Frank J. Avella’s
The New York Lesbian,
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.
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
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
Tickets are on sale.
Support LGBT artists and go see their amazing work!
Chely Wright in Wish
Kathleen Turner in The
Gun Hill Road
Going Down in La La