• Shakedown

    72 mins R USA
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    Shakedown, a series of parties by and for black women, dominated Los Angeles’s underground lesbian strip club scene from the 1990s through the 2000s. This film is equal parts provocative, touching, sexy, and nostalgic for days long gone.  Director Leilah Weinraub captures the glamour, grit, and joy of club life at Shakedown, from welcoming the birth of the first Shakedown baby, to dancers being harassed and arrested by the LAPD. We meet a captivating crew, including Miss Mahogany, a black house mother who has organized parties since the ’80s; Egypt, a femme performer with an alter ego as dominant Sasha Fierce, but a voice so soft you’d never know it was coming from the same person; and Ronnie Ron, Miss Mahogany’s butch lesbian protégé, a brilliant MC and the founder of Shakedown Productions.

    It’s a celebration of a unique time and space, crackling with footage that (amazingly) was shot and has survived. So settle in and grab some dollar bills. These girls know how to put on a show.

    Director: Leila Weinraub
  • Softcore

    8 mins R Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Shorts
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    Lila and Ashleigh are two bridesmaids who meet and are irrevocably changed through a humorous discussion about love, sexuality and lost relationships.

    Director: Varun Saranga
  • Eva + Candela

    ¿Como te llamas?

    90 mins 14+ Columbia
    Language: Spanish Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    A portrait of two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world.

    The passion between them creates a seductive and fascinating intimacy. But over time, their relationship evolves, swinging from infatuation to sensuality, which turns to tenderness, and then routine. They never wanted to be a conventional couple, and yet that’s just what they’ve  become.

    Can Eva and Candela withstand the inevitable effects of time to overcome the metamorphosis of their relationship?

    Director: Ruth Caudeli
    Cast: Alejandra Lara, Silvia Varón, Roberto Cano
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    91 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

    A FilmRise Release, in association with Beachside Films and Parkville Pictures.

    Director: Desiree Akhavan
    Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle
  • Hearts Beat Loud

    107 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy Romance
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    In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

    Director: Brett Haley
    Cast: Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner
  • Carol

    118 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama Romance
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    CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

    Director: Todd Haynes
    Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
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