Queer nerds, rejoice! A dynamite roster of fans, creators and actors gather for an incisive discussion of the sometimes inspiring yet often troubled history of queer female representation on television. The film’s subjects beautifully articulate their frustrations and their ideas for better, more accurate, more inclusive visibility. Featuring interviews with Ilene Chaiken (THE L WORD), Angelica Ross (POSE), Stephanie Beatriz (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and more.
THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET / DIR. MORGAN JON FOX / 9 MIN
14yo Carey is going to his first dance, and his father’s mission to get the perfect picture is more difficult than expected.
BABY / DIR. JESSE LEVANDOV / 8 MIN
This queer love story follows a Dominican teenager in the Bronx on a Saturday afternoon.
MISDIRECTION / DIR. CARLY USDIN / 14 MIN
A chance encounter teaches Cam to open her heart to magical possibilities.
SWEETHEART DANCERS / DIR. BEN-ALEX DUPRIS / 14 MIN
A Two-Spirit couple rewrites the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the Sweetheart Dance.
THRIVE / DIR. JAMIE DI SPIRITO / 17 MIN
Two young men make a connection during a hookup, but it becomes apparent they’re looking for different things.
SWEATER / DIR. NICOLAS BORENSTEIN / 5 MIN
Corey’s day couldn’t be worse. Then he gets a free coffee.
SKIN / DIR. AUDREY ROSENBERG / 22 MIN
A queer teenager discovers a living cave that presents them with a new skin and a chance to explore their identity.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SHAVERS / DIR. CHRISTINA RADBURN / 6 MIN
Shines a light on gender and identity through its candid look at the way trans and gender-diverse people express and actualize their identity through facial hair.
Bridget, a young woman drifting aimlessly through life, contends with an unplanned pregnancy just as she lands a new job nannying the six-year-old daughter of affluent lesbian couple Maya and Annie. Unaccustomed to the emotional flexibility required to be part of someone else’s family, Bridget learns to make peace with her precocious new charge as she becomes embroiled in a growing tension between the two moms.
Preceded by GIRLS WEEKEND; dir Kyra Sedgwick; 11 min
A queer daughter (Ali Liebegott) returns home to Las Vegas for a “girls weekend” with her estranged homophobic sister and people-pleasing mother (Linda Lavin).
At the time of release, The Advocate dubbed 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge the gayest horror film ever made. For the film’s closeted young star, Mark Patton, such a tag was a stark reminder about the homophobia rampant in Hollywood at the time—and the painful experience he had making the high-profile film… which ended his acting career just as it was about to begin.