OCTOBER 13 - 15 AT THE NEON

About Us

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival, now in its 12th year, is one of the Midwest's premiere LGBT events. The festival committee looks at over a hundred pieces of new work from around the world and curates a weekend-long event that features the best films, visiting artists and an awesome party - all right here in Dayton, Ohio. Many of this year's selections will be making their Ohio premieres, and we couldn't feel luckier. Whether you're from Dayton or from out of town, we hope you'll spend the weekend with us.

Schedule

FRIDAY, OCT 13

FREAK SHOW

Could Billy Bloom be like everyone else if he wanted to? When others call him theatrical, he takes it as a compliment; when his classmates feel provoked by his drive to be different, it only motivates him further. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” his father warns him. That does not deter Billy from deciding to run for homecoming queen. Somewhere in-between David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury and Oscar Wilde in the transgressive space of pop culture and dressed up as a high school comedy – we get a film with wit, heart and a dazzling cast. Starring Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox.

Preceded by WALK FOR ME; dir Elegance Bratton; 12 min
Hanna Kendricks is set to make her Femme Queen debut under the shimmering lights of New York’s Ballroom scene.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Attendees of Opening Night Film are invited to the OPENING NIGHT PARTY at Mudlick Tap House. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and delicious appetizers to kick off this year's fest!

SATURDAY, OCT 14

TOP DRAWER SHORTS

SOMETHING NEW / DIR. TJ MARCHBANK / 15 MIN
After a break up, Jonah struggles to open up to a new relationship with awkwardly, hilarious results.

HAYGOOD EATS / DIR. HAZART / 5 MIN
A bickering husband-and-wife catering team (or is it husband-and-beard?) is shooting a cheesy TV ad, and we get to see the hilarious outtakes.

CURMUDGEONS / DIR. DANNY DEVITO / 16 MIN
A potty-mouthed octogenarian in an assisted living facility gets a big-time surprise engineered by his daughter.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS / DIR. FABIEN GORGEART / 20 MIN
Set in mid-19th-century France, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent suffers unbearable pains.

IMAGO / DIR. LIZ CARDENAS FRANKE / 8 MIN
A 15-year-old makes the life-altering decision to never again let anyone bully them; not even their own father.

BOOTWMN / DIR. PAIGE GRATLAND & SAM MCWILLIAMS / 11 MIN
A heart-warming, intimate and endearing portrait of the queering of a traditional art form.

PICKING UP / DIR. NICHOLAS CHRISTO / 13 MIN
Nathan is being ignored at the local gay club, but when he is taken under the wing of a drag fairy godmother, he finds that his self-image gets a much needed makeover.

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN

Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

Preceded by BAYARD & ME; dir Matt Wolf; 17 min
Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s, Bayard adopted his younger lover to obtain the legal protections of marriage – a little-known phenomena with connections to the civil rights movement.

SENSITIVITY TRAINING

Serena is a misanthropic microbiologist, great with bacteria but horrible with people. After crossing a line with a colleague, Serena is forced into sensitivity training with Caroline, the bubbly woman assigned to be her coach. Caroline and her sunny disposition represent everything Serena hates, but she is determined to make Serena an acceptable human. While Serena does her best to get rid of Caroline, she may have finally met her match.

Preceded by ETAGE X; dir Francy Fabritz; 14 min
An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise.

ALASKA IS A DRAG

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska.

SUNDAY, OCT 15

PUSHING DEAD

When a struggling young man—HIV-positive for 20+ years—absent-mindedly deposits a $100 birthday check from his mother, he loses his government assistance. His only options are both long shots: take on an impossible bureaucracy, or somehow come up with $3,000 a month to buy his own medication. A comedy about the serious world we live in.

REBELS ON POINTE

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all male, comic ballet company was founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots and and has a diverse cult following around the world.

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in northern England. He numbs his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself dealing with emotions he has never felt before.

TICKETS

FESTIVAL PASS – $50

The best way to attend the fest!
A pass gets you priority seating, plus access to all screenings and the Opening Night Party!

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SINGLE TICKET

Buy online up to 24 hours before screening. Same-day sales at THE NEON.

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FEST INFO

VENUE

The fest takes place at THE NEON movie theater in downtown Dayton. There are several restaurants located within walking distance of the theater.

Map
PARKING

Free parking is available directly across the street from THE NEON.

LODGING

The Crowne Plaza, just one block from THE NEON, is offering a limited number of discounted rooms to festival guests. Call (937) 224-0800 and book your room using group code EEN. Reservations must be made by Aug 12.

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online or at THE NEON. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets for each screening are removed from online sale 24 hours before start time.

Note that SOLD OUT doesn't always mean you can’t get a ticket! Call THE NEON at (937) 222-8452 to see if any tickets are available for purchase. Also, attendees without tickets may join a "Rush Line" to purchase any unclaimed tickets up to one hour before the screening.

Please arrive before the screening begins. At the start time of each show, the festival reserves the right to resell any unclaimed tickets or empty seats.

SPONSORS

Thanks to all of our sponsors! Without their assistance, the festival couldn't happen. Costs to produce a festival go well beyond the rental of each film, and their support helps to keep ticket costs low. We encourage you to thank each of our sponsors - both verbally and by supporting their businesses when possible.

AARP Ohio
Equitas Health
Greater Dayton LGBT Center
Human Race Theatre Company
Dayton Gay Men's Chorus
Square One Salon & Spa
PFLAG Dayton
Marion's Piazza
Miami Valley Fair Housing
MJ's on Jefferson

Additional sponsors include:
Keny Byers, Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle, Lisa Hanauer & Sue Spiegel, David Lauri,
and Chase Whiteside.