September 17, 2019
Directed by Judith Helfand
76 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
September 11, 2019
Directed by James Merendino
97 min | 1999 | USA | Rated R
Presented in 35mm
September 10, 2019
Directed by various
120 min | 2018, 2019 | Various | Not Rated
September 3, 2019
Directed by Caroline Berler
58 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
August 27, 2019
Directed by Marc de la Ménardière & Nathanaël Coste
87 min | 2018 | France | Not Rated
Presented in English & French with English subtitles.
August 20, 2019
Directed by Mike Plante
77 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
August 13, 2019
Directed by Emmanuel Tellier
90 min | 2019 | France | Not Rated
Presented in English & French with English subtitles.
July 30, 2019
Directed by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar
96 min | 2018 | Spain | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
July 23, 2019
Directed by Erin Derham
84 min | 2019 | USA, Canada | Not Rated
Presented in English and Dutch with English subtitles.
July 16, 2019
Directed by Ana Sofia Joanes
93 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
July 14, 2019
Directed by David Charles Rodrigues
100 min | 2019 | USA
In the wake of rising hostility towards LGBTQ people during the aftermath of the 2016 election,The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on their Lavender Pen tour through The Deep South.
The film raises a very important question: Why would they go on a tour like this anyway? What’s the point of entering the proverbial Lion’s Den, after already escaping the lions? Many of the singers in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are transplants from the Deep South and are unsure why they should return to the communities that ostracized and ridiculed them in their younger years. Amidst doubt about the good it will do, they head to American south to sing a program of spiritual and gospel music.
The crew of Gay Chorus Deep South capture experiences at the intersection of faith, politics and history of queer oppression and what shape they take in 2019. Whether it’s by reassessing family relationships, bolstering activists in the middle of a firefight, providing an example to a newer generation of LGBTQ+ kids, or just puttin’ on a dang good show, Gay Chorus Deep South demonstrates that in order to overcome oppresion in this country, it isn’t enough to listen to one another: We must also stand up and sing with the expectation we’ll be heard.
– Timothy Morrise
Winner: Audience Award–2019 Tribeca Film Festival
Directed by Simone Godano
101 min | 2019 | Italy
Presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca
Two very different families spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchios, open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish, and the working-class Petagnas, very tight-knit, and united around solid conservative values. What brought such distant worlds together? Only the secret love of Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families. It’s hard to find well-made queer movies that have a good plot, as well, as convincing character development, and good acting, let alone a GAY ROM COM starring two middle-aged men! As the familes collide, the individual quirks and passions come to a fever pitch, weaving class, queer idenity, and family dynamics into a delightful mess.
– Felipe Zurita
Official Selection: 2019 Seattle International Film Festival
Directed by Chan-wook Park
145 min | 2016 | South Korea
Presented in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles.
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho
– Selected by the 2019 Damn These Heels Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok –
Most lesbian revenge thrillers fall into tell-tale common traps when written by men—objectification, trivialization, unnecessary graphic abuse, the famous “kill your gays’ trope—and though Park Chan-Wook’s take is not perfect, it is one of the best, most powerful renditions on the theme I’ve seen. In the film, Sook-Hee (played by Tae-Ri Kim) comes into the employ of Lady Hikeo (played by Min-Hee Kim) in what starts as a ploy to get her valuables, but turns into much more, and gradually turns builds into a tangled web of a thriller that is artfully spun. What makes this film shine is its ability to depict lesbian sex without making it overly sexualized; assault and abuse against women without making it graphic; and queer love with nuance, agency and heart. Despite the dire need for more queer directors depicting queer stories, Park-Chan Wook’s film is a striking example of a cishet director getting it right.
– Jordan Blok, Guest Programmer
Winner: Best Film Not in the English Language–2018 BAFTA
The films that comprise Damn These Heels evoke powerful thoughts, feelings, and ideas! What’s coming up for you as you watch this year’s selections? Join an intimate circle of film festival attendees for a stimulating session of engaged listening and personal reflection.
Utah Film Center is dedicated to initiating conversation and community building through film. We are excited to invite Giuliana Serena, founder of The Bee, to facilitate this session. Host and producer of SLC’s beloved monthly storytelling gathering, Giuliana is an expert at encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.
Tickets are available in advance via Damn These Heels passholder and individual ticket sales.
