2022 OUT at the Movies International Film Festival Program

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Welcome to the ninth OUT at the Movies International Film Fest! Greetings! Whether you’re attending your first OUT at the Movies film or your 310th movie (yes, we have screened that many in our 19 years as a series and festival), we welcome you! Each festival brings together longtime friends, new acquaintances, filmmakers, actors, documentary subjects, jurors, donors, sponsors and volunteers…the list is long, and we appreciate each of you! Thanks to your support, OUT at the Movies has awarded scholarships to 4 students in the School of Filmmaking at the University of NC School of the Arts. We hope that you will be with us, this year, as we recognize another student with our 2022 scholarship. This year, we are excited to kick off our inaugural Emerging Artist Film Grant Program and are so pleased with the quality of the applications. This year’s winner and runner-up will receive funding, mentoring and the opportunity to premiere their film at our 2023 festival! Speaking of UNCSA, their ACE Theatre Complex has been our primary home for the last 19 years. Matt Jones, the Associate Curator of the Moving Image Archives, and Eric Self, the Exhibition Coordinator, have been there for OUT at the Movies (and me), whenever needed. Matt welcomed us in 2004, and Eric joined in 2007. Matt and Eric will both be omnipresent at this year’s festival, so if you see them, thank them. We could not do this without Matt and Eric! One of our greatest partners, is Truist Financial, our festival’s title sponsor. Thank you, Truist! In this program, you will find logos and ads of the businesses big and small, and the many individual donors whose gifts help make OUT at the Movies possible. Please support these businesses whenever you can and say “thanks” to our donors. This year, as always, we bring you an eclectic mix of films – 34 in all from the United States and many other countries. Documentaries and narratives. Features and shorts. We especially welcome the actors, filmmakers and documentary subjects from many of the movies you will see. We also welcome our jurors, many of whom are filmmakers, themselves. These talented folks have traveled from all over the United States to determine the best of the best at this year’s festival and to enjoy the screenings, Q&A’s, parties and an amazing concert, featuring Randy Jones from the Village People and OUT at the Movies board member and R&B star, Alyson Williams! Thank you for your support of OUT at the Movies. Here’s to a safe, fun and entertaining festival. Now, lets turn down the lights and watch some movies!

Rex Welton Founder/Director


OUT at the Movies Board of Directors Max Cullen, President (he/him) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Dossinger (she/her) Chad E. Harris, Vice President (he/him) Grant Hartley, Treasurer (he/him) Brennan McMahon (they/them) Shannon Rosato (she/they) Kat Schaer (love/love/loves) Ron Stacker Thompson (he/him) Angela Stewart, Secretary (she/her) Rex Welton (he/him) Alyson WilliamsBOARD (she/her) ADVISORY

OUT at the Movies Advisory Board Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali

Rob Davis

Marisa Calin

Eden Lane

Crystal Chappell

Kerry Michelle O’Brien

Barney Cheng

Del Shores

Nicole Conn

OUT at the Movies International Film Fest Team Christine Amen – Gift Bag Procurement Clair Baxter – Social Media Coordinator Rob Cotter – Gift Bag Procurement Max Cullen – Marketing Coordinator Mary Dossinger – Festival Guide Editor / Box Office Coordinator Chad E. Harris – Short Films, Program and Ballot Coordinator Jeffrey Hurley – Travel Coordinator Matt Jones – Shipping Coordinator Judy Jordan – Festival Guide Graphics

Wendy Rash – Festival Photographer Shannon Rosato – Promo Reel Creator Kaitlyn Ryan – Box Office Manager Kat Schaer – Ballot Coordinator Eric Self – Exhibition Coordinator Angie Stewart – Transportation Coordinator Ron Stacker Thompson – Events Coordinator Rex Welton – Director Greg Wright – Festival Guide Production


ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY Sunday, October 2 - 7:00pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Bryan Darling & Jesse Finley Reed USA / 2022 / English / 83 minutes

In this character-driven documentary, All Man: The International Male Story, audiences journey across three decades of the catalog’s unlikely but lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and sexuality in America. Gene Burkard, a once-closeted Midwesterner and GI, found freedom in San Diego, where he transformed men’s fashion into something cosmopolitan, carefree and trend-setting. International Male reached gay and straight customers alike as it redefined images of masculinity in American culture, generating revenue and circulation in the millions. This remarkable film crafts a portrait of a band of outsiders who changed the way men would look - at themselves, at each other and how the world would look at them.

