Desperado LGBT Film Festival

Friday, Oct 23, 2020

Phoenix, AZ 85001

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SHORT FILMS: Desperado FAB-Mix

Join us for these moving, fun, eye-opening, and inspiration films. They are VIRTUALLY FAB!

CC Dances The Go-Go - 11 min
Directed by Erin Buckley
A little love story + go-go dancing. Filmed in Tucson and with lots of local talent, you might just see someone you know!

The Gender Line - 13 min
Directed by T.J Parsell
The Gender Line is about transgender rock star, Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) who once sang in Elton John’s band. Cidny is fortunate to have been both a wife and husband in the same lifetime. He reflects on having lived both sides of the gender line.

Old Hen - 16 min
Directed by Todd I Gordon
Henry, a septuagenarian cross-dresser, finds his life abruptly changed when Dolores, his closest friend, and long-time co-worker, dies suddenly. Henry is not only excluded from the funeral but forced to come to terms with losing the only person who truly accepts his cross-dressing.

Driving Louise - 22 min
Directed by Isaac Knopf
En route to a Tennessee cemetery, a 19-year-old navigates her future as a 70-year-old widow reconciles with her past.

The Secret Gardener - 3 min
Directed by Lorena Russi
A garden party goes off the rails when ladies who brunch devolve into ladies who munch.

Honey Do List - 8 min
Directed by Nicholas Downs
Walter’s honey-do list piles up and Frank is too busy to do the fixes, a new sexy handyman arrives with an agenda that isn’t exactly on Walter’s fix-it list. Can Walter resist this new temptation?

Sweetheart Dancers - 12 min
Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris
This heartwarming story features Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the ‘Sweetheart Dance.’ This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for men and women couples, until now.

Year: 2020
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

SHORT FILMS: The Marvelous Mix

Like Billy Crystal was MAHVELOUS, our shorts selections for this set are Simply....well, you know, MARVELOUS!

Ayaneh - 14 min
Directed by Nicolas Greinacher
Set in Switzerland, our story follows Ayaneh, a young refugee from Afghanistan. One day at a public swimming pool she meets Anna and instantly feels attracted to her. As the relationship between the two women develops, Ayaneh is confronted with growing resistance from her religious family.

Pete Can’t Play Basketball - 8 min
Directed by Nick Borenstein
In a world where all that matters is basketball, Pete can’t play basketball.

Last Summer with Uncle Ira - 13 min
Directed by Katie Ennis and Gary Jaffe
In the summer of 1991, a closeted teenager's mother nudges him to reconnect with his uncle, who is dying from HIV/AIDS. His uncle wants to talk about their shared identity before time runs out, but he might not be ready to take that step.

Kapaemahu - 8 min
Directed by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach - and the legendary transgender spirits within them.

Window Shopping - 7 min
Directed by Russell Kohlmann
A young man with an active imagination and lackluster sex life goes shopping.

About a Short Film - 7 min
Directed by Kevin Yee
Comedian Kevin Yee makes a short film about making a short film.

Immortal - 14 min
Directed by Natalie Metzger and Robert Allaire
A brilliant geneticist is on the verge of a breakthrough that could change humanity, but when her experiment is discovered, she will have to make an impossible choice.

Making Samantha - 10 min
Directed by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper
The documentary follows the music video about the story of one trans woman. It's also the story of what it means to love and be loved. This significant short is not to be missed.

Year: 2020
Runtime: 76 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

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