New York’s LGBT film festival NewFest has been going strong for almost three decades. This year the festival has a ton of lesbian/bi/queer content including the biggie: a showing of the much anticipated centerpiece film, Carol. (I’ll be attending and write up a review for Monday.)
Truth be told, queer women don’t always have such excellent representation at LGBT film festivals, but this year we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of feature length films with lesbian and bisexual women’s stories driving the narrative. Hopefully, this will be a trend that continues, but we must do our part and show our support. If you are in the NYC area, here are the queer female driven films you can check out at this year’s Newfest which kicks off on Thursday, October 22nd.
Thursday, October 22nd
The Same Difference: Director Nneka Onuorah‘s frank documentary tackles the discrimination that exists between LGBTQ women. Policing of others’ sexuality and the tensions that can exist between queer women is dealt with an honesty that we don’t often get to see. Felicia “Snoop” Pearson of The Wire fame and OITNB‘s Lea Delaria are among the diverse cast.
Friday, October 23rd
Carol: This much anticipated film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara is the true crown jewel of NewFest this year. It’s also completely sold out, but the film opens on November 20th so you won’t have to wait much longer. In the meantime, fall in love with the film’s gorgeous trailer.
Queerer than Fiction: Doc Shorts: This collection of short documentaries features two female-centric stories. In the Hollow is about the real life story about a lesbian couple, Claudia Brenner and Rebecca Wight, who were brutally attacked while hiking the Appalachian Trail together. Using actors, footage from that time and current film from the sole survivor, the film tells the story of how a terrible crime against one couple also gave rise to hate crime legislation.
Sex, Politics and Sticky Rice looks at the lives of five Asian-American lesbians who look back on their lives in San Fransisco in the 1980s. Centering around the potlucks that were an important social outlet for these women, this short film is wonderfully funny and honest and gives the audience a fascinating peek into lives and stories we don’t often get to explore on screen.