Q&A with subjects Brian Buzzini, Drew Droege, and Dale Johnson, and writer, Peter Jones, moderated by Ron Stacker Thompson.

BLESSED BOYS

Sunday, October 2 - 12:00pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Silvia Brunelli Italy / 2021 / Italian / 100 minutes Mario and Lino are two eighteen-year-old friends, born and raised in the Sanitá quarter in Naples, who never stepped out from their small town. They lead a simple life until Lino’s little sister, Annaluce, convinces the locals that she has performed a miracle, and they begin worshiping her as a living Saint. The fate of her family abruptly changes: Mario realizes that he is in love with Lino, who does not notice it, and tries to find a way out from his routine life. Preceded by: The Man of My Dreams Directed and Written by Tristan Scott-Behrends Narrative Short / USA / 2021 / English / 6 minutes Two magnetic lovers traipse around the city streets in a dreamy romance.


2022 FESTIVAL GUESTS Fernando Andrés (he/him)

Peter Jones (he/him) Writer All Man: The International Male Story Los Angeles, CA

Alberto Bonilla (he/him)

Randy “RJ” Jones (he/him) Performer New York, NY / Orlando, FL

Director Three Headed Beast Austin, TX

Actor Jimmy and Carolyn New York, NY

Alan Locher (he/him)

Brian Buzzini (he/him)

Juror Scotch Plains, NJ

Kimberly Chesser (she/her)

Producer ANITA Winston-Salem, NC

Subject All Man: The International Male Story Thousand Oaks, CA

Executive Producer Jimmy and Carolyn New York, NY

Mark H. Dold (he/him) Actor Jimmy and Carolyn New York, NY Drew Droege (he/him) Actor, subject Cock n’ Bull 3 All Man: The International Male Story Los Angeles, CA Wyatt Fenner (he/him)

Actor Chrissy Judy New York, NY

Todd Flaherty (he/him)

Actor, director, producer Chrissy Judy Provincetown, MA

Casey Floyd ( he/him) Director Kind Eyes Little Rock, AR Julie Garnyé (she/her)

Singer Jimmy and Carolyn Los Angeles, CA

Mat Hayes (he/him) Juror Los Angeles, CA Stewart Jeffers ( he/him) Director ANITA Winston-Salem, NC Dale Johnson (he/him) Subject All Man: The International Male Story Los Angeles, CA As of 08.31.22

Alejanxdro Lucas Fritts (he/him)

Rebecca Marquardt ( she/her)

Director Boifriend Los Angeles, CA

Kerry Michelle O’Brien (she/her)

Juror Los Angeles, CA

Mary Beth Peil (she/her) Actor Jimmy and Carolyn New York, NY

Taylor Rogers (she/her) Juror Winston-Salem, NC Tyler Rugh (he/him) Director Three Headed Beast Austin, TX

Mary Grace Shuttleworth ( she/her)

Director, editor Safe Here Knoxville, TN

Lane Stanley (he/they) Director Boifriend Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Street (she/her)

Juror Los Angeles, CA

Cle Thompson (she/her)

Performer Los Angeles, CA/Winston Salem, NC

James Andrew Walsh (he/him)

Writer, director Jimmy and Carolyn Westerly, RI

Alyson Williams (she/her) Performer Winston-Salem, NC


CHRISSY JUDY

Saturday, October 1 - 7:00pm UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Todd Flaherty USA / 2022 / English / 96 minutes Judy’s been described as many things: a free spirit, a day dreamer, a boy-crazy hot mess. But this is going to be the summer it all comes together for this ambitious, 30-something drag queen/cater-waiter and his best friend, Chrissy. That is, until Chrissy’s priorities suddenly shift, forcing a disillusioned Judy to examine his life and priorities as a queer artist and rediscover himself in the process, or risk becoming an irrelevant solo act, both onstage and off. Chrissy Judy is a dark comedy that peers into the underbelly of queer culture and examines the struggles and triumphs gay men face in their pursuit of love, acceptance, romance, and identity. Preceded by:

ANITA

Directed by Stewart Jeffers | Written by Priscilla Witt | 7 minutes

When Levi receives a pressuring phone call from his mother regarding marriage, he is left wondering why he hasn’t fallen in love. In an act of desperation, he follows his roommate Brandi to a mysterious club where he meets Anita. Will this act of desperation lead to love?

