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7th Annual Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch

7th Annual Evan Lawson Filmmakers’ Brunch in conversation with Award-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author, Wally Lamb  Sunday, June 20th, 11:00 AM at Bubala’s By the Bay, 185 Commercial St. Provincetown Tickets: $275 – Individual $1000 – Co-Host (includes 2 tickets with VIP pre-brunch gathering, event recognition, and personally autographed books. Please give both guests’ first and last names at check-out.) $2500 – Host (includes 4 tickets with VIP pre-brunch gathering, event recognition, and “7th Annual Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch”

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A DAY WITHOUT YOU

On this day, Thomas must face the fact that he needs to move on from his relationship. But how? QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and NUDE TRIUMPHANT (8min).

A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY

A Story of Faith and Resolve: Boston’s Black Nativity, explores the rich artistic and cultural history of this majestic production, now in its 50th year. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

AILEY

An indelible portrait of a visionary artist and his life’s work, Jamila Wignot’s poetic, layered AILEY truly embodies the spirit of its remarkable subject, legendary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. Beautifully crafted from archival footage and narrated by the late Ailey himself (through the use of archival audio), this carefully-researched, meditative documentary allows us insight into the artistic genius’s personal history and creative process, while “AILEY”

ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man. SHORTS PROGRAM 3 Includes the short films: VICTORIA (8min), GIRLSBOYSMIX (7min), ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY (13min), BEFORE THE ERUPTION (11min), BODIES OF DESIRE (3min), KIND OF (8min), and THROUGH OUR EYES: APART (30min).

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BEANS

Tracey Deer’s autobiographical feature debut depicts a 12-year-old Mohawk girl forced to grow up quickly during the 1990 Oka crisis. Deer strikingly recreates a turbulent period in Canadian history, thoughtfully illuminating racism and discrimination toward indigenous people, but also the resilience of community and power of activism. With a touching emotional core and a fresh filmmaking voice, the powerful, resonant Beans tells the story of “BEANS”

BEAUTY MARKS

Ritchie begins to worry she shouldn’t have left her mother with a handsome drifter after wandering off with his unreliable daughter. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

BEING BEBE

With 15 years of unfettered and intimate access, BEING BEBE is a celebration of Queer Black Excellence that bears witness to the highs, lows, and dramatic evolution of one remarkable artist over time. Behind Bebe (the diva) is Marshall (the man). Being BeBe is a story of talent and perseverance. Based in Minneapolis, BeBe prepares for her first pageant (won by Alyssa Edwards), rises through “BEING BEBE”

BODIES OF DESIRE

Using Varsha Panikar’s poetry series by the same name Bodies of Desire captures four sets of lovers amid passion; to create a portrait of tender intimacy, of longing, of discovery, of desire, of embrace and care, and of profound companionship. SHORTS PROGRAM 3 Includes the short films: VICTORIA (8min), GIRLSBOYSMIX (7min), ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY (13min), BEFORE THE ERUPTION (11min), BODIES OF DESIRE “BODIES OF DESIRE”

BOY MEETS BOY

Two young gay men at a crossroads spend a summer day in Berlin together in Daniel Sanchez Lopez’s beautiful BOY MEET BOY. Evoking both Andrew Haigh’s Weekend and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, BOY MEETS BOY stands on its own. Grounded in a bracing authenticity and genuine chemistry between its leads, the film follows Harry and Johannes as they meet, hook up, and explore Berlin together “BOY MEETS BOY”

BREAK IN

What’s worse than writing erotic fiction about your crush? Accidentally texting it to her. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

BREUER’S BOHEMIA

Based on James Crump’s book of the same name, BREUER’S BOHEMIA immerses us in a vibrant period of mid-century modern design and culture as seen through the influential New England houses designed by Marcel Breuer for his circle of clients and friends. Through original research and interviews, the voices of principal characters from Breuer’s circle tell the story of his partnership with Walter Gropius and “BREUER’S BOHEMIA”

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CODA

Teenager Ruby, the only hearing member of her family, acts as their bridge to the hearing world while helping out at the family-run Gloucester, MA fishing business. After a new choirmaster at her school spots the shy Ruby’s vocal talent, she’s torn between her perceived duty to her close knit family and the possibility of chasing her own dream, one she fears they won’t understand. “CODA”

