Do all Black lives matter – or only heterosexual Black lives? This is the question theater and film director Micheal Rice powerfully explores in this deep, necessary dive into the intertwined damage of racism and homophobia within Black communities. Brilliantly weaving together history and contemporary lived experience, Rice revisits gay civil rights icons James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin, interviews preachers and professors, and talks to Black trans youth.
Preceded by CANS CAN’T STAND; dir Matt Nadel & Megan Plotka; 19 min
Since 1982, police have weaponized Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law to terrorize queer/trans Louisianians. This doc follows a group of Black trans women in New Orleans who are fighting to repeal that law.
Joanna exists in a state of constant motion. In truth, she’s doing everything she can to outrun her own emotions and intense ADHD. The only time she’s at peace is in the water, swimming as if her life depends on it. Just as Joanna’s luck would have it, trouble at home and with finances leave her without the prescription that makes her symptoms manageable at exactly the same time an intriguing new girl appears at school.
Preceded by THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT; dir Fawzia Mirza; 11 min
All cards are on the table when a queer Pakistani Muslim woman brings her Puerto Rican partner home for the first time.
F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT B@¢K / DIR. HARRIS DORAN / 13 MIN
An aspiring rapper must outwit his vengeful day-job boss.
SPLIT SOLE / DIR. BARNABY BOULTON / 13 MIN
Two young men secretly express their feelings for each other through their love of dancing.
WORK / DIR. APRIL MAXEY / 13 MIN
Unable to move on from a recent breakup, Gabi impulsively drops into an old job where she runs into a friend from her past.
UNICORN / DIR. MATT PORTER / 14 MIN
A bisexual man meets a couple to explore the possibilities of life as a ‘unicorn:’ a drama free, emotionally non-threatening third person in their relationship.
CODE SWITCH / DIR. DAVIS ALEXANDER JAMES & MICHA / 5 MIN
A Black trans person navigates the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.
SMALL CONGRATULATIONS / DIR. JESSIE POSTHUMUS / 6 MIN
A queer writer tells the story of joining a women’s community hockey league to gain confidence and access to a community they deeply value.
HOW NOT TO DATE WHILE TRANS / DIR. NYALA MOON / 12 MIN
A break-the-fourth-wall, dark comedy that follows the dating life of a Black trans woman.
TANK FAIRY / DIR. ERICH RETTSTADT / 10 MIN
The magical Tank Fairy delivers tanks of gas (with plenty of sass) to the home of a lonely dreamer in need of a glittery godmother.
TROY / DIR. MIKE DONAHUE / 16 MIN
A darkly comedic tale about the unexpected consequences of unasked-for intimacy..