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NewFest Announces 2015 Lineup, Including Centerpiece ‘Carol’

NewFest Announces 2015 Lineup, Including Centerpiece 'Carol'

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NewFest, in partnership with Outfest, has announced the lineup of their 27th annual celebration of the year’s best LGBTQ films from around the world. The program of nearly 100 narrative features, documentaries and shorts runs October 22-27 at the newly renovated Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and at the recently completed screening room at The LGBT Community Center in New York City. The festival is presented by HBO.

Highlights from the 2015 lineup include the New York City premieres of Matt Sobel’s “Take Me to the River” and Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” which chronicles iconic Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s gay coming of age during a trip to Mexico in the 1930s. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed “Carol” will continue its awards-baiting festival run as the Centerpiece Film of the festival, while “Love is Strange” director Ira Sachs will be at the center of a sure-to-be great Masterclass panel.

“Our world is almost impossibly diverse,” said NewFest programmer Adam Baran, “and as a film festival, it is our duty to showcase that world as best we can. From people of color to youth films to more films by and about women, we want to illuminate as many aspects of the LGBTQ experience as possible.”

The full NewFest 2015 lineup is below.

Gala Films 

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO – Opening Night Gala

Dir/Scr: Peter Greenaway, Netherlands, 2015, 105 min
GIRLS LOST – Closing Night Gala
Dir/Scr: Alexandra-Therese Keining, 2016, Sweden, 105 min, In Swedish with English subtitles
CAROL – Festival Centerpiece
Dir: Todd Haynes, Scr: Phyllis Nagy, 2015, USA, 118min

U.S. Dramatic Features

DRIVING NOT KNOWING
Dir/Scr: Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, Dane Mainella, Jay Jadick, Benjamin Davis, USA, 2015, 85 min
EVERLASTING LOVE
Dir: Marçal Forés, Scr: Vincente de la Torre, Spain, 2014, 69 min In Spanish with English subtitles
FOURTH MAN OUT 
Dir: Andrew Nackman, Scr: Aaron Dansick 2015, USA, 95 min
HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Dir/Scr: Stephen Cone, 2015, USA, English, 87 min
NAZ AND MAALIK
Dir/Scr: Jay Dockendorf, USA, 2014, 86min
SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE
Dir: Jorge Torres-Torres, Scr: Jorge Torres-Torres, Jason Banker, USA, 2015, 74 min
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Dir/Scr: Matt Sobel, 2015, USA, 95 min
THOSE PEOPLE
Dir/Scr: Joey Kuhn, USA, 2015, 89 min
YOU’RE KILLING ME
Dir: Jim Hansen, Scr: Jim Hansen, Jeffery Self, USA, 2015, 88 min

International Dramatic Features

THE GIRL KING
Dir: Mika Kaurismäki, Scr: Michel Marc Bouchard, Finland, Canada, Germany, Sweden, 2015, 106 min, in English, French, and German with English subtitles
LA VISITA (THE GUEST)
Dir/Scr: Maurício López Fernández, Argentina, Chile, 2014, 82 min, In Spanish with English subtitles
LIZ IN SEPTEMBER
Dir/Scr: Fina Torres, Venezuela, 2015, 100 min, Spanish with English subtitles
PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST
Dir/Scr: Christina Zeidler, Canada, 2014, 83 min
THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE
Dir/Scr: Alanté Kavaïté, France/Lithuania/The Netherlands, 2015, 88 min, In Lithuanian with English Subtitles
WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING
Dir: Catherine Stewart. Scr: Vanessa Herman, Amy Jephta, Matthew Krouse, Nodi Murphy.  South Africa, 2015, 75 min, English

Documentary Features

COMING OUT
Dir: Alden Peters, USA, 2015, 72 min
DESERT MIGRATION
Dir/Scr: Daniel F. Cardone, USA, 2015, 80 min
FASSBINDER: TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS
Dir/Scr: Christian Braad Thomsen, 2015, Germany, 109 min, In German with English subtitles
FINDING PHONG
Dir/Scr: Swann Dubus, Tran Phuong Thao, Vietnam, 2015, In Vietnamese with English subtitles
GAZELLE: THE LOVE ISSUE
Dir/Scr: Cesar Terranova, Brazil/French Polynesia/USA, 2014, 93 min
THE GLAMOUR AND THE SQUALOR
Dir: Marq Evans, Scr: Marq Evans, Jeff Gilbert, USA, 2015, 80 min
ORIENTED
Dir: Jake Witzenfeld, United Kingdom, Israel, 2015, 79 min, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
PEACE OF MIND
Dir/Scr: Cary Cronenwett, USA, 2014, 77 min. Creole, English with English subtitles
THE SALT MINES & THE TRANSFORMATION
Dir(s):Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio, USA, 1990/1995, In English, Spanish with English subtitles, 105 min
THE SAME DIFFERENCE
Dir/Scr: Nneka Onuorah, 2015, USA, 78min
SEED MONEY
Dir/Scr: Michael Stabile, USA, 2015, 69 min
TREASURE: FROM TRAGEDY TO TRANS JUSTICE, MAPPING A DETROIT STORY
Dir/Scr: Dream Hampton, 2015, USA, 63 min
THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE
Dir: Ellen Brodsky, USA, 2014, 68 min
WHEN BETTE MET MAE
Dir/Scr: Wes Wheadon, USA, 2015, 64 min

Panels and Special Events

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS + A CONVERSATION WITH GREG LOUGANIS
Dir: Cheryl Furjanic, Scr: Cheryl Furjanic, Karen Sim, Will Sweeney, USA, 2015
HER STORY: WORLD PREMIERE + PANEL DISCUSSION
Dir: Sydney Freeland, Scr: Jen Richards, Laura Zak, 2015, USA, 65 min
MASTERCLASS: IN CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER IRA SACHS
THE RENAISSANCE OF WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT: PANEL DISCUSSION
Presented in partnership with New York Women in Film And Television. Moderated by Terry Lawler.
TRANS HOLLYWOOD PANEL
Presented in partnership with SAG AFTRA. Moderated by Tiq Milan.

Shorts Program

CRUISING SHORTS
IN YOUTH IS PLEASURE: SHORTS
PLATINUM SHORTS
QUEERER THAN FICTION: DOC SHORTS
TRANS SHORTS
WILD HEARTS: SHORTS

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