aGLIFF Announces Films for PRISM 34

Monday August 2, 2021

'Beyto' is featured at PRISM 34
'Beyto' is featured at PRISM 34  (Source:aGLIFF)

The following is a press release from aGLIFF, the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival:

Austin's oldest film festival, aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) announces the official program selections for PRISM 34 running August 26 - September 6, 2021 in hybrid form, both in-person and online.

Founded by Scott Dinger, the 34th annual festival will feature over ninety films, including features, documentaries, and shorts, over twelve days while additionally hosting exclusive festival events and screenings. Memberships and badges are available now, with members given priority access to in-person screenings, online film streams, as well as entry to in-person and online artists conversations, Q&As, and other festival activities. Access to the festival can be purchased at agliff.org/badges.

"We can't wait to get back in the theater and share these films with our aGLIFF community. I've felt like I was keeping a secret for months with all these amazing films making their Southwest Premiere at Prism 34," said aGLIFF Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonté. "This year our program selection committee really challenged themselves to look at films differently and searched for singularity. We embraced ambitious filmmakers unafraid to challenge the audience and themselves. And we trusted the fascination of a good story well told. Our rebranded section titles reflect the depth and cross-communication of the program. This is a very exciting time in queer cinema. Our stories can be about anything, our characters can be anyone. This program is packed with terrors and turn-ons, romance and rebellion, it's packed with us. I am very proud for this to be my first program as Artistic Director."

Closing Feature "Sh*t & Champagne" will wrap up the twelve days bringing drag, champagne, and shenanigans in person to Pioneer Farms with the Southwest premiere of writer, director, and San Francisco drag queen extraordinaire D'Arcy Drollinger's wacky send-up of '70s sexploitation flicks. Adapted from Drollinger's wildly successful stage show, "Sh*t & Champagne" is fiendishly fun wall-to-wall slapstick and camp, thanks to the unerring comic timing of Drollinger and a supporting cast of all-stars drag talent, including Steven LeMay, Matthew Martin, and "RuPaul's Drag Race" alum Alaska Thunderfu&k.

PRISM 34 will also feature a special "advanced screening" of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie." Directed by Jonathan Butterell, with screenplay and lyrics by Tom McRae and songs composed by Dan Gillespie, this film adaptation of the award-winning musical from London's West End will play the festival for an in-person special screening.

Previously announced Opening Night and Centerpiece films included the North American premiere of "BLITZED: The 80s Blitz Kids Story," (Opening Night) featuring Boy George, Midge Ure, Gary Kemp, Rusty Egan, Marilyn, Princess Julia, Andy Polaris, Robert Elms, Chris Sullivan, Stephen Jones, Dylan Jones, La Roux, Michele Clapton, Darla-Jane Gilroy, Fiona Dealey and Steve Dagger; and the Southwest Premiere of "Boulevard! A Hollywood Story" (Centerpiece) written and directed by aGLIFF alumni Jeffrey Schwarz ("Tab Hunter Confidential," "I Am Divine"), "Boulevard!" looks into the strange but true story of Gloria Swanson and the FIRST Musical version of "Sunset Boulevard."

"While the films will always be the core of our festival, the opportunity to connect and have fun at our special events and parties fosters friendship and community," said aGLIFF acting President Todd Hogan-Sanchez. "This year will not disappoint from a lavish afterparty on opening night to closing with a drag show hosted by Austin's drag icon Nadine Hughes & company, aGLIFF's PRISM 34 will truly be a 12-day celebration of LGBTQ+ people and stories."

After last year's festival created a new online community, PRISM organizers are planning several fun hybrid, in-person and online only social events such as trivia night with "The Big Queer Quiz Thing LIVE!", for the ultimate trivia experience playable in person at Austin Eastciders Restaurant & Bar or at home online; the in person only closing weekend "Drive In & Drag" an after screening drag experience with a drag show hosted by Austin drag icon Nadine Hughes in an open air dance hall exclusively at Pioneer Farms; along with the previously announced online event hosted by everyone's favorite Tupperware lady Dixie Longate for an interactive "aGLIFF Happy Hour with Dixie Longate." Additional events both online and in person will be announced shortly.

The PRISM 34 festival schedule, events and late additions will be announced over the next few weeks. More information on PRISM can be found at agliff.org/prism.


Closing Night Film

"Sh*t & Champagne"
USA | 90 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: D'Arcy Drollinger | Cast: Seton Brown, Manuel Caneri, Leigh Crow, D'Arcy Drollinger

San Francisco drag queen extraordinaire D'Arcy Drollinger makes her big screen debut in feature adaptation of his stage play, a wacky send-up of '70s sexploitation flicks. Drollinger stars as Champagne Horowitz Jones Dickerson White, a charismatic stripper who finds herself in danger after her fiancé and half-sister are both murdered. When the cops refuse to investigate, Champagne takes matters into her own perfectly manicured hands to find answers. As she uncovers an evil plot connecting mega retail chain store Mall-Wart to a discount escort service, Champagne has no choice but to go undercover.


Opening Night Film

"Blitzed: The 80s Blitzed Kids Story"
UK | 2020 | 90 minutes | English | North American Premiere
Directors and Writers: Bruce Ashley, Michael Donald | Executive Producers: Ian Penman, Andy Woodford | Music: Rusty Egan | Featuring: Boy George, Midge Ure, Gary Kemp, Rusty Egan, Marilyn, Princess Julia, Andy Polaris, Robert Elms, Chris Sullivan, Stephen Jones, Dylan Jones, La Roux, Michele Clapton, Darla-Jane Gilroy, Fiona Dealey and Steve Dagger.

In strife torn 1979 Britain, against a backdrop of strikes, blackouts, racism and homophobia, out of one small London venue called The Blitz came a generation of outrageous teenagers, working class and art school kids, who would define the look, the sound, the style and attitude of the '80s and beyond. Inspired by David Bowie and driven by a gender bending, genre busting desire to make it, these penniless superstars in the making from Boy George to Culture Club to Spandau Ballet, Visage, Ultravox and Sade would go on to change the face of fashion, music and culture across the world. This is their story.

(Trailer for "BLITZED" can be found here.)


Centerpiece Film

"Boulevard! A Hollywood Story"
USA | 2021 | 85 min | Southwest Premiere
Director and Producer: Jeffrey Schwarz

From aGLIFF Multi-Film Alumni Jeffrey Schwarz ("I Am Divine," "Tab Hunter Confidential") comes the strange but true story of the first musical version of "Sunset Boulevard." For Gloria Swanson, the iconic star of "Sunset Boulevard," both the movie and the character of Norma Desmond provided a renewed spotlight. Seeing in Norma a portal back to the stardom she once commanded as a silent screen superstar, Swanson began to envision a musical stage adaptation of the film. Enter, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two struggling songwriters (and also a romantic couple) looking for their big break. Playing Joe Gillis to Gloria's Norma Desmond, they threw caution to the wind and joined forces to bring the musical to life, beginning a journey that would alter the course of their lives. Also complicating matters was the fact that Gloria set her sights on handsome Richard Stapley, resulting in a classic love triangle.


