New York's LGBT Film Festival, "NewFest," will be rolling out its rainbow carpet for the 24th edition, starting from Friday July 27th all way through Tuesday, July 31st. The stellar lineup includes fourteen narrative features, four documentaries, and a slew of short films. This year, all screenings and panels will be taking place at Manhattan's film mecca, The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.
This year, NewFest is presented as part of a recent partnership with long-running LA-based LGBT media arts organization Outfest, which programmed and will help run this year's event. The organizations intend to pursue an official merger in the months following their respective events. Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, runs from July 12-22 in Los Angeles.
Rose Kuo, Executive Director of The Film Society of Lincoln Center said, "Our new partnership with OutFest and NewFest marks an exciting time for the Film Society as we look forward to extending our reach, and support, to the LGBT community. There are a great deal of talented filmmakers and important voices to be heard. We are thrilled to be able to help bring such talent to audiences."
Kicking off the fest will be the East Coast premiere of Joshua Sanchez's debut feature "Four," executive produced by Neil LaBute. Starring Wendell Pierce ("Treme" and "The Wire") and Emory Cohen ("Smash") and adapted from Christopher Shinn's hit play, "Four" follows four people as they spend a holiday encountering life changing moments, both subtle and writ large and learn to cope with the lack of honesty in their lives.
Closing the event will be Marialy Rivas' acclaimed Chilean film "Young and Wild." Based on the life of co-screenwriter Camila Gutiérrez, the film is a sexually-charged and energetic look at family and youth culture in contemporary Chile. The film was the recipient of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Other programming will include a NewDraft screenplay reading and a Screen Actors Guild panel to be announced shortly.
Tickets will go on sale for NewFest and Film Society Lincoln Center members on Thursday, June 14th and for non-members on Thursday, June 28th.
The complete list of featured films can be found below (with synopses courtesy of NewFest):
COMPLETE FEATURE LINEUP
All screenings unless otherwise noted will take place at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. 165 W.65th St, New York, NY 10023 (between Broadway and Amsterdam).
FOUR (OPENING NIGHT)
A young man (Emory Cohen, “Smash”) sneaks out of his house for an encounter with Joe (Wendell Pierce, “The Wire”, “Treme”), an older African-American man he met online. Meanwhile a teenage girl in the same town is trying to resist the affections of a drug-dealing suitor. As the night rolls on, these four characters’ lives will intersect in surprising and sexy ways. Brooklyn-based director Joshua Sanchez’s film (based on the hit play by Christopher Shinn) is one of the most assured and compelling feature debuts in recent memory, anchored by Wendell Pierce’s astonishing performance as a conflicted closeted man. As all the characters struggle with connection, a portrait emerges of a suburban landscape where everyone is struggling to learn who they are.
YOUNG & WILD (CLOSING NIGHT)
Seventeen-year-old Daniela is obsessed with sex. But her self-proclaimed “pussy in flames” is in direct conflict with her well-to-do, strict evangelical family in Santiago, Chile. She finds an outlet by detailing her naughty ruminations and exploits on her blog “Young & Wild” to her eager online followers. She dates handsome and pious Tomas, but maybe Antonia, the really cute girl at work is more her speed. As she struggles to balance both relationships, Daniela learns that having it all - sex, love and eternal salvation - is more complicated than she ever imagined.
Marialy Rivas masterfully directs her first feature, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival where Rivas and co-writer Camila Gutiérrez (whose life the film is based on) picked up the World Cinema Screenwriting Award. Rooted in a fearless and unforgettable performance by Alicia Rodríguez, YOUNG & WILD is a stunning, energetic look at family and youth culture in contemporary Chile.