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QFest 2014 — Complete Schedule

The 18th Annual Houston LGBTQ International Film Festival

Thursday, July 24
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
7 p.m.
Appropriate Behavior
with Explode with Happy, Man and 28 Days
• Appropriate Behavior (see Highlights)
• Explode with Happy, Man is a celebration of girl power
in all its candy-colored glory, featuring Annie and the
Bang Bang.
• In 28 Days, US Girls front-woman Meghan Remy pays homage to 1960s girl groups and female solidarity.

Friday, July 25
The Houston Museum of African American Culture
Free Screening
7 p.m.
Out in the Night 
A gripping exploration of the pursuit of justice for four young African-American lesbians forced to defend themselves against a man who violently and sexually threatened them in the gay-friendly West Village after they are charged and convicted of crimes ranging from gang assault to attempted murder.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
7:30 p.m.

A young British man and his dead lover’s Chinese-Cambodian mother struggle to overcome their grief and shared distrust of each other by communicating through a translator in an attempt to find common ground by sharing their memories of the deceased young man.
8 p.m.
Club King
Free Screening
Legendary NYC/LA party promoter Mario Diaz is profiled in this revealing documentary celebrating his lasting impact on the underground club scene. Also featuring Jackie Beat and Justin Vivian Bond.
Super Block Park in Midtown (Outdoor Screening)
9 p.m.
Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Free Screening
Rain date: Sunday, July 27, 9 p.m.
at Alamo Drafthouse—Mason Road

A rock band from outer space crash-lands on Earth and makes life for two teenagers very adventurous.

Saturday, July 26

Montrose Center
Free Program
1 p.m.
Queer Nation Houston Panel
A celebration of Queer Nation Houston, this program features news clips highlighting QNH’s groundbreaking in-your-face activism followed by a lively discussion moderated by Ray Hill, featuring Paul Mullan, Susan Palmer, and David Fowler—three activists and founding members of Queer Nation Houston.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
3 p.m.
Of Girls and Horses (Von Mädchen
und Pfeden
(See Highlights)
5 p.m.
India Blues: Eight Feelings
with The Tanti Man
No one under 17 will be admitted.
• In India Blues: Eight Feelings, the everyday moments, both big and small, between two young men reveal the emotions and feelings that both bring them together and tear them apart.
The Tanti Man is a summer memoir of the director’s love affair with a strange and charming drifter, highlighted by melodramatic, self-destructive journal entries from his teenage years.
7 p.m.
One: The Story of Love and Equality
(See Highlights)

The Aurora Picture Show
Sweetest Taboos:
A Collection of Erotic Shorts

6 p.m. reception
7 p.m.
8 p.m.
screening of Sweetest Taboos:
A Collection of Erotic Shorts
by QFest and Make Love Not Porn
No one under 18 will be admitted.
Simple in nature yet complex in practice, the entire spectrum of human sexuality resides in us all—yet our individuality is defined by the hues each of us projects. In celebration of the comedy, the profundity, and the mystery that is sex, QFest’s Kristian Salinas and Sarah Beall, curator of the groundbreaking website MakeLoveNot, have curated an arousing collection of seminal and contemporary erotic short works reflecting all that is sensuous and voluptuous within both our real and imagined lives. A reception kicks off the evening, followed by a panel discussion featuring Beall, artist/performer/director Dale Cooper, and intersex-bodied trans/queer performance artist Koomah. The screening features multiple exhibition formats, including 16 mm prints, which may require changeovers during the performance.
A special thanks to our wonderful colleagues at The
Aurora Picture Show for making this event possible.


Sunday, July 27

14 Pews
3 p.m.
In These Boxes: A Live Performance
by Dudley Saunders

Free Performance
An uncommon mix of live music, narratives, and video art that explores the human need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding on to their things. In These Boxes takes 12 objects left behind by the dead and weaves each of them into a video hallucination of the missing life. Through the combination of video, song, and stories, Saunders imagines the lives of lost people through the objects they left behind. As he sings their stories at the front of the stage, the world of the vanished comes to life on the screen behind him. In each community where he performs, Dudley puts out a local call for these photos, and incorporates them into the video imagery accompanying the 12th and final song in the performance. In this way, these objects can become part of a living piece of art, rather than simply moldering forgetten in people’s closets. The commemorated lost souls, and the grief that is documented, combine to make one common body in which catharsis can finally take place—healing the private world along with the shared world we all live in.
5 p.m.
Let the Record Show
shown with The Trouble with Ray
Free Screening
Let the Record Show is an engrossing documentary centering around the rising AIDS epidemic and the New York City artist community’s response to the crisis. The Trouble with Ray features the unique voice of Houston’s own “citizen provocateur” Ray Hill and his contributions to the gay civil rights movement, both locally and nationally.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
5 p.m.
(Presented in conjunction with the MFAH’s exhibit
Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House.)
Sally Potter’s inspired adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel features a dazzling Tilda Swinton as the young nobleman-turned-noblewoman Orlando, ordered by Queen Elizabeth I (a commanding Quentin Crisp!) to never grow old, which he miraculously does by changing sex mid-century and living well into the 20th century to write about it!
7 p.m.
You and the Night (Les rencontres d’après minuit)with The Dark, Krystle
• In You and the Night—perversely reminiscent of Luis Buñuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club—a beautiful but fragile young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy with their invited guests: the teen, the star, the stud, and the slut. Featuring an original score by the French electronic band M83.
• In The Dark, Krystle, the cabin is on fire! Krystle can’t stop crying, Alexis won’t stop drinking, and the fabric of existence hangs in the balance, again and again and again.
8:30 p.m.
Come On, Scumbags
Free Screening

Monday, July 28
8:30 p.m.

Eat With Me
Free Screening
(See Highlights)

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Megan Smith

Megan Smith is the Assistant Editor for OutSmart Magazine.

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