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iPOP and More From NewFest, the 17th New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festiva

iPOP and More From NewFest, the 17th New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

New York's NewFest, the annual festival for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender film, wrapped up in Manhattan last week, capping ten days of screenings and parties. Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads," the story of a drifter in Wilmington, NC played by Kip Pardue, opened the event on June 2nd, while Marco Kruezpaintner's coming-of-age story, "Summer Storm," closed the fest last Sunday, June 12th.

Yair Hochner's "Good Boys" won the Showtime Vanguard Award, while the award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature went to Kyle Schnickner's "Strange Fruit," described as an exploration of race, class, and sexuality in the South today. Nicole Conn's "Little Man," the portrait of a family dealing with a premature baby, won the award for Best Documentary Feature.

"It is exciting to see the queer community embracing such a difficult subject," said Schnickner in a statement. "Only when we confront prejudice, not only directed at us but within our own community, will we begin to gain the rights that have been denied for so long."

NewFest and Focus Features celebrated the centerpiece screening of Pawel Pawlikowski's "My Summer of Love" with a party in Midtown on the first weekend of the fest, while Susan Kaplan's "Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family" was toasted with a celebration during the second weekend.

Jenni Olson won the Best U.S. Screenplay Award for her new film, "The Joy of Life," which will open theatrically in San Francisco next month before heading to other cities. It blends experimental and documentary styles in exploring both the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide landmark and the story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love and self-discovery.

Anahi Berneri's "A Year Without Love" won the award for best foreign narrative feature, while the jury presented an honorable mention to Gaël Morel's "Three Dancing Slaves."

Samantha Farinella's documentary "Left Lane" won the audience award for best feature, while Madeline Olnek won the audience prize for short film for "Hold Up."

On the closing night of the festival, NewFest head Basil Tsiokos announced that "Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette will receive this year's Vito Russo Award, giving him funds for his next film, an untitled montage project that in the words of a description, "takes three films from the 1970s, all starring the same iconic actress, and remixes them to evoke a different story altogether." "Tarnation" producer Stephen Winter accepted the award on Caouette's behalf at the ceremony.










NewFest festival director Basil Tsiokos with actor Alan Cumming at the party for "My Summer of Love" on the first weekend of the festival.


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"Transamerica" producer Sebastian Dungan, Outfest programming director Kirsten Schaffer, co-director of "The Lady In Question is Charles Busch" John Catania, an unidentified friend, Jason Rosenzweig from here! Films, and Outfest executive director Stephen Gutwillig.


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Craig Chester, writer, director, and star of "Adam and Steve," at the festival's screening of the film.


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Festival filmmaker Allen Frame ("Mateo's Tattoo"), writer/producer George LaVoo ("Real Women Have Curves"), NewFest board president Louie Anchondo, and Norman Noll.


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From the NewFest short film selection committee Charlie Olski and Cameron Yates, with festival filmmaker Scott Westphal-Solary ("Rolls Razor Garden").


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Kathleen Mullen (Inside Out programmer and NewFest 2005 short filmmaker "You Wash My Skin With Sunshine") with a friend.


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NewFest's Louie Anchondo and Basil Tsiokos on the closing night of the festival.


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Ash Christian (director of the upcoming "Fat Girls") with Kim Fishman (producer of the festival short, "Standing Room Only" and the upcoming "Fat Girls"), at the festival's VIP opening night reception before the screening.


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At the pre-screening party on opening night, "Loggerheads" director Tim Kirkman with one of the film's editors Jeff Israel.


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Chatting with NewFest attendees after the screening of "Adam and Steve" are writer/director/star Craig Chester with actress Sally Kirkland.


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At the NewFest opening night bash, Jared Moshe from The Film Sales Company with friend Rachael Tartell.


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At the opening night party is Casper Andreas ("Slutty Summer") with James Vasquez ("29th & Gay") and a friend.


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On the closing night of the festival, Basil Tsiokos presents the Vito Russo Award, accepted by "Tarnation" producer Stephen Winter, on behalf of Jonathan Caouette.


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