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The LGBT Guide To The Tribeca Film Festival

Starting next week, the Tribeca Film Festival offers a variety of features, shorts and documentaries that connect with the LGBT community—from a doc about Madonna’s backup dancers to chilling dramas about the gay-porn industry.

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There’s also screening and interviews with the casts of Broad City, Six Feet Under, Frankie and Grace and other queer faves.

Below, we take a look at some of the LGBT-centric fare coming to this year’s festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 13 to 24 in New York.

  • All This Panic

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    Jenny Gage’s coming-of-age film tells the story of teen sisters Ginger and Dusty, who navigating the transition from childhood to womanhood.

    An intimate portrayal of the confusing and challenging time that is adolescence.

  • AWOL

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    After visiting an army recruitment office, a young lady falls for another woman and begins to question her choices. The beautiful and talented Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Gone Girl) stars in her most vulnerable role yet.

  • Califórnia


    São Paulo high-schooler Estela navigates adolescence while trying to save up to visit her cultured uncle in California.

    But when he returns home weak and frail, in alters her way of seeing the world.

  • Check It

    Dana Flor and Tony Oppenheimer direct this doc about a group of young gay and trans friends in Washington, D.C.

    Tired of being attacked for who they are, they form the nation’s first “gay gang” and turn the table on their oppressors.

  • Custody

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    Frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine directs this star-studded ensemble about a single mother (Catalina Sandino Moreno) trying to keep her children.

    How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis plays an embattled family court judge with family woes of her own, and Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere is a recent law-school grad in over her heard. Co-starring Tony Shalhoub, Raul Esparza, Dan Fogler and Ellen Burstyn.

  • Curmudgeons

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    Danny DeVito directs this short about two elderly men who start a relationship, much to the shock of their families.

  • For the Love of Spock

    Adam Nimoy, son of late actor Leonard Nimoy, takes a look at the iconic Star Trek character, with out actor Zachary Quinto joining in a post-screening discussion about our favorite Vulcan.

  • haveababy

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    A Las Vegas fertility clinic sponsors a YouTube contest with a grand prize of free in-vitro fertilization, in this documentary from Amanda Micheli.

  • King Cobra

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    Justin Kelly’s much-discussed true-crime story follows the murder of a porn producer (Christian Slater) by rivals (James Franco and Keegan Allen) after his star attraction (Garrett Clayton), decides to be a free agent. Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald co-star.

  • Madly

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    Actors Gael García Bernal and Mia Wasikowska, and queer filmmaker Sebastian Silva (Nasty Baby), are among those who contributed shorts exploring love in all its permutations.

  • Memories of a Penitent Heart

    Director Cecilia Aldarondo’s unfolds the story of her uncle Miguel, who emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York in the 1980s. Though he was openly gay throughout his adult life, Miguel “repented” his homosexuality as he lay dying of AIDS-related illness in 1987.

    After finding a trove of old home movies, Aldarondo tracked down Miguel’s old boyfriend to understand the truth about her uncle better.

  • Pronouns

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    In this short from Michael Paulucci (Shirley’s Kids), a Chicago teenager decides to share their true identity while reciting spoken-word poetry.

  • Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

    Director Deborah S. Esquenazi shares the true story of four San Antonio women wrongly convicted of assault in a blaze of blind prejudice.

  • Strike a Pose

    For gay men of a certain generation, Madonna’s documentary Truth or Dare was their first exposure to real gay men in their own element and being themselves.

    More than 25 years after the film’s release, the film’s backup dancers—six gay men and the token straight man, Oliver—reconvene to talk about their experiences and the truth underneath the glamour.

  • Women Who Kill

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    Exes Morgan and Jean work together on a true-crime podcast in Ingrid Jungermann’s feature debut. But things get sinister when the women suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.

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