Coming Up Queer - Shorts Program


67m
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

Six short films that celebrate queer, trans, and non-binary youth and young adults of diverse backgrounds and experiences will inspire and delight as they take us through journeys with love interests, classmates, families, and communities.

Starting in Colombia, Darío is a talented teenage dancer, but his mother’s disapproval stands in the way of his performing at the upcoming carnival. We then meet Dani, a non-binary “dragtivist” of Sri Lankan heritage who lives in San Francisco and challenges gender norms through drag king performances as Dani Boi. Twelve-year-old Erin is on a mission to woo the coolest girl at school in Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls, but will it strain her friendship with her BFF, Liz? In rural Pennsylvania, The Toothmans share their experiences as a family with a trans teen daughter who faces obstacles at school but comes into her own with the support of her parents. In Sweet and Sour, Wei visits his mom at her Chinese restaurant with his new boyfriend, but becomes nervous about coming out to her. We end in Australia, with ten year-old Mrs McCutcheon who prefers to wear dresses at school, despite being teased for it. Friendship and romantic interest from a classmate and pressure from the principal to dress differently all culminate at the school dance, with an ending that will have everyone on their feet.

This youth program is free and open to the public. Some films contain mild language; the suggested age range is 12 and older.

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Darío

DIRECTORS Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil | 2018 | Germany, Colombia | 15m | In Spanish with English subtitles
Darío, a 17-year-old boy in Barranquilla, Colombia, is a talented dancer whose mother’s disapproval stands in his way of performing at the upcoming carnival.

Dani Boi

DIRECTOR Logan Mucha | 2018 | Australia | 6m
Dani is a non-binary “dragtivist” of Sri Lankan heritage who moved to San Francisco from Australia and challenges gender norms through their drag king performances.

Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls

DIRECTOR Julianna Notten | 2017 | Canada | 15m
Erin, a spunky 12 year old, is on a mission to woo the coolest girl in school, but will it put a strain on her friendship with her BFF, Liz?

The Toothmans

DIRECTOR Hansen Bursic | 2017 | USA | 8m
Cooper shares her experiences as a trans teen growing up in rural Pennsylvania, facing challenges at school and within her family, but she comes into her own with the support of her parents.

Sweet and Sour

DIRECTOR Ann Sun | 2017 | USA | 6m
Graduate student Wei brings his new boyfriend on a visit to his mom at her Chinese restaurant, but he becomes nervous about coming out to her.

Mrs McCutcheon

DIRECTOR John Sheedy | 2017 | Australia | 17m
Ten-year-old Mrs McCutcheon prefers to wear dresses at school instead of the expected pants, despite being teased for it. Friendship, romantic interest from a classmate, and pressure from the principal to dress differently all culminate at the school dance, with an ending that will have everyone on their feet.

SPONSORED BY
Wells Fargo

CO-PRESENTED BY
Our Family Coalition / Gender Spectrum / Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network)