The 31st NewFest
Nonfiction makes up about just under half of the features lineup of New York’s LGBTQ film festival, an event I oversaw between 1996-2008.
SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Documentaries claim two centerpiece slots: Megan Wennberg’s DRAG KIDS
, about four pre-teen Canadian drag performers, screens as the Documentary Centerpiece; while Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen’s SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
, which explores the impact of the classic horror franchise on one of its closeted actors, takes the holiday-themed “HalloKween” Centerpiece position.
ALL WE’VE GOT
The festival presents the world premiere of Alexis Clements’ ALL WE’VE GOT
, which explores the remaining queer women’s spaces in the US; while also looking at the vital past with films like Megan Rossman’s THE ARCHIVETTES
, on the important work of the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Phillip Pike’s OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION
, which explores the history of Toronto’s black LGBTQ community; and Jeff Wolk’s LEONARD SOLOWAY’S BROADWAY
, on the long career of the octogenarian Broadway producer.
QUEEN OF LAPA
Additional nonfiction includes Chet Catherine Pancake’s QUEER GENIUS
, which profiles the lives and creative practice of pioneering lesbian and queer creators, including poet Eileen Myles and the late Barbara Hammer; and Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat’s QUEEN OF LAPA
, about a legendary Brazilian sex worker activist and the safe space for trans sex workers she established in Rio.