The Films of NewFest 2014
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 24 2014 6:21 PM ET
Friday, July 25
4:30 p.m. - We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite
When Brooklyn’s oldest black gay bar, the Starlite Lounge, is faced with eviction, the community decides to fight back. Will they be able to save this pre-Stonewall safe haven? Or is gentrification unstoppable? Kate Kunath and Sasha Wortzel’s timely portrait of a community banding together to preserve their culture and history is a stirring must-see.
7:00 p.m. - The Foxy Merkins
Margaret is a down-on-her-luck lesbian hooker-in-training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grifter who’s a pro at picking up women, even though she considers herself a card-carrying hetero. The duo hits the streets, encountering bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservatives, husky-voiced seductresses, shopaholic swingers, as well as a mumbling erotic-accessory salesman (Alex Karpovsky of Girls). Writer-director Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same) melds her singular brand of comedy with the buddy-film genre to pay homage to and riff on iconic male-hustler films.
9:30 p.m. - Blackbird
A high-school senior named Randy (newcomer Julian Walker) and his band of queer friends fight for a life outside the constraints of their small Southern Baptist town. Blackbird is a powerful film, costarring Academy Award-winner Mo’Nique (Precious) and Isaiah Washington (Blue Caprice) as Randy’s conflicted parents, in which friends — black, white, straight, gay, and all things in between — discover firsthand both the rewards and consequences of growing up as outsiders.