Realness & Revelations - Shorts Program


94m
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

These enriching shorts showcase the stories and experiences of queer and trans folks of color. Celebrating trailblazers, queer resilience, and the beauty of dance, these films feature QTPOC folks forging toward truth and equality.

Many Loves, One Heart tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica, highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies. In Colombia, Darío, a 17-year-old boy, tries to hide his love for carnival dancing from his disapproving mother. The body and movement between Two Men open a dialogue of sexuality and hyper-masculinity in a stylized world. Happy Birthday, Marsha! imagines the iconic transgender performer and activist Marsha P. Johnson in the hours before Stonewall. The Things You Think I’m Thinking features a black male burn survivor and amputee going on a date with a non-disabled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons. In Masks, we witness a closeted medical student risk being outed to her family on the same evening that a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.

— PAUL STRUTHERS

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Many Loves, One Heart

DIRECTOR Sarah Feinbloom | 2017 | USA, Jamaica | 19m
This short doc tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica by highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies who have committed their lives to the Jamaican struggle for LGBTQ rights.

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.

Two Men

DIRECTOR Yuanhao Zhao | 2017 | China | 9m
The story of Two Men takes place in a highly theatricalized setting, namely an arched iron cage. Two men fall in love with each other in an all-male world.

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

DIRECTORS Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel | 2017 | USA | 14m
This hybrid short doc imagines iconic transgender performer and activist Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall riots; it stars Independent Spirit Award winner Mya Taylor (Tangerine).

The Things You Think I’m Thinking

DIRECTOR Sherren Lee | 2017 | Canada | 15m
A black male burn survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons.

Masks

DIRECTOR Mahaliyah Ayla O | 2018 | USA | 22m
A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family on the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.

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