Dir. David France (Oscar- DGA-, and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE); documentary. Legendary co-founder of the 1970s trans rights movement Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River 24 years ago, and after trying and failing to provoke a police investigation, her best friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera died a few years later, the victim of a broken heart. Premiering Tribeca 2017.
Dir. Deb Shoval, starring Lola Kirke (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE) and Breeda Wool (UNREAL). There’s not much happening in rural Pennsylvania for recent high school graduate Joey – until she meets 28-year-old mother of two Rayna, whose seductive joie de vivre sparks Joey’s yearning for love and family, and drives Joey to run away from home, the Army, and her own family in pursuit of a life with Rayna. Distributed by The Orchard. Available online May 2017.
Dir. Ira Sachs (LOVE IS STRANGE), starring Greg Kinnear (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, ANCHORMAN 2) and Paula Garcia (GLORIA). New to Brooklyn, 13-year-old Jake gains a fledgling friendship that soon grows threatened after his parents raise the rent of his friend’s mother’s dress shop. In release now, distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
Dir. Ira Sachs (LOVE IS STRANGE), starring Oscar nominee John Lithgow (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Emmy and BAFTA nominee Alfred Molina (THE NORMAL HEART, BOOGIE NIGHTS), and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (EMPIRE, MY COUSIN VINNY). Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
Dir. Silas Howard (Golden Globe winner TRANSPARENT, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK) and Antonia Crane (winner at THE MOTH, author of SPENT). Live Nude Girls Unite! Set in late ‘90s San Francisco, an army of strippers at the Lusty Lady confronts dangerous labor practices and creates the world’s first exotic dancers’ union. Based on true events.
Dir. Cary Cronenwett. This experimental documentary depicts American artist Flo McGarrell’s life and work in Haiti. Local artists discuss McGarrell’s impact on the community and the instigation of a small queer movement around the FOSAJ Art Center in Jacmel, where he was working at the time of his death in the 2010 earthquake. Premiered at Frameline 2015. Contact for screening information.
Dir. Jennie Livingston (PARIS IS BURNING), starring Marin Hinkle (TWO AND A HALF MEN) and featuring Steve Buscemi (BOARDWALK EMPIRE). Official Selection at Berlin Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest; awards at 6 other festivals. Poet Alixe and her girlfriend Gwen are having bedroom troubles. Is their sexual disagreement the cause of their problems, or are their problems the cause of their sexual disagreement?
Dir. Jess Baclesse (editor on Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS), starring Ryan Miller (THE LARAMIE PROJECT on stage). An injured rodeo star, stuck in his past glory days, gets a big wake-up call when his car is repossessed and his wife threatens to leave him. To save his marriage and reclaim his former glory, he decides to ride again.