Special Screening

"Everybody's Talking About Jamie"
USA | 2021 | 120 min
Director: Jonathan Butterell | Screenplay and Lyrics: Tom MacRae | Songs Composed by: Dan Gillespie Sells | Based on the Stage Musical by: Jonathan Butterell, Tom McRae, and Dan Gillespie Sells | Cast: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancaster, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant

Inspired by true events, "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" is the film adaptation of the award-winning hit musical from London's West End, about Jamie New (newcomer Max Harwood), a teenager in a blue-collar English town with a dream of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition as a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mom (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But it's not all rainbows for Jamie as his unsupportive dad (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired career advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his sensational aspirations. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to be more accepting, and to see the value in facing adversity stepping out of the darkness into the spotlight.


Fabrications

(The Narrative Feature Competition. The best of the freshest films on the fest circuit today.)

"Beyto"
Switzerland |98 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: Gitta Gsell | Writers: Gitta Gsell, Yusuf Yesilöz | Cast: Magdalena Welter, Louis Mataré, David Fonjallaz

Talented swimmer, motivated apprentice: Beyto is in the midst of life, with a bright future ahead of him. One would think. But when the only son of a Turkish migrant family falls in love with his coach Mike, an ideal world falls to pieces. Ashamed, his parents see only one way out: they lure Beyto to their home village to marry him off to his childhood friend Seher. Beyto finds himself in a disruptive love triangle: How can he get back to Mike without destroying Seher's future?


"Jump, Darling"
Canada | 90 minutes | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Phil Connell | Cast: Cloris Leachman, Thomas Duplessie, Linda Kash, Jayne Eastwood

After a disastrous missed debut at a Toronto drag club, aspiring actor Russell, a.k.a. Fishy Falters, bails on his bougie boyfriend to takes shelter in the Canadian countryside. Finding peace with his grandmother Margaret (Academy Award winner icon Cloris Leachman in her final role), Russel discovers a woman facing her own mortality and regretting chances not taken fifty years ago. When Fishy relaunches herself at a local pub, Russell rediscovers his own sparkle.


"Leading Ladies"
Colombia | 81 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Ruth Caudeli | Cast: Diana Wiswell, Silvia Varón, Ana María Cuellar, Marcella Robledo, Ana María Otálora

A welcome dinner is the excuse to discover that we always keep a secret from those who know us the best. Five points of view that show that each of these five girls tries, as best they can, to lead their own lives. Some lies have been saved for years, other were hidden for months... But many of them will come to light during this special meeting. Guilt affects everyone in different ways.


"Love, Spells, and All That"
Turkey | 96 min
Writer & Director: Ümit Ünal | Cast: Selen Uçer, Ece Dizdar, Aysenil Samlioglu, Damla Ersan

As teenagers, Eren, daughter of a powerful member of the parliament, and Reyhan, the daughter of Eren's family's housekeeper, had a forbidden love affair. When their relationship was discovered, Eren's family sent Reyhan and her father away and Eren to a boarding school in Europe. The film starts twenty years later, as Eren returns to the island paradise for the first time. Could the love spell Reyhan put on her twenty years ago be reason for Eren's return?


"My Best Part"
France | 108 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: Nicolas Maury | Writers: Maud Ameline, Sophie Fillières, Nicolas Maury
Cast: Nicolas Maury, Nathalie Baye, Arnaud Valois

Nothing is going right anymore for Jérémie's comedy and acting career. His love life hits a bleak streak due his rampant jealousy. Between insufficient funds on his credit card, the cuts and bumps he's nursing, and his existential doubts, he swirls deep inside the vortex of his Paris-based depression. So he flees to the country to reset with his slightly invasive mother and lick his wounds. Hoping to find new romance with mum's hunky (and straight) assistant, he spends the summer preparing for an audition he doesn't feel right for -- Springtime Awakening. "Am I still the right age to play a tormented, suicidal teen?"


"My Fiona"
USA | 86 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Kelly Walker | Cast: Jeanette Maus, Corbin Reid, Elohim Nycalove, Sara Amini

Best friends for life, Jane and Fiona have done everything together since kindergarten, until Fiona unexpectedly commits suicide. Left devastated and adrift, Jane's only path to peace is helping Fiona's widow Gemma care for their young son Bailey. Polar opposites, the two women have nothing in common save for their shared grief and love for Fiona. But as Jane's help offers some stability, Gemma can't help being drawn to her and an unexpected intimacy builds between them.


"My First Summer"
Australia | 78 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Katie Found | Cast: Markella Kavenagh, Maiah Stewardson, Harvey Zielinski, Steve Mouzakis

Stranded on a remote property after her mother's death, 16-year-old Claudia is torn from isolation when Grace, a spirited local teen, appears in the garden like a mirage, a breath of fresh, sugary air. The pair form an intimate bond, finding in each other the support, joy, and human connection that only first love can bring. But summer can't last forever, and their idyllic peace is a fragile one as the adult world closes in and threatens their secret summer love.


"Not Knowing"
Turkey| 96 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Leyla Yilmaz | Cast: Emir Ozden, Senan Kara, Yurdaer Okur

High School water polo star Umut has no response when stories start circulating that he is gay. The rest of the team bullies him relentlessly despite the baselessness of the rumor. While his parents Selma and Sinan cope with their tiring marriage, Umut suddenly disappears to clear his head. While Selma and Sinan look for their son, they realize that they have actually lost themselves. Facing an uncertain future, they must come to terms with not knowing any of the answers.


Chronicles

(The Documentary Feature Competition. The best of the freshest films on the fest circuit today.)


"Building a Bridge"
USA | 96 min | Southwest Premiere
Directors: Evan Mascagni, Shannon Post

The tragic 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the apparent apathy of his peers prompted Father James Martin, a New York-based priest, author, and journalist to pen the book, "Building a Bridge," and sent him on a journey to make the Catholic Church more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community. That publication and his subsequent appearances on outlets as diverse as Colbert and Fox News made him something of a celebrity, beloved by many and denounced by those who claim he's a heretic.


"Gemmel & Tim"
USA | 76 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: Michiel Thomas

Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old gay Black male, died of a meth overdose at the home of white West Hollywood Democratic party donor Ed Buck. 18 months later, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, also Black, also gay, died in the same home. Toxicology showed an overdose of methamphetamine mixed with alcohol. The coroner checked "accident" on his report. Ed Buck described each man as his "friend." The deaths sent shockwaves through LA's LGBTQ+ community and particularly West Hollywood, LA's gay Mecca. The ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race, and politics. Ed Buck had two indulgences,: Donating to Democrats and soliciting Black men to "party and play" with methamphetamine. But this is not just his story; this is the story of Gemmel and Tim, and their parallel walks of life as told by the friends who loved them, and about Los Angeles, a place where someone is always willing to take advantage of someone else's struggle to survive.


"Invisible"
USA | 107 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: T.J. Parsell | Featuring: Ruthie Foster, Bonnie Baker, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis

Country music is finally coming out of the closet. The contributions of lesbian singer-songwriters are generally not the first thing that come to mind in the arena of country music, but some of the greatest hits in the genre are the work of these badass women writing, producing, and persevering in an extremely traditional and corporate industry that requires most to keep their authentic selves secret for fear of committing career suicide.


"Little Girl"
France | 85 minutes
Director: Sébastien Lifshitz

Before the age of three, Sasha began telling her parents, "When I grow up, I'll be a girl." When her mother Karine told her that wasn't possible, Sasha was devastated, prompting Karine to reevaluate her ideas about her child, gender identity, and what might be possible. As society fails to treat her like the other children her age - in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties - her family fights for her to find acceptance.


"North by Current"
USA | 85 Minutes | Southwest Premiere
Director: A. Madsen Minax

Three years after the unexplained death of his niece Kalla, artist and filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his Mormon family's home in a small town in Michigan. His sister Jesse, clinging to the stability of motherhood after years of addiction problems, and her partner David, who has his own demons, cannot escape the shadow of suspicion for the death of their daughter. As Minax films his family's chaos, his own story rises to surface; his transition, first put before his family nine years ago, is still very much a source of upheavel.


"Rebel Dykes"
UK | 82 minutes | Southwest Premiere
Directors: Harri Shanahan, Siân Williams

Brought together by peace camp protests, a tight-knit group of friends - the Rebel Dykes - combined political activism and BDSM, leathers and chains and world class hedonism, all topped off with an in-your-face sex positivity much to the annoyance of the Rad Fem lesbian movement and the terror of straight mainstream society. A mash-up of animation, archive footage and interviews convey the story of a trailblazing scene full of squatters, kinky nightclubs, anti-Thatcher rallies, AIDS protests and the fierce ties of chosen family. This is an astonishingly honored peek into a departed past populated by those who not only lived out their politics but lived to tell the tale.'


"The Sexplanation"
USA | 81 minutes | Southwest Premiere
Director: Alexander Liu | Writers: Leonardo Neri, Alex Liu

Like many youth in the '90s, Alex's school taught that sex before marriage was wrong. His classes showed shocking childbirth videos and all-too-graphic images of people with untreated HIV/AIDS. Because he knew he was gay, these tactics worked to suppress his sexuality. Now in his 30s and out of the closet, he embarks on a quest to put the 'D' in documentary and right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, no matter how awkward it gets. As the film unravels decades, if not centuries, of misteaching here in North America, Alex explores his past sex-shame as he searches for answers from scientists, researchers, educators, politicians, church officials, and even his own parents.


"Sex, Revolution & Islam"
Norway | 81 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen

As a young Muslim girl in Berlin, Seyran Ate? grew up under the shackles of Islamic repression. A Turkish-German lawyer, author, feminist, and one of the first female imams in Europe, Seyran has dedicated herself to reforming Islam, opening the first mosque with no gender segregation, and educating and empowering LGBTQ Muslim youth to embrace their sexuality. In return, two fatwas were issued against her, she has received countless death threats, and has been living under constant police protection for several years.


PeQuilar

(Quirky films that mix Horror, SciFi, Fantasy and Gothic elements with LGBTQIA+ themes. These are special films, meant to be broken apart and looked at sideways.)


"At the End of Evin"
Iran | 78 min | Southwest Premiere
Writers & Directors: Mehdi Torab-Beigi, Mohammad Torab-Beigi | Cast: Ra'na Azadivar, Mahdi Pakdel

Moving from a small town to Tehran, Amen dreams of gender reassignment surgery. When she meets Naser, a rich man promising to pay for her surgery, it comes with one condition: Apparently, Amen has a very similar voice to Naser's daughter, Annie, who is about to inherit her grandmother's house, and Amen must play Annie in front of the grandmother. However, as the days drag on and Amen trains to be Annie, she begins to suspect Naser and the others are hiding the truth about Annie's disappearance. Desperate for her surgery, how far is she willing to go?


"Forgotten Roads"
Chile | 72 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Nicol Ruiz | Cast: Rosa Ramírez, Romana Satt, Gabriela Arancibia

In a religious and conservative rural town obsessed with UFO sightings, Claudina tries to break out of the lonely routine she's fallen into since her husband's death. Moving in with her grandson and her daughter Alejandra, she meets the neighbor Elsa, an independent and married woman who moonlights as a lounge singer in the underground bar catering to the town's hidden community of renegades and misfits. In the gossipy town, their budding relationship can't stay a secret for long. As Claudina sees love's horizons expanding, she must choose between the traditional role of grieving widow she understands, and the open road ahead of her.


"Saint Narcisse"
Canada | 101 min | Southwest Premiere
Director: Bruce LaBruce | Writers: Bruce LaBruce, Martin Girard | Cast: Félix-Antoine Duval, Thomas Niles, Tania Kontoyanni

In 1972 Canada, Dominic, a handsome young man, enjoys snapping Polaroids of himself and gazing into the mirror. When he hears his birth mother is still alive, he embarks on a road trip, hoping to reunite. Not only does he discover her living with another woman, but he also learns of the existence of his twin brother, living in a monastery lead by a depraved priest. As swears to save him, the two beautiful, identical brothers soon become embroiled in a strange web of sex, revenge, and redemption.


"The Greenhouse"
Australia | 85 min | Southwest Premiere
Writer & Director: Thomas Wilson-White | Cast: Tel Benjamin, Rhondda Findleton, Harriet Gordon-Anderson

Still grieving the death of her mother Lillian, Beth discovers a portal to the past in the forest surrounding her family property. On the cusp of her widowed mother Ruth's sixtieth birthday and the homecoming of her dysfunctional siblings, Beth is swept away by visions of their adolescence and re-lives the moments that defined her. Despite Ruth's warnings, and as real-world tensions grow between the siblings, Beth becomes mesmerized by the past; but the past is not the paradise she believed it to be.


