112016Aug

International Shorts

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2014/2015/2016 I Belgium, Denmark, Germany & United Kingdom I 78 min.
Screening #1: Friday, September 9 at 5:05pm | Buy Tickets

Synopsis: Secret lives, mysteries, holding back your true intentions, seeking asylum and arm wrestling? This year’s collection of International shorts explore stories that will leave you wanting more, and discovering different cultures, activities, and individuals looking for answers and results.

AN EVENING
Dir. Soren Green I 2016 I Denmark I 9 min. I Texas Premiere
Should Frederick confess his love for Mathias?  Or should the young man continue to pine in secret for his best mate?

TheBorder - International Shorts

THE BORDER
Dir. Lukas Väth I 2015 I Germany I 13 min. I Texas Premiere
A mysterious abduction and assault comes full circle.

FEMALE MASCULINITY APPRECIATION SOCIETY
Dir. Jackie Nunns, Angie West I 2014 I United Kingdom I 11 min. I Texas Premiere
A gentleman’s club for women wishing to exhibit their masculinity is documented in this entertaining look at an arm wrestling competition hosted by the society.

Homework - Internatinoal Shorts

HOMEWORK
Dir. Annika Pinske I 2016 I Germany I 7 min. I North American Premiere
A young father, his twelve year old daughter, one night club, two secrets and a lie that will solve everything

MASCARAS
Dir. David San Juan I 2016 I Belgium I 13 min. I Texas Premiere
A beautiful young man cruised in the bathroom hesitantly accepts the advances of his admirer.  Will he find true love or just another one night stand?

MUKWANO
Dir. Cecilie McNair I 2016 I Denmark I 20 min. I Southwest Premiere
A woman seeks asylum in Denmark after fleeing from Uganda, where she and her girlfriend faced persecution.

112016Aug

Transgender Shorts

TRANSGENDER SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2015/2016 I France, UK & U.S.A I 88 min
Screening #1: Friday, September 9 at 3:00pm
Screening #2: Sunday, September 11 at 3:45pm
Special Guests will be in attendance.

Synopsis: Told from narratives and a documentary short, our Transgender Shorts Program, shows a touching story of first discovering yourself, reuniting with an old friend, meeting a stranger filled with kindness and special evening which could turn into a lifetime of magical moments.

DAWN
Dir. Jake Graf I 2016 I United Kingdom I 13 min. I Texas Premiere
Dawn meets a kind stranger at a dark bus stop. As the sun rises she sees a new vision of herself through the eyes of a blind man.

EVA
Dir. Florent Médina I 2015 I France I 9 min. I Texas Premiere
After a failed night of passion, Eva and Gabriel connect over shared desires of a very different sort.

THE FRIEND FROM TEL AVIV
Dir. Federica Gianni I 2016 I U.S.A. I 11 min. I Texas Premiere
Noam’s friend from Tel Aviv visits for the first time since his transition. The reunion leads to sparks, jealousy and sexual tension.

FREE GENDER
Dir. Emma Appel I 2016 I U.S.A. I 19 min. I Texas Premiere
In a world where gender is seen as one of two options, Tish, Jacob and Vuk push boundaries and expectations. Intimate interviews explore and illuminate the diverse gender spectrum.

SAY U WILL
Dir. Chris Cruse I 2016 I U.S.A. I 10 min. I Texas Premiere
Ray reveals his secret after meeting Marcus on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day begins with a rooftop resolution and the hope of new love.

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TEAR JERKER
Dir. Amy Adler I 2016 I U.S.A. I 14 min. I Southwest Premiere
We meet Elliot at the intersection of lost love, fading memory and testosterone injections. “I feel like I’m trapped between this and that. I just want to be that, but it takes such a long time.”

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VIKTOR
Dir. Ann Prim I 2016 I U.S.A. I 11 min. I Southwest Premiere
Victor’s Babushka and trips to the countryside help him navigate life in a home thick with anger and denial.

102016Aug

Dramatic Shorts

DRAMATIC SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2014/2015/2016 I Canada, India, & U.S.A. I 91 min.
Screening #1: Friday, September 9 at 12:30pm
Screening #2: Saturday, September 10 at 10:30am
Special Guests will be in attendance.

Synopsis: These eight dramatic shorts will open your eyes and heart to new stories of grief, compassion, acceptance and falling in and out of love for the first time.

1985
Dir. Yen Tan I 2016 I U.S.A. I 8 min.
A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.

ANY OTHER DAY
Dir. Vikrant Dhote, Srikant A. Krishnan I 2015 I India I 12 min. I U.S. Premiere
Where are we to turn when the ones sworn to protect us are the ones against whom we must be protected?

ECSTASY
Dir. Kyle Reaume I 2015 I Canada I 4 min I Southwest Premiere
Sam would do anything to be touched by his former lover once more – even if it means getting violent.

GREAT ESCAPE
Dir. Sal Bardo I 2015 I U.S.A. I 5 min I Southwest Premiere
A 70-year-old woman leaves her husband of 50 years to be with a woman she met in her youth.

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INDIAN SUMMER
Dir. Diana Fraser, Sam Dunnewold I 2016 I U.S.A. I 9 min. I Southwest Premiere
A 20-something leaves her girlfriend at home to catch up with an old college friend, and during their night on the town sparks fly.

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LIGHTNING BUGS IN A JAR
Dir. Robert Ian Simpson, Sara Wolkowitz I 2015 I U.S.A. I 19 min. I Texas Premiere
When a mother and son with a caustic history are reunited to pack-up their old house, sparks fly as long-buried secrets are revealed, and it might fall upon the shoulders of the son’s boyfriend to help heal old wounds.

Taking to My Mother - Dramatic Shorts

TALKING TO MY MOTHER
Dir. Leon Le I 2014 I U.S.A. I 17 min. I Texas Premiere
The film explores the complicated relationships between Michael, a second-generation Chinese American man; his mother, Mrs. Yue and; Julianne, his girlfriend of two years, to whom he plans to propose.

WALK WITH ME
Dir. Hazart I 2016 I U.S.A. I 15 min. I World Premiere
Eric and Ryan, in a chance encounter, end up on an impromptu date walking around the city streets. One relationship, six blocks. Featuring Evan Todd (4th Man Out).

102016Aug

Documentary Shorts

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2015/2016 I Australia, Canada & U.S.A. I 109 min.
Screening #1: Thursday, September 8 at 9:15 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Special Guests will be in attendance.

Synopsis: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, but these will capture your heart, whether if you’re a bear going in for a haircut, a filmmaker haunted by the film “Jaws”, a country singer recording the first gay Country album, watching a bootmaker’s craft her art, or the wild times of Joshua Grannell, better known as “Peaches Christ” these nine films, will surely give you something to talk about.

ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY
Dir. Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli, Amanda Le and Riani Singgih I 2015 I U.S.A. I 16 min. I Texas Premiere
Greg and Michael have been together 44 years. One now has Alzheimer’s and the other is heartbroken but still hopelessly devoted to caring for his partner. A powerful demonstration of humanity and the boundless love to which we all aspire.

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BEAR IN A BARBER SHOP
Dir. Albert Koomen I 2016 I Australia I 4 min. I World Premiere
A man from the bear community gets a haircut and beard trip from his local barber, narrating his feelings of being a hyper-masculine in the gay community.

BOOTWMN
Dir. Paige Gratland & Sam McWilliams I 2015 I Canada/UK/US I 11 min. I Texas Premiere
When bootmaker, Deana McGuffin is approached by a Canadian artist and a San Franciscan tattooer to create a gay themed cowboy boot, a story unravels of a unique collaboration that takes them to the heart of cowboy country in Northern Texas.

CECIL & CARL
Dir. Elvis León & Gaston Yvorra I 2015 I U.S.A. I 14 min. I Texas Premiere
Cecil, an 84 year old man, attempts to petition for guardianship of his partner Carl, who has dementia.  A heartbreaking look at the bonds of love over 40 years and how they can be dismissed by an uncaring healthcare system.

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A DOLL’S EYE
Dir. Jonathan Wysocki I 2016 I U.S.A. I 12 min. I Southwest Premiere
A filmmaker explains his lifelong obsession with Jaws. Ultimately, he sees it as a parallel to his being gay and the shame he felt around it as a young boy.  Realistic retro scenes make this a treat for the film enthusiast.

ONE QUESTION
Dir. Badger Antoniou I 2015 I U.S.A. I 3 min. I Texas Premiere
Two queer kids scour the streets of Boston in search of the answer to an unanswerable question.

PINK BOY
Dir. Eric Rockey I 2015 I U.S.A. I 15 min. I Texas Premiere
BJ, a young boy, appears to be transgendered is being raised by his butch lesbian great aunt who is stymied by his desired for pink, dresses, performance and wigs. She tries her best to be supportive while being wary of others’ judgment and a bit of her own.

These Cocksucking Tears - Doc Shorts

THESE COCKSUCKING TEARS
Dir. Dan Taberski I 2015 I U.S.A. I 16 min.
The man behind the first gay country album made in the early 1970’s, still performs. This documentary is about how it came about and his life before, during and after.

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A WIG & A PRAYER: THE PEACHES CHRIST STORY
Dir. Jeff Schlags I 2015 I U.S.A. I 18 min. I Southwest Premiere
A Wig and a Prayer takes us into the mind and world of Peaches Christ, a.k.a. Joshua Grannell, who has taken drag shows beyond just mere performance: her weekly Midnight Mass pre-movie events have become an immersive audience experience combining song, dance, and joyful debauchery.

102016Aug

Comedy Shorts

COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2015/2016 I Australia, Canada & U.S.A. I 91 min.
Screening #1: Saturday, September 10 at 3:10 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Special Guests will be in attendance.