Q&A with director/producer/actor, Todd Flaherty, and actor, Wyatt Fenner, moderated by Rex Welton and with Alejandro Lucas Fritts, producer of ANITA, moderated by Chad E. Harris.

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ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY Sunday, October 2 - 3:30pm UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Jean Carlomusto USA / 2022 / English / 90 minutes

Esther Newton Made Me Gay explores the life and times of cultural anthropologist Esther Newton. Throughout her career, Esther was a pioneer—questioning and challenging status quo assumptions on gender, sexuality, and anthropological methods. Her work inspired generations of scholars to pursue research in what would eventually become the field of LGBTQ & Gender Studies.

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OUT at the Movies 2022 Jurors Awards selected by the Juries will be: Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Screenwriting, Best Performance in a Leading Role, Best Performance in a Supporting Role and Best Performance in a Short

NARRATIVE JURORS

Philemon Chambers – he/him Actor, currently on Walker: Independence for CW. Award-winning Netflix Film Single All The Way Festival Award Winning Actor for Of Hearts and Castles Community Philanthropist

Alan Locher – he/him PR, Marketing & Sales Executive at Truescope On Location Tours As the World Turns & Guiding Light Walt Disney Studios Host: The Locher Room

Katherine Street –

she/her

LA based award-winning filmmaker. Wrote / directed Cycles Created web series The New Adult Writer of shorts, pilots, features. UNCSA graduate.

DOCUMENTARY and SHORTS JURORS

Mat Hayes – he/him Award-winning filmmaker: Cognitive, Six Characters In Search of a Play, TV: Jane The Virgin, 9-1-1 Theatre: Rent, The Boy From Oz, various cruise lines Auburn Graduate

Kerry Michelle O’Brien –

she/her

Executive Producer Lupe on HBO max. Advocate for representation and diversity in film and television above and below the line.

Taylor Rogers – she/her Documentarian and Wake Forest MFA Candidate. Aspiring producer. Worked professionally in film and television in Atlanta area. Recently worked in Marvel’s Prop Department.


GAMEBOYS: THE MOVIE

Saturday, October 1 - 3:30pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal Philippines/Japan / 2021 / Tagalog/ Filipino / 107 minutes Gameboys: The Movie follows the story of gamers turned lovers Cairo and Gavreel as they get to spend time together in Gavreel’s house, a few weeks before Cairo has to return home. What starts out as a romantic holiday for the young couple turns into a relationship test that they must overcome. Cairo is faced with the reality of his imminent departure, while Gavreel is compelled to make a life-changing decision. After defying distance and even the pandemic, will Cairo and Gavreel be able to prove once again that their love for each other is strong enough to withstand fate and circumstance?

GEMMEL & TIM

Saturday, October 1 - 12:30pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Michiel Thomas USA / 2021 / English / 91 minutes The intimate award-winning true crime documentary Gemmel & Tim explores the lives and untimely passings of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, two Black gay men who both died from meth overdoses at the home of West Hollywood politico Ed Buck. Their deaths at the now-infamous apartment sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community. The ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race and politics, but had no appetite for the in-depth human stories of who these individuals truly were.


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SHORTS PROGRAM #1–COMEDY October 1, 12:00 PM @ UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Runtime: 72 minutes

GAY MEN GET REAL! COVID IN OUR COMMUNITY

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot & Chris McNeany Written by J. Francis, Jennifer M. Kroot & Chris McNeany Narrative Short / USA / 2021 / English / 10 minutes

A narrative short comedic parody of a Covid-19 interactive webinar for gay men that exposes the truth… and more!

SEND PIC?

Directed and written by James Cooper Narrative Short / Canada / 2021 / English / 12 minutes

Everybody has secrets they want to hide from their family—especially when it comes to the contents of their mobile apps. Julie, a divorced mother, snoops into her son’s phone, discovering a shocking detail in his life.

