NewFest's annual three-day Pride event in June

Presented in partnership with NYC Pride and SVA Theatre, this rousing three-night event kicks off a highly anticipated week of jubilant festivities for the city’s LGBTQ community. Launched in 2016 and expanded from one to three nights, OutCinema highlights celebratory stories and aims to bring together queer audiences for three special evenings of films, Q&As, and afterparties. 

Monday, June 17th


New York Premiere
Directed by Rhys Ernst

Tuesday, June 18th


East Coast Premiere
Directed by Amy Watson & Dennis Keighron-Foster

Wednesday, June 19th


With Lady Bunny in person
Directed by Chris Moukarbel

For more information on the biggest OutCinema yet via NYCPride, click here.

In 2018, OutCinema expanded from one to three nights. Each film was preceded by the premiere of a short from Queeroes, a series developed by Conde Nast’s them. in partnership with 5050by2020.

Opening Night kicked off with the New York City premiere of rousing family comedy IDEAL HOME, starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan. The film was followed by a Q&A with writer/director Andrew Fleming (THE CRAFT, DICK) and an after-party in the SVA Lobby. IDEAL HOME was preceded by Mother Comes to Venus (dir: Zackary Drucker).

(L-R: Anna Cleveland, Pat Cleveland, Sofia Coppola, Anna Sui)

Closing Night focused on intersectional discussions with FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL: ARE WE THERE YET? The galvanizing documentary on the civil and LGBTQ rights movements was followed by a special panel conversation with featured cast and activists, moderated by Tiq Milan. OutCinema closed with a final celebratory afterparty in the SVA Lobby. The screening was preceded by Central & Broadway (dir: Chelsea Woods).

Night 2 welcomed the glamorous documentary ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO, featuring Jessica Lange, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, and Patti D’Arbanville. The film was followed by a talkback with director James Crump and featured cast, including Cleveland and D’Arbanville, moderated by designer Anna Sui, and a cocktail reception. The screening was preceded by Kiki & the Mxfits (dir: Natalia Leite).

In 2017, OutCinema featured the New York Premiere of the uproarious comedy CHERRY POP, starring drag superstars and RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Bob the Drag Queen, Detox, Latrice Royale, & Tempest DuJour, who were in attendance for a hilarious talkback. The Q&A was followed by a massive Pride party and live performances from Tempest DuJour and popular NYC drag queen Chelsea Piers. 

In 2016, the inaugural OutCinema featured STRIKE A POSE, a rousing documentary about Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour dancers and their impact on LGBTQ expression and culture. Two of the film’s subjects, Jose Xtravaganza and Salim Gauwloos, were in attendance for the emotional reunion and buzzy afterparty. 

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