Synopsis: Whether it is an elaborate plan of mystery, waking up unsure about really knowing your date, day-dreaming with a naughty side, or asking your younger bro to help start a family, these Comedy Shorts spanning the globe should bring plenty of laughs and an educational life lesson on how to survive a Zombie apocalypse too.

BE RIGHT BACK
Dir. Hilda Schmelling I 2016 I U.S.A. I 12 min. I Texas Premiere
The owner of a small vintage shop has more on her mind than selling clothes. Over the course of one eventful morning she finds herself lost in fantasies as each new set of customers sparks her imagination.

THE ESCAPE HATCH
Dir. David Willing I 2016 I Australia I 9 min. I Texas Premiere
A mysterious woman in different costumes appears each night at an Asian restaurant and bar, orders a beer and leaves when she gets a text. We find she is the ‘escape hatch’ for a friend if her date is not going well. Is she content in this colorful role, or can the future hold more?

Queens - Comedy Shorts

QUEENS
Dir. Lucas Omar I 2016 I U.S.A. I 4 min. I Texas Premiere
After a prom couple spends a romantic night in a hotel, the Southern Belle Prom Queen wakes up to find her boyfriend unusually “dressy.”

THE RADICAL FAIRY PRINCE: A LOVE STORY
Dir. Bobby Poirier I 2016 I U.S.A. I 9 min. I Texas Premiere
Travel back to the free loving 1970’s, where a director dug up some found footage and transformed into silent film gold.  A fun retro look at the radical faerie movement and 1970’s drag scene.

SAUNA THE DEAD: A FAIRY TALE
Dir. Tom Frederic I 2016 I United Kingdom I 20 min. I Texas Premiere
A jaded narcissist stalks the bathhouse halls looking for his next hookup. When he finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, his survival may depend on the one thing he didn’t come there for: a human connection.

SEEKING: JACK TRIPPER
Dir. Quinlan Orear I 2016 I U.S.A. I 14 min. I Southwest Premiere
A gay male couple in a long term relationship seek to spice things up by picking up a guy for a threesome. Will their delightfully awkward attempts bring them what they seek?

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SPUNKLE
Dir. Lisa Donato I 2015 I U.S.A. I 11 min. I Texas Premiere
A brother contemplates fatherhood when his older sister and her free-spirited wife ask him to be their sperm donor.

TRADESMAN’S EXIT
Dir. Tom E. Davis I 2015 I U.S.A. I 12 min I Southwest Premiere
A man appears to methodically destroy a collection of items and may be building a bomb.  How far would you go to get closure?

102016Aug

Animated & Claymation Shorts

ANIMATED & CLAYMATION SHORTS PROGRAM

Dir. Various I 2015/2016 I Canada, Sweden & U.S.A. I 64 min.
Screening #1: Friday, September 9 at 10:15am | Buy Tickets
Screening #2: Sunday, September 11 at 10:30am | Buy Tickets
Special Guests will be in attendance.

Synopsis: These seven short animation and claymation films will take you on unexpected journeys, through hand-drawn animation, CGI animation and claymation, which might be sick and twisted but will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

 

ARRIVAL: SHORT FILM BY ALEX MYUNG
Dir. Alex Myyng I 2016 I U.S.A. I 22 min. I Southwest Premiere
Animated by Alex Myung, this 2D-animated film explores one boy’s struggle to face the truth of his life and love, and reveal it to the person he cares about most.

CONFESSIONS OF A BREASTIMATOR
Dir. Jisu Kim I 2016 I U.S.A. I 4 min. I Texas Premiere
“Confessions of a Breastimator,” is a story of a breast aficionado who reflects back on her life as an animator, confessing her longtime passion for cartoons and animating double D’s.

FLOTSAM
Dir. Sam Frederich I 2016 I U.S.A. I 12 min. I Texas Premiere
A little girl ekes out an existence on a wrecked aircraft carrier as she drifts alone through a flooded earth. That is, until she is visited by a mysterious, ethereal girl who walks on water.

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HANGING
Dir. Nick LeDonne I 2016 I U.S.A. I 5 min. I Texas Premiere
Animated from the emotions of years of harassment, and bullying cumulating in a son’s sudden death of his father and families financial crisis.

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HI, IT’S YOUR MOM
Dir. Daniel Sterlin-Altman I 2016 I Canada I 4 min. I Southwest Premiere
“Hi, It’s Your Mother” is a shocking tragi-comedic stop motion short about a mother’s love for her child, and sometimes vice versa.

MATCHSTICKS
Dir. Michal Janicki I 2016 I U.S.A. I 6 min. I World Premiere
The final moments of three LGBT icons – a suicidal bride to be, a muse dying of AIDS, and a political activist being assassinated.

MOMS ON FIRE
Dir. Joanna Rytel I 2016 I Sweden I 13 min. I Texas Premiere
What’s it like to be massively pregnant with only four days until you’re due to pop?