Official Selections of Kaleidoscope - The Features

The first year of Kaleidoscope kicks off with 13 feature films; 8 Narratives and 5 Documentaries. All features are Arkansas Premieres, including 1 World Premiere (Chasing Pavement) and 8 Regional Premieres. 

Festival goers will also have the opportunity to interact with 12 filmmakers representing 7 of the features screening from July 30 to August 2.

You can view the complete Kaleidoscope Feature Film lineup by clicking here:

The Narratives

Androids Dream (Sueñan los androides)  (Presented by Fantastic Cinema), Directed by Ion de Sosa

Spain/61 minutes **REGIONAL PREMIERE**

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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, Directed by Matthew Doyle

USA/82 minutes **WORLD PREMIERE**

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Expected to attend: Director Matthew Doyle, Stars Remy Mars and Antonio Biaggi

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.

Driving Not Knowing, Directed by Benjamin R. Davis, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, Jay Jadick, and Dane Mainella


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Expected to attend: Co-Director/Cinematographer Dylan Hansen-Fliedner and Co-Director/Star Jay Jadick

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.

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILM), Directed by Stephen Cone


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Expected to attend: Director Stephen Cone

HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY spans the 24 hours containing the birthday pool party of 17-year-old preacher’s kid Henry Gamble. 

On the day of the party, Henry’s mom Kat wakes in a state of limbo, middle-aged, with a secret. A little while later, Pastor Bob is making breakfast, and they are joined by Henry’s 19-year-old sister Autumn, home from college for the party. Later that afternoon, guests begin to arrive – the assistant pastor, youth minister, husbands and wives; sons and daughters trapped between youth and adulthood, as well as Henry’s own teenaged church and “secular” friends, including the closeted young Logan, who has eyes for Henry. 

As day turns to night and clothes come off, Henry & Co. carefully navigate the religious strictures and sexual secrets held within the community, all struggling to tread the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

Naz and Maalik, Directed by Jay Dockendorf


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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. 


S&M Sally (CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE FILM), Directed by Michelle Ehlen


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Expected to attend: S&M Sally Director Michelle Ehlen

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, Directed by Joey Kuhn


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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 (Presented by Fantastic Cinema), Directed by Jim Hansen


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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.


The Documentaries

Club King, Directed by Jon Bush **MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO ATTEND**

USA/70 minutes - **ARKANSAS PREMIERE**

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Expected to attend: Director Jon Bush and subject Mario Diaz

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

Game Face, Directed by Michiel Thomas


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Expected to attend: Director Michiel Thomas and subject Terrence Clemens

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 Kye Allums and triathlete Chris Mosier also appear in the film.

Not Safe To Be Me, Directed by Laura D’Antoni


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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, Directed by Ethan Reid **MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO ATTEND**


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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.

Reel in the Closet, Directed by Stu Maddux


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Expected to attend: Director Stu Maddux

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.

About Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. Kaleidoscope celebrates the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema. 

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