Eight new films spanning the rainbow of LGBT experience — including a Sundance prize-winner, a campy comedy and two documentaries about transgender people — are being screened at the 20th annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Friday through Sunday at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
“Over the years there’s become a greater awareness of the diversity of the community and I think that’s represented in the festival,” Cinema co-director Dylan Skolnick said.
Receptions and music performances are scheduled throughout the weekend.
THE FEELS (2017)
Seven friends at a bachelorette weekend getaway trade quips, revelations and partners, in a film Variety called a “sapphically tilted variation on ‘Big Chill’-type dramedy” with an emphasis on “shaggy humor.”
A VERY SORDID WEDDING (2017)
A Texas Bible belt town gets its first taste of gay, interracial marriage in a broad, campy comedy featuring colorful characters and numerous subplots.
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (2017)
In this Netflix documentary, transgender activist Victoria Cruz uncovers details about the mysterious death of Johnson, a leader of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion who was found dead in 1992 in the Hudson River. The police ruled Johnson’s death a suicide, but foul play was suspected, prompting protests by Manhattan’s gay, lesbian and transgender communities.
CHAVELA (2017, Spanish with English subtitles)
The film centers on a 1991 interview with gender-bending Ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, a recovering alcoholic who made a triumphant comeback as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner, and muse to Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar.
SIGNATURE MOVE (2017, in Spanish and English)
A Pakistani Muslim woman and a Mexican-American woman fall in love, derailing family expectations, in a film Variety called “a lightweight but likable cross-cultural lesbian romance.”
BEACH RATS (2017)
Eliza Hittman won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s directing award for this character study about a 19-year-old Coney Island man leading a double life, dating a young woman and at night secretly hooking up online with older men. Rogerebert.com called the film “a potent blend of eroticism, pent-up feelings and good old-fashioned appreciation of beauty.”
HAPPINESS ADJACENT (2017)
A shipboard romance blossoms between two men — one recovering from a breakup, the other a bisexual vacationing with his wife. Is this just a holiday fling or the start of something more?
TOM OF FINLAND (2017)
A documentary recounts the life and loves of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings helped shape the fantasies of a generation of gay men.
WHAT The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
WHEN|WHERE Friday-Sunday, Oct. 13-15, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.,
INFO 631-423-3456, cinemaartscentre.org
TICKETS $10-$20, $55-$75 festival pass