A rare look at queer history and gender studies through a living icon who studied queer space from urban gay bars to Fire Island, encompassing amazing archival footage and inspiring intergenerational testimonials.
(In-Person + Virtual)
A celebratory documentary that explores the life and times of a trailblazing cultural anthropologist and expert on LGBTQ+ spaces. Drawn to the drag scene as a student in the 1950s and identifying as both butch lesbian and between genders, Esther Newton has spent six decades writing about and forging queer communities, from clandestine gay bars in the city to the wilds of Fire Island.
Loving captured by director Jean Carlomusto, ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY is a rare look at queer history and gender studies through a living icon, encompassing amazing archival footage and inspiring intergenerational testimonials. 90 min.
Filmmaker Q&A to follow in-person screening.
Part of NewFest Pride 2022
$16 In-Person Ticket | $12 for Members
Access to an in-person screening.
$30 Virtual All Access Pass | $25 for Members
Virtual access to select screenings.
$35 Multi-Film In-Person Package | $30 for Members
Access to all general in-person screenings, with the exception of FIRE ISLAND Opening Night Film + Party.
Buy an Early Bird Diamond Pass for the 2022 New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival (October 14-25, 2022) and receive 2 tickets to all in-person and virtual NewFest Pride events, including FIRE ISLAND Opening Night Screening + Party (June 2 at 7PM).
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