Kaleidoscope 2015



2015 Feature Film Lineup

  • Androids Dream (SUEÑAN los androids), Director: Ion de Sosa

Spain/61 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

A lo-fi spin on Philip K. Dick’s "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” famously adapted by Ridley Scott in 1982’s “Blade Runner”.

You have to be vigilant. Someone wants to harm you. Spain in 2052 is an abandoned construction site and gunshots echo on empty walls.

It is the year 2052, on Earth, in Spain, and the final days of almost everything. The city is a string of abandoned construction sites. Everyday there are fewer people and not all of them are human. A sheep costs four and a half million pesetas and you have to spend a lot of bullets to pay for one.

  • Chasing Pavement, Director: Matthew Doyle

USA/82 minutes - WORLD PREMIERE

Chasing Pavement stars Remy Mars as Elijah Young, an 'urban' porn star who is preparing to leave the adult entertainment industry and start a new career as a chef. His new roommate, Takeshi, played by Tokio Sasaki, is a Japanese immigrant who is looking for a new start in the information technology field. Takeshi, who feels completely invisible in the United States, becomes obsessed with his extremely visible flatmate. Takeshi's obsession culminates in a violation of boundaries that brings the two together for a moment of intimacy that neither will soon forget. The movie also stars Antonio Biaggi as Bryson Colon, a man with a troubled past who frequently hires Elijah as an escort, but wants much more.

  • Club King, Director: Jon Bush

USA/70 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - For the past 20 years, Mario Diaz has crafted his own iconic image as the premier LGBT nightlife king, throwing some of the sexiest and wildest parties from New York to LA, including the insanely appealing Hot Dog, BFD and Full Frontal Disco. CLUB KING combines Diaz's personal reflections with candid interviews and archival footage from the East and West Coast's hottest queens (including Jackie Beat), go-go boys, and singers like Justin Vivian Bond, resulting in a dizzyingly wild ride. - Outfest

  • Driving Not Knowing, Directors: Benjamin R. Davis, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, Jay Jadick, and Dane Mainella

USA/86 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

Lee, a drug-addled yet sensitive musician, is in love with Will, an ambitious poet. Volatile and intense, Will is hesitant to make himself vulnerable to Lee’s affection. After a year apart, the two reunite for a weekend at Lee's home in the country. Not knowing how to be free and connected at the same time, the men struggle to find what they are driving towards.

  • Game Face, Director: Michiel Thomas

USA/95 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

The award winning documentary GAME FACE tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMAs first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a young, ambitious and talented college basketball player in Oklahoma, who happens to be gay. Both realize that coming out will be necessary for their own sense of integrity and peace of mind, but the lack of a clear roadmap and the unpredictable consequences instill understandable anxiety and caution. Both Fallon and Terrence generously share their inner selves, their strengths and their vulnerabilities, and welcome us into their struggles. NBA player Jason Collins, NFL player Wade Davis, NCAA Division 1 basketball player Kyle Allums, and triathlete Chris Mosier also appear in the film.

  • Henry Gamble's Birthday Party, Director: Stephen Cone

USA/86 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY is an exhilarating ensemble drama centered around the seventeenth birthday of megachurch preacher’s son Henry Gamble. At once a poignant coming-of-age tale and provocative portrait of community, riotous party movie and deeply moving family drama, many threads weave this vast tapestry.

At the center of this world lies the confident, music-loving Henry, floating in a world of sexual possibility; his sister Autumn, caught between the spiritual and physical; preacher’s wife Kat, n a state of limbo, middle-aged, with a secret; and, finally, Bob, evangelical star on the rise, typically optimistic, but sensing his family drifting away. Providing humorous and heartbreaking counterpoint to the Gambles story is a cast of characters from church and school, all trying to wade their way through life, spirituality and identity in the 21st century.

  • Naz and Maalik, Director: Jay Dockendorf

USA/86 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Over the course of one meditative Friday afternoon, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by lingering FBI surveillance. NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

  • Not Safe To Be Me, Director: Laura D’Antoni

USA/67 minutes - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - Not Safe To Be Me is a bird’s eye view of the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from the early 20th century to the present. Director Laura D’Antoni examines bullying, coming out, history, religion and suicide through a series of interviews of LGBT people sharing their own experiences. Paralleling the stories is the biography of Miami-Dade educator Robert Loupo, whose own experiences with suicide and assault led him to create the "Safe Schools South Florida" to train teachers to recognize and intervene in anti-gay bullying.

  • Peter de Rome: The Grandfather of Gay Pornography, Director: Ethan Reid

UK/97minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - Pioneering erotic filmmaker Peter de Rome tells his astonishing life story with humour and charm in this surprising and heart-warming documentary – the feature debut of director Ethan Reid.

