2nd LGBTQIA Film Festival

Last year NOGLSTP@Purdue organized the first LGBTQIA Film Festival.
In the hopes of creating a tradition we have once again selected a wide variety of films from all over the world (Iran, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the USA), dealing with the struggles and triumphs that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Allied individuals, from different ethnic/racial backgrounds face in their daily lives in different parts of the globe.
The films explore intersections between faith, race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity in a variety of genres and settings: comedy, horror, drama, documentary, thriller and short films.

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

3:00-4:25 pm Nate & Margaret (USA, Ally/Gay, Comedy/Drama) LILY 3118

Nate, a 19 year old film student, and Margaret, a 52 year old spinster, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way… until Nate’s audacious classmate Darla sets him up on a date with James. Nate’s new life shakes apart his friendship with Margaret, who goes off on her own to start a career as a stand-up comedian.

4:30-6:00 pm Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years(Germany, Lesbian, Documentary) LILY 3118

This unique film documents the time that Black feminist icon Audre Lorde spent in Berlin between 1984 and 1992. A period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. She also challenged white feminists to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.

6:00-7:40 pm Dinner Break

7:40-7:55 pm Lament (Lamúria) (Brazil, Gay, Drama/Short) LILY 3118

Bruno is assigned the task of composing a poem for his literature class. The construction of his verses runs through a journey of self-investigation in an attempt to declare his feelings for his teacher.

8:00-9:30 pm Facing Mirrors (Iran, FTM Trans, Drama) LILY 3118

Set in contempoary Iran, FACING MIRRORS is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. Although Rana is a traditional wife and mother, she is forced to drive a cab to pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison. By chance she picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who is desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country. At first Rana attempts to help, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arises.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

6:00-7:15 pm I Am (India, Lesbian/Gay, Documentary) BRNG 2280

I Am chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense.

7:20-7:30 pm 33 Teeth (USA, Gay, Comedy/Short) BRNG 2280

Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy living alone with his mother in the suburbs. One day after school, he accidentally spies on his attractive older neighbor, Chad, as he steps out of the shower and measures himself with a red comb. Not long afterward, Eddie is the victim of a verbal slur by Chad’s friend Tim. This inspires Eddie to enact some creative retaliation.

7:35-7:45 pm 33 Putting the “i” in Trans (Canada, Trans, Comedy/Short) BRNG 2280

On June 27, 2011, the Toronto Star newspaper ran an article titled “Gay Activism Makes Comeback.” They just didn’t exactly proofread it. Filmed on location at the 2011 Trans Pride March in Toronto, Canada.

7:50-9:30 pm White Frog (USA, Gay/Ally, Drama) BRNG 2280

After the death of his popular brother Chaz (Harry Shum Jr. ), Nick (BooBoo Stewart), who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, struggles to carry on. Nick’s parents have their own problems coping with the loss, but Chaz’s best friend Randy (Gregg Sulkin) takes Nick under his wing. As Chaz’s family comes to understand his secret life, they will be forced to reconcile the boy they thought they knew with the man he really was. WHITE FROG is a universal story of the power of family, friendship and love positioned to appeal to a broad audience.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

6:00-7:35 pm TRANS (USA,Trans, Documentary) BRNG 2280

TRANS is an extraordinary documentary feature about men and women, and all the variations in between. It is about the Transgender Community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Stories of confusion and courage, excitement and emotion that have never been told, until now. To anyone who has ever looked in a mirror and wondered, “who they really are?” TRANS ask another question, “are you brave enough to find out?”

7:40-7:45 pm Flyers (USA, Lesbian, Short) BRNG 2280

A street flyer leads to a surprising discovery.

7:50-9:25 pm Elliot Loves (USA, Gay, Comedy/Drama) BRNG 2280

Elliot is handsome and charismatic, but unlucky in love. He can’t seem to hold down a relationship for more than a few weeks. The problem isn’t due to a lack of effort on his part — Elliot falls in love easily and devotes himself entirely to his male companions. Why is it, then, that none of the hunky guys that he attracts seem to desire the same level of commitment? As Elliot’s heart is repeatedly broken in the present, the film flashes back to situations in the past that fueled his need for a dependable partner. Elliot Loves delivers a consistent optimism that stays true to the characters and a refreshingly light-hearted touch.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

6:00-7:40 pm The Wise Kids (USA, Ally/Gay, Drama) WTHR 104

In this highly acclaimed drama, gay teen Tim and his two best friends Laura and Brea spend their last summer before college grappling with their feelings about the fundamentalist Baptist beliefs of their families, and prepping for the Passion Play at their church. Preacher’s daughter Brea is having a crisis of faith while Laura quotes Leviticus to Tim.Tim draws strength from the support of his PFLAG Dad as he copes with the twists and turns of late adolescence — including a complex relationship with the church drama teacher who struggles with his own sexuality. The Wise Kids is one of those rare films that both transcend and embody the label “gay film.”  The story resonates intensely with gay viewers while simultaneously offering a universal story of immediate emotional impact to all audiences.

7:45-8:05 pm Slow Burn (Canada, Lesbian, Comedy Short) WTHR 104

In this hyper-stylized western set against a winterscape, a mysterious girl with a criminal past wants to make a fresh start and decides to symbolize this decision by getting her very first tattoo. She meets two tattoo artists who are immediately smitten with her, and in the time-honoured tradition of the western, the artists battle each other in a duel for the right to design the tattoo.

8:10-8:25 pm Transforming Family (Canada, Trans, Documentary/Short) WTHR 104

Transforming FAMILY” jumps directly into an ongoing conversation among trans people about parenting. It’s a beautiful snapshot of current issues, struggles and strengths of transexual, transgender and gender fluid parents (and parents-to-be) in North American society today.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

6:00-7:30 pm Melting Away (Israel, MTF Trans, Drama) BRNG 2280

This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down. Instead of a “son”, the detective finds a woman who earns her pay dancing at gay cabarets. Will the daughter now manage to overcome the past and forgive her parents? Will the parents be able to adapt to their new daughter?

For the first time in the history of Israeli cinema, a feature film dealing with parents coping with their transgendered child. “Melting Away” has been conceived after the brutal murder at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center and the deep shock felt by Doron Eran, director, and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe after hearing of parents refusing to visit their injured kids at the hospital.

7:35-7:55 pm Eu Náo Quero Voltar Sozinho(Brazil, Gay, Drama/Short) BRNG 2280

Leonardo’s life, a blind teenager, changes completely with the arrival of Gabriel, a new student at his school. At the same time, he will have to deal with the advances of his friend Giovana and try to understand the feelings that Gabriel has awoken inside of him.

8:00-9:55 pm Jack and Diane (USA, Lesbian, Drama/Horror) BRNG 2280

Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

6:00-7:00 pm Positive Youth (USA/Canada, Queer, Documentary) WTHR 104

Positive Youth is a one hour television documentary which follows four HIV+ positive youth (late teens to 27) in four different N. American cities in Cinema vérité style. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth transmission rate still the highest? We have seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? We aim to feature accessible and inspirational individuals and the often-rocky road that they’ve traveled to get here. Each of the four subjects have been selected to create a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive today. Medical and psychological experts weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to the reality of living positively.

7:05-9:00 pm Loose Cannons (Italy, Gay, Comedy) WTHR 104

LOOSE CANNONS, a heartwarming comedy about family, business and coming out. Tommaso visits his family in Southern Italy, planning to announce his new plans to be a writer rather than take over the family’s pasta-making business – as well as tell his family that he’s gay. But his older brother, Antonio, beats him to the punch and unexpectedly comes out of the closet himself – and literally gives their father a heart attack! Now Tommaso is left with a distraught family and a business to run, and stuck playing the dutiful son — until the unexpected arrival of his boyfriend and their gay friends threatens to upend everything. Will Tommaso have to choose between family and true happiness?

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

1:00-2:45 pm Beauty (South Africa, Gay/Bisexual, Drama) LILY 3118

Francois (Deon Lotz) is a dutiful husband and father but finds himself going through the motions of a loveless marriage while harboring a life-long secret. His sexual urges rise to the surface around a charming family friend, Christian (Charlie Keegan). Francois soon embarks on a dark, unwavering journey of obsession that leads to a shocking and graphic conclusion. Winner of the prestigious Queer Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Beauty is affecting, compelling and intense - a true must-see.

WARNING: “Beauty” features violent scenes of graphic nature. A discussion about same-sex rape and sexual assault will be led by B.E.A.R. (Boilers Educating Against Rape) after the screening.

3:15-4:45 pm Cloudburst (Canada, Lesbian, Comedy/Drama) LILY 3118

This hilarious foul-mouthed, lesbian road movie co-stars Oscar®-winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as Dot and Stella, a crackerjack lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry.Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life’s ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind.Dotty’s prudish granddaughter, Molly (played by Genie Award-winner Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s a last-gap bid to stay together.En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle – after three decades, can they keep their family together?