2017 Program

Festival Update | ADDED SCREENING - HANDSOME DEVIL - Saturday, 7:15 @ The Prince | Suicide Kale - Saturday, 5:00 pm @ Connelly Auditorium | BYOW - Saturday, 5:00 pm @ The Prince

Tuesday, March 14 @ 7:30pm     Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

OPENING NIGHT

HANDSOME DEVIL

Director by John Butler, Ireland, 2017, 100 mins, Drama
Northeast Premiere
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In “Handsome Devil,” Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their Irish boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-crazed school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities. The two roommates, arbitrarily housed together, are very different high schoolers yet they share much more than a room and a school but the status of genuinely being outsiders who, ultimately, must learn to be true to themselves, the most important lesson of all, no matter what the consequences.

 

 

Wednesday, March 15 @ 5 pm, Prince Theater

FAIR HAVEN

Directed by Kerstin Karlhuber, USA, 2016, 93 mins, Drama
Northeast Premiere
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After a long stay in an intense ex-gay conversion therapy retreat, a young piano prodigy returns home to his family’s apple farm in a small town, his emotionally distant father, and a former boyfriend. Will boy love be rekindled or the future play out differently?

 

 

Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:15pm, Prince Theater

OPEN

Directed by Paul Hart. USA, 2016, 93 mins, Comedy
East Coast Premiere
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On the eve of their 10-year anniversary a gay couple starts wondering if monogamy is working. Inspired by another couple who are happy with their successful open relationship the monogamous couple draft a set of rules for their newly forged open relationship and then proceed to experiment with mostly calamitous, sometimes poignant and often hilarious results.

 

Wednesday, March 15 @ 9:30pm, Prince Theater

FLATBUSH LUCK

Directed by Casper Andreas, USA, 2016, 99 mins, Comedy, Crime
Philadelphia Premiere
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This caper is all about being down on your luck one minute and up on it the next. Of course, a little cheating never hurts until you’re caught. Fun turns to crime, even murder, as a sexy would-be hot shot finds out all kinds of secrets that change the dynamic of his life, his values and his relationships.

 

Thursday, March 16 @ 5pm, Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Y

KIKI

Directed by Sara Jordeno, Twiggy Pucci Garcon, USA, 2016, 97 mins, Documentary, Music & Dance
Philadelphia Premiere
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Film critics have proclaimed that KIKI picks up where, 25 years later, “Paris is Burning” left off. The pair as both screenwriters and directors serve as the “gatekeepers of the New York ‘Kiki’ scene” in offering audiences “all-access passes to the dance-offs as outlets for at-risk LGBTQ youth-of-color. It’s a celebration of music, dance and community.

 

Thursday, March 16 @ 5pm, Prince Theater

GIRLS LOST

Directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden, 2015, 106 mins, Drama, Fantasy
Philadelphia Premiere
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While three teenage girls are dealing with the trials and tribulations of bullying, marginalization and sexual confusion, they discover something magical that transforms their gender and the world around them. The film explores the nature of both genders in an endearing and intriguing way that should appeal to all audiences.

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:15pm, Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Y

STRIKE A POSE

Directed by Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands, 2016, 86 mins, Documentary, Music & Dance
Philadelphia Premiere, CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial “Blond Ambition Tour.” On stage and in the iconic film, “Truth or Dare,” they showed the world how to express yourself. Twenty-five years later, the young male dancers reveal the truth about life during and after the tour in the award-winning documentary, “Strike a Pose.” The film is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are no matter what the challenges.

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:15pm, Prince Theater

TOMCAT

Directed by Handl Klaus, Austria,  2016, 117 mins, Drama
USA Premiere
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Andreas and Stefan, along with their beloved tomcat Moses, are happily and passionately cruising down the road of life. They live in a beautiful old house. They work together at the same orchestra. They love their large circle of friends. But when an unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship, everything is called into question. What happens when we see the blind spot that resides in all of us?

 

Thursday, March 16 @ 9:30pm, Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Y

 A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW

Directed by Sampson McCormick, USA, 2016, 58 mins, Documentary, Comedy
Northeast Premiere
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It’s “two for one” when out, African-American comedian, writer and activist performs live and on-stage for one-night only with his standup routine prior to the screening of the documentary about being all these things and still managing on making a living and a career in show business. Sampson’s toughest act to follow is his own but he’s daring enough to take his chances in entertaining you live and then on screen.

Thursday, March 16 @ 9:30pm, Prince Theater

BRAZILIAN FILM: TRIBUTE TO  GUSTAVO VINAGRE, NOVA DUBAI

              WITH SHORTS, CHUTES & FILM FOR A BLIND POET
Directed by Gustavo Vinagre, Brazil, 2014, 110 mins, Drama, Comedy
USA Premiere, ADULT CONTENT
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Gustavo Vinagre is arguably the most exciting and edgy gay filmmaker to come out of Brazil in decades. His best-known work, Nova Dubai, is a provocative mix of documentary and raw, explicit sex. This heady film presents a cross-section of guys—from construction workers to realtors—having erotic encounters across a city bursting with new housing. Two shorts round out the tribute to his stimulating brand of cinema.

Friday, March 17 @ 5pm, Connelly Auditorium

OPPORTUNITY

Directed by Mohit Goswami, India, 2017, 73 mins, Drama
World Premiere
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Two friends, now one an out gay urbane, professional and the other a small town fellow with rustic charms, recollect upon some forgotten memories from a distant past. Together, they revisit the roads not taken; and, the lines between the past and the present get blurred. Set in Mumbai, the romantic drama is a contemporary study on understanding of one’s identity, missed opportunities, and personal choices.

Friday, March 17 @ 5pm, Prince Theater

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot, USA, 2017, 93 mins, Documentary
East Coast Premiere
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If anyone knows how to tell a tale it’s Armistead Maupin with his ground-breaking Tales Of The City, first in books, then brought to television screens, this documentary offers up a lot of behind the scenes of the renowned author’s journey from intolerant conservative to beloved writer known for his outrageous wit and open heart with interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Tan, and Neil Gaiman and more.

Friday, March 17 @ 7:15pm, Connelly Auditorium

WELCOME TO DEAD HOTEL

Directed by Li Bin, China, 2016, 94 mins, Drama
World Premiere
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“China’s first gay fantasy film, an absurd film noir,” and calling it, “a salute to the American film maker Quentin Tarantino,” the love triangle of a fellow soldier and a fiancé vie for the officer’s attention and affection in a totally improvised film without any script during the shooting. All scenes and actors’ lines are all dependent upon director’s on-site guidance, The result is something that pushes the boundaries of traditional film making.

 

Friday, March 17 @ 7:15pm, Prince Theater

GRINDER

Directed by Brandon Ruckdashel, USA, 2016, 89 mins, Drama, Crime
East Premiere, CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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This modern gay film noir centers around Luke, an innocent and naïve teenager wanting to escape an abusive home in the suburbs while searching for his sexual identity. When he is unsuspectingly lured by a sexy agent on an online dating app into the meat grinder world of the NYC modelling scene, he quickly discovers that nothing is as it seems.

Friday, March 17 @ 9:30pm, Connelly Auditorium

UTOPIANS

Directed by SCUD, Hong Kong, 2016, 97 mins, Drama
East Coast Premiere, ADULT CONTENT
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A young handsome student finds himself unexpectedly attracted to more than the intellectual prowess of his handsome, outspoken professor who helps to transform his protégé’s life forever. There’s much free love, sex and nudity in this bacchanalian world, using Hong Kong and its environs as a romantic, breathtaking backdrop.

Friday, March 17 @ 9:30pm, Prince Theater

MEN’S SHORTS:  MANLY MASHUP

Directed by Various Film Makers, 2016, 97 mins, Drama, Comedy, Documentary
East Coast Premiere, ADULT CONTENT
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This mélange of seven shorts includes comedy, drama, documentary, video and experimental films that are guaranteed to stimulate your senses. With the East Coast premiere, direct from Sundance FF 2017, Bayard and Me, a documentary portrait of the gay civil rights leader and his partner.

 

Saturday, March 18 @ 12pm, Connelly Auditorium

THE LAVENDER SCARE

Directed by Josh Howard, Jill Landes, USA, 2016,  80 mins, Documentary
East Coast Premiere
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No one will “Like Ike” (President Dwight S. Eisenhower) after seeing this film! The timeliness of its subject couldn’t be greater than right at this moment in our nation’s history. The witch hunt that the federal government pursued of LGBTQ professionals within their own ranks is dark and chilling. That it happened at all is both instructive and a warning of what is possible when power runs amuck.

