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OCTOBER 8-14, 2021 AT THE NEON

About Us

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival is in its 16th Year, and we wanted to bring it back to you at THE NEON. With precautions in place (masks are required and there will be spacing between parties), we are offering every film two times over the course of the week. Though we won't have special guests in person this year, we hope to add virtual Q&As whenever possible. We can't wait to share these great films with you in person!

Schedule

Friday, Oct 8

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Five scrappy queer comic book artists journey from DIY work and isolation to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage, offering a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut.

Preceded by MY AUNTIES ; dir Richard O’Connor; 3 min
In the early eighties, Stefan was cared for and loved by a group of adults, largely gay men, who he called his “aunties.”

Preceded by EVERYMAN; dir Jack Goessens; 11 min
A personal, visual essay about gender transition – using and reframing gender focused tropes and imagery from popular culture, mythology, history and art.

Saturday, Oct 9

Top Drawer Shorts

BEAUTY PRESIDENT / DIR. WHITNEY SKAUGE / 10 MIN “If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made history.

MARLON BRANDO / DIR. VINCENT TILANUS / 20 MIN Best friends Cas and Naomi spend every second of their days together. But when their future plans are seemingly different, their relationship wobbles.

GIRLSBOYSMIX / DIR. LARA AERTS & ELS VAN DRIEL / 7 MIN The story of an intersex child who wonders: where do I belong?

HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH / DIR. TEBOGO MALEBOGO / 10 MIN Nothing will ever be the same after Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality.

HUGO: 6:30 / DIR. SIMON HELLOCO & JAMES MACIVER / 13 MIN Hugo, a young actor, is asked to improvise a story at an audition.

PURE / DIR. NATALIE JASMINE HARRIS / 12 MIN On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

LITTLE SKY / DIR. JESS X. SNOW / 14 MIN Haunted by childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family.

THE TEST / DIR. JESSICA SMITH / 8 MIN Two women await the results of a test that could change everything.

NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 / DIR. MEGAN ROSSMAN / 6 MIN This short doc explores the life of renowned poet Naomi Replanksy as she celebrates her 100th year.

Invisible

This award-winning documentary explores the lives of a group of LGBTQ singer/songwriters who have successfully navigated the male dominated landscape of Southern music. Some of these musicians have written hits for Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and many more. Featuring Bonnie Baker, Cidny Bullens, Dianne Davidson, Kye Fleming, Ruthie Foster, Mary Gauthier, Mary Anne Kennedy, Jess Leary, Pam Rose, Virginia Team, Cheryl Wheeler and Chely Wright. With appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and more.

Potato Dreams of America

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena and her gay son, Potato, escape into the fantasy world of pirated American movies, but soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order bride. Closely based on the directors childhood, Potato Dreams of America is one of those stories that prove that real life is often much stranger than fiction.

Preceded by FLEX; dir Matt Porter; 16 min
WAfter an unexpected breakup, Charles begins to explore the gray areas of his sexuality.

Sunday, Oct 10

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Five scrappy queer comic book artists journey from DIY work and isolation to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage, offering a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut.

Preceded by MY AUNTIES ; dir Richard O’Connor; 3 min
In the early eighties, Stefan was cared for and loved by a group of adults, largely gay men, who he called his “aunties.”

Preceded by EVERYMAN; dir Jack Goessens; 11 min
A personal, visual essay about gender transition – using and reframing gender focused tropes and imagery from popular culture, mythology, history and art.

Lola

When Lola, an 18-year-old transgender girl, learns that she will finally be able to have an operation, her mother dies. In order to respect her last wishes, Lola and her father are forced to go to the Belgian coast.

Preceded by ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY ; dir Marko Djeska; 13 min
While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship.

Monday, Oct 11

Top Drawer Shorts

BEAUTY PRESIDENT / DIR. WHITNEY SKAUGE / 10 MIN “If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made history.

MARLON BRANDO / DIR. VINCENT TILANUS / 20 MIN Best friends Cas and Naomi spend every second of their days together. But when their future plans are seemingly different, their relationship wobbles.

GIRLSBOYSMIX / DIR. LARA AERTS & ELS VAN DRIEL / 7 MIN The story of an intersex child who wonders: where do I belong?

HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH / DIR. TEBOGO MALEBOGO / 10 MIN Nothing will ever be the same after Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality.

HUGO: 6:30 / DIR. SIMON HELLOCO & JAMES MACIVER / 13 MIN Hugo, a young actor, is asked to improvise a story at an audition.

PURE / DIR. NATALIE JASMINE HARRIS / 12 MIN On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

LITTLE SKY / DIR. JESS X. SNOW / 14 MIN Haunted by childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family.

THE TEST / DIR. JESSICA SMITH / 8 MIN Two women await the results of a test that could change everything.

NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 / DIR. MEGAN ROSSMAN / 6 MIN This short doc explores the life of renowned poet Naomi Replanksy as she celebrates her 100th year.

Tuesday, Oct 12

Invisible

This award-winning documentary explores the lives of a group of LGBTQ singer/songwriters who have successfully navigated the male dominated landscape of Southern music. Some of these musicians have written hits for Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and many more. Featuring Bonnie Baker, Cidny Bullens, Dianne Davidson, Kye Fleming, Ruthie Foster, Mary Gauthier, Mary Anne Kennedy, Jess Leary, Pam Rose, Virginia Team, Cheryl Wheeler and Chely Wright. With appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and more.

Wednesday, Oct 13

Potato Dreams of America

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena and her gay son, Potato, escape into the fantasy world of pirated American movies, but soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order bride. Closely based on the directors childhood, Potato Dreams of America is one of those stories that prove that real life is often much stranger than fiction.

Preceded by FLEX; dir Matt Porter; 16 min
WAfter an unexpected breakup, Charles begins to explore the gray areas of his sexuality.

Thursday, Oct 14

Lola

When Lola, an 18-year-old transgender girl, learns that she will finally be able to have an operation, her mother dies. In order to respect her last wishes, Lola and her father are forced to go to the Belgian coast.

Preceded by ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY ; dir Marko Djeska; 13 min
While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship.

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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.

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PARKING

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

ATTEND

Tickets can be purchased online or at THE NEON. If you wish to sit together with friends/family, you'll need to purchase your tickets in one transaction - otherwise an empty seat will be placed between you and the next guest.

Please arrive before the screening is scheduled to begin. The festival reserves the right to resell any unclaimed tickets or empty seats at the scheduled start time for each screening. Any requests for refunds or exchanges must occur before the scheduled screening for the tickets you have already purchased.

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.

Westminster Financial
Greater Dayton LGBT Center
Human Race Theatre Company
Square One Salon & Spa
PFLAG Dayton
Marion's Piazza
Miami Valley Fair Housing

Additional sponsors include:
Ken Byers, Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle, Johnny, Kevin Moore & Scott Stoney, Paul Woodie and Chase Whiteside.