more than a few weeks. And as Elliot's heart is repeatedly broken in the present, a series of flashbacks reveal situations in his past that fuel his need for a dependable partner.
FRI - 9/21 7pm Theatre Two
Short: Finding Dad (5 min)
Andy, happily settled into a long-term relationship with his lover Hamp, is furious when he discovers seventeen-year-old Chris taking a swim in their pool. Andy throws him out, only to have Hamp return a few minutes later with Chris in tow. When Andy demands to know what Chris is doing back in their home, he is stunned by the response he gets.
Feature: Saltwater (80 min)
Saltwater is a story about men of all ages, finding love, losing friends, navigating their way through life and knowing it's the journey rather then the destination that's important. Will (Ronnie Kerr) leaves the Navy after many years, soon reunites old friends and begins to start his new civilian life. His friend Rich (Bruce L Hart) tries to set him up with ruggedly handsome Josh (Ian Roberts). While there is immense chemistry between the two, timing and certain ideals never seem to align. When a shocking tragedy happens the two are paired up to pick up the pieces and sort through the after effects.
FRI - 9/21 7:30pmTheatre Three
Short: Chloe Likes Olivia (18 min)
Olivia has brought home a young exchange student, Chloe, for a hot three-way with her girlfriend Andrea. Not an unusual move on Olivia’s part, as bringing in a third girl is something the couple does quite regularly. Tonight, though, Andrea is not in the mood. Making matters worse, it turns out that Chloe has serious feelings for Olivia - feelings that go beyond a fling in the sack. As the conflict escalates, what was supposed to be a hot three-way turns into a very complicated love triangle....
Feature: Frauensee (87 min)
A gloriously long weekend in the waning days of Summer. The protagonist, Rosa, is a guardian of the lakes and waterways in the magical hinterland north of Berlin. Besides being in charge of fishing, she is also responsible for environmental protection and issuing fishing licenses making her a thorn in the side of amateur anglers and tourists alike. Rosa’s lover Kirsten, a successful architect, lives in a lakeside bungalow, and together the couple play host to two brash and self-confident young students on a weekend break from Berlin. The four women’s intense sexual attraction is fueled by their profoundly different hopes, dreams and views of the world. FRAUENSEE is a romantic tale, set against the magical landscape of Europe’s largest network of interconnected lakes.
FRI - 9/21 After Party
SAT - 9/22 9:30am Theatre One
SPONSORED BY THE DESERT FILM SOCIETY
Feature: Melting Away (86 min)
This heartfelt drama follows the story of an Israeli family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down, but instead of a "son", the detective finds a woman who earns her pay singing and dancing at gay cabarets. For the first time in the history of Israeli cinema, a feature film dealing with parents coping with their transgendered child.
SAT - 9/22 11am Theatre Two
Short Series: All About Gaybies (78 min)
Three very different takes on gay adoption provide a humorous, and sometimes poignant look into life with and without gaybies. NOTE: A detailed Film Listing for this series is shown at the bottom of this page.
SAT - 9/22 11:30am Theatre Three
Short Series: Chick Flicks (49 min*)
We’ve put together a gaggle of fun, flirtatious and witty shorts about life as a lesbian. NOTE: A detailed Film Listing for this series is shown at the bottom of this page.
SAT - 9/22 1pm Theatre Two
Short: Entry Denied (30 min)
This striking documentary follows three same-sex couples over the course of a decade as they each face the joy and heartache of not being able to get their relationship recognized by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. As a result, each of the foreign-born partners is unable to apply for citizenship the way they would if they were a heterosexual couple, and each of the couples must make a choice about their futures in light of this inequity.
Feature: The Invisible Men (68 min)
A surprising and until now, untold story of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: gay Palestinians — Louie, Abdu, and Fares — are hiding in Tel Aviv, and unless or until they can find asylum in another country, they must remain "the invisible men." The State of Israel routinely grants asylum to LGBT people...unless they are Palestinians. If Louie, Abdu, and Fares are caught by the Israeli authorities, they will be deported back to the Palestinian Territory, where they must remain - often hiding from their families - until they find a way to sneak back into Israel, where they can become “invisible” once more.
SAT - 9/22 1:30pm Theatre Three
Short: Powerful OUT Women (22 min)
This empowering documentary provides a snapshot into the lives of three highly respected and beloved queer women in politics, representing three levels of government in Canada. Libby Davies, Mable Elmore and Ellen Woodsworth have not only achieved remarkable success in their respective political careers, they’ve dedicated their lives to serve and speak out for the most marginalized among their constituents.
Feature: The Lesbian Code (75 min)
A groundbreaking documentary about Seattle Lesbians, telling the truth of acceptance, professional backgrounds, coming out stories, bullying, crazy stories, laughter & love. Being real and letting others out there know what they are all about & what it's like to live in their community. The film reveals different types of lesbians showing that they may be exactly the opposite of what people may think about them. Stereotypes are all over, but times are changing.
SAT - 9/22 4pm Theatre Two
Short: Half-Share (29 min)
Half-Share? Quarter-Share? Men who impersonate Cher? The gays on Fire Island speak a different lingo and for a newcomer like Mac, it's way more than a mouthful! Practically heterosexual and fresh out of a fourteen-year relationship, Mac packs his Birkenstocks and his emotional baggage for a summer share. What he envisions as relaxing, reflective beach-time turns into high camp hysteria after Mac’s eccentric housemates take a fish out of water and fling him headfirst into the glittery gay shark-pond!
Feature: Naked As We Came (84 min)
After an unexpected phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family’s country estate to find their mother, Lilly, gravely ill and living with a handsome young stranger named Ted. Estranged for some time, their mother’s condition sets Laura and Elliot on a path to realizing where their own lives have gone wrong. Lilly, on the other hand, has mellowed from the controlling woman she was and is hoping to pass on some wisdom to her children. Now her kids find themselves dealing with their own feelings of resentment and broken dreams while trying to figure out how Ted fits into their mother’s life. But Ted has a secret of his own. Love, loss and hope are all explored in this powerful drama, which asks the question: What is your dream?
SAT - 9/22 4:30pm Theatre Three
Short: The Little Monster (6 min)
Everybody has internal monsters. They are weird and slick, and when you try to confront them, they inhibit you and make you afraid of them...but what happens when you dare to confront and remove them?
Feature: Waterberry Tears (94 min)
A coming of age story about a gay boy growing in a traditional Mexican family, and taking place in the grape fields and trailer homes in the Eastern end of the Coachella Valley. Goyo has a hard time hiding his sexual preferences from his father, while secretly hoping for his acceptance. His father Ramon, a hard core Mexican immigrant, is against homosexuality and will not accept that his only son is gay. Matters get worst when Goyo and his twin sister Rosa both fall in love with the new guy in town.
SAT - 9/22 7pm Theatre Two
Short: Strip (14 min)
Feature: Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (80 min)
A funny, sincere, slice of life story about a couple just trying to figure things out. Mateo and Will invite their friends over for Will's 30th birthday. After a few surprise visitors, they get through the day, but realize that doubting your partner isn't nearly as scary as doubting yourself.
SAT - 9/22 7:30pm Theatre Three
Short: Recipe For Love (27 min)
Feature: A Perfect Ending (110 min)
Repressed and uptight socialite, Rebecca (Barbara Niven) lives a perfect, pointless life. She is the ideal wife to her husband (John Heard) and mother to her three children. But Rebecca’s life is not as perfect as it seems. She has a very unusual secret - one that not even her best friends know. And the last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris (stunning Jessica Clark). Through Paris, Rebecca embarks on a journey from perfect control to unbridled passion, allowing her to not only reclaim worthless years, but also redeem and vindicate painful regrets. Raw, evocative and often humorous, A PERFECT ENDING explores one woman's struggle to find what moves her, and asks the question: Without passion, what's the point?
SAT - 9/22 After Party
SUN - 9/23 11am Theatre Two
Short: Between Ring and Pendant (15 min)
Feature: Mixed Kabob (96 min)
Ibrahim “Bram” Aydin is a Belgian-born Turk, who, at 27, should be getting married (at least according to his traditional parents). What Bram’s parents don’t know is that he is much more interested in getting close to the cute, blonde Kevin, who works at the local chip shop. Finally, Bram’s parents lay down the law: He must travel to Turkey and meet with his 18-year-old cousin Elif, who he will marry. Although Bram bows to their wishes, he cannot resist taking Kevin with him on his trip. In the meantime, rumors about Bram’s “inclinations” swirl around their multi-cultural Antwerp neighborhood. Mixed Kebab is a film about a young man caught not just between two worlds but four: traditional and modern, gay and straight."
SUN - 9/23 11:30am Theatre Three
Short: The Beginning (9 min)
Daniel and Richard just spent a passionate night together. After, they discover common fears, shared passions and an overwhelming desire to connect. And, so - alone and in the shadows - they decide to fall in love.
Feature: Red Lodge (77 min)
Jordan proposes to his boyfriend Dave. The offer of marriage is accepted, and then quickly rejected - all in the days leading up to Christmas...with the family. Jordan must process his emotions during the happiest (if most distracting) time of the year. Adding to the distraction is his distant, adopted younger sister, her bio-technical engineering boyfriend, and his over-the-top, opinionated (and often inebriated) aunt. Jordan hasn't broken up with his boyfriend. They simply haven't discussed the issues between them.
SUN - 9/23 1pm Theatre Two
Short: Angel (10 min)
Angelica 'Angel' Martinez is a former World Champion boxer, Marine Special Forces member, and NCAA Basketball athlete. She has accomplished so much, and yet still longs for one thing that she feels she does not have - somewhere to belong.
Feature: Facing Mirrors (102 min)
This moving drama - the first feature film by female Iranian director Negar Azarbeyjani - tells the story of two dramatically different Iranian women, forced together by circumstance. The first is a young wife and mother, naive and highly religious, but forced to support her family by driving a taxi. The second is a wealthy and rebellious female to male transsexual, determined to escape Iran, and her controlling family. When a long taxi ride brings their destinies together, they forge an unlikely but powerful friendship.
SUN - 9/23 1:30pm Theatre Three
Short: Seminarista (19 min)
Feature: Taking a Chance on God (54 min)
This fascinating documentary tells the story of 85 year-old John McNeill, Catholic priest and pioneering LGBT rights advocate. The film traces his life – from his childhood in Buffalo, NY, his time as a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, his call to the priesthood, and his ongoing passion for justice and equality. In the 60s, John McNeill was a herald for peace and nonviolence during the Vietnam War. After the 1969 Stonewall riots, he became a voice of liberation for gay people. In 1972, he co-founded the LGBT Catholic group, DIGNITY NY. In 1976, he published the “The Church and the Homosexual,” and came out publicly on The Today Show. In the 80s, he spoke of hope, dignity, compassion, and respect during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. And then, on April 14 1987 John’s Jesuit superiors arrived at his apartment in NYC, and in English and Latin they read to him the Vatican ‘Decree of Expulsion.’ John McNeill, Jesuit priest for 40 years, was expelled from his religious community because he had questioned magisterial Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality.
SUN - 9/23 4pm Theatre Two (Warning: Violent scenes)
Short: The Buried (13 min)
In rural Alabama, on July 22, 2004, a young gay man, Scotty Joe Weaver, was brutally murdered by his closest friend. In the hands of filmmaker Jonathan Pope Evans, this brutal crime becomes a cinematic puzzle that explores the root of violence on a psychic and spiritual level. THE BURIED is about masculinity, repression, and the landscape of violence.
Feature: Beauty (Skoonheid) (98 min)
Provocative and haunting, this powerful sophomore effort from Oliver Hermanus is an intimately intense portrayal of a man's inner demons. Francois (Deon Lotz) is a dutiful husband and father, but finds himself going through the motions of a loveless marriage while harboring a life-long secret. His sexual urges rise to the surface around a charming family friend, Christian (Charlie Keegan). Francois soon embarks on a dark, unwavering journey of obsession that leads to a shocking and graphic conclusion. Winner of the prestigious Queer Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, BEAUTY is affecting, compelling and intense.
SUN - 9/23 4:30pm Theatre Three
Short: America's Most Unwanted (23 min)
AMERICA’S MOST UNWANTED tells the stories of four queer former foster youth who are building their lives after emancipation from state care. Their stories illuminate the common struggle for queer foster youth to overcome tremendous obstacles - homophobia, homelessness, isolation - and the new place of strength they reach in this process of survival.
Feature: Unfit: Ward v. Ward (74 min)
Who is more fit to raise a child: a convicted killer or a lesbian? According to one judge in Florida, it’s the convicted killer. UNFIT: WARD VS. WARD follows the true story of Mary Ward, who lost custody of her eleven-year-old daughter because she was a lesbian. The judge in the case decided that the father was a more fit parent even though he had served nine years for murdering his first wife, did not know what grade his daughter was in or what school she attended, and had only spent four consecutive days with his daughter in the previous five years.
SUN - 9/23 7pm Theatre Two
Short: Dirty Talk (12 min)
In this short comedy, Nathan (Jeff Sumner), a recently-single, conservative English teacher, tells his best friend Zach (Jason Boegh) about a one-night stand he’s just had with a hot Latin man (Claude Knowlton) who pushes his limits in the bedroom.
Feature: Love or Whatever (84 min)
Corey had it all - a successful career, a sister who's his best friend and most of all, a bright future with his boyfriend. But when the boyfriend dumps him for a woman, Corey sets off on a wild journey of self-discovery that leads him to new love and life-changing choices.
SUN - 9/23 7:30pm Theatre Three
Short: The Altered Lives of Lavonne Sallee (12 min)
This short documentary profiles altered Barbie artist, LaVonne Salle'. Salle' stumbled upon a gallery of altered Barbies while walking on Market Street in San Francisco, CA. She became fascinated with this world and soon began making altered Barbies herself, quickly becoming one of the featured altered Barbie artists for the annual altered Barbie show that takes place in San Francisco.
Feature: Funky Town (132 min)
The year was 1976, the city was Montreal, and Disco was king! Eight people hoping to see and be seen at the city’s trendiest disco will juggle fame and anonymity until they are forced to make sober choices in an era when excess was the norm.
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SHORT SERIES DETAILS:
FRI - 9/21 11am Theatre Two
Short Series: Of an Age (1) (75 min)
PRIDE(22 min) On the morning of his annual gay pride party, Stephen is forced to take in his homophobic father who had disowned him over 20 years ago. Now suffering from Alzheimer's dementia, the father gets a crash course in all things gay from Stephen's eclectic mix of friends. Seeds of their turbulent relationship come to light as does hope that the two can move past their fears, accept and forgive one another.
The Apple Tree(30 min) When Gabe's life partner dies, he is forced to live in an assisted living home because he cannot take care of himself. Alone, without the love of his life, Jonathan, he must face a group of homophobic residents and care givers that force him to consider taking an arduous psychological journey back into the closet.
Alone with Mr. Carter(17 min) In 1997, the year Ellen De Generes comes out, 10-year-old John dreams of becoming a cop. He also dreams of telling his neighbor, Mr. Carter, that he secretly loves him. But time is of the essence. Mr. Carter, a 65-year-old heterosexual detective, is being evicted.
FRI - 9/21 11:30am Theatre Three
Short Series: Of an Age (2) (67 min)
The Miracles of Honeybee Hill(23 min) A young female pines for true love, but when she finds her 'special someone' she also finds a heap of trouble! An amazing story of marriage equality starring a bunch of kids, ages 7-12. Even more amazing because it was written, cast, and filmed in uber religious and ultra conservative Murfreesboro, TN - where one minister referred to it as “a lie of Satan...”
Dress(19 min) Inside a single dressing room of a clothing store, Genevieve, a gay teen, spends a weekend confronting her identity as she struggles to express herself through her choices in clothing with, alternatively, her girlfriend and her mother.
The Art of Walking through the Streets (A arte de andar pelas ruas de Brasília)(18 min) A coming of age tale of two schoolgirls navigating their increasingly complex world of teenage crushes, jealousy and friendship.
SAT - 9/22 11am Theatre Two
Short Series: All About Gaybies (78 min)
Groom's Cake(35 min) A television star and his writer boyfriend document the three days leading up to their wedding. All appears to be going smoothly until they discover they are also having a BABY in three days, thanks to their adoption attorney.
The Commitment(20 min) Embodying the authentic voice and depiction of a committed gay couple amidst the world of adoption, THE COMMITMENT is an emotionally powerful film with uncommonly strong performances by a remarkable cast.
Little Ones(23 min) Andy and Gordon, a middle aged gay couple, had to decide whether to purchase a vacation home or adopt a child. They chose the vacation home. Now their life is an exercise in nurturing instincts gone wrong. When Gordon invites the newlywed couple from next door for dinner, both couples collide with realities they wish to avoid, leading to an explosive and darkly comic evening.
SAT - 9/22 11:30am Theatre Three
Short Series: Chick Flicks (49 min*)
Always Again(6 min) Kim just got engaged. An acquaintance congratulates her by saying that HE (the fiance) is a lucky man. When Kim corrects the acquaintance stating that she is engaged to a woman, Kim's told off for being too out by a gay friend, which leads to various funny situations.
Appetite(3 min) Two women on a romantic date playfully express their love for one another. The date quickly takes a turn when they become frustrated that words cannot fully express their feelings. A lighthearted back and forth escalates into a passionate brawl.
Bachelorette (JUNGGESELLIN) (15 min)
At home in the back-country, everybody is trying to find a man for Stefanie - the last bachelorette in the village. But when Stefanie attends a friend’s bachelorette party in a nearby city, she discovers a woman that she finds far more fascinating than any of the men....
Coffee and Pie(15 min) A self-proclaimed anti-romantic comedy, Coffee & Pie is also a quirky love story of sorts. The story examines two characters - June and October - and their drastically different notions about love and life.
On the Seventh Day(5 min) A humorous and provocative short film that follows a woman's daily make-up routine. Inspired by an old motion picture, she puts aside the social constraints on her day of rest to reveal her true identity.
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