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


This Sundance darling nabbed the opening slot at Frameline with its tale of Abby (Wow, she’s cute! Robin Weigert, Deadwood), a well-to-do suburban lesbian housewife who breaks away from her humdrum stay-at-home Mom routine after being hit in the head with a baseball. Abby’s dramatic midlife crisis suddenly expands from a redecorating project to turning tricks (shades of Bunuel’s Belle du Jour?). Written and directed by newcomer Stacie Passon and produced by accomplished lesbian director Rose Troche (Go Fish, The Safety of Objects), Concussion was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and took home the Teddy Jury Award from the Berlin Film Festival.

    • 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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