Independent Spirit Award winning actress, Mya Taylor (TANGERINE) will be honored with the Festival’s Next Wave Award in special conversation together with award-winning filmmaker, PJ Raval (CALL HER GANDA). The Next Wave Award recognizes artists who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Past honorees include Aubrey Plaza, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jillian Bell.  STAGE MOTHER, “SPECIAL EVENT/NEXT WAVE AWARD CONVERSATION WITH MYA TAYLOR”


When conservative, Texas church-choir director Maybelline (Jacki Weaver) inherits her recently deceased son’s drag club, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving alone to San Francisco to save the club from bankruptcy. In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother-figure to the club’s flamboyant performers… until “STAGE MOTHER”


Seeking direction and purpose, Milo (Molly Bernard) rashly decides to become a surrogate and egg donor for an older gay man (Patrick Breen) she meets in a New York bar. However, as Milo becomes increasingly attached to him, she starts leveraging the pregnancy as a means of staying embedded in his life and the lines between surrogate, friend and partner get blurred. From first-time queer “MILKWATER”


Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature but few know the man behind the larger than life label. HOUSE OF CARDIN is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, chronicling the life and design of Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin granted directors P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes exclusive access to his archives and his empire, and unprecedented interviews at the “HOUSE OF CARDIN”


  His novel Answered Prayers was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece, an epic portrait of NYC’s glittering jet-set society. Instead, it sparked his downfall.  Through never before heard audio archive and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, this intimate documentary reveals the rise and fall of America’s most iconic gay writer. “As a black gay man who grew up in Northern Florida, I “CAPOTE TAPES, THE”


FISH & MEN exposes the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy and the forces threatening local fishing communities and public health by revealing how our choices as consumers drives the global seafood trade. But, a new movement is underway – an opportunity to return sustainability to both fish and fishermen. Thriving on local communities, pioneering fishermen and celebrated chefs are leading “FISH AND MEN”


At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The lives and sentiments of three artists (PIFF 2017 Next Wave Honoree Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon) interlock and are pushed to provocative limits in this enthralling drama. Writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine lures us into a tense and intrepid tale of gender “BLACK BEAR”


Artist Mischa Richter (whose photograph of Amy Winehouse graced the cover of her album Back to Black before making its way into London’s National Portrait Gallery) debuts his first documentary feature, a poetic meditation on his native Provincetown, Massachusetts—the free-spirited community his artist family has called home for nearly 100 years—through conversations with its resilient and at times eccentric inhabitants, from pilgrims and fishermen to drag queens “I AM A TOWN”