Keri PutnamExecutive Director of Sundance Institute, said, "We're proud of the diversity of this year's lineup; emboldening broader, more inclusive independent voices is a crucial part of our work at the Festival and throughout the year. These stories might inspire or move us, even occasionally make us uncomfortable — but they can shift our perspectives, spark conversation and create change. This is connected, relevant, global art that provides a fresh alternative to the noise dominating the cultural mainstream, and an inspiration for its future.
Ina closeted teen struggles to part ways with his 4 friends at their final murder mystery party before leaving for college. Austin Film Society supported artist Brittany Reeber is seeking the final support needed for her short film that mixes fiction and documentary styles and draws inspiration from a trip down to a small town in Florida. Kevin Rios seeking funds to finish his short film, "Binge.
He took over the childhood home where Jeffrey Dahmer grew up and murdered his first victim. The movie shot for two weeks in that eerie location, near Akron, Ohio. That was really frightening.
Achieving gay-trifecta status following his roles in Milk and HowlJames Franco co-directs and stars in Interior. Leather Bar. Add to that a documentary about Pussy Riot, an animated John Cameron Mitchell short, a chronicle of Jim McGreevy's journey from New Jersey governor to gay priest and even a movie called Kinkand you've still only tapped a trickle of what's in store from queer directors, writers, characters and performers at Sundance
No longer limited by low budgets, films with gay and lesbian stories have flourished in the first two decades of the 21st century. There is something about the scrappy DIY aesthetic that will always be essentially queer — and the films below reflect a notable shift in the ambition and scope of contemporary queer films. Here are the 20 best LGBT films of the 21st century.
AP — About six months before he was stabbed to death in what prosecutors call a hate crime, a gay University of Pennsylvania student graphically discussed hopes to have sex with the man now charged in his killing, an investigator said Tuesday. Woodward, 21, was ordered to stand trial in Orange County Superior Court on murder and hate crime charges after prosecutors linked him to the stabbing through DNA and showed he had troves of homophobic and neo-Nazi material on his mobile phone. He has pleaded not guilty.
It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by New York Times reporter Gerald Walker about a serial killer targeting gay men, particularly those men associated with the leather scene in the late s. The title is a play on words with a dual meaning because "cruising" can describe police officers on patrol and gay men who are cruising for sex. Poorly received by critics upon release, Cruising performed moderately at the box office.
The fact that we received 1, more submissions in this category than last year speaks to that. Within them we saw a wave of truly original and outrageously distinctive films united by their uncompromised spirit. As part of its sponsorship, a special selection of short films from the Festival will be featured on Yahoo!
Long before Houston banker Paul Broussard brutally was murdered in a Montrose gang attack on July 4,Ray Hill, a blustering ex-con and gay activist, was a master of media manipulation. But with Broussard's death - and the crime investigation that followed - Hill faced the biggest challenge of his career. A one-time Baptist child evangelist, Hill used every tool at hand to keep the story hot.