CONVERSATION WITH NATALIE MORALES – NEXT WAVE HONOREE

2021 Provincetown Film Festival Next Wave Honoree Natalie Morales is a spectacularly talented actor, director, writer, and activist. Her directorial debut LANGUAGE LESSONS (which won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW) in which she also stars can be seen here at PIFF. Natalie also directed the recent Hulu film PLAN B. Natalie’s acting credits include the Netflix series DEAD TO ME, HBO’s “CONVERSATION WITH NATALIE MORALES – NEXT WAVE HONOREE”

Conversation with Richard Linklater – Filmmaker on the Edge

It’s hard to imagine what the American film landscape would look like without Richard Linklater. Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Often his work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” definitively capturing the 20-something culture of his era and introducing many young actors to Hollywood who would, in turn, “Conversation with Richard Linklater – Filmmaker on the Edge”

COSMOPOLITAN

Jacob goes out, for the first time in his life, to a gay party, but discovers that his skin color prevents him from being accepted into the community. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and NUDE TRIUMPHANT “COSMOPOLITAN”

CRYPTOZOO

In this ambitious, trippy animated feature for adults, cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a mythical creature, but begin to wonder if it is right to showcase these rare beasts in captivity or if they should be allowed to exist hidden and unknown. Filmmaker/animator Dash Shaw does stunning, imaginative work creating the fantastical captivating work of Cryptozoo, as terrific performers like Lake Bell and Michael Cera give “CRYPTOZOO”

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DAVID

David needs help. So does David. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

DAVID’S FRIEND

DAVID’S FRIEND, the film, captures David’s Friend the acclaimed one-woman show by Nora Burns (and featuring Billy Hough), which attracted New York City’s A-list to the iconic La Mama Theater for sold out shows. It’s a special and fast-paced celebration of the special bond between straight women and gay men, set against the backdrop, and music, of 1980s New York. “A potent performance about the “DAVID’S FRIEND”

DEAR MR. BRODY

In 1970, hippie-millionaire Michael Brody Jr., the 21-year-old heir to a margarine fortune, announced to the world that he would give away his $25-million inheritance to anyone in need. For a frenzied few weeks, Brody and his young wife Renee ignited a psychedelic spiral of events. Fifty years later, an enormous cache of these letters were discovered—unopened. Award-winning director Keith Maitland (Tower) explores the incredible “DEAR MR. BRODY”

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

Join us for a special screening of the Netflix award-winning documentary, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. The award-winning team of Director Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON), producer Marilyn Ness and Co-Producer Maureen Ryan will join us in person for a pre-screening cocktail and Q&A. As his father nears the end of his life, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson uses her movie-making magic to stage darkly hilarious ways for him to “DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD”

DOLAPO IS FINE

A story about a young black girl’s relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

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ELEVEN WEEKS

Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long time wife, documents their final days and weeks together. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

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FARGO

Join us at the Wellfleet Drive-In for a special 25th anniversary screening of this Coen Brothers classic—a true crime story (or is it?) about an inept salesman caught up in events that quickly spiral out of control and the persistent, and very pregnant, police officer who closes in on him like a modern-day Jean Valjean. Visually stunning, with an Oscar winning screenplay by (Provincetown’s own!) “FARGO”

Filmmaker Celebration at Truro Vineyards

Join us at the beautiful Truro Vineyards to celebrate a significant milestone for two film artists who have deep ties to Provincetown and our Festival: producer Christine Vachon and writer/director/producer Daniel Minahan. Their collaborations began with the landmark independent film I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, which Christine produced and Dan co-wrote. Twenty-five years later they have partnered again to create the new Netflix series HALSTON, with “Filmmaker Celebration at Truro Vineyards”

FIRST LOVE

A drag show in a Parisian bar. The public can’t take its eyes off of the queen of the night, Cookie Kunty. But from the back of the room, Baptiste, her boyfriend, is perhaps watching her for the last time. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES “FIRST LOVE”

FISH

A fisherman embarks on a journey into his past. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

FORGOTTEN ROADS

Adrift after the passing of her husband, 70-year-old Claudina (Rosa Ramirez, in a mesmerizing performance) is forced to move in with her daughter in a small, remote Chilean town. As she settles in, Claudina avoids confronting her uncertain future by embracing routine, seemingly accepting her lot in life. But sometime awakens in her when she meets Elsa, her daughter’s confident neighbor. What starts as friendship “FORGOTTEN ROADS”

