Director Chad Darnell and his hilarious cast close out our 2013 festival with a raucous 85 minutes infused with just the right balance of stirring moments and dialog which coyly address the complexity of defining our family and friends.
Our Documentary Centerpiece American Vagabond, directed by Danish filmmaker Susanna Helke, follows the personal narrative of James Temple, a gay, homeless teenager as he confronts the barbs of social acceptance, broken family ties, and the day-to-day uncertainties of living on the streets.
Based on the popular young-adult novel by Brent Hartinger, Geography Club is a sweet and funny film that takes its cues more from the filmography of John Hughes than John Waters. Membership in this club is for anyone who's ever struggled to figure out their place in the world.
Out Closing Night selection for our 21st year, G.B.F. is a laugh-out-loud funny, candy-colored high school satire starring a cast of familiar faces. Like a sharp-tongued spiritual descendant of Mean Girls, it shows that even in high school, the identity you're assigned is never as cut and dried as you believe.
Featuring stellar acting and some colorfully beautiful choreography, Soongava: Dance of the Orchids, the first Nepali film to depict same-sex relations, will stay in your head and your heart long after the credits roll.
Emmy-award winning filmmaker Scott Gracheff's heartfelt documentary, The Rugby Player defies stereotypes, challenging the perceptions some may have about what it means to be gay, or to be tough, or to be a hero. It's a film that will have viewers laughing one minute and fighting back tears another, ultimately acting as a powerful tribute to an inspirational young man.
In The Last Match, Spanish director Antonio Hens inspired his two first-time film actors, Milton García and Reiner Díaz, to deliver touching and authentic performances, helping to make the film one of the most dramatic romances this year.
Directed by Jamie Babbit and co-written by actress Guinevere Turner, Breaking the Girls is a sexy psychological thriller reminiscent of Hitchcock's Strangers On a Train. Its over-the-top twists and turns will keep you guessing until the final frames.
A happy, almost fifties-like soundtrack keeps Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
solidly in the category of “romantic films,” and the direction has a
gentle, easy feel, bright and comfortable without slipping into
heavy-handedness or being overly melodramatic. All of the characters are
extremely likable – even those that are secondary – and you’ll be
rooting for each one of them to end up in their very own happily ever
Riveting interviews, creative animated sequences, and an inspiring
soundtrack (including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love”)
combine to make Valentine Road a must-see film for teenagers as well as adults.
Wringing considerable tension from sparse dialogue and a single location, Stranger By the Lake avoids exploitation or passing judgement as it asks us to consider what it is that attracts us to behavior we know puts us in danger.
Five Dances is a compelling dance drama, juxtaposing cool, abstract modern dance and soulful music with the reality of an artist's daily struggles amidst the endless dedication, camaraderie, and competition that are required to make a dance company succeed. It's also a tense, emotional love story about commitment to both high art and to one another.
Shirley Clarke'sPortrait of Jason gives a unique vision of the reality of life in a back alley near the intersection of race, gender, economics, criminality, and sexuality. Equal parts entertaining, humbling, and familiar, this remastered and restored print of a long-forgotten chunk of cinéma vérité is a sophisticated and thought-provoking addition to this year's festival lineup.