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Queer Guide to Slamdance 2023

Documentary Feature Competition

Cisco Kid – (United States) U.S. Premiere
Director: Emily Kaye Allen
In a queer portrait of the contemporary American West, Eileen — a young, solitary maverick–forges a life among the discarded remnants and lingering memories of a desert ghost town called Cisco.

Documentary Shorts

Diomysus – (Wales, UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Emily Morus-Jonez
Cast: Ruby Rare, Laura Bacon, Robbie Bellekom, Emily Morus-Jones

A comedy-documentary where a group of mice (voiced by members of the UK polyamorous community whose identities are masked using puppetry) discuss their experiences of polyamory. Diomysus asks the question — are we (the audience) more open to taboo ideas if unconscious bias is eliminated?

Unstoppable Shorts:

Aleeya – (India, United States)

Director/Screenwriter: Nina Mahesh
Cast: Nithu RS

Aleeya follows a transgender woman as she embarks on a day-long journey to buy a gift for her lover while attempting to persevere through India’s societal inequities and prejudice, as well as the growing rape culture of male youth.

Experimental Shorts:

Elle of the Dark – (United States)

Director: Yace Sula; Screenwriter: Yace Sula; Producer: Yace Sula
Cast: Yace Sula

A nonbinary visual artist contemplates their relationship with darkness and its hold on their complexion, trauma, and queerness.

DIG (Digital, Interactive, and Gaming):

GLITCHBODIES – (Austria)

Director: Rebecca Merlic; Screenwriters: Merlic, Hannah Jöchl
Cast: Monika Freinberger, Alexandru Cosarca ,Judith Kranz, Marie-Luise Lehner, KLITCLIQUE, ANTHEA, Annemarie Arzberger, Nuh Peace

Portals of Glitch suck you into an eternal loop of experiencing bodies, minds, and thoughts to respond to the very male-dominated world of video games by creating an interactive digital space, a fluid journey through infinite individuality, gender, and realities.

Narrative Shorts:

Our Males and Females – (Jordan)

Director: Ahmad Alyaseer; Screenwriters: Ahmad Alyaseer, Rana Alyaseer
Cast: Kamel El Basha, Shafiqa Tall

A father and mother are faced with the painful task of washing their deceased transgender daughter, but when no one agrees to wash her, how far is the father willing to go to make sure his “son” is washed?

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