Queerzploitation

(Sex! Blood! Death! More Sex! A grab bag of killers and kinks! Not your Gay Grandpa's aGLIFF.)


Erika Lust Collection

  • "Valentin, Pierre and Catalina"
    Director: Bruce LaBruce | 2018 | 27 min

  • "Female Pleasure Circle"
    Director: Erika Lust | 2019 | 45 min

  • "Rico Rico"
    Director: Maximus Skaff | 2021 | 14 min

  • "Girl Gang"
    Director: Charlie Benedetti | 2021 | 24 min

    Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer, Erika Lust made her debut with indie erotic film "The Good Girl" in 2004. Since then, she has been instrumental in promoting the aims of the feminist pornography movement through capturing the female gaze and focusing on female pleasure. Adhering to an ethical production process that sets her company apart from mainstream pornography sites, she has stressed the importance of paying for porn to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages for sex workers. In 2013, she started the crowdsourced porn series "XConfessions," in which viewers leave anonymous confessions on the project's website. Each month, Lust handpicks two stories and turns them into cinematic short films. In 2015, a theatrical cut of "XConfessions" was screened both at the Raindance Film Festival in London and at the Chicago International Film Festival.


    "Valentin, Pierre and Catalina": It's 2022, the third great world war has come to an end, and emperor Donald Trump has taken over the world. In the middle of all this global chaos, Catalina and her two lovers Valentin and Pierre are still fighting for independence of a different kind. Indie Auteur Bruce LaBruce tells the polyamorous fairytale of a retired independence fighter in the dystopian Republic of Catalunya.


    "Female Pleasure Circle": Five self-determined women break the taboo of female masturbation in an intimate masturbation class followed by an all-female orgy. Shattering the belief that sex is all about fulfilling male desire, "Female Pleasure Circle" is fiercely tackling social issues - The Lust way. "Masturbation is self-care and there is absolutely nothing shameful about it." - Erika Lust


    "Rico Rico": It's raucous, diverse, hedonistic, and sexy, but "Rico Rico" is more than just a queer party, it's an LGBTQ+ safe space where the freedom exists to be yourself by moving, dressing and connecting with people in the way that you want. After a night on the dance floor, Teresa chases down a gender non-conforming Lembra with the type of raw energy you can only ever find in the club.


    "Girl Gang": This all-woman rock band loves performing and feels a deep connection to their instruments and to each other. When the asexual drummer picks up a camera to film, the other three show what happens with the sexual energy that is created when playing music together. It's not just a hot lesbian threesome; this indie adult short film is also a nod to the historical power of women in music and their impact on global feminism.


    "Nimby - Not in My Backyard"
    Finland | 94 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Teemu Nikki | Writers: Teemu Nikki, Jani Pösö | Cast: Youssef Asad Alkhatib, Almila Bagriacik

    Mervi and her girlfriend Kata leave the safety of liberal hipster Helsinki for rural Finland to come out to Mervi's parents. After a year living together, Kata is surprised to find out Mervi once was straight and dated a neo-Nazi. The ex-boyfriend can't accept that Mervi is with a person both the wrong color and gender. The real threat appears when Kata's parents arrive from Berlin and the local skinhead boss finds out that a black Muslim celebrity politician has come to town. Oh, and also Mervi's parents have been living in an open-bisexual-swinger-relationship for 20 years. As the bigoted town lays siege to their house, the two families band together to fight for their lives.


    The Films of Fred Halsted
    Southwest Premiere of restorations

  • "L.A. Plays Itself"
    1972 | 55 min

  • "Sex Garage"
    1972 | 35 min

  • "Sextool"
    1975 | 80 min

    Fred Halsted's "L.A. Plays Itself" was gay porn's first masterwork: A sexually explicit, autobiographical, experimental film whose New York screening left even Salvador Dalí repeatedly muttering "new information for me." Halsted, a self-taught filmmaker, shot the film over a period of three years in a now-vanished Los Angeles, a city at once rural and sleazy. Although his cultural notoriety at one point equaled that of Kenneth Anger or Jack Smith, Halsted's star waned in the 1980s with the emergence of a more commercial gay porn industry. After the death from AIDS of his long-time partner, lover, spouse (and tormentor) Joey Yale in 1986, Halsted committed suicide in 1989.


    "L.A. Plays Itself": An evasive anti-narrative that opens in the lush greenery of the natural world, Halsted's masterpiece literally bulldozes the audience into the center of a grimy, feverish Sodom that deconstructs and erodes the human spirit through vivid sadomasochistic catharsis. Constructed almost entirely in the editing room, Halsted cuts between scenes of brutal S&M and sequences of cruising Griffith Park, newspapers headlines of cults and the Manson murders, and shots of hustlers, bums, and vagrants.


    "The Sex Garage": Shot in gritty black and white, Halsted dances from heterosexuality to homosexuality to bisexuality to fetishization to a leather biker copulating with a motorcycle exhaust pipe.


    "Sextool": One of the most ambitious and least successful pornographic films ever made, "Sextool" was shot on 35mm in hopes of arthouse crossover success, but the film only puzzled or offended the theater managers. Centered around a party where a relatively innocent, married young man discovers the diverse sex practices of a dozen people, "Sextool" explores a fantasy Los Angeles populated by boxers, leathermen, and sailors, and where racial justice is upside down. Halsted called it "Sexual Politics."


    "We Need to Do Something"
    USA | 97 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Sean King O'Grady | Writer: Max Booth III | Cast: Sierra McCormick, Vinessa Shaw, Pat Healy, Lisette Alexis, John James Cronin

    For teenager Melissa, family dysfunction is the norm. When a freak tornado traps Melissa inside the family home's bathroom with her parents and younger brother, those rifts only intensify. And as their confinement within the increasingly-more-claustrophobic-by-the-hour lavatory stretches to multiple days, Melissa replays private moments with her girlfriend Amy in her head. But there's more than just hard feelings threatening the family. Something evil is beyond the walls, toying with them. Is this the family's reckoning at the hands of a higher power? Or was it unintentionally triggered by Melissa and her girlfriend?


    Witness

    (Aiming our lens at our own history, either through retrospectives, or stories pulled from the past.)


    "All Boys Aren't Blue"
    USA | 40 minutes | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Nathan Hale Williams | Writer: George M. Johnson | Cast: Dyllon Burnside, Jenifer Lewis, Bernard David Jones, Thomas Hobson

    Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, Journalist and activist George M. Johnson's memoir covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. With four actors representing Johnson at different stages of their life, Nathan Hale Williams captures a dramatic reading that serves as a firsthand account of trials, tribulations, and triumphs that have made Johnson into the person they are today.


