This film was presented as part of the 2020 Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival.
This colorful, experimental, and artistic program will make you want to dance and sing at the top of your lungs. There are beautiful stories from animations to live-action that show the power and energy of creative risks, especially when those risks pay off. Get ready for a wild ride from start to finish, these films will likely stick in your mind, challenge you, or take you somewhere you’ve never been before.
Deep Clean (4 min)
Director: David Wilson, 2019.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. A celebration of objectophilia (the love of objects) and self-pleasure.
Luca (m/f/x) (7 min)
Directors: Hannah Schwaiger & Ricarda Funnemann, 2019.
Society distinguishes between two sexes: male and female, but in Germany, there is a new law for a new legal gender “divers”, which refers to a gender spectrum between male, female and beyond.
Reviving the Roost (7 min)
Director: Vivek Shraya, 2019.
With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is a story about community complexity and longing, and an elegy to a lost space.
The First Time (10 min)
Directors: Mira Gandy, Dr. Vertna West, 2020.
Set in NYC in the 1980’s, The First Time is a campy short coming of age, stop motion animation film about friendship, acceptance, and first love.
Night and Day (10 min)
Director: Peter Anthony, 2019.
Night and Day is a story of two lives — an uncle and his nephew, but these two men lived very different lives due to the time periods in which they were born.
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide
Drawn to You (6 min)
Director: Eleanor Davitt, 2019.
In a story about staying true to yourself, the drawing Laura travels across the obstacles of a bedroom to reunite with her lover Rena, despite the risks it brings.
Spirit Glitch (8 min)
Director: Mary Galloway, 2019.
A queer woman of colour struggles to regain her voice form the void as traumatic memories threaten to glitch her spirit away piece by piece, leaving an empty shell. With every ounce of willpower, she must find the strength to face the reality of another day.
TRIGGER WARNING: Thoughts of Suicide
Go Go, Boy! (6 min)
Director: Oriana Oppice, 2019.
A boy discovers his fabulousness while dancing in his bedroom.
Eat the Rainbow (20 min)
Director: Brian Benson, 2019.
This musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeny.