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  • THE NEW GIRLFRIEND / Une Nouvelle Amie

    Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 8pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    From the director of In the House, Potiche, Under the Sand, Swimming Pool

  • TANGERINE
    Presented by Sundance Institute

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 7:00pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Post-film discussion with producer Darren Dean

  • BOULEVARD

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 7:30pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Principal Cast: Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire

  • MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW

    Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 8:30pm - Black Box Theatre
    Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2014 BFI London Film Festival

  • EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

    Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 10:30pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    From the director of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover; The Pillowbook;

  • NAZ & MAALIK

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 10:00am - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

  • MISFITS

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 10:15am - Black Box Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 Berlin International Film Festival

  • PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 12:00pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

  • IN THE GRAYSCALE

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 12:15pm - Black Box Theatre
    Principal Cast: Emilio Edwards, Francisco Celhay, Sergio Hernández

  • FOURTH MAN OUT

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 2:00pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Principal Cast: Parker Young, Evan Todd, Jon Gabrus, Chord Overstreet, Kate Flannery, Jennifer Damiano

  • OUT IN THE NIGHT

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 2:30pm - Black Box Theatre
    Official Selection: 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

  • GAME FACE

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 4:30pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Winner: Audience Award for Best Documentary—2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival

  • The Summer of Sangaile / Sangaïlé

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 5:00pm - Black Box Theatre
    Winner: Best Director World Cinema Dramatic—2015 Sundance Film Festival

  • HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm - Black Box Theatre
    Winner: Audience Award for Best International Feature—2015 Film Out San Diego

  • CUT SNAKE

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 9:30pm - Black Box Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 Miami International Film Festival, 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

  • ADDICTED TO FRESNO

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 10:00pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Principal Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Malcolm Barrett

  • WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 11:00am - Black Box Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2015 Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

  • MIRCO

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 11:30am - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    North American Premiere - Official Selection: 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival

  • XENIA

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 1:00pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Winner: Q Hugo Award for Best Feature—2014 Chicago International Film Festival, Special Jury Award—2014 Gijón International Film Festival

  • LIZ IN SEPTEMBER

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 1:15pm - Black Box Theatre
    Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature—2015 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

  • The New Man / El Hombre Nuevo

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 3:30pm - Black Box Theatre
    Winner: Teddy Award for Best Documentary—2015 Berlin International Film Festival

  • TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

    Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 5:30pm - Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

THE NEW GIRLFRIEND / Une Nouvelle Amie

Friday @ 8:00pm
July 10, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

 

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges

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Directed by François Ozon
108 min | 2014 | France | Rated R
Presented in French with English subtitles.
Principal Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz

 

Director François Ozon’s latest film (previous films include Potiche and Swimming Pool) is a taut psychological drama about a woman who learns that the husband of her deceased friend is harboring a secret that will ultimately change the course of both of their lives.

Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) have been best friends since childhood; their intertwined lives are revealed through a wonderfully paced montage of highlights from their youth to the present day, where their relationship remains stronger than ever. Sadly, shortly after giving birth, Laura falls ill and dies. On Laura’s deathbed, Claire vows to take care of the newborn child and Laura’s husband, David (Romain Duris).

During an impromptu visit, Claire discovers David dressed in one of Laura’s old dresses and wearing a blonde wig and makeup. After first lying to Claire that it was an effort to calm his young daughter, Lucie, David reveals his secret: he has had a lifelong compulsion to dress as a woman that abated when he married Laura and has nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

Claire’s initial shock and disgust slowly evolve into compassionate understanding and support for David’s desire to live as Virginia. Before long, Claire finds herself complicit in both enabling David’s secret life as Virginia and shielding it from the world, including her husband, Gilles.

Ozon’s tight and masterful directing is complemented by outstanding performances from Duris and Demoustier, who explore the complexity of gender and sexual identity in this wonderfully entertaining film.

Winner: Sebastiane Award—2014 San Sebastian Film Festival; Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, 2015 OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, 2015 Provincetown Film Festival, 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, Framelin39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival


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TANGERINE
Presented by Sundance Institute

Saturday @ 7:00pm
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Sean Baker
88 min | 2015 | USA | Rated R
Principal Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, Alla Tumanian, James Ransone

 
*Post-film discussion with producer Darren Dean and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper.

Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is furious after hearing that her pimp boyfriend has been unfaithful while she was in jail during the past month. The trans working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (Mya Taylor), go stomping around Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to get to the bottom of the rumor, while also promoting Alexandra’s upcoming singing gig. Their odyssey leads them through various subcultures—including an ensemble cast of self-promoting, wannabe stars, fellow hoes, and a very non-Kardashian Armenian family.

During its debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Tangerine earned a great deal of attention because it was shot entirely on iPhones. The resulting grainy, highly saturated, filtered look provides a point of view that feels intimate and familiar to anyone with a smartphone. This approach also allowed the filmmakers to shoot clandestinely, leaving a very small footprint in a city that is full of filmmaking (the Golden Globe ceremony was taking place five blocks from the donut shop where the pivotal pimp confrontation scene takes place).

Tangerine’s charming, mostly amateur cast members paid their own ways to attend the midnight Sundance screenings, and their camaraderie is appealing both on and off screen. This one-of-a-kind film defies expectations and delights at every turn.

Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival


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BOULEVARD

Sunday @ 7:30pm
July 12, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

 

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Dito Montiel
87 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire

Middle-aged banker Nolan leads a seemingly normal and comfortable life with all the trappings: he has a successful career, a loving wife, a nice home, and a best friend who keeps things exciting. After a visit to his unresponsive father who lives in an assisted-living retirement home, Nolan deviates from his usual routine and drives through his town’s red-light district, where a young man, Leo, steps in front of his car. Leo turns out to be a street hustler who asks Nolan to give him a ride; Nolan obliges and ends up paying the young man for his company, rather than sex.

After the encounter with Leo, Nolan’s orderly life begins to unravel. His strained relationship with his wife becomes more obvious, and a potential promotion at work falls through when he bumps into his boss while he is out for dinner with Leo. Combined with his feelings for Leo, these stressful situations lead Nolan to confront his sexuality and make some difficult choices.

Dito Montiel’s well-crafted film (he previously directed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) is anchored by a stellar performance from Robin Williams in his final on-screen role. His sensitive portrayal of Nolan explores the character’s inner turmoil in a way that makes the audience understand and empathize with his emotional struggle.

Official Selection: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Frameline38: San Francisco International LBGTQ Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

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MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW


Friday @ 8:30pm
July 10, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Shonali Bose
100 min | 2014 | India | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu

 

Director Shonali Bose’s film about a young woman with cerebral palsy on a journey of self-discovery that takes her from India to New York City is delightful and surprising.

Laila is an adventurous, yet wheelchair-bound, 16-year-old, whose life is strikingly similar to that of any teenager. She shares a bedroom with her younger brother, and her loving parents are anything but overprotective, encouraging her to develop a sense of freedom that allows her to interact with everyone without any trace of self-consciousness. However, she is naïve in the ways of romance.

After being rejected by the lead singer of the band she writes songs for, Laila drops out of school and receives a timely acceptance letter to go to school in New York City. While settling into new surroundings and finding a new sense of freedom, Laila meets a fellow student and a blind activist who takes her to places she has never been.

With a stellar performance by Kalki Koechlin, Margarita, with a Straw demonstrates that connection is possible regardless of nationality, gender, or ability.

Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2014 BFI London Film Festival


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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO


Friday @ 10:30pm
July 10, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Peter Greenaway
105 min | 2015 | Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Belgium, France | Not Rated
Presented in English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Principle Cast: Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Rasmus Slätis, Jakob Öhrman, Maya Zapata

 

In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film, privately funded by American pro-Communist sympathizers headed by the American writer Upton Sinclair. The film will become Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives in the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide, Palomino Cañedo, he vulnerably opens himself up to the ties between Eros and Thanatos—sex and death—happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

Peter Greenaway’s film explores the mind of a creative genius through 10 passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the iconic masters of cinema. Scene by scene, the film draws closer to Eisenstein the man, who finds himself surprised by unexpected desire.

Nominated: 2015 Golden Berlin Bear Award, 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Official Selection: 2015 Seattle International Film Festival


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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

Festival passes and VIP packages offer you the best access to the festival – view char below for perks of each level.
 
 

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1 Ticket to Opening Night Film, The New Girlfriend Included Includes
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10 Tickets of your choice to DTH Festival Film Screenings
   (use all 10 yourself or share them with friends)
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Free entry and complimentary drinks at 2015 DTH official after-parties (21+ only)

  • Friday, July 10, 9pm: The Sun Trapp, 102 S 600 W
  • Sunday, July 11, 9pm: Club Jam, 751 N 300 W
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Pass Holder Happy Hour & Tangerine Producer Meet-and-Greet

    Saturday, July 11 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the DTH Lounge. Complimentary food and beverages provided by Laziz Middle Eastern Spreads and Uinta Brewing.
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    Sunday, July 12 from 5pm to 7:15pm in the DTH lounge. Complimentary food and beverages provided by Laziz Middle Eastern Spreads and Uinta Brewing.
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    Red Rock Brewing Company (245 S 200 W)

    • Receive 1 free appetizer or 1 free dessert with the purchase of two entrees. Must show ticket/ticket stub or DTH pass to redeem offer during the festival weekend, July 10th-July 12th.
    Squatters (147 W Broadway)

    • Receive a 10% discount on a food item or non-alcoholic beverage. Must show ticket/ticket stub of DTH pass to redeem offer during festival weekend, July 10th-July 12th
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NAZ & MAALIK

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Saturday @ 10:00am
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Jay Dockendorf
86 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Curtiss Cook Jr., Kerwin Johnson Jr.

 

Director Jay Dockendorf’s impressive feature-film debut explores privacy, sexuality, and religious freedom in this story of a day in the life of two gay, black, Muslim teens from Brooklyn.

Naz and Maalik are best friends who are planning to spend the day hustling on the street and in the subways selling lottery tickets, religious cards, and snacks to raise money to pay for college. Their time together is filled with conversations about life, love, family, and religion. At one point, they cross paths with an undercover NYPD officer, who puts them on the radar of an FBI agent, who proceeds to dig into their lives.

This unconventional and unique love story about two young men struggling with their feelings for each other brings seldom-seen characters to the screen. Naz & Maalik exudes realism and provides a glimpse into the life of a rarely depicted neighborhood and segment of society.

Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival


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MISFITS


Saturday @ 10:15am
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Jannik Splidsboel
74 min | 2015 | Denmark/Sweden | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu

 

Danish filmmaker Jannik Splidsboel illuminates the lives of three teenagers growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a heartfelt story that portrays family bonds, poverty, survival, love, and the consequences of coming out as young LGBT people in the Bible Belt.

With a population of 400,000, Tulsa has a remarkable 4,000 churches. Larissa, Ben, and D are all members of Tulsa’s only LGBT Youth Center. They and other young people live on the fringes of Tulsa society because of their decision to acknowledge their sexuality openly, though there are some who have the support of their friends and family.

Using very little narration and an observational approach, Splidsboel creates individual portraits of the three young people as they try to live their lives, embrace their gender identities, and love and be loved in an environment pervaded by religious fundamentalism.

Official Selection: 2015 Berlin International Film Festival


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PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST


Saturday @ 12:00pm
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler
84 min | 2015 | Canada | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Diane Flacks, Carolyn Taylor, Caroline Gillis, Shoshana Sperling, Dawn Whitwell, Vanessa Dunn

 

When Elsie was 16, she was scorned by her first love, and, utterly heartbroken, vowed never to be dumped again. What better way to accomplish this than always to be the dumper?

Now a 40-something lesbian and an accomplished breakup artist, Elsie leaves her long-standing girlfriend to pursue a younger woman, only to discover that her new love interest may not be interested in dating, let alone getting involved in a relationship with her. As the winds of change erode her group of friends and her job, Elsie finds she needs to reexamine her relationship—with Elsie.

Toronto is the backdrop for this down-to-earth romantic comedy about a woman forced to confront herself and the possibility that she broke up with the one person she was meant to be with. Quirky, sincere, and effortlessly funny, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is a portrait of life, love, and dating in the landscape of our generation’s increasingly transactional human connections.

Complemented by an energetic pop-punk soundtrack, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist has been popping up on numerous lists of must-see LGBT films this year.

Official Selection: 2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival


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IN THE GRAYSCALE


Saturday @ 12:15pm
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Claudio Marcone
101 min | 2015 | Chile | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Principal Cast: Emilio Edwards, Francisco Celhay, Sergio Hernández

 

Bruno is a 35-year-old architect who has a perfect life. He is married to his college girlfriend, has a son, a nice house and car, and owns a successful architecture firm. Though, he seems to have everything, he realizes he needs to find himself—he is in the grayscale. One day, in the midst of an early midlife crisis, Bruno decides to separate from his wife to give himself space and time for self-discovery.

