Starting January 22, this year’s Sundance Film Festival sees nearly 120 feature films, plus loads of documentaries and shorts, screening across Park City, Utah. We’ve pored through the festival’s slate to find the flicks that ping our gaydar.
Find out about them now, before they hit your local cineplex—and next year’s awards shows.
The Amina Profile
Director Sophie Deraspe set this love story between two women— a Canadian and a Syrian-American —during the Arab Spring.
Best of Enemies
The legendary 1968 debate between staunch gay liberal Gore Vidal and arch-conservative William F. Buckley Jr. comes under the microscope in this behind-the-scenes doc from Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom) and Robert Gordon.
Elle Reid takes her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future. Paul Weitz directs an all-star cast including Lily Tomlin, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott.
I Am Michael
Justin Kelly’s directorial debut is a based-on-true-events drama about gay magazine editor Michael Glatze, who recanted his sexuality and became an ex-gay activist and Christian pastor. James Franco stars as Glatze, with Zachary Quinto, Charlie Carver and Emma Roberts rounding out the cast.
Larry Kramer in Love and Anger
Documentarian Jean Carlomusto unpacks the work, life and legacy of acerbic playwright-activist Larry Kramer, who chronicled the AIDS epidemic in The Normal Heart, and rallied a generation of gays to fight for equality.
The Mask You Live In
Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity harms boys, men and society in general.
A gay couple is determined to have a baby in the latest film from out director Sebastián Silva. The men enlist the help of best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig), but soon the three are faced with harassment from a mentally ill neighbor. Silva co-stars, along with Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey, Mark Margolis and Denis O’Hare.
The Royal Road
Noted LGBT film historian and documentarian Jenni Olson brings us a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War, along with intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity, the quest for unattainable women, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo—all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes.
The Summer of Sangaile
Two 17-year-olds girls, Sangaile and Auste, meet at an air show one summer near a villa owned by Sangaile’s parents. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and, in the process, finds love. Alanté Kavaïté directs Julija Steponaitytė and Aistė Diržiūtė.
Take Me To The River
Director Matt Sobel makes his feature debut with this tale about a California teen (Logan Miller), whose plans to come out at his family reunion are sidetracked when he becomes an unwitting suspect in the possible abuse of a young female cousin.
Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s documentary explores out comedian Tig Notaro‘s extraordinary journey as her life unfolds in grand and unexpected ways, all while she is battling a life-threatening illness and falling in love.
Lynn, an elderly woman stricken with grief after her husband’s death, finds solace in an apparition of Jesus on the swimming trunks of a young gay man at her adult swimming class.
Pop-Up Porno: m4m
A lonely traveler on a business trip to New York finds himself in a heated Grindr chat with his worst nightmare.