The Dayton LGBT Film Festival, one of the midwest's premiere LGBT events, is now in its eighth year. After screening over 100 films, this year's committee has assembled a strong, concise line-up of the best in contemporary LGBT cinema. Ranging from narratives to documentaries - from entertaining works to challenging and thought-provoking pieces, this festival has something for everyone. Whereas each film focuses on themes and subjects of interest to members of the LGBT community, we encourage and welcome the community-at-large to join us in exploring this year's wonderful selections.
When Tanner comes out, he finds himself to be the focus of the school's most popular girls. They see him as the latest fashion accessory, the Gay Best Friend, and he must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture, including a memorable performance by Megan Mullally.
Directed by Darren Stein
Preceded by YEAH KOWALSKI
A thirteen-year-old late bloomer goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush.
Directed by Evan Roberts
If you attend our Opening Night Film - G.B.F. - you're invited to our Opening Night Party at CADC. This art gallery features over 800 pieces of original contemporary art, and it's just one block away from THE NEON. Our party will feature live music by Sandy & Michael Bashaw and complimentary appetizers from Roost Modern Italian.
In BRIDEGROOM, director Linda Bloodworth Thomason (DESIGNING WOMEN) navigates the romantic highs of Tom and Shane's relationship -- until tragedy strikes. Immediately after, Tom's conservative parents block Shane from attending Tom's funeral. Instead of conceding, Shane vows to tell his love story to the world. His Youtube video - “It Could Happen to You” - attracted 3.4 million views. Now, as a remarkable, heart-felt feature about love, loss and the courage to stand up for same-sex equality, Shane's story has taken the nation by storm, already garnering awards at numerous festivals.
Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason
THE FIRST DATE This playful film sweetly captures the awkwardness and excitement of new love.
Directed by Janella Lacson
I'M YOURS This short doc shows two people who transitioned to the other sex answering the same questions.
Directed by Chase Joynt
DIK A six-year-old's drawing provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation (and their own), with disastrous, yet hilarious, results.
Directed by Christopher Stollery
JACKPOT Jack embarks on an adventure upon hearing of a stash of gay porn hidden in a local convenience store dumpster.
Directed by Adam Baran
SOMETHING REAL This celebrity-packed short with a musical twist is a first collaboration between acclaimed director Guy Shalem, composer and lyricist Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), and producer, composer, and lyricist, Mervyn Warren.
Directed by Guy Shalem
SUMMER VACATION All Yuval wants from this vacation, which brings along an unexpected visitor, is to get the heck out of there.
Directed by Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon
HOUSEBROKEN A hopeless romantic learns a thing or two about relationships when he gets too close to the perfect couple.
Directed by Wade Gasque
SPOONERS After convincing his husband to retire their old lumpy futon, Nelson is forced to come out in a spectacular way while shopping for their new bed.
Directed by Bryan Horch
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop's relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, REACHING FOR THE MOON is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Directed by Bruno Barreto
I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions
of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty.
Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
This documentary tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar--the black church.
Directed by Yoruba Richen
Preceded by ENTRY DENIED
Three bi-national gay and lesbian couples struggle with the U.S.'s discriminatory immigration laws.
Directed by Machu Latorre
In the age of polyamory and blurred lines of sexuality, what really makes for a happy relationship? Two young couples in New York - one black and gay, one white and heterosexual - find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy in this captivating new film.
A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors! Without sponsors, the Dayton LGBT Film Festival couldn't happen. Beyond the rental of the films, there are also theater costs, equipment rental costs, marketing costs, shipping costs, travel costs for visiting artists and more. In an effort to keep the ticket price to a minimum, sponsorship dollars make ends meet and help the festival continue gaining momentum each year. We encourage you to thank our sponsors, both verbally and by reaching out to their businesses when possible.
THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS INCLUDE:
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AIDS RESOURCE CENTER OHIO
THE GREATER DAYTON LGBT CENTER
THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY'S
TORCH SONG TRILOGY
MIAMI VALLEY FAIR HOUSING
MJ'S CAFE & JOHN
SQUARE ONE SALON & SPA
KURT FLEAGLE & WARREN RIFFLE
LISA HANAUER & SUE SPIEGEL