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. 

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2019 was OutCinema’s biggest year yet; in the spirit of WorldPride and Stonewall50, the program focused on connecting New York City’s history of pride with the explosion of the global LGBTQ+ movement, both welcoming international tourists and celebrating local narratives. 

Opening Night kicked off with the New York City premiere of daring comedy ADAM from Emmy-nominated director Rhys Ernst (TRANSPARENT) and the Oscar-nominated producers of SHORTBUS and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.  The film was followed by a Q&A with Ernst and the cast and an after-party in the SVA Lobby. 

(Right: the cast and crew of ADAM)

(L-R: Alex Kacala, Lady Bunny, Kevin Aviance, Chris Moukarbel, Charlene Incarnate)

Queens of all kinds came out for Closing Night’s screening of HBO’s WIG, a playful documentary on the origins and the influence of the historic Wigstock festival in through rich archival footage. The film was followed by a rousing Q&A with Wigstock founder Lady Bunny, Kevin Aviance, director Chris Moukarbel, and castmember Charlene Incarnate, moderated by journalist Alex Kacala. OutCinema 2019 closed with a final celebratory afterparty in the SVA Lobby.

Night 2 welcomed the East Coast Premiere of British documentary DEEP IN VOGUE, a glittering look at the thriving ball scene in Manchester, UK. Inspired by the ball scene’s origins in 1980s New York City, the film was followed by a talkback with co-director Dennis Keighron-Foster and castmember Rikki Beadle-Blair, moderated by Twiggy Pucci Garçon (FX’s POSE). As always, the night ended with a celebratory cocktail reception. The film was preceded by the short Invisible Women (dir. Alice Smith, UK, 2018). 

(Left: the audience enjoys DEEP IN VOGUE)

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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