NewFest Announces Star-Studded Slate for 30th Anniversary Celebration

New York's LGBT film festival runs October 24-30.

New York’s LGBT film festival, NewFest, is coming to take a bite out of the Big Apple with its splashiest slate yet.

This year the fest celebrates 30 years with screenings of some 2018’s queer film festival favorites like Rafiki, Boy Erased, and Mapplethorpe.

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The opening night selection is Yen Tan’s 1985, a family drama set during the AIDS crisis, starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis. The closing night film will be Making Montgomery Clift, a new documentary about the gorgeous Hollywood heartthrob.

Other documentaries include Dykes, Camera, Action, focusing on the visibility of lesbians in cinema, and Cherry Grove Stories, about the beloved queer haven on Fire Island.

The festival will be held the weekend before Halloween, so in addition to serious fare, there will also be some titles to give you a scare including Devil’s Path and Killer Unicorn.

NewFest 2018 Trailer from NewFest on Vimeo.

“Looking back at our history and the voices which shaped our community over 30 years is as important as focusing on emerging filmmakers and stories,” said NewFest executive director Robert Kushner.

“This year’s slate of films, from anniversary screenings to the powerful lineup of contemporary cinema from international and domestic filmmakers, all serve as beacons of representation along our journey from the AIDS crisis in the 80’s to the current geo-political challenges,” Kushner added. “And ultimately the next 30 years where full representation and acceptance of our community is in place.”

NewFest will feature more than 140 features, documentaries, series, and shorts, from 32 countries, and runs October 24-30. For more info and tickets head on over to the NewFest site.

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