FEATURE FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES

Accidental Activist: One couples Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter Mandi Wright) - Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer were simply looking to overturn the law that would allow them to adopt their children. But on the recommendation of a federal judge, the Hazel Park couple’s lawyers launched a frontal assault on the legal barrier that prevents them from jointly adopting — Michigan’s constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying. The case, which Free Press photographer/videographer Mandi Wright has been following from the outset, became the accelerant that would result in the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country in June 2015.

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Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things / Canada (Director and Screenwriter Michael Yerxa and Mark Kenneth Woods) - As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively 'unshaming' their past.

 

From Selma to Stonewall: Are we there yet? / U.S.A. (Director Marilyn Bennett) - A black, straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between the Black Civil Rights and the LGBTQ Equality movements of today.

 

The Lavender Scare / U.S.A. (Director Josh Howard) - With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

 

Landscapes / France (Vincent Fournier) - Four humble ladyboys working in the rubber tree forests at night, in the rice fields during the day, looking for a way to survive, exist and have the others accept them with their difference.

 

The Pursuit: 50 years in the Fight for LGBT Rights / U.S.A. (Director Ilana Trachtman) - The Pursuit is a reflection on the fight for LGBT rights, more than 50 years since protesters gathered in front of Independence Hall and called for an end to discrimination against homosexuals. Contrasting stories from LGBT experiences past and present, a complex and vibrant picture emerges that demonstrates both how far the community has come and how far there is left to go.

 

It’s Not Just Me / Australia (Director Jonathan Messer) - This film explores the lives of four Australian transgender men. We meet two of them on the first day of their gender transition as they begin their hormone treatments. The film explores the various aspects of gender transition, including the 'transitions' that those around them have to make as well.  Bathrooms, relationships, family and employment are all explored and the stories are told in different creative narrative ways such as; ethnographic and 'fly on the wall' as well as 'question and answer'.

 

Sin Verguenza / U.S.A. (Director Paco Farias) - Drama ensues when a member of the Salazar family is faced with HIV. The big question is, who has it and what does it mean to everyone around this person.

 

Public Intimacy / Brazil (Director Luciana Canton Screenwriters Alex Mountfort, Andreia Ferriello, Antonio Jorge Dantas, Biah Carfig, Bruna Lessa, Henrique Guimaraes, Jamile Tasso, Julio Silveril, Lucas Oranmian, Maira Sera, Rod Jubelini, Talita Contipelli, Yuri Bathista) - Public Intimacy is a movie about how we deal with sexuality and love on public and private levels. The four stories of 'Public Intimacy' deal with urgent and profound themes, like homofobia, prostitution, transsexuality and madness. 'Public Intimacy' proposes a cinema that is focused on its characters. They are an investigation that aim the core of our problems and their wish is to humanize the spectator. If movies have this power, to humanize, than they are already changing the world.