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3 Reasons Why It’s a Big Weekend For LGBT Films (If You Live In New York, at Least)

3 Reasons Why It's a Big Weekend For LGBT Films (If You Live In New York, at Least)

After the disappointing one-two punch of “Stonewall” and “Freeheld” this past month, LGBT films will be making a comeback in theaters this weekend, at least if you’re in New York. Here’s 3 reasons why:

“Nasty Baby”

Sebastián Silva’s “Nasty Baby” stars Silva himself as half of a Brooklyn gay couple (the other half being Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio fame) who team up with their BFF Kristen Wiig to have a baby.  It’s a dark, dark comedy with some (very) unexpected turns that you definitely need to check out.

“When people ask, ‘What’s your film about?’ I say it’s about these friends trying to make a baby and then they start getting into small quarrels with The Bishop, but it’s not only about that because if the movie was only about that and didn’t have the tonal shift, then the movie would not be the movie,” Silva told Indiewire. “The third act is a huge, manipulative part of the film that makes it worth making, for me at least.”

We’ve been in love with this “Nasty Baby” since Sundance, and now you can be too. Check out the trailer below:

“Jason and Shirley”

Back in July, we posted this essay by Alexandra Juhasz about the “remarkable, complex and important film” that is Stephen Winter’s “Jason and Shirley.” Going behind the scenes of the pioneering documentary “Portrait of Jason” — in which Oscar winning filmmaker Shirley Clarke invited Jason Holiday, a black gay hustler, drug addict and transient to her Chelsea Hotel penthouse in New York City to film him for 12 hours nonstop telling stories from his turbulent life — the film is a definite must see. Juhasz called it a “complicated, sometimes messy, meditation [on] the circulation of power, honesty, cruelty, love, debate, and creativity that defines artistic community and radical culture.” 

It’s playing this weekend at MoMA, which special events including Friday, October 23 at 7pm with post-show chat with Jack Waters and Winters, moderated by Steven G. Fullwood, Curator of the Schomburg Center of Black Culture. On Saturday Oct 24 at 7pm, a post-screening discussion with divo M Lamar and scholar Tavia Nyong’o, whose terrific piece in The Guardian says it all. On Sunday, Oct 25 at 5pm, there will also be a post screening discussion.

Check out the trailer below:

Newfest

The 27th annual NewFest is set with a program of nearly 100 narrative features, documentaries and shorts. Presented in partnership with Outfest, the fest 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.

Highlights from the lineup include the New York City premieres of Matt Sobel’s “Take Me to the River” and Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” as well as Todd Haynes’ acclaimed “Carol” screening as the Centerpiece Film of the festival a few weeks after it heads to the New York Film Festival. Also of awesome note: “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.”

Check out more on Newest here.

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