DIGITAL WARFARE

Directed by Stephanie Farber Written by Stephanie Farber & Kinzie Shaw Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 9 minutes

When two lazy sisters argue about whose turn it is to replenish the snacks, they are transported to a fantastical boxing ring to duke it out in a thumb wrestling match.

MEET NATASHA

Directed by Antonio Oliveros-Nikol; Written by Antonio Oliveros-Nikol & Ian Oliveros-Nikol Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 15 minutes

A man hires an actress to play his girlfriend during a family dinner, but his plans go awry when she decides to go off-script.

COCK N’ BULL 3

Directed by Nathan Adloff; Written by Nathan Adloff & Danny Rhodes Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 25 minutes

Flight attendants Chris and Wes instigate twisted mile-high games with passengers, leading to the unimaginable—trying to make an emergency landing after someone poisons the pilot.

Q&A with Drew Droege of Cock n’ Bull 3 moderated by Chad E. Harris.


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SELECTED FESTIVAL SHORTS PREVIEW 8:00 PM 65 MIN Q&A

SHORTS PROGRAM #2 - DRAMA & DOCUMENTARY 2:15 PM 89 MIN

SHORTS DOCUMENTARIES NARRATIVES PARTIES

GAMEBOYS: THE MOVIE 3:30 PM 108 MIN

UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

5:00 PM 100 MIN

All films will be screened at UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex JIMMY AND CAROLYN 7:00 PM 84 MIN Q&A

OPENING NIGHT PARTY 9:00 PM JEFFREY ADAMS ON FOURTH

CHRISSY JUDY

7:00 PM 103 MIN preceded by ANITA Q&A

CONCERT / PARTY 9:30 PM BLACK HORSE STUDI


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND BLESSED BOYS

MAMA BEARS GEMMEL & TIM 12:30 PM 84 MIN Q&A

12:30 PM 91 MIN

12:00 PM 106 MIN preceded by THE MAN OF MY DREAMS

THREE HEADED BEAST 12:15 PM 84 MIN Q&A

SHORTS PROGRAM #3 - DRAMA & DOCUMENTARY ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY IN FROM THE SIDE

2:30 PM 95 MIN Q&A

3:30 PM 92 MIN

THE NEIGHBOR

4:00 PM 134 MIN

4:30 PM 98 MIN

ALL MAN: THE NELLY & NADINE INTERNATIONAL 7:15 PM MALE STORY 93 MIN

7:00 PM 83 MIN Q&A

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PARTY 9:00 PM ROAR


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SHORTS PROGRAM #2–DRAMA & DOCUMENTARY October 1, 2:15 PM @ UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Runtime: 89 minutes

ALCHEMY

Directed by Bridget Fitzgerald Documentary Short / USA / 2021 / English / 23 minutes Glassblower and social entrepreneur Rebeccah Byer creates a glass studio for youth called The Olio. The Olio is a place of healing and growth for Rebeccah and her apprentices, and we witness this transformative power through one of Rebeccah’s apprentices, Lucy McGinnis, who struggles growing up trans in North Carolina.

SAFE HERE

Directed by Mary Grace Shuttleworth Documentary Short / USA / 2021 / English / 9 minutes Once a thriving place of inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, Knoxville, Tennessee, has seen the decline of these safe spaces, leaving the community with few places they can go to feel safe being completely themselves.

SAPPHIRE

Directed by leanne hanley; Written by Harry Hains Narrative Short / Australia / 2021 / English / 14 minutes Caught between two worlds, Ethan must confront their inner demons. With the help of therapist Max, Ethan attempts to transition from a crippling obsession to a freedom that can only be found by becoming Sapphire.

DIFFERENT SHORES

Directed and written by shani cohen Narrative Short / Israel / 2022 / Hebrew / 13 minutes During a one-day trip to the Dead Sea, a mother and daughter’s complex relationship is put to the test when a secret is revealed.

IDENTIBYE

Directed and written by Sajjad Shahhatami Narrative Short / Islamic Republic of Iran / 2021 / Persian / 15 minutes The protagonist faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility. Fear of neverending judgment from those closest to him fills him with doubt. He has to work against the clock to achieve his goal, as he knows that his true identity is what matters most.