Spanning more than eight decades of gay experience in Britain and the US, Peter de Rome Grandfather of Gay Porn charts its subject's journey from cinematic outlaw to celebrated film icon with contributions from friends and collaborators. The film was completed shortly before De Rome's death, and features extensive extracts from his varied and often explicit work - from his early 8mm experiments in the 1960s to his extraordinary feature films - to create a vivid portrait of a true one-off.  

Five Astonishing Facts about Peter De Rome

  1. Peter is the first porn director to have his films preserved in the BFI National Archive
  2. Sir John Gielgud and William Burroughs both wrote porn film scripts for him
  3. Peter is the only director to have filmed a gay sex scene on the New York Subway
  4. Peter filmed the last-known footage of Greta Garbo and included it in one of hisporn films
  5. Peter had a novel way to sneak the naughty bits past the censors
  • Reel in the Closet, Director: Stu Maddux

USA/82 minutes REGIONAL PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY - Reel In The Closet is a feature-length documentary that transports us into LGBT life of the past through rare home movies of the people who lived it. Many of the moving images in this film are shown for the first time. Many more wait to be discovered in people’s closets but are being thrown out- sometimes on purpose.

The completed film is a “crowd work in progress”. More closets are opened each day containing home movies that reveal more of the LGBT experience. These new treasures are regularly added to the documentary and to this online community.

  • S&M Sally, Director: Michelle Ehlen

USA/79 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, Jamie assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own. A provocative and hilarious ride, S&M Sally details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone.

  • Those People, Director: Joey Kuhn

USA/89 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.

  • You’re Killing Me, Director: Jim Hansen

USA/90 minutes - REGIONAL PREMIERE

Indiewire called it “a gay horror camp classic in the making.

An intriguing mix of horror, camp and romantic comedy, YOU'RE KILLING ME demonstrates what happens when narcissistic, wannabe Internet star George meets Joe, a monotone serial killer.


2015 Short Film Lineup

CENTER FOR ARTISTIC REVOLUTION STUDENT SHORT FILM PRIZE

  • Some Rainbows Never Grey, Director: Peter Jacobsen 

Australia/15:00 

Jim, Allan and Ian, three older gay men from Melbourne, Australia, openly discuss why they chose to marry women in the 1960s, the period of heartbreak which followed and their eventual self-discovery.

  • Water, Director: Ricardo Esparragoza 

Mexico/12:00 - REGIONAL PREMIERE

The life of Daniel, an introverted teenager, takes a turn with the arrival of his new swimming classmate. The outgoing personality of Carlos, makes Daniel doubt about his personality and sexuality.

  • Border Woods, Director: Miles Carey 

USA/21:03 - REGIONAL PREMIERE

When Rowan loses track of his high-school friends in the woods the night of their goodbye camping trip before college, he is plunged into a fantastical world where he must face his hopes, fears, and sexuality, as he is pushed ever closer to the border with the unknown.

  • Plunge, Director: Kate Lefoe 

Australia/5:30 - REGIONAL PREMIERE
 
A romantic day trip tests the relationship of two young lovers.

  • Falling Angels, Director: Maria Winther Olsen

Denmark/27:36

Julia - the priest's daughter - falls in love with the beautiful Barbara, who just moved to the island. A story about forbidden love and the impossible choices it leads to.

  • A Kiss From Your Lips, Director: Allison Tate 

USA/3:30

A young swing dancer looks for her perfect dance partner.

  • Southern Pride, Director: Nick Lane 

USA/Made in Arkansas/7:19

When it seems their young son will be proposing to his girlfriend over dinner, a southern gay couple go on a walk and get into a fiery debate about the pros and cons of marriage.

THE NARRATIVE SHORTS

  • Bad at Dancing, Directed by Joanna Arnow

USA - 11:27

A perpetual third wheel and awkward outsider, Joanna increasingly inserts herself into the relationship of her more charismatic roommate Isabel. The two women test each other’s sexual and emotional boundaries in this surreal dark comedy.

  • Border Woods, Directed by Miles Carey

USA - 21:03 **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

When Rowan loses track of his high-school friends in the woods the night of their goodbye camping trip before college, he is plunged into a fantastical world where he must face his hopes, fears, and sexuality, as he is pushed ever closer to the border with the unknown.

  • Brace, Directed by Sophy Holland & Alicya Eyo

UK - 24:13

After coming out and leaving his girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London's gay scene. His burgeoning freedom is soon challenged when he meets Rocky, a handsome stranger who is harboring a secret that he desperately wants to share with Adam. As their bond strengthens and Rocky prepares to reveal his secret to Adam, their fledgling romance is ruptured by a cataclysmic event that forces the truth to come out in the most explosive manner.

  • Caged, Directed by Lazlo & Dylan Tonk

Netherlands - 13:14

When a high school track athlete discovers that his teammate and best friend is gay he must risk either his friendship or his reputation.

  • Camouflage, Directed by Stephan Kämpf & Andreas Kessler

Germany - 7:40

During a military exercise in the woods, two soldiers cover each other's faces in camouflage paint. In such a delicate situation, in which every trembling of the finger is perceivable, Max tries to find out the truth about Christian. He fears to become a target of the group himself, if his best friend actually turns out to be gay. As Max feels more and more pressured by his surrounding, he pushes Christian to confess.

  • Carpe Jugular, Directed by Kai Stänicke

Germany - 5:17

The dance floor is a battlefield.

  • Devin, Directed by Jesus Martinez

USA/MADE IN ARKANSAS - 4:00

A person fights to keep an unlikely friend alive.

  • Dos Almas, Directed by Danielle Villegas

USA - 15:45

1850, deep in the western wilderness, a woman finds herself alone and vulnerable.  Worlds collide when two spirit natures are revealed.

  • Falling Angels, Directed by Maria Winther Olsen

Denmark - 27:36

Julia - the priest's daughter - falls in love with the beautiful Barbara, who just moved to the island. A story about forbidden love and the impossible choices it leads to.

  • Good Morning, Directed by Nicholas Vaky

Taiwan - 4:57 **WORLD PREMIERE**

A woman wakes up in what seems to be an ideal world, but is it?

  • hopefulROMANTIC, Directed by Benjamin Pollack

USA - 16:30

hopefulROMANTIC  is an original musical film about one man's (Matt Zarley) emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing. It's a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody. The nearly dialogue-free narrative is articulated solely through Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla's soulful pop score...introducing a fresh new format in musical storytelling. George Takei co-stars.

  • Intrinsic Moral Evil, Directed by Harm Weistra

Netherlands - 10:45

A tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, a game with the viewer’s perception and expectations.

  • A Kiss From Your Lips, Directed by Allison Tate

USA - 3:30

A young swing dancer looks for her perfect dance partner.

  • Lady of The Night, Directed by Laurent Boileau

France - 9:40

The annual dinner commemorating the death of Cornelius, revives Samuel’s memories. He never revealed his homosexuality to Cornelius’s family, whom he had invited that evening. After their departure, he becomes a Queen of the Night, in tribute to his lost love.

  • The Last Girl, Directed by Bjarke de Koning

Denmark - 13:07

Life is not the same after a holiday with Jesper and there is no avoiding the truth now.

  • Life in Colors, Directed by Mark Margason

USA - 13:02 **NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE**

Life in Colors' follows a few brief moments in the lives of two women from the United Kingdom in the 1940's, it takes us on a journey of their passion, love and desire to be together in a world that is against that love.

  • A Little Bit Country, Directed by Amy Coop

UK - 6:39

Dylan is a teenager who harbours a dark secret. Whilst he may look like many other sulky teen, he hides another side to his personality away from the world.

  • Midnight, Directed by TR Wilkinson

USA/Australia - 19:59  **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

Shane and Aiden decide to experiment with an open relationship. Can their relationship survive it?

  • My Personal Art History, Directed by Neil Ira Needleman

USA - 3:11

A poignant "love- story in waiting" told with famous paintings by Courbet, Renoir, Boucher, Degas, Rubens, and many others.

  • Nothing, Directed by Keith Curry

USA/MADE IN ARKANSAS - 19:00 **NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE**

The day in the life of man who has to decide on avenging his brother’s death or choose life.

  • Perpetual, Directed by Peter Ahlen

Denmark - 26:00  **WORLD PREMIERE**

The young Sebastian explores her sexuality and looking for love online. He meet with the older Jacob in a seedy sex club. In the new and dark surroundings Sebastian surrender  to the present and in their subsequent meetings Sebastian falls in love with Jacob. Outside the dark compartment and the intense togetherness, the realities starts to show and perhaps it is more lust for the young body and not love Jacob is looking for?

  • Plunge, Directed by Kate Lefoe

Australia - 5:30  **REGIONAL PREMIERE**
 
A romantic day trip tests the relationship of two young lovers.

  • Pretty Boy, Directed by Cameron Thrower

USA - 32:00  **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to "fix" his questionable homosexuality. Aside from acceptance, "Pretty Boy" is about confidence, finding an inner strength, and being who you are meant to be.

  • Some Rainbows Never Grey, Directed by Peter Jacobsen

Australia - 15:00 **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

Jim, Allan and Ian, three older gay men from Melbourne, Australia, openly discuss why they chose to marry women in the 1960s, the period of heartbreak which followed and their eventual self-discovery.

  • Southern Pride, Directed by Nick Lane

USA/ Made in Arkansas - 7:19

When it seems their young son will be proposing to his girlfriend over dinner, a southern gay couple go on a walk and get into a fiery debate about the pros and cons of marriage.

