Michael Gavin and his partner Daniel trade the rat race of New York City for the idyllic charm of the Connecticut shoreline, with hopes of a simpler life and time for Michael to finish his first novel. All that changes when one of Michael's high school students accuses him of 'inappropriate conduct', and the town rushes to judgment
Run Time: 91 min
Taking a Chance on God records the remarkable journey of 85 year old John McNeill, a gay Catholic priest and the founder of the LGBT spiritual movement. He was a pioneering voice of gay
liberation who stood up to the Vatican and future Pope Benedict XVI. This charming film illustrates McNeill’s voyage from a youth in Buffalo, New York, his escape from the POW camps of Nazi Germany, falling in love with his husband, coming out on national television, and his quest for justice and compassion during the AIDS crisis. McNeil was a groundbreaking author and advocate for the unique spiritual gifts of LGBT people.
Run Time: 54 min
Director: Brendan Fay
Kawa tells the compelling story of an apparently happy family man who must reveal a lifelong secret…that he is gay. In this touching drama set in New Zealand, actor Calvin Tuteao has the title role of a father, a son, an executive, a husband, and a tribal leader who has to navigate the aspirations and long-standing traditions of his family and his people, while finding a way to be true to himself. Beautiful cinematography and strong performances accompany this crowd pleaser.
Run Time: 76 min
Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, star in Cloudburst, which brings the venerable John Dunsworth, along with Genie Award-winner Kristin Booth, and newcomer Ryan Doucette as the free-spirited Prentice, to the screen. Stella (Dukakis) and Dot (Fricker) 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. The two escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, a small-town boy turned modern dancer, who’s returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. With equal parts of humor and grace, Cloudburst explores the important themes of life, death, and love through the eyes of this oddball trio.
Run Time: 93 min
Set in the town of Martin, Tennessee, In the Family introduces us to Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, who’s only known life with his two dads, Cody (Trevor St. John) and Joey (actor and the film’s director, Patrick Wang). Cody's wife died while giving birth to their son, Chip. Soon thereafter, Cody fell in love with Joey. For the next five years or so, they raised Chip (Sebastian Banes) together. From all accounts, they are a very happy family, until tragedy strikes when Cody dies in a car accident. Joey continues to live in Cody's home and raise Chip, until Cody's Last Will and Testament is found in a safe deposit box. Cody's will predates when he met Joey and names his sister Eileen (Kelly McAndrew) as the executor of his estate and parental guardian for Chip. In the Family is a rich, humanist story about the importance of making judgments with one’s heart and soul rather than merely abiding by outdated legal documents. It’s a character study of a man who truly misses his son and reminds us all about the meaning of family.
Run Time: 169 min
Director: Patrick Wang
Rounding out the festival is Gayby, the hilarious tale of best friends from college Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Mathew Wilkes) who are now in their thirties. Jenn, a yoga teacher, is single by choice and spends her days running errands for her boss. Matt can't get over his ex-boyfriend and suffers from comic-book writer's block. The two decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way. Gayby is a comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose. Join us to see how Jenn and Matt navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track, all while making the preparations for parenthood.
Run Time: 89 min
Director: Jonathan Lisecki