The Films of NewFest 2013

New York's premier LGBT film festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a diverse and compelling collection of narratives, documentaries, shorts, and parties.

BY Jase Peeples

September 04 2013 3:00 AM ET

Interior. Leather Bar.
Saturday, September 7, 9:15 a.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

To avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of footage was cut from William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 S/M thriller Cruising. In a provocative reimagining of this censored material, directors Travis Mathews (I Want Your Love) and James Franco create an explicit and steamy nonfiction film-within-a-film about gay sex and masculinity. As the straight lead, Val, prepares to assume the Al Pacino position, he is forced to confront his own sexual boundaries and discomforts, which flare as he pushes deeper into this iconic gay interior. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

 

Geography Club
Saturday, September 7 , 11 a.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

Russell (Cameron Deane Stewart, Pitch Perfect) is your average closeted high school teen looking for love. Enter Kevin (Justin Deeley, 90210), the school’s hunkiest football jock. Things get complicated when both Kevin and Russell do things they don’t want to in order to hide who they are. Russell seeks advice from the Geography Club, actually a secret gay-straight alliance filled with a hilarious collection of misfits. As the closet grows harder to maintain, Russell has to decide whether to come out — even if it means losing Kevin. Smart, assured, and stylish, with supporting performances by Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Alex Newell (Glee), Scott Bakula, and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), the debut feature from the Entin twins, Gary and Edmund, represents a big (and very hot) step forward in the gay-teen comedy genre.

Tags: film, NewFest

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