What’s Queer at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival?

Halston! Trixie Mattel! "Showgirls!"

The lineup for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival has been announced, and there are several films LGBTQ moviegoers won’t want to miss—including plenty of documentaries, with one about the cult classic Showgirls!

Check out highlights below, and then make plans to hit up the festival, running April 24 to May 5 in lower Manhattan.

Changing the Game

Turner Jumonville

(Directed by Michael Barnett)

Transgender high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.

Circus of Books


(Directed by Rachel Mason)

How do you explain to your friends that your mom and pop run a gay pornography shop? That is just one question asked in this playful documentary about the titular LA store and its unlikely proprietors.


Property of Clementine Movie LLC

(Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher)

Reeling from a one-sided breakup, heartbroken Karen (Otmara Marrero) breaks into her ex’s lakehouse. There, she strikes up a complicated relationship with provocative younger woman Lana (Sydney Sweeney) in this beautifully rendered psychological drama and sexual coming of age story.



(Directed by Emily Cohn)

Best friends Izzy (Isabelle Barbier), Anuka (Deeksha Ketkar), and Fiona (Sadie Scott) have a pact to lose their virginity before the summer break. They pin their hopes getting into their college’s super exclusive “crush party.”

For They Know Now What They Do


(Directed by Daniel Karslake)

When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality, the backlash by the religious right was swift, severe, and successful. Karslake’s documentary looks at four faith-based families with LGBTQ children caught in the crosshairs of sexuality, identity, and scripture.


Etiel Zion

(Directed by Sharon Maymon & Tal Granit)

Three teenage girls in search of physical perfection are drawn down a dark path of black-market plastic surgery, an impulsive adventure that ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery.

Gay Chorus Deep South


(Directed by David Charles Rodrigues)

To confront a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ laws, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on an unprecedented bus tour in the Deep South, celebrating music, challenging intolerance, and confronting their own dark coming out stories.

After the Premiere Screening: a special performance by The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.


Alystyre Julian

(Directed by Sam de Jong)

Goldie (Slick Woods) takes care of her sisters while their mom is in prison, but her true dream is stardom. With child protective services looming and a real music video shoot on the horizon, Goldie’s last option is to make her dreams come true or lose it all in Sam de Jong’s stylish and gritty New York City fable.



(Directed by Frederic Tcheng)

From Jackie Kennedy to Studio 54, Halston’s minimalist designs put American fashion on the map in the 1970s. Tribeca alum Frédéric Tcheng examines the work and life of the enigmatic visionary who called himself Halston.

House of Hummingbird


(Directed by Bora Kim)

In 1994 Seoul, quiet eighth-grader Eunhee (Ji-hu Park) spends her time consumed by love and friendship, shoplifting, and karaoke. But it’s in her new teacher that Eunhee finds the unlikely connection that she has been desperately seeking in this touching coming-of-age drama.



(Directed by Jeanie Finlay)

Director Jeanie Finlay charts a transgender man’s path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology.

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts


(Directed by Nicholas Zweig Owens)

With razor-sharp wit and authentic country music chops, Trixie Mattel charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.

After the Premiere Screening: a special performance by Drag Race All-Star Trixie Mattel.

XY Chelsea

Tim Travers Hawkins

(Directed by Tim Travers Hawkins)

Following the shock commutation of her sentence, whistleblower and trans woman Chelsea Manning prepares to leave an all-male military prison in Kansas and transition to living life for the first time as a free woman.

After the Premiere Screening: a conversation with film subject Chelsea Manning, producer Isabel Davis, and directorTim Hawkins.

You Don’t Nomi

Peaches Christ

(Directed by Jeffrey McHale)

Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don’t Nomi traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece.

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