In need of focus and reflection, Bruno jumps at an opportunity to build an iconic landmark in Chile’s capital, Santiago. His life turns upside down when he meets Fernando, a local historian who will be his city guide. A subtle, yet definite, attraction between the pair slowly evolves as they spend their days together exploring the city. It is the beginning of an unexpected, intense, and passionate romance, which awakens new possibilities for Bruno but also threatens to prove costly for him and his family

Claudio Marcone’s feature debut explores a rare mix of innocence and sexuality between two people who are genuinely attracted to each other. The love between Bruno and Fernando is vibrant and spontaneous, a deep emotion that knows no boundaries.

Winner: Ibero-American Opera Prima Award—Miami International Film Festival


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FOURTH MAN OUT


Saturday @ 2:00pm
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Andrew Nackman
95 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Parker Young, Evan Todd, Jon Gabrus, Chord Overstreet, Kate Flannery, Jennifer Damiano

 

Adam, Chris, Ortu, and Nick have been friends since childhood. They live in a small town and work blue-collar jobs. They play poker, drink beer, and hang out at local bars. On Adam’s 24th birthday, he has a secret he needs to tell them that he’s afraid will change everything—he’s gay. Trying to plan the perfect moment to reveal his news, he instead blurts it out quite suddenly, much to the surprise of his pals.

More than a run-of-the-mill coming-out comedy, Fourth Man Out is a warmhearted story about friendship, family, and acceptance. The chief sources of the comedy are Ortu and Nick; they accept Adam’s homosexuality and mean well when they discover his online dating profile, but they are incredibly awkward about letting their friend know his status as a member of their pack hasn’t changed. They even unintentionally “out” Adam to his über-religious neighbor in one of the film’s more hilarious moments.

Meanwhile, Adam is wading into his small-town dating pool and finding the array of suitors exceedingly limited. After several bad blind dates and an encounter with a mysterious stranger, Adam’s sense of loneliness grows, leading to a drunken misunderstanding with his best friend, Chris.

Although the plot of a gay man coming out is perhaps a bit heavy-handed, the film’s small-town, blue-collar atmosphere and the cast’s perfect comedic timing inject depth and genuineness to Andrew Nackman’s film. Moreover, this delightful romp puts an intriguing spin on the “bromance” genre, bringing it squarely into the LGBT arena. Fourth Man Out will leave audiences of all demographics smiling from ear to ear.

Winner: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature—2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival; Official Selection: 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, LGBT Film Festival


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OUT IN THE NIGHT


Saturday @ 2:30pm
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Tony Ayres
94 min | 2014 | Australia | Not Rated
Principle Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica De Gouw, Alex Russell

 

Blair Dorosh-Walther’s explosive film follows a group of African American lesbian friends who are physically and violently threatened by an older man in New York City in 2006. A fight erupts when the women try to defend themselves. Though strangers become involved to help defend the group, only the women are arrested. They are charged with gang assault, and the media labels the incident as a “seven-on-one attack by a gang of killer lesbians.” The film follows the women through the courtroom proceedings and examines security camera footage from the August night of the attack.

Out in the Night offers a captivating look at the effects of media stereotypes and the aftershock that four young, queer, women of color and their families experience long after the hate crime occurred.

Official Selection: 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, Frameline38: San Francisco International LBGTQ Film Festival, 2014 OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival


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GAME FACE


Saturday @ 4:30pm
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Michiel Thomas
95 min | 2015 | USA/Belgium | Not Rated

 

Game Face is a documentary set in the world of professional sports and pairs two very different coming-out stories: Terrence Clemens is a promising college basketball player with very good reason to believe his prospects for a successful career will be jeopardized if his coaches and teammates find out he’s gay. Fallon Fox is an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter concerned about how fans and fighters will respond when they learn that she’s trans. Both realize that coming out is necessary for their own sense of integrity and peace of mind, but the lack of a clear roadmap and the unpredictability of the consequences instill understandable anxiety and caution.

Both Fox and Clemens generously share their deepest feelings, their strengths, and their vulnerabilities and welcome us into their struggles. NBA player Jason Collins, NFL player Wade Davis, NCAA Division I basketball player Kye Allums, and triathlete Chris Mosier also appear in the film.

