10 Queer Titles to Explore at Tribeca Film Festival
By Glenn Garner
Tom of Finland
Tuoko Laaksonen has gone down as one of the most influential queer artists of our time. Known as Tom of Finland, his homoerotic work is still very present in today's gay community.
With the trauma of serving in WWII, the stress of hiding his homosexuality, and being subject to constant police crackdowns, he finds solace in his art, finding inspiration in the very men that oppress him. When an American publisher sees his work and invites him to LA, he's finally able to live as a proud gay man. There, he fits right into the sexual revolution and becomes an icon for a community.
This web series explores the lives of queer people in the American South. Although subject to the stereotypes of small-minded conservatives, queer communities are thriving throughout the region. Following the communities' youth, it takes a look at the complexities of identifying as queer without the luxuries of a progressive metropolis.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by former classmate of Dahmer, Derf Backderf, this biopic takes a thoughtful look at the early years of one of America's most notorious serial killers. Shot on location in Dahmer's hometown and even his actual childhood hometown, writer/director Marc Meyers explores the mental illness and the makings of a monster.
This musical coming-of-age story follows Ulysses, a queer New York youth struggling to find himself. When his Aunt Rose discovers him stealing nylons and wearing his mother's shoes, she confronts him, just for him to run out. He finds himself in the Village where he discovers a community and that first feeling of acceptance.
In this dark comedy web series, Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas play two friends struggling to make it in New York. With no other avenues to take as broke artists, they resort to moonlighting as hitmen to make ends meet. It's a witty take on the people who live in a love/hate relationship with this city.
From David France, the Academy Award nominated director of How to Survive a Plague, this film celebrates the undying legacy of queer New York icon, Marsha P. Johnson while questioning the mystery surrounding her death. Deemed a suicide at the time, she was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. It's a claim that her friends had always rejected and one that activist Victoria Cruz seeks to unravel.
Famous Argentian actor, Nico makes the move to New York with hopes of making it big. But in order to survive, he must juggle bartending, babysitting, and other odd jobs in a city that doesn't know his name. But when former producer and lover, Martin, comes to visit, he must put up a successful façade while dealing with the truth of his situation.
One of the youngest and most successful names in fashion, Zac Posen made a name for himself early on. From a swift rise to dealing with backlash against his success, he's developed one of the most respected brands in the industry. With unique access to Posen's personal life, Sandy Chronopoulos traces the rise of his career in this stunning portrait of the designer, artist, and businessman.
This new variety show presents work from some of America's up and coming alternative filmmakers. The strange mixtape of films pushes boundaries to create an insane viewing experience. The first episode, "Facial Construction" features work from Lauren Wolkstein, Erin Vassilopoulos, Shaka King, Danny Madden, and Leah Shore.
This anthology series from Asian American lesbain filmmaker Vera Miao features disturbing tales of horror inspired by the viral fan fiction. In the episode "MA," Mona lives at home with her traditional Chinese family. When she meets Erica, something new sparks inside her. But her Ma is not so willing to let this new young woman come between them.