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Film

 

 

Frank J. Avella’s
Film Column


NEWFEST
The New York Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender
Film Festival
July 21 - 28th
New York City

 

 




Right on the heels of Qfest—the Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival, Newfest (www.NewFest.org), the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival arrives with a host to treats. The festivities will run July 21-28.

This weeklong homo-cinephile’s wet dream opens and closes at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the majority of the other screenings at Chelsea's SVA Theater and Cinema Village.

The Opening night offering is the documentary We Were Here, a moving chronicle of a handful of heroes who survived the AIDS crisis.

Andrew Haigh’s extraordinary new film Weekend has been chosen as one of two Festival Centerpieces, the other is the Chely Wright coming out documentary, Wish Me Away.

And Closing Night screens Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Gun Hill Road featuring terrific performances by Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and transgender teen Harmony Santana.

Chief among the exciting new features are: Run Lola Run filmmaker Tom Tykwer’s 3, a twist on the love triangle narrative; Kathleen Turner playing the antithesis to Serial Mom in Anne Renton’s absorbing and thought-provoking The Perfect Family; Eldar Rapaport’s August, a lyrical adaptation of his 2004 short; Sundance Audience Award winner Circumstance and Casper Andreas’s best film yet, Going Down in La La Land.

Other gems to seek out: the bizarre and original Mangus (with Jennifer Coolidge and Heather Matarazzo); the ambitious Judas Kiss, featuring porn star Brent Corrigan; Benjamin Cantu’s quiet and lovely Harvest; The Green starring Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Butler Harner and the delightful comedy eCupid, to name a few.

An eclectic group of documentaries are being shown that boast talents such as Carol Channing, Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Gestalt psychotherapist Paul Goodman, legendary transsexual Renee Richards and your usual gaggle of rent boys, drag queens and hustlers, oh my!

This year Newfest honors prolific producer Christine Vachon, who’s groundbreaking film work includes: Todd Haynes’s Poison and Velvet Goldmine, Swoon, Go Fish, Boys Don’t Cry (which won Hilary Swank her first Oscar) and this year’s Dirty Girl. "We could not be more honored that Christine Vachon will be accepting our Visionary Award on opening night with our new partner, the Film Society Lincoln of Center" said NewFest Executive Director Lesli Klainberg. "Her body of work is not only awe inspiring, but makes her one of the most influential producers of independent film in our country."

To see the full program visit: http://newfest.slated.com/2011.

Tickets are on sale.

Support LGBT artists and go see their amazing work!



Chely Wright in Wish Me Away


3


Kathleen Turner in The Perfect Family


Mangus


Gun Hill Road


Going Down in La La Land



Circumstance


August

 

 

 

 

 

 


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