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NewFest 30

30th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival

October 24, 2018 - October 30, 2018

Now in our 30th year, New York's LGBT Film Festival has expanded to seven days! Our 30th anniversary festival will celebrate the year’s best LGBT films from the U.S. and abroad, as well as parties and events bringing together filmmakers, movie lovers, and the community. To be the first to hear more announcements, sign up for our mailing list. And to receive exclusive benefits, access to the Filmmaker Lounge, early ticketing, and discounts for NewFest 2018 and all year-round events, become a member today.

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4:00 pm

Shorts Program

Hip to be Queer: Youth Shorts (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

Through an inclusive and vibrant collection of short films from around the world, this program is exclusive for high school students and provides access and empowerment for LGBTQ+ youth to see themselves on screen while promoting media literacy and encouraging self-expression. This collection of short films range from comedy to drama, and vary in topics that cut across the youth experience, including interpersonal relationships, bullying, family, gender, identity, self-care, and cultural divides.
Presented by The New York City Department of Education. In Partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME).

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4:15 pm

Documentary Feature

Love, Scott (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 4:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

New York Premiere
Dir. Laura Marie Wayne, Canada, 2018, 76 mins
After being violently attacked on the street, openly gay musician Scott Jones is left paralyzed from the waist down. Told through the eyes of Scott's close friend, this heartbreaking and inspiring portrait of grief traces the journey from convalescence to recovery to finally forgiveness. Scott revisits the location of the attack and rebuilds his life as a choir conductor and public speaker. This poignant documentary depicts the universal struggles of LGBTQ people and the people who love them through an incredibly intimate and personal story.
Presented in Partnership with Anti-Violence Project
Q&A to follow

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4:30 pm

Shorts Program

Drawn This Way 2.0: Queer Animation (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

Intimate and inspiring, this collection encapsulates the complexity of the queer experience in all of its brilliance. Both narrative and non-fiction stories utilize the illusion of movement to reveal personal truths, explore new boundaries, and create connections with one another. An inventive and eclectic array of perspectives and forms come together in moving ways.
Q&A to follow

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6:30 pm

International Centerpiece

Rafiki (International Centerpiece)

October 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States

New York Premiere
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon, 2018, 83 mins
Fresh from its triumphant Cannes premiere, RAFIKI is a must-see film that delivers a beautifully acted, nuanced portrayal of being queer in Nairobi. This vibrant romance follows the burgeoning relationship between Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), the playful Beyonce-wannabe who lives in the city’s affluent Skyview Towers, and Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), the shy, responsible tomboy who hangs out on the overcrowded Slopes estate with the local Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi) boys. The film's delicious pink-hued color palette is part of the African film aesthetic known as the afrobubblegum movement, and sets the joyous tone for this rare look at first love between two women in Kenya. Banned in its home country of Kenya for its positive depiction of two young women in love, RAFIKI is a global call to action that proves a work of art does not have to be explicit in order to stir resist in the face of oppression.
Presented in Partnership with the Human Rights Campaign

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International Narrative Feature

The Marriage (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

New York City Premiere
Dir. Blerta Zeqiri, Kosovo/Albania, 2018, 97 mins
A decade after the bitter Kosovo war and unaware if her parents survived, Anita’s wedding plans with Bekim slowly come together—until his best friend comes back to town. Tensions grow, as a triangle of love, lust, and drunken nights spilling secrets form. Kosovo’s Oscar submission for Foreign Language category is a culturally infused drama about unforgettable partnerships an isolated society struggles to accept, giving a tiny glimpse of hope that embracing who you are should be the norm.

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6:45 pm

International Narrative Feature

Tucked (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

New York Premiere
Dir. Jamie Patterson, United Kingdom, 2018, 80 mins
Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award, Outfest LA
When veteran drag queen Jackie Collins receives a diagnosis with six weeks left to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations, TUCKED marks the first queer film from prolific young British director Jamie Patterson.
Q&A to follow

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7:00 pm

Documentary Feature

I Hate New York (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

North American Premiere
Dir. Gustavo Sánchez, Spain, 2018, 75 mins
From 2007 to 2017, Gustavo Sánchez followed seasoned transfemme artists Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar, and Amanda Lepore around Manhattan’s rapidly-changing East Village with a humble Sony Handycam, capturing hundreds of hours of footage. I Hate New York is the result of these intimate conversations between the debut filmmaker and his triptych of captivating and driven female artists. In yellow cabs, Tompkins Square Park, and impossibly small apartments, Dzubilo, Lamar, and Lepore offer their unfiltered thoughts on everything from success and rivalry to gentrification and the utter pointlessness of nostalgia. These interviews are supplemented by commentary from the women’s fellow Village characters and creatives, including Penny Arcade, Bibbe Hansen, T De Long, and iO Tillett Wright. Through patient and devoted direction, Sánchez has created a documentary that offers unprecedented access to three transwomen who not only made their mark on New York’s ephemeral underground, but lived to see middle age. Despite its name, I HATE NEW YORK is a hopeful love letter to a hostile city and the transwomen who’ve called—and continue to call—NYC home.
Q&A to follow

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7:30 pm

Documentary Feature

Man Made

October 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

New York City Premiere
Dir. T Cooper, USA, 2018, 98 mins
From surgeries and T parties to the struggles and joys of transitioning, follow four men as they prepare for Trans FitCon, the only bodybuilding competition exclusively for trans men. Glimpse the intimate relationships between these men and their partners, family, and children as they train throughout the year. This powerful documentary from director T Cooper and executive producer Tea Leoni culminates in a triumphant gesture of acceptance and an understanding of the shared struggles among them as they take the stage and embody their true selves.
Q&A to follow

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9:00 pm

U.S Narrative Feature

Two in the Bush (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

New York Premiere
Dir. Laura Madalinski, USA, 2018, 97 mins
After losing her job, Emily arrives home early from work to find her girlfriend in the throes of passion with someone else. In an instant, her entire life is turned upside down. Moving in with her best friend, Emily lands a new gig working for a dominatrix, and promptly falls for her new boss, and her boss’s boyfriend. In this wise and witty look at the world of bisexuality, polyamory and dungeons, filmmaker Laura Madalinski asks us to consider what risks are worth taking for love.
Q&A to follow

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International Narrative Feature

Mario

October 26, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States

New York City Premiere
Dir. Marcel Gisler, Switzerland, 2018, 119 mins
Mario, a German soccer player, faces a harrowing decision when he must choose between pursuing his career on the field or his forbidden love for Leon, his roommate and a new player on the team. As rumors unfold in the locker room and spread to higher ranks, Mario attempts to deny them, and asks his girlfriend Jenny to pretend they are together. The torment caused by this macho world is reflected in Mario’s mother, who, in one memorable scene, refuses to be photographed during a magazine photoshoot with Jenny and her son, her eyes consumed with anguish.

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9:30 pm

U.S Narrative Feature

The Skin of the Teeth (10/26)

October 26, 2018 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

East Coast Premiere
Dir. Matthew Wollin, USA, 2018, 80 mins
This sinister drama-thriller evokes the feel of a contemporary film noir, with a shades of GET OUT-meets-Grindr. When Josef arrives at John's apartment for a date, their prickly energy slowly gives way to an unusual and genuine chemistry. But after Josef takes a pill with unclear effects, the night takes a shocking turn, and he is plunged into a surreal interrogation of just who and what he is. Pascal Arquimedes’ compelling lead performance keeps the viewer holding their breath from beginning to end.
Q&A to follow

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9:45 pm

Documentary Feature

Bixa Travesty

October 26, 2018 @ 9:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

Teddy Award for Best Documentary/Essay Film, Berlinale 2018
Dir. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscila, Brazil, 2018, 75 mins
Black Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada weaponizes the trans body and music for political protest. Linn and childhood friend Jup do Bairro use extravagantly costumed music performances to dazzle audiences while opposing their country’s white heteronormative order. Figuring her embodied existence as resistance, Linn eschews the role of cis woman, choosing a fluid gender identity instead. Full of funny and intimate moments, the film advocates for personal choice against a society that imposes static gender identity.

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