KIKI, Thursday, June 1, 8PM
The Granby Theater
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE, Friday June 2, 8PM
Unitarian Church of Norfolk
We are currently selecting the short films that will be included in the showcase. A short film is generally considered to be under 40 minutes, and may be fiction or non-fiction. Keep checking back, the list is coming soon!
“Rats That Eat Men” (Drama) Directed by Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman.
Ritah, a lesbian refugee forced to flee her marriage of convenience and squat in a crumbling London house meets a Polish builder on the run from his own family. 16 ½ minutes
“Pronouns” (Drama) Directed by Michael Paulucci.
A Chicago teenager decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. A heartfelt look at the intersection of trans youth identity, spoken word, and family. Run time: 9 minutes
“Dol” (First Birthday) (Drama) Directed by Andrew Ahn.
When Nick attends his baby nephew's 'dol,' a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach. Run time: 11 minutes
“Alzheimer's: A Love Story” (Documentary) Directed by Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli.
Greg and Michael struggle with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a relationship 40+ years in the making and the love that has held them together through it all. 17 minutes
“The Queen of My Dreams” (Experimental) Directed by Fawzia Mirza.
As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. As an adult, she looks back and reimagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana in a new light. Run time: 3 minutes
“1985” (Drama) Directed by Yen Tan.
A poignant film about the power of simple gestures in communicating acceptance and grace. Run time: 9 minutes
“These C*cksucking Tears” (Documentary) Directed by Dan Taberski.
The fearless voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release. Run time: 15 minutes
POLITICAL ANIMAL, Saturday, June 3, 8PM
Virginia Wesleyan College, Blocker Auditorium
Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women - a group often left out of gay histories until now. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground- breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government.
NAZ & MAALIK, Sunday, June 4, 7PM
The Naro Theater
Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.