Michiel Thomas constructs his first feature film with sensitivity and intelligence. Both Fox and Clemens emerge as legitimately inspiring figures who risk personal and professional repercussions by being honest about who they are. Thomas has created a film that is exciting, moving, and inspiring.

Winner: Audience Award for Best Documentary—2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival; Official Selection: Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival


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The Summer of Sangaile / Sangaïlé


Saturday @ 5:00pm
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Alanté Kavaïté
88 min | 2014 | Lithuania/France/Netherlands | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Aiste Dirziute, Julija Steponaityte

 

Alanté Kavaïté’s lyrical film follows 17-year-old Sangaile, who aspires to become a stunt pilot, as she meets the confident and artistic Auste near her family’s lake house. As the girls grow closer and become lovers, they reveal their innermost secrets to each other. Through Auste’s encouragement, withdrawn Sangaile dares to emerge from her shell and jump into the unknown.

Beautifully filmed in Lithuania, stunning scenes capture the warm atmosphere of long summer days and the disorienting feeling of first love. Featuring superb performances by Aiste Dirziute and Julija Steponaityte, The Summer of Sangaile will inspire audiences to face their fears, lose their footing, and fly.

Winner: Best Director World Cinema Dramatic—2015 Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection: 2015 Berlin International Film Festival


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HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)


Saturday @ 7:30pm
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Josh Kim
80 min | 2015 | Thailand/USA/Hong Kong/Indonesia | Not Rated
Presented in Thai with English subtitles.
Principal Cast: Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Toni Rakkaen, Thira Chutikul

 

In Thailand, all males who are turning 21 must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing a red one results in two years of military service. Korean American director Josh Kim uses the lottery as the symbolic center for this lyrical coming-of-age tale that explores themes of sexuality and identity and examines problems stemming from poverty and social structure.

On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood and the events leading up to his older brother, Ek’s, lottery day when Oat was an 11-year-old boy growing up on the streets of Bangkok. The orphaned brothers live with their aunt and cousin in an impoverished neighborhood, and Ek works at a local dive bar.

Until Ek’s draft day, life seemed pretty stable, but with potential military service looming, things begin to take a darker turn. The threat of losing Ek pushes Oat to his limits as he tries to find a way to keep his brother from being selected. Eventually he crosses paths with a local gangster who has the power to influence the draft for the right price. While Oat and his family are struggling to keep Ek from being conscripted, Ek’s boyfriend, Jai, who comes from a wealthy, middle-class family, has the means to keep from being selected, driving a wedge between the two lovers.

Kim’s debut feature film incorporates a same-sex relationship and transgender identity as strands of the narrative, rather than its focus, and depicts the characters as part of the country’s social fabric, rather than outside the norm. This engaging narrative is punctuated by wonderfully hazy cinematography that creates a dreamlike mood throughout the film without pulling any punches when portraying the darker side of life in Thailand.

Winner: Bill Sherwood Award for Best First Feature—2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Audience Award for Best International Feature—2015 Film Out San Diego


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CUT SNAKE


Saturday @ 9:30pm
July 11, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Tony Ayres
94 min | 2014 | Australia | Not Rated
Principle Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica De Gouw, Alex Russell

 

Young, charismatic, and hardworking, Sparra Farrell seems to be sailing into a happy, respectable future. He has a solid job and an adorable fiancée named Paula, and already owns a modest house in the country outside Melbourne, Australia. However, his seemingly serene life is about to run headfirst into his past, which will wrest control of his present. Sparra’s peaceful domesticity is ruptured when he and Paula receive an unexpected visit from Pommie.

Pommie knows Sparra’s most closely guarded secrets and expects him to make good on an old promise if he wants to keep those secrets safe. “You always knew there was something different about Sparra,” Pommie tells Paula. “That something is me.”

Director Tony Ayres plumbs the shadowy corners of his characters to unearth the brutal truths that most thrillers only hint at. The result is an incendiary noir drama burning with fear, rage, desire, and irresistible impulses. Money will be stolen, blood shed, and dreams shattered, but what’s left at the end of Cut Snake is a bond made only stronger by twin forces that should not be underestimated: self-knowledge and acceptance.

Official Selection: 2015 Miami International Film Festival, 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival


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ADDICTED TO FRESNO

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Saturday @ 10:00pm
July 11, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Jamie Babbit
85 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Malcolm Barrett

 

Director Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader) is back with a dark comedy about codependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, California. Older sister Shannon (Judy Greer—Archer, Arrested Development) is a sex addict fresh out of rehab. To help her start over and get back on her feet, overly cheerful younger sister Martha (Natasha Lyonne—Orange Is the New Black, But I’m a Cheerleader) gets Shannon a job as a maid at a local hotel, where she is the “employee of the month.” Martha leads a relatively normal life: she has a secure job, owns a house, and is pining for an ex-girlfriend until she meets an attractive trainer (Aubrey Plaza).

As their lives get more intertwined, Martha struggles with her sister’s contempt for everything and everyone. Things then take a strange turn that leads the sisters down a path that will either bring them closer together or fracture their relationship permanently.

Addicted to Fresno’s strong supporting cast, featuring Fred Armisen and Molly Shannon, and a script penned by Karey Dornetto (Portlandia) guarantee that this film will be entertaining from start to finish.

Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival


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WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING


Sunday @ 11:00am
July 12, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Catherine Stewart
104 min | 2015 | South Africa | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Fezile Mpela, Lionel Newton, Sandi Schultz, Camilla Lilly Waldman, Petronella Tshuma, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Terence Bridgett, Jill Levenberg, Tina Jaxa

 

Dez and Terri, an affluent, mixed-race lesbian couple who have been married for 20 years, are trailblazers who seem to have it all. But when a wedding anniversary gift goes very wrong, cracks begin to show. They must now learn to cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to destroy the seemingly perfect world they’ve crafted.

Asanda, their 18-year-old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as an experiment—someone who is being made up as she goes along. She lives a comfortable and sheltered life until she meets Shado, an enigmatic tomboy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town. Their budding relationship opens Asanda’s eyes to her potential queerness and also to a

South Africa that is very different from the one she was raised in.

Beautifully shot in locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days with a stellar South African cast and a lineup of great local music, While You Weren’t Looking was produced by Out In Africa. This culturally and ethnically diverse film uses the lives and experiences of one queer Cape Town family to reflect issues in the larger South African society.

Official Selection: Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2015 Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


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MIRCO


Sunday @ 11:30am
July 12, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Silvia Chiogna
68 min | 2014 | Germany | Not Rated

 

Enlightening and entertaining, Mirco addresses the complexity of living an authentic gender-queer life straight on. Director Silvia Chiogna seeks to expose the challenges gender-queer people face in performing even the most basic everyday activities.

“Sting operations” and staged interactions featuring the director and her main subjects expose society’s fixation on pronouns and the dichotomy in the perspective on male/female gender identities.

As we watch how fluidly the people in the film transform from male to female and then back again, the need for labels begins to disappear, and the viewer is able to connect with the subjects on a deeper level. These endearing characters appear in candid interviews that expose their personal frustrations and coping mechanisms for achieving what some have described as the new wave in gender-neutral equality. Their unwavering determination to be viewed as whole human beings and not be defined by a set of chromosomes raises a crucial question: why does society feel the need to classify people according to their genetic makeup, rather than their individual, unique characteristics?

Official Selection: 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival


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XENIA


Sunday @ 1:00pm
July 12, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Panos H. Koutras
128 min | 2014 | Greece/France/Belgium | Not Rated
Presented in Greek and Albanian with English subtitles.
Principal Cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Romanna Lobats, Marissa Triandafyllidou, Yannis Stankoglou, Patty Pravo

 

When their Albanian mother dies, 16-year-old Dany finds his 18-year-old brother, Odysseus (Ody), and convinces him that they need to travel across Greece in search of their allegedly wealthy, Greek father. Dany and Ody need their father’s Greek nationality to stay in the country. Put on the trail to Thessaloniki by a family friend, Dany convinces Ody that he should compete in the Greek Idol competition: if he can win, it will help them gain citizenship.

Along the way, Dany loses his pet bunny, Dido, and gets himself and Ody into trouble when he pulls a gun on prejudiced bullies. After hiding at an abandoned hotel, living as fugitives, and sharing intimate moments with his brother, Dany gains new insight into what it may be like to grow up. Ody, who feels the weight of responsibility for his younger brother, is both dismayed by Dany’s behavior and compelled to protect him from bigotry and hardship.

Quirky, colorful, strange, and often dramatic, Xenia blends reality and fantasy in a coming-of-age story about brotherhood, lost childhood, and the quest to fulfill one’s dreams.