FINDING THE LIGHTHOUSE

Directed by Michael Cox; Written by Michael Cox & Annie Wykes Narrative Short / New Zealand / 2021 / English / 10 minutes This short drama follows two sisters, estranged for five years. They meet to take their recently deceased mother’s ashes to the lighthouse they went to as kids. On the journey, they each battle with the awkwardness of the situation while rediscovering their relationship.

EMBRACE

Directed by Latesha Merkel; Animated Short / USA / 2022 / English / 5 minutes Embrace explores the common asexual experience of feeling different than most of the population, and the isolation, confusion, and self-loathing that difference can create. The story also emphasizes the self-love and joy that can come from recognition of one’s asexuality and the asexual community.


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IN FROM THE SIDE

Saturday, October 1 - 4:00pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Matt Carter UK / 2022 / English / 134 minutes Following a drunken encounter, two equally attached men from a cash strapped and divided gay rugby club unwittingly sleepwalk into an adulterous affair but must conceal their growing feelings or risk destroying the club they love. This film is available for in-person screening only at UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex.

JIMMY AND CAROLYN

Friday, September 30 - 7:00pm UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by James Andrew Walsh USA / 2022 / English / 84 minutes Starring veteran film and TV actor Gregory Harrison as Jimmy Walker, a retired auto body repairman recently diagnosed with cancer, alongside two-time Tony nominee, stage and TV star Mary Beth Peil, who plays his wife, Carolyn, this family comedy-drama examines the struggles of a long-term gay relationship within the framework of the “traditional” American family. On a whim, to celebrate Jimmy’s 75th birthday, Jimmy and Carolyn decide to drive from Florida to Westerly, RI, to surprise their son, James, and his partner, William. The bigger surprise that awaits them is the emotional crisis threatening to destroy James and William’s twenty-year relationship. Returning home to New England triggers painful memories and crushing regrets for Jimmy and Carolyn, revealing darker truths, as all four struggle with the past and the now-or-never choices they face.

Q&A with Albert Bonilla, Kimberly Chesser, Mark H. Dold, Mary Beth Peil and

James Andrew Walsh moderated by Chad E. Harris. Performance by Julie Garnyé.


MAMA BEARS

Sunday, October 2 - 12:30pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Daresha Kyi USA / 2022 / English / 90 minutes This documentary, which had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, explores the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, two “mama bears”—conservative, Christian mothers whose profound love for their LGBTQ+ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community— and Tammi Terrell Morris, a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.

What Folks Are Saying About Us… J.D. Wilson, Board Chair, Creative Center of North Carolina, Inc. As Creative Center works to position Winston-Salem as an inclusive, forwardthinking city, we applaud Rex Welton and the strong growth he and his volunteers have brought to OUT at the Movies since he founded the film festival 9 years ago. Rex is a living example of the Creative Souls who call Winston-Salem home. We also relish the feedback we hear annually of the film festival’s attendees from around the country and the world who rave about the uniqueness of our City of Arts & Innovation, its friendliness and ease of getting around and feeling welcome. Just the right size. Bravo to this distinct asset: OUT at the Movies! It continues to set the example of leading festivals around the country. Ann Walker You only hope OUT at the Movies, in Winston-Salem, NC, selects your movie to screen in their LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL! From start to finish it’s truly an amazing treat for the film-makers, stars, the judges and the audiences. Rex et al, make you feel like a STAR!! Emerson Collins As a producer and actor I’ve been to more than 40 film festivals around the world, and nowhere makes you feel more welcome and respected with a truly great time thrown in than OUT at the Movies!


THE NEIGHBOR

Sunday, October 2 - 4:30pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Pasquale Marrazzo Italy / 2022 / Italian / 95 minutes An intense love story between two young men forms from a harrowing incident they are involved in. From that moment on nothing will be like it used to be, and the love between the two men sadly brings to light Luca’s parents’ hate and intolerance toward their relationship.

NELLY & NADINE

Saturday, October 1 - 7:15pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Magnus Gertten Sweden/Belgium/Norway / 2022 / French/English/Swedish/Spanish / 92 minutes Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve 1944 in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Despite being separated in the last months of the war, Nelly and Nadine manage to later reunite and spend the rest of their lives together. For many years their love story was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family. Now Nelly’s granddaughter, Sylvie, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.


