Schedule of Events
1:00 PM - Coming of Age Shorts at Brattle Theatre
In the middle of the winter in Northern-Norway and surrounded by a wild group of kids, a young boy's impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend.
Directed by Sverre Kvamme 10 m Norwegian Norway
Darren is determined to find a connection, no matter how many people he has to go through. Explore the day in the life of a queer, polyamorous relationship, in all it's awkward beauty.
Directed by Tony Clemente Jr 5 m English USA
I came out as transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.
Directed by Ben Lemaire 3 m French France
Jesse, an Iranian-American teenage girl, decides to tell her best friend, Roxanne, that she's in love with her.
Directed by Nate Trinrud 12 m English USA
Bo and Mei
A young Chinese immigrant stands up against the prejudices experiences externally and within their home.
Directed by Camille Nock 15 m English United Kingdom
Rejected for being FEMME, Carson journeys toward self-acceptance by way of a manic existential crisis and a drag queen fairy godmother.
Directed by Alden Peters 18 m English USA
Violet and June
Violet & June is a short film about falling in love, the terror of being alive in a cold heartless universe, and butts.
Directed by Linnea Ritland 7 m English Canada
When Jace's cousin, Dakota, visits for the weekend, Jace is more than a little annoyed. If his group of roughhousing friends discover that Dakota is transgender, the damage to Jace's reputation would be irreparable. When Dakota's transgender identity is finally revealed, Jace is confronted with a decision: betray his cousin or stand up to his friends and lose face in this small community.
Directed by Brian MacNeel 17 m English USA
One Boy, One Girl and her Stepbrother. A date goes wrong. This movie was made for the entrance examination at the Film Academy Baden - Württemberg. The examination was to create a movie under the topic "sexual determination" in only 72 hours time.
Directed by Arkadij Khaet 5 m German Germany
Louder Than Words
A budding romance blooms when a deaf dancer meets a talented musician.
Directed by Julio Dowansingh 17 m English USA
3:00 PM - Experimental Shorts at Brattle Theatre
Odysseus and the Oceanic Feeling
A queer contemporary reimagining of the Odyssey. Odysseus wracked with guilt for the loss of his crew returns home in search of a lost love.
Directed by Dakota Nanton 26 m English USA
Realism and representation are strained with rapid cutting and colored ink.
Directed by Edward Perkins 3 m USA
Mary Magdalene is a construct of personal, mythological and political projections of the fluid identity of the individual. This digital representation fragments, and layers the profile that is representative of multiple gender identities.
Directed by MM Serra 5 m English USA
from this side of space to the other side of the signal
Computer generated bodies and body parts glistening with video material generated via this system perform actions that queer the line between digital, physical and analog, homoeroticism and violence––entangled in a fragmented high-modernist grid.
Directed by Benjamin Rosenthal 10 m English USA
Dreams of the past become tangible as a man revisits the passions of his youth.
Directed by Duane Michals 8 m English USA
Out Back, Behind the Shrubs
A group of mask figures travel through a world unknown.
Directed by Kyle Mangione-Smith 3 m English USA
The Green Wardrobe
A hybrid of psychodrama and essay film that considers a series of recurring dreams that feature a book titled The Green Wardrobe. Through various attempts at trying to figure out what type of significance a book that only exists in my dream might have for me, as well as its potential to be exploited as a starting point for a personal mythology, ideas are formed then fall apart, revealing more of the same thing that is somehow completely different.
Directed by Frankie Symonds 44 m English USA
5:00 PM - Abu at Brattle Theatre
Arshad always knew he was different. Soon after emigrating from Pakistan to Canada with his family, Arshad realized he was gay. Merging clips from Bollywood films, animation, and home movies that capture awkward teen phases as well as significant life revelations, Arshad narrates his own cathartic journey, alongside his entire family's. With charming lyricism and a dash of good humor, director Arshad Khan shares a deeply personal story of self-discovery and familial reconciliation, as he explores the challenges that can threaten the bonds between children and their parents. ABU is an intimately open and dazzling visual memoir about the complex dynamic the filmmaker has with his father, who was at once extremely modern and also rigidly traditional and unaccepting of his son's true self.
7:00 PM - 1985 at Brattle Theatre
A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
9:30 PM - Berlin Drifters at Brattle Theatre
Koichi is a Japanese man living alone in Berlin. He has no job and hardly any friends. One night Koichi meets Ryota at a bar which is also a sex club. Ryota came to Berlin to visit a German guy whom he had “met” on a dating app. His high hopes for romance (and marriage?) were quickly crushed since the German was only interested in sex, not even letting Ryota stay for the night. That is why Ryota ended up spending the night in the dark room of the sex club.