 

Saturday, March 18 @ 12pm, Prince Theater

SEARCH ENGINES

Directed by Russell Brown, USA, 2016, 101 mins, Drama, Comedy
CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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It’s time to share the Thanksgiving Day dinner with family and friends but getting everyone to mix and mingle is challenging when so many are addicted to their cell phones. A power outage causes everyone to have to “communicate” in real time and space that’s when the tragedy and the comedy come into play. Stars Connie Stevens and Joely Fisher.

Saturday, March 18 @ 2:30pm, Connelly Auditorium

WOMEN’S SHORTS:  T.W.F.A.F.

Directed by Various Filmmakers, 2016. 92 mins, Drama, Comedy
Philadelphia Premiere
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This program shines a light-hearted look at the importance of friendship – created, accidental, and tested.  From the Bride of Frankenstein to the girl next door to your everyday superheroes, we all need to get by with a little help from our friends sometimes. After all That’s What Friends Are For.

Saturday, March 18 @ 2:30pm, Prince Theater

MEN’S SHORTS:  INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Directed by Various Film Makers, 2016, 104 mins, Drama, Comedy
Philadelphia Premiere
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The four long shorts in this program depict gay male desire in all its permutations—from clandestine affairs to comedic misadventures on an around the world tour, with stops along the way in France, Czech Republic, Australia and Argentina.

Saturday, March 18 @ 5pm, Connelly Auditorium

SUICIDE KALE

Directed by Carly Usdin, Canada, 2016, 78 mins, Drama, Comedy
Philadelphia Premiere
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A group of lesbians are enjoying a Saturday afternoon cookout when an anonymous suicide note is found in their midst. Their friends and partners are all wondering “who wrote it?” Dark and comedic, the answer will surprise and delight even the smartest of would-be “detectives”! The fantasy is part of the film’s charm embedded though with an important message.

Shown With…

MANLY STANLY TAKES NEW YORK, Directed by Shelby Coley, USA, 5 min, 34 sec,

London-based drag king Edythe Woolley––also known as Manly Stanley––walks us through her Brooklyn cabaret performance set which confronts misogyny from designer vagina surgery, to real online vagina contests to espouse a queer, feminist drag performance. *Nudity

Saturday, March 18 @ 5:00pm, Prince Theater

BWOY

Directed by John G. Young, USA, 2016, 88 mins, Drama
East Coast Premiere, CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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After the death of his male child, a father/husband with ambivalent sexual desires becomes entangled in a chaotic but passionate online love affair with a young gay Jamaican man that leads to an obsession, while his wife attempts to find solace in similarly destructive ways. Stars Anthony Rapp.

Saturday, March 18 @ 7:15pm, Connelly Auditorium

APRICOT GROVES

Directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh, Armenia/Iran, 2016, 82 mins, Drama
North American Premiere
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Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Narbeh who he met and lived with stateside. Narbeh sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on their day trip together. But harder obstacles are ahead and twists and turns on the road to life.

Saturday, March 18 @ 7:30pm     Prince Theater

FESTIVAL FAVORITE – ADDED SCREENING

HANDSOME DEVIL

Director by John Butler, Ireland, 2017, 100 mins, Drama
Northeast Premiere
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In “Handsome Devil,” Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their Irish boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-crazed school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities. The two roommates, arbitrarily housed together, are very different high schoolers yet they share much more than a room and a school but the status of genuinely being outsiders who, ultimately, must learn to be true to themselves, the most important lesson of all, no matter what the consequences.

 

 

Saturday, March 18 @ 9:30pm, Connelly Auditorium

SMALL TOWN RAGE

Directed by David Hylan, Raydra Hall, USA, 2016, 141 mins, Documentary
World Premiere
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This is NOT a documentary about injustice surrounding an epidemic in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco. It IS a documentary about injustice surrounding an epidemic in Small Town America: Shreveport, Louisiana. Expertly narrated by Lance Bass, the brave men and women of ACT UP Shreveport tell their stories of rage against that injustice, which may not have made them popular, but lead to necessary changes in their Small Town and in America.

Shown With…

RIBBONS, Directed by Brandon Cordeiro, USA, 8 mins

A highly-celebrated film about an eight-year-old boy’s journey of growing up in Provincetown during the AIDS epidemic.