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GIVE OR TAKE

When a disillusioned New Yorker’s father dies, he goes home to Cape Cod and prepares the house for sale while sharing it with his father’s temperamental live-in boyfriend. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads, and negotiate how to remember the man they both loved, and the significance of what he left behind. Shot on location on Cape Cod, including scenes at the Wellfleet Drive-in! “GIVE OR TAKE”

GOLDEN AGE KARATE

A high school student helps a group of senior citizens get through a vulnerable time — by teaching them karate. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

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HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH

After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo – nothing will ever be the same between them. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and “HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH”

HOW IT ENDS

On the last day on earth, one woman (Zoe Lister-Jones) goes on a journey through the city of LA to make it to one last party before the world ends. Joined by her whimsical younger self, she struggles to make peace with past friends and foes before time runs out. Featuring an all-star cast including Helen Hunt, Olivia Wilde and Nick Kroll, HOW IT ENDS “HOW IT ENDS”

USA, 82 minutes, Directed by Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones
Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen

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IN THE HEIGHTS

Lights up on Washington Heights…the scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better “IN THE HEIGHTS”

IN THE SAME BREATH

The devastating and deeply personal In the Same Breath recounts the origin and spread of the novel coronavirus from the earliest days of the outbreak in Wuhan, China to its rampage across the United States. Director Nanfu Wang vividly depicts the parallel campaigns of misinformation waged by leadership and the devastating impact on citizens of both countries with personal insights, emotional, first-hand accounts and startling, “IN THE SAME BREATH”

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JUNIOR

An acclaimed Haitian musician struggles to keep the beat of his passion alive. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL 8(min).

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KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

When Kenny Scharf arrived in New York City in the early 1980s, he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. While Basquiat and Haring both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in NYC and the art world. Today, Scharf continues to follow his “KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE”

KIND OF

Two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship prepare to host brunch but end up hashing out their insecurities about the relationship in the minutes before their friends arrive. SHORTS PROGRAM 3 Includes the short films: VICTORIA (8min), GIRLSBOYSMIX (7min), ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY (13min), BEFORE THE ERUPTION (11min), BODIES OF DESIRE (3min), KIND OF (8min), and THROUGH OUR EYES: APART (30min).

KING PHILIP’S BELT: A STORY OF WAMPUM

For the first time in nearly 300 years, the Native-American Wampanoag tribes are weaving a new ceremonial wampum belt. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS 1 Includes the short films: LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (12min), PAP’S MANIFESTO (25min), SENIOR PROM (14min), KING PHILIP’S BELT: A STORY OF WAMPUM, and PROVINCETOWN 2020 – 36 SOLAR LIGHTS (8min).

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LANGUAGE LESSONS

When Adam’s (Mark Duplass) husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. But when tragedy strikes, his Spanish teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño—but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a “LANGUAGE LESSONS”

LEAP

In the flash of an instant an unexpected event takes place between two friends. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD

After a year apart, hopeless romantic, Adam, runs into his ex during a seaside vacation. Thoughtlessly entangling himself in a weeklong romance, Adam must decide whether to rekindle their flame or break free from the tumultuous relationship once and for all. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS 1 Includes the short films: LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (12min), PAP’S MANIFESTO (25min), SENIOR PROM (14min), “LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD”

LITTLE GIRL

7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a girl, even though she was born a boy. As society fails to treat her like the other children her age – in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties – her supportive family leads a fierce battle to make her understood and accepted for who she is. Award winning director Sébastien Lifshitz follows Sasha “LITTLE GIRL”

LUZZU

Jesmark, a Maltese fisherman, contends with a newfound leak in his wooden LUZZU boat. Barely getting by, he sees his livelihood—and a family tradition from generations before him—imperiled by diminishing harvests, a ruthless fishing industry, and a stagnating ecosystem. Desperate to provide for his wife and their newborn son, whose growth impediment requires treatment, Jesmark gradually slips into an illicit black-market fishing operation. First time “LUZZU”

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MA BELLE, MA BEAUTY

The realities of a polyamorous relationship anchors MA BELLE, MA BEAUTY, a France-set American indie. The European setting and jazzy feel of the film seem to underscore Marion Hill’s long association with New Orleans—and distinguish the film from what we’ve come to expect from many US independent films in look and feel. It’s a treat to see Hill’s characters, beguilingly played by an attractive group “MA BELLE, MA BEAUTY”

MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE

Thirteen-year-old Sammy is struggling to deal with the death of her mother. After acting out, she’s sent to a summer course, where a chance meeting with surly magician Margot (Rhea Perlman), eventually sparks an unlikely friendship. As the initially reluctant Sammy becomes Margot’s pupil, they help one another toward healing. Director Kate Tsang’s sensitive and whimsical debut feature delivers a touching coming-of-age story which is “MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE”

MELTDOWN IN DIXIE

In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. SHORTS PROGRAM 1 Includes the short films: MELTDOWN IN DIXIE (40min), SAY HIS NAME-5 DAYS FOR GEORGE FLOYD (22min), and TO BE RECONCILED (30min)

MI ARMA

A young drag queen from Andalusia exposes the difficulties of adding aspects of her homeland culture to her artistic expression. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and NUDE TRIUMPHANT (8min).

MOGUL MOWGLI

Riz Ahmed (2021 Oscar Best Actor nominee for Sound of Metal) shines in this semi-autobiographical story of an aspiring rapper that he co-wrote with director Bassam Tariq. Ahmed stars as Zed, a British-Pakastani rapper based in New York City. On the verge of a European tour, Zed returns to see his family in West London. While there, Zed is challenged by long standing tensions with “MOGUL MOWGLI”

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

Overlooked by much of history, inspirational legal trailblazer Pauli Murray finally gets a justly deserved celebration in this remarkable and artful ode to Pauli’s life and legacy by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Betsy West & Julie Cohen (RBG). Murray’s own writings and recordings permeate the film, allowing us to truly glimpse into this brilliant, pioneering force’s personal experiences while also bringing to light the tremendous influence of “MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY”

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NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100

This short documentary explores the life of renowned poet Naomi Replanksy as she celebrates her 100th year. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

NOOR & LAYLA

Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end for these two Muslim women, or is it just the beginning? QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

NOT GOING QUIETLY

When 32-year-old activist and father Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS and given four years to live, he finds himself in a deep depression, struggling to connect with his newborn son, whose presence reminds him of the future he will miss. But after a chance confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake goes viral, Ady decides to embark on a cross-country tour of America, using his final “NOT GOING QUIETLY”

NUDE TRIUMPHANT

Jay is trapped in the relentless City until he is forced to confront his relationship with Time and himself. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and NUDE TRIUMPHANT (8min).

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ON MY WAY

The unexpected arrival of a Nigerian migrant in the Belgian countryside shakes up the fragile daily life of two men living a secret relationship. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), COSMOPOLITAN (7min), and NUDE TRIUMPHANT (8min).

OUTSIDE

A homeless teen tries to befriend a suburban private-schooler while procuring him a bottle of booze. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

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PAP’S MANIFESTO

A widowed Gold Star Father, hell-bent on avenging his son’s death by truck bombing a mosque, struggles to complete his mission after he discovers his granddaughter hidden in his explosives. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS 1 Includes the short films: LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (12min), PAP’S MANIFESTO (25min), SENIOR PROM (14min), KING PHILIP’S BELT: A STORY OF WAMPUM, and PROVINCETOWN 2020 – “PAP’S MANIFESTO”

PIFFtalk: Conversation with Joey Soloway

Join us for a virtual conversation with television creator, showrunner, director and writer, Joey Soloway, on nonbinary and trans filmmakers. Soloway is the highest profile nonbinary individual in Hollywood, and created such award-winning and narrative changing shows as Transparent and is the author of the book, She Wants It: Desire, Power and the Toppling of the Patriarchy. “I think of being non-binary as a thought “PIFFtalk: Conversation with Joey Soloway”

PLAYING WITH SHARKS

A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, PLAYING WITH SHARKS, from award winning director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from “PLAYING WITH SHARKS”

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA is an autobiographical dark comedy about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to America. Highly original and divided into two distinct parts, director Wes Hurley has mined his childhood to reveal a fascinating story. Full of unexpected twists, the film is an immigrant’s take on the American Dream and “POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA”

USA, 95 minutes, Directed by Wes Hurley
Cast: Marya Sea Kaminski, Tyler Bocock, Lea DeLaria, Dan Lauria, Hersh Powers

