Award-winning feature films showcasing the diversity of modern LGBT life, seasoned with humor, true crime and out-gay star turns, provide the sizzle, sass and snap at this year’s Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
“Compared to the past two or three years when the festival was somewhat serious, this year we’re going back to having a good time,” says festival director Steve Flynn of Huntington. Eleven features and more than a dozen shorts will provide fodder for film chat at a gala reception, a cocktail party and a Sunday bagel breakfast — the latter with entertainment by The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus.
Here are festival highlights:
Women Who Kill
(Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.)
The feature film debut of Brooklynite and NYU film school graduate Ingrid Jungermann won the Tribeca Film Festival best screenplay juried award. The writer-director stars as the co-host of a true-crime drama podcast, who is romancing a woman who may be a serial killer.
(Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:15 p.m.)
Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned in this crowdfunded revenge comedy. Roy Matlock, aka Bianca Del Rio, who won season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” plays a fired teacher who returns to a Texas school disguised in “mean lady” drag and armed with snappy put-downs. With Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho and RuPaul.
(Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.)
This coming-of-age, coming-out documentary — four years in the making — follows a transgender teen’s struggles for acceptance with a sometimes intolerant mom. The screening will be followed by a reception.
Bear City 3
(Saturday at 9 p.m.)
Life gets hairier still in the third and final outing of the LGBT film circuit fave set in the gay bear subculture, with a hirsute couple expecting a baby, and a documentary in the works.
Women He’s Undressed
(Sunday at 2:15 p.m.)
Celebrated director Gillian Armstrong helms a documentary about a fellow Australian, famed Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly. The gay designer dressed stars for 282 motion pictures including Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot.”
Strike a Pose
(Sunday at 4 p.m.)
This documentary from The Netherlands catches up with the seven male dancers who backed up Madonna on her controversial “Blonde Ambition” tour and in 1991’s accompanying film “Truth or Dare.”
(Sunday at 8:15 p.m.)
The festival’s “guilty pleasure,” according to Flynn, is a true crime tale of rival pornographers, a rising adult film star and murder. Garrett Clayton, formerly of Disney TV’s Teen Beach Movie franchise, plays Sean Paul Lockhart, aka gay real life erotic film star Brent Corrigan. The cast includes Hollywood veterans James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone.
WHAT The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
WHEN | WHERE Oct. 14-16 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
INFO $15 select films, $10 other individual screenings, $75 all-festival pass; 631-423-7611, liglff.org