Post-film Q&A with film subjects , Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez, along with one of their lawyers, Mike Ware moderated by Matt Tyrnauer, director of Valentino and contributing editor for Vanity Fair.
Satanic rituals. Gang rape. Child abuse. All words used in one of the most bizarre cases to ever go through our legal system. This is the true story of four women, nicknamed The San Antonio Four, and their journey through hell and back. The film unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to this modern day witch hunt.Find out more »
Set the Thames on Fire follows two young men’s episodic adventures through the dank alleys and depraved nightlife of a ravaged London. Director Ben Charles Edwards’s background as a painter is evident in his directorial debut. This genre film is visually stunning. Fans of Terry Gilliam will see his influence on this first-time director.
Official selection: 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2016 Belfast Film FestivalFind out more »
Directed by André Téchiné 116 min | 2016 | France | Not Rated Damien and Thomas attend the same grammar school class. They cannot stand each other and whenever verbal insults fail to do enough damage they take a swing at each other. Damien’s mother Marianne is a country doctor and his father a military pilot on a tour of duty abroad. Thomas is of Maghrebi descent and is the adopted son of a farming family living on a remote…Find out more »
A documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly.
Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film FestivalFind out more »
Marina and Federica have been together for five years now. They share the same apartment, bed, and face cream, laugh and fight together, and yet they are not sure if they are a couple.
Winner: David di Donatello Awards 2016—Best ActressFind out more »
A feature documentary about three gay Palestinian friends who confront their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv.
Official Selection: 2015 Arab Film Festival, 2016 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, 2016 Boston Palestine Film Festival, 2016 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film FestivalFind out more »
Explore the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Winner: Best Documentary—2016 Qfest New Jersey, Best Documentary—2016 Wicked Queer BostonMAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black trans* elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans* women of color for more than 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall rebellion, survivor of Attica Correctional Facility, a former sex worker, a community leader, and human rights activist. In her community, she is known simply as Mama.
The film is much more than a biographical documentary. It launches an investigation into the industrial prison complex and the civil rights battle for incarcerated trans* women. It takes a historical look into 40-plus years of LGBT experiences. This is the history of a community’s struggle and resilience. It is the personalized vision of a powerful, charismatic force that is Miss Major.
“I am still fucking here” becomes a mantra echoed throughout this film. The list of lives touched by Miss Major grows every day… and so do the strength and pride of the community she has spent her life fighting for.
Winner: Best Documentary—2016 Qfest New Jersey, Best Documentary—2016 Wicked Queer BostonFind out more »
Director Howard Brookner died of AIDS-related complications in NYC in 1989 while in post-production on his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work was buried for 30 years in William S. Burroughs’s bunker until his nephew Aaron unearthed his uncle's story and the memory of everything he was.
Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale 2016Find out more »
Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders provides intimate portraits of 11 trans luminaries, including Laverne Cox, Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Bamby Salcedo, and Caitlyn Jenner.
Official Selection: Frameline40Find out more »
Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez (Fire).
Compiled of six short films submitted by an open call for submissions, this is the first Damn These Heels shorts program.Find out more »
Post-film Q&A with Gia Marie Love, a community activist and member of the underground Ballroom and Kiki Scene.
A cinematic journey into the NYC Kiki Scene, a “society within a society” created and governed by LGBTQ youth.
Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Presented in partnership with Sundance InstituteFind out more »
For an aimless young woman searching for direction in rural Pennsylvania, the only path appears to be enlisting in the Army, but before deployment she falls for a married woman and begins to lose sight of what's most important to her.
Official Selection: 2016 Tribeca Film FestivalFind out more »
An East Coast teenager and aspiring special-effects makeup artist struggles with both his sexuality and his fear of his macho father, in this imaginative twist on the coming-of-age tale.
Winner: Best Canadian Feature—2015 Toronto International Film FestivalFind out more »
A tale of two longtime friends negotiating their mutual desire for one another over the course of a weekend visit.
Official Selection: 2016 SXSWFind out more »
The duties of a young German farmer weigh heavily upon him. Besides working the farm, he diligently cares for his father who is seriously ill. When his father’s boyhood friend suddenly shows up, long suppressed family secrets come to the surface.
Official Selection: 2016 Berlin Film FestivalFind out more »
The Pearl explores the raw emotional and physical experience of being a middle-aged senior transgender woman against the backdrop of post-industrial logging towns in the Pacific Northwest. The film leans into the struggle of those who were reared and successful as men and have reached middle age or later with a burdensome secret that they can no longer keep.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize—2016 Dallas International Film Festival; Official Selection: Hot Docs 2016Find out more »
After his ex-girlfriend disappears, Sidney, a grifting glam rock dilettante, is forced to look after his 11-year- old son full-time. His "cool dad" facade crumbles and his life goes into full tailspin as he struggles to let go of his rock-and- roll lifestyle.
Official Selection: 2016 Slamdance Film FestivalFind out more »
The Slippers pulls back the Wizard's curtain on the unbelievable story and cultural impact of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
Official Selection: 2016 SXSW
Wealthy, middle-aged Armando lures young men to his home in Caracas with money,only he doesn't want to touch, he wants to watch. One day he meets 17-year- old Elder, and after their first, violent meeting an unexpected intimacy develops that changes their lives forever.
Winner: Golden Lion—2016 Venice Film FestivalFind out more »
Post-film Q&A with director Johnny Symons.
Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world's only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.
Official Selection: Frameline40, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalFind out more »
In 1971, Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love. When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm, the two find lesbianism and feminism are not as easy in the countryside.
Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film FestivalFind out more »
*Post-film Q&A with subjects and dancers, Kevin Alexander Stea and Luis Camancho, moderated by Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams.
In 1990, seven young male dancers—six gay, one straight—joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare, they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Official Selection: 2016 Berlin Film Festival, 2016 Hot Docs Film FestivalFind out more »