NewFest 2014

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July 24 - 29

NewFest, New York’s premier LGBT film festival, celebrates its 26th year with a diverse and compelling lineup of narratives, documentaries, shorts, and parties! The sexy, poignant Opening Night selection, Futuro Beach, from Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã), is about a lifeguard who falls in love with a German tourist in the aftermath of a tragedy. Closing Night is Gerontophilia, an intergenerational love story that marks a surprising turn toward romance by queer Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce. The NewFest Achievement Award goes this year to distinguished New York director Ira Sachs, whose examination of gay relationships in films like Keep the Lights On, The Delta, and the new Love Is Strange defy expectation and stereotype at all turns.

In This Series

Futuro Beach

Futuro Beach

Karim Aïnouz | 2013 | 106 mins

Opening Night

New York Premiere; Q&A with Karim Aïnouz

When a Brazilian lifeguard fails to save a swimmer from drowning, he seeks out the victim’s friend, a handsome German biker with whom he begins a passionate affair. Years later in Berlin, their seemingly peaceful life is threatened by a visitor from the past.

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Thursday, July 24

7:00pm
Gerontophilia

Gerontophilia

Bruce LaBruce | 2013 | 81 mins

Closing Night

New York Premiere

Q&A with Bruce LaBruce. Screening includes pre-reception cocktails and private after-party. 

A handsome teen proud of his unquenchable appetite for older men takes up with a charming, flirtatious soul he meets at a local nursing home in Bruce LaBruce’s romantic paean to the beauty of all stages of life.

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Tuesday, July 29

7:00pm
Age of Consent

Age of Consent

Todd Verow | Charles Lum | 2014 | 88m mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Charles Lum and Todd Verow

The history of the HOIST, London’s first and only gay sex fetish bar, follows the cultural evolution of gay life and sex in modern London through AIDS, gentrification, and the ongoing political struggle to decriminalize homosexual activity in the UK.

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Saturday, July 26

11:30pm
Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy

Andrea James | 2013 | 78 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Andrea James and Alec Mapa

In his hilarious new performance film, “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart” takes his audience on a roller-coaster ride through the challenges and occasional triumphs of becoming a daddy. Contains adult language and catastrophic waffles.

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Sunday, July 27

5:00pm
Blackbird

Blackbird

Patrik-Ian Polk | 2014 | 102 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Patrik-Ian Polk

A high-school senior (newcomer Julian Walker) and his band of queer friends fight for a life outside the constrictions of their small Southern Baptist town. Co-starring Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington as his conflicted parents.

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Friday, July 25

9:30pm
Boys

Boys

Mischa Kamp | 2014 | 78 mins

New York Premiere

A teenager dealing with family troubles falls for his outgoing and engaging track teammate over the course of a summer spent running, swimming, and stealing kisses in the forest.

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Thursday, July 24

10:00pm
The Circle

The Circle

Stefan Haupt | 2014 | 101 mins

New York Premiere

A Teddy Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival, The Circle captures an extraordinary romance between a singer and a schoolteacher, set against the backdrop of Switzerland’s thriving post-WWII underground gay movement.

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Saturday, July 26

10:30am
Dual

Dual

Nejc Gazvoda | 2013 | 102 mins

New York Premiere

When a free-spirited Danish woman gets stuck in Slovenia overnight, she asks a young lesbian minivan driver to show her around Ljubljana. Romantic feelings build between them and they hatch a plan to run away together

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Sunday, July 27

12:00pm
52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays

Sophie Hyde | 2013 | 114 mins

New York Premiere

Sixteen-year-old Billie moves in with her father while her mother transitions from female to male. The two meet every Tuesday during their year apart and Billie covertly explores her own identity and sexuality.

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Thursday, July 24

4:00pm
The Foxy Merkins

The Foxy Merkins

Madeleine Olnek | 2013 | 81 mins

Q&A with Madeleine Olnek and Lisa Haas

A down-on-her-luck lesbian hooker-in-training and a self-assured female grifter who’s a pro at picking up women hit the streets together in this riff on iconic male-hustler films from the director of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same.

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Friday, July 25

7:00pm
Hustle (With My Muscle)

Hustle (With My Muscle)

Various | 2013/2014 | 71 mins

From transgender icon Bambi Lake to famed Parisian cat burglar Irma Vep (by way of Zackary Drucker), sweaty boys in jockstraps and grungy hipsters playing phallic drinking games to good ol’ Lily Tomlin, “Hustle (With My Muscle)” eyes life in the fast, cheap, and out-of-control lane.

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Sunday, July 27

9:30pm
I Am Happiness on Earth

I Am Happiness on Earth

Julián Hernández | 2013 | 115 mins

New York Premiere

Julián Hernández, one of Mexico’s premier queer filmmakers (Raging Sun, Raging Sky), returns with this tale of a film director struggling with the line between his sexually charged reality and equally arousing cinematic creations.

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Saturday, July 26

9:00pm
Jamie Marks Is Dead

Jamie Marks Is Dead

Carter Smith | 2014 | 100 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Carter Smith

The ghost of a bullied teenager (Noah Silver) appears to a straitlaced track star (Cameron Monaghan), who becomes caught between two worlds in this supernatural and romantic Sundance gem that also features Judy Greer and Liv Tyler.

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Monday, July 28

9:30pm
Lilting

Lilting

Hong Khaou | 2013 | 86 mins

New York Premiere

The sudden death of a young London man leaves his Chinese Cambodian mother and his boyfriend profoundly grieving. The two attempt to reach across a chasm of misunderstanding through their memories of the departed in this Sundance award-winning debut.

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Sunday, July 27

7:30pm
Lyle

Lyle

Stewart Thorndike | 2014 | 65 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Stewart Thorndike

Gaby Hoffmann plays a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil, bringing out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake, in this sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby full of dark humor and razor-sharp camerawork.

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Monday, July 28

7:00pm
NewFest Shorts Program 1

NewFest Shorts Program 1

Various | 2013/2014 | 69 mins

From love in the barrio to Pride Day in Naples, from a gay rapper in New Jersey to a German-Bolivian Mennonite, this program of shorts explores the diversity of LGBT lives.

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Saturday, July 26

1:30pm
NewFest Shorts Program 2

NewFest Shorts Program 2

Various | 2013/2014 | 94 mins

The breadth of the LGBT experience is further revealed through the stories of a 92-year-old transgendered WWII vet, a widowed Swedish author, a teenage lesbian in the American South, and more.

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Sunday, July 27

2:30pm
The Third One

The Third One

Rodrigo Guerrero | 2013 | 70 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Rodrigo Guerrero

An attractive older couple convinces a flirtatious young man to come over for dinner in this celebration of the awkwardness and euphoria of a one-night stand gone right that culminates in an explicit yet playful 10-minute threesome.

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Tuesday, July 29

9:30pm
Tiger Orange

Tiger Orange

Wade Gasque | 2014 | 76 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Wade Gasque, Mark Stano and Frankie Valenti

Two estranged gay brothers—one a closeted introvert, the other an out-and-proud hunk— attempt to make amends in this charming small-town drama and blunt, playful meditation on queer sibling rivalry.

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Saturday, July 26

6:30pm
The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks

Daniel Ribeiro | 2014 | 96 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Daniel Ribeiro

Set to the bouncy beats of Belle and Sebastian, this euphoric, sun-kissed coming-of-age fable about a blind teenager and his handsome and smooth-talking friend dances entirely to its own tune (and won multiple awards at the Berlin Film Festival).

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Tuesday, July 29

4:30pm
We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite

We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite

Kate Kunath | Sasha Wortzel | 2014 | 70 mins

World Premiere

Q&A with Kate Kunath and Sasha Wortzel

When Brooklyn’s oldest black gay bar, the Starlite Lounge, is faced with eviction, the community decides to fight back against gentrification to save this pre-Stonewall safe haven.

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Friday, July 25

4:30pm
What It Was

What It Was

Daniel Armando | 2013 | 85 mins

New York Premiere

Q&A with Daniel Armando and Arlene Chico-Lugo

A successful Latina actress whose life is in collapse returns to New York in a fog and tumbles through a series of intense, complex connections with a sexy, butch body artist, a young college student, and a former girlfriend.

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Saturday, July 26

4:00pm
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