  • Tomorrow, Directed by Leandro Tadashi

USA - 13:20

New Year's Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor's wingman ensures things will never be the same again.

  • Waiting Room, Directed by Kira Trinity

USA - 16:30   **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

Elijah was a good guy, but now he's dead. Luckily, sassy Jesus got his back.

  • Warpaint, Directed by Al Benoit

USA - 16:02  **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

Warpaint tells the story of Carey and Audrey, two seventeen year old girls who fall in love over a summer at their parents' lake houses.

  • Water, Directed by Ricardo Esparragoza

Mexico - 12:00 **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

The life of Daniel, an introverted teenager, takes a turn with the arrival of his new swimming classmate. The outgoing personality of Carlos, makes Daniel doubt about his personality and sexuality.

  • You.Me.Bathroom.Sex.Now, Directed by Francisco Lupini Basagoiti

USA - 17:20

A comedy about a man who tries to forget about love in all the wrong places. When Antonio finds out that his boyfriend is cheating on him three days before Christmas, he decides to find solace amongst friends at the neighborhood dive.

  • Zac and Luc, Directed by Robert W. Gray

Canada - 14:36

A split-screen film telling two versions of the entire story of a relationship. Each memory becomes intertwined with all the others: the firsts, the lasts, the middles, each of the small nothing moments that add up to something in the end.

SPECIAL SCREENING

  • Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls, Directed by Mark Thiedeman

USA/MADE IN ARKANSAS - 40:00 

Two teenage misfits at an all-boys Catholic boarding school become unlikely comrades in their struggles against a hormonal bully and an old- fashioned priest.

**Will be shown during “The Tome of a Southern LGBT Filmmaker: A Conversation with Director Mark Thiedeman.” (http://sched.co/3uHZ)

 

THE DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

  • And Counting, Directed by Michelle Wood

USA - 14:33

Taking you on an experimental odyssey, “And Counting” celebrates one man's unexpected journey of living longer with HIV than he ever imagined possible.

  • Born Wrong, Directed by Rob Daglish

UK - 8:21

"Born Wrong" is an experimental film about my family coping and reacting to my brother going through a sex change. The film is a visual snapshot of the emotional turmoil one feels when making such a transition, as well as the emotions of those closest to them.

  • The Damn Deal, Directed by Elizabeth Gracen *DIRECTOR IS A NATIVE ARKANSAN

USA/MADE IN ARKANSAS - 25:06  **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

In 1997, filmmaker and former Miss America, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, interviewed three young female impersonators who competed in the Miss Gay America Pageant system. The lost footage, now restored, explores gender identity in the South during the late 20th century.

  • First Clue, Directed by Susan Sullivan  

USA - 6:24

First Clue poses the question “What was your first clue you were a lesbian?” The answers are playful and poignant prequels to our “when did you know?” and “coming out” stories. Charming and upbeat, First Clue reveals our earliest intuitions that we knew and delighted in who we were until we were taught otherwise.

  • A Mississippi Love Story

USA - 13:06

A Mississippi Love Story introduces the viewer to Eddie and Justin, together living what might otherwise be considered an ordinary life during an extraordinary time in history. It provides a glimpse into the relationships the two have with one another, and with family, friends and their Deep South hometown. Against the backdrop of legal battles about same-sex marriage, Eddie and Justin share their personal take on what love really means.

  • Purpose in the Pulpit, Directed by Carter McCall

USA - 7:56

Pastor Dennis Massenberg reflects on the internal struggle he faced in reconciling his faith and his sexuality on the path to establishing his own church.

  • Stella Walsh, Directed by Rob Lucas    

USA - 15:38

The tragic story of the greatest female athlete in the world, her murder and the gender controversy that followed…

 

GRAND JURY Awards

GRAND JURY AWARD NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Directed by Stephen Cone

GRAND JURY AWARD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Reel in the Closet, Directed by Stu Maddux

GRAND JURY AWARD NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
Camouflage, Directed by Stephan Kämpf & Andreas Kessler (Germany)

GRAND JURY AWARD DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
A Mississippi Love Story, Produced by Robbie Fisher


AUDIENCE Awards

AUDIENCE AWARD, NARRATIVE FEATURE
S&M Sally, Directed by Michelle Ehlen

AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Game Face, Directed by Michiel Thomas

AUDIENCE AWARD, SHORT FILM
Pretty Boy, Directed by Cameron Thrower


Special Awards

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM 
Falling Angels, Directed by Maria Winther Olsen (Denmark)

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CHERYL MAPLES RAINBOW AWARD 
Game Face, Directed by Michiel Thomas

 

FILM SOCIETY OF LITTLE ROCK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AWARD: EMERGING FILMMAKER
Joey Kuhn (Those People)