NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival will soon roll out the “rainbow carpet” for its 22nd edition. From June 3rd through June 13th, the festival will present over 100 films from over 20 countries at the SVA Theater and Festival Lounge on 23rd Street in Chelsea, the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side, the Harlem Center Stage and more. Highlights are listed below (with descriptions care of the festival). For a full list of films, as well as schedule and ticketing information click here.
Opening Night – Thursday, June 3rd
The Undertow (8pm): An exceptional film balancing strong performances and gorgeous imagery with a powerful story. Young married fisherman Miguel develops unexpected feelings for Santiago, an artist new to the village, amidst growing community suspicions, increasing pressure from Santiago, and an unexpected supernatural occurrence.
Friday, June 4th
From Beginning to End (9pm): In the controversial film that took the gay blogs by storm, two half-brothers are brought together as adults by a family death. A taboo relationship develops, and one brother’s success as a pro swimmer creates an unexpected challenge.
Women’s Night – Sunday, June 6th
The Owls (8pm): Award-winning director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman) reunites the women from Go Fish (Guinevere Turner and V.S. Brodie) for a fascinating look at modern lesbian life. This one-of-a kind experimental film cleverly blurs the lines between its gripping narrative and its real-life social commentary on everything from aging in the lesbian community to gender anxiety.
Centerpiece Night – Wednesday, June 9th
Joan Rivers, a Piece of Work (8pm) **NewFest appearance and talk back with Joan Rivers!!**: This Sundance award-winning portrait of the always irreverent, frequently offensive, yet eternally charming Joan Rivers follows the comedian for a year through ups and downs as she performs across the US, promotes her jewelry line, rehearses her play, and appears on “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Thursday, June 10th
Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (7:30pm): **NewFest appearance and performance!** The utterly unlikely, entirely true, must-see story of how a pair of New Zealand yodeling twin lesbian farm girls became national superstars and LGBT activists. Winner of The Toronto Film Festival Audience Award.
Closing Night – Saturday, June 12th
Violet Tendencies (8pm): Violet (Mindy Cohn, “The Facts of Life”) prides herself on being “the oldest living fag hag” but this title keeps her from meeting Mr. Right. When co-worker Salome (Kim Allen, “Army Wives”) convinces Violet to ditch her Chelsea boys, her gays won’t let go easily. Expect a hot ensemble cast, cameos from NYC nightlife regulars like Michael Musto, Hedda Lettuce, and Jack Mackenroth, and razor-sharp dialogue sure to please in this take on modern gay life in New York City.