The lineup for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is out, and there are numerous films LGBT moviegoers won’t want to miss.
Check out highlights below, and then make plans to hit the festival, running April 19 to 30 in lower Manhattan.
Saturday ChurchSaturday Church/ Round Films
U.S.A. (Director: Damon Cardasis)
Ulysses (Luka Kain), an effeminate 14-year-old, struggles with his identity in this musical drama, before finding refuge with a group of young trans people. The cast includes Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia.
Tom of Finland
Finland (Director: Dome Karukoski)
The highly anticipated biopic about Touko Laaksonen, better known as erotic artist Tom of Finland, makes its international debut at Tribeca.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. JohnsonTumblr
U.S.A (Director: David France)
Also making its premiere at Tribeca, this documentary about the pioneering trans activist features unearthed footage and rediscovered interviews about the “street queen” who helped start the Stonewall riots.
Whitney. “Can I Be Me”RDA/Getty Images
U.K. (Directors: Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal)
Catch Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s exploration of Whitney Houston’s career and personal life before it comes to Showtime.
My Friend DahmerMy Friend Dahmer/ Ibid Filmworks
U.S.A (Director: Marc Meyers)
Former Disney star Ross Lynch is a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in this look at the cannibal serial killer’s early days. It co-stars Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts and Vincent Kartheiser.
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our LivesLarry Busacca/WireImage via Getty Images
U.S.A (Director: Chris Perkel)
Based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography, Perkel’s doc chronicles the life of the openly bisexual music mogul who brought us Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and many more.
Love The SinnerDrew Angerer/Getty Images
U.S.A (Directors: Jessica Devaney, Geeta Gandbhir)
Originally titled “One Pulse”, Devaney and Gandbhir’s short explores the evangelical roots of homophobia in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that claimed 49 lives.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryJohn Kobal Foundation/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
U.S.A (Director: Alexandra Dean) Hollywood screen siren Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the most beautiful stars of the 1940s, and enjoyed both a big gay following and rumors about her sexuality. But most of her fans had no idea she came up with a secret communication system to help the Allies beat the Nazis in WWII, a little known facet explored in this fascinating documentary.
House of ZJim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images
U.S.A (Director: Sandy Chronopoulos)
Zac Posen is a fave of Natalie Portman, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez, but has faced critical and financial setbacks. Here, Chronopoulos examines the out designer who has reinvented himself as one of fashion’s most prominent personalities.
The Godfather of FitnessGraphic House/Getty Images
U.S.A,Serbia (Director: Rade Popović)
Jack LaLanne launched what we know as the modern-day fitness movement back in the 1930s, when he opened the first national chain of health clubs in the U.S. (Doctors at the time actually advised patients to stay away from these strange places, claiming such vigorous exercise would cause severe medical problems.)
And while LaLanne made numerous homophobic comments in his life, he was a popular cover model in early physique magazines and helped mainstream the eroticization of the male form.
Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira)
U.S.A, Argentina (Director: Julia Solomonoff)
A big name in his native Argentina, Nico (Guillermo Pfening) finds that fame is fleeting when he tries to make it in New York. But a visit from his ex-boyfriend forces Nico to confront the real reasons he left his homeland.
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 to 30 in New York.