PURE

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

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READY TO DIE

Haunted by visions of her traumatic past, a woman who lost her faith struggles to adapt to her new world views. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

RED RIVER ROAD

A family of four isolating against a pandemic virus that spreads through the internet and robs you of your ability to perceive reality–often violently–begins to unravel when they suspect one or all of them might be infected. This unsettling psychological thriller allows audiences to share in the family’s disorienting experience. Performed and filmed on Cape Cod by a real family during lockdown, RED RIVER ROAD “RED RIVER ROAD”

RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

After immigrating to New York City from Puerto Rico at age 5, Rita Moreno found success on Broadway and in Hollywood. Despite her numerous career achievements, she found herself continually offered roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, and subsequently paved the way for performers who refused to be pigeon-holed into such roles. In a career spanning more than seventy years, the phenomenal Rita Moreno is one “RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT”

ROADKILL

Tillie’s lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

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SEARCHERS

Pacho Velez’s funny, touching documentary SEARCHERS portrays a varied group of New Yorkers’ attempts to find love online in the midst of a pandemic. Focusing on subjects of all ages, races, genders and sexual preferences, Searchers highlights the hopes, the joys and the disillusionments that accompany the quest to find love, companionship or even just a satisfying hookup via dating apps in a film that “SEARCHERS”

SENIOR PROM

At an LGBTQ retirement home, the annual “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning- a celebration of the lives and legacies of resistance of the eldest queer generation. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS 1 Includes the short films: LET’S MEET AGAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (12min), PAP’S MANIFESTO (25min), SENIOR PROM (14min), KING PHILIP’S BELT: A STORY OF WAMPUM, and PROVINCETOWN 2020 – 36 “SENIOR PROM”

SHIT & CHAMPAGNE

In SHIT & CHAMPAGNE, San Francisco-based drag performer D’Arcy Drollinger stars as Champagne Horowitz Jones Dickerson White, a charismatic stripper who finds herself in danger after her fiancé and half-sister are both murdered. When the cops refuse to investigate, Champagne takes matters into her own perfectly manicured hands to find answers. In adapting her stage play of the same name to the big screen Dollinger “SHIT & CHAMPAGNE”

USA, 90 minutes, Directed by D'Arcy Drollinger
Cast: D’Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, Steven LeMay, Seton Brown, and Alaska Thunderfuck

SIREN’S TAIL

Roque was disoriented. They told him he was a human being and couldn’t become a mermaid. He didn’t understand what one thing had to do with another. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

SOMERVILLE FOR ALL

A dedicated group of community organizers, activists, and families fight to keep their once “undesirable” city from succumbing to the powers of gentrification. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

STORM LAKE

Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its fair share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Residents there confront a changing community as global forces threaten their precarious existence. Enter Pulitzer-prize winner Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper, The Storm Lake Times. Day-in and day-out, the Cullens deliver local news and biting editorials “STORM LAKE”

SUBLET

Michael, a travel columnist for The New York Times, arrives in Tel Aviv to write an article on the city. Having recently suffered a personal tragedy with his husband, he just wants to do his research and go home. But when he sublets an apartment from Tomer, a young film student, he finds himself drawn into the life of the city. The two men form “SUBLET”

SUMMER OF 85

The latest film by French auteur François Ozon plays like his response to Call Me By Your Name—his own account of two souls who find one another for a single season, and how that shaped a young man’s sexual identity going forward. But, of course, with signature Ozon twists. To capture the period details, Ozon shot the film on 16mm and paid great attention to “SUMMER OF 85”

SUMMER OF SOUL

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural “SUMMER OF SOUL”

SWAN SONG

Retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier) has given up on life from the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home. But when Pat gets word that a former client’s dying wish was for Pat to style her final hairdo, he sets out on an epic journey across Sandusky to confront the ghosts of his past—and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. With “SWAN SONG”

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THE CATCH

Set in a rural fishing community fighting to hold tight to its traditions as the world shifts around it, THE CATCH follows a troubled woman’s return to her estranged family in coastal Maine. With her lobsterman father fighting off an outside attempt to corporatize the local harbor, Beth and her ex-boyfriend make plans to hijack local drug runners and skip town. When the robbery at “THE CATCH”