    "Beautiful Thing"
    UK | 1996 | 96 min
    -- on 35mm by special arrangement with Sony Pictures Classics --
    Director: Hettie Macdonald | Writer: Jonathan Harvey | Cast: Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson

    Jamie and Ste navigate the difficulties of growing up gay and working class in a society that rarely values anyone who is either. Ste's drug-dealing brother beats him up. His dad is an alcoholic who makes Ste cook for him. Jamie's mum Sandra, a pub manager, is dating a washed-up, weed-smoking hippie half her age who says things like, "I saw a video about Woodstock once." And at school, Jamie is bullied for being an oddball outcast who can't play football. Next door is Leah, a young black woman who has been expelled from school and spends her free time taking drugs and groaning about how "there's fuck-all to look forward to." And that's before anyone finds out Ste and Jamie are gay.

    Jonathan Harvey, screenwriter and playwright of the original work, joins us via zoom for the 25th anniversary of this important film, originally intended for television broadcast only, but so well-received it was subsequently released in cinemas.


    "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same"
    USA | 2011 | 76 min
    Writer & Director: Madeleine Olnek
    2021 aGLIFF Legacy Honoree
    Cast: Lisa Haas, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan, Cynthia Kaplan, Alex Karpovsky, Dennis Davis, Rae C. Wright

    When three bald lesbian aliens are sent to Earth from Zotz to have their hearts broken so that their strong emotions won't contribute to destroying their planet's ozone layer, one of them connects with Jane, a tender soul working at a stationery store. Meanwhile, there are two government agents — men in black — monitoring Jane as she starts to become closer to a woman who the men feel does not belong on this planet.

    Multi-aGLIFF alumni Madeleine Olnek ("Wild Nights With Emily," "The Foxy Merkins") celebrates the 10th anniversary screening of her singular SciFi comedy and will be aGLIFF's 2021 Legacy Honoree. Past aGLIFF honorees include Yen Tan, Rose Troche and Jim Fall.


    "Everything At Once"
    Spain | 102 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Alberto Fuguet | Cast: Paco Moyano, Manolo Rodríguez, Francesc Mulet, Juan Manuel Mera Blázquez, Vicente de la Torre, Oscar Marin, Thomas Février, Adrien Vadot

    Paco and Manolo, partners in work and life, are the iconic Catalan photographers behind Kink Magazine, an underground fanzine known for its intimate homoerotic aesthetic. "Every photographer is a voyeur," they admit, as they empower their subjects to expose themselves and bare their souls through the camera lens.


    "Mädchen in Uniform"
    Germany | 1931 | 98 min
    Director: Leontine Sagan | Writers: Christa Winsloe, Friedrich Dammann | Cast: Emilia Unda, Dorothea Wieck, Hedy Krilla

    After the death of her mother, teenage Manuela is sent off to a boarding school run by the autocratic Fräulein von Nordeck. Initially withdrawn from the other girls, Manuela is drawn out of her shell by the beautiful and sympathetic young teacher, but when her fondness for her teacher turns into a romantic attachment, it becomes a school-wide scandal.

    Ninety years ago this groundbreaking film became the first international hit, with a sympathetic portrayal of a lesbian relationship. In Romania its popularity inspired a "longstockings and kissing" cult. In the United States, the film was first banned, then released in a heavily cut version after Eleanor Roosevelt spoke highly of the film. The Nazis attempted to burn all of the existing prints. Director Sagan and many others associated with the film fled Germany soon after the banning. Most of the cast and crew were Jewish, and those who could not escape Germany died in the camps.


    "Mulholland Drive"
    USA | 2001 | 147 min | 20th Anniversary
    Writer & Director: David Lynch | Cast: Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino, Robert Forester

    A mysterious brunette soon to be known as Rita (Laura Elena Harring) dodges a bullet, staggers out of her crashed car, and descends from the Hollywood Hills into the jewel-like city below to find refuge in an empty apartment. She's suffering from amnesia, which makes her the perfect foil for the resident, Betty (Naomi Watts), who arrives the next morning — blond, perky, and inanely optimistic — from rural Ontario with stars in her eyes. For Betty, Rita's mystery only enhances her appeal. "It'll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be someone else," Betty says, suggesting they call the police to confirm Rita's crash.


    "P.S. Burn This Letter Please"
    USA | 101 min | Southwest Premiere
    Directors: Michael Seligman, Jennifer Tiexiera

    A box of letters, held in secret for nearly 60 years, ignites a 5-year exploration into a part of LGBT history that has never been told. The letters open a window into a forgotten world where being yourself meant breaking the law and where the penalties for "masquerading" as a woman were swift and severe. The government sought to destroy them, then history tried to erase them, now they tell their story for the first time.


    "Raw! Uncut! Video!"
    USA | 79 min | Southwest Premiere
    Directors: Ryan A. White, Alex Clausen

    Legendary leatherman Jack Fritscher met Mark Hemry in 1979 at Harvey Milk's birthday party - and the two fell head over heels in love. When the AIDS epidemic swept through San Francisco, the couple left the city to begin a new venture: Turning a rural ranch in Sonoma County into a safe-sex porn studio that offered viewers new sexual possibilities in an age of plague. Casting rugged non-professional models to explore their unique erotic fantasies onscreen, the studio explored a wild array of queer kinks - and helped champion sex-positivity in the porn industry.


    "Tove"
    Finland | 103 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Zaida Bergroth | Writers: Eeva Putro, Eeva Putro, Jarno Elonen | Cast: Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney

    Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. Modern art, dizzying parties, and an open relationship with a married politician: Her unconventional life puts her at odds with her sculptor father's strict ideals. Tove's desire for liberty is put to the test when she falls for theatre director Vivica Bandler. As she struggles with her personal life, she finds creative success with the Moomin books, starring a family of white, round trolls with large snouts influenced by the upheavals of war and Jansson's depression during the war years. But as she finds her artistic identity, she never seems to find herself.


    "Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story"
    USA | 62 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Aaron Bear | Narration: Zachary Quinto

    One of the first employees at Microsoft, Ric Weiland found wealthy and influence at an early age, but he never felt like he deserved it. To quiet the nagging doubt, he turned to philanthropy. Out and proud since the '70s, Ric was a champion of gay rights. During his life, he donated more than 20 million dollars to fund more than 60 non-profit organizations. His efforts to establish representation and resources for the LGBT community still have a profound impact today. Weiland committed suicide by gunshot on June 24, 2006. Besides his longstanding HIV diagnosis, he suffered from clinical depression. This is a portrait of his life.


    Refractions

    (Expressions of daily life from cultures around the globes and across time.)