Winner: Q Hugo Award for Best Feature—2014 Chicago International Film Festival, Special Jury Award—2014 Gijón International Film Festival


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LIZ IN SEPTEMBER


Sunday @ 1:15pm
July 12, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Fina Torres
100 min | 2015 | Venezuela | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Principal Cast: Arlette Torres, Eloisa Maturén, Danay Garcia, Mimí Lazo, Patricia Velasquez, Elba Escobar

 

Based on the play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, by Jane Chambers, Liz in September is a lush look at loss, love, freedom, and friendship. Set in a tropical paradise, this film focuses on Liz as she faces terminal cancer. Fiercely independent, Liz is a notorious womanizer who is afraid to let anyone get too close. Hiding her illness from her cadre of friends, she stubbornly tries to deal with the reality facing her on her own—until Eva arrives.

Having recently suffered the loss of her young son to cancer, Eva is on her way to meet her husband for a tropical vacation. When her car breaks down, the mechanic sends her to Margot’s Inn—a lesbian utopia. At first the women resent the presence of a straight woman, but after Liz wins a wager that she can’t seduce Eva into sleeping with her, the friends find the stranger far more interesting. Working through each other’s grief and breaking down emotional barriers, Liz and Eva build a simmering, sensual romance.

With its combination of fascinating women, solid acting, and an incredible setting, Liz in September is an amazing celebration of sisterhood, love, healing, closure, and identity.

Liz in September is a gorgeous drama based on the classic novel Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.

Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature—2015 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


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The New Man / El Hombre Nuevo


Sunday @ 3:30pm
July 12, 2015
Leona Wagner Black Box

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Aldo Garay
79 min | 2015 | Uruguay/Chile | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

The New Man tells the story of Stephania Mirza, a Nicaraguan-born transgender woman living an impoverished life in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Award-winning Uruguayan filmmaker Aldo Garay has followed Stephania for more than 20 years. In this vibrant and lyrical film, we first see Stephania wandering, somewhat mysteriously, through the streets of Montevideo, her adopted home for several decades. We then accompany her on a journey home to Nicaragua to reconnect with the family she hasn’t seen since she was known as a boy named Roberto, who taught literacy as a child activist during the Sandinista Revolution.

Each step of Stephania’s journey adds another layer of texture to this rich character study. We meet her passionate, fiery mother and remorseful father, who must wipe tears away as he tries to explain why a father would give a seven-year-old son away to the revolutionary forces.

The New Man explores Stephania’s personal struggles as shaped by religion, poverty, war, and sexual politics. Although Stephania continues to meet adversity and discrimination, she faces these obstacles and the contradictions in her life with an abiding determination that is simultaneously dignified and heroic.

Winner: Teddy Award for Best Documentary—2015 Berlin International Film Festival


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TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL


Sunday @ 5:30pm
July 12, 2015
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City


*Pass includes 1 ticket to Opening Night, plus 10 tickets of your choice to additional festival screenings(these may be shared with friends), discounts on merch, perks at after-parties, and special lounge privileges
Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
90 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

 

“Six feet of rugged manhood to stir the heart of every woman…” is the way one announcer introduced 1950s’ male heartthrob Tab Hunter, whose stunning good looks and charm made him the prototype of all the young matinee idols who followed him. Throughout his career in Hollywood, he had a secret—Tab Hunter was gay. This precarious secret, if revealed, could have destroyed his life and career.

After struggling as a B-movie actor, Hunter was “discovered” and put under contract at Warner Bros., where his career exploded following a starring role in Battle Cry, making him one of the studio’s most profitable stars. His popularity afforded Hunter some protection at the studio, which turned a blind eye to his private life and relationships, with stars like Anthony Perkins, as long as he publicly dated young starlets like Natalie Wood.

After deciding to buy out his contract and therefore losing his studio shield, Hunter was outed by Confidential magazine, which started a rapid decline in his career. He sank to the point where he was performing live dinner theater to earn a paycheck until he was “rediscovered” by John Waters, who cast him with Divine in Polyester.

Featuring interviews with Hollywood icons such as George Takei, Robert Wagner, Connie Stevens, and Debbie Reynolds (to name a few), a wealth of archival footage, and candid interviews with Hunter himself, director Jeffrey Schwarz’s entertaining and colorful film illuminates the life of a charming, affable, and inspiring figure whose public “boy-next-door” persona successfully camouflaged his homosexuality.

Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival


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