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Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8

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260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
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October 2019

Documentary Feature

One Taxi Ride

Thursday October 24 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Mak CK, Mexico and Singapore, 2019, 84 mins

When Erick was 17 years old, his life changed forever. Ten years after a traumatic taxi ride, he's ready to reclaim his future and set out on...
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Episodic Showcase

Comedy Episodic Showcase

Thursday October 24 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The hilarious work featured in this episodic showcase demonstrates the incredible diversity of comedic situations that occur in the lives of queer folks and how we persevere through them. Awkward hookups, breakups, work disasters, and a birthday...
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Outer Borough Realness – Shorts Program

Outer Borough Realness

Thursday October 24 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
A vibrant collection of stories that reach beyond Manhattan and take you on a funny, romantic, powerful, and very queer quest through Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens (sorry Staten Island) faster than a ride on the G...
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Shorts Program

Beyond the Binary

Friday October 25 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
There are more than two genders and these filmmakers explore the deep potential and power in that fact. Trans love, legacies, and longing are finally being brought to the forefront. Exclusively featuring films by trans, nonbinary, and...
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Episodic

A Luv Tale: The Series

Friday October 25 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Kay Oyegun, USA, 2018, 75 mins

Based on the 1999 award-winning film, writer and creator Sidra Smith’s A LUV TALE: THE SERIES brings us back to Harlem: a section of New York City vibrant with...
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Narrative Feature

Second Star on the Right

Friday October 25 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Columbia, 2019, 82 mins

In the blink of an eye, gregarious bisexual Emilia (Silvia Varón) has gone from being a core member of a tight-knit group of women to its biggest burden. As...
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Retrospective Shorts Program

Color Me Barbara

Saturday October 26 @ 11:30 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The first of her kind, the lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer paid homage to queer history, bodies, and subculture for over 50 years. During a retrospective of her work at New York Film Festival in 2017, Hammer...
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Screening and Conversation

Queer Genius

Saturday October 26 @ 2:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Chet Catherine Pancake, USA, 2019, 114 mins

Effortlessly multigenerational, interdisciplinary, and diverse in scope, QUEER GENIUS peers into the lives of five virtuosos who have challenged artistic formalism, gender roles, and heterosexism without apology in...
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Special Event

In Conversation with Jen Richards

Saturday October 26 @ 5:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
From creating, producing, and starring in the groundbreaking Emmy-nominated web series HER STORY, which world premiered at NewFest in 2015, to her series regular role in the upcoming HBO series MRS. FLETCHER, Jen Richards is a trailblazer...
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Narrative Feature

Zen in the Ice Rift

Saturday October 26 @ 7:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Margherita Ferri, Italy, 2018, 90 mins

Maia “Zen” Zenassi is a quick-tempered, nonconforming 16-year-old living in a provincial Italian mountain village. A standout on the local boys’ hockey team, Zen uses the sport as a...
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Shorts Program

Nocturnal Dream Shows

Saturday October 26 @ 9:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Up late and looking to go down a queer rabbit hole? Look no further than NOCTURNAL DREAM SHOWS, our collection of all things shocking, surreal, sensual, and short! Borrowing its name from visionary visual artist and filmmaker...
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Shorts Program

Dancing with Myself

Sunday October 27 @ 10:45 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
Are we human or are we dancer? This shorts program sets out to answer that timeless question. Whether at a party, a studio, or all by oneself, this dynamic program celebrates the varied art of dance and...
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Shorts Program

Beyond the Binary

Sunday October 27 @ 1:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
There are more than two genders and these filmmakers explore the deep potential and power in that fact. Trans love, legacies, and longing are finally being brought to the forefront. Exclusively featuring films by trans, nonbinary, and...
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Documentary Feature

Markie in Milwaukee

Sunday October 27 @ 4:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Matt Kliegman, USA, 2019, 92 mins

In this remarkable documentary, transgender TSA agent and former minister Markie Wenzel struggles with being ostracized within her conservative community as she debates whether to de-transition. On the eve...
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Documentary Feature

Queer Japan

Sunday October 27 @ 6:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, USA and Japan, 2019, 100 mins

While queer and trans subject matter remains somewhat taboo in parts of Japan, Graham Kolbeins assembles an extraordinary group of artists, activists, and community leaders who are...
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Documentary Feature

Mr. Leather

Sunday October 27 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Daniel Nolasco, Brazil, 2019, 85 mins

Get up close and personal with Brazil’s leather community in Daniel Nolasco’s playful documentary about the titular competition. Nolasco follows judges, past winners, and current contenders for the title...
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Documentary Feature

Queer Japan

Monday October 28 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, USA and Japan, 2019, 100 mins

While queer and trans subject-matter remains somewhat taboo in parts of Japan, Graham Kolbeins assembled an extraordinary group of artists, activists, and community-leaders who are fighting to...
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Screening and Conversation

Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies

Monday October 28 @ 6:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Vishnu Dass, USA, 1991-2019, 81 mins

Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston narrates this exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dalí protégé Steven Arnold and his strikingly creative body of work. Arnold’s photography, filmography,...
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