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The Hot Summer Film Festival Preview: Which Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

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God Loves Uganda

Portraying the grueling struggle of Ugandan gay activists battling imported American religious Right-wing homophobia, this powerful expose’ from Roger Ross Williams is an eye-opening look at courageous LGBT activists and their equally brave straight allies. Like last year’s Call Me Kuchu, the film serves as a call-to-action, an indictment of the religious Right and a reminder that we have a very long way to go to achieve global LGBT equality.

In the crowd-sourcing spirit: Please share your opinions below on these LGBT film festival picks and chime in with YOUR picks, too.

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    • EvonCook

      A reasonable question would seem to be WTF happened to NEWFEST, the former New York film festival, that supposedly united with the LA OUTFEST to be saved financially and with better connections to the film industry for better programming (Humm, which incidentally also gave OUTFEST a desirable connection to Lincoln Center)? Now, NEWFEST has been moved first from the traditional multi-decade time slot of June to mid July, and this year is shunted off to a long weekend in SEPTEMBER!!! WTF??? NEWFEST, under Basil and Mr. Love used to be great, multi-screen and almost two weeks long. Now it is pathetic. Shame on New York, and a great loss to a large gay cinema community!

      Jun 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jenni

      @EvonCook: Yes, it is sad that NewFest was moved to the fall but really better than having it not be there at all. Basil and Wellington (and Jeff and Sande before them) built the festival into a wonderful event. But the history of LGBT film festivals in NYC has been a bumpy one (you may know that the reason NewFest is called New is that the original New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival also closed down way back in the day and NewFest was the revised version). And with that I just have to mention that we are all indebted to the orginal NY Gay Film Fest founder Peter Lowy.

      Plus, you guys also happen to have the BEST LGBT Experimental festival in the world — MIX. Just saying!


      Jun 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dev

      Didn’t see it in the pics, but I’m looking forward to seeing Peter Paige in “Birthday Cake.” I really loved the short film it was based on and it also has Jane Badler from “V.”

      Jun 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stfallon1028

      I’m really excited to see Big Gay Love. Jonathan Lisecki made Gayby watchable and Xandr from Buffy as a gogo dancer? I’m in

      Jun 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thad1527

      Well, New Yorkers can always come down to our QFest in Philadelphia. This year it’s July 11 to 22. It’s an event that the locals actually go to (as opposed to our Equality Forum, which gets major press but which nobody local actually attends). We’re getting “Big Gay Love,” “Birthday Cake,” “C.O.G.,” “”G.B.F.”(which is the festival opener), and much much more!! The website is, of course: http://www.qfest.com

      Jun 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ocruz

      It sucks that theres nothing like this in the south, and when these movies come out on DVD they are so expensive! and they are never released on netflix or anything like that

      Jun 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rusty

      @ocruz: Some of last years are on Youtube. South where? I’m from Texas.

      Jul 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zaneymcbanes

      I always really appreciate these roundups of queer cinema. Thank you Queerty!

      Jul 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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