NewFest, New York's LGBT film Festival, is already in full swing and there are three more days to enjoy some great films. This year they are focusing more on quality, rather than quantity, and the films have all been handpicked by the director of OutFest in LA, with several world premieres reserved for New York.
NewFest has also partnered with Film Society of Lincoln Center and most of the screenings are at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam) New York, NY 10023. All tickets are $14, except for the closing film which is $50 and includes the film Young & Wild, announcement of all winning films and a gala after-party at XL Nightclub.
Remaining programs today are:
International Dramatic Features
(Sweden, 2011, 105 mins)
Directed By: Alexandra-Therese Keining
KISS ME is a sensual romantic drama about how love appears in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times. Uptight Mia is about to be married, but when she meets serene Frida, her emotions are stirred. The women begin a passionate love affair, eventually leading them to painful, life-changing decisions. Set in the picturesque countryside of Sweden, KISS ME is a vibrant film that follows one woman's journey to self-discovery.
Shorts Program 2
Program Running Time is 90 min
Relationships at a turning point take center stage in this not-to-be-missed program of dynamic and entertaining LGBT shorts from the US and around the world. A teen tries to make it home with a stash of porn in suburban New Jersey, circa 1994, while a trans man and his girlfriend travel towards a mysterious roadside attraction called “The Thing.” Matt Wolf (WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL) returns with a stirring exploration of the life of New York poet and artist Joe Brainard. Plus couples dealing with age differences, breakups, and the most important question of all: who gets to keep the cat?Jackpot
Directed By: Adam Baran
USA, 2012, 10 min
Jack, a frustrated 14-year-old in New Jersey, 1994 embarks on a quest to make it home with a stash of gay porn before the local bullies catch him. Will a sexy coverboy come to his rescue?
Directed By: Rhys Ernst
USA, 2012, 15 min
A woman, a transgendered man, and their cat travel towards a mysterious roadside attraction known as "The Thing." Their destination turns out to be not what they were searching for.
Coffee & Pie
Directed By: Douglas Horn
USA, 2011, 15 min
A couple must come to terms with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be.
The Eyes and the Ice
Directed By: Ian Samuels
USA, 2011, 11 min
A young man faces insecurities about his relationship and what appears to be a human eye frozen in the ice outside his vacation cabin.
Directed By: Nijla Mumin
USA, USA, 2011, 9 min
At a major life crossroads, Nadia, 26, returns to her mother's home from New York City with a secret (body) that her mother doesn't want to accept, but is determined to expose.
The Shower (La Ducha)
Directed By: María José San Martín
USA, Chile, 2012, 10 min
Two women share a final shower together as their relationship falls apart.
I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard
Directed By: Matt Wolf
USA, 2012, 24 min
An inventive biography of artist and writer Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory directed by Matt Wolf (WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL).
Love Free or Die
(USA, 2012, 85 mins)
Directed By: Macky Alston
In 2003, the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire came under fire when it became the first to elect an openly gay bishop. Director Macky Alston follows Bishop Gene Robinson into the breach in the struggle for equality. While resolute in his calling, Robinson grows increasingly critical of the central role that religious institutions have played in fostering homophobia and hatred. Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
I Am A Woman Now
(Netherlands, 2011, 86 mins)
Directed By: Michiel van Erp
How fabulous are the group of 70-something transwomen featured in I AM A WOMAN NOW‾ Picture Catherine Deneuve, Helen Mirren, Queen Elizabeth and Judi Dench having drinks on a yacht to Casablanca and you’re halfway there, darling. Fifty years after their pioneering sex-change operations, April, Colette, Jean, Marie-Pierre and Corrine recall their cheerful lives in the world’s most luxurious locales. With great charm, wit and emotional honesty, the film offers a fresh perspective on the trans experience while paying tribute to these inspiring ladies.
Remington and The Curse of The Zombadings
International Dramatic Features
(Philippines, 2011, 96 mins)
Directed By: Jade Castro
Co-Presented by the New York Asian Film Festival! The curse of an angry drag queen makes super cute ladies' man Remington turn gay overnight. When a serial killer starts stalking the town's gay citizens with a homemade laser gun, Remington's got to figure out a way to break the curse or catch the killer before he winds up dead! Did we mention the army of flesh-eating drag queen zombies‾ They're just the tip of the iceberg in this outrageous camp comedy that was a smash hit in its native Philippines last year.
For programs on Monday and Tuesday, check out the NewFest website.