Selected from a pool of more than 600 submissions, narratives, short narratives, animation, documentaries, and LGBT issues are on tap. Some will thrill audiences, while other will scare them. Still more will make viewers shed tears of laughter, joy, and sadness, while others will challenge emotions and ideologies.
In its eight year, the festival will present the movies in 53 thematic blocks – including Family Friends, Nothing But Web, Culture Clash, Crimes Against Women, and Environmentally Speaking – at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., and the Zukor Screening Room around the corner at Kaufman Astoria Studios at 34-12 36th St.
For example, opening night – March 15 at 7 pm — has the theme Emotional Punch. The block includes Atomic Mother, a nine-minute documentary on nuclear warfare; You Deserve Everything, an 18-minute short on an intra-hospital romance; Bricklayer’s Poet, a 19-minute flick about a chance encounter between a bricklayer and a poet; Backstory, an eight-minute clip about a child who has to live with his violent father after his mother abandons him; (Out)Caste, a 21-minute film on an Indian scavenger and her daughter; and Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon, a three-minute piece on the feeding habits of the common chameleon.
There will be plenty of post-screening discussions and opportunities to meet the filmmakers. Plus, Jan Oxenberg and Vincent Gagliostro will be on hand as this year’s Spirit of Queens honorees.
A Bayside native, Oxenberg is an editor, producer, scenarist, and writer for the television series Pretty Little Liars. She also directed the gender-busting Thank You and Good Night, an autobiographical documentary on aging and death that will screen on March 20 at 7 pm.
Gagliostro, an original member of ACT UP, directed “After Louie,” which will show on March 21 at 7 pm. Starring Tony Award-winner Alan Cummings, this powerful film follows an aging artist/activist. He lived through the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s and still deals with survivor’s guilt and other mental trauma as he soldiers on.
“The festival will continue many of our signature elements: dynamic thematic programming, hosted screening events with engaging discussions, relevant networking opportunities and maximum access to the media,” said QWFF Executive Director Katha Cato.
Tickets are $15. A $200 full-festival pass entitles buyers to 20 tickets, while a $100 half-festival pass is good for 10 tickets.