The session is from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Mezzanine Studio. Please plan sufficient time to come in, get settled, and stay until the end. Our doors will open at 3:15pm.
Directed by Various
90 min | Not Rated
A largely dramatic/comedic shorts program focusing on a variety of awkward, funny, and quiet perspectives on gender and identity. See the work of some of the best emerging LGBTQ filmmakers and get to know their worlds.
Tell-By Date directed by Sarah Ball – 13:30
Ryan wants to tell his son that he’s transgender, but he’s nervous. He self-imposes a deadline to tell him.
Flash Flood directed by Alli MacKay – 6 min
In a dream, a flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity.
Sammy the Salmon directed by Jake Shannon – 6:30 min
Upon realizing he’s gay, Spencer comes across Sammy, a talking salmon who offers to get his love-life on track.
Precious Stones directed by Luka Fisher – 4 mins
Artist Daniel Crook challenges men to think beyond toxic masculinity through his intimate paintings.
My Loneliness is Killing Me directed by Tim Courtney – 16:30 min
The story of a day in the life of Ayo, an LGBT Asylum seeker and his journey through Glasgow clubland.
Khadijah and Pauline directed by Lee Manansala – 5:30 min
On their 2nd date, Parisians Khadijah and Pauline discuss fashion, a grandmother passing, and coming out.
Boldly Go directed by Christopher Cosgrove – 5:30 min
A young gay man is hiding a secret about his body. When his crush makes a move, he must confront insecurity.
Misdirection directed by Carly Usdin – 14 min
Camila has OCD and a crush on her roommate. She must learn to refocus with a newfound interest: magic.
Horticult directed by Will Hamilton – 5 min
A fake documentary depicts a strange community of humans in 1970’s England who believed they had become plants.
Softcore directed by Varun Saranga – 7 min
Two bridesmaids form an unlikely connection over their bizarre sexual awakenings.
Directed by Darko Stante
95 min | 2018 | Slovenia
Presented in Slovenian with English subtitles.
Cast: Matej Zemljic, Timon Sturbej, Gasper Markun
The raw emotions in this film manifest in a peculiar way. Its story, although harsh and very much in your face, is portraying the life of a troublemaking young man in a conservative and bullying culture that ends up in a special school for youth with problematic behavior, where he meets and falls for another young man who turns out to be the biggest bully of them all. As the main character establishes dominance in school, he ends up along with the guy he likes and goes to extremes by intimidating, committing crimes, fighting, hurting and manipulating people, all to cover up his true desires when it comes to his sexuality and to please and draw closer to the guy he likes. It will keep you on your toes with every scene carefully shot to give the view a host of powerful emotions. It’s a tale that most of us have gone through, although not as severe. Viewer’s will be surprised how easy it is to empathise with the volatile main character. You’ll need a break after watching this film.
Official Selection: 2018 Athens International Film Festival, 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival
Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste
47 min | 2019 | French Guiana
Presented in French with English subtitles.
The ball scene, voguing, drag and its vernacular have slowly but surely become a part of mainstream culture. It’s hard to go anywhere in queer spaces without hearing someone yell “Yas Queen!” or “Werk!” Imagine, however, being in an environment where it was dangerous for a man to even wear tight clothes or grab a drink in a dainty way. Now imagine feeling like the only queer person in the entire country.
After establishing themself in the NYC ballroom scene, Lasseindra Ninja has come back to their hometown of Cayenne, French Guiana. From ballet classes as a child and finding fame on the ballroom stage they are now back to open the doors of self-expression for the small community of queer youth there. Through the art of vogue fem, Lasseindra makes these young people confront their fears by moving their hips and flicking their wrists with all the confidence and ferocity they can muster. Lasseindra is a strict teacher and has no time for any student who is not there to break out of their shell and find their inner fierceness. Self confidence, visibility and pride are all things Lasseindra is trying to instill in their students through a form of art that gave them a voice. But, just like the audience, what they most want is for everyone to just “Have fun and let go.”
– James Long
Official Selection: 2019 Frameline
Directed by Rhys Ernst
95 min | 2019 | USA
Cast: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret Qualley
Adam Freeman is a straight teenage boy from the suburbs who decides to spend the summer in New York City with his closeted gay sister. He is consequently swept into queer culture, and what begins as a white lie to assimilate into the LGBTQ community becomes a secret that consumes him.
Official Selection: 2019 Sundance Film Festival