THE DISASTER DREAMS

Gen Z teens from NYC recount their dreams and nightmares from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are brought to life through vivid animation. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD

Fifteen-year-old Björn Andrésen found his life forever changed after being cast in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 adaptation of Death in Venice and declared “the most beautiful boy in the world” by Visconti at the film’s premiere. Co-Directors Kristina Lindström & Kristian Petri carefully reveal the destructive and transformative effects of the boy’s sudden stardom and subsequent objectification. As their use of painstakingly edited archival footage immerses “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD”

THE TAILOR

A gender non-conforming person struggling to assert their identity unexpectedly finds courage in an aging master tailor. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM ONE Includes the short films: PURE (12min), THE TAILOR (16min), NOOR & LAYLA (13min), ELEVEN WEEKS (14min), LEAP (2min), BREAK IN (16min), ROADKILL (15min), and NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (6min).

THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

Filmmaker Ciara Lacy documents Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic, and her continued work towards justice for Hawaii’s native population. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL 8(min).

THROUGH OUR EYES: APART

A portrait of three resilient children navigating the complex emotional challenges of their parents’ incarceration as their families works to provide stability and support. SHORTS PROGRAM 3 Includes the short films: VICTORIA (8min), GIRLSBOYSMIX (7min), ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY (13min), BEFORE THE ERUPTION (11min), BODIES OF DESIRE (3min), KIND OF (8min), and THROUGH OUR EYES: APART (30min).

TO BE RECONCILED

Facing a zero-tolerance immigration system and the relentless threat of deportation, an undocumented immigrant in Minnesota reflects upon faith, recovery, redemption, and the likelihood of being separated from his family. SHORTS PROGRAM 1 Includes the short films: MELTDOWN IN DIXIE (40min), SAY HIS NAME-5 DAYS FOR GEORGE FLOYD (22min), and TO BE RECONCILED (30min)

TOVE

Zaida Bergroth’s lush biopic of Finnish artist Tove Jansson, creator of the beloved Moomins children’s characters, focuses on how her worldwide successes were accompanied by personal and artistic struggles. Anchored by Alma Pöysti’s spirited, charm-filled performance as the free-spirited bisexual artist, Tove vividly brings to the screen a woman who defied bourgeois norms to live a life of artistic and sexual freedom. “Tove has great “TOVE”

TRADE CENTER

The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 90s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus. QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: TRADE CENTER (8min), FIRST LOVE (10min), ON MY WAY (22min), A DAY WITHOUT YOU (4min),  HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (10min), MI ARMA (7min), “TRADE CENTER”

TRY HARDER!

In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class, and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams. The camera captures a diverse cohort of students in the hallways and classrooms as pressure intensifies to impress admissions officers with their report cards, test scores and overall “TRY HARDER!”

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VICTORIA

This is the story of a first meeting and, at the same time, of a reunion. It’s the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time. SHORTS PROGRAM 3 Includes the short films: VICTORIA (8min), GIRLSBOYSMIX (7min), ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY (13min), BEFORE THE ERUPTION (11min), BODIES OF DESIRE (3min), KIND OF (8min), and THROUGH OUR EYES: APART (30min).

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WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR

A lonely teen struggling to find connection looks to the mysterious promise of the World’s Fair Challenge, the internet’s scariest horror game. Once initiated into this uncertain new world, Casey uploads evidence of her altered sense of self and experience to share with the online community, finding a captivated audience in one mysterious fellow player. Director Jane Schoenbrun, well-versed in internet culture and mythology, creates “WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR”

WHITE SPACE

Four women of color who grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, reflect on what it takes to navigate white spaces and share stories of inner strength, fear, paranoia, and resilience. NEW ENGLAND SHORTS PROGRAM TWO Includes the short films: FISH (11min), READY TO DIE (9min), WHITE SPACE (12min), A STORY OF FAITH AND RESOLVE: BOSTON’S BLACK NATIVITY (11min), OUTSIDE (14min), and SOMERVILLE FOR ALL (17min).

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YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY

Narrated by Zachary Quinto, the story of Ric Weiland’s life and legacy can be measured in incredible milestones. As one of the first employees at Microsoft, he became wealthy and influential at an early age. Out and proud since the 70’s, Ric was a champion of gay rights. During his life, he donated more than 20 million dollars to fund more than 60 non-profit organizations. “YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY”