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October 2019

Narrative Feature

15 Years

Sunday October 27 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Yuval Hadadi, Israel, 2019, 89 mins

When his best friend becomes pregnant and his longtime boyfriend starts talking about adopting, the usually-unfazed Yoav begins to unravel. Small arguments fester to extreme degrees in Yuval Hadadi’s...
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Narrative Feature

15 Years

Monday October 28 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Yuval Hadadi, Israel, 2019, 89 mins

When his best friend becomes pregnant and his longtime boyfriend starts talking about adopting, the usually-unfazed Yoav begins to unravel. Small arguments fester to extreme degrees in Yuval Hadadi’s...
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Narrative Feature

A Dog Barking at the Moon

Sunday October 27 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Lisa Zi Xiang, China & Spain, 2019, 107 mins

While visiting her broken family with her American husband, pregnant writer Huang Xiaoyu finds herself trapped between her cult-brainwashed mother and her secretly homosexual father. An...
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Episodic Showcase

A Luv Tale: The Series

Friday October 25 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Kay Oyegun, USA, 2018, 75 mins

Based on the 1999 award-winning film, writer and creator Sidra Smith’s A LUV TALE: THE SERIES brings us back to Harlem: a section of New York City vibrant with...
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Documentary Feature

A Night at Switch n’ Play

Saturday October 26 @ 9:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Cody Stickels, USA, 2019, 90 mins

You are cordially invited to a night at Switch n’ Play! Meet the daring and dazzling queer artists behind one of Brooklyn’s most popular and groundbreaking performance groups. Come...
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Shorts Program

All in the Trans Family

Saturday October 26 @ 1:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Traversing the spectrum from absurdly honest to honestly absurd, this tonally varied shorts program focuses on the myriad of trans experiences as they relate to family, acceptance, and home. Good, bad, and weird family dynamics are on...
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Shorts Program

All in the Trans Family

Sunday October 27 @ 6:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Traversing the spectrum from absurdly honest to honestly absurd, this tonally varied shorts program focuses on the myriad of trans experiences as they relate to family, acceptance, and home. Good, bad, and weird family dynamics are on...
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Documentary Feature

All We’ve Got

Friday October 25 @ 6:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Alexis Clements, USA, 2019, 67 mins

Since 2010, over 100 queer women’s spaces—from dive bars to bookstores and dance halls to health centers—have shuttered across the United States. As concern grows over the death and dearth...
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Documentary Feature

All We’ve Got

Sunday October 27 @ 4:15 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Alexis Clements, USA, 2019, 67 mins

Since 2010, over 100 queer women’s spaces—from dive bars to bookstores and dance halls to health centers—have shuttered across the United States. As concern grows over the death and dearth...
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International Centerpiece

And Then We Danced

Saturday October 26 @ 6:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Levan Akin, Sweden/France, 2019, 105 mins

Fresh from its acclaimed debut at Cannes, writer/director Levan Akin’s AND THEN WE DANCED delivers a passionate and exceptionally crafted tale of love and liberation set against the backdrop...
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Narrative Feature

Benjamin

Saturday October 26 @ 9:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Simon Amstell, UK, 2018, 85 mins

Like a perfectly steeped cup of English Breakfast, BENJAMIN is satisfyingly bittersweet, a romantic comedy from the distinctive mind of Simon Amstell (NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS). Benjamin is an...
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Shorts Program

Beyond the Binary

Friday October 25 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
There are more than two genders and these filmmakers explore the deep potential and power in that fact. Trans love, legacies, and longing are finally being brought to the forefront. Exclusively featuring films by trans, nonbinary, and...
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Shorts Program

Beyond the Binary

Sunday October 27 @ 1:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
There are more than two genders and these filmmakers explore the deep potential and power in that fact. Trans love, legacies, and longing are finally being brought to the forefront. Exclusively featuring films by trans, nonbinary, and...
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Narrative Feature

Billie & Emma

Friday October 25 @ 6:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Samantha Lee, Philippines, 2018, 107 mins

In the Philippines during the 1990s, out teenager and rock-music-lover Billie is sent from Manila to live with her aunt in a rural village. Sticking out like a sore...
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Narrative Feature

Billie & Emma

Sunday October 27 @ 11:00 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Samantha Lee, Philippines, 2018, 107 mins

In the Philippines during the 1990s, out teenager and rock-music-lover Billie is sent from Manila to live with her aunt in a rural village. Sticking out like a sore...
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HalloKween Narrative Feature

Bit

Saturday October 26 @ 6:45 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Brad Michael Elmore, USA, 2019, 90 min

Think Los Angeles is soulless? Try surviving the city’s underground feminist vampire scene. In this comedic horror flick with a flair for the postmodern, trans teenager Laurel (SUPERGIRL’s...
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Southern Shorts

Bless Your Queer Heart

Thursday October 24 @ 4:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
As diverse as the region itself, this batch of shorts centering the experiences of LGBTQ Southerners will have you using "Ya'll" as your go-to gender neutral pronoun in no time. From tender to terrifying, these six short...
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Shorts Program

Bless Your Queer Heart

Saturday October 26 @ 11:15 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
As diverse as the region itself, this batch of shorts centering the experiences of LGBTQ Southerners will have you using "Ya'll" as your go-to gender neutral pronoun in no time. From tender to terrifying, these six short...
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HalloKween Narrative Feature

Brief Story from the Green Planet

Monday October 28 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Santiago Loza, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, and Spain, 2019, 75 mins

In the eerie early moments of this mesmerizing Teddy Award winner, Tania—a transgender club performer—finds out that her grandmother has died. When she brings the...
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Shorts Program

Busy Thinkin’ Bout Boys

Saturday October 26 @ 11:00 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Let’s hear it for the boys! From a jubilant dance number to a California king-sized bed, this year's signature program revels in and investigates the lives of gay boys surviving and thriving in 2019. Join us on...
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Shorts Program

Busy Thinkin’ Bout Boys

Monday October 28 @ 7:30 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
Let’s hear it for the boys! From a jubilant dance number to a California king-sized bed, this year's signature program revels in and investigates the lives of gay boys surviving and thriving in 2019. Join us on...
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Retrospective Shorts Program

Color Me Barbara

Saturday October 26 @ 11:30 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The first of her kind, the lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer paid homage to queer history, bodies, and subculture for over 50 years. During a retrospective of her work at New York Film Festival in 2017, Hammer...
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Episodic Showcase

Comedy Episodic Showcase

Thursday October 24 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The hilarious work featured in this episodic showcase demonstrates the incredible diversity of comedic situations that occur in the lives of queer folks and how we persevere through them. Awkward hookups, breakups, work disasters, and a birthday...
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Screening and Conversation

Crystal City

Sunday October 27 @ 1:30 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Terrence Crawford, USA, 2019, 89 mins

Filmmaker Terrence Crawford delivers a respectful and intimate look into the lives of gay men dealing with the re-emerging crisis of crystal meth addiction in New York City. Crawford...
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New York Centerpiece

Cubby

Friday October 25 @ 6:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Mark Blane and Ben Mankoff, USA, 2019, 83 mins

With a bold voice reminiscent of heyday ’90s independent cinema, CUBBY gives a whole new meaning to “adventures in babysitting." Written and co-directed by breakout star...
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Shorts Program

Dancing with Myself

Thursday October 24 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Are we human or are we dancer? This shorts program sets out to answer that timeless question. Whether at a party, a studio, or all by oneself, this dynamic program celebrates the varied art of dance and...
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Shorts Program

Dancing with Myself

Sunday October 27 @ 10:45 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Are we human or are we dancer? This shorts program sets out to answer that timeless question. Whether at a party, a studio, or all by oneself, this dynamic program celebrates the varied art of dance and...
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Documentary Centerpiece

Drag Kids

Thursday October 24 @ 7:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
U.S. Premiere
Dir. Megan Wennberg, Canada, 2019, 80 mins

Four very different drag performers under the age of 12 meet and celebrate their shared interest for the first time in Megan Wennberg's marvelously entertaining and touching documentary DRAG KIDS....
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Episodic Showcase

Drama Episodic Showcase

Monday October 28 @ 6:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
30 ROCK'S Jenna Maroney once said "Drama is like gay man Gatorade." So come replenish your electrolytes at this episodic showcase that entirely focuses on what the heart wants and needs—and don't limit it to just gay...
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Documentary Feature

Fabulous + Burn the House Down

Monday October 28 @ 8:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premieres
FABULOUS: Dir. Audrey Jean-Baptiste, France, 2019, 46 mins
BURN THE HOUSE DOWN: Dir. Giselle Bailey & Nneka Onuorah, France, 2019, 44 mins

Audrey Jean-Baptiste’s triumphant FABULOUS follows Lasseindra Ninja, a notable fixture of the ballroom scene in...
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Legacy Screening

Go Fish

Friday October 25 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
25th Anniversary
Dir. Rose Troche, United States, 1994, 84 mins

Opposites attract in this New Queer Cinema staple that defined ’90s lesbian zeitgeist. Camille ‘Max’ West (GUINEVERE TURNER, CHARLIE SAYS, and THE L WORD) is a tony young lesbian...
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Narrative Feature

Holy Trinity

Monday October 28 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Molly Hewitt, USA, 2019, 91 mins

HOLY TRINITY is an absolute acid trip of kinky, drug-induced, gender-fluid adventures through an alternative universe's Chicago. We follow Trinity, a queer dominatrix, who, after huffing a new brand...
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Shorts Program

Hot Girl Mixtape

Friday October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The girls are back in town! Our latest batch of short films that focus on the lives and loves of lesbian and queer women celebrates vintage coming out stories, the importance of holding one's own at the...
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Shorts Program

Hot Girl Mixtape

Saturday October 26 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The girls are back in town! Our latest batch of short films that focus on the lives and loves of lesbian and queer women celebrates vintage coming out stories, the importance of holding one's own at the...
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Documentary Feature

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

Thursday October 24 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Tomer Heymann, Israel & Germany, 2018, 106 mins

Jonathan Agassi, one of the world's most successful gay porn stars, splits his time between Israel, where both his parents live, and Berlin. The recipient of multiple...
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Narrative Feature

Last Ferry

Friday October 25 @ 9:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Jaki Bradley, USA, 2019, 86 mins

Fire Island during the early summer off-season makes for a perfectly isolated setting for this singular comedy-thriller. When lonely lawyer Joseph (Ramon Torres, who also serves as writer/co-producer) ventures...
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Documentary Feature

Leonard Soloway’s Broadway

Monday October 28 @ 6:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Jeff Wolk, USA, 2019, 82 mins

Leonard Soloway is a Broadway legend, and he’s got the Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and unforgettable stories to prove it. Narrated by Campbell Scott, this documentary follows the octogenarian...
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Documentary Feature

Markie in Milwaukee

Sunday October 27 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Matt Kliegman, USA, 2019, 92 mins

In this remarkable documentary, transgender TSA agent and former minister Markie Wenzel struggles with being ostracized within her conservative community as she debates whether to de-transition. On the eve...
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Documentary Feature

Markie in Milwaukee

Monday October 28 @ 3:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Matt Kliegman, USA, 2019, 92 mins

In this remarkable documentary, transgender TSA agent and former minister Markie Wenzel struggles with being ostracized within her conservative community as she debates whether to de-transition. On the eve...
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Narrative Feature

MONSTERS.

Saturday October 26 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Marius Olteanu, Romania, 2019, 116 mins

Presenting a clear snapshot of a contemporary Romanian couple through three distinct chapters, Marius Olteanu’s formal portrait of a marriage in silent disarray is immersive in its naturalism and...
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Documentary Feature

Mr. Leather

Sunday October 27 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Daniel Nolasco, Brazil, 2019, 85 mins

Get up close and personal with Brazil’s leather community in Daniel Nolasco’s playful documentary about the titular competition. Nolasco follows judges, past winners, and current contenders for the title...
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Narrative Feature

Music for Bleeding Hearts

Sunday October 27 @ 4:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Rafael Gomes, Brazil, 2019, 102 mins

In present-day São Paulo, a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella is taking...
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Narrative Feature

Music for Bleeding Hearts

Monday October 28 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Rafael Gomes, Brazil, 2019, 102 mins

In present-day São Paulo, a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella is taking...
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Narrative Feature

Nevrland

Saturday October 26 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Gregor Schmidinger, Austria, 2019, 88 mins

Seeking escape from his drab life at home and at work in a slaughterhouse, Jakob retreats into online worlds in search of excitement. After making a connection with tight-torsoed...
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Shorts Program

Nocturnal Dream Shows

Saturday October 26 @ 9:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Up late and looking to go down a queer rabbit hole? Look no further than NOCTURNAL DREAM SHOWS, our collection of all things shocking, surreal, sensual, and short! Borrowing its name from visionary visual artist and filmmaker...
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Shorts Program

Nocturnal Dream Shows

Sunday October 27 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Up late and looking to go down a queer rabbit hole? Look no further than NOCTURNAL DREAM SHOWS, our collection of all things shocking, surreal, sensual, and short! Borrowing its name from visionary visual artist and filmmaker...
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Documentary Feature

One Taxi Ride

Thursday October 24 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Mak CK, Mexico and Singapore, 2019, 84 mins

When Erick was 17 years old, his life changed forever. Ten years after a traumatic taxi ride, he's ready to reclaim his future and set out on...
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Documentary Feature

One Taxi Ride

Saturday October 26 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Mak CK, Mexico and Singapore, 2019, 84 mins

When Erick was 17 years old, his life changed forever. Ten years after a traumatic taxi ride, he's ready to reclaim his future and set out on...
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Documentary Feature

Our Dance of Revolution

Saturday October 26 @ 7:00 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Phillip Pike, Canada, 2019, 102 mins

An audience favorite at this year’s Hot Docs, OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION is an enriching documentary that celebrates the unsung heroes of Toronto’s black LGBTQ community. Tracing four decades...
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Outer Borough Realness – Shorts Program

Outer Borough Realness

Thursday October 24 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
A vibrant collection of stories that reach beyond Manhattan and take you on a funny, romantic, powerful, and very queer quest through Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens (sorry Staten Island) faster than a ride on the G...
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Shorts Program

Outer Borough Realness

Sunday October 27 @ 1:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
A vibrant collection of stories that reach beyond Manhattan and take you on a funny, romantic, powerful, and very queer quest through Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens (sorry Staten Island) faster than a ride on the G...
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Postcards From Brazil – Shorts Program

Postcards From Brazil

Thursday October 24 @ 6:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
With the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018, the world's eyes suddenly turned to Brazil. But the country's history with oppression of LGBTQ+, Afro-Brazilian, and low-income communities has been a complicated one for quite some time. POSTCARDS...
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Shorts Program

Postcards from Brazil

Sunday October 27 @ 11:00 am
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
With the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018, the world's eyes suddenly turned to Brazil. But the country's history with oppression of LGBTQ+, Afro-Brazilian, and low-income communities has been a complicated one for quite some time. POSTCARDS...
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Documentary Feature

Queen of Lapa

Saturday October 26 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat, Brazil, 2019, 73 mins

Against the backdrop of political corruption and flagrant transphobia in Brazil, the late, great Luana Muniz—cabaret performer, activist, and sex worker since age 11—minced no words...
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Screening and Conversation

Queer Genius

Saturday October 26 @ 2:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Chet Catherine Pancake, USA, 2019, 114 mins

Effortlessly multigenerational, interdisciplinary, and diverse in scope, QUEER GENIUS peers into the lives of five virtuosos who have challenged artistic formalism, gender roles, and heterosexism without apology in...
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Documentary Feature

Queer Japan

Sunday October 27 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, USA and Japan, 2019, 100 mins

While queer and trans subject matter remains somewhat taboo in parts of Japan, Graham Kolbeins assembles an extraordinary group of artists, activists, and community leaders who are...
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Documentary Feature

Queer Japan

Monday October 28 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, USA and Japan, 2019, 100 mins

While queer and trans subject-matter remains somewhat taboo in parts of Japan, Graham Kolbeins assembled an extraordinary group of artists, activists, and community-leaders who are fighting to...
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Documentary Feature

Queering the Script

Saturday October 26 @ 4:00 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Gabrielle Zilkha, Canada & USA, 2019, 85 mins

Fangirls have long been overlooked and disregarded, but Gabrielle Zilkha’s documentary beautifully honors the queer women who have consistently supported some of television’s most popularly coded shows,...
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HalloKween Centerpiece

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street

Monday October 28 @ 8:45 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen, USA, 2019, 100 mins

Following a successful stint on Broadway alongside stars such as Cher, Karen Black, and Sandy Dennis, closeted actor Mark Patton launched his film career with a...
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Narrative Feature

Second Star on the Right

Friday October 25 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Columbia, 2019, 82 mins

In the blink of an eye, gregarious bisexual Emilia (Silvia Varón) has gone from being a core member of a tight-knit group of women to its biggest burden. As...
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Opening Night Film and Party

Sell By

Wednesday October 23 @ 7:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Mike Doyle, USA, 2019, 94 mins

Delivering laugh-out-loud humor alongside wry truths, SELL BY is proof that witty writing and a strong ensemble are a true cornerstone of New York City filmmaking. Actor Mike Doyle’s...
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Narrative Feature

Seventeen

Thursday October 24 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Monja Art, Austria, 2017, 104 mins

Reminiscent of subtle tales of sapphic desire like SHOW ME LOVE and MY SUMMER OF LOVE, Monja Art’s feature is an adroit portrait of young love and its complex...
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Narrative Feature

Siberia and Him

Sunday October 27 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy, USA & Russia, 2019, 72 mins

Meek farmhand Sasha and policeman Dima have a fraught relationship. They’re brothers-in-law, travel companions, and⁠—secretly⁠—lovers. Over the course of their journey to visit Sasha’s grandmother, unspoken truths are...
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Narrative Feature

Siberia and Him

Monday October 28 @ 4:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy, USA & Russia, 2019, 72 mins

Meek farmhand Sasha and policeman Dima have a fraught relationship. They’re brothers-in-law, travel companions, and⁠—secretly⁠—lovers. Over the course of their journey to visit Sasha’s grandmother, unspoken truths are...
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Screening and Conversation

Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies

Monday October 28 @ 6:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Vishnu Dass, USA, 1991-2019, 81 mins

Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston narrates this exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dalí protégé Steven Arnold and his strikingly creative body of work. Arnold’s photography, filmography,...
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Narrative Feature

Straight Up

Saturday October 26 @ 4:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. James Sweeney, USA, 2019, 95 mins

Heralding in a fresh voice of contemporary independent cinema, writer/director/producer James Sweeney stars in this witty comedy as Todd, an obsessive-compulsive and GILMORE GIRLS-loving twentysomething plagued by intense anxieties....
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Narrative Feature

Temblores

Thursday October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, France, and Luxembourg, 2019, 107 mins

In Guatemala, earthquakes (or tremors) can be a very common occurrence. TEMBLORES explores what happens to an affluent religious family as a rumbling rift symbolically tears...
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Documentary Feature

The Archivettes

Sunday October 27 @ 1:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Megan Rossman, USA and Australia, 2017, 61 mins

Led by local heroes Deb Edel and Joan Nestle in the 1970s, a group of young lesbians frustrated by misogyny and homophobia within academia huddled together and...
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Comedy Shorts

The Gag’s All Here

Sunday October 27 @ 4:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The gag’s all here in this program of riotous, fanciful, and wacky shorts filled to the brim with their own personal brands of humor, hijinks, and hilarity relating to the queer experience. Featuring a history of flagging,...
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Narrative Feature

The Shiny Shrimps

Saturday October 26 @ 1:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, France, 2019, 103 mins

After an Olympic swimmer nearing the end of his career makes a homophobic comment on TV, he’s barred from any further events unless he agrees...
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Spotlight Screening

The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Saturday October 26 @ 3:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Martin Krejčí, USA, 2017, 88 mins

The story of a young, constantly bullied boy who runs away in search of the mother he never knew might sound familiar, but Martin Krejcí’s moving, magical film gives...
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Episodic Showcase

These Thems

Friday October 25 @ 8:45 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Jett Garrison, USA, 2018, 82 mins

After realizing she may be a lesbian, Gretchen (Gretchen Wylder) befriends nonbinary dog-walker Vero (Victoria Ortiz), who decides to stop training dogs and start training cishets. Vero takes Gretchen...
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U.S. Centerpiece

To The Stars

Sunday October 27 @ 7:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Martha Stephens, USA, 2018, 109 mins

Set in the conservative, bobby-socked setting of a 1960s Oklahoma high school, mysterious cosmopolitan new girl Maggie (Liana Liberato)—a coveted recruit among the popular girls—takes an unexpected shining to...
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Legacy Screening

Tongues Untied

Sunday October 27 @ 11:15 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
30th Anniversary Screening
Dir. Marlon Riggs, United States, 1990, 55 mins

The seminal documentary on black gay life, Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 TONGUES UNTIED uses poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and...
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Narrative Feature

Top 3 (and other animated tales)

Friday October 25 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Sofie Edvardsson, Sweden, 2019, 44 mins

In this inventive and bittersweet animated rom-com, perpetual list-maker Anton falls in love with David and the two share a globetrotting young romance. But things start to go awry...
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Narrative Feature

Top 3 (and other animated tales)

Saturday October 26 @ 1:45 pm
New York Premiere
Dir. Sofie Edvardsson, Sweden, 2019, 44 mins

In this inventive and bittersweet animated rom-com, perpetual list-maker Anton falls in love with David and the two share a globetrotting young romance. But things start to go awry...
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Closing Night Film and Party

Tu Me Manques

Tuesday October 29 @ 7:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Rodrigo Bellott, USA/Bolivia, 2019, 110 mins

After his son Gabriel passes away, conservative Bolivian patriarch Jorge (Oscar Martínez) accidentally Skypes Gabriel’s ex-boyfriend Sebastian (Fernando Barbosa), leading him on a journey from Bolivia to New York...
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Documentary Feature

UNSETTLED: Seeking Refuge in America

Saturday October 26 @ 4:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Tom Shepard, USA, 2019, 84 mins

Tom Shepard's new documentary follows four asylum-seekers from Syria, Angola, and The Democratic Republic of Congo as they try to start fresh in the United States. Subhi, Junior, Mari,...
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Episodic Showcase

Work in Progress

Friday October 25 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Dir. Tim Mason, USA, 2019

WORK IN PROGRESS, a new half-hour comedy series created by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (THE MATRIX, SENSE8), is a funny and uniquely human comedy....
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Documentary Feature

Your Turn

Monday October 28 @ 5:15 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Eliza Capai, Brazil, 2019, 93 mins

Lucas “Koka” Penteado, Marcela Jesus, and Nayara Souza were three ordinary high school students whose lives suddenly changed when the state of São Paulo announced plans to close 94...
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Narrative Feature

Zen in the Ice Rift

Saturday October 26 @ 7:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Margherita Ferri, Italy, 2018, 90 mins

Maia “Zen” Zenassi is a quick-tempered, nonconforming 16-year-old living in a provincial Italian mountain village. A standout on the local boys’ hockey team, Zen uses the sport as a...
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