The 19th annual Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, presented by Indy Pride, will feature a thrilling assortment of feature films, shorts and documentaries – focused on LGBT issues.
Feature Length Films
November 8 - 7:30 pm
Gay Chorus Deep South
Documentary Feature • Director: David Charles Rodrigues, USA, 100 Minutes
In the wake of the 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responded with a bus tour through Southern red states. Their mission: Carry a message of visibility, acceptance, hope, and the power of music to unify rather than divide. Screening preceded by a live performance by the INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S CHORUS.
November 9 - 2 pm
Documentary Feature • Director: Melody L. Dunn, USA, 90 Minutes
One night in 1981, a ballsy group of men with big hearts and even bigger bouffants dressed in drag and boarded a bus. Performing at stops throughout Indianapolis, they raised money for people dying from the disease “God gave to the homosexuals.” Courageous and compassionate, the Indy Bag Ladies organized to help, hug, and house droves of dying gay men who no one else would. Their humanity and hilarity proved far more powerful than public policies and a government that initially turned its back on the national AIDS crisis in the early ’80s.
November 9 - 2 pm
Queering the Script
Documentary Feature • Director: Gabrielle Zilkha, Canada/USA, 90 Minutes
Queer nerd alert! Queering The Script ventures into the cosplay-wearing, fanfic-writing underbelly of queer fandoms, exploring their influence on the slow but steady rise of LGBTQ+ characters in the media. Engrossing interviews contextualize the history of queer women in popular media, while Pose actress Angelica Ross, The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, and Xena: Warrior Princess herself, Lucy Lawless, share their experiences with fans and how they’ve helped to reshape narratives to be queer inclusive.
November 9 - 6 pm
From Zero to I Love You
Narrative Feature • Director: Doug Spearman, USA, 103 Minutes
Peter’s latest love interest is Jack, a charming, successful businessman...with a devoted wife and two young children. Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc) stars in this funny, sexy, bittersweet romance that grapples with the hang-ups and pressures gay men contend with when it comes to identity and love.
November 9 - 8 pm
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
Documentary Feature • Directors: Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen, USA, 99 Minutes
When A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was released in 1985, fans thirsting for more Freddy Krueger mayhem weren’t prepared for what’s been called “the gayest horror movie ever made." Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street brings Patton out of hiding after 30 years, finally ready to embrace the film and confront his own demons by telling his story.
November 10 - 12 pm
Brief Story from the Green Planet
Narrative Feature • Director: Santiago Loza, Argentina/Germany/Spain, 74 Minutes
Spanish with English Subtitles
In this tender, epic journey, young trans woman Tania is tasked with caring for her recently deceased grandmother’s closest companion—an alien, whom she and her comrades must safely return to its extra-terrestrial origins. Told in a blend of magic and sobering realism, this poetic and moving film fable is a meditation on selfhood, friendship, and what it means to be “other.”
November 10 - 2 pm
Jean Paul Gaultier Freak + Chic
Documentary Feature • Director: Yann L’Hénoret, France, 93 Minutes
In French with English Subtitles
Any designer can stage a runway show, but possibly only Jean Paul Gaultier could pull off a “Fashion Freak Show” at the Folies Bergère, combining fashion with film, dance, theater, and unapologetic, over-the-top flair. Eye-popping costumes, extravagant set design, high energy choreography, and original music come together to form an otherworldly spectacle that could only spring from the mind of Gaultier.