CinemaQ Film Festival

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 2:00am

Denver, CO 80201

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This year CinemaQ Film Festival will take place online through our Virtual Cinema. Now you can take home the outstanding films and discussions elevating diverse perspectives, issues, and icons relevant to today’s LGBTQ+ community.

Ahead Of The Curve
Ahead Of The Curve is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Growing up, Franco Stevens never saw any representation of queer women-she didn’t even know it was possible for a woman to be gay. When she realized she was a lesbian, it changed the course of her life.

In 1990, Franco created a safe place for lesbians in the form of Curve magazine. Her approach to threats and erasure in the ”90s was to lift all kinds of lesbians up and make them beautifully visible. The magazine helped build a foundation for many intersectional movements being led by today’s activists in the face of accelerating threats to the LGBTQ community. Decades later, as her legacy faces extinction and she reassesses her life after a disabling injury, she sets out to understand visibility work being led by an intersection of queer women today. Featuring Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, and Lea DeLaria, and a score composed by the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello, Ahead Of The Curve celebrates the legacy of a movement while considering the agenda of its future.

Director: Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow
Cast: Franco Stevens, Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez
Cinematographer: Svetlana Cvetko, Clare Major
Editor: Jessica Congdon

Runtime: 95 minutes

Breaking Fast
Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When an All-American guy named Kal offers to join him in his nightly Iftars (the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan), meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye.

Director: Mike Mosallam
Screenwriter: Mike Mosallam
Cast: Veronica Cartwright, Michael Cassidy, Haaz Sleiman
Cinematographer: Anka Malatynska
Editor: Mike Hugo

Runtime: 92 minutes

Death Drop Gorgeous
When Dwayne retreats back to the city of Providence after a break-up, he reluctantly finds himself back at his old job — bartending at the Aut Haus. But club isn’t the same as he remembers. A new gaggle of drag queens have taken over, and an unhinged rivalry brews between the young and beautiful Janet Fitness, and the club’s relic, Gloria Hole.

But the battling queens aren’t the only ones drawing blood.

Terror erupts as corpses of young gay men turn up slaughtered and void of blood. As the body count rises, and his business slowly slips through his fingers, the owner of the Aut Haus, Tony Two-Fingers pays two crooked detectives to cover up the carnage and unmask the killer.

But the investigation unravels, and the butcher remains one step ahead. Will the detectives apprehend this maniac before every drop of blood is ****** out of Providence or will the killer succeed in their nefarious plan?

Featuring special effects work by Scott C. Miller (The Man who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot) and finalist of the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, Victoria Elizabeth Black, Death Drop Gorgeous is a glitter and gore blood bath with all the potential ingredients of a horror cult classic.

Director: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras
Screenwriter: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras
Cast: Linnea Quigley, Michael J. Ahern, Pippi Zornoza
Cinematographer: Philip Gelatt, Brandon Perras
Editor: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen, Ryan Miller, Brandon Perras

Runtime: 104 minutes

Kit in his 30s returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness.

Director: Hong Khaou
Screenwriter: Hong Khaou
Cast: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran
Cinematographer: Benjamin Kracun
Editor: Mark Towns

Runtime: 85 minutes

Pier Kids
Pier Kids interrogates the meaning of community, both within at-risk LGBT youth of color and in the larger gay community as well.

Casper, a trans-attracted young black man, is left vulnerable in his pursuit for true love, all the while navigating homelessness.

Desean is at a critical point in his life: he must navigate whether the best alternative to escaping homelessness is to commit a crime or become HIV+.

Krystal utilizes the ballroom scene as a way to survive, but when her gay family proves unable to help her, she is forced to go back to her blood family for support. When Krystal and her birth mother are face to face, they realize that the only thing they can agree on when it comes to Krystal’s identity is their mutual love of gospel.

Pier Kids puts the viewer in the skin of the pier kids it depicts, and shows what happens to gay youth when they are kicked out. The film follows these youth over the course of five years to understand what it means to be black and queer 50 years after Stonewall.

Director: Elegance Bratton
Cast: Jusheem Thorne, DeSean Irby, Krystal LaBeija
Editor: Thuto Durkac Somo, Bernhard Fasenfest

Runtime: 96 minutes

Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk)
Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day Pak, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets Hoi, 65, a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.

Director: Ray Yeung
Screenwriter: Ray Yeung
Cast: Tai-Bo, Ben Yuen, Patra Au
Cinematographer: Ming-Kai Leung
Editor: Nose Chui Hing Chan, William Chang

Runtime: 92 minutes

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