By Zack Sharf | Indiewire June 27, 2014 at 3:20PM
NewFest, New York City's premiere LGBT film festival, just announced its full 2014 lineup in partnership with Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Marking the 26th edition of the festival, NewFest 2014 will showcase a lineup of 16 narrative features and five documentaries, all of which carry out the festival's mission of supporting diverse film communities and voices from around the world.
Opening the festival on July 24th will be the New York City premiere of Karim Ainouz's "Futuro Beach," an emotionally resonant story about three Brazilian men struggling across oceans of love, loss, and heartache. On the tail end, Bruce LaBruce's highly anticipated "Gerontophila," a profound comedy about a handsome teen who refuses to feel shame about his unquenchable desire for older men, will close the festival on July 29th. Other films to be showcased include "Blackbird," starring Oscar winner Mo'Nique and Isaiah Washington, Sundance hit "Jamie Marks is Dead," and Kate Kunath's "We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite," a documentary about Brooklyn's oldest gay bar.
"This marks the fourth year of having NewFest at the Film Society and we couldn’t be happier to continue our collaboration with Outfest. LGBT films and filmmakers are a vital part of cinema worldwide, and we are thrilled to offer this showcase on our screens each year," said Film Society of Lincoln Center's Executive Director Lesli Klainberg said. Meanwhile, Kristin Pepe, Outfest's Director of Programming, said, "In the year following spectacular LGBT civil rights advances across the country, the dynamic and fresh slate of 2014 NewFest films decisively demonstrates that artists and storytellers lead the charge in creating social change."
Tickets for NewFest will go on sale Thursday, July 10th. The festival runs July 24-29. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for more details and a full screening schedule