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Queer Films at the 2016 Provincetown International Film Festival

From STRIKE A POSE directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan

Make your plans now for this summer’s most delightful queer-but-not-totally-queer film festival, in the tiny homo haven of Provincetown, Mass.

Unofficially presided over by the town's trashy fairy godmother, John Waters, this year's Provincetown International Film Festival will honor out actress Cynthia Nixon, director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), producer Effie T. Brown, and will feature an array of films to pique the interest of any queer cinephile.

Ang Lee (below, center), a two-time Academy Award-winning director (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), will accept the 2016 Filmmaker on the Edge Award in conversation with Waters on Saturday, June 18, at Provincetown's historic Town Hall. Lee's filmography also includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense And Sensibility. He is currently in post-production on his next feature, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

The festival will honor stage, film, and TV actor Cynthia Nixon (below, left) with the 2016 Excellence in Acting Award as well. Nixon began her at age 12 in the feature film Little Darlings and made her Broadway debut in The Philadelphia Story for which she won a Theatre World Award. On television, she received critical praise and her first Emmy in the role of Miranda Hobbes on HBO's hit series Sex and the City, which also earned her multiple Golden Globe nominations. She went on to co-star in the two wildly successful Sex and the City films. Nixon can currently be seen in Pamela Romanowsky's film The Adderall Diaries and later this year in Terence Davies' biopic A Quiet Passion as reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. On Stage, Nixon has won a Tony Award for Rabbit Hole and earned two Tony nominations for Indiscretions and Wit. Nixon will appear in conversation on Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m. at Provincetown's Historic Town Hall.

Prolific filmmaker Effie T. Brown (Dear White People, In the Cut, and But I'm A Cheerleader) will host the third annual Evan Lawson Filmmaker's Brunch on Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Brown (below, right), who is currently a producer and mentor on HBO's Project Greenlight will deliver the keynote address as this event.

Though the festival is not a nominally queer film festival, the slate of films always tilts heavily to the LGBT-friendly. This year's fest continues that tradition. The LGBT-interest films in the lineup include:


STRIKE A POSE - directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan (Sunday, June 19) *Special guests attending


POLITICAL ANIMALS - directed by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares (Thursday, June 16) *Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares attending

POLITICAL ANIMALS Jonah Markowitz Tracy Wares 2016


AWOL - directed by Deb Shoval

BEING 17 - directed by Andre Techine

LAZY EYE - directed by Tim Kirkman

MILES - directed by Nathan Adloff

OTHER PEOPLE - directed by Chris Kelly

THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER - directed by Lars Kraume

SPA NIGHT - directed by Andrew Ahn

SUMMERTIME - directed by Catherine Corsini


AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY - directed by Jeff Feuerzeig

CHECK IT - directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer

THE GUYS NEXT DOOR - directed by Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk

JEWEL'S CATCH ONE - directed by C. Fitz

SUITED - directed by Jason Benjamin

THE TRANS LIST - directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

UNCLE HOWARD - directed by Aaron Brookner

Festival passes are now on sale. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 23. For more information, visit

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