Picking up a number of films screened earlier this year at the prestigous Sundance Film Festival, the Damn These Heels festival is now walking in Jimmy Choo’s. In its seventh year, the festival is featuring 16 feature-length films from around the world and a few shorts. From the beautifully filmed Howl to Casper Andreas’ newest flick Violet Tendencies to the ghostly love story in Undertow, this should be a “Damn” good festival. The festival runs June 10-13, visit damntheseheels.org.
8: The Mormon Proposition / USA
An examination of the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 denying marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Born in ’68 (Nés en 68) / FRA
A group of revolutionary students experiences rebellion, enlightenment and change while establishing a commune devoted to free love, anarchy, and nudism; then pay witness to their children’s similarly styled rebellion 20 years later.
Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Phuhot) /ISR
Aaron is a father of four and kosher butcher who’s observant world is turned upside down with the arrival of a young Yeshiva student, Ezri.
Four-Faced Liar / USA
When a small town couple, Molly and Greg, meets best friends Trip and Bridget, unexpected sparks fly. As friendship slides into passion, Molly must choose between a guy she took for granted, and the girl she can’t resist.
Howl / USA
A nonfiction drama about the young Allen Ginsberg finding his voice, the creation of his groundbreaking poem HOWL, and the landmark obscenity trial that followed.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work / USA
A rare, brutally honest glimpse into the comedic process and private dramas of legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive.
My Buddy Claudia (Meu Amigo Claudia) / BRA
A documentary that follows the transvestite Claudia Wonder, and what happened in the city of Sao Paulo from the 1970s to the 2000s.
The Owls / USA
An experimental thriller about four aging lesbians who accidentally kill a younger one and try to get away with it.
Patrik 1.5 / SWE
A gay couple has been cleared for adoption and have a possibility to adopt a young Swedish orphan named Patrik. But when Patrik arrives he turns out to be a 15-year-old homophobic with a criminal past.
Plan B / ARG
When Bruno is dumped by his girlfriend his mind plans a cold, sweet vengeance, but along the way something else happens.
Undertow (Contracorriente) / PER
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions.
Violet Tendencies / USA
A woman tries to distance herself from her gay friends in an effort to land a straight boyfriend.
We Have To Stop Now / USA
A hilarious web-series featuring two lesbian therapists struggling to keep up the pretense of staying together when a documentary film crew invades their home.
William Burroughs: A Man Within / USA
A tender portrait of the Beat author and American icon, whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned vibrant countercultural movements and reconfigured 20th century culture.
Word Is Out / USA
A 1977 documentary featuring 26 gays and lesbians who reveal aspects of gay life that shatter widespread stereotypes.
Zombies of Mass Destruction / USA
Life in a small, conservative town is complicated enough for a young Iranian-American woman and a not-completely-out gay couple, but now they must also deal with zombie hordes in this splatter-filled comedy.