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Welcome to the 21st Annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
3 days of Film, Art and Music celebrating the LGBTQ community.


Opening Night Film: $11 Members | $16 Public
All other programs: $10 Members | $15 Public
All Access Festival Pass: $55 Members | $75 Public


Friday Oct 12 • OPENING NIGHT

Opening Night Film: $11 Members | $16 Public


Miseducation of Cameron Post
(Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts. Writer/director Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth’s acclaimed eponymous coming-of-age novel and create a refreshingly original teen movie. Balancing out inherent drama with understated humor, The Miseducation of Cameron Post looks at a teenage girl grappling with pain and loss, but at the same time, she is creating a family on her own terms and learning what it means to empower herself by having confidence in her own identity.
(Director Desiree Akhavan, USA, 2018, 1h 31min) 

See Trailer HERE


Opening Night Gala

Opening night Gala presented by Auntie M’s Helping Hands, Inc.

Entertainment by the Long Island Pride Chorus and Lady Labelle
photo credit to Eric Alter
Sponsored by Ricardo Rodriguez of Millennium Homes and food provided by Quetzalcoatal and Skorpios Restaurant.


BPM (beats per minute)
In the early 1990s, a group of  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS" \o "HIV/AIDS" HIV/AIDS activists associated with the Paris chapter of  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACT_UP" \o "ACT UP" ACT UP struggle to effect action to fight the AIDS epidemic. While the French government has declared its intent to support HIV/AIDS sufferers, ACT UP stages public protests against their sluggish pace, accusing the government of censoring and minimizing the fight against the disease. When the pharmaceutical company Melton Pharm announces its plans to reveal its HIV trial results at a prominent pharmaceutical conference the following year, ACT UP invades its offices with fake blood and demands it release its trial results immediately. While ACT UP makes some headway with its public protests, its members fiercely debate the group's strategy, with conflicting goals of showmanship and persuasion, with conflicting aesthetics of positivity and misery. ACT UP struggles to plan a more effective Gay Pride parade than in previous years, bemoaning the depressing, "zombie" atmosphere the AIDS epidemic had created.
The film gradually shifts from the political storyline of ACT UP's actions to the personal stories of ACT UP members. Foreshadowing later events in the movie, Jeremie, an AIDS positive youth in the group sees his health deteriorate rapidly. Per his wishes, the group parades in the streets after his death, putting his name and face to the ranks of AIDS victims. A gay, HIV-negative newcomer, Nathan, begins to fall in love with the passionate HIV-positive veteran Sean. Nathan and Sean become sexually engaged, but Sean is already exhibiting signs of the disease's progression. Nathan cares for Sean as they both discuss their sexual histories. When Sean is released to Nathan's apartment for hospice, Nathan euthanizes him, and ACT UP holds a wake at his home. As per Sean's wishes, they invade a health insurance conference, sprinkling his ashes over the conference-goers and their food.
(Director Robin Campillo/ France / 2017 / 2hr 23min)

See Trailer HERE


Saturday Oct. 13th

Saturday Tickets: $10 Members | $15 Public


Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TRANSMILITARY chronicles the lives of four individuals defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again. (SXSW 2018, Audience Award Winner Doc Feature)
See Trailer HERE

Followed by a reception in the Sky Café
Sponsored by The Long Island Community Fellowship and Transgender  Day of Remembrance.

Featuring a performance by  the LICF Gospel Choir
LIGLFF will present the Vic Skolnick Community Service Award to Transgender activist Barbara Salvo.

There will be a spoken word performance by Stonewell Veteran Rusty Rose.


To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor
To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples – and Edie’s spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government – and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others of the legal team, movement activists, legal analysts, well-known supporters and opponents. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the stories behind it, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.

See Trailer HERE


Freelancer’s Anonymous
Rushing to get to her pointless job every morning sucks, and Billie’s not putting up with it anymore. After telling everyone to f*ck off, she unfortunately has to break the news to her soon-to-be-wife . Billie takes the risk of her life, lying to her fiancée in order to buy time until her plan can come to fruition.

See Trailer HERE



Sponsored by Honu and Macs Restaurant.

Entertainment by piano singer Lydia Sabosto


Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, a prominent, affluent, bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson. They take in the boy, with hilarious consequences. Neither Paul nor Erasmus seem ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents – or are they? This feel-good, light-hearted dramedy is a primer about the real meaning of family values.
(Director Andrew Fleming, 2018, USA, 91 min)

See Trailer HERE


Sunday Oct 14th • Closing Day

Sunday Tickets : $10 Members | $15 Public


Mr. Gay Syria
This fascinating and timely documentary observes two gay Syrian refugees who try to rebuild their broken lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life that pits his conservative family and upbringing against his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and lives in Berlin. What unites them is a shared dream: to participate in an international beauty contest to escape their trapped lives and overcome their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh reality of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it? In Arabic with English subtitles.
(Director Ayşe Toprak, 2017, Turkey, 84 min)

See Trailer HERE
Community Cosponsor The Long Island Ravens MC


Closing Night Reception

Reception with the Long Island Gay Men's Chorus in the Sky Room

With food provided by Buteras Restaurant


Studio 54
Studio 54 was the giddy epicenter of 70s hedonism – a disco hothouse of beautiful people, endless cocaine, and every kind of sex–a place that not only redefined the Manhattan nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. With exclusive access and rare footage, this film remembers the greatest club of all time told through the journey of two best friends from Brooklyn,.
(Director Matt Tyrnauer  / USA / 2018 / 98 min)

See Trailer HERE


All tickets are available online at the Cinema Arts Box Office.
Opening Night Film: $15 Members | $20 Public
All other programs: $10 Members | $15 Public
All Access Festival Pass: $55 Members | $75 Public

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
PO Box 360
East Northport, NY 11731