    "Kiss Me Kosher"
    Germany, Israel | 105 minutes | Southwest Premiere
    Writer & Director: Shirel Peleg | Cast: Moran Rosenblatt, Luise Wolfram, Rivka Michaeli

    After a string of not-too-serious ex-girlfriends, Israeli Shira has finally found real love with Maria, a German who has uprooted her life to be with Shira in Tel Aviv. The two women plan to marry...eventually. But when Shira's family inadvertently discovers the engagement, wedding plans kick into high gear. Even Maria's parents insist on a big ceremony, and when they get to Israel, the two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences.


    "Queendom"
    France | 62 min | Southwest Premiere
    Directors: Marco Novoa, Simon Vivier | With: Cookie Kunty, Le Filip, Shingo LaDurée

    The Paris ballroom scene has grown enormously over the past several years. As France grapples with the COVID crisis, three artists working in this resurgent subculture struggle with day-to-day challenges as they keep their eye on the throne. Misha, of the famed House of LaDurée balances studying for his high school exit exam and for two important balls. Romain believes drag is a form of political activism. Cookie Kunty, his drag queen alter ego, will be acting in their 2nd short film this year, hoping to take drag mainstream and reach as wide an audience as possible. Le Filip, a 25-year-old drag queen stand-up comic, is busy writing and putting together his first one-queen show. Beautiful cinematography and intimate profiles pull the queens to the front of the runway.


    "Firebird"
    UK, Estonia | 107 min |Southwest Premiere
    Director: Peeter Rebane | Writers: Tom Prior, Peeter Rebane | Cast: Tom Prior, Nicholas Woodeson, Oleg Zagorodnii

    Soviet Air Force private Sergey counts the days till his military service ends. When daring fighter pilot Roman arrives at the base, Sergey's life turns upside down. Driven by curiosity, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship as a dangerous love triangle forms between them and Luisa, the secretary to the base Commander. As the walls close in, they risk their freedom and their lives in the face of an escalating KGB investigation. Based on a true story.


    "Made on the Rooftop"
    South Korea | 85 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Kim Jho Gwang-soo | Writer: Yeom Moon-gyeong | Cast: Hong Nae Lee, Jung Hwi, Lee Jeong-eun

    Ha-neul breaks up with his uptight and closeted boyfriend, leaves their beloved cat Ari behind, and fills Seoul with the sounds of heartbreak. As in any classic boy-loses-boy (and cat) rom-com, who comes to the rescue but the BFF? Ha-neul gets sympathy, fashion advice, and a rooftop retreat from his bestie, 'BongBong,' a rising online celebrity who has his own commitment issues. "I'm going to be cool from now!" Ha-neul declares, and then tries to reconcile with his ex.


    "Metamorphosis"
    Philippines | 83min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Jose Enrique Tiglao | Writers: J.E. Tiglao, Boo Dabu | Cast: Gold Azeron, Iana Bernardez, Dylan Ray Talon

    15-year-old Adam, a rough-and-tumble boy born to a conservative pastor, gets his initiation into puberty upon the arrival of a transfer student, Angel, an older girl with a dark past. Adam and Angel get along well, but as they start to hang out Adam begins to menstruate. It turns out that he is intersex, having been born with both male and female genitalia. This is the start of a uncomfortable journey of self-discovery where Adam explores the spiritual and physical limits of gender identity and the ambiguities of fate and desires.


    "Poppy Field"
    Romania | 82 min | Southwest Premiere
    Director: Eugen Jebeleanu | Writer: Ioana Moraru | Cast: Conrad Mericoffer, Alexandru Potocean, Radouan Leflahi

    Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi's tender reunion is cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. A member of the Bucharest police force, Christi is sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. As tensions between the homophobic protesters and the audience mount, Christi, closeted to his fellow officers, begins to spiral out of control when he spots a former fling in the crowd.


    Episodic Full Series Premiere

    "Boy Culture"
    USA | 86 minutes (over 6 episodes)
    Director: Q. Allan Brocka | Writers: Matthew Rettenmund, Q. Allan Brocka | Cast: Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens, Patrick Bauchau, Jonathon Trent

    In 2006, Stephen Israel produced Director Q. Allan Brocka's critically acclaimed film version of the novel "Boy Culture," following "X," a thriving escort entangled in romantic relationships with both his two roommates and an older, enigmatic client. Fifteen years later, the entire cast returns to pick up the story. Out of hustling for years, X's business skills are a bit rusty. Unwillingly taken under the wing of a barely legal twink, X soon finds himself playing pupil to a snarky kid.


    Shorts Programs

    Indie Series

    (Just a taste, then you can go find the rest of it online... or help fund it.)


    "Four FruitBites"
    Director: Dave Quantic | USA | 9 min

    Four subjects give short glimpses into their lives as genderfluid and nonbinary individuals.


    "Platonic: Straight Friend Interlude"
    Director: Erin Buckley | USA | 6 min

    Olive meets up with her straight friend Alixa. Turns out she's not so straight.


    "Taffy"
    Director: Jon Crawford | USA | 5 min

    While photographing an older man, a young artist reconsiders his own understanding of queer history.


    "The More Things Change"
    Director: Debra F. Simone | USA | 16 min

    A trans woman tries to balance her personal life, her passion for making video games, a demanding office job, and people who don't pay attention to parking signs.


    Finding Me

    (A collection of American Short Films about who we are and what to do about it.)


    "2 Weeks"
    Director: Victoria Negri | USA | 9 min

    When an actress realizes she is asexual, it causes difficulties in her personal and professional relationships.


    "Break In"
    Director: Alyssa Lerner | USA | 16 min

    Hanging out with a friend late at night, a woman accidentally texts erotic fanfiction to her workplace crush, prompting them to try and break in to delete the message before her coworker wakes up.


    "Good Night"
    Director: Eric Shahinian | USA | 11 min

    After a good date, two men try to overcome their insecurities and be physically intimate with each other.


    "Peace"
    Director: Adomako Aman | USA | 11 min

    A down-low queer relationship really questions what it means to be at peace.


    "Reasons to Stay"
    Director: Shaina Rose Woolley, Ezra Li | USA | 5 min

    When a young, gay man is caught in the depths of depression, a beautiful angel visits him to urge he continue experiencing life.


    "Roadkill"
    Director: Aliza Brugger | USA | 15 min

    Charged with cleaning up dead animals in her small town, one woman offers shelter to another in a routine job that leads to a romantic connection.


    "Tho' "
    Directors: Jake Villadolid, Heather Muriel Nguy?n | USA | 8 min

    An asexual woman narrates her experience with relationships and intimacy.


    "Undressed"
    Director: Elina Street | USA | 10 min

    A woman does not know how to tell her girlfriend about the new activity she has found to empower herself.


    "Vestirse"
    Director: John E. Kilberg | USA | 9 min

    A person considers their dress and makeup when going to lunch with their parents openly for the first time.


