The NewFest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival has two more days of films and fostering LGBT community. For its 24th annual outing, NewFest has teamed up with Outfest, Film Society of Lincoln Center and JCC Manhattan to bring you some very special films. NewFest also likes to give you something extra: a short film before your feature or a talk-back with the director, after the film. If you haven’t seen anything yet, come on down and check out today’s offerings:
Born Naked (MLB)
(Spain, 2011, 83 mins)
Directed By: Andrea Esteban
Taking a cue from RuPaul’s famous line “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag,” 23-year-old Spanish filmmaker Andrea Esteban and her girlfriend Paula take us on a journey to Madrid, Berlin and London and into the lives of a fascinating cross-section of young lesbian and trans artists, activists, and journalists. Whether they’re coming out, falling in love, throwing punk rock festivals, or putting together art zines, they’re all unafraid to be who they are. Esteban’s fun and informative film will no doubt be an important cultural document in the years to come.
The Queen of My Dreams
(USA, 2011, 3 mins)
Directed By: Fawzia Mirza, Ryan Logan
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 re-imagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana in a queer light.
Mosquita Y Mari
US Dramatic Features
(USA, 2012, 85 mins)
Directed By: Aurora Guerrero
Studious, sweet-natured 15-year-old Yolanda feels the pressure to succeed under the eyes of her hard-working immigrant parents. When she meets her new neighbor, the feisty and alluring, BMX-riding Mari, Yolanda’s humdrum high school routine gets a jolt. The two girls don’t have much in common on the surface, but they become fast friends and their deep bond develops into a tension that neither one expected nor quite knows how to handle. Aurora Guerrero’s impressive feature film debut (which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) features two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso, who perfectly embody the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love and desire for the first time.
I Want Your Love
US Dramatic Features
(USA, 2012, 75 mins)
Directed By: Travis Mathews
In this funny, explicit drama featuring lots of real sex and a throbbing indie dance soundtrack, a young gay artist tries to reconnect with his ex-boyfriend on the eve of his departure from San Francisco. When his friends throw him a huge going away party, everyone finds themselves in unexpected couplings – and triplings! Writer-director Travis Mathews’ debut feature celebrates love, lust, and life in the Bay Area. If you’re a fan of BUTT Magazine, WEEKEND, and SHORTBUS, you won’t want to miss this.
Beautiful Bitch (Belle Salope)
(France, 2010, 8 mins)
In In French with English Subtitles with English subtitles
Directed By: Philippe Roger
Cedric, a young French prostitute, has to take drastic measures when he doesn’t have enough money to buy a gift for his hospital bound mother.
Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY 10023
Subway: Take the 1 train to the 66th Street station, then walk west on 65th Street and look for the FILM banner on the right. Or take any train to Columbus Circle.
Bus: The M104, M5 and M7 all stop in front of Lincoln Center.
Escalator to box office is approx 3/4 of a block past Broadway, walking west towards Amsterdam.
Purchase tickets online or at the box office
International Dramatic Features
(Israel, 2012, 84 mins)
In Hebrew with English subtitles with English subtitles
Directed By: Eytan Fox
In this sequel to Eytan Fox’s international hit YOSSI AND JAGGER, Dr. Yossi Hoffman has become a valued and dedicated cardiologist, often using his work as a way to escape from dealing with his life.
(2011, 18 mins)
In In Hebrew with English Subtitles with English subtitles
Directed By: Adiya Imri Orr
Amit and her female life partner Noa decided to take the crucial step and have a baby. Despite their strong self confidence, neither one of them knows for sure what they will do next. The night after Noa gives birth, they both discover that there are certain things you just cannot hide.
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (JCC Manhattan)
334 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 76 Street)
New York, NY 10023
Take 1, 2 or 3 train to West 72nd Street.
Take 1 train to West 79 Street.