The Dayton LGBT Film Festival, one of the midwest's premiere LGBT events, is now in its ninth year. After screening over 100 films, this year's committee has assembled a strong, concise line-up of the best in contemporary LGBT cinema. Ranging from narratives to documentaries - from entertaining works to challenging and thought-provoking pieces, this festival has something for everyone. Whereas each film focuses on themes and subjects of interest to members of the LGBT community, we encourage and welcome the community-at-large to join us in exploring this year's wonderful selections.
In 2011, our festival audience adored the short film I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE. Now that short has been turned into a feature film about teenage love and friendship that has been winning awards all around around the world. Leonardo is a blind teenager yearning for his independence. After deciding to study abroad to the disappointment of his best friend, the arrival of a new student at school makes Leonardo rethink his plans.
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro
Preceded by ALONE WITH PEOPLE
A high school girl from the south seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in the hilarious and touching coming-of-age tale.
Directed by Drew Van Steenbergen
If you attend our Opening Night Film - THE WAY HE LOOKS - you're invited to our Opening Night Party at Salar Restaurant & Lounge at 400 E. 5th St. A festival passes or ticket stub from THE WAY HE LOOKS is required.
QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Roping and riding across North America, the IGRA's courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. Along the way, they'll bust every stereotype in the book.
Directed by Matt Livadary
BARRIO BOY A young Latino barber's taboo romantic fantasies about his cute customer must remain a private voiceover shared only with us.
Directed by Dennis Shinners
BOMBSHELL A 10 year-old tomboy must grapple with her loyalty to trusted older brother.
Directed by Erin Sanger
DREAM DATE Two women check into a hotel for a night of fun, but is all as it seems on this Dream Date?
Directed by Andromeda Godfrey & Diana Juhr-De Benedetti
GOOD MORNING A touching and funny breakfast-table comedy between a man who is hung over from his 30th birthday party and the adorable 17 year-old stranger in his apartment.
Directed by Stephen Dunn & Peter Knegt
A LONG WALK When a child is publicly ridiculed by his father, a neighborhood onlooker laments over what he could have done to prevent the incident.
Directed by Chinonye Chukwu
MUM A deaf swimmer tries to attract a guy he's got his eyes on, but wonders if his disability will get in the way.
Directed by Alex Bohs
SCAFFOLDING Two neighbors barely exchange words for six months until construction work forces them to share a balcony.
Directed by Juanma Carrillo
TRUNK Neil is an Australian college lad visiting home for his grandfather's funeral, and there's an elephant in the living room.
Directed by Jack Taylor Cox
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual, and hip young Brooklynite. But she's not quite Persian enough, not quite gay enough, not quite anything enough. She fails miserably in her attempt at all identities, and being without a cliche to hold onto can be a lonely experience. This sharply written, award-winning comedy finds a home somewhere between SEX AND THE CITY and GIRLS.
Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Two lesbian hookers make their way through a world of bargain-hunting housewives and double-dealing conservative women in this subversive buddy comedy, an homage to and riff on iconic male hustler films.
Directed by Madeleine Olnek
OUT IN THE NIGHT is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young, African American lesbians who were walking in a gay-friendly part of NYC on a hot August night in 2006. As they walked under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronted them. A fight ensued that was caught by nearby security cameras. Though everyone involved got up and walked away, 911 was called. The women were charged with gang assault and attempted murder, and the media was quick to call them a "Gang of Killer Lesbians."
Directed by Blair Doroshwalther
Already dealing with her own sexual identity, 16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition. Their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons, and this beautiful film was made over the course of a year, once a week, every week - only on Tuesdays. This unique approach brings a rare authenticity to an emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation.
Directed by Sophie Hyde
Preceded by BLACK IS BLUE
This provocative short is a look at a stealth security guard who has struggled to make his insides match his outsides.
Directed by Cheryl Dunye
Set in contemporary London, LILTING tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger. Though they don't share a common language, a translator helps to piece together the memories of a man they both loved. LILTING is a touching film about unlikely connections and the tragedies that bring us together even though we may be worlds apart.
Directed by Hong Khaou
Preceded by A LAST FAREWELL
An aging author faces the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss.
Directed by Casper Andreas
A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors! Without sponsors, the Dayton LGBT Film Festival couldn't happen. Beyond the rental of the films, there are also theater costs, equipment rental costs, marketing costs, shipping costs, travel costs for visiting artists and more. In an effort to keep the ticket price to a minimum, sponsorship dollars make ends meet and help the festival continue gaining momentum each year. We encourage you to thank our sponsors, both verbally and by reaching out to their businesses when possible.
THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS INCLUDE:
(CLICK FOR WEBSITE)THE GREATER DAYTON LGBT CENTER
THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY
MIAMI VALLEY FAIR HOUSING
MJ'S CAFE & JOHNNY
SQUARE ONE SALON & SPA KEN BYERS
KURT FLEAGLE & WARREN RIFFLE
LISA HANAUER & SUE SPIEGEL