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5 LGBT Interest Films That Might Be Heading To Sundance Next January

5 LGBT Interest Films That Might Be Heading To Sundance Next January

Our friends at Indiewire posted this very epic list of films they hope to see head to Park City today, and we thought we’d pick out five that are of particularly queer interest, whether with respect to the content or the filmmaker. We’ll find out next week whether they are heading to the festival, but obviously look out for them in 2015 one way or another:

“Freeheld”
Director: Peter Sollett
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Luke Grimes
Why
We Hope It Heads To Park City: It might be tough given the film only
finished shooting a month or so ago, but we’d sure love it if it somehow
managed the feat. The Peter Sollett-directed film is based on the Oscar
winning documentary short that details the domestic partnership battle
fought by lesbian couple Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie
Ardeen (Ellen Page). Hester and Ardeen fought to amend the Domestic
Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of
all New Jersey public employees, when Ardeen was denied the pension
benefits of her Hester when the latter became terminally ill.  The story
and the cast (which also includes Steve Carell as the couple’s lawyer)
are hard to argue with, but if Sollett and company need a few more
months to get it edited, we’ll gladly wait for a later festival berth
(though it would seemingly not be until Toronto).

“The Grief of Others”
Director: Patrick Wang
Cast: Wendy Moniz, Trevor St. John, Rachel Dratch
Why
We Hope It Heads To Park City: When first-time filmmaker Patrick Wang’s
“In The Family” was initially released in theaters way back in November
2011 (after premiering at the Hawaii Film Festival a month earlier), it
had a tiny limited showing in New York that was met with little fanfare
(though it did get a rave in The New York Times). It seemed poised to
disappear into obscurity, as many micro-budgeted indies before it, but
then slowly but surely supporters came to its rescue. First, it managed a
Spirit Award nomination for best first feature, and then in April of
2012, the late, great Roger Ebert gave it a seriously glowing review.
And now we get the follow-up: “The Grief of Others,” which is based on
the novel by Leah Hager Cohen about a couple i the aftermath of their
baby dying a few days after its born. If it’s anything close to how
powerful “In The Family” was, we’ll be more than happy.

“Michael”
Director: Justin Kelly
Cast: James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Daryl Hannah
Why

We Hope It Heads To Park City: Based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s 2011 New
York Times article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” James Franco takes on yet
another queer character (though with an obvious twist this time) in
“Michael.” Produced by Gus Van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly, the
film follows the true story of Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay
activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian
fundamentalist. Franco plays Glatze, while Zachary Quinto will star as
one of his former boyfriends. Definitely a topic worth consideration and
it seems like a good bet we’ll find out whether newcomer Kelly can pull
it off come January. 

“Nasty Baby”
Director: Sebastián Silva
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Alia Shawkat
Why

We Hope It Heads To Park City: Two years after coming to Sundance with
two films at once (“Crystal Fairy” and “Magic Magic”), Sebastián Silva
seems pretty certain to be back again — though this time with just one.
But it’s a doozy: Silva himself stars half of a Brooklyn gay couple
(the other half being played by TV on the Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe,
no less) who ask their best friend to help them have a baby. And who
plays that best friend? Ms. Kristen Wiig, continuing to build up an
impressively diverse resume of indie films as of late. Overall, we are
beyond sold and can’t wait to see these folks bring some “Nasty” to
Sundance.

“Out To Win”
Director: Malcolm Ingram
Why
We Hope It Heads To Park City: Documentary filmmaker Ingram (“Small Town
Gay Bar,” “Continental”) takes on the timely topic of LGBT athletes in
his latest film “Out To Win.” Chronicling the history of out sports
players, from Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova to Jason Collins
and Michael Sam, it’s certainly a topic worthy of the documentary
treatment, and we’re excited to see how Ingram handles it. 

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