Saturday, March 18 @ 9:30pm, Prince Theater

THE PASS

Directed by Ben A. Williams, England, 2016, 91 mins, Drama
Mid-Atlantic Premiere, CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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Two teenage British footballers share more than their room and passion for the sports league’s championship. When their defenses are down that leads them to discover and expose who they really are beyond the locker room and what life has in store for the pair. Stars Russell Tovey.

Sunday, March 19 @ 12pm, Connelly Auditorium

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

Directed by Eddie Rosenstein, USA, 2016, 89 mins, Documentary
East Coast Premiere, CENTERPIECE SELECTION
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The story of how same-sex marriage became a reality after a long and difficult fight for fair is told as a story of passion and stuck-to-it-ness as the father of Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson dedicates almost every waking hour for three decades to the cause, along the way we meet the many other activists, named and unnamed, but all dedicated to the success for the LGBTQ community and nation.

Sunday, March 19 @ 1:30pm, Prince Theater

NEW MEDIA

Directed by various web series creators, USA, 2016, 2017, 69 mins, Drama, Comedy
USA Premiere
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It’s all about the Web with creators of several gay web series now online showing some episodes on the big screen. Featured this year will be: “Spooners,” “Brothers,” the pilot for “5 to 9” from UARTS alum, Adam Hostler, “D!*keaters” by local Temple Grad Film Student, Aaron Immediato, and the world premiere of a web series turned short film, “Daddyhunt. A panel of experts, educators, producers, directors and actors will discuss New Media. Radio personality Frank DeCaro will be in attendance.

 

Sunday, March 19 @ 2:30pm, Connelly Auditorium

DON’T CALL ME SON

Directed by Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2016, 85 mins, Drama

Philadelphia Premiere

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Based on a true story, the film is a critically-acclaimed and engrossing examination of the essence of identity. After discovering the truth about his adoptive mother, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother’s actions and must try to deal with his biological family all the while trying to answer the universal question, Who Am I?

Sunday, March 19 @ 3:30pm, Prince Theater

CLOSET MONSTER

Directed by Stephen Dunn, Canada, 2015, 93 mins, Drama, Crime
Philadelphia Premiere
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A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (AMERICAN CRIME’s Connor Jessup) approaching adulthood, struggling to find his place in the world and haunted by images of a tragic incident. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants.

Sunday, March 19 @ 5pm, Connelly Auditorium

WOMEN’S SHORTS:  FAMILIES: AM I RIGHT?

Directed by various filmmakers, USA, 2016, 83 mins, Drama, Comedy
Philadelphia Premiere
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Headaches, feelings of depression, euphoria, hilarity and solace. What causes all of these side effects?  “Families. Am I Right?” We love ‘em, we hate ‘em, and now we put their business on blast. Each of the shorts in this grouping deal with the matter of family in different and compelling ways.

Sunday, March 19 @ 5:30pm, Prince Theater

FRONT COVER

Directed by Ray Yeung, USA, 2015, 100 mins, Drama, Comedy
Philadelphia Premiere
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Life is all about fashion!  Or is there more?  A rising star in the industry who is a VERY gay Chinese-American finds being out can have its drawbacks in both his professional and personal life. An assignment to shoot a Chinese TV megastar leads to a complicated affair and a reexamination of his heritage and family values.

Shown with…

Masc/Only, Directed by Drew Droege, USA, 2016, 16 mins, Drama, Comedy, East Coast Premiere

Masc Only follows two best friends, Tommy and Wesley, who try to find love and purpose in the hostile world of queer monsters.

 

Sunday, March 19 @ 7:30pm, Prince Theater

CLOSING NIGHT & AWARDS CEREMONY

SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER

Directed by David Berry, USA, 2017, 111 mins, Drama, Musical
North American Premiere
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This romantic musical is so original that it can easily be dubbed “a gay La La Land.” Its freshness in its approach in dealing with youthful identity, feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, and, finally, early adulthood is as heartfelt, truthful and engaging as the original songs and music that underscore the story of young love, gained, then lost, and later regained, but not before a wide range of emotions have been experienced, felt, accepted and understood.  Love discovered is not without its hardships and heartache and the young gay men go through many challenges and are even struck by tragedy before they defy the odds and look towards their future.

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