    Finding Each Other

    (A collection of [mostly] American Short Films [with single serving of maple leaf] about the search for companionship and comradery in this big queer world.)


    "And Then"
    Director: Jenn Ravenna Tran | USA | 17 min

    Unable to sleep while visiting Tokyo, an artist meets a beautiful woman from the Japanese countryside prompting the two to explore art, identity, and their desire for one another.


    "Feed Me"
    Director: Soma Okoye | USA | 3 min

    Sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the romantic realm liberated from narratives of struggle and/or oppression. A bit of Pleasure Activism.


    "Honey and Clover: A Recipe for Disaster"
    Director: Andrea Maxwell | USA | 14 min

    The stars of a cheesy, '90s kids show try to reconcile their feelings for each other and rabid, nostalgia-laden fans.


    "Love in the Time of Corona"
    Director: Lila Schmitz | USA | 8 min

    After two people match on a dating app, they come up with a creative, modern solution to find sexual pleasure while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.


    "Noor & Layla"
    Director: Fawzia Mirza | Canada | 13 min

    Structured as the stages of Muslim prayer, the relationship between two women unfolds in reverse chronological order.


    "On the Ride"
    Director: Jen McGowan | USA | 14 min

    A man bicycles to the house of someone he does not know, drawn by their hidden, shared connection.


    "The D*ck APPOINTMENT"
    Director: Mike Roma | USA | 10 min

    An anxious man attempts to get over his ex with dating app hookups and the search for amazing cuddling.


    "Waking Up"
    Director: James Patrick Nelson | USA | 14 min

    A man sits at the bedside of his comatose uncle after a medical emergency, wondering about their shared queerness and connection.


    Finding Your Future

    (A collection of [mostly] American Short Films [with one each from Mexico and Israel] about that treacherous time when we pass from youth to adulthood, no matter when that happens.)


    "April's Last Memories"
    Director: Nancy Cruz Orozco | Mexico | 20 min

    Before one of them moves away, two teenage girls say goodbye and reveal their feelings for one another.


    "Elle"
    Director: Nicole Vanden Broeck | USA | 22 min

    A young teenager considers how to confess her feelings to her best friend before she moves away in mid-90s Southern California.


    "Marigolds"
    Director: Cristoforo Magliozzi, Lane Michael Stanley | USA | 9 min

    At a Halloween party a young teenager tries to figure out how to tell her father the partner he will meet for the first time is not the man he expects but a young woman.


    "Pure"
    Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris | USA | 13 min

    On the eve of her cotillion, a Black girl grapples with her queer identity and her purity.


    Stephen & James: Best Girlfriends"
    Director: Dave Quantic | USA | 5 min

    Two partners enjoy breakfast pastries and having sex with their friends.


    "Virgin My Ass"
    Director: Adar Sigler | Israel | 17 min

    One friend asks another to top him for the first time so he may experience bottoming.


    Find Your Way Out

    (A collection genre shorts to make you think, look twice, or turn your stomach.)


    "Bootstrapped"
    Director: Katy Erin | USA | 8 min

    A woman meets her time-traveling self in a desperate bid to save her relationship with her girlfriend and the very state of future existence.


    Friend of Sophia"
    Director: Alden Peters | USA | 5 min

    In a future tech dystopia, a woman attempts to seek out an illegal, intimate experience with an android woman.


    "How to Die Young in Manila"
    Director: Petersen Vargas | The Philippines | 12 min

    A young man tries to meet the escort he has hired but instead comes across grisly murder scenes.


    "Liminal"
    Director: Dan Abramovici | Canada | 12 min

    A man moves between the events of his life out of chronological order, finding surprising parallels and interpretive dance.


    "New Flesh for the Old Ceremony"
    Director: Elizabeth Rakhilkina | USA | 13 min

    Two women find a rather unique way to grow closer after a violent incident with their pets.


    "Operator"
    Director: Jonathan Hughes | Ireland | 11 min

    A customer service agent takes calls and selfishly obsesses over his ex's engagement ignoring the apocalypse happening around him.


    "Sundown Town"
    Director: Mylo Butler | USA | 10 min

    A trip home is disrupted after making a pit stop in a mysteriously unwelcoming town.


    "The Cruise"
    Director: Richard Louprasong | USA | 8 min

    One Halloween a couple parks at an old cruising spot and tell the urban legend of the serial killer who supposedly haunted these woods in this ode to vintage porn and '70s slashers.


    Animated Shorts

    (Some light-hearted, some more think pieces, this represents the best of LGBTQIAnimation.)


    "Chado"
    Director: Dominica Harrison | United Kingdom | 8 min

    A child has trouble adjusting to her mother's new girlfriend.


    "Closet Combat"
    Director: Augustus Hinton | USA | 3 min

    A closeted teenager visualizes deflecting questions about his sexuality in high school as a fighting video game - complete with buff, shirtless combatants.


    "Freak of Nature"
    Director: JP Schiller | USA | 2 min

    A platypus tries to figure out if they are a beaver or a duck in this winking search for gender identity.


    "Manor Holes High Rise (Jan Julius)"
    Director: Nick McKernan | USA | 4 min

    Genderqueer and nonbinary superheroes fight gentrification in this music video.


    "Mother Bunker"
    Director: George Metaxas | Australia | 5 min

    The future human/robot apocalypse can be a drag.


    "Nude Triumphant"
    Director: Leo Crane | United Kingdom | 9 min

    Inspired by conversations with nude models, one person's journeys to self-fulfillment by baring their whole selves for art students.


    "Outside the Box"
    Director: Janet Grainger | Ireland | 5 min

    We're not a box. We don't have sides. One side fits all!


    Music and Dance Shorts

    (A quick sampling of song and movement captured with the unconventional lens.)


    "do/Say (Lipstick Jodi)"
    Directors: Jackson Ezinga, Jeen Na | USA | 4 min

    A music video for the indie band Lipstick Jodie about letting go of the past, even if it means you have to burn it all down.


    Lana Kaiser"
    Director: Philipp Gufler | Germany | 14 min

    German Idol contestant Lana Kaiser defied traditional notions of gender and sex and the media and celebrity culture mercilessly devoured her. This documentary aims to grant her agency.


    "Manor Holes High Rise (Jan Julius)"
    Director: Nick McKernan | USA | 4 min

    Animated Genderqueer and nonbinary superheroes fight gentrification.


    "MeTube: August sings 'Una furtiva lagrima' "
    Director: Daniel Moshel | Austria | 8 min

    A kaleidoscope of science fiction and pop-opera full of kink and killer robots saving the galaxy with the power of vibrato.


