132016Aug

Check It

CHECK IT

Dir. Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer I 2016 I U.S.A. I 90 min I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: Started in 2005, a group of gay and transgender teens of color in the streets of Washington D.C. become fed up with being bullied and pushed around, so they push back. “Check It” shows the life of various members of the ‘Check It’ gang. The everyday threat of being beaten and possibly being killed is all too real for LGBTQ youth in D.C. They may feel like fighting is the only way out, but their love of fashion and discovery of their talents could be what truly saves them. “Check It” is executive produced by Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, and Wren Arthur.


92016Aug

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Dir. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa | 2016 I Canada I 71 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 3:20 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Mark Kenneth Woods will be in attendance.

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Synopsis: What are the words for lesbian and gay in the Inuit language? The Inuit are an ancient, aboriginal people from the arctic regions of Canada. Formerly a semi-nomadic culture, their society had been affected by western missionaries over several generations. These include alterations to their social structure, their spiritual beliefs and their views on sexuality. Such changes had made it difficult, even perilous, for LGBTQ community to live openly and authentically, especially in such an isolated community. The last two decades, however, has seen an evolving shift in attitudes thanks to the determined individuals who are not only bringing about true acceptance in Inuit society, but a celebration of queer life.


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92016Aug

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Dir. Cecilia Aldarondo I 2016 I USA/Puerto Rico I 74 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. | Buy Ticket

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Synopsis: “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is both a good mystery as well as a documentary. Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s uncle Miguel died 30 years prior from AIDS, and his presence haunts her family like an unspoken specter. Her family claims that on his deathbed, Miguel repented for the sin of homosexuality. As Cecilia digs deeper into her uncle’s life, pouring through home videos and interviewing surviving family members, more and more hidden truths emerge. What secret was Miguel’s father hiding, and who exactly is the mysterious Robert? In the heart of the AIDS crisis, after the passing of their loved ones, families hid what they perceived as shameful. “Memories of the Penitent Heart” examines the impact when those long buried truths are laid bare.


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92016Aug

Growing Up Coy

Growing Up Coy

Dir. Eric Juhola I 2016 I U.S.A. I 83 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director/Producer Eric Juhola & Producer/Editor Jeremy Stulberg will be in attendance.

Growing Up Coy


Synopsis: In Colorado, an elementary school bans Coy, a six-year-old transgendered girl, from using the girl’s restroom. Coy’s parents decide to stand up for their daughter’s rights, but when their fight gains national media attention the spectacle that ensues threatens to tear their family apart. A topical film more than ever as every state is contending this civil rights issue, director Eric Juhola’s outstanding documentary brings a family forward to fight for their daughter’s rights, even if it means losing your own family and rights at the end of a long fought battle.


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92016Aug

Free Cece!

Free Cece!

Dir. Jacqueline Gares I 2016 I U.S.A. I 85 min. I Southwest Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Jacqueline Gares will be in attendance

FREE Cece!
Synopsis: In 2012, CeCe McDonald was incarcerated on a count of second-degree manslaughter after defending herself from a brutal attacker. A bisexual transgender African American woman, CeCe’s case sparked national outrage, and she soon emerged as a leader in the crusade against the prison-industrial system. Actress and activist Laverne Cox hosts this nuanced documentary that tackles a wide range of complicated topics, including transphobia and racism, the unfair ways the prison-industrial system treats persons of color, and most importantly, the indomitable nature of the human spirit.


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