VISIT US AT 104 WEST FOURTH STREET Guests who have attended OUT at the Movies International Film Festival have this to say: Marisa Calin OUT at the Movies was the highlight of our year. It’s the festival for filmmakers. With events throughout the weekend, it was the first opportunity on the circuit that I truly got to spend time with other filmmakers and make lifelong friendships, whilst sharing my film with the most receptive audiences in the country. Their hospitality is unmatched and I come back to Winston-Salem every chance I get. Barney Cheng I’ve been invited to many prominent festivals around the world -- Cannes, Outfest, Tribeca -- to name a few, but OUT at the Movies always has a special place in my heart.


SHORTS PROGRAM #3–DRAMA & DOCUMENTARY October 2, 2:30 PM @ UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Runtime: 95 minutes

GLANCES

Directed and written by Aleksei Borovikov Narrative Short / USA / 2020 / English / 7 minutes In this emotionally driven story, two strangers lock eyes in a cafe and have to deal with unexpected feelings.

PILLOW TALK

Directed and written by James Elinski Narrative Short / USA / 2021 / English / 15 minutes To make a genuine connection, Jerome, an isolated chef, uses a new dating device that simulates physical touch. After only finding men looking for virtual one-night stands, he finally stumbles upon Minoru, an awkward artist who lives on the other side of the world.

THE AQUARIUM

Directed by Fatemeh Askarpour & Elyas Askarpour Written by Fatemeh Askarpour & Elyas Askarpour & Tahereh Fard Narrative Short / Islamic Republic of Iran / 2021 / No Dialogue / 10 minutes Two trans people fall in love with each other, but because of the taboo of this love, they hide it in their workplace and make a date in a hotel.

ROOTED OUT

Directed and written by Julie Casper Roth Documentary Short / USA / 2022 / English / 27 minutes When two men are denied a marriage license in their hometown, the town attempts to erase the incident from public record. Over the course of a year, the couple’s supporters fight for justice and an accurate narrative of events.

DASH

Directed and written by Rory Fleck Byrne Narrative Short / Ireland / 2021 / English / 15 minutes A small town stable man struggles with his femininity amidst a rugged rural landscape. As his favorite horse is set to be euthanized at the end of the week, he is forced to make a decision. Will he continue to live like this?

BOIFRIEND

Directed and written by Rebecca Marquardt (she/her) & Lane Michael Stanley (he/they) Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 10 minutes A gay cis woman’s father is surprisingly happy when she brings her transmasc boyfriend home—but she soon realizes he’s only happy because she’s in a straight-passing relationship.

KIND EYES

Directed and written by Casey L Floyd Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 12 minutes Seeking romance on a dating app date and believing he’s finally found it, Cody looks up to see his promising date turn into something else entirely.

Q&A with Lane Michael Stanley & Rebecca Marquardt, directors of Boifriend, moderated by Chad E. Harris.


Support our SHORTS Sponsors! SELECTED FESTIVAL PREVIEW Films Selected From Across the 2022 Festival Shorts Program September 29, 8:00 PM @ a/perture cinema Runtime: 65 minutes

ANITA

Directed by Stewart Jeffers Written by Priscilla Witt Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 7 minutes When Levi receives a pressuring phone call from his mother regarding marriage, he is left wondering why he hasn’t fallen in love. In an act of desperation, he follows his roommate Brandi to a mysterious club where he meets Anita. Will this act of desperation lead to love?

DASH

Directed and written by Rory Fleck Byrne Narrative Short / Ireland / 2021 / English / 15 minutes A small town stable man struggles with his femininity amidst a rugged rural landscape. As his favorite horse is set to be euthanized at the end of the week, he is forced to make a decision. Will he continue to live like this?

BOIFRIEND

Directed and written by Rebecca Marquardt (she/her) & Lane Michael Stanley (he/they) Narrative Short / USA / 2022 / English / 10 minutes A gay cis woman’s father is surprisingly happy when she brings her transmasc boyfriend home - but she soon realizes he’s only happy because she’s in a straight-passing relationship.

PILLOW TALK

Directed and written by James Elinski Narrative Short / USA / 2021 / English / 15 minutes To make a genuine connection, Jerome, an isolated chef, uses a new dating device that simulates physical touch. After only finding men looking for virtual one-night stands, he finally stumbles upon Minoru, an awkward artist who lives on the other side of the world.

DIFFERENT SHORES

Directed and written by shani cohen Narrative Short / Israel / 2022 / Hebrew / 13 minutes During a one-day trip to the Dead Sea, a mother and daughter’s complex relationship is put to the test when a secret is revealed.

EMBRACE

Directed by Latesha Merkel Animated Short / USA / 2022 / English / 5 minutes Embrace explores the common asexual experience of feeling different than most of the population, and the isolation, confusion, and self-loathing that difference can create. The story also emphasizes the self-love and joy that can come from recognition of one’s asexuality and the asexual community.

Q&A with Stewart Jeffers, director of ANITA, moderated by Chad E. Harris.


THREE HEADED BEAST

Sunday, October 2 - 12:15pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Fernando Andrés & Tyler Rugh USA / 2022 / English / 83 minutes In this poetic exploration of love and suppressed communication, the foundation of a bisexual couple’s healthy open relationship starts to show its cracks.

Q&A with Fernando Andrés and Tyler Hugh, moderated by Chad E. Harris.

UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS

Saturday, October 1 - 5:00pm - UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex Directed by Juan Felipe Zuleta USA / 2022 / English / 100 minutes Peter is a flamboyant, misanthropic dwarf hiding from the world in his shabby New York apartment. But an unexpected visit from his upbeat—and possibly unhinged—neighbor, Winona, forces him out of his shell and onto an impromptu road trip. Their destination? What she believes to be the site of an upcoming alien visitation in the wilderness of rural Canada. On their increasingly surreal odyssey, Peter and Winona will encounter bickering lesbian cosplayers, shroomaddled survivalists, and even extraterrestrial highway cops.


OUT at the Movies International Film Fest Screening Committee Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali Michael Allen Christine Amen Tab Ballis Doug Chapman Dean Culler Ginny Genung David Hammond Chase Hanes Chad E. Harris Kaelin Hollon Judy Jordan Jim Knight Garry Lightbourne Kerry Macklin Erin McInnis Brennan McMahon Shannon Rosato Mark Smiley Rex Welton Rick Wicker Aiden Winter-Deely Tim Yersin

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Guests who have attended OUT at the Movies International Film Festival have this to say: Mat Hayes OATM is by far the best festival I’ve ever been a part of. The team and board make you feel so rewarded for creating something you were so passionate about. The local arts community of supporters also makes you feel right at home. Being a part of this festival is one of the things I look most forward to year after year! Tab Ballis OUT at the Movies is a masterfully curated festival of queer films... and so much more! The abundant hospitality and good vibes make this event a welcoming community that you hope will never end…so let’s get the party started!


THANK YOU! The 2022 OUT at the Movies International Film Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our donors.

As of 8.31.22

Cal and Mary Adams Newell and Rosemary Alexander Christine Amen Allen Broach Frank Brown, III Bryan Brunette and Russell Roland Karen and Matt Coleman Bob Conn Max Cullen Patti Cumming Becky Currin and Lee Ann Manning Rob Davis Mary Dossinger Janet Falls Frank and Gary Murray and Joan Greason Ken and Pam Haisty Cathy and David Harris Chad E. Harris Pamela Harris Sue and Doug Henderson John Hoemann and Howard Upchurch Minda and Chip Hunter Anne Markey Jones Carol S. Karr Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey J. Kierstead Derek Ledbetter Adrienne Amos Livengood Jane and Tom McKim Brennan McMahon David Miner Brad Moss and Rex Welton Louise Pollard Frances and Steve Porter Shannon Rosato Kat Schaer Betty Simpson Richard D. Smith Ron Stacker Thompson Bruce and Liz Walley Rick Wicker and Jim Knight Alyson Williams Janie and J.D. Wilson


United in purpose and care for all people. Truist is proud to support OUT at the Movies International Film Festival. Their vision of a world where LGBTQ+ people are affirmed, respected, and included in their local communities reflects our own commitment to care and the purpose we live by. At the core of that purpose—to build better lives and communities—are the values that guide us to be intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion. And we continue to work at this every day. Because we believe a culture where we can live and contribute our authentic selves is a stronger one.

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