    "Pointe A2B"
    Directors: Natasha Adorlee, Max Sachar | USA | 6 min

    Two men dance together through classical art.


    Avant Garde Shorts

    (Is it a film? Is it an art piece? Is that a penis? You never know what you find in this assortment of inventive filmmaking not bound by narrative.)


    "A Bronx Story"
    Directors: Gabriel Peña, Bell Soto | USA | 20 min

    A dialogue-less exploration of the relationship between two men and their love, resentment, sensuality, and anger.


    "Carol"
    Director: Krissy Mahan | USA | 7 min

    Todd Haynes' "Carol" was the best-reviewed film of 2015. This is not that "Carol."


    "COVID Summer"
    Director: Todd Verow | USA | 3 min

    Black-and-white images flash by in a kinetic, cinematic experience of the summer of 2020.


    "Fluid Bound"
    Director: Rob Fatal | USA | 8 min

    Body, identity, and artistic representations of the self from a Two Spirit, Mestizo perspective.


    "Hajun Blossoms"
    Director: Ji Yoon Kim | USA | 5 miN

    A young person questions the strict religious teachings surrounding sexuality and gender at home.


    "Ishtar"
    Director: Mia Georgis | United Kingdom | 7 min

    A montage of genderqueer and nonbinary people explores a Babylonian myth and the joys of eyeshadow.


    "Lilies"
    Director: Joni Renee Whitworth | USA | 10 min

    The media and games people distracted themselves with during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown are used to relate the experiences of unemployment, love, and fear.


    "Pote de baise (Fuck Buddy)"
    Director: Daniel Sterlin-Altman | Canada | 2 min

    The quarantine brings difficulties in sexual satisfaction in and some confusing feelings around vegetables.


    "Show for Ghosts"
    Directors: James Medley, Em Haverty | USA | 22 min

    A genderfluid performance artist wrestles with modern anxieties around politics, spirituality, and kids cartoons, featuring a special appearance from God.


    "The Sanctity of Love"
    Director: Alí Meyer | USA | 2 min

    Art history and classical painting used to recontextualize history into a more representative, queer narrative.


    " 'No' Shorts"

    (As in there's some naked people up in this jam. Sexy with a bit of story, and lots of kink.)


    "Fisherman"
    Director: Nicky Miller | Germany | 10 min

    While fishing one day, a man has a sexual encounter with a man that comes out of the water before being joined by a few more.


    "Love X Bites"
    Directors: M. Noe, Yupar Momo | Myanmar | 18 min

    Two women must quarantine in a hotel room after traveling in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, leading to a sexual encounter and a violent conclusion.


    "Untie"
    Director: Lane Michael Stanley | USA | 8 min

    Two members of a polyamorous group try a new kink together for the first time.


    International Shorts 1 - We Are Just Guests

    (Travelers and Lodgers in the LaQuinta of life's rich highway and I wanna to ride it all night long.)


    "Cailin Alainn (Pretty Girl)"
    Director: Megan Fox | Ireland | 12 min

    Kevin finds himself for once at a cross dress disco, but only briefly.


    "Complicated"
    Director: Isak Kohaly | Israel | 23 min

    A gay, Israeli man struggles to be comfortable with his body and his anxiety while living with his intense, loving mother and her endless supply of workout mixes.


    "Edén"
    Director: Guillermo Enrique Osorto Campo | Spain | 23 min

    While packing up their childhood home, one man tries to express his desire for his best friend's cousin without ruining their relationship.


    "Frozen Out"
    Director: Hao Zhou | USA | 5 min

    A Chinese immigrant writes home to their sister about struggling with their identity.


    "On My Way"
    Director: Sonam Larcin | Belgium | 23 min

    Meeting and helping a Nigerian immigrant fleeing a homophobic hate crime causes tension between an openly gay man and his closeted, married lover.


    International Shorts 2 - The Storm After the Calm

    (Everything before now is just preface. Time to flip pages into the unknown.)


    "A White Horse"
    Director: Shaun O'Connor | Ireland | 11 min

    A girl phones her home but cannot tell her parents where she is.


    "Before the Eruption"
    Director: Roberto Pérez Toledo | Spain | 10 min

    After several years apart, a group of childhood friends go on a hike and, for the first time, one of them appears as their authentic self.


    "Between Us"
    Director: Cailleah Scott-Grimes | Canada | 18 min

    Two trans people in a relationship try to negotiate their own insecurities and fears around living in a small town and pursuing their careers.


    "Identibye"
    Director: Sajjad Shahhatami | Iran | 15 min

    A woman considers gender-affirming surgery, knowing it will end her marriage and relationship.


    "Memoirs of the (Non)existent Me"
    Director: Thiago Kistenmacker | Brazil | 15 min

    After a transwoman's murder, her friends are left with memories and one last battle with her father.


    "Spring in Autumn"
    Director: Ghasideh Golmakani | Iran | 8 min

    A trip to the World Cup incites an Iranian woman to leave her husband and pursue a relationship with another woman.


    "What is a Woman?"
    Director: Marin Håskjold | Norway | 15 min

    A trans woman in a changing room sparks a heated discussion about femininity and womanhood.


    Mini-Features

    (Bite-size versions with the same character and conflict caloric count as a main course entre.)


    "Fabiu"
    Director: Stefan Langthaler | Austria | 30 min

    A man taking care of his bedridden wife finds himself attracted to the at-home nurse hired to help.


    "Grey"
    Director: Matthew Colston | USA | 32 min

    Two lost people finding comfort in an unexpected relationship.


    "Smoke, Lilies, and Jade"
    Directors: Deondray Gossfield, Quincy LeNear Gossfield | USA | 28 min

    A Harlem Renaissance writer grapples with his attraction to another man and how to make important, socially conscious art.


    Shorts Before Features

    before "Queendom"

    "The Beauty President"
    Director: Whitney Skauge | USA | 10 min

    28 years on, Terence recalls his Democratic presidential primary run as his drag persona Joan Jett Blakk to raise awareness around social equity and the HIV/AIDs crisis.


    before "Forgotten Roads"

    "Aimee Victoria"
    Director: Chyrstee Pharris | USA | 11 min

    Two deaf women of color find their relationship tested during the pandemic.


    "The Leaf"
    Director: William J. Zang | USA | 4 min

    Voice messages from his family and news footage explore the challenges faced by a gay, Chinese immigrant in the height of the pandemic.


    before "Sex, Revolution and Islam"

    "Unity Mosque"
    Director: Nicole Teeny | USA | 7 min

    A mosque in Toronto is committed to gender equality and queer-affirming practices.


    before "Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story"

    El Velorio | Director: Julia Maddox | USA | 4 min

    One man seeks out a way to honor his lover after dying from COVID-19.