The Pass (Opening Night Film & Party)
North American Premiere
The night begins with two-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) receiving NewFest’s Inaugural Voice & Visibility Award from Emmy-winning actress Debra Messing!
Ticket includes entrance to the Opening Night Party, Plunge Rooftop Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hosted exclusively by Stoli
Dir: Ben A. Williams, UK, 2016, 88 mins
It’s the night before a make-or-break Championship soccer match, the pressure is high, and two rising star teammates Jason (Russell Tovey) and Ade (Arinze Kene) have an encounter in their hotel room that causes irrevocable consequences. Based on the lauded play by John Donnelly, who also adapted the screenplay, debut director Ben A. Williams’ taut, engrossing drama is split into three acts over the course of a decade; tension and vulnerabilities intensify with each conversation, as secrets are buried deeper and lies become heavier. Themes of fame and sexuality take center field, as Jason weighs the cost of denying his happiness against protecting his public image. Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking) originated the role of closeted athlete Jason on stage and he delivers a career-defining, powerhouse performance with top-tier assistance from co-star Arinze Kene.
Writer: John Donnelly Cast: Russell Tovey, Arinze Kene, Lisa McGrillis, Nico Mirallegro Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow